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Audiobook Review: A KISS FOR MIDWINTER by Courtney Milan

 

a kiss for midwinterTitle: A Kiss for Midwinter (The Brothers Sinister #1.5)
Author: Courtney Milan
Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
Source: bought audiobook via Audible
Genre: Historical, Romance, Novella
Buy Links: Amazon | B & NiTunes | Google Play | Smashwords | All RomanceAudible

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…

A Kiss for Midwinter is a novella (38,000 words) in the Brothers Sinister series. It follows The Duchess War. Each book stands on its own, but those who prefer to read in order might want to read that book first.

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Top Ten Tuesday (37): Top Ten Books I Want to Re-read

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the gals at The Broke and the Bookish

 

Top Ten Books I Want to Re-read…

 

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JELLICOE ROAD by Melina Marchetta. This is one of the greatest stories I have ever read and I can’t believe I haven’t re-read it at least once since the first time I’ve read it.

 

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THE QUEEN OF ATTOLIA by Megan Whalen Turner. Gosh, thinking back on the first time I’ve read it… I have zero doubts that I’ll feel exactly the same about this book. In awe.

 

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IGNITE ME by Tahereh Mafi. I want to re-read all those lines and all those scenes. I want to relive all. those. FEELS.

 

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HOSTAGE TO PLEASURE by Nalini Singh. Even though I’ve already re-read this one twice this year, I’ll probably be able to squeeze in time for a third re-read before the year ends. That’s how much I love this book.

 

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ROMANCING MISTER BRIDGERTON by Julia Quinn. This is another of my go-to re-reads. When I’m craving for a well-loved, familiar, and light romance with humor, this is the book I turn to over and over again. It never gets old.

 

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Book Blogger Hop (3)

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Book Blogger Hop is hosted @ Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. It’s a chance to follow other blogs, learn more bookish things, and add followers to your own blogs. It runs for a whole week starting on a Friday and ends on a Thursday.

This week’s question: What is your favorite book set around Christmas time?

My answer: A Kiss for Midwinter by Courtney Milan

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Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

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…

This novella packs a punch. A wonderful, intriguing, and utterly heart-wrenching punch. I recently won an unabridged audio copy of this book and it was amazing to listen to this story as well. It really doesn’t matter what medium you consume this work with, be it with an actual printed copy, an e-book, or an audio book, this great love story, because it is a great love story, will still clamp on your heart, twist it for good measure, and then give you the most heartwarming relief and joy. For me, it really is one of those rare perfect books I can’t believe were written with words that I know and yet only Courtney Milan can weave those words together and create such a compelling story.

 

 

Feature & Follow Friday (3): My recommendations in Historical Romance to a reluctant reader

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An awesome idea to make friends in the blogosphere, Feature & Follow Friday is hosted by Parajunkee & Alison Can Read. It’s a great opportunity to find and follow new blogs. Every week, they feature bloggers on their sites and we get to learn more about them as they answer some questions. Each week also features a question that we can share our answers to.

Question of the Week: 

Pick a book in your favorite genre that you’d recommend to a reluctant reader.

 

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My favorite genre is Historical Romance and one of the greatest and most unique authors in this genre is Courtney Milan. I would recommend these two books of hers. These are not sappy love stories. And they’re most definitely not your run-in-the-mill of this genre. They’re unique, plot-wise and Courtney Milan’s writing is superb. You have compelling characters, an unassuming but passionate romance, and spot-on dialogue.

You can start with a novella first, if you’r really reluctant to read historical romance. It’s short of course but Courtney Novella is one of those great writers that regardless of the length of her work, be it a novella or a full-length book, the story would still be full and complete.

 

What about you guys? What are your recommendations this week?

 

Don’t forget to check out the other blogs participating in this feature. Head over to Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.

 

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Book Blogger Hop (1)

book blogger hop

Book Blogger Hop is hosted @ Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. It’s a chance to follow other blogs, learn more bookish things, and add followers to your own blogs. It runs for a whole week starting on a Friday and ends on a Thursday.

 

This week’s question: What book would you recommend for a Christmas present?

