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Season for Surrender

(Holiday Pleasures #2)

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  1,172 ratings  ·  194 reviews
Honor Among Rogues

Alexander Edgeware, Lord Xavier, has quite a reputation—for daring, wagering, and wickedness in all its delightful forms. But the wager before him is hardly his preferred sport: Xavier must persuade a proper young lady to attend his famously naughty Christmas house party—and stay the full, ruinous two weeks. Worse, the lady is Louisa Oliver, a doe-eyed bo
Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by Zebra
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Fangirl Musings

So, guess what? Happy Book Noise (copyright pending) is, without a freakin' doubt, some of the best noise on the planet. And, know what else? That noise gets all the more kick-ass when it follows from previously thinking, "Uh-oh, this book might fail all painful-like!" Yep. That entire scenario plays to Season for Surrender just so, because this book is a damned good story, but holy-crap-on-Satan's-ass, I was worried otherwise for a wee bit, I'm not gonna lie.

In so many ways, the first fifty pag
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this so much. So much! The good thing about the relatively low ratings it's received is that my expectations were fairly low, allowing me to be so happily surprised by just how much I adored this one: the characters, the prose, the dialogue, the psychological themes about being true to yourself regardless of others' expectations of who you should be, and the fact that these characters are both turned on by books and libraries! You guys, they cleverly and sexily quote Dante to each other. ...more
Dec 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Alexander, Lord Xavier, makes yet another bet with his cousin Lord Longwood. Its pretty basic--get the proper Lady Louisa to attend his holiday house party and stay the entire two weeks. No seduction is necessary and is strictly off limits (can't ruin the young lady's reputation and get leg shackled!). As Xavier always wins his bets, in fact, he is quite known about the ton for his wagering and his wickedness, he sees this as an easy win. Yet when a simple game of cards needs to be paid out in t ...more
Jan 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Alex, Lord Xavier, is a man of many masks and during his scandalous Christmas house party, he meets his match in an observant blue stocking who wears a few masks of her own. In some ways, A Season for Surrender reminded me of a book I adored, What I Did for a Duke (by Julie Anne Long) because each of the characters presented a facade to the world, but found that with each other, they could be their true selves and drop the masks.

At first, I did not understand why Louisa could see through to Alex
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Posted on Under the Covers

Alexander Edgeware, Lord Xavier doesn’t like to turn down a bet, so when his cousin Lord Longwood wagers that he cannot get the prim and proper Lady Louisa Oliver to attend his famously naughty Christmas part and stay for the whole two weeks, Xavier makes it his next goal to prove that he can. As a man notorious for his wicked ways, Xavier uses his charm to get a rise out of Lady Louisa. So the question stands, does the bookish Lady Louisa stand a chance against the wic
Manda Collins
Dec 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Charming Christmas house party romance with a hero and heroine who are neither what they seem. Loved that Alex and Louisa fell in love over poetry and books:)
Sep 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars! LOVED IT!
"Despite everything he had done that was foolish and wrong, Louisa wanted and liked him. The knowledge seeped through him, bone-deep and astounding. He wanted her to know his very self.
So he kissed her, slow and gentle, his lips entreating: trust me.
Tilting her head in the cradle of his hands, he slid his mouth to the hot pulse on her neck, then murmured down its length.
Nonsense? Poetry? It didn't matter. She shivered, and he sucked lightly at the fragile skin. Not hard enough to bruise; only
Rachna R
Mar 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
I loved the leads in this book so much. and I hated the main antagonist in this so much, too. I'm basically surprised by how much I felt about this? the male lead in particular got to me - I usually dismiss dude angst, because they're frustrating and tiring and repetitive and nothing really comes of it, so all it does is give dudes a reason to brood for no reason - but Alex's problem was really relatable, in ways that struck me, and it was explored in a way and given consequences in a way I foun ...more
Vanessa Kelly
Jul 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Theresa Romain writes gorgeous historical romance. This book has lovely prose and a very appealing hero, who is struggling to become more than society expects of him. It's really a wonderful Christmas romance, with lots of great dialogue between two very witty but deeply emotional people. ...more
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
I don't normally read books that have 3.5 avarage rating but I decided to give this a chance since it sounded like a cute wintery historical romance book. It doesn't deserve a 3.5 avarage rating (I've seen worse books with 4.0 rating) but it wasn't amazing either. The writing was really good much to my surprise. I liked the characters (yes, there were more than two!) and I liked how the villain wasn't really a villain but a jealous cousin. That was fun to read and I was actually more scared of h ...more
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this novel. Great dialogue and build-up and well-defined characters.
This review can also be found on Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell-blog

