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Bestselling author Lisa Kleypas creates a beguiling story, set in a world where appearance means everything, passion simmers just below the surface, and a respectable Englishwoman is willing to risk scandal for one night of love.

She was unmarried, untouched and almost thirty, but novelist Amanda Briars wasn't about to greet her next birthday without making love to a man. When he appeared at her door, she believed he was her gift to herself, hired for one night of passion. Unforgettably handsome, irresistibly virile, he tempted her in ways she never thought possible, but something stopped him from completely fulfilling her dream.

Jack Devlin's determination to possess Amanda became greater when she discovered his true identity. But gently bred Amanda craved respectability more than she admitted, while Jack, the cast-off son of a nobleman and London's most notorious businessman, refused to live by society's rules. Yet when fate conspired for them to marry, their worlds collided with a passionate force neither had expected... but both soon craved.

384 pages, Mass Market Paperback

First published December 17, 2000

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Lisa Kleypas

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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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1,324 reviews1,229 followers
December 3, 2010
Fan-tas-tic! One of the best Kleypas' I've read. Why have I waited so long to read this book?

Spinster novelist Amanda Briars doesn't want to celebrate her 30th birthday as a virgin, so she decides to hire the services of Mrs. Gemma Bradshaw, a well-established madam (whom anyone who's read Worth Any Price should recognize), to find her a suitable man to take care of her, er, "problem". Unbeknownst to Amanda, Mrs. Bradshaw decides to play matchmaker and sends her publisher Jack Devlin in lieu of the male prostitue Amanda is expecting.

Jack is London's most successful publisher, the bastard child of a nobleman who's never acknowledged him. During a conversation with Mrs. Bradshaw - no, he isn't one of her customers; he's just the publisher of her book "The Sins of Madam B" - he mentions that he's just bought Ms. Briars' 1st (unpublished) novel "An Unfinished Lady" and his intention of becoming acquainted with her so they could work together and "polish" the novel for publication. Claiming a friendship with Amanda and failing to mention all the relevant facts, Mrs. Bradshaw sends Jack to Amanda's house at the specific date and time the hired prostitute should be knocking on Amanda's door. Needless to say, Amanda mistakes Jack for the prostitute and he's a little confused at first, not understanding what she's talking about. Being an intelligent man, Jack quickly realizes what's going on and is rather amused. Does he come clean and tells her who he is? Of course not! He goes with the flow and gives her the best birthday present ever. ;) However, he isn't a cad, so he doesn't take her virginity. He does leave without revealing his identity, though.

Jack knows Amanda is going to find out who he is soon enough - after all, he still wants to publish her novel and needs to discuss that project with her. He also knows he's going to have a hard time convincing her to work with him, considering how he "tricked" her on their 1st meeting. But he isn't a successful businessman for nothing and he always gets what he wants... So they start working together and what begins as a professional relationship becomes more personal and complicated than any of them expected.

I have to say, I was a little worried when I began reading this book, because the premise wasn't exactly to my liking. Amanda's bold behavior, hiring a prostitute to rid her of her virginity, seemed rather stupid to me and I was afraid she would be a quirky silly heroine who would spend the whole book doing "daring" things only to be saved by the hero. Thankfully, I was wrong. Amanda was one of the best heroines I've ever met: she was smart, assertive, sensitive and sensible. I couldn't help loving her and rooting for her HEA, even when she did something that made me raise my eyebrows in doubt. I won't give any spoilers away here; I'll just say that I usually hate when a heroine does what she did, but I found myself unable to condemn Amanda for her actions. They made sense, considering the circumstances and the time she lived in.

On his part, Jack was the stuff my dreams are made of. He was smitten with Amanda from the start - because of her work, which he truly admired and respected, because of her compelling personality and because of her plump and curvy figure. He definitely knew how to show how much he appreciated her sexy body. The love scenes in this book were sizzling hot! Some of the things that Jack did with Amanda were very kinky and I'd never seen them outside the erotica/romantica genre before. WTG, Ms. Kleypas!

The pace of this story was kind of slow, in a good way. Despite their steamy 1st meeting, Jack and Amanda's relationship didn't feel rushed. Ms. Kleypas gave them time to actually know each other, building their sexual tension to the sky before allowing them to take their relationship to the next level. Then, as I was getting ready to enjoy the HEA, an unexpected event added some heartbreaking angst to the book. I was taken aback at first, wondering where the hell that had come from, but as my heartbeat slowed down, I realized that that event made their HEA more believable. Not to mention, I really enjoyed the way Jack dealt with the situation. *lusty grin*

Another Kleypas, another winner. What else is new? :D
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1,018 reviews2,084 followers
January 11, 2021
3 Stars

This started out well. Intriguing really.

