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Season for Scandal

(Holiday Pleasures #3)

3.43  ·  Rating details ·  632 ratings  ·  106 reviews
Unladylike Risk

Jane Tindall has never had money of her own or exceptional beauty. Her gifts are more subtle: a mind like an abacus, a talent for play-acting—and a daring taste for gambling. But all the daring in the world can't help with the cards fixed against her.

And when Edmund Ware, Baron Kirkpatrick, unwittingly spoils her chance to win a fortune, her reputation is r
Mass Market Paperback, 347 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by Zebra
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Mary - Buried Under Romance
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
My first thought upon completing this novel was: how can I send some flowers to Mrs. Romain?

Contrary to what the cover may suggest, this book is not in the least light-hearted, nor does it contain untamed passions. Rather, this is for me analogous to a game of chess (which is also a motif in the book) and the slow unraveling of complex characters. It is mentally intense, utterly gripping, and will monopolize your time once you pick it up.

Jane Tindall is the country cousin of the Earl of Xavier
Jan 18, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
I got about 80% of the way through this before I stopped.

While the writing is good, the characters and the plot just weren't my style. The characters had too many things that weren't in common and no spark. They fought all the time, said dreadful things, didn't communicate, and had unrealistic expectations for each other. There was too much pain, awkwardness, and miscommunication for me to enjoy it. I kept reading because I typically adore Theresa Romain's work, but after I got to 80% and I real
Aug 11, 2015 rated it did not like it
This book was ruined by rushing two characters into marriage and then centering an entire plot around a misunderstanding. If Edmund had just told Julia what was going on from the beginning, and if she had just told him what he was doing that upset her, nothing else would have happened in the book. That makes for a deeply frustrating and unsatisfying read. Not to mention it leaves everything feeling very flat, from the characters to the tension to the romance. All of it was so very blah and dull ...more
Nov 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
Jane Tindall loses £10,000 in a game of cards. Edmund Ware, Baron Fitzpatrick, saves her from leering card sharks with a hasty marriage. There are approximately ninety gadjillion conversations about feelings and gifts and love before we finally get resolution for Edmund's looming angst storm.

1. In the first 10% of this book, Jane loses, gets married, gets laid, and admits she is in love with Edmund. It's very sudden and it's all setup so that we can spend the next 90% of the book philosophizing
Oct 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
We've previously met Jane Tindall in Season for Surrender , she's Xavier's cousin and a bit wild. Now Jane has reached her majority and received a major disappointment: she has been informed by her cousin that he does not trust her with the sum of money that he has been keeping in trust for her. Xavier has, instead, reverted the amount to a dowry and Jane can only access the money when she gets married.

But who would marry her? She's a poor relation, with very little social connections and is so
Feb 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
‘Season for Scandal’ is the third book in Theresa Romain’s Holiday Pleasures Series of which I read none before. Actually, it wasn’t necessary for me to read the other two books to understand and enjoy this one.

That said, I have to say that I’m new to this author and her voice and style are nothing as I expected it to be. I thought this would be one of those lighthearted and witty tales, but I was pleasantly surprised by what it actually was, a character driven love story of two completely diffe
Aug 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My Rating: 4.5/5

Lovely, sweet, and surprising, this book is a historical romance you don't want to miss. Season for Scandal was a wonderful romance, one that I really enjoyed. Loved this book!

Jane was a very sensible heroine. And I mean that in the best of ways because, after reading so many historical romance, you get a little frustrated with the melodramatic, overly emotional heroines. They're wonderful, but they can get to be a bit much. Jane was actually reasonable. I really liked that, when
Up until about three-quarters of the way through, this was going to be a 4.5 star read, possibly a DIK for AAR. But the last 20% or so didn't live up to the early promise, so I've downgraded it a bit.

I've given this a B at AAR, so that's 4 stars.

Season for Scandal grabbed me immediately and had me tearing up by about a quarter of the way through. The characterisation of the hero and heroine was excellent and the story was well-written with plenty of humour and wonderful dialogue along the way –
Aug 27, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: not-for-me
DNF at page 172. Partly my fault. I picked this up right after several books by Mary Balogh who is one of the all-time almost anything would suffer in comparison.

That said. WTF? It starts with a plot hole big enough to sink a house. The heroine is shown being a super clever impersonator of a type of sophisticated society lady. She knows just how to flirt and act to get the strangers -all men - she's playing cards with for high stakes (10k Pounds which is $250k in today's dollars) to
Rachel Neumeier
Dec 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
“You see,” Edmund began, “certain people have entrusted their . . . er . . . trust to me. And I must fulfill that trust. And now is the time that the trust which they have entrusted –”

“Oh, stop,” Jane cut him off. “You’ll do yourself an injury if you try to end that sentence.”

I’m resisting the urge to quote all the good bits, because they’re better in context anyway, right? But if you’re looking for something light and Christmasy, but neither too fluffy nor too sentimental, then you could do wor
Blodeuedd Finland
This romance was different. I can't say all the ways it was different because that would be to spoil things, but yes it was different.

First we have Jane who marries Edmund after a certain thing she was involved in. They are not in love, he does try to treat her well. But yes the whole marriage is kind of blah. I wished for love but after a while I knew the truth. If these two want a happy loving marriage they will have to work for it. And so they did.

Jane was strong, again I can't say the situat
Sweets Books
Oct 24, 2014 rated it liked it
I give it 3.5 of 5 Cupcakes

It started out good and it stayed good till bout the 40% mark, that's when it started to drag a little! I do think the story would of been better if some things would of been taken out of the book and it wouldn't of effected the story at all!

