Monday, November 15, 2010

Review: A Season of Seduction by Jennifer Haymore (and giveaway!)

From the author's website:
Although the widowed Lady Rebecca has sworn off marriage, men are another matter. London’s cold winter nights have her dreaming of warmer pursuits-like finding a lover to satisfy her hungry heart. Someone handsome, discreet, and most importantly as uninterested in marriage as she is. Someone like Jack Fulton.

A known adventurer and playboy, Jack seems like the perfect choice. There’s just one problem: Jack isn’t interested in an affair. He needs the beautiful, mysterious Lady Rebecca to be his wife. And he doesn’t have much time to persuade her. A secret from Jack’s past is about to surface, and by Christmas Day he’ll be either married to Rebecca or dead.


A Season of Seduction is the third book in Ms. Haymore's Tristan Family series. I read the 2nd book, A Touch of Scandal (my review here), and really liked the heroine of this book, Rebecca.

As the story opens, Lady Rebecca (Becky) is about to embark on an assignation with Jack Fulton, a sailor recently embarked in London, whom she's become almost intimately acquainted with. Whom she wants to be intimately acquainted with. After the death of her husband four years ago, Rebecca hasn't wanted anyone like she wants Jack. She knows it's improper, but with the help of her dear friend, Cecelia, she's arranged to be with him tonight - alone. Things are moving right along, and then...her brother bursts into the hotel room and catches them, undressed and in bed together! Of course there's an audience to her disgrace, and she knows propriety dictates that she accept Jack's proposal of marriage. The problem is, she just can't do it.

Lady Rebecca's last marriage was so horrible, she doesn't ever want to be married again. He wooed her and convinced her he loved her, then planned to kill her for her money! She never wants to be dependent on a man again. What she doesn't know is that Jack needs to marry her because he is being blackmailed; he needs her dowry. He's got a history he's briefly told her about, but didn't give her all the facts, and is trying to manipulate her into marriage.

I enjoyed A Season of Seduction, Ms. Haymore's writing is descriptive - I could picture the events as they were unfolding. I liked Becky, and I wanted to like Jack, but I just couldn't. He was earnest and he loved her, but when you got down to it, he was using her. I was frustrated that when he finally decided to tell her the truth, his first thought is that his family would help him with his "issues" - that seemed kind of smarmy to me.

My feelings about the hero aside, it was a good story. Becky was a sweet heroine, and it was nice to see the characters from the previous book. (It can definitely be read as a stand-alone though) We met some new characters, Becky's friend Cecelia, and Jack's friend, Lord Stratford, whom I hope to see in the next book :)

Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: Forever
Release Date: October 1, 2010
ISBN-10: 0446540285
ISBN-13: 978-0446540285

My Rating:

I have an ARC of Book 2 (A Touch of Scandal) and A Season of Seduction to give away (obviously I've read them but they're still in good condition) to one lucky commenter. Just leave a comment telling me you want to win them. Must be a GFC follower. Ends November 29.

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This book was received by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


  1. It's such a bummer when the hero dissapoints...I don't know if this is the kind of story for me but I read another historical novella by Haymore and I liked her writing style and the characters (highlanders)in that one :)

  2. IS this open to all, even little me? If so then I am totally in. I read book 2 (so not in for that one), loved it, have book 1 and sure want this one too

  3. I would love to win this book!
    I have book 1 i think (A Hint Of Scandal)
    It would ROCK to have the other two and be able to enjoy the series!

    LOL @ the word smarmy- you won't believe the long debate and discussion me and my other book nerd friends had with this word!! But grr to the hero using the heroine. I am all for helping each other, but JEEZ.

    [I am a follower]
    +1 sidebaring on my blog:

    email: historicalromancejunkie[AT]gmail[DOT]com

  4. Would love to read these books!

    GFC follower

  5. I read the first book, but not the other two, so I'd love to win them. Thanks.


  6. Yes indeed ! I would love to win both books but is the giveaway open worldwide ?

    If so please enter me.

    I am a Follower via GFC.

    Thank you.

    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

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  8. I would love to try her books!
    They sound great!

    Twitter link:!/ClaudiGC84

  9. New GFC follower. I would love to read them. The cover art is great.

    BookNoise @

  10. Season of Seduction looks great. I really want A Touch of Scandal. Thanks for sharing!

    I'm a GFC follower

  11. I would love to read these
    GFC follower

  12. It sounds intersting. Not sure about the hero though. Heroine sertainly has her own issues to work threw it seems.

    I'd love to read this. I am a follower

    Lisa B
    modokker at yahoo dot com

  13. I would love to win these historical romances. Thanks

  14. Wow! Count me in for sure! :)
    You can reach me at

  15. Thank you for the generous giveaway Patti! :-)

    I love historical romances and would love to read these, so please count me in.

    I'm an old and loyal GFC (and Twitter) follower :-)

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

  16. I loved the first two books in the Tristan Family series, and I also greatly enjoy holiday romances. "A Season of Seduction" sounds like a wonderful conclusion to a great romantic trilogy : )

    US Resident, GFC Follower, Subscriber

    gcwhiskas at aol dot com

  17. I would love to win this , if it's oppen internationally !

    raluk.93 at gmail (Dot) com

    GFC Follower

  18. If it's an international contest, I would love to join. :)

    I'm a GFC follower.

    Posted about the contest on my twitter:!/gconoy/status/8995275276292097

    hrududu AT hotmail DOT de

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  20. I want it! XD
    if it is open to Brazil :)
    i'm a GFC follower :)

    and i tweeted!!/petit_sayumi/status/9419482615250945

  21. This giveaway is closed - will announce winners soon. Thanks for entering!