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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Review: An Affair in Winter by Jess Michaels

And here I thought The Woodleys were the height of my reading enjoyment from Jess Michaels. Nope. This one was full of win!

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: The Passionate Pen
Release Date: July 12, 2016

Widow Rosalinde Wilde is on her way to her beloved sister’s wedding when an unexpected storm waylays her at an overcrowded inn. There she meets a tempting stranger who sweeps her into a night of unforgettable passion.

Lord Grayson never expected a night with the irresistible Mrs. Wilde, but she was a welcome distraction from the unpleasant duty of breaking up his brother’s impending nuptials. He’s shocked when he discovers his passionate lover is none other than the sister of his brother’s intended.

Now Rosalinde and Gray will butt heads, even as their simmering desire for each other threatens to boil over. Who will win? And who might lose it all?

On her way to her sister’s wedding, widowed Rosalinde Wilde gets caught in a storm and ends up stranded at an overcrowded inn. Overnight she has a passionate encounter with a mysterious stranger that leaves her feeling unsettled.

Intent on breaking up his brother’s engagement to a woman he deems unworthy, Lord Greyson welcomed the distraction in the form of an irresistible woman. When he arrives at his brother’s home though he’s shocked to find that Mrs. Wilde is none other than the sister of the woman his brother is engaged to.

Now Grey and Rosalinde have a two battles to fight, the one against each other over the impending wedding, and the very real and strong attraction between them.

Can I just talk about Grey? Brooding, sometimes rude but always had his siblings’ best interests at heart Grey? It was inevitable that he would fall for the charming and loving Rosalinde but in the meantime he was a bit conniving, deceitful, controlling, and proud.

And I. Loved. Him. He was all of the above but while his methods and his attitude towards Rosalinde and Celia was questionable and harsh at times, he did it out of a fierce love and loyalty to his brother who had already endured heartbreak and pain. I saw things perfectly from Grey’s point of view.

The kick of it was, Grey wasn’t the oldest, he was the middle child with an older brother and a younger sister, both of whom he would do anything to protect. While Grey had no problem sinking to a low level in order to keep his siblings from harm, he also had this late-to-the-party chivalry that put him in a tough spot. Of course he wanted to spare his brother pain but he also wanted to help Rosalinde. Grey was so conflicted once he started to spend more time with her and to see him go from 100% certain his brother’s wedding had to be broken up to wanting to save his brother but still keep Rosalinde for himself made An Affair in Winter that much more fun.

Of course, I can’t forget the heroine of the story, Rosalinde. She and Grey had more in common than they thought at first. Rosalinde also wanted to protect her sibling from harm but she wasn’t quite as ready to sink low as Grey was. As a widow, she naturally had a past and it wasn’t pleasant but I found her to be so likable because in spite of her disastrous marriage, Rosalinde was open, generous, and vulnerable. I felt that she balanced out Grey’s more impulsive, inconsiderate nature with her own thoughtful way of doing things. She was a passionate character but she was also an intelligent one. There was just something so sweet and innocent about her willingness to love and her fear of going unloved that she just had to be a favorite.

These two had a lot of heat let me tell you. It was an instant attraction but the love took some time to grow. I will say that I wish more attention would have been paid to developing the romance since I don’t think I got a feel for why Rosalinde fell for Grey and vice versa. Aside from their obvious loyalty and affection for their respective siblings of course. I just think there should have been more walks and talks together and… I can’t believe I’m saying this because I LOVE my sexy times, less physical scenes would have had them developing a more believable attachment to one another. I still bought the romance but I think there could have been a bit more interaction outside of the bedroom.

Since An Affair in Winter is the start of a new series, author Jess Michaels introduces some interesting supporting characters in the form of Rosalinde’s younger sister Celia and Grey’s two siblings: His elder brother Lucien, the Earl of Stenfax and youngest sibling Felicity, who is also a widow with unhappy memories of her marriage. All three characters were mysterious without fading into the background and I honestly can’t decide whose story I want to read the most. I do hope that the mystery that plagued Rosalinde and Celia gets resolved soon though.

Final Verdict: Jess Michaels never fails to deliver a passionate romance with witty dialogue, and a lot of heart. An Affair in Winter is a promising beginning to a new series.

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