Christmas in August! (a giveaway)

So, enough of the serious stuff (uh, for a short space of time). Here’s something cool.

A while back, Theresa Romain asked me to read a copy of her debut historical romance, Season for Temptation. Which isn’t out until October. And I loved it. It’s a rare beast–a fun, sparkling romance that still has a real dash of emotion.

The setup: James gets engaged to Louisa, a lovely girl, who he thinks he’ll get along with quite well. He spends some time with her family during the betrothal, including with her step-sister Julia. Julia is friendly and funny and outgoing, and James and Louisa are both a little more shy and reserved. It seems only natural that Julia, who wants James to feel welcome to the family, act as a bridge–as she really loves Louisa, and wants her stepsister to be happy.

And so Julia and James become friends. Their friendship progresses from, “Gosh, isn’t it lovely that we’re going to be family?” into a deeper, less superficial relationship. Neither of them intends to fall in love. Neither of them realizes they’re falling in love–they just enjoy each other’s company, and think it’s lovely that they get along so well, since they’re all going to be one happy family.

Until one day, James and Julia realize that they’re spending more time together, and enjoying each other’s company more, than James and Louisa do.

Gulp. It’s a slow, delightful falling in love–one that’s fun and adorable, even though I know the setup seems horribly conflicted and filled with angst. The forbidden love triangle can often be so angst-ridden that as a reader, it’s almost too much. But Theresa Romain’s version had a delicious innocence to it. This wasn’t a case of people behaving badly because they’re too lust-filled; it was one where people acted with the best of intentions. You really feel for them when they realize they’ve got in too deep, but instead of reading it and saying, “NO NO, DO NOT GO THERE, WHAT ARE YOU THINKING?” you can’t help but cheer for what is a true friendship and a truer love.

I really had a blast reading this book, and Theresa got some extra ARCs and offered me one. I declined on my own behalf; I’m trying to do everything in digital these days, after all. But I decided it would be worthwhile to ask her if I could have one for my blog readers, and she said yes.

So here’s your chance, lucky readers. Comment if you want, and I’ll pick a lucky reader to have it over the weekend.

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33 Responses to “Christmas in August! (a giveaway)”

  1. Rebecca WS says:

    This sounds lovely! And congratulations to Theresa on her debut!

  2. Amy Kathryn says:

    It does sound wonderful, thanks for giving a heads up and for getting one as a prize. I love reading how people thrown together for whatever reason fall in love…marriage of convenience stories are a favorite. This sounds similar enough to want to read but different enough to intrigue!

  3. Laney4 says:

    I would think it would be difficult to write such a storyline, as there’s a line (or more than one line) not to cross in order to have a HEA ending. Oh my. That’s quite a teaser. Now I want to see how Theresa gets to her HEA.
    Thanks for sharing, Courtney!

  4. Barbara Elness says:

    I loved the description for Season for Temptation and I’m really curious to see how it all turns out. Congrats to Theresa on her debut, I wish her every success.

  5. Anna says:

    That sounds so lovely! I won’t hold my breath to win ARC, lovely though that would be. This one is absolutely going to be a must-buy upon release. <3 Season for temptation. Check.

  6. Julie says:

    I think it’d be a nice change of tempo to read a sweet, slower-paced story. Thanks for the chance to experience this one!

  7. Julie says:

    I’d enjoy a copy of this book. It sounds exactly like my kind of romance — friends to lovers, and slowly realizing they’re in love.

  8. Michelle says:

    It sounds like a really fun story!

  9. Sounds like a sweep-me-off-my-feet read. I’d love a copy! Thanks for the delicious opportunity.

    Btw, I read your post on agents w/ publishing arms and decided to stalk you :)

  10. Kristi says:

    It sounds fabulous! Adore the premise!

  11. What a wonderful premise! Two people with the very best of intentions who end up with the very best of endings. I would love to read this! I am a firm believer that while passion is incredible, a genuine friendship is the very best basis for a marriage.

  12. Lynnd says:

    Oh, this one sounds like a great story. Thanks for letting us know about it.

  13. Janice says:

    Love the blog!! Also, I love stories where the two main characters start out as friends.

  14. Christina says:

    This looks really good! I’m definitely putting this on my list to read.

  15. Emily says:

    I love these type of stories but get frustrated because rarely is the execution right on cue. I’ll definitely be trying this one!

  16. Karen says:

    I usually stay away from triangles, but this one sounds good! (I like “sparkling” stories quite a lot!)

  17. Llehn says:

    The book sounds so lovely. I’d love to play please. Thanks.

  18. Tara says:

    Sounds so good that I went ahead and preordered it for my Kindle.

  19. peggy h says:

    Sounds very interesting! Would love to read this–thanks for the review and the offer!

  20. Kim says:

    It sounds very good. I’d like a chance to win an ARC. Thanks.

  21. Donna M says:

    It sounds like what happened with a former boyfriend and myself. Started talking about his relationship with my girlfriend and we ended up dating but it didn’t work out in the end. He wasn’t my happy ending I have that now.

  22. Ivy says:

    Congrats to Theresa on her debut. It sounds like a wonderful read. Appreciate the opportunity to win.

  23. Ana S. says:

    It sounds good. Friends-to-lovers theme is one of my favorites in romance. :-)

  24. TracyTracy says:

    It does sound good, especially the part where there is no screaming at the characters to STOP. I read in the bath and it is so echo-y, well, that screaming scares the cat. Thanks for this opportunity and hooray Theresa.

  25. OMG this sounds so lovely. I can’t remember the last romance that I absolutely adore friends to lovers stories. I am adding this to my wishlist right now (especially since you loved it).

  26. JoAnn says:

    This sounds lovely. I have already added it to my “Suggestions from Courtney Milan” list in the very likely event that I don’t win.
    Thanks for all your wonderful book recommendations.

  27. mbot565 says:

    I’d love to be included in the list for a chance to win a copy, if winner name hasn’t been drawn.

  28. Mindy says:

    Sweet. Please include me in the contest if it is still open? If it isn’t I can still make sure to add, Season for Temptation, to my TBR list. Thanks.

  29. Therese says:

    I would love to be included in the contest if it’s still alright! Can’t wait to read the book. :)

  30. kathleen says:

    This is definitely one worth begging for an ARC! :-)

  31. Andrea Z says:

    Friendship to love is one of my favorite plot types! However, normally I’m wary of the “promised to another” complication, since it is very very tricky to ensure that the good feelings of the HEA outweigh the bad feelings that should ensue from a promise being broken. Glad to know there’s another writer out there who can pull that off, even if I don’t win the ARC…

  32. Lisa says:

    This sounds like a great story-looking forward to reading it! :)

  33. Hannah says:

    I am probably late for the contest–but wanted to comment that I look forward to reading this book.


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Courtney Milan writes historical romance novels like the ones you see to the right. She still remembers bits and pieces from her old lives, where she was (variously) a scientist and a lawyer.

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