Overall Grade: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 1/2
While Stories of September is sitting waiting for my reading pleasure, this review is for one of its stories, “Just for a Little While” by Fiona Cole. If you love a little forbidden romance, then you want to read this story. I gobbled it in a single sitting, and I was not disappointed. If I had to characterize it, it’s a little forbidden in the sense the Willem, Cole’s hero, is the step-brother of the heroine’s father. While Arabella and Willem share no blood, there is still the potential messiness of family relationships. Additionally, Arabella and Willem have a nice age gap further complicating their romantic feelings. Even more, initially, Arabella enrolls herself in Uncle Willem’s economics class, so Cole has thrown several daggers of forbidden at you which makes the story quite delicious if you love that trope as I do.
What I think I loved the most is Willem’s characterization. Going into it, I made the assumption that Willem would be a strong, domineering alpha-male. Instead, Cole has crafted him to be a perfect match for her Arabella and kind of a softie. And while Arabella needs to work on maturing a bit more, it never feels as though they aren’t suited for each other. It’s clear from the start that Willem and Arabella should easily find a happily-ever-after trotting the globe (which I hope they do).
I always forget how much I love novellas and short stories. They are bite-sized nuggets of romance that tug at your heart-strings, move the butterflies in your stomach, and steam your glasses in such a short space. And Fiona Cole’s “Just for a Little While” is perfect for all of those things.
In love and romance,