Miss Lydia Charingford is always cheerful, and never more so than at Christmas time. But no matter how hard she smiles, she can't forget the youthful mistake that nearly ruined her life. But even though the worst was kept secret, someone else knows the truth of those dark days: the sarcastic Doctor Jonas Grantham. She wants nothing to do with him...or the butterflies that take flight in her stomach every time he looks her way.
Jonas Grantham has a secret, too: He's been in love with Lydia for more than a year. And this winter, he's determined to conquer her dislike and win her for his own. All he needs to start is a single kiss...
A Kiss for Midwinter is a novella (38,000 words) in the Brothers Sinister series. It follows The Duchess War. Each book stands on its own, but those who prefer to read in order might want to read that book first.
The fellow is a bit of a jerk.
There are a couple places, early on, where genre constraints are leaned on a little: the male protagonist makes some comments that are excessively rude & exactly the sort of "just not good with people & too bluntly-spoken" that some dudes claim to be in a bad-faith excuse to harass.
But this is a romance novella and the fellow really is blunt-spoken & it becomes part of his "basically cannot be deceptive, unlike the cad who broke the girl's heart" charm.
He did get slapped for being too rude, and took a few punches from the girl later when she needed to vent, so actions do redeem him.
He is not quite to my tastes, but I'm willing to accept he's to the female protagonist's tastes.
I adored this romance! I loved Jonas...smart, patient, intelligent, BLUNT and dedicated! And I loved Lydia’s character arc through out. Their relationship was compelling...I appreciated how her understanding of him changed as she realized her own flaws and unhandled trauma. It was such a beautiful story!
A kiss for midwinter
I wisps this story was longer. I liked the characters