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Dreaming of You (The Gamblers of Craven's #2)

4.22  ·  Rating Details ·  25,249 Ratings  ·  1,091 Reviews
A prim, well-bred gentlewoman, Sara Fielding is a writer who puts pen to paper to create dreams. But now curiosity is luring her from the shelter of her country cottage into the dangerous world of Derek Craven – handsome, tough, and tenacious – and the most exciting man Sara has ever met.
Derek rose from poverty to become the wealthy lord of London's most exclusive gambling
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Published January 1st 2011 by Brilliance Audio (first published January 1st 1994)
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Quick review finally completed 10/31/13


Dreaming of You is one of the most beautifully told love stories I've read. It's full of vibrant and flawed characters that will touch your heart like few other characters will. There's nothing new I can say about this slightly heartbreaking yet wonderfully heartwarming story that hasn't already been said other than Derek Craven and Sara Feilding and their love story is why I read romance. It doesn't get better than this!
Mar 20, 2009 Shawna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lisa Kleypas fans, historical romance readers, and tortured hero lovers
Recommended to Shawna by: Eastofoz
Shelves: favorites, i-read-own-faves-keepers, historical-romance, made-me-cry, author-lisa-kleypas, hero-im-gaga-over, heroine-i-adore, hero-alpha‎, hero-antihero-gamma, hero-abused-scarred-tortured-angst, hero-cad-rake-rogue‎-scoundrel, hero-bad-boy-playboy-player, best-top-favorites, favorite-romance-series, hero-stud-mantel-hall-of-fame, heroine-abused-traumatic-past-rape, hero-i-wanna-marry, why-do-good-girls-like-bad-boys, sizable-packages, hero-addict-excon-lawtrouble-thief, heroine-naïve-virgin-like-a-virgin, favorite-romance-couple-hh-pairings, 2010-reads, historical-romance-regency, hero-cold-cruelbrute-dark-dangerous, hero-stalk-me-baby-possessive, hero-gigolo-prostitute-escort-porn, hero-commoner-self-made, enemies-to-lovers-opposites-attract, heroine-odd-spinster-wallflower, hero-expert-skilled-voracious-lover, aar-top-100-romances, hh-social-class-wealth-matters, heroine-bluestocking-unconventional, hero-gambler, heroine-plain-jane-uglyducklingswan, hh-sweet-nice-paired-vs-gruff-cynic, favorite-hottest-love-scenes-nookie, best-fave-reads-of-2010, series-gamblers, 5-stars-plus, hero-redeems-himself-reformed, heroine-prim-proper-decorous, hero-brooding, hh-love-commitment-marriage-phobic, hh-across-the-tracks, hh-rags-to-riches, hero-daddy-warbucks-wealthy, hh-author-writer-quill-mighty-sword, hero-besotted-so-smitten-its-sexy, best-endings-epilogues, a-all-time-favorite-hero, hero-bad-guy-ruthless-villainous, tearjerker-tugs-at-heartstrings, hh-resist-cause-im-no-good-for-you, a-all-time-best-top-fave-dik-reads, a-all-time-best-top-50-fave-dik, hero-affable-lovable-rogue, hero-my-romancelandia-husband-harem, a-all-time-best-favorites-treasures, hero-criminal-shady-illegal-acts
5++ stars – Historical/Regency Romance

This is such a beautiful, heartrending love story that I savored like the finest Vosges chocolate! And it’s no wonder why this is such a sentimental, LK fan favorite...Derek Craven...*dreamy sigh*.

Author Sara Fielding wants to observe the workings of London’s underground gaming halls for her latest novel, including the most famous gambling club of all, Craven’s, and the notorious man who runs it. Derek Craven, the sexy, cynical, hardened cockney son of a pro
Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness
5 I-so-marrying-Derek-in-my-next-life stars ! ♥

This book was a BLOODY AMAZING READ !! I can't believe I just struck gold in a mine full of books,so unintentionally....

