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Review- Marrying Winterborne by Lisa Kleypas

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Title: Marrying Winterborne (the Ravenels, book #2)

Genre: Historical Romance/Victorian

Author: Lisa Kleypas

Publisher: Avon, May 2016

Source: Purchase

Pages: 416

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Violence Rating: 4

Description from Amazon.com:         

A ruthless tycoon

Savage ambition has brought common-born Rhys Winterborne vast wealth and success. In business and beyond, Rhys gets exactly what he wants. And from the moment he meets the shy, aristocratic Lady Helen Ravenel, he is determined to possess her. If he must take her virtue to ensure she marries him, so much the better . . .

A sheltered beauty

Helen has had little contact with the glittering, cynical world of London society. Yet Rhys’s determined seduction awakens an intense mutual passion. Helen’s gentle upbringing belies a stubborn conviction that only she can tame her unruly husband. As Rhys’s enemies conspire against them, Helen must trust him with her darkest secret. The risks are unthinkable . . . the reward, a lifetime of incomparable bliss. And it all begins with…

Marrying Mr. Winterborne

***

This is the second book in the Ravenel Series and although you will follow along with this one easily I feel you will enjoy it so much more if you read COLD HEARTED RAKE first. 

Helen discovers a secret that may ruin her chances of happiness.  Rhys is a wonderful hero who will let nothing deter him from marrying Helen.  This is all typical, delicious Kleypas.  There is some angst but also plenty of sensuous, love scenes.  We are treated to side characters we met in book #1 of the series and who will continue on in book#3.  The writing is eloquent, the characters well drawn and the story delightful.

The Ravenel Series:

  1. Cold Hearted Rake (Devon and Kathleen)
  2. Marrying Winterborne (Rhys and Helen)
  3. Devil In Spring (Gabriel and Pandora)

 

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Review-Cold Hearted Rake by Lisa Kleypas

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Title: Cold Hearted Rake (The Ravenels, book #1)

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Lisa Kleypas

Publisher: Avon, 2015

Source: Purchase

Pages: 419

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Violence Rating: 0

Description from Amazon.com:         

A twist of fate . . .

Devon Ravenel, London’s most wickedly charming rake, has just inherited an earldom. But his powerful new rank in society comes with unwanted responsibilities . . . and more than a few surprises. His estate is saddled with debt, and the late earl’s three innocent sisters are still occupying the house . . . along with Kathleen, Lady Trenear, a beautiful young widow whose sharp wit and determination are a match for Devon’s own.

A clash of wills . . .

Kathleen knows better than to trust a ruthless scoundrel like Devon. But the fiery attraction between them is impossible to deny—and from the first moment Devon holds her in his arms, he vows to do whatever it takes to possess her. As Kathleen finds herself yielding to his skillfully erotic seduction, only one question remains:

Can she keep from surrendering her heart to the most dangerous man she’s ever known?

***

I finally got around to reading this Lisa Kleypas book, her first historical romance in a very long while. I think the only thing that held me back from delving into this one sooner is that I read several reviews that told me I just might be disappointed in the book.  Now, Lisa Kleypas is a favorite author of mine so I should have realized that I would not be disappointed, and I wasn’t.

Kathleen was not a very likable character which might have irked some readers.  She was a real prude, at least until Devon wore down her resistance and after that she decided to run everyone else’s life. Devon was a true Alpha male and yes, that got a bit annoying too.  However….this is still a story written by an author who can bring even these flawed characters to life and make them seem very real.  We are given total understanding of the whys of their actions and attitudes as only an accomplished author can. The sisters, Pandora, Cassandra and Helen, are beautifully introduced and we look forward to their stories in the already released Marrying Winterbourne (Helen’s story) and the soon to be released Devil in Spring(Pandora’s story). This is a really good start to this series and as I go forward to read the rest of the series I’m glad I had this introduction to the characters.

I can recommend this book highly, it is classic Kleypas and, although not my very favorite of hers, still a beautifully wrought Historical Romance.

