A Rose in Winter
From No Place Like Home anthology
*This novella was published in an anthology. The cover shown is from that Anthology, No Place Like Home.*
Despite the fact that I’m always a little underwhelmed with novellas, I am always picking them up. I think they are great for when you’re in a reading slump, or stuck in that I-don’t-know-what-to-read-next phase. And as I have so been enjoying Laura Florand’s books, A Rose in Winter, the prequel to the La Vie En Roses series, was a novella I had to read.
A Rose in Winter is about oldest Rosier
Florand always picks a physical sensation from the real world to build her book around, and in this case it was the mistral wind --- a strong, cold wind that persists in the south of France around Christmas time. Usually, the physical sensation is more sensual and sweeter --- chocolate or rose petals, for example. Who wants to read a romance built around the mistral wind?
It turned out I did. I think the lone-wol ...more
Update: on a second read, I enjoyed this book a whole lot more. I love the imagery of Raoul as a wolf (contrasted with his cousins' portrayals). Raoul's and Allegra's speedy jaunt from utter strangers to love still feels real abrupt (and a little angsty), but it wasn't as jarring a second time around.
Raoul was amazing, so tender and gentle with Allegra and so tender-hearted himself. I love that about him, he is big, tough and strong, yet so soft and fragile inside. Allegra was wonderful, I loved her ability to talk to everyone and yet keep herself removed until Raoul came along. I loved the 2 of them finding their home with each other.