Appetites & Vices by Felicia Grossman

Monday, February 4, 2019


by Felicia Grossman
Series: The Truitts #1
Genres: Historical, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication Date: February 18th 2019
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★1/2
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷1/2

I don't remember when exactly I learned about Appetites & Vices, but I do remember feeling this desperate desire to read it. Historical romance is one of my favorite sub-genres and fake-relationships is one of my favorite tropes of all-times. So a combo of two of my favorite things was bound to have me all pumped to read this book. Luckily for me, it turned out to be an engrossing story that I couldn't put away!

The heart and soul of Appetites & Vices are the characters. I particularly grew fond of the heroine, Ursula throughout the book. She was just the sort of main character that I could read on and on about with her thoughtfulness, her passion, and her cleverness. Even though she came from a well-to-do family, she hasn't always felt welcome in Philadelphia society because of her Jewish background. Urs is not the kind of person to let that get in the way of anything. I loved that she was so willing to go after what she wanted. She paved her own way and it was hard not to want to root for her. Add to all that her adorable animals and her very relatable love for sweets, she was quite the charming personality. I also really enjoyed Jay's character. He was complex and so well-layered. There were many facets to his personality, some of which may seem unpleasant at first glance, but the more you get to know him, the more you realize just how much depth there was to him. Like Ursula, he too had been shunned in life, which led to him being damaged and lonely. It was a sad situation and it was tough watching him be so hard on himself as he battled with his demons.

It was through Jay's interactions with Urs that we see the more flirty and sexy side of him emerge. The two of them make a deal to be in a faux-engagement for their own personal reasons. Of course, anyone who reads romance knows exactly how such a fake relationship will end. I've read countless books with this trope and I never seem to tire of it. I thought Felicia Grossman especially handled it with a lot of flairs. Urs and Jay's banter and sexual chemistry were outstanding. I loved watching them interact, flirt and eventually, become intimate with each other. They both manage to find the worth in each other, which as a reader was something of a delight to observe. I may have squealed a few times ... Then, there were the sex scenes which were some of the best I have ever read. They managed to be steamy and moved the relationship forward. The journey to their happily ever after wasn't straightforward, but it was worth it. Appetites & Vices had a lot more going on to it than just the romantic developments. This story had a surprising amount of twists to it. Before I wrap up this review, I also have to mention just how much I loved Ursula's relationship with her father. It was so touching and had my heart soaring!

Having read Appetites & Vices, I am so excited that Felicia Grossman has debuted into the world of romance. If this book is anything to go by, romance readers are going to blessed with some phenomenal books. Make sure this 2019 debut is at the top of your TBR lists, friends!

Have you read any historical romance novels that don't take place in Britain?
Let me know in the comments below!

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