Amanda, the heroine, hires a male prostitute for her 30th birthday because she has no intention of getting married anymore, believing that her time has passed. Of course there is a mix up and the hero, Jack, is the one to arrive at her house which leads her to mistake him for the other guy.

Interesting right?! Especially in a historical context. But it all kinda went downhill from there. I mean, there was nothing particularly wrong with the rest of the book, it was just fine. I didn’t really feel the connection between the two leads and the conflict wasn’t all that interesting.

What I did like was that Amanda was a successful novelist and Jack helped her go and do bigger, greater things in terms of her career. There were a lot of feminist ideas interspersed in the story.
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4,055 reviews69.5k followers
December 15, 2018
3.5 stars

This was my second time reading Suddenly You, but I had read it so long ago that I couldn't remember anything about the plot. Either it didn't make much of an impression, or (and this was the most likely scenario) I was going through Kleypas books too fast to savor the sweet taste.


Upon second reading, I can definitely say that this was another winner from this author. No, it wasn't my favorite book ever, but it was a really good romance from a really talented writer.

So, Amanda hires a hooker for her 30th birthday, because she doesn't want to die a virgin. <--and who can blame her? She's a successful novelist who, due to taking on the role of caregiver to her ailing parents, missed the window of opportunity to snag herself a man.


Too bad, so sad. But other than that one little thing she's mostly happy with her life. Especially the amount of freedom and independence she has because of her advanced age (30!) and the ability to make her own money.


Due to the madam at the brothel having a wicked sense of humor, Amanda mistakes book publishing powerhouse, Jack Devlin, as her paid escort - and he doesn't bother to correct her.
And so begins a steamy romance between the spinsterish author and the dark and moody publisher.


It was an excellent book right until the end, at which point it went off the rails...like a lot of romances do. And instead of just ending when they would have both organically realized that they loved each other, the plot turned into a lot of unnecessary drama that didn't actually add anything to the story. And then, just when you thought it was over? There was yet another unnecessary piece of added drama -->


Then again, I'm the asshole who skims the love scenes in books and fast forwards through them in movies. So, maybe I'm not the best person to judge the 'romance level' for this sort of thing.
Regardless, this was still a (mostly) adorable book, and pretty much what I've come to expect from this author.
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1,377 reviews159 followers
January 24, 2018
Me encanta Lisa Kleypas y esta novela es un gran exponente de lo que se le da mejor: crear personajes masculinos inolvidables, de esos que hacen arder enaguas y explotar ovarios. Y Jack Devlin, el protagonista de esta historia, no es una excepción. No solo es un sinvergüenza fuerte y guapo, sino que es un feminista avant la lettre, que trata a su mujer como una igual y se pasa por el forro de la levita las convenciones sociales, la diferencia de edad y lo que se le ponga por delante para conseguir a su amada Amanda. Y, por si fuera poco, es un hombre hecho a sí mismo, con un pasado repleto de dificultades, incluido pasar parte de su infancia en un horrendo colegio al más puro estilo David Copperfield. A ver quién es la guapa que no se enamora.

Por su parte, la protagonista es una mujer fuerte, una solterona de 30 años (considerada vieja en esa época, ahora sería una joven liberada), inteligente y exhuberante con ideas maravillosas, como esa que da pie a toda la novela, y otras no tan acertadas, que entiendo que la autora utiliza para hacer avanzar la trama, pero que a mí me han molestado por no encajar con su carácter abierto y sincero. De ahí las 4 estrellas.

Relectura para el #RetoIntimo2018 del 22 al 23 enero. Me reafirmo con Jack Devlin y le subo una estrella. On fire estoy con este maravilloso personaje.
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1,838 reviews6,242 followers
February 7, 2017
A new book-boyfriend for me! He's half Irish, dark hair with blue eyes, loves reading and books, and empowers his woman.

"Good," he said softly. "Set the world afire. Just let me hand you the matches."

"I'll give our son the best of everything. I'm going to spoil the hell out of him, and send him to the best schools, and when he comes back from his grand tour, he's going to run Devlin's for me."

"What if we have a girl?"

