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Then Came You (The Gamblers of Craven's #1)

3.99  ·  Rating Details ·  16,842 Ratings  ·  750 Reviews
Reckless, wild, and beautiful, Lily Lawson delights in shocking proper London society – and now she is determined to rescue her sister from an unwanted impending marriage to the notorious Alex, Lord Raiford, by fair means or foul. But while she succeeds outrageously, Alex is a master gamesman who is not to be undone.

Alex has lost one bride, yet he is enchanted by this rema
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Published January 1st 2011 by Brilliance Audio (first published June 1st 1993)
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3 to 3 1/2 Stars

This is my first Lisa Kleypas book and there is not doubt that she is one INCREDIBLE writer. I can see why most of my Goodreads friends love and consider her one of their all-time favorite romance novelists. Unfortunately, this book didn't work for me like I had hoped. While I adored and fell head-over-heels in love with the hero, Alex, I can't say the same for the heroine, Lily. I started the book very much loving her vivacious, witty, and incorrigible behavior; however, by the
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
Lily Lawson is such a great heroine. This is one of the books I love more for the heroine than the hero, although I really loved Alex Raiford. This is Lily's story. She is not perfect and she is considered a fallen woman. But the grit, and the determination she has makes you love her for who she is. Alex cannot resist her, and falls hard for her. I thought this book was so passionate and intense. The words just jump off the page and into your heart.

Keira Knightley as Lily

Matthew Marsden as Alex


I loved this book, that after I finished reading it, I flipped to the first page and started to re-read it again.

At first glance Alex Raiford is your typical A Alpha Male, wanting it his way or the highway. But slowly your shown what has left Alex so cold and unfeeling and that he’s finally has to see that he’s been hiding behind this pain and building a wall around himself and the one person he didn’t want around him in a million years is the one who opens his eyes.

Lily is a cutting, gambli
Dec 17, 2015 Mo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this one. Strong heroine. Strong hero. Bit of a back story with her history.

Oh she hadn't expected to enjoy this so much. She had never felt such pure delight in provoking a man.

"Lily, don't be afraid. I want to please you. Trust me."

"Say yes," his fingers curled into her hair.
"Say yes, darling."

Bit pressed for time with reviews at the moment.

It was unfashionable for a husband to dote openly on his wife, but Alex didn't seem to care.

Jul 23, 2008 Eastofoz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tammy, Kathrynn, Isis, JJ; lovers of Loretta Chase's "Lord of Scoundrels"
What a page turner this turned out to be! It was nearly impossible to put down. This is right up there with Loretta Chase’s “Lord of Scoundrels” in terms of deliciously wicked banter between the h/h and the love-hate relationship is broiling hot with lots of unexpected twists and turns.

Alex is one short tempered, bossy man who cannot handle not being in control all the time. He just can’t stand the “screw you”, devil-may-care attitude of Lily Lawson and does everything he can to get one up on h
5+ stars – Historical/Regency Romance

Although I’d previously read and loooved Kleypas’s Travis’s series, this was the first historical romance of hers that I read, and it’s no wonder that she’s such an incredibly popular romance author. The relationship between wild spitfire spinster Lily Lawson and stodgy Alex, Lord Raiford, from bitter antagonism to explosive passion that turns to cordial respect and then deep affection, is sheer magic to behold. This book inflamed my LK admiration that firs
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Addictive for certain, but did it have to had so much drama?
If this had been cut to half its size, it would get a solid four star rating!
As it was, it was just too much: I am an emotional wreck by now, and it's six o'clock in the morning! o_O

The positives:
The banter between the main characters.
The fact that they pretty much hate each other guts on sight, and for quite some time (yes, I choose to place this amongst the positives, lol)

The fact that neither of them is your typical a hundred per cen
ᴥ Irena ᴥ

There is a lot of drama in this book, but I didn't mind that much.
Then Came You gives you two very stubborn and strong-willed people clashing for the most of the story.