Jane, she annoyed me throughout the whole book. She was never happy with anything, even when she got what she wanted she pushed it away. Anytime anybody would pay her a compliment she would automatically assume they were lying to h
Nov 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good story. Loved the details of the plot to capture the villain. Very much admire this style of writing from TR. I felt sorry for Edmund in a way - but he needed a kick up the tush!
Not the light read I thought from the cover - the story had gravitas!
Oh boy, I wanted to like this so much more than I did; I was so excited to have Jane as a heroine, after how much I adored her as a supporting character in the prior book! Especially when I realized we'd seen her and her hero in action during the house party-- I was really looking forward to how this would play out in light of that!

And then the book started and... that never got brought up? In fact, what got brought up instead was AN ENTIRE HISTORY that was just... barely mentioned in the prior
Dec 02, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a tricky book to rate; I can see how well constructed the characters and the conflict between them are, and I admire how much Romain made them work to get to a happy marriage in the end. But that also made it frustrating, and the flirty banter and wordplay I love in her novels felt a bit out of place. I also wish we'd seen more of the daring and mischief Jane is said to have; I get why it doesn't come up exactly during the story but when so many characters allude to schemes and plots in ...more
This wasn't badly written (which is often the case for books I only give 2 stars to), I just really didn't like it. I didn't understand the heroine a lot of the time. She spent a lot of the book genuinely upset by the hero, but a lot of the time it didn't make sense to me why she was so upset. There were definitely a few times where I understood why she was upset, and wanted to bop the hero one. But mostly it was a lot of anger for very little reason, and while the ending was sweetish, I'm not c ...more
Dec 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: racy-romance
So, this was solidly in the "I cannot understand how you are failing to disclose this" style of romance which are one of my least favorite types. I mean, just talk! problem solved! That said, I loved Jane so very dearly. She was not perfect or stunning or born to her role in life. She was just her. Good parts and bad. At times trying to hard to please, at other times trying to prove her strength. She was wonderful. I wish Edmund had risen to the occasion and really proved himself worthy of her.
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was the first book I read of Theresa. I really liked it. Jane and Edward marry but don't know how to deal with each other.

They like each other. Jane loves Edward. He is unsure what to do with that. They have difficulties.
They separate for a time until finally Edward realizes just how important Jane is to him.

They find their love for each other and realized they belong together.

I will read more of her books.
Dec 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This may be the most unique regency romance I have ever read. The feelings I felt as I read this story were unlike the feelings I normally feel while reading these sorts of books. I really took some time to evaluate my feelings about the main characters. There were times when I wasn't sure if I LOVED this book or absolutely hated it. Eventually I came to an understanding with it and was able to award it four stars ... but it was a journey, one that I am unaccustomed to taking when I pick up a hi ...more
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
2/10 feelings blah blah blah no feelings blah blah blah
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
# 3 in series- almost DNF
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
Fun characters but weak drawn out plot.
Willamae Boling
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Imo season for communication would be a more apt title, and I love communication so this is not a complaint.
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jane Tindall has always been a bit wild and canny, and wants to gamble herself into independence. When she bets and loses her (borrowed) family jewels, her cousin's old friend Edmund Ware, Baron Kirkpatrick, takes on the debt with the polite fiction that he and Jane are affianced. But Edmund has reasons of his own for wanting to go ahead with the marriage – family secrets that compel him to beget an heir to protect his family line. Always kind, Edmund uses small kindnesses to assuage the guile o ...more
Theresa Ann
Aug 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
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Aug 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Season for Scandal is the third book in Theresa Romain’s Holiday Pleasures series. The tale offers up a twist on the marriage of convenience trope with complicated and troubled characters. While this wasn’t my favorite, it was well paced with suspense and mystery that kept me engaged. Mini review: secrets, complicated characters and slow to build romance.

We meet Jane Tindall while in disguise playing a card game in which she gambles too much. Just as she plans to recoup her losses, Edmund Ware,
Melody  May (What I'm Reading)
Sep 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, historical, romance
Posted on What I'm Reading

All right, I finished reading Season for Scandal by Theresa Romain. Well, I haven't read the first two books. I know, I know, but I do own them. I'm going to make it my goal to read them before Christmas. Please feel free to bug me about them. Anyway, we are going to focus on Jane Tindall and Edmund Ware, Viscount Kirkpatrick, story first.

Let's be honest, marriage of convenience are never ever convenient. This is why they're my favorite to read. Yes, the hero and heroin
I must've forgotten how much I hated the other two Theresa Romain books I read because somehow I picked this one up. Blissfully, only the essential bits regarding the main characters in this one came back to me from the previous book.

This book worked for me so much more than the previous one. The characters felt much more realistic - there was a lot less fake it til you make it and parcelling out of expressions.

I liked Jane a lot. I always enjoy a spunky heroine. In the previous book she felt qu
Sep 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
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ane Tindall thought that she was an ordinary lass. She was anything but ordinary. Her fierce sense of independence leads her to the gambling table from where she had to be rescued by Edmund Ware, Baron Kirkpatrick-who was one of the oldest friends of her cousin Xavier.

What she had not expected after being rescued from the rakes, was a marriage proposal. But it had to be a marriage of convenience, with no emotion resemblin
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Theresa Romain is the bestselling author of 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. A member of Romance Writers of America® and its Reg ...more

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Holiday Pleasures (5 books)
  • Season for Temptation (Holiday Pleasures, #1)
  • Season for Surrender (Holiday Pleasures, #2)
  • Season for Desire (Holiday Pleasures, #4)
  • Holiday Pleasures Bundle