Series: The Debutante Files #1.5
Published by Avon Books on November 4, 2014
Genres: Adult, Holiday, Romance
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When a holiday blizzard brings together a pair of reluctant lovers, the result threatens their reputations … and may cost them their hearts.\r\n\r\nFeisty and independent American heiress Violet Howard swears she'll never wed a crusty British aristocrat. Will, the Earl of Moreton, is determined to salvage his family's fortune without succumbing to a marriage of convenience.\r\n\r\nBut when a snowstorm leaves Violet and Will stranded and alone, their sudden chemistry will challenge good intentions. Seized by a desire that burns through the night, they'll toss reservations aside in favor of the heat found in each other's arms.\r\n\r\nWill their passion survive the storm? Will they realize they've found a love to last them through all seasons?
What I Liked
The setting was beautiful.
Picturesque snowscapes and castles, and women riding side seat with gorgeous gowns. Jordan is especially good at building her worlds so her reader can be lost in it.
The male lead character, Will, is pragmatic and kind
Unlike an Earl you would picture who comes from fancy lineage. He was not fond of the idea of an arranged marriage to some heiress he didn’t even know, because he (wrongly) assumes all heiresses are the same: spoiled, arrogant, vapid. When he comes upon Violet, it is clear the connection is strong, but Violet isn’t yet willing to give, and Will won’t give up.
Violet is a strong woman with flaws
Albeit a bit too strong-willed, because she is unwilling to bend a little or give people the benefit of the doubt. But I liked that about her because it meant she wasn’t perfect and reacted to situations with very human emotions. It’s easy to see how her desperation to have love leads her to believe that her father’s man of affairs is a man worthy of her affections.
Her mom was a title-digger
LOL, that sounds weird to say it’s something I liked, but she felt true to the era. The subsequent loss also felt realistic, since dowries and arranged marriages for money and political advancement are something that really happened back then. Also the relationship between her title-digging mother and herself set the tone for the kind of character Violet was: not easily manipulated but a people-pleaser nonetheless.
Even though this is a novella, the romance isn’t instantaneous.
It’s a slow build. Will realizes Violet is unlike other heiresses he’s met, and finally, there is one he wants to get to know better. His efforts were cute, and their verbal back and forth was adorable. The moment they get stranded together in a blizzard is the turning point for the story, and I really enjoyed reading how they came together that night.
What I Didn’t Like
Sometimes, though, Violet suffered from TSTL syndrom (Too Stupid To Live). She made one especially ridiculous decision and it can only be attributed to having impractical and emotional reactions to the situation she found herself in.
I didn’t think I would enjoy a historical romance, but I love Sophie Jordan’s YA novels, and I thought I’d give this one a try for the HoHoHoRAT. I was pleasantly surprised that I liked it, so now I might try other historicals, too. Obviously fans of this genre will love it. An Heiress for All Seasons is downright adorable.