©2008 Lisa Kleypas; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
It was a good book. It kept my interest peaked. It made me laugh out loud and it gave me closure from Devil in Winter (which is my FAV by the way) and Mines Till Midnight. I wont say too much because I don't want to give anything away. But I will say this: If you read Devil in Winter or Mines Till Midnight then this book is a must. It has very good info and it answers a lot of questions you might have about Cam. The reason it didn't get 5 stars across the board is because Meripen kind of got on my nerves with the self loathing. I wanted to roll my eyes at the "I'm not good enough for you" thing that he had going. All of his other interactions were awesome. Its a good read. A must if you are reading the Hathaway Series. Dont' Skip!
The whole Hathaway series is fantastic. My very favorite. Rosalyn Landor is excellent and I have listened to this series over and over. I never get tired of it.
...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.
All business but contemporary fun!
Despite the "predictiveness" of this story given the long history of Meripen and Wynn, the author manages to infuse the plot with unexpected twists and turns that keep you attentive until the very end. I am giving this book four stars due to some issues I have with Meripen's personality, which is too "primal" and monosyllabic for my taste, but the author managed to justify some of that by revealing his early childhood.
Wynn wins your heart (try saying this three times :) almost instantly and makes you vouch for her passionately throughout her ordeals.
Getting more background on the characters as well as getting updated on the Wallflowers. Plus, of course, the romance!!
didnt have the print version
I loved the story being about Romas and their culture.
Any time Merripen was speaking I was enthralled!
The narrator was interesting to listen to and differentiated the different character's voices well.
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
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.
I first discovered Lisa Kleypass when listening to her modern romance novels which are a must read/listen. I normally enjoy more of the modern romance books but tried seduce me at sunrise on one of the sales audible was having, and, well… leave to Lisa Kleypass to hook you right in. I really enjoyed the Hathaway's series.
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