by Carla F., guest reviewer
In A Season of Seduction, Jennifer Haymore finishes the saga of the James' family that she began in A Hint of Wicked and A Touch of Scandal. This time the focus is on Rebecca "Becky" James who is the sister of Garrett, Duke of Carlton whose story was told in A Touch of Scandal. The story of Becky's first marriage is told in both of these previous books, but it is not necessary to read those to follow the plot for this one.
When this story begins, Becky's husband has been dead for four years, and she is ready to embark on affair with Jack Fulton, a sailor, who is just return to London after a long time on the sea. She has only known him for a month, but for her this affair will not be about love. She wants to have sex and be close to a man again. There is just one problem. Jack wants...needs...to marry Becky and soon. If he doesn’t, he could wind up dead.
I was very excited to see this book because I had so enjoyed the other two in this series. It was just a little bit of a disappointment to me because I had such high hopes for it. Most of this disappointment is due to the discomfort of knowing that a hero you like (and he is likable even at the beginning of the book) has a secret that is going to blow his marriage/relationship apart. However, Haymore does a good job in showing Jack’s motivations for his actions and showing him slowly falling in love.
Becky is a character that I had already like and had sympathy for since her first marriage was a disaster. It is easy to see why she has put up so many walls, and is frightened as her love for Jack causes each one to slowly fall down.
The story flows and I was pleased to see that Haymore didn’t take the easy way out for the ending. Despite the fact that I like the other two books better, I would still recommend this one. Those that have read the other books will be happy to be among the James family again. Both those readers and ones unfamiliar with the series will enjoy a well-written story with a hero and heroine that they will love.