Dec 7, 2016

One Winter with a Baron by Christi Caldwell Review

One Winter with a Baron
Heart of a Duke #12
By Christi Caldwell
Released: December 2nd, 2016

A clever spinster: 
Content with her spinster lifestyle, Miss Sybil Cunning wants to prove that a future as an unmarried woman is the only life for her. As a bluestocking who values hard, empirical data, Sybil needs help with her research. Nolan Pratt, Baron Webb, one of society's most scandalous rakes, is the perfect gentleman to help her. After all, he inspires fear in proper mothers and desire within their daughters. 

A notorious rake: 
Society may be aware of Nolan Pratt, Baron’s Webb’s wicked ways, but what he has carefully hidden is his miserable handling of his family's finances. When Sybil presents him the opportunity to earn much-needed funds, he can't refuse. 

A winter to remember: 
However, what begins as a business arrangement becomes something more and with every meeting, Sybil slips inside his heart. Can this clever woman look beneath the veneer of a coldhearted rake to see the man Nolan truly is?

Miss Sybil Cunning was tired of being the loyal and obedient daughter. At the age of 27, not only was Sybil firmly on the shelf (no matter how many seasons her mother enforces), but she was a bluestocking too! But Sybil craves something more, just one time before she retires to the country, to live in freedom from the restrictions that a marriage would demand; and there was only one person that could help her with that...Baron Nolan Webb.

Baron Nolan Webb was in a purgatory of his own least that what he thought! When Nolan's man-of-affairs had mismanaged the families money to brink of bankruptcy, Noland blamed himself for trusting his father man. But when Sybil Cunning arrived at his home offering to pay him $1000 to help her experience life, beyond what she reads in books. So of course, what could a almost penniless rake do, but accept her offer.

But from their very first meeting, Sybil haunted Nolan; he craved her and actually wanted her companionship. But Nolan feels he is too flawed to be the man that Sybil needs, but when her family finds out that they have been meeting, will Nolan be able to walk away from the women he loves.

Christi Caldwell ALWAYS manages to rip my heart out with her books, but I think One Winter with a Baron has devastated me more than most. I LOVED the characters so much, especially the sisters! Josephine and Aria, so smart and sassy and yet so young! I hope they become friends. When it comes to Nolan and Sybil, seriously, what is not to love. I love Sybil's spirited nature, but also her more studious and unsure side. I love Nolan's ability to see past Sybil's surface and see the striking women she is inside!

The writing and plot as always, are magnificent! Every book I read (or re-read) of this author is simply a little bit of heaven that I can escape to; Christi Caldwell's books are simply a delight to read!

I give One Winter with a Baron 5 stars!

USA Today Bestselling author, Christi Caldwell blames Judith McNaught's "Whitney, My Love," for luring her into the world of historical romance. While sitting in her graduate school apartment at the University of Connecticut, Christi decided to set aside her notes and try her hand at writing romance. She believes the most perfect heroes and heroines have imperfections and she rather enjoys tormenting them before crafting a well-deserved happily ever after! 

Christi makes her home in Southern Connecticut where she spends her time writing, chasing around her feisty six-year old son and caring for her twin princesses in training!

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