It’s 1818 and Earl of Xavier has created a problem for himself. He’s agreed to a bet he never should’ve agreed to, but a renown rake and gambler must keep up appearances. Oh, well, he could always manipulate the circumstances in his favour by rewriting the Christmas celebration guest list to ensure Louisa Oliver and her aunt would stay the full two weeks. Fortunately, reputations deceive. Louisa is as little a bluestocking as Xavier
Erika Williams
Oct 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Witty and engaging, this book is the perfect joining of Jane Austin's Pride and Prejudice and Oscar Wilde's "A Woman of No Importance."

Lord Xavier would stake his reputation on a wager. In fact, his entire reputation is build on wagers. So when his cousin proposes a wager on whether or not Xavier can keep a certain house guest at his party for the entirety of the season, he feels like he has no choice but to agree.

The guest in question is Louisa, a intelligent young woman who is no stranger to s
Aug 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
I would probably give this book 2 1/2 stars, but I am rounding down because it ended up being a disappointing and somewhat tedious read for me. To be fair, though, I was disappointed because I wanted the book to be something other than what it was, rather than because of flaws in the writing.

If you are in the mood for a light-hearted romance, A SEASON FOR SURRENDER fits the bill. Theresa Romain has an entertaining style, the dialogue sparkles, and the central characters are engaging and likeable
Hannah Givens

Y'all, I think I've found a new favorite! The title and cover make this Christmas romance look like a formula bodice-ripper, but it's not. It's funny, an extremely light take on "historical," but there's surprising emotional depth as well.

The two leads have an emotional barrier that MAKES SENSE for them, that isn't totally contrived and silly. It really does take a whole book to unravel. Both of them have changes to make, but especially Xavier. He's the one trapped in his own reputatio
Aug 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I was one of the fans who hoped for Louisa’s story after reading Season for Temptation. I found her an interesting, endearing character in that book, and she’s even more engaging in this one. I loved watching her discover how much more she is than she has ever realized and how she pushes Xavier to reexamine the assumptions upon which he has built his public life. I like appearance versus reality as a theme, and Romain handles it skillfully in this story. Lady Irving is as delightful as she was ...more
Blodeuedd Finland
Are you getting a sense of Deja vu? Well then you are correct cos I have already posted a review of this one on my blog. Rameau's review, but then Anachronist asked if I would write one too? And I thought about it and thought why not. It will be fun to compare.

I am glancing at Rameau's review while writing this ;)
I did think the smexing came to fast in this book, suddenly there it was and I was all lime wow, slow down people. Seems Rameu found a way of approving this while I am not too happy abo
Dec 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
A sweet holiday romance.
I like Theresa Romain's voice in this book. Her style is slighly different from other authors in this genre. I find it to be refreshing and charming. Another series to complete next year. :)
Aug 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I haven't read the first one, but I couldn't wait to read this one so I just skipped and went direct to the Louisa and Alex's story. I'm so glad I did, because I loved it. It has been a while since I read a regency romance that I could adored the hero and the heroine alike, so I enjoyed a lot their story. It didn't feel rushed, it feels "real", the development and I don't know, I didn't feel like dragged at any point (not even at the start).
Maybe I just loved a clever heroine who loves books an
Nov 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Easily 3.5

Louisa was pretty great and her swearing smart-mouth aunt was even better. Alex was fine and I very much liked Romain's take on "reformed rake". There's a spectacular library (okay fine, a library with some potential) for all the bookworm readers, mistletoe, and an opera singer who is not what she seems.

