Author: Jen Geigle Johnson
Series: Easton Family Christmas #2
Genres: Historical Romance
Format: eBook, Print
Date: September 1, 2021
Publisher: Kings Row Press
Hiding poignant heartbreak behind garish clothing and outlandish fashion, Eva hopes to never marry. Oscar is happy to never propose, but the two of them find a casual friendship growing into a strength of feeling that challenges even the most deeply rooted stubborn intentions or fears.
When her presence is requested at a house party of a distant relative, she does what any outlandish woman who has stopped caring about her reputation would do: She invites Oscar to go with her.
Oscar is ready to live on his own, but he needs the means to do so. When Edward has stretched his last ounce of patience, Oscar decides to spend as much time from home as possible. In that moment, he receives an invitation from his most outlandish and garish friend inviting him to attend a house party.
Rating: Mild. Mild kissing.
I liked the main characters of this book. Eva is so funny in her way of dealing with her heartbreak from an unfaithful fiancé. And she almost pulls it off except that her attire just doesn’t quite cooperate. I enjoyed their whole interchange at the first ball. It showed their true colors. She is quick to protect herself and he kind of enjoys the whole charade. And finds humor in the situation even after she turned him down in front of others. And he is also happy to help her out of awkward and embarrassing situations. Their conversation is blunt and there is no real pretense between them. It was refreshing.
The conflict of the story mostly comes from within themselves. Hers, a learned lack of trust, and his, not having prepared himself to find success as a second son. But as a couple, they are delightful.
I also loved how his family accepted her into theirs so immediately. I would love to have seen the faces of the ton when they married. They had snickered so much. It would be nice to show them that love prevails in a happily ever after.
No sex, language or violence
*I received a complimentary ARC of this book and voluntarily chose to review it.