Title: Suddenly You
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Lisa Kleypas
Publisher: Avon, 2001
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from Amazon.com:
She was unmarried, untouched and almost thirty, but novelist Amanda Briars wasn′t about to greet her next birthday without making love to a man. When he appeared at her door, she believed he was her gift to herself, hired for one night of passion. Unforgettably handsome, irresistibly virile, he tempted her in ways she never thought possible…but something stopped him from completely fulfilling her dream.
Jack Delvin′s determination to possess Amanda became greater when she discovered his true identity. But gently-bred Amanda craved respectability more than she admitted, while Jack, the cast-off son of a nobleman and London′s most notorious businessman, refused to live by society′s rules. Yet when fate conspired for them to marry, their worlds collided with a passionate force neither had expected…but both soon craved.
This is Lisa Kleypas at her finest and for me, her finest is just about every book. She is a master at developing that sexual tension and romance that we who love Historical Romance crave in a novel. In this book, written in 2001, we have an independent woman author, Amanda, trying to make her way in a restrictive environment that is pretty much unsympathetic to women who step out of the “little woman” mode. She knows she has little hope of marrying and having a family so she wants to have one experience of intimacy before she just settles into her role as a spinster. Jack Devlin, my book heart throb, is a self-made man. He is handsome, charming, wealthy and is all about getting our heroine to write for his publishing company, but not above playing along with a bit of seduction.
Kleypas has given us realistic dialog and breathless love scenes, as well as moments that tug at your heart and form tears in your eyes. This is a standalone novel. Available in paperback and for e-reader. I recommend this book highly for all HR fans.
This is a Deet “All Time Favorite”