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Love, Come to Me

3.59  ·  Rating Details ·  3,433 Ratings  ·  316 Reviews
When strong and handsome Heath Rayne pulled Lucinda Caldwell from a winter river, he rescued her from an icy death. But soon he was plunging her into a torrid torrent of passion that this New England beauty had never suspected could claim her.
Heath was unlike any other man Lucy had ever known: a dashing, mocking, sensuous Southerner who came as a stranger to Lucy's town-
ebook, 400 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Signet Book (first published 1988)
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I have really loved most of Lisa Kleypas's novels I have read to date, so it truly pains me to not be able to give this book a higher rating. This is one of the first four books that she wrote, and the writing style is so different from her later works that it almost seemed like it had been written by another author. The story is very heavily character-driven with very little plot. The conflict is mainly of an internal nature, driven by secrets and love triangles, with no real villains to speak ...more
Dec 10, 2009 Bekah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ding ding ding ding ding! We have a winner ladies!! This was a superb book! Superb. I read somewhere that Ms. Kleypas described her first four books as a learning curve. Learning curve my arse, Ms. Kleypas. Maybe the first two were your learning curve, but this was pure perfection. I’m giddy with how great this book was.

Synopsis: Heath Rayne, a Southern man living in the cold Northeast saves Lucy Caldwell from drowning in an icy river. She spends two days with him in his cabin while he takes ca
Lady Jaye
Dec 05, 2011 Lady Jaye rated it really liked it

At times like this I really wish GoodReads would let us use half-stars. This is the perfect example of a book caught midway between three and four stars.

I think this is one of Lisa Kleypas's earliest books - you can definitely tell it was written much earlier in her career because although it is enjoyable, it isn't as masterful as her more recent work. It was a good story, but fairly unremarkable.

My biggest issue was probably Daniel. He was made only as a foil for Heath, so we could see how
Feb 12, 2010 Tori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another fabulous Lisa Kleypas story. I say this every time, but it's always true... even a bad Lisa Kleypas is better than some authors very best work. This book was originally published back in the 80's and is one of her first books, and it shows. The writing is less polished, and the story dragged a bit about 3/4 of the way through, but nonetheless it was still very good, and had all the hallmarks that I love about her books.
It was very refreshing to read a story from that time period that ta
Feb 17, 2011 Lelyana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all HR lovers
Cerita bagus buat LK yg waktu nulis nya pas umur 20 an...lumayan juga uhuk2nya, lumayan hot buat penulis umur 20an hihihihihihihihihi

"Heath berguling telentang dengan puas"...hahahha..can you guess?
Itu cerita indah nya...gak indahnya apa? si Lucy...lagi make love pertama, malah mikirin Daniel,mantan tunangan nya yang katanya sangat dia cinta...plaaaaakkk.....
Langsung loyo dan ngeloyor pergi deh si Heath......

Diawal si Lucinda ini, ketemu Heath Payne waktu dia kecebur sungai dingin dan di selam
Feb 15, 2012 skein rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Terrible. TERRIBLE. Was this ghost-written? by a shitty ghostwriter?

1. It's a clear rip-off of Gone With The Wind. I'm surprised there are no characters who don't know nothing about birthing no babies.

2. There's a goddamn rape scene.

3. Not funny, not charming, not rollicking escapism. Not at all.

Did I mention there's a fucking rape scene?! And (oh god) it's one of those awful "She was saying no, but she really was totally turned on, and when he ignored her protests and raped her, she cli
Jenny E
Dec 11, 2011 Jenny E rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book a lot more than I was expecting to! That's always a really pleasant surprise, although I really shouldn't be surprised since it's Lisa Kleypas and even her "early novels" (published in 1988) are still a ton better than a lot of what I currently read!

I really liked a lot about this novel, including the characters. I think the people who were not as fond of this book were people who couldn't connect with the characters. If you don't like them by 50 pages in, I would say you're
Sarah Marie
Love Come to Me by Lisa Kleypas

3.5 stars

Lucinda Caldwell never meant to fall into a freezing cold ice lake and find herself drowning. It was just supposed to be a shortcut home to surprise her father after visiting family. When she thinks she’s about to die she’s rescued by a handsome Southerner named Heath Rayne. Heath is completely different from the cold New England men she’s grown up around and he intrigues her. She knows she needs to stay away especially since she has a great fiancé. But He