"Then she'll run it for me," came his prompt reply.

"Silly man, a woman could never do such a thing."

My daughter could," he informed her.

At least it was a pretty explosion...

In this book, we have Amanda, a spinster at the age of 30 who is also a pretty popular writer. She decides she doesn't want to die a virgin, so she hires a male "escort" for the evening of her 30th birthday. Instead, she gets Devlin, a publisher who happens upon her house to try and steal her away from her current publisher to him. In a case of mistaken identity, they have a little slap-and-tickle, but it doesn't exactly go according to plan.

I hope she didn't pay him for that....

Once she realizes her mistake, Amanda has to deal with seeing this not-a-prostitute in social situations since they are both in the same business. Talk about awkward! Sorry I thought you were a filthy whore. You just looked like a filthy whore. I mean, I was expecting a filthy whore. Shit! I'll just go die of embarrassment now.

Jack Devlin is sexier than sin. Amanda is funny, innocent, but also smart and pragmatic. I loved both characters and felt like they made a great couple. Definitely a fun Historical Romance.
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1,362 reviews2 followers
May 18, 2015
I liked it. 3.75 stars ...

“How do I look?" Amanda asked.
Jack shook his head ruefully as he glanced at her. No one could mistake the remaining flush on her cheeks, or the soft sparkle of her eyes, or her lusciously swollen mouth, for anything other than the results of physical passion. "Like you've been ravished," he said flatly.
She astonished him by smiling. "Hurry, please. I want to go inside my house and consult a looking glass. I've always wanted to know what a ravished woman looks like.”

“Good,” he said softly. “Set the world afire. Just let me hand you the matches.”

I have read and enjoyed this author's contemporary books. I will definitely be checking out some more of her historical

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248 reviews155 followers
February 6, 2017
Lately, I've been let down too many times by the romance genre so I chose a tried and loved author to pick up my dragging rating. Aannnd... Finally! A well written romance with enjoyable characters and nice story. My ovaries wants to thank LK!

Amanda is about to hit the 30 and she's still a virgin. So, she takes the situation in her hands and gets herself a present for her birthday. Nope, not a Teddy Bear with a strap on like my last unfortunate read, but a man-whore? hmm, male escort? a lord of the night! And she hits Jack-pot! *yes, I'm very proud of myself for that play with the name of hero *

Enter Jack, a half irish hunk with a delectable accent.

And I'm like;


I loved the characters, enjoyed their banter and the build up of their relationship. The background was a bit different than most historical romances, since these were upper-middle class characters. I don't know if this would be a 5 stars reading experience any other time but fuck that. 5 stars it is
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736 reviews374 followers
March 2, 2019

I’m not sure where to start. Well, I’m still ambivalent about this one. On the one hand, it was undoubtedly an entertaining read. On the other hand, the romance aspect of this book failed me big time.

This one had an interesting plot. Not quite as original as the author’s other books I’ve read, but still good. For the most part, it was a decent read but there were a few things that ticked me off.

As I already mentioned, I wasn’t impressed with the romance part. In my opinion, Jack and Amanda’s chemistry felt totally forced. And frankly, my major problem with this aspect was Jack. I hate it when the hero chooses not to fight for the heroine just because he thinks he doesn’t deserve her. I was very disappointed in Jack. He loved her. Wanted her badly. But he dumped her! And then tried to convince himself that he did it for her own good. Why did he let his tough upbringing keep him from having a happy future with the only woman he loved? That was weak and stupid! Argh, I hate this kind of hero!

Well, perhaps he was right. Amanda deserved better than him. She deserved someone who would fight to the end of the world for her. Someone who wouldn’t hesitate at the chance to be with her every day. Someone who would never ever let her go!

And speaking of Amanda, I must admit I didn’t know what to think about her at first. She was sort of meh for me. But as I read further into the story, I began to warm up to her a little. I can’t say I totally enjoyed her character, even so, somewhere towards the end of the book, she really got better.

Due to my high expectations, this one fell somewhat flat. Although many parts of the story were good, I wanted something else. I wanted to feel the real chemistry between them. I wanted a little bit more excitement and drama. I just wished Jack could be a desirable hero whom I couldn’t say no to.

Sadly, I got none. I felt like I expected a lot but got less in return.

I’m not quite sure whether to rate this one 2 or 3 stars, but since I never once felt like putting it aside and started reading something else, I think I’m going with 3 stars.

