All business but contemporary fun!
I was so pleasantly surprised by this book, given that I first read Kleypas' contemporary work which was good but nothing like this. The story is about an unconventional family in Hampshire, England around 1850. The oldest sister Emilia has taken responsibility of the family after her parents passing and is in search of her philandering brother who is mourning the death of his fiance. On her way to save her brother, she comes up with the an unbelievably intriguing man, not of a noble heritage, who will do anything in his power to win her love.
The interaction between Cam and Emilia is raw and mesmerizing, to the point of no return. As the story unfolds, there is plenty of suspense and drama over events in the family, that also introduce you to each individual family member, which the sequels are based on.
The Hathaways are an absolute blast, exuding humor, kindness and friendship.
Most of all, Cam is a male lead worth swooning over for a long long time.
Must read in the historical romance genre.
I love the audible version more than the print version. There are differences between the two. Christopher Frost shows up earlier in the print version. The architectural firm is headed by his brother in the print version but by an entirely unrelated character in the audible version. This is not abridged as some reviewers have thought. It's just slightly different - improved, I would say. It's almost as though the audible version was based on a later edition than the print version I have on my Kindle. Wish I could get the audible book in print - maybe with whisper sync.
Cam Rohan and Merripen. They are fascinating characters. Lisa Kleypas could do a series based on them before and after meeting the Hathaways. Beyond the Hathaway series.
I love Rosalyn Landor's performances. I look for books she has narrated. This is one of her best. Truly, I have never heard any of her narrations that I did not enjoy.
There is a lot of humor in this book. I love the interplay between characters. Lisa Kleypas has a wonderful gift for dialogue and Rosalyn Landor brings it life with her voice acting.
I've have listened to this book over and over. I highly recommend it.
I enjoy historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance. Also steampunk, sci-fi, fantasy, suspense, and fiction. I'm open to about anything
Setting: London and Hampshire, England 1848
Genre: Early Victorian Romance
Narration: Rosalyn Landor, as usual, delivers a fine performance. She managed to pull off the voices of the characters from the Wallflowers series, as well as give unique voices to the many characters introduced in this novel. This was my second listening, and it was great.
Mine Till Midnight is the first in the Hathaways series and a very good start it is. The main characters in this book are Amelia, the oldest female in the Hathaway family, and Cam, a Rom/Irish man who played a small part in Devil in Winter. The plot is about how this family adjusts to their change in circumstance. LK manages to do a good job of presenting the main plot while weaving in a sort of sub-plot, and introducing characters who figure in subsequent books. And by introduction, I don't mean just names. I mean names, position in the family, some backstory, and personality traits. The main characters in this story also play roles in the stories with other characters. Sometimes, in a series featuring many individuals, a listener can get confused about who is who, but the narration helps with that issue. I don't know if it would have been so easy in print.
Worth the credit and the time.
It's in the top 5!
Well it would obviously be compared to the rest of the Hathaway Series as well as the Wallflower Series. It's just as good as the Wallflower books and has some of our favorite characters from that series in it but it add extra layers of conflict and emotion which leads to even greater rewards.
Rosalyn brings the picture to life during any intimate scene and during extremely exciting moments. Her voices conveys the thickness of the moment or the desperation in the character and everything in between.
It did bring some emotions out since the family has experienced quite a few unfortunate events and you can feel the way they must feel to endure such things.
Great book. There was so much in this first book of the series I forgot that there are four more!
Favorite books: Mysteries Amelia Peabody & Inspector Gamache, supernatural novels by Laurel K. Hamilton, Ilona Andrews and many more!
Every so often I like to read a good romance novel. I always thought Lisa Kleypas was a good writer whose novels were entertaining. However, this book was a huge disappointment. I only finished it because I was away from home and nothing else had been downloaded. The characters were drab and underdeveloped, the plot was one dimensional and cliche. I don't expect a great deal of depth in a romance novel but this had none. Out of no where she threw in a supernatural element, meanwhile she left all of the story lines open except the romance portion. There was a tiny mystery involving a tattoo and that was never revealed to us readers. Last but not least, the book ended abruptly. My advice is not to waste your time reading this book unless you're using it as a sedative.
Blue Moon Reviews
Narrator Landor ruins an excellent book. This series is about young vibrant characters whom Landor manages to turn into stodgy old folks.
I read so I can write
I have not read the written version of this book, so my review is of the work I've heard.
It was typically Lisa Kleypas which means it was worth the time and money. It was well written and totally enjoyable. What can be said about the hero except wow, good enough to eat.
There were no weak characters in this story. Each of them has their place and holds it well.
Ms. Landor's performance was it's usual fantastic. She is one of only a handful of really outstanding narrators of historic romance novels.
12 step program please. I am addicted to Audible! I love trashy sexy books, award winning novels and everything between. Bring it!
There are parts to the story that I really enjoyed once I got into it. The problem is that it took awhile to get into the book. Once there it is easy and enjoyable and completely predictable. The main characters are interesting and there is a story there (although there is a distracting ghost side story that seems so out of place) but the narrators voice is so annoying. I have to admit that I went from "oh this is pretty good" to "why did i download this?" This was my first Lisa Kleypas download and might be my last for awhile.
After listening to this, I wondered what ever induced me to purchase it. I went back to read the summary, and I still don't know. It is clearly a romance novel, and I've not read one in decades, so I was surprised (and rolled my eyes a lot) at the very graphic "perfect-man" sex. I was annoyed at the perfunctory element of paranormal events and also at the way that key plot elements were not tied up. Guess they want me to buy book 2. Ain't gonna happen.