Title: Dreaming of You (Gamblers Book #2)
Genre: Historical Romance/Victorian
Author: Lisa Kleypas
Publisher: Harper Collins, 1994 (available on Kindle for $2.99)
Sexy Rating: 5
Violence Rating: 5
Description from Amazon.com:
When shy and secluded author Sara Fielding ventures from her country cottage to research a novel, she inadvertently witnesses a crime in progress—and manages to save the life of the most dangerous man in London.
Derek Craven is a powerful and near-legendary gambling club owner who was born a bastard and raised in the streets. His reputation is unsavory, his scruples nonexistent. But Sara senses that beneath Derek’s cynical exterior, he is capable of a love more passionate than her deepest fantasies.
Aware that he is the last man that an innocent young woman should ever want, Derek is determined to protect Sara from himself, no matter what it takes. But in a world where secrets lurk behind every shadow, he is the only man who can keep her safe. And as Derek and Sara surrender to an attraction too powerful to deny, a peril surfaces from his dark past to threaten their happiness . . . and perhaps even their lives.
Together they will discover if love is enough to make dreams come true.
This book is classic Lisa Kleypas. It is filled with emotion both of the horrific kind and the passionate type. We are treated to the quintessential bad boy in Derick Craven. He is handsome, scarred, wealthy and both despised and lauded by the Ton. He has led an immoral life of thievery, prostitution and murder. Sara Fielding is a naïve young woman from the country who manages to innocently get herself in dire situations. She is often lucky in her ability to escape but perhaps her luck will run out.
Of course there is the suspense of will these two opposites manage to evoke a happily ever after. There are outside forces keeping them apart as well as a crazed villain.
There is absolutely nothing like a Kleypas book to keep you turning pages all night long. This is one of her best. Although the second in the Gamblers duo, this is certainly a standalone novel. For a real treat read this one to see how she redeems an irredeemable man.
(Deet’s note: I read and reviewed this book once before and only gave it 4-stars. I don’t know what I was thinking. Or, perhaps I’ve learned in the intervening years to appreciate a good book. Any way here is a link to my first review if you are interested and it also has a cover of the actual book in my keeper library. https://ladeetdareads.wordpress.com/2013/04/03/review-dreaming-of-you-by-lisa-kleypas/