 

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Last Friday ‘Til Christmas Review- I Will by Lisa Kleypas

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Title: I Will

Genre: Historical romance/Holiday/Novella

Author: Lisa Kleypas

Publisher: Avon Impulse, Dec. 2016

Source: Purchase

Pages: 96

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5

Violence Rating: 0

Christmasy Feeling: 3

Description from Amazon.com:         

Andrew, Lord Drake, has been cut out of his father’s will because of his dissolute manner of living. To be reinstated, Andrew decides to pretend that he has changed his wicked ways.

As part of his plan, he wants to convince his father that he is courting a respectable woman with the intention of marrying her. The problem is, he doesn’t know any decent women, except for his friend’s spinster sister, Miss Caroline Hargreaves. He blackmails the reluctant Caroline into helping him, and so the charade begins . . .

***

This is a novella previously published in a 2001 anthology, Wishlist.wishlist

It has been reissued in this current e-book.

I did not read this in the anthology so I was looking forward to this novella.  It certainly did not disappoint me.  It is classic romance from classic Kleypas. Nobody does it better!

Andrew is rude, sarcastic and in general quite obnoxious. Caroline is trying to protect her brother from this dissolute rogue.  However Andrew makes her a proposition that she cannot refuse. She agrees to help him in return for him leaving her brother alone and covering her brother’s debts. All should be good for both parties except they never factored in their growing attraction for each other.

There is a predictable story here but there are also some very clever twists that keep us turning pages to discover the results. This was a terrific holiday read and I highly recommend it.

It looks like the real Santa has finally paid us a visit.

santa-claus-old-guy

 

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Review-Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas

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Title: Dreaming of You (Gamblers Book #2)

Genre: Historical Romance/Victorian

Author: Lisa Kleypas

Publisher: Harper Collins, 1994 (available on Kindle for $2.99)

Source: Purchase

Pages: 373

Rating: 5+

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/

 

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Classic Romance Review-Suddenly You by Lisa Kleypas

Title:  Suddenly You

Suddenly You

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Lisa Kleypas

Publisher: Avon, 2001

Pages: 384

Source: Purchase

Rating: 5

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”

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Release Day Review- Brown-Eyed Girl: A Novel by Lisa Kleypas

Title: Brown-Eyed Girl: A Novel   

Brown Eyed Girl     

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Author: Lisa Kleypas

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press, Aug. 11, 2015

Pages: 300

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:         

Wedding planner Avery Crosslin may be a rising star in Houston society, but she doesn’t believe in love-at least not for herself. When she meets wealthy bachelor Joe Travis and mistakes him for a wedding photographer, she has no intention of letting him sweep her off her feet. But Joe is a man who goes after what he wants, and Avery can’t resist the temptation of a sexy southern charmer and a hot summer evening.

After a one night stand, however, Avery is determined to keep it from happening again. A man like Joe can only mean trouble for a woman like her, and she can’t afford distractions. She’s been hired to plan the wedding of the year-a make-or-break event.

But complications start piling up fast, putting the wedding in jeopardy, especially when shocking secrets of the bride come to light. And as Joe makes it clear that he’s not going to give up easily, Avery is forced to confront the insecurities and beliefs that stem from a past she would do anything to forget.

The situation reaches a breaking point, and Avery faces the toughest choice of her life. Only by putting her career on the line and risking everything-including her well-guarded heart-will she find out what matters most.

**

They are not calling this “Book #4 in The Travis Series” but that is precisely what it is. This is the long awaited story of Joe Travis, youngest son in the testosterone-rich Travis family. The first book in this series SUGAR DADDY(Gage Travis) debuted in 2007, followed by Blue-Eyed Devil(Haven Travis) in 2008 and in 2009 Smooth Talking Stranger(Jack Travis). All are top-notch reads as is this new offering.

Lisa Kleypas has a phenomenal way of weaving her characters in and out of stories from one book to the next while never taking away from the main story line in the current book. What this accomplishes is an in depth look at the lives and world that these characters inhabit.

