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Listened for Fun (Audible)
Overall Rating: DNF
Audio Rating: 4.00 (not part of the overall rating)
DNF Reasons: Seduce Me at Sunrise by Lisa Kleypas wasn't horrible (despite my DNF) but it wasn't my favorite romance troupe. I know that in most romance the hero never feels "good enough" for the leading lady but this one was a little too much of that. I listened to 3 hours and then fast forwarded to the end to listen to the last hour. I did really like the side characters and look forward to their stories. This just wasn't for me!
Narrated By Rosalyn Landor / Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
Rosalyn is hands down one of my favorite historical romance narrators! She is just all around excellent!
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Setting: London & Hampshire, 1851, but with back story
Genre: Early Victorian romance.
Narration: Once again, Rosalyn Landor does an excellent interpretation of the characters. I enjoy her work.
This is the second book in the Hathaways series, and focuses on the second sister, Win. There's also a lot back story, mainly having to do with Merripen, but also some history of the family members. The back story also shows the development of his relationship with Win. My biggest problem is with the shift in Merripen's character when Win goes to the clinic in France. He becomes bitter and more uncommunicative than he was before. Why? It seems terribly selfish of him to ask her not to go, when he has no intention of carrying their relationship further. I think he must have been the most difficult personality for LK to write, because you're supposed to root for him but, at least for me, there really wasn't much growth in the character. He never really gives me the warm fuzzies. The really great part of this book is the interaction with the Rom, and, oh yeah, the doctor in the wardrobe scene. Win becomes back from France pretty kick-ass. And blood thirsty.
Worth the time and credit? Yes, but do try to catch it in a BOGO, or some other sale.
I enjoyed the first Hathaway book enough to look for the second. Unfortunately I found it a bit tedious. The best parts were with Amelia and Rowan from book one. The Kev and Win story just seems contrived with roadblocks of their own making. I finished the book, but only because I paid for it.
Considering that Lisa Kleypas is one of my favorite authors this one was disappointing to me. I wasn't crazy about the gypsy sub-plot and found the male protaganist to be surly and unattractive. My disappointment in this one will not discourage me from buying other selection by this author.
Kev is not my favorite hero, and this was a rather frustrating book.
The next three books of this series are amazing. So keep reading!!! :)
Blue Moon Reviews
Narrator Landor is the worst choice I can imagine for Kleypas' historical romance. I love the books but the audio is unbearable. Kev as written by Kleypas is a wonderful hero, not the barking old man portrayed by Landor.
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I always expect great things from Kleypas and this series does not disappoint. The characters are strong and entertaining and their interaction with each other builds a good story. I don't agree with other reviewers who did not like Kev. Considering his background he is believable. For him to move from point A to point B would have been difficult and how he did so made sense.
I look forward to continuing this series.
Ms Landor is one of my favorite narrators.
...and they lived happily ever after.
I love the Hathaway family. I love that they took Kev in as such a wild boy and showed him love and acceptance and treated him with friendship and trust. I very much enjoy the relationship between Kev and Win. His complete adoration of Win is beautifully written, both through this book and the first in the series. The depth of determination to get better that Win shows so she can have a real relationship with Kev is astonishing. I loved when she said she climbed thousands of stairs to get to Kev. I adored the epilogue. Thank goodness that's cleared up! Poor Kev...
Great audiobook with clear distinction between many characters and a several dialects. Well done, as always.
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I love Lisa Kleypas. She is probably one of my favorite romance writers. This story is one of her best. It is an unconventional love story and one that crosses racial/cultural lines (especially in that time and place). Kev is big, rough half gypsy with a past that would have crippled a weaker man. Win is a lovely, but fragile girl who is part of a very unconventional family. They fall in love a first sight during their teens when Kev is rescued and adopted into Win's family. They are obviously soul mates destined to be together, regardless of all the travails and roadblocks thrown their way.