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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

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  • Jane
  • Chicago, IL, United States
  • 03-03-17

It’s enjoyable, but there is not much conflict.

It’s mostly nice things happening.

My complaints:

1. One of the best parts of a romance story is seeing a couple meet and how they fall in love. That doesn’t happen here. Instead, the following back story is referred to, not shown: they meet, fall in love, he proposes marriage, and gives her a large engagement ring. She has a headache one day, and tells her relative Kathleen she doesn’t want to see Rhys (or something similar we don’t exactly know). Kathleen goes to Rhys and tells him Helen does not love him and calls off the marriage.

After reading this book, I learned that the above back story happened in book 1 of The Ravenels series. This is book 2. It is supposed to be readable as a stand alone, but it’s missing an important part for me.

This book 2 begins with Helen going to Rhys and telling him that was all a mistake. She still wants him and the marriage. So there is a little bit of conflict as she needs to convince him that what she said when she was ill and what Kathleen said was not true. Then the rest of the book is about a couple in love, being nice to each other, and deciding when they will marry.

2. Later in the book Helen keeps a secret from Rhys. She plans to leave him for his own good, but she won’t tell him she plans to leave him or what the secret is. That’s the main conflict. I suppose it is ok for readers who are in the mood for this world, but I didn’t care for it.

The good:
Lisa Kleypas has a nice writing voice for regencies.

AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR:
Mary Jane Wells did an excellent job.


Narrative mode: 3rd person.
Genre: historical romance.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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LOVED LOVED MARRYING WINTERBORNE!!

Would you listen to Marrying Winterborne again? Why?

Yes The story is very good and so is the narration!!

What other book might you compare Marrying Winterborne to and why?

Secrets of a Summer Nights. There are similarities between Simon Hunt and Rhys Winterborne of Marrying Winterborne.

Have you listened to any of Mary Jane Wells’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I am not sure. But she did an excellent job in narration Marrying Winterborne!! Very good Narrator!!

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

Yes!!

Any additional comments?

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.

16 of 18 people found this review helpful

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Marrying Winterborne

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!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Michelle
  • Griffin, GA, United States
  • 06-03-16

Loved. Every. Minute.

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.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Loved the story - hated the narrator

Let me start by saying that I loved the story and the main characters, Helen and Winterborne. I would highly recommend reading this book rather than listening to it. I already wrote in my review of the first book in the series, Cold-Hearted Rake, that I couldn't finish listening to the book because of the narrator. Unfortunately, I had already purchased the audio of Marrying Winterborne which will turn out to be a waste. Terrible accent, boring characterization. The sad thing is it could have been fabulous with a better narrator. Disappointed to see that they're using the same narrator for Devil in Spring.

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  • Sandra
  • HOUSTON, TX, United States
  • 06-02-16

Slow at first but then WHEU!!

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!!

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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So good you can't stop listening!

This book is so good you cannot stop listening. The emotions expressed pull you in and leave you wanting to hear more. Great story line fantastic narrator. This is the second one i have purchased and before it was finished i had already purchased another.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Descriptive writing

I would have preferred a less detailed description of the sexual scenes! The descriptions boarded on pornography!

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Marrying Winterborne - Loved

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Not my favorite.

After numerous attempts, I just gave up on this book. Although the narrator had a lovely voice, it sounded as though she was reading a children's story instead of a romance. What should have been steamy, sounded like a little girl in an intimate situation...strange and inappropriate. All of the female characters were given little girl voices. I think the story line had great potential, but I couldn't get past the never ending angst and the narrator.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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