Publisher:Happily Ever After Books, LLC
Publication Date: September 26th, 2019
Price: Free w Kindle Unlimited, $2.99 w/o
Rating: five stars
Lady Emilia King has found herself in quite a predicament. She is still mourning the loss of her fiance when a wealthy businessman with a scandalous reputation pays her a visit. Her ill father gambled away his fortune and her only hope is the rough Devereaux Winter, her rakish neighbor. Mr. Devereaux Winter proposes a marriage between the two to help his five sisters get respectable husbands to take care of them. All Lady Emilia has to do is marry the man and help his sisters, a task she is not looking forward to. To save her family Emilia marries Mr. Winter with the intention to stay far away, she is thrust into his family and their world and she realizes there is more to the Winters than their rowdy reputation.
Wicked in Winter by Scarlett Scott is a steamy historical novella written by Scarlett Scott. I came across this book while surfing the Kindle Unlimited catalog. Kindle Unlimited is a book subscription from Amazon giving readers the ability to read books for free. The fee is $9.99 a month and you can borrow 10 books at a time. This review is my honest thoughts.
Wicked in Winter is the first book in the Wicked Winters series. The book started with Devereaux Winter visiting Lady Emilia King to inform her of her situation and to propose a plan to keep her family from becoming destitute. The book had a strong opening and I was immediately drawn in by the scene. The author did a great job of painting the scene and describing the characters through actions.
The heroine Lady Emilia is a strong woman that ended up in a bad situation. She didn’t cower when confronted with her circumstances. I appreciated that she was no damsel in distress. She fought hard at every turn. I liked that she wasn’t perfect, just like people in society she was a snob. She turned her nose down at Mr. Winter and his sisters when she first heard of them. It was good to see how her character developed. The readers saw her struggle and change. She was a real person with a few shortcomings but I understood that had more to do with the times and not her personality.
Devereaux Winter isn’t your typical Alpha male hero, he is a ruthless businessman with a soft spot for his five sisters. Devereaux was hardened by his abusive father, he is a master strategist, a quality that worked well in business but it doesn’t get him far with Lady Emilia. He admires her defiance and she seems to bring out the worst in him. Emilia though headstrong and beautiful slowly peels back his hardened layers and brings about a change in the brutish man he used to be. Mr. Winter is under no illusion about how others look at him and his place in the world. He is selfless and wishes to see his sisters happy and secure. I loved that he didn’t shower Emilia with compliments and gifts when she was hell-bent on insulting him, he gave as good as he got.
I loved the consent present on the pages. In steamy historical romances, I often cringe when a character uses a woman’s body language to give consent. He was patient and he asked permission before indulging. I was concerned that naming five additional characters would bog down the story and not move the plot forward but Emilia’s interaction with Mr. Winter’s sisters helped illustrate the change in her personality and it moved the plot forward. This was a steamy evenly paced steamy historical romance. I enjoyed the competitive banter between the main characters, their love was filled with equal parts passion and angst. I enjoyed reading this book and I cannot wait to read the second book Wedded in Winter following the youngest Winter Bea and her brother’s plan to get her married against her wishes.
Thank you for reading my review. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Leave a comment below and let me know what you think.