An Affair in Winter (Seasons Series) by Jess Michaels
Overview by Publisher:
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.
Grayson Danford 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?
You know what I love about Jess Michaels? She writes steamy and hot romance novels. When I read a review, I want to know that there is some action in the book. It doesn’t need to be Fifty Shades of Grey level, but I am not into ‘sweet’ romances. Jess Michaels book are interesting, well written AND erotically charged.
The Regency equivalent of a one night stand opens this sensual novel. Rosalinde and Gray meet each other in a dingy inn, stranded by a snow storm. Fate pushed them together and they take advantage of the opportunity.
But things are never that simple. They find out that they are to be in-laws. Gray’s brother and Rosalinde’s sister are the most unhappily engaged couple. Gray was against the marriage before he had even met Celia, the bride-to-be and definitely before he knew that Rosalinde was her sister. I love tangled situations like these!
The setting of the story also makes it so delicious! Retiring to a country estate for the nuptials, it’s like a house party where sneaking around makes the illicit affair even more spicy. Gray isn’t the only one with reservations. Rosalinde had a horrible first marriage. She wants her sister to marry for love – not because of expectations or bribery. Rosalinde’s ruminations on her sister’s future compliment her own situation. She is a passionate woman who lives life with her heart on her sleeve. She sees the opportunity for a future with Gray, but the complications bring her down to reality.
Gray is a second son and a successful business man. He has watched his parents and siblings live with the pain from failed relationships and I really loved how Jess Michaels explores his confusion about what he wants.
Of course, the book has great sensual and sexy moments. I adore how she crafts excellent characters and emotions, but it’s a real strength how she develops the relationship through sex. Rosalinde is so sensual and while she is a widow, she comes alive through Gray’s touch.
The story is really well balanced between the emotional responses of impending marriage, family obligations and desires. It’s another hit for Jess!