Source: free Kindle download 12/21/13
Date read: December 22, 2013
0.5. The Governess Affair
1. The Duchess War
1.5. A Kiss for Midwinter - Paperback | Kindle
2. The Heiress Effect
3. The Countess Conspiracy
4. The Mistress Rebellion
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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 could have ruined her reputation. Even though the worst of her indiscretion was kept secret, one other person 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.Thoughts on A Kiss for Midwinter: Oh, Courtney Milan knows how to wring the emotion out of a reader, doesn't she? From Jonas and Lydia's first abbreviated interaction to how Lydia unravels the mystery of the good doctor, I was hooked. And now I want to read book 1 like whoa because what I've read of this series is ridiculously good and I want more. MOAR.
Jonas Grantham has a secret, too: He's been in love with Lydia for more than a year. This winter, he's determined to conquer her dislike and win her for his own. It all starts with a wager and a kiss...
So. Lydia and Jonas. The position he's put in when he first lays eyes on her is painful. While he could have spoken up and done something, he didn't and she ended up paying for it. On the other hand, Lydia rallied from an event that could have defined her in a most tragic way and she ended up a strong, confident woman. As an aside, I adored her father. His honesty when Lydia asked him why he was willing to stand beside her after her mistake laid me low. In a good way.
I genuinely liked the relationship that bloomed between Lydia and Jonas. Jonas is blunt -- sometimes painfully so -- and he believes knowledge is power. He talks about sex openly and he's uncompromising on being honest. Which is kinda awesome because he flat out tells her how he feels up front. Yeah, she doesn't believe him due to the preconceived notions she has about him but he lays it on the line and never wavers from what he feels.
I like that in a man.
Sarcasm, blunt talk, and a steamy kiss or two make for a fantastic book. *thumbs up*