Some books you read, and really wish there was more. More story, more pages! More substance. Sabrina Jeffries wonderful series Sinful Suitors has another star.
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 this delightful yuletide story.
Miss Amanda Keane missed her home in America, even in winter. She didn’t belong here in elegant England, with these elegant people and their elegant ways. Unfortunately, she’d only reached one of her two aims in coming to England—getting her brother to agree to come home long enough to help her settle Papa’s affairs.
But her other—gaining information about how English mills achieved their success so she could make improvements in her own operation—had eluded her. The English were wary of having their advancements stolen by Americans. As much as she hated to admit it, Lord Stephen Corry had been right about one thing: what she’d been allowed to see on her mill tours had been carefully orchestrated.
In 90 pages or actually on my Kindle, 80 I believe , you can only do so much. Easily this could have been a full length story. I dearly wish It would have been. I was just getting to know Stephen and Amanda. I was just barely starting to actually like Lord Stephen. He was difficult. Stubborn,hardheaded, like a newspaper man. Thinking he was doing everyone a favor by spouting his opinion all over the floor waiting for someone to step in it.
And I was just starting to dislike Amanda’s attitude. She was also stubborn, and self assured. She was never wrong!
So much more could have been said, could have been done to pull this story into its own.
I wonder if Sabrina quaked about this also. Making a character is kind of like baring a child. You need to work them out, from birth. It is difficult, and time consuming. I wanted to know more about Steven. I also wanted to know about Amanda. She was not exactly a lovable character. I enjoyed the few times Stephen got her alone. The scene in the library was precious, even though it ended rather badly, I liked it.
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The cotton mill seems to be the one thing that I read the most unhappy comments about in the reviews. I did the unthinkable and read some of the reviews before writing mine. This is always a mistake. But according to what I read, the last thing anyone would apparently think is sexy, is doing it in a burning building.
Completely inappropriate. And with someone I was not sure I even liked all that much, made it even more of a no no. Sabrina Jeffries has no problem going there. I have said in other reviews, I give her credit for taking things to levels I find uncomfortable. Would I have had sex in a burning building? I am still thinking about that. I was always the kind of girl who took on a dare, and sex was always on my mind one way or the other. Yes. Yes. I think I would have, Damn it. That is my final answer. Making Amanda do it was a priceless treat. I will cherish bringing her down a peg forever.
The Heiress and the Hothead is a novella that is part of a much larger more consuming treasure world created by Sabrina Jefferies, and one I encourage you to read.
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