Tempt Me At Twilight (The Hathaways #3)
Poppy Hathaway loves her unconventional family, though she longs for normalcy. Then fate leads to a meeting with Harry Rutledge, an enigmatic hotel owner and inventor with wealth, power, and a dangerous hidden life. When their flirtation compromises her own reputation, Poppy shocks everyone by accepting his proposal—only to find that...more
Let’s make one thing clear; this book is an HR duck. It looks like one, it talks like one, it walks like one. Is it formulaic? Probably. Should I have enjoyed it as much as I did? Probably not. Am I giving it five stars anyway? Absolutely. Why? Because fuck you, that’s why.
I should start posting disclaimers at the top of my reviews for HRs saying that my opinion probably shouldn’t be trusted.
For those of you who know me, you know how many literary pet peeves I have. For those of you who don’t;...more
Poppy Hathaway is in London for her third season and, as it has become usual, she's staying with her family at the Rutledge Hotel. As the story opens, she's chasing her sister Beatrix's ferret, trying to r...more
I found out something about myself--I love a romance where the hero really needs for someone to love him, whether he realizes it or not. And handsome hotelier Harry Rutledge (early 30s), who both wanted and feared affection (due to a heartbreaking childhood)--he captured my heart. Yes, he started out as a manipulative, selfish devil, (the way he got Poppy (23) to marry him), but h...more
I really enjoyed Harry and Poppy’s story. But I did feel there was a little something missing, hence the 4.5 Stars. (Edit: But now in looking back, I can't bear not to give 5 Stars to each and every Hathaway book, so while I acknowledge there was a little something "missing", I loved it and will definitely read it again!)
I especially loved how the description of Harry Rutledge conjured images of Richard Armitage. *sighs* He's so vill...more
“Her chances of a decent marriage were about to be dashed-and all because of a ferret.” And thus begins the wonderfully romantic third installment in the saga of the eccentric Hathaway family, Tempt Me At Twilight.
Poppy Hathaway loves her quirky family, but she yearns for a conventional, quiet, normal, stable, peaceful, predictable, albeit boring, life. She believes wholeheartedly that she’s found her true soul’s desire in her beloved Michael Bayning, who’s courted...more
Harry Rutledge was both a neglected child and an abused child. The only son of an aging hotelier, Harry wasn’t raised in a home where a youngster could run and play, laugh out loud and just be a kid. Even at 5 years old he knew the rules: The Guests come first. Stay out of sight. Don’t make any noise. Don’t do this, don’t do that, don’t…don’t… don’t. Is it any wonder that as an adult, Harry is so rigid, so disciplined and so aloof? One of the richest men in London and one of the most mysterious,...more
Harry Rutledge, who is a well-known ruthless hotel owner, known to always gets what he wants “always” and when he lays eyes on Poppy he knows he must have her at any cost but when they marry they f...more
The Hathaway's are back and better than ever. This is the third instalment of this quirky, fun and unconventional family,that everywhere they go a scandal follows. This is one is about Poppy the intelligent and beautiful sister who is in London searching for a husband. The hunt is on!
Harry Ruthledge is an enigma in London everyone wants to know who is, where he’s from. Not everyone is privy to that information and that’s how he wants to keep it. He is a famous Hotelier a very...more
A large part of the reason why I en...more
I never imagined being so drawn into historical novels. NEVER.EVER. But Lisa Kleypas has done exactly that. I have been introduced into a world woman are treated different, men are superior and there are a different set of rules for everyone. It has captivated me to say the least.
But this got me thinking about what it really was like 150 years ago. These stories that we all read are all about balls, courting, dresses and chivalry but after taking a de...more
At last!! Another Kleypas novel - now we all just have to survive the wait for the story we've all been waiting for: Leo and "Marks" (or Catherine/Cat, which we learn in this novel is her first name). I completely agree with the reviewer Luckee that this book was definitely satisfying and enjoyable, but there was just a little something missing. Is it worth rushing out to your nearest bookstore a...more
Harry will always have a special place in my heart and I have absolutely no doubt that I'll be re-reading this one in the future.
Dare I say that I don't have much expectations for Leo's and Miss Marks' story? I'm very reluctant to pick that one, since...more
Poppy Hathaway always wanted a normal life since living with her family, the Hathaways, is anything but normal. One strange night however, Poppy meets up with a mysterious man named Harry...more
First Book: Mine Till Midnight
Second Book: Seduce me at Sunrise
Fourth Book: Married by Morning
Fifth Book: Love in the Afternoon
Kleypas, damn that woman knows how to write an HR. I can't FOCUS on reading anything else because I'm so DRAWN INTO this series. The sound of each of her novels blurbs already makes me think:
So, very similar setting, but this novel includes a lot of rich history throughout the dialogue and text that I simply melted. In the other novels, I actually overlooked Poppy and s...more
Poppy Hathaway of the “unusual” Hathaway clan (you’ll know why they’re considered a bit odd if you’ve read t...more
The premise itself is solid Kleypas fare.
Poppy Hathaway is in love, and is loved back, but the object of her affection is the heir to a very old and very blue-blooded viscountcy. He's written her a flowery love letter declaring his love for her, but stressing that they must be discreet while he works to bring his father around to the idea of their marrying. Unfor...more
I said somewhere that it seems Lisa Kleypas can do no wrong. I still stand by that opinion. This was a great book, with a good enough plot and beautiful character development. It had delightful moments (that part were Harry is explaining the mechanisms that make a watch work), sensuous moments (that extended night of love making!), terribly awkward moments (1st time? OUCH). They're all great. My sensation at the end was that I'd really enjoyed myself and th...more
The "hero" is certainly a challenge. He really seems like a cad (although intriguing and irresistible) for at least the first half. There are a few scenes where the heroine is a bit over-the-top in her lack of forgiveness, but you can see where she's coming from, so she doesn't come...more
Harry Rutledge falls for Poppy Hathaway the moment he meets her. She is already involved with another man, Michael Bayning, and plans to wed him. From the moment Harry meets Poppy, he decides that she will be his under any circumstances. He is ruthless in his pursuit, and employs tactics to make sure that all obstacles to having her are removed. Eventually he gets desperate and "traps...more
I’m loving her Hathaways series. Although I have yet to give a book in this series a five star rating (her Wallflowers series achieved two from me), I think I am loving this series even more. There is something so incredibly...more
The 3rd book in this fantastic series gives us Poppy and Harry Rutledge. She, the beautiful and intelligent Hathaway that is having no luck securing a proper union, he the mysterious and enigmatic hotelier that will do nothing short of ANYTHING to have her.
But Poppy is being covertly courted by another. Things seem to be looking up for her and Poppy is excited to finally proceed with making it...more
But fate intervened in the form of a mischievous ferret and Poppy found herself in the sights of the mysterious hotelier, Harry Rutledge. Just a few minutes in Poppy's company and Harry knew what he wants - he wante...more
The third sister in the strange and unusual Hathaway family, Poppy wishes for something none of her sisters want. She wants normal. She wants an ordinary life separate from hedgehogs, lizards, and the scandal that envelops her family. While Poppy adores her family, she wants to have a relationship where she feels loved and secure. She hopes to marry Bayning, but the reputation of her family makes it impossible. Along comes the villainous hotelier...more
What do you do when your heroine ends up married to the villain? Well, if your author can't build tension between a mismatched couple any better than Lisa Kleypas did in Tempt Me at Twilight, I'd say chuck it & start again with a new premise. It clearly didn't work here. I had high hopes for this third installment in the Hathaways series and I'm supremely annoyed that it ended up being about as exciting as watching grass grow. The premise of this story should have been a walk in the park for...more