One Wild Winter’s Eve by Anne Barton

One Wild Winter's EveTitle:  One Wild Winter’s Eve
Series:  Honeycote #4
Author:  Anne Barton
Genre:  Regency Romance
Published:  October 27, 2015
Publisher:  Forever
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

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.

Read on for my thoughts on One Wild Winter’s Eve.  No true spoilers, promise.

After a traumatic event, Rose was left unable or unwilling to speak.  During that summer the friendship of Charles, the stable master at the estate kept her sane.  Yes, the attraction was strong between them each realizing that much separated them from anything beyond a friendship – even if their hearts told a different tale.  When Charles leaves without a word of goodbye or his whereabouts life moved on for Rose.  She recovered her voice and eventually decided she need more information about her mother.  And she set out to discover what really had happened that fateful night.

While visiting an older lady who once knew her mother, the very last person Rose expected to discover was Charles working as a steward.  Knowing that their differences in class should keep them apart, each is years older and perhaps because of their separation a bit wiser as well as to what they want and society be damned.

Charles is an honorable man, proving once and for all that a title does not guarantee a man’s honor.  Rose has grown and will do even more growing up while on this quest to discover her mother’s location and the truth.  The attraction between Charles and Rose hasn’t weakened from their time apart and now these two are willing to risk much in order to be together.  Mystery, suspense and sensuous tensions will bring these two closer and hopefully lead to answers and a life together.

I enjoyed One Wild Winter’s Eve very much – not only for the mystery and romance between Charles and Rose.  But for a story that shows a realistic side to the Regency era.  It’s not always the woman who is not in the upper class and allowances must be made.  Love happens, and it cares little for social class or rules of the times.

I would definitely recommend this story, which is an excellent addition to the Honeycote series.  If you love Historical or Regency Romance, then you’ll want to pick this one up and enjoy.

*I received an e-ARC of One Wild Winter’s Eve from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.*

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