Thanks, Book Lover’s Hideaway, for letting me join you today! It’s release day for me: my second historical romance, SEASON FOR SURRENDER, is now in stores.
So let’s talk about celebrations! The subject suits the book, since the setting is a house party during the Christmas season. Alexander, Lord Xavier, plays host to a motley group of scandalous guests every year, but this particular party is a little different. When his cousin, Lord Lockwood, dares him to invite a proper young lady, here’s what happens:
Xavier never declined a bet, but that didn’t mean he never remolded it to suit his preference. He shook his head. “I won’t risk an unmarried lady’s reputation, Lockwood. Much better that we bet on la signora or someone of her kind.”
“But we need a challenge. Naturally, the young woman would be permitted a chaperone.”
“No, it won’t do.” Xavier stared down the length of his stretched-out legs. The sheen on his boots was mirror-bright despite the drizzle and puddles outside. He had to watch his every step in order to keep them looking just so.
Lockwood tried again. “Your house party’s always a roosting place for the birds of paradise with no place to go for Christmas. Just give it a festive air to appeal to the sparrows, too. Mistletoe in the corners, punch every night—revelry will be expected. If you’re as charming as all the world says, you should have no trouble in persuading a respectable young lady to attend.”
Xavier adopted Expression Number Three, Amused Tolerance. “You said it, Lockwood, not I. I’ve never professed many virtues.”
Of course, Xavier eventually gives in, all for the sake of a reputation he doesn’t want anymore: the reckless rake who’s always up for a wager. But as a result, Louisa Oliver—a proper bluestocking with a wicked sense of humor—attends his house party. And both of them wind up with far more to celebrate than they ever expected.
The Christmas house party includes not only the usual feasts and games, but also an encoded book. Xavier and Louisa forge an unlikely friendship to solve it, and as they do, they get to know the person behind the surface reputation. Does friendship turn to love? Why, yes. Yes, it does. And the final celebration of the house party turns out to be a code for…nah, I’d better not spoil it!
I’m offering a signed copy of SEASON FOR SURRENDER to one entrant today, so be sure to hit up that Rafflecopter form. And I’m curious to know: what’s your favorite occasion to celebrate? Please tell us about it in the comments.
Genre: Historical romance
Tone: Humorous, lighthearted, romantic
Heat Level: Sensual: Love scenes with euphemisms.
Publisher: Kensington/Zebra Publishing
Date: October 2, 2012
Format: Digital and Print (mass market)
Back Cover Blurb:
HONOR AMONG ROGUES
Alexander Edgware, 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 bookworm Xavier finds quite charming. Yet to refuse the challenge is impossible—he will simply have to appoint himself Miss Oliver’s protector…
MISCHIEF AMONG MISSES
Louisa knows her chance for a husband has passed. But she has no desire to retire into spinsterhood without enjoying a few grand adventures first. When Lord Xavier’s invitation arrives, Louisa is more intrigued than insulted. And once inside the rogues’ gallery, she just may have a thing or two to teach her gentlemen friends about daring…
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Author Bio:Historical romance author Theresa Romain pursued an impractical education that allowed her to read everything she could get her hands on. She then worked for universities and libraries, where she got to read even more. Eventually she started writing, too. She lives with her family in the Midwest.
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