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Tempt Me at Twilight (The Hathaways #3)

4.17  ·  Rating Details ·  23,405 Ratings  ·  1,197 Reviews
Engaged to the very sensible Michael Bayning, Poppy Hathaway is content with her lot - having longed for a life of normality. That is, until she encounters a mysterious hotel owner, Harry Rutledge - the most complicated and dangerous man she has ever met.

Harry is wealthy and powerful, a collector of secrets, with hobbies more dangerous than Poppy could imagine. What Harry
Paperback, 384 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Piatkus Books (first published January 1st 2009)
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Let’s make one thing clear; this book is an HR duck. It looks like one, it talks like one, and 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 stating 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 d
Jan 03, 2010 Dina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What can I say? I just love Lisa Kleypas's writing and, as far as I know, she can do no wrong. Okay, I haven't read all her backlist yet, but almost everything I've read so far was excellent. The only exception was Mine Till Midnight, but even so it was good enough and definitely worth reading.

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
Sep 07, 2010 Auntee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Historical romance
Ahhh....I don't even feel like writing a review for this one except to say "Move over Cam, and make room for Harry!"

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
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
What can I say about this book? After reading the last pages of this novel, at approximately 1 am, I set it down, knowing I couldn't possibly be ready to write a coherent review. Reviews are like soups or dishes with tomatoes and hearty seasonings. They should sit and rest, letting the spices and the tomato paste mingle together, so that the flavor can be maximized. Accordingly, I let myself ruminate in a bovine fashion about what I would write in my review of the latest historical by one of my ...more
Jun 24, 2010 Shawna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Kleypas & anyone who loves a wonderful historical romance
5++ stars – Historical Romance

“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
 Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~*
(4.5 Stars - Edit: Revised on further consideration to 5 Stars)

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
NiCoLeTa E.
Okay, there is something above adoration???
Because i can assure you that i'm crazy about the Hathaways and their mates.

Every book is a new apocalypse and i'm never satisfied...
I want more and more and more...

Is it possible every story to be loved more than the previous??? For me, it is!!!
The first book worked as an introduction for me and then i fell in love with Ken and Win and i thought that this couple was my favorite...
But now after this book i think my favorite couple is Poppy and Harr
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

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,
Oct 05, 2009 Rane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of LK's Devil In Winter
Shelves: victorian-era
Poppy Hathaway longs for a normal life, although she loves her very unconventional family, she wants something more stable and safe, when she falls in love with a man she thinks can bring her happiness, is heartbroken when he turns her away for his title which leads her into scandal and the arms of …
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
♥  Sam ♥ ~S2~Im made of awesomness
This is not your ordinary review people!

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

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
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Mar 24, 2011 Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: historical romance fans, especially those who like a hero who needs "fixing"
It has been a very long time since I picked something up that wasn’t paranormal. But Kleypas’ work makes the transition easy! I’ve only said this about one other author, but whenever I read Kleypas’ books, I don’t feel like I’m reading. Her writing is always so smooth and flawless and every single line flows beautifully. Tempt Me at Twilight is such an enjoyable read! I found myself laughing out loud at some of the lines in here. I need to read the other books!

A large part of the reason why I en
Juliana Philippa
A solid Kleypas read with a wonderful "villain" hero and another charming Hathaway sister (3.5 stars)

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
Fani loves angst
Loved, loved, loved this one! What can I say? Much as I love a hero who'll fight his feelings till the very last page, I also adore those men who instantly recognize the right woman for them and do anything, and I mean ANYTHING, to hold on to her.
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
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I have been reading much of Lisa Kleypas’ popular “Hathaway” series and I have finally picked up the third book in the series, “Tempt Me at Twilight” starring Poppy Hathaway! This novel is just as dramatic, intense and full of hot romance as the first two books in this series and it makes for one exciting read!

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
I love you so much that it's absolute hell." She tried to suppress a smile. " Why is it hell?" she asked sympathetically, stroking his nape. " Because I have so much to lose now. But I'm going to love you anyway, because there doesn't seem to be any way to stop doing it."

