Monthly Gem: ‘Marrying Winterborne’ By Lisa Kleypas

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Title:  Marrying Winterborne

Series:  The Ravenels

Genre:  Historical Romance

Age category:  Adult

Release Date:  May 31, 2016

Descriptive Blurb:  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’s 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’s enemies conspire against them, Helen must trust him with her darkest secret. The risks are unthinkable . . . the reward, a lifetime of incomparable bliss. And it all begins with…

Marrying Mr. Winterborne

Review

“Pretty, Shiny, Bling.”

My Impressions:  Ahh…back to my first love…Historical Romance…and Lisa Kleypas.  (excuse me while I bask in the wonderful world of Winterborne) <thud>  This book and many others is exactly why I will likely never give up on historical romance.  They go thru rough patches every now and again, but still they remain the most reliable of the romantic subgenres.  Particularly ones written by the very capable Kleypas.

The Love Story:  Shy genteel Lady meets rough-n-tumble Welshman.  A wonderfully nuanced opposites attract romance that has it all:  great chemistry, love, angst, humor, a bit of adventure, drama, and a dash scandal too.  Their romance actually starts in the previous book (1st in this series), which I haven’t actually read, but did know existed…however, the premise of this book and the promise of theses two were just too enticing.  I had no patience, so I skipped forward to this book.  (So, of course, now I must go back and read how they started)

Minor Beefs:  There was a bit of hang-time before we got to the central conflict…but its all good.  Lots of characters to keep up with, and a not-so-straight-forward family tree.  The love scenes will bring a blush to your cheeks, however they are consistent with the characterization of a rough-round the edges Welshman.

Random Thoughts: This book has some very funny quips that make me laugh out loud.

Extra Touch:  Attention to detail, with regards to the time periods, the language, social norms, differences in socials class, ahhh…reading this book was literally like glancing into the past for a bit.  Very multi-layered, realistic, and engrossing.  Made the love story deeper to have such a rich depiction of the settings and time-period.

Cliffhanger:  None…No loose ends.  There’s even a nice little epilogue where we find out the details on Devon and Kathleen’s bundle of joy.  (Devon and Kathleen are the central couple in the first book.)

The Verdict:  Two thumbs up.  Recommended to all.  (Probably, you should read Book 1 first though.)

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