This was just an okay read. I normally love anything by Lisa Kleypas - and many of my favorite tropes were in this story - self-made man, love at first sight, protective hero - but still, there was something missing. Choosing between Heath and Lucy, I have to chose Heath. But I sort of understand Lucy: a young woman, without the benefit of a mother, a New Englander (I married one and you'd have to live it to know - the stoic, hard, lack of humor personality) all made up who she was and how she t ...more
This could have been a good book if the hero, the heroine's husband didn't keep his whole past life a secret between them. If he didn't keep the woman he used to love and wanted to marry under the same roof as his wife and more importantly if he didn't keep from his wife that his ex hadn't left the country like he told her, but that he was going to have lunch with her without the heroine's knowledge. Most importantly of all, I would have found it enjoyable if the heroine wasn't a complete and ut ...more
I usually love Lisa K's older books but this one was boring. I found myself skipping the long descriptions of clothing, scenery and history. While I did think the actual love story was compelling at first, it also tended to drag often.

I really wanted to like this book more than I did.
Mar 13, 2017 Brenda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: so-plain, meh
2.5 stars

I didn't feel the love between the characters. I didn't like them very much if I'm honest. The hero is sometimes kind and gentle, but at other times is a bit too stubborn and dominant for my taste.

The story is heavy on the historical descriptions, especially details of the political climate between the North and South following the Civil War (and tbh I don't know the subject)

Marilyn Rondeau
Oct 26, 2011 Marilyn Rondeau rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As one of Ms. Kleypas’ original books now re-issued I was happy to re-read an old favorite. Yes, her early books were much more innocent back then but you could still see the promise, passion, and historically well researched work she was able to produce even then. Having grown up in Massachusetts, where this was set at the end of the Civil War I thoroughly enjoyed reading of my state’s history, landmarks and the attitude of the Northerners towards the Southerners at the end of that horrible ti ...more
ms bookjunkie
Oy. I hope this is no one's first introduction to LK. Then again, I can't really recommend it to hardcore LK fans, either.

What to say about it? I didn't totally hate hate hate it, but it lacked the characteristic Lisa Kleypas oomph I'm accustomed to. It certainly wasn't concise. It was irritatingly old skoolish, with the meandering story line that kind of wandered around without purpose and went…where did it go again? I forgot. Then there was the OMGyoung! heroine (in her actions, that is), some
Jun 08, 2013 LaFleurBleue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance-histo, e-book
I really liked the hero, who was a very good incarnation of the perfect husband/partner: smart, bright, cunning, respectful of the others' intelligence even women's, decided and willing to reach his objectives more or less whatever the means, careful of his loved ones' feelings, though sometimes too proud to listen to his conscience. And obviously sinfully sexy, sensually uninhibited... A perfect example of self-made man, no alpha male, but no meek man either, which could also work out fine in a ...more
So this was Old Skool romance, but it was good Old Skool. Spunky heroine challenging her female role in society? Check. Bossy but super sexy and sweet hero? Check. And no super rapey scenes either, so it's all good. It was set just after the American Civil War in Boston, which was a bit different, and made an argument for the less-than-glorious reality of war, which was also different. I very much enjoyed both hero and the heroine. Even in her early years, Kleypas was funny and had a knack for c ...more
Mar 02, 2012 Michelle rated it did not like it
This was the most fustrating book i have ever read..i read this book on my new ereader and it took every ounce of control in me not to throw it against the wall in complete anger!I love Lisa Kleypas but thank god her other books are not like this one. I could not decide more who to hate,Heath (who rapes his wife!) or the heroine who fights him and then loves that he's raping her!One minute she's all innocent the next she's a fight cat..good god make up your mind woman! He was no better as a char ...more
Jun 10, 2015 Biondy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF. One star. Sorry. The rape scene turned me off. I know that Heath and Lucy are husband and wife, but forcing your wife for sex? Really? Eventhough Lucy found it pleasurable in the end, but it was still more like a rape for me. The whole thing was a major turn off.

I also think Heath is a bigger a-hole than Daniel.

Clearly I didn't enjoy this. My second historical romance. My second 1 star to his-rom book.
One of Kleypas's very first books. I was planning to read this for sometime. Interesting premise. For one of her very first books and early works the writing quality was still impressive and pretty strong. I just wasn't as enthralled with the story as I was with some of her other books (okay pretty much everything else lol). Still, it definitely had that Kleypas edge and dark tone which I loved. Plus it's filled with facts and descriptive detail to the historical/economic time setting. I adore K ...more
Love, Come to Me was originally published in 1988 and was one of Lisa Kleypas’s first books. Lisa’s earlier books such as Forever My Love, Where Passion Leads and Give Me Tonight are not her best work. Lisa doesn’t hit her stride until the mid-90’s where she really began to shine.