Please note this is only my personal opinion. If you’re a fan of historical romance, don’t let my review discourage you. You may enjoy it more than I did.
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1,166 reviews1,634 followers
July 31, 2010
My Review:

What an absolute joy it was to read this book! Jack and Amanda are wonderful characters, in and of themselves, but bring them together and you have magic!

I love the way Lisa Kleypas defines and develops her characters, making them larger than life but at the same time keeping them grounded in reality. They may have fancy houses and more money than they can spend in one lifetime, but they always have to deal with the same things we mere mortals do – life. I find that I become easily invested them, wanting them to have joy, passion and love, and this tells me that she writes people, not just characters. And her storylines are believable - situations we can, in some way relate to, if not directly than because she knows how to reach us through our shared humanness.

I think my favorite thing about Jack and Amada is their independence, each one believing that they could never marry because that would mean giving up control to another person. Yet when they came together, these two fiercely opinionated and independent people, found in each other not the conflicts they had feared, but someone to share their hopes and dreams with. They helped each other through difficult times and shared in the joy of their triumphs.

Can you tell how much I love them?

It’s amazing to me that one author can consistently write stories upon stories upon stories which always bring a smile to my face and leaves me with fond memories of characters I’ve come to know as old friends. Discovering Lisa Kleypas has been one of the highlights of my reading adventures.
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2,129 reviews13.8k followers
August 20, 2020
I listened to this one on audio and had such a hard time connecting to the characters. I LOVED the beginning when Amanda hired a male escort and thought that was Jack when he arrived, so they had a passionate encounter together. However, as the story went on, I felt less and less interested in the story and thought there were way too many intimate scenes between the couple that became repetitive to me. I needed more substance to their relationship than just the physical and had trouble finding that in this book.

I thought the final conflict was resolved way too quickly, and while the story itself wasn't horrible, it's nothing memorable or exciting

TW for miscarriage
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1,521 reviews366 followers
May 1, 2020
*** 4.5 A chuísle mo chroí.. STARS ***

PopSugar 2018 39. Un libro que involucre una librería o biblioteca

Este libro fue mi debut con Lisa Kleypas, el que hizo que me enganchara con sus libros, la primera vez que lo leí me gustó mucho y esta segunda caso raro pero me gustó más que la primera ME ENCANTÓ!! Y por eso le voy a subir una estrella.

Es de los libros más sexys que he leído en romántica histórica, con unos personajes con una gran personalidad, contiene diálogos divertidos e ingeniosos, las escenas de sexo son SOOO HOT, una narración ágil y fluida es uno de mis libros favoritos de la autora

Desde la primera página me atrapó y comienza con Amanda una novelista de fama ascendente pero solterona y virgen que acude a un burdel para contratar a un gigoló para que le haga el “favocito” como regalo de su trigésimo cumpleaños. Al mero día se arrepiente y está decidida a decírselo al hombre al que acude a la cita que para su sorpresa resulta ser sexy como el infierno, cautivador y rechaza sus negativas regalándole una noche de placer pero sin que ella pierda su virginidad por que el está seguro que se volverán a ver.
Y por supuesto que se vuelven a ver, porque él no resulta ser lo que ella pensaba, sino que es uno de los editores más famosos, exitosos y sin escrúpulos de toda Inglaterra, dueño de una editorial y librería y quiere trabajar con ella.

Amanda es una protagonista, independiente, fuerte, de gran intelecto, es apasionada y divertida, una mujer muy talentosa que a pesar de estar sola ha salido adelante, es de esas mujeres adelantadas a su época, como toda mujer es insegura de sus físico. Ella quiere un hombre que sea su compañero y que le tenga afecto pero Jack le hará desear algo más.

Sólo hay una palabra para describir a Jack y es D E L I C I O S O!!! Mon Dieu Este hombre es capaz de incendiar un castillo, derretir un iceberg y hacer caer mis enaguas es perfecto para ser My future Husband, es de mis protagonistas de histórica que más me gustan, Sexy, hot, altamente follable LO QUIERO EN MI CAMA #Diositohazmeelmilagro

Lo que más me gustó de Jack aparte de que sea un experto experimentado en la cama, es juguetón, divertido un embaucador sin vergüenza con un corazón de oro y él no se da cuenta que es un gran hombre digno de ser feliz pero sobre todo apoya a Amanda la incita a que sea mejor no la limita al contrario le da alas para que ella se realice profesionalmente y me encantó cuando le dijo que no sólo se enamoró de su físico sino de su cerebro.

