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An Affair in Winter (Seasons Book 1) by Jess Michaels
Series: Seasons #1
Published by Passionate Pen on July 12, 2016
“‘This isn’t going to be quick, Mrs. Wilde,’ he assured her between kisses that tasted her skin. ‘It isn’t going to be perfunctory.’
She shuddered and leaned back against his chest. ‘What will it be then?’
He lifted his fingers to the top button of her gown and unfastened it, letting his fingers slide into the gap he’d created.
‘A night to remember,’ he vowed. ‘For both of us.'”
FINAL DECISION: I very much enjoyed this book of these two people who are on opposite sides of their siblings upcoming marriage. I thought the story and connection between the characters was good and I found their story sweet if a bit simplistic in its resolution.
THE STORY: Mrs. Rosalinde Wilde is a widow traveling on her way to her sister’s wedding when a snowstorm forces her to stop at an inn. There she meets Grayson Danford. The two end up having dinner together in the crowded inn and then decide to spend the night together — two people attracted to one another knowing almost nothing about one another. A night of passion out of time. How surprised they are to discover one another again as siblings of the couple getting married where Gray is determined to stop the wedding.
OPINION: AN AFFAIR IN WINTER is the start of a new series, and I think this series has great potential. This book begins with a 19th century one night stand between the hero and heroine. Although the night is special for both of them, they part in the morning never intending on seeing one another again. Of course, they end up being siblings to a couple getting married. The two are placed in opposition as Rosalinde supports the marriage, while Gray is opposed.
The one night stand, of course, complicates what would have been a pure adversarial relationship between Rosalinde and Gray. I loved that these two are so likeable when the events easily could have led either of them into being conniving and betraying any possible relationship between them. Everything between them ends up being handled in such a reasonable and deft manner, that I never moved from my initial liking of the characters.
Rosalinde is recovering from a bad marriage, but she never loses her optimism and her belief in the joy and love of life. And despite a love match gone wrong in her own life, Rosalinde wants love and happiness for her sister. Gray is determined to avoid love after seeing both of his siblings suffer because of bad relationships. He cannot resist Rosalinde despite his resolution. Both are incredibly loving siblings (even when they are wrong) and this essential characteristic gives these two a foundation that connects them in unexpected ways.
Even when they are at cross-purposes, there is an essential element of caring that keeps them from being torn apart. I thought that their evolution of their viewpoints of their sibling upcoming marriage was amusing but also represents their intelligence and the complexity of the situation. The ultimate lesson is that people should be free to make their own choices having all relevant information.
The connection between Gray and Rosalinde is hot and intense — even in proper society dress. I really only had one complaint and that is that the solution to all the dilemmas seemed too simple and didn’t necessary convince me completely. Despite that, however, I enjoyed this book and look forward to future books in the series.
WORTH MENTIONING: Oh, now I really want to read Gray’s brother’s story. I think that is going to be an angst filled one.
CONNECTED BOOKS: AN AFFAIR IN WINTER is the first book in the Seasons series.
STAR RATING: I give this book 4 stars.