Title: The Heiress and the Hothead (Sinful Suitors #1.5)
Author: Sabrina Jeffries
Publisher: Pocket Books
Expected Publication Date: November 28, 2016
Genre: Historical, Romance
Page Count: 90
Rating: 3 Stars
Return to the beloved Sinful Suitors series from New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries in this delightfully sexy winter-themed novella!
Stunned by the heat of an unexpected kiss on a cold winter’s eve, two strangers from vastly different worlds turn hotheaded principles into burning passion in Sabrina Jeffries’s charming yuletide story, The Heiress and the Hothead.
♦ Personal Thought ♦
This novella was previously published last year as part ofWhat Happens Under the Mistletoe regency romance holidays anthology. The tone of this new cover too, matches that of the anthology with the emerald green dress and some reddish background in place of the red coated hero. Very festive look indeed. As part of the “Sinful Suitors” series, the stories surround the nobles of St. George’s Club. Some of its members appearing here, but the book could be read as a standalone.
Younger sons were usually pictured as no good young lords who spent life wasting their non-existing fortunes. So it’s refreshing for me that the hero, Lord Stephen Cory – youngest brother of Lord Knightford – was way far from that detriment. He’s a man of principle who had given up his prospect to be a journalist, and fight to better the mills workers life. In fact, Stephen was pretty gung-ho and pretty radical on the matter.
His initial approach of Miss Amanda Keane was to further his goal – Amanda being an American mill owner. Their interactions was rather rocky because of mutual distrust. Gradually, this supposed foes combined their wit to try make necessary change. Pretty idealistic pair these two.
On Amanda part, I loved that she stood firm when it was still not well-received for women owning business during that time. It’s great that she was close to his brother, though sadly not enough display of that in this novella. The same could be said to Stephen’s relationship with his older brother, though at least there’s a glimpse of that toward the closing chapter.
In short, both MCs were headstrong and opinionated, but very likable. I also found other supporting characters here (the house party hosts, guests, and mill worker family) engaging.
What reaaally bugged me was one scene where in the face of imminent death the heroine pleaded the hero to deflower her. Because… there’s not much time left! Let’s do it! The rationale of that action was a bit bewildering for me. Other than that though, mostly it’s a smooth sail for me.
Advanced copy of this book is kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.