 

Since it’s the holiday seasons, I’d go for books with Christmas themes. And since I love romance novels, I’d recommend these short but sweet novellas as Christmas presents.

 

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A Kiss for Midwinter by Courtney Milan

Kisses, She Wrote by Katharine Ashe

Kiss Me on This Cold December Night by Charlotte Phillips

Super Six Sunday: Favorite Book Couples

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Super Six Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Bewitched BookwormsEven though, it’s already Monday, I just couldn’t pass up this Super Six Sunday week. This Sunday’s theme: Favorite Couples.

It was so hard to narrow it down to six when I have a long list of couples that I really enjoyed rooting for. But finally, I did get them narrowed down. Somewhat.

 

Tied at #6

Lola and Cricket

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

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I love reading about these two quirky characters, with their past and their present feelings. The chemistry is so there that even before Cricket enters the story and Lola just mentions him in passing, you just know that there’s something special about their connection, whatever that may be.

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Cath and Levi

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Theirs is a romance that hit me blindsided. I didn’t even know Rainbow Rowell was going to go there but when she did, wow, was it amazing. I love the gradual connection that emerged between these two. And when they got together, I thought, ‘Were they ever going to be with anybody else? Of course not.”

 

 

Tied at #5 (again… ^_^)

Pippa and Cross

One Good Earl Deserves a Lover by Sarah MacLean

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It was just so good watching or specifically reading these two fall in love with each other. I don’t know if they were described as such in the book itself but when I think of them, they remind me of jagged puzzle pieces with their oddities and eccentricities particularly Pippa but nevertheless, their jagged edges fit perfectly together. And Sarah MacLean did such a great job with their story.

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Evie and Sebastian

Devil in Winter (The Wallflowers # 3) by Lisa Kleypas

These two have found salvation and redemption in each other. I loved watching Sebastian change for the better or to describe it better, be the man we know he truly is.

 

 

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Eleanor and Park

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

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The beauty with the nitty-gritty of first love. These two just break my heart. With their intense emotions coupled with that you-and-me-against-the-world kind of environment. The development of their relationship just leaves you amazed and flabbergasted. It wasn’t the type of relationship with distinct episodes ending in exclamation points but the type that is just connected by these series of commas, with one episode flowing into the next seamlessly and irrevocably that there was no way of getting to that period without every single thing that had happened before it.

I grabbed this wonderful art from Rainbow Rowell’s website and which she, in turn, got from a digital painting by Simini Blocker.

 

#3

Eugenides and *SPOILER* Attolia (highlight to read)

The Thief Series by Megan Whalen Turner

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Oh, these two. If ever there was a more complicated but profound romance, it will be the story of these two compelling characters. How a romance could’ve developed from their circumstances and blossom into the kind of partnership that these two have, is a complete and utter mystery to me and one that I am more than happy to just enjoy and revel in, thanks to the literary genius of Megan Whalen Turner.

 

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Penelope and Colin

Romancing Mr. Bridgerton by Julia Quinn

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I’ve re-read their story half a dozen times already and I still haven’t gotten tired of it. Or ever will, I daresay. There’s just something magical with these two and how their relationship has evolved from a mere acquaintance into true friendship and later into a beautiful love.

 

 

 

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Ashaya and Dorian

Hostage to Pleasure by Nalini Singh hostage to pleasure

The connection of these two just burns through the pages. Their passion, their strong characters, and their devotion and loyalty just light a fire and touch you as a reader. A short interlude between the two from the previous book in the series and you just know that Nalini Singh would not pass up an opportunity to write a book about them. Their story is fraught with all kinds of obstacles that Nalini just lays down perfectly and although I looked forward to their happily ever after, I was just invested and excited to go along the journey with them. And I was never disappointed. Not even once.

 

Special mentions:

Lydia and JonasA Kiss for Midwinter by Courtney Milan (novella) 16116470

 

Annabelle and HeathMatch Me If You Can by Susan Elizabeth Phillips 

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Tris and FourDivergent Series by Veronica Roth 

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Katniss and PeetaHunger Games series by Suzanne Collins 

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Who are your favorite book couples?