Love, Come to Me has been re-released from Signet and has undertones of how great of an author Lisa will become. This story takes place a few years after the Civil Wars ends and is set in Concord, Massachusetts. Our her
Feb 26, 2011 Dawn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book more than most readers considering the review numbers. I guess I just like the way she writes about emotions. I can feel what they're going through.

In this story, Heath has moved to Massachusetts after the Civil War from Virginia. He's a Southerner and not only doesn't fit in, but isn't well liked either. Lucinda is the daughter of a well-loved storekeeper. She finds Heath somewhat irresistible and is caught in a compromising embrace with him. Of course, now her fiance no longe
Feb 23, 2012 Kati rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
I bought this book thinking it was a new release. It isn't, it's a rerelease of one of her first books. Her lack of experience at that point shows in this novel. Kind of sorry I spent 7.99 on it. Anyway, the ONLY reason I give this book two stars is because it is by Lisa Kleypas and I've always enjoyed her books. The herione and hero in this book are a couple of absolute ninnies who cannot seem to be constant in their attitudes or behavior toward each other. Some moments the characters are very ...more
This is one of LK's earlier works and I wasn't that impressed with the story. It was set in New England and Boston. When it comes to her first few works, my favorite is still "Forever My Love".

Lucy Caldwell's character didn't really appeal to me, there was little character development, unlike Heath Rayne's. It was a story of love at first sight for Heath and I liked how determined he was to claim Lucy. He has a colorful history too.

Other supporting characters were well-written in terms of how I
Aug 11, 2014 [Aengell] rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Clearly an early version of Lisa Kleypas' writing ability. And you know what, it was still so very good and compared to other novels out there I would say there's nothing to be ashamed of in this case.

Okay, maybe I'm biased because LK is my favourite Romance author, but I will try to be objective:
The story we get here is typical Lisa Kleypas stuff. The characters, too, there's LK written all over them.
You shouldn't expect her at her best, because concerning the pace of the storyline, the stor
Sep 19, 2011 Linds rated it really liked it
I'm so glad that the publishers reprinted this! This an out of print book that LK wrote in her early twenties that was re released.

It takes place during Reconstruction after the Civil War. Heath is a displaced southerner trying to make it in Boston because he feels like there's no prospects in the south. Lucy is a yankee girl who has her life mapped out in front of her and a fiance.

Lucy is an annoying heroine. I think LK was going for Scarlet but it just comes off as bratty and spoiled. None th
Mar 31, 2011 Gisele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another lovely story by Lisa Kleypas, one of my favorites authors! This time the story is setting in Massachussets, USA! We see Heath Rayne illegitimate son and southern ex - soldier in the civil war, left with scars, pain, and no family, he meets Lucinda Caldwell, when accidently she falls into a fronzen river, he rescue her and fall in love. Lucy is from the North and Heath from the South, after the civil war, differences leave prejudice between people, after a compromissing situation, Lucy an ...more
Dec 22, 2012 Ania rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The author managed to use the n-word (in a weak attempt to make one of the characters obviously bad) but not include any people of color at all in the book.

The author clearly has no understanding of the South and paints a ridiculous picture of Southern men and women and their interactions.

Several romantic interactions are coercive and getting really, really close to rape. I am not into "heroes" who do not stop when the lady explicitly says, "stop" even if she later says that she secretly wanted
Sep 17, 2012 Katie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't put this one down, another amazing LK read. The women can do no wrong in my eyes. I LOVE Civil War-era romances, and this one did not disappoint. My romance-loving friends, you must get your hands on this book! Two complaints: the book had an (almost) rape scene, which I absolutely hated, and there was no epilogue. Also, from other reader comments people want a second book in the series for Damon's story. I agree completely, he was a great character and I want to read more about him!
I really liked this book. It reminded me of 'Gone with the wind' but it was not a copy, it had very original ideas and rather different setting. Although, there will be some descriptions of Civil war, this book takes place during Reconstruction era. And it poses an interesting question: what if a Yankee girl fell in love with a Southerner? Two different cultures, two different personalities... will they destroy each other or learn & improve themselves...
Carol *Young at Heart Oldie*
I tried to be objective when reading this book because Lisa Kleypas had stated on her website that her first four books were "part of a learning curve".

I really enjoyed it and I think it helped that I did not compare it with the books she is writing now. My only criticism is that the editor should have done a better job because, at times, I felt there was too much emphasis on the historical aspects which tended to overshadow the romance.
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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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