Oh por cierto antes de este libro leí el de Hello Stranger y siento que Lisa Kleypas se basó mucho en Jack para el personaje de Ethan aunque en lo personal me gusta más Jack.

Sin duda algunos libros de histórica son más feministas que los propios de contemporánea y este es un gran ejemplo de ello.
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433 reviews147 followers
January 25, 2019
Por que no hay más estrellas que si no, también las ponía.
Estoy IN LOVE con Jack, me ha encantado el libro. No tengo nada malo que decir, una delicia de lectura, lo he disfrutado muchísimo. Ya con este libro terminó el #retointimo2018!
January 19, 2020
Oh, gosh.
“Set the world afire. Just let me hand you the matches.” (c) Isn't that cute?
"I've never seen a shred of evidence that spending the rest of one's days in domestic drudgery is any easier than working at some trade. What women need is more education, more choices, and then they will be able to consider options for themselves other than marriage.” (c)
"Critics say my work is lacking in decency."
"That's because your underlying theme- that ordinary people are capable of extraordinary things in their private lives- makes them uncomfortable.” (c)

Cheesy, as the genre dictates. With some nice pre-feministic notes. Nice.

-1 star for all the 'blazing eyes', 'bosoms', 'loins' and other gimmicks
+1 star for book-loving characters.
+1 star for some pre-feministiic ideas.
“I’ve never heard that the sexual act requires any particular intelligence. From what I’ve observed, many stupid people are easily able to produce children.” (c)
“Amanda, do you trust me?”
“Of course not,” she said. “I don’t know the first thing about you.”
Laughter rustled from his chest. “Sensible woman.”(c)
Amanda hated it that Jack smelled so much better than any other man she knew. If only she could bottle the essence and pour it on some other man. (c)
I once bandaged the paw of a stray dog I found in the village. I would place you in the same category as he."
"My angel of mercy.” (c)
“It's damp outside, and I'm always cold. Most days I wear a cap and shawl indoors."
"I could suggest other methods to keep yourself warm.” (c)
"From the first moment we met, Amanda, I knew how it would be between us.” (c)
“A poor man needs the escape far more than a wealthy man does."
"Escape," ...
"Yes, something to transport your mind from where and who and what you are. Everyone needs that. A time or two in my past, it seemed that a book was the only thing that stood between me and near insanity." (c)
Annoyance and laughter billowed together in her chest... (c)
Books were everywhere, lined neatly on shelves that went from floor to ceiling. The ceiling was two stories high, with an upper balcony that provided access to a second-floor gallery. The dazzling array f red, gold, green, and brown bindings was a feast for the eyes, while the wonderful smells of vellum, parchment, and pungent leather almost caused Amanda to salivate. An exquisite waft of tea leaves lingered in the air. For anyone who enjoyed the pursuit of reading, this place surely was paradise. (c)
The door opened to reveal a room with walls consisting mostly of inset mahogany bookcases covered by leaded glass doors. Intricate plasterwork adorned the ceiling in a flowered medallion style that matched the thick Aubusson carpet on the floor.
"Are all of these books for sale?" Amanda asked in a hushed voice, feeling as if she had entered a king's treasure room.
... "You'll find everything from antiques to zoology. We have a wide selection of antique maps and celestial charts, original folios and manuscripts..." He gestured around them, as if the extensive rows of books were self-explanatory.
"I would love to lock myself in here for a week," she said impulsively.” (c)
Amanda herself couldn't understand why her writing was so different from her own personality. Her pen seemed to take on a life of its own when she sat before a sheaf of blank parchment paper. She wrote about characters unlike any people she had ever known... sometimes violent, brutal, always passionate; some who came to ruin and some who even triumphed in spite of their own lack of morality. Since she had no actual pattern on which to base these fictional characters, Amanda realized that their feelings, their passions, could only have come from inside herself. (c)
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2,242 reviews965 followers
September 2, 2018
Amanda Briars is unmarried and about to turn 30-years old. She’s an accomplished novelist, independent and self sufficient in an era that’s pretty hard on women without husbands (19th century London). But, she does not want to reach that age milestone without experiencing carnal love. So, she discreetly arranges with the town’s brothel owner for a man. The next day, a gentleman shows up on her doorstep the very next day. Jack Devlin is a successful publisher, known for printing some racy material. He’s got a bit of a reputation but that’s not stopping him from trying to sign on Amanda...as a client and a lover.

