Love in the Afternoon (The Hathaways, Book 5) by Lisa Kleypas
This series ending book features the youngest sister Beatrix, the animal loving klepto!
In this book, Beatrix is spending time with her friends Audrey and Prudence, when they learn Audrey’s Brother in law, Christopher Phelan, was being sent off to a way. Officer Chris asked the beautiful Prudence to correspond with him which she agreed to, though she had no intent of doing so. When Beatrix couldn’t convince Pru to answer Chris’ letters, Beatrix started writing to Chris, but as Pru because Beatrix knew that Chris didn’t like her. In fact, Chris had remarked to one of his friends that Bea belonged in stable with the rest of her farm animals. But always the compassionate person, Bea couldn’t erase the anguish she read in Chris’ letters to Pru, and Bea could see that Chris was trying to connect with something at home to keep him sane in all that chaos wrought by the war.
Soon, the friendship letters formed a big connection and the two fell in love over correspondence, but Beatrix knew that she wasn’t the sort of woman Christopher and his family would be proud to be attached to in society. The Hathaways were infamous due to their unconventional ways, ties to the Romany and just sheer eccentricity.
So Bea decided to stop writing Christ, and let him go as she believed he loved Prudence anyway. And Prudence, who didn’t want a simple officer, now wants Chris because his older brother died, leaving him the earldom. So when Christopher returns from war, he is faced with a choice, Prudence or Beatrix. Whom will best fit his life and his needs now?
Beatrix is bold, she is compassionate and she is observant. She was willing to give hope to man who disparaged her to others just because she understood that war changes a man’s psyche. At the same time, she kept her promise to Prudence, who showed time and time again what a shallow and unfriendly person she truly was. I loved Beatrix and Christopher together. They were magic and the chemistry was amazing. I am in awe at how Lisa Kleypas was able to make each heroine different and their journey’s to love different. One thing the Hathaway ladies all had in common was their intelligence and worldliness. They are smart, fun and accepting. Bea was no exception. I loved her touch with the dogs too.
I am truly sad this series is over.
This one was more serious than her usual books. It's still has humor but definitely a heavier subject matter of infidelity.
This story took up to 8hrs before the plot really unfolded. The narrator didn't make the story better. It was just a slow build up and it didn't reach a peak for me. I will try book 2 because there is potential in the plot.
I found this one pretty slow and I really enjoyed book 1. The plot was unbelievable and it took a long time for action to happen. The narration was good but couldn't save it.
This was a well narrated story of the evolution of two guys. One was learning to find his place amongst the family business and carve out his own niche. The other was coming to terms with past abides. I really liked it.
I didn't enjoy this one because I never connected with the characters. It was an okay story but I've heard much better with Demonica or BDB.
This book fell below my expectations as I couldn't see what differences humans and vampires had absent blood drinking and 1 read the minds of others,
The narrator was dry and didn't add anything to this weak beginning. I want to read book 2 because there's potential.
I loved this audiobook and I am amazed at how Jennifer Estep keeps the quality of the story topnotch though we are in the double digits in the series. I will admit that Madeline Madga Monroe turned out to be a much weaker version of Mab. How disappointing. But she did give Gin all she could handle.
We still got to see all of our favorite characters both good and bad. What excites me the most is that I have no idea what the author has in store for us next. We know the Ashland underworld will raise a champion tasked to take out the Spider, but whom? what? how? and where will they engage our deadly assassin? I can't wait for the next book.
Book 1 felt like a probation period for Dex. This book saw Dex embraced as a member of The THIRDS. It also saw Dex and Sloane trying to figure out what exactly they were doing with each other.
Favorite audiobook moment was Cael telling Sloan about Dex and the Vaccum. Funniest scene EVER. I kept rewinding it and laughing. Excellent rendition by the narrator. I read some reviews where Dex's humor annoyed those readers but it's because Dex hides a lot behind jokes, laughter and a jovial personality. It's his coping mechanism with life's hurts and he has had a lot of hurts.
Given the drama with these two, I certainly see why fraternizing with co-workers is frowned upon. It has brought tension to the workplace and it clouds judgment. I also wonder how the people tasked with protecting society can't tell everyone in their organization is boinking their partner.
I am impressed with the writing because it is full of humor and the world building is good. I look forward to book 3 and more about the vigilante group. Face it, the tide didn't turn until the vigilantes got involved, so I actually like them. I will wait for the audiobook Jan 2015.
I enjoy the narrator and the job he is doing.
I had avoided this book because many reviews said it was heartbreaking. I guess what I saw was hope. The other side of tragedy when people start picking up the pieces of their lives. The book was written really well. It wasn't overly sappy and it wasn't too fluffy. It have a great flow and great pace. Once I started, I didn't stop listening to it until it finished.
I loved little Polly. Somehow she saw the capacity for love in Mallory and she grabbed onto it hard. It was so sweet watching the shell that both Mallory and Pete formed around themselves develop crack after crack, until the shells shattered. Love and acceptance is the ultimate Christmas gift and that is what this book was about. The second chance at happiness made this book heartwarming, not heartbreaking. It was a great book to read on New Year's Eve. I felt like I was transported to Mimosa Lane and was a part of the story. I look forward to reading some more books in this series.
the narrator did a great job, but the book was entirely too long and slow for my enjoyment. I think the characters didn't get physical until the last 4-5 hours of the book
I came in expecting a hot book because the characters weren't really endearing.
I did feel bad in part for Dan, as he was was frozen in place after the loss of his lover Justin. It was why he was on the fence when he was propositioned by Jeff and Evan.
I liked Chris, Justin & Dan's bff, as he was a great sounding board. I just wanted things to happened much faster.
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