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Sunday, 15 April 2012

Season for Temptation by Theresa Romain

Sweet and unassuming romance

3 stars

Julia Herington is thrilled when her stepsister, Louisa, becomes engaged to a rich and handsome viscount. James, Viscount Matheson is witty, unconventional and perfect husband material. Julia only wishes she could find a man exactly like him - especially now she can’t have James herself.

James is torn. Louisa is all anyone would want in a wife - poised, elegant and intelligent. However, it’s headstrong, rash and quirky Julia that he can’t get out of his head. Engaged to one sister while in love with the other - what is a viscount to do?

From the start this book sets itself out as light and frothy. Julia is portrayed as a quirky and unconventional heroine while James is an honorable and likeable hero. Neither are offensive in any way but neither do they really stand out from the crowd. Their interactions are sweet but again not particularly memorable or overly romantic.

The same is true of the story. It plods along quite nicely with nothing startling or offensive happening. I couldn’t understand the motivations of the characters for behaving as they did (especially Louisa) and couldn’t help but want things to be wrapped up a little quicker than they ultimately were. As it was, it took almost two thirds of the story before James and Julia even kissed and there wasn’t even any sexual tension to tide things over before it got to that point.

There were an alarming amount of modern language and Americanisms throughout the whole story which is irritating in any period book and pulls you completely out of the story. I also spent an unusual amount of time trying to figure out how the main family were related. It didn’t matter to the story but I just couldn’t understand it all until it was explained about 20 pages from the end.

All in all this was a sweet story that I read through quite happily. I’ll probably not remember about it in a couple of days as, unfortunately, inoffensive and unassuming also means forgettable. 3 stars which is probably quite generous and not really a story I would go out of my way to recommend.

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