It all starts when Lily decides that a man her younger sister is going to marry is not going to be good for her. I didn't get that. Only because he was unpleasant the first time they talked. You can't blame him for that really, because the first time he saw her was at a party when she jumped into the Thames to get her bonnet.
Lover of Romance
Originally Posted At Addicted To Romance.
I was shocked to learn I hadn't done reviews on this series and that has GOTTA change now!! Because quite frankly both of these books are amazing. But let me discuss the first book in the series...Then Came You. Now what is so great about this book?? Well quite frankly quite a bit. We have our heroine, who is unconventional, wild and free and doesn't like to be tied to. She likes to ride, hunt, shoot, wear trousers and jump into freezing waters for a thr
Aug 07, 2016 Olga rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hacia tiempo que no leía un libro de lisa y me he vuelto a reencontrar con esta gran autora ... Esta saga promete mucho , la protagonista es fuerte, independiente ( por las circunstancias ) y con un punto de excéntricidad que me ha encantado...
Alex es un amor y ahora empieza siendo una cosa luego se descubre cómo un verdadero hombre enamorado ... La historia tiene su aquel y solo he echado de menos un poco más de acción ....
Aug 24, 2015 Blair rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is so

Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Wow. I’m sensing another Kleypas craze coming on! Have I ever said how much I love this woman!? I may have mentioned once or twice, but I absolutely adore her historicals! No one can really compare with her. Kleypas is simply the historical romance queen!

Although this book wasn’t my favourite of her works, it was still pretty damn good! At first I wasn’t too fond of Lily. She was too showy, cared too much about being the center of attention and I didn’t like that at all. Lily says she doesn’t be
Rachel Regina
Overall rating: 5 stars!

Cheating: (view spoiler)
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Sex with om/ow: (view spoiler)
Intimacy with om/ow: (view spoiler)

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My review:

This book made me fall in love with Lisa Kleypas again. I had devoured her books years ago, and then things happend and I just stopped reading altogether, and then I picked this up...This is one of those books where once the hero has decided to stop being stubborn, he falls like a 100 pound cement block! :-) Luckily for Lisa she has this ability to write these stories that make you want to pick them back up and feel that tenderness again and again, and thus makes her books 'keepers'!

Reread: Marc
Oct 27, 2015 MaDoReader rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mi segundo libro de la Kleypas y tengo que reconocer que entiendo porqué es una de las "reinas" del género.

A pesar de no ser muy de enaguas, he disfrutado mucho su lectura, quizás al final ha flojeado un poco para mi gusto, pero he estado casi todo el libro encantada con las idas y venidas de Lily y Alex.

Preparándome para empezar el segundo, Mr. Craven ya me ha cautivado en éste, así que tendremos emociones aseguradas ;)
Lady Wesley
Apr 17, 2016 Lady Wesley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened
Once again, Rosalyn Landor delivers a first-rate narration of this Lisa Kleypas classic. When reading the book several years ago, I don't think that I fully realized what an arse the hero was -- until he wasn't. This is the book where she introduced us to her cockney bad boy Derek Craven, later the delicious hero of the classic Dreaming of You.

Close to five-stars, but I had to deduct points for Lily's illogical stubbornness and the author's wretched misuse of English titles.
Then Came You
4 Stars

Known around London for her notorious escapades, Lily Lawson is not above playing dirty when it comes to her sister’s happiness, and she is determined to stop Penny’s marriage to the cold and reserved Alex Raiford. Alex’s fury knows no bounds when Lily begins to interfere with his plans, but he cannot help the desire he feels whenever she is near and he becomes intent on possessing her, body, heart and soul.

An enjoyable love/hate romance with some interesting if harsh insight
So that was my first Kleypas.

I hope to god that the other two I unfortunately also bought sight unseen aren't as bad as this one, because this was pretty rotten reading up to when I and the book parted ways.

Most importantly, I couldn't at all connect to the prose. It was brittle, unemotional and as dry as tinder, not to speak of very, very boring.

Boring appears to be a staple for this book, because inspite of their antics I found both H and h to be utterly yawn-inducing. In fact, if the most e
Jun 06, 2011 Audrey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
After waffling between a four and a five, I'm going for broke and slapping a fiver on this wonderful story. Lily is a magnificent heroine. She just feels so REAL in everything she says and does. She's audacious and bold and makes mistakes, but she also has very human quirks and vulnerabilities that she doesn't want to reveal to anyone (or doesn't trust to reveal) after having gone so long only relying on her own independence. When Alex comes along and is smitten almost from the start, she doesn' ...more
LOVED IT!!! If I could, I would sprinkle thousand stars on this book!

