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Tempt Me at Twilight (The Hathaways #3)

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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  15,909 ratings  ·  852 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...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Piatkus Books (first published January 1st 2009)
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Litchick (aka Navessa Allen)


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
Dina
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...more
Auntee
Sep 07, 2010 Auntee rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
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
 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...more
Shawna
Jun 24, 2010 Shawna rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine...

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
Rane
Oct 05, 2009 Rane rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of LK's Devil In Winter
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
...more
DarienMoya
PURE TEMPTATION!!!

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
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
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...more
♥  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...more
Juliana
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...more
Fani
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...more
Kat Stark and the headless Ned


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 sh...more
Ronyell
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...more
Leah
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Eastofoz
Aug 19, 2010 Eastofoz rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Ridley
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...more
Camaro
4 Nicely Done, Very Tempting Stars ☆☆☆☆

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
Beanbag Love
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...more
Crista
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...more
LiteraryLover
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
jenjn79
Even though I bought this book soon after it came out, I must admit I wasn't all that enthused to read it. Not because of any fault of the author, book, or series (I like author and the series) but mostly because out of the various romance sub-genres I read, historicals set in England (Regency era or whatever) aren't my favorite to read. They're probably at the bottom of the pile. I enjoy them now and then, but I'd just much rather read a romantic suspense or contemporary romance or erotic roman...more
Quinn
I can’t decide whether it’s a good or bad thing that I’ve waited so long to read Lisa Kleypas. On the one hand, I could kick myself because I could have been reading her wonderful stories years ago, but on the other hand, I still have so many of her books to look forward to.

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
Kim H

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
Didi
The Hathaway's have become like family. I am loving this series and all the memorable characters in it!

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
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...more
Brigid (is a massive coffee addict)
Tempt Me At Twilight by Lisa Kleypas



Summary

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

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Jill Dunlop
Tempt Me at Twilight is the third book in Lisa Kleypas' Hathaway series. Poppy Hathaway is almost finished with her third season. She feels confident that she and Michael Bayning are going to marry, just as soon as he tells his father. Michael is afraid his father won't approved of Poppy because of her less than normal family and less than blue blood. To complicate matters, Harry Rutledge the owner of the famous Rutledge Hotel wants Poppy for his own. Poppy has a way about her which Harry finds...more
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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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