Adored in Autumnby Jess Michaels
Series: Seasons #4
Published on January 10, 2017 by The Passionate Pen
Genres: Historical Romance, Romance
Format: ARC, eBook
Source: Publisher (via NetGalley)
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The final steamy chapter in the popular Seasons series from USA Today Bestselling Author Jess Michaels.
Viscountess Felicity Barbridge escaped a violent marriage with her life because she was willing to make desperate choices. Now those choices are back to haunt her, as is the object of her girlhood obsession, Asher Seyton.
Asher was never anything more than a servant’s son, but he’s elevated himself through an education and is now a respected solicitor. He only returns to his childhood home to help with a financial issue, but when he realizes Felicity is being threatened, he’s driven to stay and help. Even if he must now face all the feelings for her he tried to repress over the years.
Will Felicity be able to trust Asher enough to share more than passion? And will Asher’s own secrets unravel all they’ve built?
I stuck with them all. Crazy, considering this series has been a bit up-and-down for me but here we are. Thankfully, Adored in Autumn was probably my favorite of the four and a nice wrap-up for the Seasons series, if a bit too neat.
If you’re thinking about reading any of these books, I highly recommend reading them in order because they’re all closely tied together.
Felicity is the main reason I loved this book more than the rest. She has this strong personality that you catch glimpses of but due to the events of the book, she hasn’t been herself and it’s hard not to root for her to succeed in clearing her name. After suffering at the hands of her late husband, you want Felicity to have her happy ending.
Honestly, I couldn’t care less about Asher, her love interest. I liked that the book was a romance between classes since society and its rigid structure seem to always plan a role in historical romances and these stories shake things up a bit. But other than that, I thought he was an idiot for constantly putting himself down but going right ahead and hooking up with Felicity anyway.
The story picks up immediately after the ending of One Summer of Surrender, overlapping in that initial scene but from Felicity’s perspective and following her family’s attempt to preserve her murderous secret. I’m not sure how I feel about the actual plot because, on the one hand, the author ties in all the books’ events together, bringing everything full circle which I kind of liked. But it also felt too neat, too perfect. Verdict’s still out on that part.
All the tension in the middle was a bit lackluster. I predicted most of the final outcome near the beginning after having read the other three books. And the romance itself was alright, but not swoon-worthy. Some of the descriptions were downright cringe-worthy instead, and the entire relationship seemed based on a single moment. I get that they were friends before all that but the actual romance hinging on a kiss years before didn’t quite work for me.
Now I wouldn’t say that Michaels has an extraordinary writing style. I was neither impressed nor disappointed. It does flow quickly, though, which is nice. These are very quick reads which made me enjoy them more because I wasn’t spending as much time looking at parts I didn’t like for too long.
Would I recommend this book, this series? Maybe. They’re quick and light but nothing truly amazing. I enjoyed them for what they were, average romances, and they’d be a good series to binge one after the other. If you want a heart-stopping, swoony romance, this isn’t the one for you. Good, but not great.