I chose this book because I liked the idea of an older, independent woman in 1800s England. It turned out to be a delightful story as Amanda was smart and talented, Jack an extremely interesting and complicated man. Their first encounter was sensual and their relationship evolved slowly throughout the book. The banter was clever and funny but the serious moments were just as compelling. The later conflicts were inevitable, as we were forewarned, and they were handled well, despite a lapse in ethical behavior on Amanda’s part.

This was my first experience with the narrator, Beverley Crick, and I really enjoyed her performance. Kleypas is one of my favorite authors so I had high expectations that were more than met. I hated when the story ended as I liked being in Amanda and Jack’s world. The epilogue, however, left me in a really good place.

(I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review)
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4,867 reviews5,031 followers
November 9, 2012
If you love someone you cannot help but have sex with them.
If you have great sex with someone you must love them.
If you love someone it is okay to blackmail them into having sex with you because you are meant to be together.

In addition to not agreeing with any of these underlying romantic principles and finding the initial set up entirely implausible, I found the story strangely lacking in tension or conflict. Still, it was sort of nice to see grown-up, relatively mature and rational characters instead of ones who act like hysterical and possibly retarded children, as so many romance protagonists seem to. Nice for them that they got some orgasms and marriage and stuff.
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834 reviews720 followers
March 17, 2021
Me gustó, pero la verdad tenía más expectativas. A pesar de los buenos comentarios que tiene este libro en GR y de que Lisa Kleypas es mi autora favorita en romántica, me quedé con un regustillo de desencanto.

Como siempre, sus personajes son magníficos, pero sentí este libro tan corto que no alcancé a disfrutarlos como me hubiera gustado. Todo pasó tan rápido que no me alcanzaron a calar.

En todo caso, la lectura se disfruta mucho; los diálogos y las situaciones tienen el inconfundible sello Kleypas; como siempre la ambientación de época es impecable y tiene la originalidad de sacarnos de la ya tan manida aristocracia inglesa.

Reto #39 PopSugar 2018: Un libro que involucre una librería o biblioteca

Respecto del reto, toda la trama gira en torno a la editorial y librería de la cual es dueño Jack Devlin.
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518 reviews187 followers
December 28, 2022
reread, december 2022 · 3 stars.
read, september 2021 · 5 stars.

❛What do you wish to do, Amanda? The choice is simple. You may go abroad and live among strangers, and raise your child without a father. Or you may stay in England and marry a man who respects and cares for you.❜

charles hartley deserves to have his own book. he’s a better man than jack devlin.
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949 reviews240 followers
March 17, 2017
Reseña completa: http://masromance.blogspot.com.es/201...

Le dí las 5 la primera vez que lo leí. Seguramente ahora le bajaría una estrella ya que al final creo que el tema "hot" se alarga innecesariamente y Lisa Kleypas soluciona temas mediante el sexo que hubiera preferido que fueran conversaciones más desarrolladas.
Pese a esto, destaco los siguientes temas:
Ella destaca por su carácter moderno, su físico tan opuesto a la época pero, ante todo, por su decisión de contratar un gigoló. Creo que tan solo (con ese prólogo) ya merece la pena leerlo
Él es de esos protagonistas que me gustan tanto y con los que, según mi opinión, Lisa Kleypas acierta tanto. Un irlandés desvergonzado, guapo y con un pasado que ha sabido superar. Un hombre ambicioso y de fuertes convicciones que ha alcanzado el éxito por méritos propios ya que no es noble ni de familia bien.
La historia entre ellos me ha gustado, pese a ese primer encuentro memorable es de esas relaciones que evolucionan con la historia.
Quizás ella al final me defrauda anteponiendo sus miedos a algo más importante y, como he dicho, la autora escoge la forma fácil de solucionar las cosas... pese a todo, es una de las novelas de Kleypas que me gustan tanto, con tópicos pero original.
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1,449 reviews1,085 followers
September 23, 2018
3.5 stars

This was another atypical historical romance featuring a 30 year old heroine, and let me tell you I am all for more of this - it helps me feel not so old myself lol! The heroine in this book is feeling her years too, only she decides to celebrate her birthday by hiring a male prostitute to rid herself of her pesky virginity. That's something I can't say I have ever done, so kudos to her for an original birthday gift to herself, LOL! Jack ends up being quite a bit more then she ordered and I enjoyed their relationship. The ending was very surprising for a story that was pretty lighthearted up until that point. This isn't as fun/light-hearted as Kleypas' later books, but is still a good read.
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631 reviews165 followers
June 5, 2018
4,5 #RetoIntimo3
maravillosa delicia, lo he disfrutado todavía más que la primera vez que lo leí. Divino Jack Devlin, DIVINO