This was so good!!!!! What a fantastic story! I am so late on the Hathaways train! This is my first book I've read of the series so of course I have to go back and read the first two ASAP. I'm a little hesitant about number
Aug 19, 2010 Eastofoz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the Hathaways series
So far The Hathaways series isn’t a favourite of mine, but I started it and might as well finish it in the hopes that Kleypas will give me another keeper shelf read. Thankfully book 3 starring I-just-want-a-normal-quiet-life Poppy and I’m-a-borderline-Anne Stuart-bad-a** Harry spiced things up a bit –but you have to labor through a good 100 pages at the start before you get to those parts.

Poppy Hathaway of the “unusual” Hathaway clan (you’ll know why they’re considered a bit odd if you’ve read t
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4 The Princess and The Villain Stars

“Harry. You’re not supposed to court a girl by telling her you’re the villain.”-Poppy

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“I’m sure I’ve read too many fairy tales. The prince is supposed to slay the dragon, defeat the villain, and marry the servant girl, and carry her off to his castle.” “Fairy tales are best read as entertainment,” Harry said. “Not as a guide to life.” -Poppy and Harry

Temp Me At Twilight, the 3rd book in The Hathaway Series, was a great read. 3 books into t
So, Lisa Kleypas. She's *such* a thing. I'm just not sure I get it. Like how everyone raves about Devil in Winter and I'm all: \_(ツ)_/

I read the first couple in this series pre-GR and wasn't blown away, but didn't hate either. I'm not sure why I picked this one up, stumbled across it whilst in a book loop, I think, and thought I wouldn't mind reading about a ruthless hotelier.

And so I did, I read this all the way through, although I seriously could have done without the completely tacked on dra
This book was a serious see-saw of a story. It swings wildly from two-star eye rolling moments to five-star bits of brilliant dialog.

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
Kim H
Sep 21, 2009 Kim H rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
I never thought I'd see the day where L.K. pens a true anti-hero, but in Tempt Me at Twilight she does just that.

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
Jul 25, 2016 Bubu rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hr
2.5 stars

This is my least favourite of the The Hathaways series, whereas I know a lot of people (including many of my GR friends) loved Tempt Me at Twilight.

I think between Kev and Win's heartbreaking tale and Leo and Kat's almost screwball-y relationship, Poppy and Harry's story remained somewhat bland. It didn't help that the pacing felt uneven, especially after their marriage. Poppy's character seemed inconsistent. I don't know what it was but I simply didn't get her; her feelings for Harry g
Beanbag Love
Sep 23, 2009 Beanbag Love rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyable read. Dragged just a bit in the middle and there's an event at the end that I thought was unnecessary -- or should have been a bit different for a tighter story -- but all-in-all this was really good.

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
Yz the Whyz
Being a part of the eccentric Hathaway family, Poppy Hathaway had always wanted something safe and ordinary. Our English beauty had her heart set on a respectable peer, Michael Banning and is more than willing to wait for him until he can get permission from his father to marry Poppy.

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
Summer Ann
I would have given this book five stars save for how big a jerk Harry is towards the beginning of the book. I appreciate a man who goes after what he wants and to a degree I understood why he did what he did. But he still does something intentionally hurtful towards the heroine and it took me a while to like him again. The hotel staff are wonderful and seeing the Hathaway family again together is always fun. I'm curious if there's further installments to this series who it will feature. The end ...more
Michelle [Helen Geek]
Apr 24, 2015 Michelle [Helen Geek] rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Going on my favorites shelf -- so anyone!
04/22/2015 -- 5 Stars

I don't have to review this one. This was my second read and I enjoyed it as much or even more the second time around. I'll read it again and again when the mood for a really good historical book comes my way.

Excellent story -- a bit of something for everyone.

Happy Reading!!
4 Stars

My only complaint is with myself. Why the hell it took me so long to read this?
It is now my life's mission to finish all the books in this series.

I think I'm going to love Leo's book. Who doesn't love enemies-to-lovers? I sure do.

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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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The Hathaways (5 books)
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