In Brown-Eyed Girl Avery is a wedding planner along with her sister. A fairly new business that they hope to have a big success. Avery has opportunities to reach her goals but not without some definite moral decisions to make. Joe is not content to take “no” for an answer when Avery tries to repeatedly push him away. The chemistry is explosive between the two but Avery is reluctant because of past hurts and business opportunity.

I didn’t want this book to end at page 300. I wanted more of the Travis family and more of Avery, her sister, her assistant Stephen and definitely more of Joe. This is certainly a page-turning novel. I welcomed the morning light on this one. Don’t miss out on this terrific contemporary romance. Great beach read!

Travis Series by Lisa Kleypas:

1. Sugar Daddy (Hardy Cates, Liberty Jones & Gage Travis)

2. Blue-Eyed Devil (Hardy Cates & Haven Travis)

3. Smooth Talking Stranger ( Ella Varner & Jack Travis)

4. Brown-Eyed Girl ( Avery Crosslin & Joe Travis)

 

 

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Classic Romance Review- A Wallflower Christmas by Lisa Kleypas

Title: A Wallflower Christmas

A Wallflower Christmas

Genre: Historical Romance/Victorian

Author: Lisa Kleypas

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press, 2008

Pages: 210

Source: purchase

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:         

The Wallflowers are four young ladies in London who banded together in their wild and wickedly wonderful searches for true love. Now happily married, they join together once again to help one of the world’s most notorious rogues realize that happiness might be right under the mistletoe.…

It’s Christmastime in London and Rafe Bowman has arrived from America for his arranged meeting with Natalie Blandford, the very proper and beautiful daughter of Lady and Lord Blandford. His chiseled good looks and imposing physique are sure to impress the lady in waiting and, if it weren’t for his shocking American ways and wild reputation, her hand would already be guaranteed. Before the courtship can begin, Rafe realizes he must learn the rules of London society. But when four former Wallflowers try their hand at matchmaking, no one knows what will happen. And winning a bride turns out to be more complicated than Rafe Bowman anticipated, especially for a man accustomed to getting anything he wants. However, Christmas works in the most unexpected ways, changing a cynic to a romantic and inspiring passion in the most timid of hearts.

**

Many other reviewers have alluded to the fact that this addition to The Wallflowers Series is a bit of an afterthought. That it is not long enough or filled with enough of the characters from the preceding books in the series. I tend to agree with the former assertion but found that the characters from the preceding books were everywhere in this story and gave the book the exquisite flavor of the series that I have loved. That we get to meet Rafe Bowman and Lillian Bowman Westcliffe’s father in more depth was a welcome addition. Hannah was a heroine to cheer for since she was thoughtful, kind and perhaps worried more about her cousin, Rafe’s intended, then her own happiness. There were moments of humor and such a warm family feeling at the Christmas festivities. This book can be thoroughly enjoyed by anyone who has read the preceding books in the series but I hesitate to recommend it to those who have not.

The Wallflower Series:

Again The Magic- full length prequel (Reviewed by Deet on July 9, 2015)

  1. Secrets of A Summer Night- Annabelle and Simon (Review on Monday, July 13, 2015)
  2. It Happened One Autumn- Lillian and Marcus (Review on Tuesday July 14, 2015)
  3. The Devil In Winter- Evie and Sebastian (Review on Thursday, July 16, 2015)
  4. Scandal In Spring- Daisy and Matthew (Review on Monday July 20 2015)
  5. A Wallflower Christmas

 

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Classic Romance Review- Scandal In Spring by Lisa Kleypas

Title: Scandal In Spring (Wallflowers, book#4)

Scandal In Spring

Genre: Historical Romance/Victorian

Author: Lisa Kleypas

Publisher: Avon, Dec. 2012

Pages: 384

Source: purchase

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

“I want you to do everything you’ve ever imagined doing with me…” With those scandalous words, Daisy Bowman, the sole “Wallflower” yet to be married, seals her fate with the last man she ever expected to tempt her.