She felt him tremble with the force of his need. He spoke just beneath her ear, his voice thick with tormented pleasure. "You have to leave, Sara ... because I want to hold you like this until your skin melts into mine. I want you in my bed, the smell of you on my sheets, your hair spread across my pillow. I want to take your inno
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
This book is a beautiful love story. Derek Craven is a self-made man who is not interested in love, and certainly not with a sheltered provincial spinster like Sara. But when he falls for her, he falls hard. The beauty of this story is how deeply Derek comes to love Sara. Some of the things he says to her, and the way he shows his love move d me intensely when I read it, and still do, though it has been years since I read this book. And Sara is worthy of his love. She might be rather plain and c ...more
May 20, 2015 Daniella rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Did my 5th re-read of this book yesterday. I used to love it--really, I did.

But things changed. My views have changed, and I can't let the fact that Derek shagged that housewench as a sub for Sara go. It felt unclean for me, and was so downright disrespectful to women in general. No woman should be used for her body like that. Enough.

And this delineation between pure, naive Sara and the unclean OTHER women? Yeah, that can go to hell. I'm sick of that shit.
ALERT! ALERT! Cheating hero!

Hero was not celibate during the separation. I will avoid this book since I had a BAD experience with the last book I read by Kleypas:
Forever My Love
Forever My Love? Oh, really?
I don't know if people can understand this but, I CONSIDER that a hero is a cheater when AFTER he MEETS the heroine and HAS SEX with her, and maybe he started to feel "something" for her, he dumps her and sleeps with other woman/women. This separation was not for YEARS!
I like my heros being cel
Alice Kellen
Aug 14, 2016 Alice Kellen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favoritos
Me ha enganchado tanto que llevaba el libro en el bolso a todas partes. Sara es genial, pero Derek... Derek es uno de esos protagonistas masculinos que se quedan en el recuerdo; complejo, oscuro y tentador. Aunque no es una novela corta, cuando termina casi te deja con ganas de seguir conociéndolo más, porque tiene innumerables capas y una gran historia detrás. Muy recomendable.
6++++ Stars
HOLY HISTORICAL HOTNESS. Derek Craven's got to be thee finest piece of historical a** that was ever written!! Need any more reason to read this?? Didn't think so- 'nuff said.

Derek grew up in the gutters. He is now the richest man in London as the owner of Craven's, a renowned gaming hell. His upbringing has left him extremely guarded and cynical. Sara Fielding is a young writer from the country who visits the casino for research on her latest book, but what she finds is one *irresisti
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
5+++ STARS!!!


I don’t think it’s possible for me to talk about this book without excessive gushing! I’ve heard great things about Derek Craven, about how he’s Kleypas’ favourite hero that she’s ever written and now I understand why! Derek is the most haunted, the most broken out of all the heroes she has written. And I thought Kev from the Hathaways was intense! Derek easily stole my heart in Then Came You and he broke it in Dreaming of You!

And then there’s Sara Rose Fie
I read this book at least once a year, and have been doing so for the past 5 years. There really are not enough words for this love story. Each time I read it, I think that I've romanticized it in my mind, and each time I am left with the same amazed, giddy, and warm-fuzzies that I experienced that last time I read it. If you are a romance fan...this is an absolute MUST READ. DEREK CRAVEN is a name that you'll take with you to the grave!

This man is so positively unforgettable that I struggle to
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)

Miss Sara Fielding, a celebrated but reclusive author, is researching her new book about gambling in the seedier parts of London a long way from her sedate live in the country. When she saves a man from being attacked she is astounded to realize that it is none other than the owner of the renowned gaming hall Mr Derek Craven. In repayment for saving his life he lets the spinsterish but adventurous Miss Fielding into his club for her research; however, the little “mouse” seems to be getting unde

A tortured soul meets a specktacled author.

This was a really great one by Lisa Kleypas.

