by Sophie Jordan
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Release Date: Nov 4, 2014
Source: sent by publisher
My Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Summary from goodreads.com:
When a holiday blizzard brings together a pair of reluctant lovers, the result threatens their reputations … and may cost them their hearts.
Feisty and independent American heiress Violet Howard swears she'll never wed a crusty British aristocrat. Will, the Earl of Merlton, is determined to salvage his family's fortune without succumbing to a marriage of convenience.
But 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.
Will their passion survive the storm? Will they realize they've found a love to last them through all seasons?
My favorite thing about this book is that it's advertised as a Christmas novella, and it actually is very Christmas-y! All the snowy scenes are just perfect! It makes you want to snuggle up in front of the fire with a blanket and pretend you're at a holiday house party, too!
That being said, I didn't love the romance in this one. On one hand, I loved that Will was totally into Violet and let everyone know how interested he was. He didn't hide his feelings at all. It was so cute to see the meddling mamas so proud of their successful match-making. On the other hand, when Violet and Will were alone together, he came on way to strong for my liking. He was almost creepy and always seemed to be invading her space.
Another problem that I had with the story was that it was too short! I personally love novellas, especially holiday novellas, so I'm used to a shorter story and I think it can be done really well! But this story needed more time to really get to know the reasons why they loved each other. The ending was a little too abrupt, and I couldn't believe it was over already!
Main Characters: 3/5
Supporting Characters: 3/5
Bottom Line: This is a short, fun holiday read. Plenty of snow, but not quite enough substance.
Disclosure: I received an e-copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.