After spending three London seasons searching for a husband, Daisy Bowman’s father has told her in no uncertain terms that she must find a husband. Now. And if Daisy can’t snare an appropriate suitor, she will marry the man he chooses—the ruthless and aloof Matthew Swift.

Daisy is horrified. A Bowman never admits defeat, and she decides to do whatever it takes to marry someone . . . anyone . . . other than Matthew. But she doesn’t count on Matthew’s unexpected charm . . . or the blazing sensuality that soon flares beyond both their control. And Daisy discovers that the man she has always hated just might turn out to be the man of her dreams.

But right at the moment of sweet surrender, a scandalous secret is uncovered . . . one that could destroy both Matthew and a love more passionate and irresistible than Daisy’s wildest fantasies.

**

Daisy never ever expected to fall for Matthew. She has known him for ten years as her father’s right hand man and has never thought of him as even interesting, that is until she hasn’t seen him in two years and he appears at Marcus’ estate for a house party. Then she can’t keep her eyes off of him for he has changed over those two years into a handsome and altogether interesting man. Or has Daisy just grown up? Daisy’s sister Lillian doesn’t trust him and tries to persuade her sister to look at other men. The other “wallflowers”, Evie and Annabelle think Matthew is just right for Daisy. But there is a scandal in Matthew’s past and it could ruin everything.

This is the last of the wallflower romances. Lisa Kleypas has done a bang up job of getting the reader deeply involved with these wonderful characters. We cheer for the happiness of Lillian, Annabelle and Evie but we long for Daisy to be happy also and there is a chance that her romance may be doomed. That Ms. Kleypas brings about a HEA is almost miraculous. This is a stand alone book but there are so many characters from previous books in the series that I encourage you to start at the beginning of the series (Secrets of A Summer night) or even at the unofficial prequel (Again The Magic). Lucky you! All of these books are available so you can sail from one to the next.

There is one more related book, A Wallflower Christmas, which features Lillian and Daisy’s brother. That review is coming up on Thursday, July 23, 2015.

The Wallflower Series:

Again The Magic- full length prequel (Reviewed by Deet on July 9, 2015)

  1. Secrets of A Summer Night- Annabelle and Simon (Review on Monday, July 13, 2015)
  2. It Happened One Autumn- Lillian and Marcus (Review on Tuesday July 14, 2015)
  3. The Devil In Winter- Evie and Sebastian (Review on Thursday, July 16, 2015)
  4. Scandal In Spring- Daisy and Matthew (Review on Monday, July 20, 2015)
  5. A Wallflower Christmas (Review on Thursday, July 23, 2015)

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Classic Romance Review- The Devil In Winter by Lisa Kleypas

Title: The Devil In Winter (The Wallflowers, book #3)

The devil in Winter

 

Genre: Historical Romance, Early Victorian

Author: Lisa Kleypas

Publisher: Avon, 2006

Pages: 384

Source: purchase

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:         

A devil’s bargain

Easily the shyest Wallflower, Evangeline Jenner stands to become the wealthiest, once her inheritance comes due. Because she must first escape the clutches of her unscrupulous relatives, Evie has approached the rake Viscount St. Vincent with a most outrageous proposition: marriage!

Sebastian’s reputation is so dangerous that thirty seconds alone with him will ruin any maiden’s good name. Still, this bewitching chit appeared, unchaperoned, on his doorstep to offer her hand. Certainly an aristocrat with a fine eye for beauty could do far worse.

But Evie’s proposal comes with a condition: no lovemaking after their wedding night. She will never become just another of the dashing libertine’s callously discarded broken hearts — which means Sebastian will simply have to work harder at his seductions…or perhaps surrender his own heart for the very first time in the name of true love.

