In this story of the last Hathaway sibling, you'll find all the funny, leap-in-logic dialog you've come to expect from this nouveau riche family. But...moreIn this story of the last Hathaway sibling, you'll find all the funny, leap-in-logic dialog you've come to expect from this nouveau riche family. But if you've been following the series, you also know that Beatrix, with her love of ferrets, hedgehogs, and other not-so-typical pets, won't have an easy time of it. And in typical Hathaway fashion, her beloved won't be a poetry-spouting, milquetoast peer.
If you've enjoyed Cam and Amelia, Merripen and Win, Harry and Poppy, Leo and Catherine, you'll find some continuation of their stories here, but mostly, you'll treasure every moment with baby sister Beatrix and the man who loves her before he knows her. You'll be reminded of how much fun love can be and how it can heal even the most damaged of two- and four-legged souls.
One more thing about this book that is completely unexpected: the cover. It has kind of a leathery texture that makes it a tactile pleasure to hold. Frankly, I couldn't stop rubbing it while I was reading.
*Spoiler* When Beatrix decides that Christopher should ravish her, she hops on his bed, on her hands and knees, presenting her backside to him. Why? Because all the veterinary manuals she's read show animals doing it this way! I love this hero! He really, really tries his best to not laugh at her. (less)
**spoiler alert** Although this regency series has been out for a while, I have just now picked it up and enjoyed all 4 stories very much.
Kleypas does...more**spoiler alert** Although this regency series has been out for a while, I have just now picked it up and enjoyed all 4 stories very much.
Kleypas does well to write her characters for the society in which they lived. Unlike some authors who attempt to write historicals, she doesn't ascribe 21st-century behaviors to her 19th-century people, yet her characters are colorful and not quite like everyone around them.
In Secrets of a Summer Night, Annabelle doesn't go anywhere without a family member or other chaperone. This is entirely keeping with her upbringing in an impoverished but upper-class family.
She and her 3 friends have failed to attract wealthy, titled husbands for a variety of reasons (hers being the lack of a dowry). The four women are not simpering/whimpering/giggling girls so, of course, the men that are attracted to them are strong, alpha males who like their women a little on the feisty side.
The hero in Secrets of a Summer Night seems to be a likeable guy. But when you consider that he was willing to take a lady and make her a whore... well, I was glad Annabelle didn't allow it. At the end of the day, he realized that she was worthy of marriage. To her credit, she married for love despite her family's desperate situation and the need to marry for money.
Warning: Once you start this series, you won't be able to stop! And coming this Christmas is a new book: "A Wallflower Christmas." (less)
I really enjoyed this book. Set in New Orleans shortly after Thomas Jefferson purchased the Louisiana Territory from France, it is unusual in that the...moreI really enjoyed this book. Set in New Orleans shortly after Thomas Jefferson purchased the Louisiana Territory from France, it is unusual in that the torrid love affair (and the majority of the book) occurs after h/h are married (yeah, to each other).
The backcover description is actually a letter from Kleypas to readers indicating that it's a rewrite of her first novel, Only in Your Arms. I never read the original story but this one is well-paced with good plot twists and colorful characters.
And what's not to love about a hero who adores his wife!(less)
I enjoyed this book! Okay, okay. Let me backpedal. I don't like regencies. I prefer contemporary stories. But I like Lisa Kleypas' regency stories whi...moreI enjoyed this book! Okay, okay. Let me backpedal. I don't like regencies. I prefer contemporary stories. But I like Lisa Kleypas' regency stories while her recent contemporary offering, Sugar Daddy, made me want to throw a book across the room.
This story has an unusual premise: the h/h were 'married' when they were ages 4 and 7 so that her father could a) snag a future duke for a son-in-law and b) so that his father could replenish the coffers with her dowry money. They don't see each other again for 18 years.
Unlike many stories that could easily be ported to the 20th or 21st century, the idea of marrying children is bizarre but not unplausible in the time period of the book.
One thing I really liked about the heroine, Julie, is that she's not wimpy/wussy/whiny. Having a major life decision made for her when she was very young, she rebels big time, rejects her family and titled husband and pursues an independent lifestyle (the shameless hussy!). And when her husband shows up to claim her, she doesn't cave in to become the dutiful wife.
I know this is not a new book but it's new to me and worth noting for others who have not yet discovered Kleypas.
. I liked the premise. I liked the story. I just wished the backstory hadn't last through more than half the book.
It just seemed to me that more effort could have been spent on the conflict and resolution if Kleypas hadn't devoted so many pages to Liberty Jones' history. It was like asking someone what was troubling them and getting their life story.
Have you ever listened to someone drone on and on, then they suddenly stop and say "but to make a long story short..." and you think to yourself that it's already too late. That's Sugar Daddy.(less)