Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Title:       One Wild Winter's Eve [Honeycote, book 04]
Author:   Anne Barton
Rating:   ★★★
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*Copy provided by Hachette Book Group in exchange for an honest review

I found it pretty funny that of all the Honeycote stories, Rose's ends up to be the most scandalous of all.


As the Duke of Huntford's sister, Lady Rose Sherbourne follows the rules of well-bred society. Always chaperoned. Never engaging in unseemly behavior. Well, except for that one summer, years ago. And yet she's never been able to forget that handsome stable master or the stolen moments they shared. She's always wondered what might have happened if he hadn't disappeared without a word... Now she's about to find out.


Charles Holland never expected to see Lady Rose again. And yet the years haven't lessened his devotion—or his desire—in any way. Despite their differences in class, Charles cannot stop himself from wanting to possess her. But as they uncover one intimate secret after another about her family, they realize that, this time, their love may come at a very dear price...

I really enjoy Anne Barton's Honeycote series so I didn't hesitate to sign up for the blog tour. I'm glad that Rose Sherbourne's reason for not speaking was finally revealed! This was given piece by piece throughout the story, and I love that her reason was so plausible. I can't imagine any child walking in on that and coming out unscathed.

The romance between Charles and Rose was so hot. I love that Charles kept trying to be honorable while Rose was braving everything for him. I also appreciated that Barton didn't veer towards a trend I've been seeing in regency romance lately, that of light BDSM or a darker male protagonist. I just want light and romantic regency stories, and having those themes in regency kills it for me. What about you?

I also love that the author didn't skip or made light of all the sacrifices and hardships that Rose will endure by leaving with Charles. I love that she mentioned her homesickness, and the recognition that her change in station will affect her much more than she initially thought it would.

The only thing I didn't like about One Winter's Eve is the extreme method Rose deployed just to free Charles. It ruined them needlessly, when not all options were exhausted. But then again, the story would have run a different path.

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Anne Barton began swiping romance novels off her mom's bookshelf as a teenager, so when she had the chance to spend a semester in London-home to her favorite heroes-she packed her bags and promptly fell in love with the city, its history, and its pubs. She dreamed of writing romance, but somehow ended up a software analyst instead. Fortunately, a few years and a few careers later, Anne found her way back to writing the stories she loves and in 2011 won the Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart® for Regency Historical Romance. She lives in Maryland with her husband (who, sadly, is not a peer of the realm-but a great guy nonetheless) and her three children, who try valiantly not to roll their eyes whenever she quotes Jane Austen. Her weaknesses include reality TV, cute-but-impractical shoes, and caffeinated beverages of all kinds.

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