**

This the third book in The Wallflower Series is Evie’s story, one of the four young women who were wallflowers during their husband-hunting seasons in London. She is the shy one, with a self-conscious stutter who tries to fade into the background at most society functions. She is also abused by her extended family and kept from visiting her dying father, a prominent gambling hall owner. Sebastian, Lord St. Vincent, is an unrepentant rake who is in dire need of money. Evie is also desperate to get away from her abusive family andcomes to him with a proposition he can’t refuse. “Marry me.” And he does.

For many readers this book in the series is their favorite. I tend to like all of the books with over the top fan-girl squees. Yes, I did just say that. This book like the others has a supremely sensuous romance, beautifully crafted love scenes and characters that the reader falls in love with. That Ms. Kleypas can redeem this rogue of an aristocrat is nothing short of a miracle. This entire series is splendidly entertaining and I do suggest that the reader start at the beginning with SECRETS OF A SUMMER NIGHT (or the unofficial prequel AGAIN THE MAGIC). However, this is a standalone novel but so much will be added to the readers enjoyment if the entire series is read in order.

Coming next week reviews of Scandal In Spring and A Wallflowers Christmas

The Wallflower Series:

Again The Magic- full length prequel (Reviewed by Deet on July 9, 2015)

  1. Secrets of A Summer Night- Annabelle and Simon (Review on Monday, July 13, 2015)
  2. It Happened One Autumn- Lillian and Marcus (Review on Tuesday July 14, 2015)
  3. The Devil In Winter- Evie and Sebastian
  4. Scandal In Spring- Daisy and Matthew
  5. A Wallflowers Christmas- Rafe and Hannah

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Classic Romance Review- It Happened One Autumn by Lisa Kleypas

Title: It Happened One Autumn (Wallflowers Series, book #2)

It Happened One Autumn

Genre: Historical Romance/ Early Victorian

Author: Lisa Kleypas

Publisher: Avon, 2005

Pages: 391

Source: purchase

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

Four young ladies enter London society with one necessary goal:they must use their feminine wit and wiles to find a husband. So they band together, and a daring husband-hunting scheme is born.

It Happened at the Ball…

Where beautiful but bold Lillian Bowman quickly learned that her independent American ways weren’t entirely “the thing.” And the most disapproving of all was insufferable, snobbish, and impossible Marcus, Lord Westcliff, London’s most eligible aristocrat.

It Happened in the Garden…

When Marcus shockingly — and dangerously–swept her into his arms. Lillian was overcome with a consuming passion for a man she didn’t even like. Time stood still; it was as if no one else existed…thank goodness they weren’t caught very nearly in the act!

It Happened One Autumn…

Marcus was a man in charge of his own emotions, a bedrock of stability. But with Lillian, every touch was exquisite torture, every kiss an enticement for more. Yet how could he consider taking a woman so blatantly unsuitable…as his bride?

**

Oh yes! This is romance at its finest. Lord Westcliff goes from insufferable prig to swoon worthy hero. That Ms. Kleypas can bring about that transformation is the mark of a superb writer. In the first book of this series (Secrets of A Summer Night) we become fans of the four wallflowers and hope for their happily ever after. Annabelle found hers with Simon Hunt. Now Lillian Bowman is searching for hers at a house party at Lord Westcliff’s estate. That she manages to attract two interested men is somewhat surprising since she has been out in society for four seasons without any takers. There is an evil villain and a not very nice aristocrat, Sebastian St. James, who try to throw a monkey wrench into the romance of Marcus and Lillian. It will be interesting to see if Ms. Kleypas can redeem Sebastian in the next book of the series DEVIL IN WINTER (Review coming here on Thursday).

This is another can’t-put-down page turner from Lisa Kleypas.  A Deet’s Top Read as are all the books in this series.

The Wallflower Series:

Again The Magic- full length prequel (Reviewed by Deet on July 9, 2015)

  1. Secrets of A Summer Night- Annabelle and Simon (Review on Monday, July 13, 2015)
  2. It Happened One Autumn- Lillian and Marcus
  3. The Devil In Winter- Evie and Sebastian
  4. Scandal In Spring- Daisy and Matthew

 

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