Sometimes Duran's prose is a little over the top for me but most of the time I find it really beautiful, engaging, and intense. I've read 3 books andSometimes Duran's prose is a little over the top for me but most of the time I find it really beautiful, engaging, and intense. I've read 3 books and a novella by her now; her heroes and heroines are very well drawn and she brings the tension. I'm a sucker for a spy story and I quite liked the spy games in Written On Your Skin. I actually wish we could have seen more of the hero and heroine's backstory in Hong Kong. I really like when this author ventures outside of England.
Such a great novel. I loved that the heroine was the brooding, tortured one, as that's usually the role the hero gets to play. Truly, I couldn't belieSuch a great novel. I loved that the heroine was the brooding, tortured one, as that's usually the role the hero gets to play. Truly, I couldn't believe some of the awful things the heroine wound up seeing and experiencing. She wasn't a spunky heroine; I don't even think she valued her life that much, only that, after awhile, she felt staying alive was the only thing she knew what to do with herself. Girl was world-weary to the extreme, which I loved.
Meredith Duran's writing is beautiful without being over the top and she really took a cold, hard look at colonial India in a way that I found believable. There's a lot of politics squeezed into the first half of this book, but it works. When the main characters argued for pages and pages about whether or not Britain was right to recapture Delhi after an uprising without it ever once turning preachy, or trite, or descending into saccharine PC-ness is when I knew I'd love this book. Also, points for having a hero who was mixed race. Making him a duke was laying it on a bit thick though. ...more
I have read nearly every Lisa Kleypas historical at this point -19, and I think she's written something like 23. I've finished the Vallerands series,I have read nearly every Lisa Kleypas historical at this point -19, and I think she's written something like 23. I've finished the Vallerands series, the Gamblers series, the Bow Street Runners series, the Wallflowers series, Suddenly You, and The Hathaways series. This saddens me immensely, as I really don't have an interest in her contemporary chick lit/romance novels, so now I have to wait until October for her next historical romance. Anyway, just want to say that Seduce Me at Sunrise is my favorite of all her books that I've read so far, which is saying a lot. Why is this saying a lot?
(a) Because the title is cheesy, even for a romance (and I say this as someone who can accept a lot of cheddar into her life!)
(b) All the hero does is brood, brood, brood and act self-defeating. To speak in romance novel parlance, besides being connected with the earth and good with his hands (harharhar), he's the opposite of Jamie Fraser's brand of wonderful, a total pessimist. He does some things that I hated but is (gasp) not a rake in need of redemption. He's not even remotely wealthy, as he's only an estate manager. He'll be forever an outsider, and shunned by some, as he's an ethnic minority, and save for his connection to the Hathaway family, who are already considered socially graceless and a hot mess by others, he will never be a mover and shaker in London society. Where's the escapist fantasy here then, you ask? HDU!?! Have some imagination, please! He's a fantastic hero.
(c) I did not think it possible for any Kleypas couple to eclipse Derek & Sara from the Gamblers series. And The Wallflowers series, probably Kleypas' most popular, boasts some amazing heroes and heroines. Again the Magic? Devil in Winter? It Happened One Autumn? These are books you reach for on instinct on a rainy day indoors.
Kev and Win, the hero and heroine in Seduce Me at Sunrise have a very quiet, sad story that began in the first Hathaways novel. They face a lot of hardship and haven't gotten to live the lives of normal young people, being happy and carefree. There is a minor villain, but for the most part the MCs are their own worst enemies (well, mostly Kev is both of their worst enemy) and the hardships they face have only to do with each other and their own feelings of inadequacy and despair. Angst must be my life's blood. I really loved it in this book.
Ultimately, because so much of the struggle for the characters was internal, you really feel that they earn the emotional maturity and love they find at the end of the book. And Win, the heroine, is so fantastic. She is such a strong character, and she knows what she wants from page 1. She may lead a small life, and not be a famous writer, or a wealthy heiress, or anything like a lot of the many wonderful female characters Lisa Kleypas has written in other novels, but she is among her best....more
Okay. My least favorite Kleypas by a long shot. I think she wrote this when she was quite young, around my age, so I give her a pass. It was written iOkay. My least favorite Kleypas by a long shot. I think she wrote this when she was quite young, around my age, so I give her a pass. It was written in 1991, so it teeters on the edge of bodice ripper just a bit. She wrote Dreaming of You, which is Regency romance gold, only five years later, then the Wallflowers and Hathaways so it was clearly only up from this point. And I'm talking WAY up. I admire and love many of her later books.
Not terribly interested in the rest of the Vallerand brood, but I'm starting the sequel to this novel because someone told me it has pirates and I'm a sucker for that. ...more