Monday, October 18, 2010

Review: A Season of Seduction by Jennifer Haymore

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.

Continuing with characters from A Hint of Wicked and A Touch of Scandal, Ms. Haymore presents Lady Rebecca Fisk to us for further inspection.  You see, Rebecca has spent four years "on the shelf" believing she's damaged goods because of her marriage to William Fisk and, damn it!, she's going to have an affair.   A glorious affair that will neither infest her body nor her heart.  That's what an affair is -- the joining of a man and a woman in undeniable passion.  The problem is...Becky has spent four years "on the shelf" believing she's damaged goods, so it's difficult for her to approach the concept of an affair as something frivilous or fun.  But Jack Fulton -- oh, Jack -- he's 100% the right man to have an affair with. 

What I loved about A Season of Seduction (besides Jack) is how similar Becky and Jack are.  Truly.  They are opposite sides of the same coin.  That Becky has money and Jack is a third son bears no consequence on their morals, for they have both done something in their respective pasts which they feel guilty for.  That Jack is currently being blackmailed for this bad thing, and that he wants to marry Becky because she can afford to pay the blackmailer, well, Ms. Haymore gives us a glimpse into Jack's psyche as the novel progresses.  Jack Fulton isn't the most tortured hero I've ever read, but he's certainly a doozy. 

I wasn't happy with the ending for the simple fact it meant the book was over.  Lucky for me, Ms. Haymore's next series (previewed at the end of A Season of Seduction) looks to be amazing. 

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