A Kiss for Midwinter (Brothers Sinister #1.5) by Courtney Milan

akfm-medThe Premise: Lydia Charingford utterly loathes Doctor Jonas Grantham. Five years earlier, Lydia met a scoundrel who promised to marry her and fled–after impregnating her without her consent. Jonas Grantham was a young medical student observing the physician who treated her by prescribing poison to cause a miscarriage. The miscarriage nearly killed Lydia and Jonas bitterly regrets not speaking out against the treatment. When he returns to Leicester, he doesn’t recognize her until after she attracts his amorous attentions. Convinced that Jonas judges her harshly, Lydia doesn’t bother to hide her loathing. Jonas, fighting the ravages of poverty and struggling to care for his ill father, challenges her to accompany him on three house calls, hoping that seeing him in a fresh environment will help to see him in a positive light and potentially return his affections. (Cover image from www.courtneymilan.com.)

Bonus Factors: hoarders, Victorian sex ed, doctors

My Reaction: Have I mentioned that I lovelovelove Courtney Milan novellas? She is absolutely brilliant at them and this is no exception. The doctor who almost killed Lydia bitterly shamed her in front of Jonas and Lydia took all of his cruel comments as truth. As she spends time with Jonas, she gradually realizes that he doesn’t believe those things about her. And Jonas is a great doctor (he’s ahead of the curve on the whole handwashing issue and provides contraceptive advice to his female patients), although he has a tendency to put his foot his mouth in social situations. While I wasn’t 100% sold on the ending (just a smidge abrupt), I adored Jonas’s reaction when he realize no one had explained how sex worked to Lydia until after she got pregnant. (Which raises a million wonderful questions about sex ed and consent. Like Spring Awakening, only nobody dies.)

Rating: 2/4 chili peppers (1 being a step above a sex-free gentle romance, 4 being an all-sex-and-no-plot romance)

Buy at: Amazon | B&N (ebook only)

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