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Author 9 books201 followers
February 10, 2019
Yo soy reacia a los clichés. Sin embargo, Kleypas es capaz de transformar uno en una obra maestra. Sencillamente asombroso el trasfondo de esta historia.
¡Nunca defraudas, Lisa!
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118 reviews105 followers
December 15, 2021
3.5 stars.

“I have a great deal to lose, Jack. If I become a ruined woman, my entire life will change. I will no longer be invited to social gatherings, and many of my friends will no longer speak to me. Most likely I will have to move to a remote place in the country, or go to live abroad.”“I am taking the same risk,” he pointed out. “No,” she replied with a wry smile, “you know quite well that men are never judged the same as women in these matters. I would become a pariah, whereas you would receive a mere slap on the wrist.” Amanda’s 30th birthday is nearing and yet she has never been touched by a man. Resigned to her fate of spinsterhood, she wants to at least experience a night of passion. On her birthday, a man appeared at her doorway, and believing that he might be the man she hired – she pulls him inside. Jack Devlin only wanted to call on Amanda to discuss a possible business with her but when she mistakes him for the man she hired for her 30th birthday, Jack decided to play along with it. Although not completely giving Amanda what she desires, he lets her have a taste. And soon, they meet again. Amanda was surprised and embarrassed when she discovers that the very same Jack who gave her pleasure is the notorious businessman and most successful publisher John Devlin whom she despises.

Suddenly You is a historical romance stand-alone written by Lisa Kleypas. I love her. She writes good novels. She has written some of my favorites: Secrets of a Summer night and Devil in Winter, so naturally, I had high expectations for this one.

Meet Amanda Briars: She is a fairly known novelist. She is sensible, independent, and intelligent. A country-bred girl, she moved to London when both of her parents finally passed away. Her work as an author is what gives her the money needed to support her lifestyle. She is happy with her situation: spinsterhood although she does admit that having a companion would be nice enough. But of course, she harbors no illusions that she has any chance to get married for she is 30 years old and that must mean that her child-bearing days are gone.

Meet John Devlin: As a nobleman’s bastard, he a had rough past. With a loan from his father, he started his publishing business. His reputation is not the best, for it is known that he was not fair when it comes to his business dealings. Now, he is London’s most successful businessman, and yet nothing seems to satisfy his soul.

The main characters first meet during Amanda’s 30th birthday when she believed that Jack was the man she hired for that night. Jack went to Amanda’s townhouse intending to make her write for his publishing company and he was surprised to find out that she had been expecting someone else instead. Although confused, he decided to play the part and let Amanda take her pleasure, but of course, he did not let Amanda give her virtue to him. And then, they meet again during Mr. Talbot’s party. But it was obvious that no introduction is needed when they seem to already know each other: at least he knows her. Amanda does not like John Devlin as a businessman and thinks he’s a scoundrel while Jack had taken a liking to her. When they decided to work with each other, their desire for each other is apparent. And what comes with passion and desire is a scandalous affair…a few conflicts here and there and finally a HEA after countless banging.

I loved the heroine. Especially during the beginning of the book. She is someone with who I identified. She was independent and liked her life as it was: for she has no need of a husband and thinks it would be intolerable to have one. She was straightforward and had a no-nonsense attitude. And when she had this internal dialogue, “No one had ever said such things to her before. People were intimidated by her self-possession and no-nonsense demeanor. No man would ever dream of calling her adorable, sweet, darling….” I feel like Lisa Kleypas wrote her character especially for me because Amanda is quite literally me. If I was a character in a book, I would probably be her. Although towards the end, Amanda’s character seemed to take a 360 turn. The sensible Amanda suddenly was gone. And I was so annoyed! Because she was written so well then suddenly…blah.

I loved the hero. It is no surprise, though. I love me some self-made men in historical romance land. He was responsible, caring, and a better man than what people give him credit for. And of course, what’s a hero in an HR without some traumatizing past and the decision to never marry unless circumstances call for it. He was honestly a good hero. What a man! And he certainly was naughty and very H word all the time.

