Title: The Heiress and the Hothead
Author: Sabrina Jeffries
Series: Sinful Suitors #1.5
Genre: Historical Romance (1830s)
Available: 28th Nov
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.
This novella was originally released last year as part of the What Happens Under the Mistletoe anthology.
Source: ARC from Pocket Star via NetGalley
I hadn’t realised I’d already read this novella when I requested to review it, but since I did enjoy it last year (in What Happens Under the Mistletoe) I didn’t mind having a chance to read it again.
This is a quick and easy read, with a hint of Christmas and a meeting of minds between two different, stubborn people who actually have a lot in common. Stephen is a marquess’ son who has dedicated his life to revealing the terrible practises of unscrupulous mill owners, with particular attention paid to the plight of child workers. Amanda is a rich American mill owner who wants to know the secret of the English’s success. He can’t possibly believe she is a responsible owner, she can’t possibly believe he would ever view her with an unbiased eye – but their inconvenient attraction makes changing each other’s minds an enticing prospect.
On the whole I found this enjoyable on the second read. Stephen is a man on a mission, and he had his reasons for this, and while he is very passionate about sharing his views, he is not completely unreasonable or unable to accept a different point of view. Eventually. Similarly, Amanda is a strong-minded woman, who has had to work extremely hard for everything she has, but she is also capable of accepting different views, if presented fairly.
However, everything towards the end is pretty rushed, with certain things occurring more because that’s what people expect from this author than because that’s what these characters would actually do at such a moment. It’s still a good read, but some of it turns a touch unlikely.
Overall, though, if you’re a fan of the Sinful Suitors series, this neatly revisits a few familiar characters and gives one side character the happy ending they deserve. It’s also good for people who like their historical romances to explore aspects of society away from the more common balls and wealthy aristocrats. Throw in plenty of mistletoe to keep it all interesting and you end up with a quick, undemanding Christmas read.
The Heiress and the Hothead is out November 28th.
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