A Kiss for Midwinter
by Courtney Milan
Brothers Sinister #1.5 (novella)
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...
There was a lot about this novella that I loved, but then there were also a few things I didn't quite care for. The characters were fun, up to a certain point, and while I DID sort of like their banter, it didn't escape my notice that both had a way of doing or saying things that kind of frustrated me. Jonas tended towards condescending prick at times, but I DO like how straight-forward and no-nonsense he is. Lydia got frustratingly irrational at the beginning, jumping to conclusions, and imagining slights where there were none; but she had her good moments as well.
I can't say that this was an entirely awesome and wonderful story, having recently coming off of the magnificent high that was The Duchess War. Although since I hadn't been particularly enamored of the prequel novella, The Governess Affair, it wasn't like I was entirely disappointed.
Truth be told, while I did like Lydia from when she was simply a side character, as Minnie's best friend in the first book, I'm not quite sure I really needed a Lydia story. I'm happy for her Happily Ever After, but I'm guessing I probably could have gone without this novella and would have been fine.
It was enjoyable to read, but nothing spectacular.