PJ here. I'm so happy to welcome Theresa Romain today! Her debut last year was one of my favorites and her new book, SEASON FOR SURRENDER is an absolute delight. Theresa 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. Her historical romance debut, SEASON FOR TEMPTATION (read our review), was published in October 2011. The sequel, SEASON FOR SURRENDER, (review coming) was published in October 2012. You can find Theresa online at:
Season for Surrender and the Man behind the Curtain
Thanks, PJ and Andrea, for hosting me at The Romance Dish today! I’m excited about the release of my second historical romance, SEASON FOR SURRENDER: the story of a whip-smart bookworm and a fake-rake earl.
Before the story starts, the heroine, Louisa Oliver, has been through an awkward London season and a broken engagement of convenience. Her family was dragged through a scandal—and she blames the hero, Lord Xavier, for spreading the gossip.
As far as Xavier knows, Louisa is the only person in England who’s not delighted with him. The life of every party and the center of every bet, he is used to living at the heart of society. But it never touches his heart in return; in fact, he has started to wish he could drop his act and admit to the world what he is really like.
When Louisa and Xavier are thrown together at a notorious Christmas house party, her animosity soon turns into curiosity. This supposed rake treats her with great courtesy and seems to know a great deal about books. Yet he’s confident in a crowd—and over the course of the house party, Louisa learns a few tricks about finding her own courage. Xavier, meanwhile, must listen to his long-unused heart if he’s going to shed his dreadful reputation and win the love of a good woman.
So I guess it’s fitting that a man behind the curtain—or to be more accurate, hidden behind encoded pages—helps them earn what they need most.
Though they begin the house party as uneasy foes, they soon begin to work together in Xavier’s library. They find an encoded book of Xavier’s family history, written by an unknown historian from a past generation. Louisa is intrigued by the puzzle of it; Xavier wants to know more about his long-gone relatives. The encoded book gives them a reason to make peace.
Soon, as they spend time together, they begin to appreciate qualities in each other that society has never seen. Which is good, because when the encoded book reveals its secrets, they’re going to need to trust in their newfound strengths and each other.
Now it’s your turn, readers: what gift would you wish for more of? I wouldn’t mind more courage, though since I have a toddler, I could also use infinite patience! Tell us what you’d want most; I’m offering a signed copy of SEASON FOR SURRENDER to a random commenter, open internationally.