The only thing I didn't like was the villain. I mean, obviously, you are not SUPPOSED to like the villain...but...maybe it's all the assault/harassment that has been in the news lately
3.5 stars

After Miss Louisa Oliver broke her betrothal to Viscount Matheson, her step-sister and former intended was subjected to quite a scandal, due to the gossipping ways of Matheson's friend, the dissolute Alexander Edgware, Lord Xavier. Matheson and Louisa's step-sister got married, and the scandal passed, but Xavier isn't really a favourite in the Oliver or Matheson family circles any more. So when Louisa, with her formidable aunt as chaperone, receives an invitation to his house party, rum
Bebe Knight
Review by Bebe at Reading Until I Fall Asleep

When making my list of Holiday reads this month, I knew a historical had to be on there. I’m so glad I stumbled upon Season for Surrender, it was everything I could have hoped for in a historical Christmas themed book. The story begins with Lord Xavier and his cousin Lord Lockwood deciding to make a wager that Louisa, a “bluestocking” wallflower, wouldn’t be able to stay at Xavier’s house party for the full two weeks. Louisa, whose ex-fiancé left her
Aurian Booklover
Dec 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing

In the first book, Louisa is engaged in a marriage of convenience with James. But James falls in love with her sister instead, and marries Julia. They all blame one of James’ friends to gossip about it, Lord Xavier. So when Lord Xavier invites Louisa to his Christmas house party, along with her aunt Lady Irving as a chaperone, she accepts. Out of curiosity, and because she is ready for something new. She can’t stay living with her sister and James and watch their happiness from the sidelines, th
Aug 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
When I saw the gorgeous cover I was immediately drawn to Season for Surrender. While not part of a series, this book tells the tale of Louisa Oliver a character from Romain’s first novel a Season of Temptation. I found the cast of character’s attending the Christmas House party of Alexander Edgeware, Lord Xavier to be absolutely delightful. I quickly consumed this and walked away feeling good.

The ton and the wager books at White’s say Alexander Edgeware, Lord Xavier is a rogue and rumors of his
This is the first book by Theresa Romain that I have read, and will definitely look for more on the strength of it.

Alex Xavier has spent most of his life being and doing what everyone expects of him. Like many titled young men of the ton, he has done his share of drinking, gambling and womanising –although not as much as his reputation would seem to suggest. Orphaned at a very young age, he has had to find his place in the world without the help of parents or relatives (actually, it’s never made
Dec 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
This is second in a series, but it works well as a stand-alone. Louisa is the subject of a wager between two rakes, one of whom is the notorious Lord Xavier. She attends Xavier's not-at-all-polite Christimas party at his request as part of the wager, but agrees to go because she's stuck in a rut and wants to experience a bit of "excitement".

Obviously things between her and Lord Xavier heat up, much to his surprise, but far less her's, in my opinion. There's a bit of a side-story about his family
Nov 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
I picked this one up on the recommendation of SB Sarah over at Smart Bitches Trashy Books. It was part of the Sizzling Book Club, and if you are interested, the online chat is saved here.

ANYHOOTLES ... Lord Xavier is a rake of the first order. He's charming, teetering on dissolute, ridiculously wealthy, fashionable, and he never, ever looses a bet. So when his cousin, Lockwood, bets Xavier that Xavier can't keep a respectable young lady at his yearly, scandalous Christmas house party, Xavier acc
Season for Surrender is a holiday historical romance set during the regency period. Lord Xavier is hosting his annual Christmas house party, which is well known as a scandalous affair. This year, Lord Xavier’s cousin, Lord Lockwood, decides that they should make the house party more interesting in the form of a wager. Both Xavier and Lockwood are well known for their wagers; however, this wager puts the reputation of one Miss. Louisa Oliver at risk. Xavier will only win if he can keep Miss. Oliv ...more
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Theresa Romain is the bestselling author of more than 20 historical romances, including the Matchmaker trilogy, the Holiday Pleasures series, the Royal Rewards series, and the Romance of the Turf trilogy. Praised as "one of the rising stars of Regency historical romance" (Booklist), she has received starred reviews from Booklist and was a 2016 RITA® finalist. Theresa is hard at work on her next bo ...more

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Holiday Pleasures (5 books)
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  • Season for Desire (Holiday Pleasures, #4)
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“What Louisa wants for Christmas,
Get kissed
Find some good books
make peace between prior best friends
convince the polite world of her charm
and finally, get kissed some more;

"You're blushing, my girl," Lady Irving said, "Not thinking of something you shouldn't, are you?"
"I'm so pure-minded that I can't imagine what you're talking about." Louisa lied.”
“I must have read about the Vigenère once. Ciphers appeal to males once they reach the age of being interested in smuggling and pirates, you know.” “And what age is that?” He tugged his lower lip between his teeth. “From about age four to death.” 1 likes
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