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Then Came You: Gambler of Craven's Series, Book 1 | [Lisa Kleypas]

Then Came You: Gambler of Craven's Series, Book 1

Reckless, wild, and beautiful, Lily Lawson delights in shocking proper London society – and now she is determined to rescue her sister from an unwanted impending marriage to the notorious Alex, Lord Raiford, by fair means or foul. But while she succeeds outrageously, Alex is a master gamesman who is not to be undone.
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Reckless, wild, and beautiful, Lily Lawson delights in shocking proper London society – and now she is determined to rescue her sister from an unwanted impending marriage to the notorious Alex, Lord Raiford, by fair means or foul. But while she succeeds outrageously, Alex is a master gamesman who is not to be undone.

Alex has lost one bride, yet he is enchanted by this remarkable lady who is willing to break any rule to flaunt her independence. When Lily offers him only scorn, he counters with kindness, and he parries her blistering barbs with gentle words and a soft, tender touch. The spirited miss will pay dearly for her interference – with her body, her soul, and her stubborn, unyielding heart. But will Alex's own heart be the prize to be won in this sensuous game of love?

©1993 Lisa Kleypas (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Karen DUMFRIES, VA, United States 05-21-12
    Karen DUMFRIES, VA, United States 05-21-12 Member Since 2009

    Graduated college, got a job, got married, traveled, had children. Breathing air and growing hair.

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    "This one might go to the Desert Isle."

    This book hits all the notes in tune likeable characters, mistakes, tragic pasts misunderstandings, romance then happily ever after. My only itch is that it dwelt in the misery of Lily's loss in a less than excellent way. It seems to me she would've been able to figure out a solution long before the time it finally was resolved. Overall this one was well worth the credit.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Robin in Vermont Vermont 12-18-11
    Robin in Vermont Vermont 12-18-11 Member Since 2009

    I'll read anything good. I'm easy that way.

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    "Thank You Ladies!"

    If not for the fabulous reviews I might have missed out on these treasures! As a big Jane Austen fan, I've been working my way through the classics, but haven't found a modern equivalent -- until now! Lisa Kleypas does the era proud, and I can't help but think that Ms. Austen would have first been shocked and then highly entertained by her marvelous novels. Of course, Rosalyn Landor is the perfect reader for these books and her amazing voices and accents elevate the experience from highly entertaining to entrancing. A BIG Thank You to all of you who took the time to review these books! I never would have taken the plunge without you!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Christi Bixby, OK, United States 02-08-11
    Christi Bixby, OK, United States 02-08-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Pleasant and interesting"

    My first Lisa Kleypas novel, I decided to take a chance based on the praise and high ratings. Both the hero and heroine turned me off at first, she seemed smugly self-important and he just, well, smug and hateful and self-important. It didn't take too long before I was drawn in and made to care for them though, the hero especially was wonderful once he started to get over himself. I'd be wishing for my own Alex except I'm lucky enough to have one already, a modern version of course! I'm looking forward to listening to Dereck Cravens story, which will be my next purchase.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Raymond, Alberta, Canada 04-14-11
    Laura Raymond, Alberta, Canada 04-14-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Shocking Amounts of Graphic Sex in Second Half Bk"

    The 1st half of this book is well written and is a great story, unfortunately this is followed by a shocking amount of graphic sex in the second half.

    I wish there was a rating system or some kind of warning that tells people about language, violence and sex etc so they can be aware and choose books according to their comfort level.

    I know there is the comment section, but that is not always reliable, so anyone out there that is looking for a historical romance to read without graphic sex in it, this is not the book for you!!!

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer CA, United States 02-16-14
    Amazon Customer CA, United States 02-16-14 Member Since 2010
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    What disappointed you about Then Came You: Gambler of Craven's Series, Book 1?

    I thought this would be a keeper. I'm almost at the end of the book about the 11th chapter and I'm about the end of my patience! LILY IS AN IDIOT!!! She knows the hero loves her right in the middle of the book and yet she keeps her issue from him until this chapter!NO..... the author TRIES MY PATIENCE.!! I thought Derek Craven was suppose to be this underworld figure that should know whats going on in the ton and in the underworld slums.. so why can't he find the child's kidnapper? What's up with that?!! And after all that hype about Derek's supposed power in the underworld it took ALEX to find the child!Why did Ms. Kleypas make the kidnap issue last as long as TWO YEARS?! Why not three to six months and later meets with the Hero while trying to find her child, then the story goes from there...? Its such a stupid subplot that I want to throw my ipod across the room that's how stupid it was! BLECCCCH! I"m going to return this, what a waste of my time!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Dexter, MI, United States 11-16-13
    Carol Dexter, MI, United States 11-16-13 Member Since 2010

    I am a singer and Celtic harper specializing in the music of Scotland, where I go often to study and perform. I love romance books because I like a light hearted story with a happy ending!

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    "This definitely joins my favorites!"

    I loved the way the Alex and Lilly were both such strong characters. Their arguments and eventual deep love was lovely to listen to and I enjoyed every minute. The plot is more interesting than the usual "hero must save heroine" plots of many romances, and the ending brought a smile as I listened. I definitely recommend this one!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy T Jacksonville, FL USA 11-03-13
    Tracy T Jacksonville, FL USA 11-03-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Very good book!"

    This was a very good book. The heroine, Lily, was strong, funny, and witty. Just loved her character, no whinny wimpy simpering girl here which is so refreshing. I really love it when an author makes her characters strong. The Hero, he is was just as awesome, strong, and masculine. There was plenty of dialogue so they actually communicated with each other rather than just assume what the other is thinking. Again refreshing.. There was plenty of hot and steamy sex. The story line is really good too. All in all a great read for sure.

    This is my first Rosalyn Landor listen. And I enjoyed it. I think she did a great job. She could have eased up on the Alex's voice a bit and not make him sound so hard all the time. Otherwise the narration was good.

    Credit worthy? Yes, for sure.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nicole Richmond, VA, United States 10-21-13
    Nicole Richmond, VA, United States 10-21-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Bad Girl Turned Good."
    What about Rosalyn Landor’s performance did you like?

    Rosalyn Landor has a way of make an men of the historical period as either arrogant or a dandy. It's really a great gift.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No sometimes I had to step away in the beginning becasue it was slow. By the 2nd half of the book it picks up nicely.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Katha Kingwood, TX, United States 09-03-13
    Katha Kingwood, TX, United States 09-03-13
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    "Hard to care about the Heroine"
    What disappointed you about Then Came You: Gambler of Craven's Series, Book 1?

    I usually LOVE Kleypas. I liked the hero but I just couldn't care about the heroine. I know I was supposed to feel sorry for what had happened to her but something about her behavior kept me from caring. Not my favorite.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Annette Chandler, AZ, United States 07-28-13
    Annette Chandler, AZ, United States 07-28-13 Member Since 2007
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    "A great read for the summer."
    Would you listen to Then Came You: Gambler of Craven's Series, Book 1 again? Why?

    Yes, I love a good romance and this is on the top of my list.


    What about Rosalyn Landor’s performance did you like?

    Love Rosalyn Landor.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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