Such an amazing story... Lily and Alex's relationship was so dynamic, it sucks you in right away and you don't want to put it down until you finish.

Lily was very adorable with her funny and inappropriate acts, sometimes she was too cynical but I liked her very much.

And Alex... I don't know which gorgeous part of him I should choose to begin with... (of course I meant his character ;p) Alex stole my heart with his beautiful cha
Aug 18, 2016 Natalia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una historia preciosa con personajes fuertes y apuestas el doble de fuertes. Lily y Alex no te dejaran indiferentes, son puro amor cuando están juntos. ¡A por el siguiente!
Jul 08, 2016 laurooou rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, historic
LOVED it ! I absolutely adored the tortured romance storyline in this first book of The Gamblers series.

Lily is an amazingly witty and funny woman, and you never get bored with her. And Alex... he leaves me speechless o_o He made me think a lot about Mr Darcy, very taciturn and mysterious for the most part of the book until that oh-so-sweet moment when he realises his feelings for Lily.

I was SO exited when Alex showed up at Cravens and dragged Lily in a game of twenty-one. I was hanging to eve
Camila, the opinionated Catruler
I am confused about my feelings towards this book because things that I should've have loved were just okay and things that should've disturbed me didn't alter me. I couldn't possibly rate the book, not in this state of mind. However, that 4* are for Lily, for tying up Alex to a bed all night so her sister could elope and for dressing as motherfucking Eve so she could be the gambling queen that she is.
Remy Kripton
Feb 14, 2016 Remy Kripton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical-read
4 Gamblers Stars...!!!

Loved loved loved this book..!!

Read review at

Want to read Derek's story NOW...!!!!
Tammy Walton Grant
"Damn, damn...there it goes, the frigging thing!"

A few months ago one of my groups (Bodice Ripper Readers Anonymous) started a thread called "First line of the book you are reading", and this line was one of them. I was hooked as soon as I saw it -- I possess a well-practiced and finely honed potty mouth and it's not very often you read a historical romance where the heroine possesses one as well.

I have stayed away from Lisa Kleypas' books almost on principle. She is so prolific, and her books a
Mar 21, 2014 Becca rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is no doubt that Lisa Kleypas is a gifted writer. I breeze through her books so quickly! However, I never seem to finish her books satisfied with the love story. I think I've figured out why. Lisa kleypas' stories usually have very volatile characters. For many, I think they feel like the volatility adds greats drama and a perception of passion. For me, it just doesn't ring true...most likely because I've never bought fully into the opposites attract thing nor violence in a sexual relation ...more
♥ Beth
Feb 04, 2010 ♥ Beth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical Romance Fans; Lisa Kleypas Fans
Shelves: favorites
Then Came You

Another awesome read from Kleypas!

I loved Alex and Lily's story! This book has it all! I loved the drama between Alex and Lily for all her crazy antics and meddling! You can't help but laugh at her actions and poor Alex never had a chance!! He was doomed from their first meeting!! The chemistry between them sizzles! As their relationship develops, they end up saving each other, in ways no one else has been able to do in the past, to reach their happily ever after.

Truly a beautiful s
Sep 23, 2013 Keertana rated it it was ok
Shelves: did-not-finish
I never thought I'd say it, but there definitely IS such a thing as being too strong. Both Lily and Alex, the leads of this historical romance, are simply too stubborn and too closed off from the world to make for entertaining characters. If anything, their constant bickering grated on me and got old quickly. After all, the sexual tension is prevalent, but the dialogue goes in circles. Now, to make it clear, this isn't a bad book at all, but it's just not one for me. I'm tired of the push-and-pu ...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Oh man, I’m not sure why I’d added this book on Goodreads, because clearly it is not the ideal place to start on reading Kleypas. The thing about romance authors is that, even if their current stuff is amazing, the backlist can be traumatic because romance as a genre is evolving. Then Came You suffers from so many of the problematic elements of classic historical romance.

The reader is told over and over that the hero is kind and honorable, but he first kisses the heroine in one of those bruising
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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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