Derek was a street-rat on the English streets. He did all kinds of things to survive - most of them lying, cheating, stealing. He worked his way to the top by sleeping with rich, blue-blooded women who funded his club and he became one of the richest men in England.

He carries around his past like a hard weight and he doesn't feel he deserves much. And when Sara, the spinster author, saves him one night, he kn
Jun 05, 2009 Rane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: keeper, victorian-era
This was such a beautiful story that had me reading it in about one sitting!

You met Derek Craven in The Came You as a gambling club owner with a dark past who had to claw his way up to the top and do everything in his power to stay there. When he’s suddenly attacked he’s saved by a well-known author Sara Fielding. After finding out who Derek is, Sara asks in the name of research for her next book to view his gambling club but, when sparks fly between them Derek and Sara they both face obstacl
Krista (I remember you, Min) (Critical)
Okay, I'd like to start off this review by saying that if Lily were alive in this day and age, this would be her fave T-shirt:

She invades this book with her sexist bitchiness, always blabbing on about how men are "useless creatures" and "easy to manage" etc... It's a wonder she actually decided to marry a man, what with the way she loathes them.

Moving on from Lily.

So, Derek. He is my man. I love his guts. Seriously. Lily claimed he was a heartless, uncaring man, when, obviously, he was not. Lil

Looking at my friend's ratings it is clear that I am once again the black sheep.

The thing is, despite loving the Wallflower and the Hathaway series to bits, I tend to have some problems with Lisa Kleypas older books _apparently this was written back in 2003 o_O _, they feel very soap operish to me, and I'm sick and tired of idiotic heroines always placing themselves in dangerous situations, so that the hero can save them!
That's what happened here: Sarah is supposed to be an intelligent woman but
Jan 08, 2015 Joanita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"You have to leave, Sara ... because I want to hold you like this until your skin melts into mine. I want you in my bed, the smell of you on my sheets, your hair spread across my pillow. I want to take your innocence. God! I want to ruin you for anyone else."

Lisa Kleypas is my favorite HR author. I just love her books. And Dreaming of You was great. It reminded me of Devil in Winter, probably because of the whole gambling house, and Derek thinking he wasn’t good enough for Sara. Derek remin

Sep 06, 2015 Beatriz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Segunda entrega de la serie “Jugadores” en que precisamente el protagonista es uno de los personajes secundarios que destacó en el primer libro, y que siempre fue caracterizado por una personalidad extremadamente compleja. Por lo mismo, la gracia de esta historia está en que por fin conoce a la persona capaz de quebrar todos los muros que había construido para protegerse. Ese proceso está tan bien desarrollado por la autora que es imposible parar de leer.

Lisa Kleypas definitivamente siempre sor
Oct 16, 2015 MaDoReader rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bueno, por fin he tenido el placer de conocer a Derek Craven ^^

Con todo lo que había oído hablar de él, creo que llevaba hecha otra idea y aunque me ha gustado mucho, siento que Sara le ha robado el protagonismo, he visto el libro muy centrado en ella, y yo quería (ansiaba) más Mr. Craven.

Por lo demás, qué decir que no se haya dicho ya, hay muchas reseñas maravillosas en GR, simplemente que os recomiendo su lectura, yo al menos lo he disfrutado.

Por cierto Elsa, sí, la segunda parte del libro es
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Oct 27, 2008 Celeste rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All Lisa Kleypas fans!
WOW! I loved Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas! I would even go so far as to say it rivals my affections for Devil in Winter,(my all time fav LK book) - no easy feat for sure!

There are many trials and ups and downs Derek and Sara face throught the book; it is non-stop action from the very beginning. They have got the sweetest relationship. The chemistry between them was electrifying and I couldn't get enough of them! I was actually sad for the book to end! Very good romantic read.

And once again I
Tammy Walton Grant
Jul 30, 2011 Tammy Walton Grant rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tammy by: Every romance reader on GR
This is going to be another review where I apologize to every GR friend who loves this book. I'm sorry guys, I just didn't. I tried - I really did!

