A Kiss for Midwinter (Brothers Sinister #1.5) by Courtney Milan

A Kiss for Midwinter (The Brothers Sinister)


Miss Lydia Charingford is always cheerful, and never more so than at Christmas time. But no matter how hard she smiles, she can't forget the youthful mistake that could have ruined her reputation. Even though the worst of her indiscretion was kept secret, one other person knows the truth of those dark days: the sarcastic Doctor Jonas Grantham. She wants nothing to do with him...or the butterflies that take flight in her stomach every time he looks her way.

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...

A Kiss for Midwinter is a novella (38,000 words) in the Brothers Sinister series. It follows The Duchess War. Each book stands on its own, but those who prefer to read in order might want to read that book first.


A Kiss for Midwinter is a novella in the Brothers Sinister series. Since I read the first two, and the events of this novella were mentioned in the second book, I thought I would go back and read this just for fun. I'm glad I did as this was a good read.

Lydia has a secret. She made a mistake when she was younger and if anyone finds out she will be ruined. The only problem? Jonas knows her secret.

Jonas is the town doctor and he is in love with Lydia. When he comes back to town after school he find that Lydia is still living there and he is just drawn to her. He cannot help it. There is just something about her. Unfortunately Lydia is just really cruel to him. She wants nothing to do with him.

Jonas and Lydia were fun to read. Lydia is so angry with Jonas for no good reason and Jonas...well he doesn't always say the right thing. He tells the truth in no uncertain terms and Lydia always interprets it as him laughing at her or mocking her. She always thinks the worst of Jonas and it did get slightly annoying since after a while it is clear just how ridiculous she is being.

Jonas is very patient with her however. He feels like she doesn't really hate him. He just needs to figure out a way to get through to her, for her to see how great he actually is. He makes a bet with Lydia so that he can spend time with her and show her who he really is. He was amazing. I loved how he would talk about whatever, even things that would be considered improper, but he spoke of them in medical terms. He is just like what is the issue? This is the way things are so why not get the information out there and help people not have to go through what she did?

I really enjoyed reading Jonas. He is so patient and kind and straightforward and just amazing. By the end Lydia had won me over as well, but she is still not my favorite female character in this series. Still a good, quick read.

Rating: ★ ★ ★1/2

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