A ruthless tycoon
Savage ambition has brought common-born Rhys Winterborne vast wealth and success. In business and beyond, Rhys gets exactly what he wants. And from the moment he meets the shy, aristocratic Lady Helen Ravenel, he is determined to possess her. If he must take her virtue to ensure she marries him, so much the better....
A sheltered beauty
Helen has had little contact with the glittering, cynical world of London society. Yet Rhys' determined seduction awakens an intense mutual passion. Helen's gentle upbringing belies a stubborn conviction that only she can tame her unruly husband. As Rhys' enemies conspire against them, Helen must trust him with her darkest secret. The risks are unthinkable...the reward a lifetime of incomparable bliss.
©2016 Lisa Kleypas (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers
Edwina "I Love Books'
Yes The story is very good and so is the narration!!
Secrets of a Summer Nights. There are similarities between Simon Hunt and Rhys Winterborne of Marrying Winterborne.
I am not sure. But she did an excellent job in narration Marrying Winterborne!! Very good Narrator!!
I Loved, Loved Marrying Winterborne!!
Let me say I saw a review that said this was a republished book by Lisa Kleypas. That is NOT TRUE!!. I have been reading this authors books since 1993 and this is NOT A REPRINT!! There is a similarity with Simon Hunt from Secrets of a Summers Night. But they are not the same characters at all.
Now on to the review. I loved Helen she is a strong female character and very feminine. She not hard or cold like so many Historical romance heroines are. She is strong as nails but as soft and kind and sensible as Cream.
Rhys Winterborne is my new imaginary lover. He is a wonderful hero and he does all that is necessary for his heroine Helen. The love they share just oozes off the pages. It's realistic and the story feels like a historical romance instead of a contemporary romance pretending to be Historic.
The secondary characters Mrs. Fernsby and Lady Berwick are colorful and delightful. The whole story is a pleasure to read.
This story starts out with hot sexy and sensuous loving making scenes, which I feel was necessary to the way the story is written. Also, it shows a clear commitment that Helen has made toward Rhys. I really like the fact that there is virtually no ridiculous Angst in this story. Angst is used for authors who have no story to tell. Lisa Kleypas is one of the best and most authentic Historical Romance authors there is!!
I Highly Recommend Marrying Winterborne!! I really can't wait for the next book in the Ravenel series.
Popular reviewer of more than 400 historical romance titles on Goodreads. Georgian/Regency/Victorian/Edwardian.
Mary Jane Wells, who also narrated the first book in this series, gets 10+ stars for her performance in Marrying Winterbourne. Her Rhys Winterbourne is simply the sexiest, swoonworthiest hero I've ever heard from a female narrator, and I'm reliably informed that her Welsh accent is excellent.
If you are at all into audiobooks, just skip the reading and head straight for the listening. You won't regret it.
After a fairly 'meh' first book, Ms. K has gotten her groove back, and Rhys Winterbourne joins the ranks of Derek Craven (Dreaming of You) and Lord St. Vincent (Devil in Winter) as one of her most memorable and enticing heroes
I love to read! With kids, that hobby is impossible...enter Audible...problem solved. Chores that I dread are now quiet time for this Mommy!!!
This book reminds me why I adore Lisa Kleypas historical romance. She did such an amazing job of setting the scene for Helen and Rhys in the last book that my wait for this novel seemed like forever. The book picks right up where we left these two characters, so it wasn't bogged down by back story. However, you would be able to follow along without it. If you haven't read the first novel in the series, I recommend starting there. While the main focus of that book is two other wonderful characters, the chemistry between Rhys and Helen starts there. The majority of the plot focused on the developing romance, but the suspense built nicely. You won't be disappointed. Beautiful Narration. Brilliant writing. I adored it.
A little slow at first but then it made me laugh and cry! I'm seldom surprised at romance novels but this one got me. Great job, Lisa Kleypass and excellently narrated! Congratulations y'all!!
What a wonderful ending to Mrs. Kleypas' series. She never lets her readers down. I loss sleep reading this lovely story about Helen and Mr. Waterborne.
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I loved this story. There are some twists that kept me interested. Helen is so unassuming, innocent, and yet wise. Of course there are communications that were not intended to be what they were, a bit of excitement, and female Dr. (!), and evil relative, the pompous Countess, etc. It has the whole package.
I love Helen and Reese so that's about it. Kathleen sort of draws in her claws, and the twins are not as annoying as they were in "Cold Hearted Rake" - but annoying just the same. Unfortunately, the next book is about Pandora, so there will be one about Cassandra, and hopefully West.
Mary Jane Wells is an excellent narrator! I have not heard anything by her previous to this series.
This is a great story. However, the male voice does indeed sound like the Count on Sesame Street. This completely dampens the romantic scenes which otherwise would have been very entertaining. I would not use a credit on this one!
This book is addictive. I listen to it over and over. The narration is certainly part of the addiction. The well formed characters are found in voice. Kleypas is often simply competent. This book is compelling. The momentum and echoes into Wurthering Heights may have something to do with the interest, however, the book moves beyond technique and into something alive on its own. There are other books that reach that sentience but it was a surprise to find it in this genre and this writer.
With more than 1600 audio books to hitchhike along with, I've realized only now that I started "reviewing"...boy I need to catch up!
Wasn't sure how Helen's story would play - but sooo happy I decided to find out!
Family members do try and help, but sometimes they end up doing more harm than good. From the first book we find out that Helen help mend a battered Rhys (Reece) back to health after terrible accident that left him with broken bones, an achy body, and temporarily blind sight. Well, a beautiful relationship is started with designs for an even more beauriful future when her caring sweet voice soothes his pains away.
Week after week they spend all their time time talking, reading, and building upon this tiny bit of time they have all to themselves. What adream come true when his vision returned and Rhys is met the beautiful blonde locks, and sweet face of Helen. With everything he gathered without the use of his eyes, knowing her inner beauty as he did was icing on the cake when all of the pieces of Helen were finally revealed as his sight eventually came back.
Their wonderful future was transforming before their eyes even faster now in wonder and excitement, that is until challenging moment when Helen received her first kiss from a virile and very eager Rhys. Not knowing what to do or even what to expect, her moment for dreamy memories, had sadly been met with fear and frustrating sadness.
Needless to say their beautiful future simply crumbled in only a few hasty seconds...
Here is where the misguided family intentions pretty much tossed Helens world upside down. By trying to help and misunderstanding Helens words, Kathlene spoke to Rhys after Helen shows up with fearful tears in anguish. Not understanding what all truley happened, nor how each person really felt, Kathlene's confrontation did nothing but put up Rhys defense and his angry actions and words simply severed Helens dreams before she even knew what happened.
This second installment takes us on a ride to see how Helen's venture into London to go to Rhys to try and understand why their engagement had suddenly ended. She does her best to mend the broken future with her sheer determination, one that is best to crack that hard shell Rhys has completly around his heart. Slowly understand Rhys can see her innocense is so true, that even the heardest of men will soon realize that he'll do anything to keep it safe and sound... and I mean anything that tries to get in the way!
There are things about Helen that even Helen doesnt know yet, but its when all the cards are laid down that she understands that the only path to take will only leave her far far away and heartbroken. While Rhys , with his mysterious past, as all that makes Rhys, Rhys...the things that things play out will simply make you wonder, just how will his hand play. Will he, won't he, can he, can she?!?
Great ride! Very happy, can't wait for the next!
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