My Rating: 5 ❀'s
Genre: Historical Romance
The novel opens up with our heroine Rosalinde travelling in the midst of a storm that leaves her stranded at a crowded inn with other stranded travelers, one being our hero, Grayson. Right from the opening pages I was impressed with the polished writing and usage of language from the period in which this novel is set. It was a very easy to settle into, and then the sizzle hit. And sizzle might be something of an understatement because Rosalinde and Gray set the pages on fire in a lot of ways. What impressed me immediately about Rosalinde was that it was clear she was a woman who followed her heart. She wasn't seduced but rather, made her own choices about how and where she intended to spend the night.
And this is who Rosalinde is, a woman who makes her own choices even if they are met with anger and disapproval by her grandfather, who is a despicable man. She's not a woman to throw caution and good sense to the wind, but she does follow her heart and her heart desperately wants Gray even when his identity is revealed, even when it seems she can never have him. Even if the choice might cause her discomfort. She makes the necessary sacrifices to be true to herself while recognizing that her position in society is very vulnerable. That's true bravery in my books, and so I quite admire this character.
I also adore Gray. His determination to care for his brother and sister even when it's plain they don't need his interference paint him as a man with a good heart and I wanted that for Rosalinde. I also loved the way he was so totally ga-ga over her. It was so obvious from the beginning that he was madly in love with Rosalinde, and sometimes I love it when it takes the hero forever to figure out this simple truth. I liked that even though he was determined to show his brother the error of his ways, he couldn't steel himself against what that might mean to Rosalinde. He thought himself cold, but he was anything but and I loved his confession of love at the end of the book. It oozed romance, and tickled me pink.
This book kept me turning the pages from beginning to end. Well written, well told, it was a sizzling, sexy and erotic romance and I honestly loved this novel. I am eagerly awaiting more from this series.
I would like to thank the author for providing me a copy of the novel in exchange for an honest review.