The two main characters were so thoroughly developed earlier in the series that it was truly cathartic to see them finally come together. This story is very romantic, sweet, passionate, and compelling. I wish all novels were written so well. Love the narration too! I will probably listen to it again!
This is just another typical Kleypas novel. Same basic plot, only the names have changed. This time, instead of the two main characters "hating" each other while really being mysteriously attracted to each other (usually the females act like raving beotches), this hero denies the obvious and throws up ridiculous barriers to love. As usual there is about 20 mins of interesting story. Unfortunately there is more eye-rolling silliness, and people behaving so stupidly, you want to scream at them.
I liked this story best out of all the stories in the Hathaway's series. The main character torn by his past and not feeling good enough for his love, made the story sweet and it engrossed me into wanting more.
Too much anger and rejection for me.
I liked the character definitions. When Kev was a boy he was treated like an abused pit bull trained for fights. He is emotionally damaged and refuses to act on his love for Win. He thinks he must never have her, but he doesn’t want anyone else to have her. The beautiful Win loved him from the moment she met him. After years of being rejected by Kev, she finally gives up and agrees to marry another.
The story didn’t work for me. I didn’t feel fun anticipation of a developing romance. Most of the book has Kev being angry at everyone. Although he changes at the end I didn’t feel good. Part of it may have been the narrator’s interpretation. Even during sex, Kev did not sound warm.
Kev and Cam have identical tattoos which was mentioned in the previous book. That mystery is now solved, and it’s a good story.
Rosalyn Landor has a lovely voice for females, but she is not good for men. It sounds like they are holding their breath. Her emotional interpretation for men is reserved and harsh. It lacks warmth or desire. I compare her to the narrator Susan Duerden. Susan is sensual, passionate, sexy, seductive, and shows desire when reading a man. She turns me on. Rosalyn has none of that.
Genre: historical romance
The plot sounds great, but the narration is so rough and stilted that it is incredibly hard to get into this novel. It has taken me 8 tries so far, and it is still not grabbing me. It might be time to re-record this one Audible.
The characters were well developed
The ending, it was very romantic
She's a great performer. She develops them all and you feel like you are there as things happen, but if I had to pick I would say Rohan is my favorite in all five books in the series
It evoked both emotions in me depending on the part of the story
You must read them all and the order does not matter.
I know I must be among the minority but I could not finish this book ! That's a rarity for a LK book . Merripen seems just stupid and stuborn , I couldn't get the chemistry between Win and him. They seemed estranged for most of the book. The beginning of the book was sweet and touching but goes downhill from then on.There is too much interference from the rest of the family . I swear literally everyone in the family has had a one on one intervention session with Merripen ! Also the story seems contrived .There is some wierd sexual banter between Marx and Leo while Cam is literally on his death bed .
Leo and Marx's story is the most entertaining of this story followed by that of Beatrice and Poppy.
Sorry this was a letdown but won't stop me from reading more LK.
To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.
My first Lisa Kleypas book. Kev and Win's story. There was something missing from this story and I can't quite put my finger on it. The sub story was more interesting than the main story imo. Kev was an ass for most of the story. Win wore her love on her sleeve, and no matter how many times he rejected her, like a lil puppy she kept going back for more. I know this is Victorian times and women weren't that forward, but........anyway it wasn't that bad, and it has a happy ever after ending.
However the narrator wasn't that great, the governess sounded like she was 80 years old, where she was suppose to be young. Also Kev's voice left a lot to be desired, and talking loudly doesn't make a man sound manly.