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 altogetThis 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: March 17-23, 2011
Lily Lawson is an unconventional young woman of her time. She’s loud, she swears, she participates in men’s activities such as hunting and gambling and Lord Alex Raiford loathes the sight of her. She commands too much of everyone’s attention, including his. Lily has decided that there is no way that cold and stoic Raiford will marry her sister and so she sets out to destroy any possibility of a match between the two. She pushes him until he finally snaps – and what a wonderful snap it was!
This book was a 5 star read for me the first time I read it and it still continues to be a 5 star read. Sometimes it is hard for me to reread books in their entirety (as opposed to just skimming through my favorite parts/scenes) because I just don’t have the same level of interest or the patience to read the whole book again considering my TBR mountain. But with this book that is not the case, nor will it ever be the case I’m sure. Then Came You is filled with such a rich intensity of romance, love, and passion that it is hard to put down.
First, Alex our hero – he was stiff, and cold and sort of a bore. He completely disapproved of Lily, in fact he took an instant dislike to her. But Lily refused to stay out of his home, his mind and ultimately his heart. His icy reserve was the perfect contrast to the intense and hot passion that Lily releases in him. Once Alex fell, he fell so hard – you felt it, tasted it, heard it and ached with his love for Lily. As far as heroes go Alex is the man you want to have in your life. His lifetime goal will be nothing but attaining your happiness. You and you alone will consume him and you will never want for a thing. The sort of passion he had for Lilly and his need for her love was just the sort of romance you want to read about. It makes you sigh, and it makes you clutch the book to your chest and dream of finding your own “Alex” or turning to your very own “Alex” and thanking him for being the man he is, the love he gives, and the dreams he fulfills in your life. On the Kleypas scale, Alex is a 10. He’s a trademark Kleypas hero. The real deal, the right stuff, the cat’s pajamas, the lobster every woman looks for!
I’d like to note here, that for me, romance novels are about the relationship that is shared by the hero/heroine for sure, but my focus, as a woman, is on the hero. Usually I love a romance because of the hero. I don’t usually have a lot to say about the heroines – I tend to think they are all great and it’s a matter of the hero making the story for me. In this case, in Then Came You, I loved the hero and heroine equally. Lily is worth mentioning for me because she really moves this book along and is a wonderful heroine. She’s spunky and brave and just lovely. I loved that Alex came to recognize that those were the very things about her nature that he treasured the most and moved heaven and earth in her world to ensure she maintained her spirit.
The passion in this book is off the charts as well. Particularly the very first encounter with Lily and Alex – hot hot hot. And from that moment on the passion just increased. Once Alex had a taste of Lily he could not get enough. The steam was very satisfying and worthy of reaching for a fan. Its not the steamiest Kleypas I’ve read but its pretty high up there. I give it a 8/10 on the Kleypas steam scale. You won’t be disappointed!
The romance was in this book in spades. Lily was fearful that things would come out from her past that would jeopardize her relationship with Alex and she was constantly hiding things from him. But in every instance, Alex not only told her he loved her, he showed her he loved her. Her happiness was his happiness. Her successes his, and her pains his pains. The romance was evident in the way that Lily became so much more important to Alex than selfish pursuits. It was a mature and all encompassing romance. It was really beautiful to read. A 10 on the Kleypas romance/sigh scale! ...more
I love the whole indecent proposal plot scheme. In this book, Clare approaches the Demon Earl, Nicholas to help bring back jobs and life into her littI love the whole indecent proposal plot scheme. In this book, Clare approaches the Demon Earl, Nicholas to help bring back jobs and life into her little village. Nicholas, a little drunk, agrees if Clare agrees to live with him in the hopes that she will one day agree to become his mistress. And oh yeah he's entitled to one kiss a day at a time and place of his choosing.
So, I found this book really quite good at the moments when Clare and Nicholas were together and other 'village matters' were not encroaching on their time and the book. The steam was good and there were moments where I really got into the book. But for the most part, I struggled through it. I really didn't like Nicholas. He wasn't HORRIBLE, but he was very selfish in my opinion. He wasn't concerned about the sacrifices Clare was making or taking and he didn't seem to care that she would be losing everything she'd ever known - her entire life. Also, at one point in an argument, he flat out told her there were women more beautiful than her and once when a daily kiss went to far and she demanded he stop, he called her a teasing bitch. Big no no in my romance world. Calling the heroine a bitch is a tricky tricky slope and has to be handled very carefully for it to be pulled off. So as a hero usually makes a book for me, a hero also makes a book for me, and Nicholas was just no hero in my book. ...more