((swoon)) You aren't getting this one away from me, ladies. Sorry!
I don't like sullen, brooding heroes. I don't care for mysterious gypsies. I deplore ill, fragile maidens. Well, color me red - looks like I've been lying to myself, because I fell hard for these two. Our massive, dark gypsy with the haunted past isn't cursed with cruelty (as is so often personified), and our fragile heroine has incredible strength of character without losing even a smidgen of her femininity. Who knew fire & water could mix so well???
The chemistry between Merripen and Win is intense and I found myself blushing in a few of these chapters. Believe me, it takes a LOT to make this gal call for the hartshorn & a glass of ice water. ;)
But, what really, really worked well was the continuous interaction of the principal characters with the rest of the family. The first in this series, "Mine Till Midnight," featured the eldest Hathaway sister, Amelia, and her ensuing romance with future husband, Cam Rohan. In most series, characters from previous stories do pop up ... but quite often to just sweep into the parlor to chat for a page or two, have the servants appear with their adorable children, then whisk out the door never to be heard from again until the wedding in the final chapter.
Amelia and Cam not only appear throughout the book, they play integral roles. It's wonderful just how well this works to truly draw you into the tales! Although Merripen and Win's story certainly stands well alone, I've just re-ordered the first book and look forward to reading both of these again, straight through. I hope the author continues in the same method and eventually weaves the families' stories into a marvelously appealing tapestry. I can't wait to see what comes next!
Book 2 in the Hathaway series, and actually quite good. The hero is almost a little too angsty, but very hunky & hot. Great secondary characters too. I especially loved the interplay between Leo and the governess, Miss Marks. Hysterical stuff there:P Great ending. Highly recommended.
Sensuality Rating: R
Very good! After reading Mine Til Midnight I was anxious to read Win & Kev's story and I wasn't disappointed. I have to say, when Kev finally makes his move...its one of the most romantic scenes I've read in a while!
Somehow along the way I discovered Lisa Kleypas (historical romance is not my typical read) and have enjoyed each and every one of her books. This book is disappointing to me, maybe because I have high expectations now. This story did not seem to have the usual Kleypas level of detail, character building or setting. I did not get drawn into the story or the people and didn't really care about them. Also one of the plot lines ends so abruptly I wonder if it will show up at a later date. It's not a bad story, just not her usual excellence. If you would like to read a fabulous, hot and sexy, emotional and totally satisfying historical romance, I would suggest you read Lisa Kleypas' "Suddenly You". Superb!