Series: Brothers Sinister #1.5
Published by Self-Published on December 16, 2012
Genres: Historical Romance
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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.
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...
Sandi: While I normally avoid Victorian Era romances (I don’t know why – just a thing, I guess), I tried this out and was very glad I did. The story begins with a scene that inspires both horror and hope, for me: A young woman, with her parents, is brought to a doctor because she is pregnant. She’s only fifteen years old, but she’s very brave and quiet throughout it all. The doctor has some horrible things to say about her to her parents—who are both strongly supportive and awesome—in front of her, and he prescribes something to help her feel better.
The treatment made the hopeful physician who was observing cringe inwardly, both for what the doctor said and for his prescription.
The girl is the heroine: Lydia Charingford. The young man who holds his tongue is future physician Jonas Grantham.
The scene is important because it establishes the reason behind Dr. Grantham’s future behavior and crusade (which I heartily approve) as well as Lydia’s behavior toward him throughout the course of the story.
What can I say without giving it all away? It’s a terrific story. I swooned over Dr. Grantham. He wears his learned heart on his sleeve, dear fellow, but she just doesn’t see it until he all but draws her a picture. The author sets up a plausible reason—a challenge—to have the pair spend time together and the readers are privileged to see how Jonas interacts with the world around him and how he shares himself with Lydia in small moments. We also see how large Lydia’s heart truly is toward anyone save Dr. Grantham himself.
And when the challenge is over…! Oh! Well, you have to read this. Seriously. Go on, go get it now.
It’s midwinter, after all, and we all should be able to be warmed up the way this couple eventually gets to warm up together. Because, believe me, they do. Jonas being Jonas, he might make your eyes open wide when you hear how he engages in the steamy moments of the story, but it totally worked for me.
I bet it will for you, too.