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 delightful yuletide story, The Heiress and the Hothead.
This novella largely worked for me. Sabrina Jeffries is a good writer, and she captured some of the older Christmas traditions – just enough Christmas stuff to create the atmosphere without going overboard.
I was starting to wonder why the story was getting mixed reviews, and then I reached a scene near the end and understood. Romance is known for unlikely sex scenes, but this might be the most unusual one I’ve ever read. If you’re happy with that, then you’ll enjoy the book.
I do wonder if the scene was put in there because there’s so much pressure on authors these days to up the sex content in their books. Honestly, though, if you can get past that, there’s plenty to like here.
I think Sabrina Jeffries did a good job balancing the “career woman” aspect of the story without making it anachronistic. This heroine still felt true to her time, even though she is a mill owner.
I also enjoyed the little insights into the lives of different classes of the era.
On top of that, Jeffries is a very reliable author; I know to expect solid writing whenever I pick up one of her books.
It was also nice for a historical romance to use a title that actually had something to do with the story!
If you can get past a sex scene in a near-death situation, I think you will enjoy this little story. If you have a low tolerance for that sort of thing, then I’m not as sure.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.