I didn't connect with either Derek or Sara, I didn't care for the story, and found myself skipping the love scenes. SKIPPING THE LOVE SCENES, folks. (That doesn't happen very often, I'm a bit of a dirty girl.)

The whole book was meh for me, and frankly some parts made me uncomfortable. I dunno what it was, but it was like my brain shied away as soon as
My fave Lisa Kleypas of all time!

Derek Craven forever!


Feb 25, 2008 Eastofoz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers who like emotionally scarred heroes
Great story with a very "different" kind of hero.

Derek Craven has lived through every kind of misery and debauchery imaginable which has left him so jaded that he doesn’t even know if he has any real emotions left. Enter Sara Fielding, a famous reclusive author, who decides she wants to take a walk on the wild side at his gaming hall –all in the name of research for her next book ;D

Excellent secondary characters with a special mention for Mrs Kingswood the potential mother in-law from hell, as
Jan 19, 2015 Yolanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maravilloso, nunca me cansaré de leerlo, NUNCAAAAAAA
Lisa Kay
Still today, a full ★★★★★!!!
Regency Ramble
A GoodReads friend, Amanda, just asked me if Kleypas’ Gamblers series was as good as the Wallflowers series. All I could do was answer with a rhetorical question: Is any series as good as the Wallflowers? However, this book is the best in this series, IMHO, though some people will surely disagree. And they are almost right, as the first in the series, Then Came You, is a close second. Dreaming of You’s Derek Craven has his own fan club in W♥LK group’s Hero Thre
Sep 15, 2011 Jonetta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Sara Fielding is hanging out in the rough areas of London doing research for her next book when she comes upon two men trying to kill another. She saves the man, who turns out to be Derek Craven, owner of the most finest gambling establishment in the city. After helping him back to his club, she arranges to be able to come back and visit his club to continue her research. From the very beginning, Sara confounds Derek in ways he's never experienced.

I absolutely loved this story! Derek goes beyond
Duchess Nicole
What a beautiful love story! This is one of my favorite Lisa Kleypas. A truly tortured hero and the wonderful woman who saves him.
Chantal ❤️
I read this book long ago when it first came out.
It was one of my fav as the tortured hero goes he was the best.
However, I must say looking back on it now I can see that it was an ok read but it also had some questionable moments like when he first sees her and does not help her out but she saves his life.
He is a street rat and does not know any other way to be but basic. The fact that he does not have sex with her when she throws herself at him says how hard he was trying to do right by her.
Jan 29, 2013 Izy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
I loved it but i dont know why i felt there was a lack of romance in the book...nonetheless i loved sara and derek and their journey.
Yomi M.
Feb 07, 2015 Yomi M. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Derek was amazing! Sara was amazing! Everyone was amazing! Well...everyone except Joyce, she was just plain crazy. Lisa Kleypas can do no wrong in my eyes :)
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LISA KLEYPAS is the RITA award-winning author of 21 novels. Her books are published in fourteen languages and are bestsellers all over the world. She lives in Washington State with her husband and two children.
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“A long time ago I learned not to explain things to people. It misleads them into thinking they're entitled to know everything I do. —[Sara] 312 likes
“Derek's breath touched Sara's throat in unsteady urges. "Sometimes," he whispered, "I'm so close to you ... and I'm still not close enough. I want to share your breath ... every beat of your heart."

He cradled her head in both his hands, his mouth hot on her neck. "Sometimes," he murmured, "I want to punish you a little."


"For making me want you until I ache with it. For the way I wake at night just to watch you sleeping." His face was intense and passionate above her, his green eyes sharp in their brightness. "I want you more each time I'm with you. It's a fever that never leaves me. I can't be alone without wondering where you are, when I can have you again." His lips possessed hers in a kiss that was both savage and tender, and she opened to him eagerly.”
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