I liked this story, alright. It was entertaining. Amanda and Jack had some nice chemistry. I was honestly expecting a completely different story, I thought it would be the usual “her reputation is at stake I have to marry her” type of marriage but it was the “oh no she has my baby in her belly I have to marry her”. I was surprised but I liked it. This book is just as well-written as other Lisa Kleypas books. But the problem I had was that it had so many sensual scenes. I have no problem with passion when it comes to romance books, for god’s sake it is a romance book, but this one had sex overload. It felt like rather than emotional connection, it focused too much on their physical desire for each other which of course I did not like so much because I prefer emotional connection over bed scene any time. I just have to see that the characters are truly connected with each other for me to believe their love for each other.

And although I loved Amanda, she was so judgemental towards Jack at the beginning. What particularly annoyed me about her is when she decided not to tell Jack about her situation, it was so dumb! And so out of character, she was written as someone who is sensible and frankly, what she did what dumbness overload. I am just glad they got that over with. Jack had faults too, of course, it was obvious that he adored her and yet he was too blind to realize and was almost too late! Also, their first separation was so frustrating. If a happy ending was not required in romance, I would think that they won’t end up with each other because neither of them does anything to fix things and talk to each other and my patience was wearing thin!

The last 3 chapters felt rushed. I think Kleypas could’ve added one or two more chapters so it does not feel like the conflict they had toward the end was just glossed over. What I liked, however, and I admit had me giggling was when Amanda discovered the truth about Jack’s age. I understand her, I too would break down if I married a man younger than me. But Jack’s response was so cute and the whole time I’m just smiling and jealous because I need him in my life. Oh, he was so sweet to her! I must admit, I was shocked too when his real age was revealed. It was such a funny scene but the way he comforts her just made my heart go *sigh*. They annoyed me but I love how they comfort one another and eventually realized that they were perfectly meant for each other.

Overall, it was an enjoyable book and was on the spicier side so if one likes reading that, I think they’ll enjoy this. However, one or two scenes about that are just enough for me so when there was more I was not particularly happy. And as usual, it is a well-written book by Lisa Kleypas which is just what I expected. Amanda and Jack were characters that I genuinely liked although both were annoying at times. My favorite part is Jack’s age reveal. I can’t get over how funny it was. It definitely fits his character to lie about something like that.

Some quotes:

“And yet…how nice it would be to attend parties and lectures with a beloved companion. Someone to talk and argue and share with. Someone to share her meals, and cuddle in bed to keep the winter chill away. Yes, independence was the best path, but it wasn’t always the most comfortable one.”

“I was thinking of that first night we met…that you were willing to pay me for doing this. And I was trying to calculate how much you owe me after all the times we’ve slept together.” As weary as she was, Amanda couldn’t prevent a sudden laugh. “Jack Devlin…how can you think of money at a time like this?” “I want you to be so deeply in my debt that you’ll never be free of me.

“I’ve spent the past few years going out nearly every evening and feeling alone in the midst of a crowd. Now I finally have a home and a wife and I want to enjoy them.”

“I didn’t want you to think of me as a younger man.” “You are a younger man!” She glared at him vehemently. “Five years…oh, God, I can scarcely believe I’ve married someone who is practically a…a boy!”

“Yes. I’m mad over you. I adore you. I lust after you constantly. I love your sharp tongue and your big gray eyes and your voluptuous body. Now come to bed and let me demonstrate what a younger man can do for you.”
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212 reviews263 followers
August 30, 2023
probably the only book that didn’t suck this month 🫶🏻i think it’s time to immerse myself into historical romance once again cause these contemporaries aren’t it and they remind me too much of the real world 🤧

jack devlin >>>

there’s just something about self made rich heroes 🤌🏻 especially in HR
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2,758 reviews1,033 followers
November 8, 2018
I've given this an A- for both narration and content at AudioGals, so that's 4.5 stars founded up.

I was really pleased to see that some of Lisa Kleypas’ older, previously un-recorded/out of print titles are making their way into audio format, and even moreso when Suddenly You popped up at Audible with Beverley A. Crick as the narrator. (I’m not so pleased that Tantor’s next foray into Ms. Kleypas’ backlist, Someone to Watch Over Me, uses one of the worst narrators I’ve ever heard, but that’s another story!)

Suddenly You was originally published in 2001, and it’s easy to understand why it’s such a firm favourite with many. It’s got a higher steam-quotient than some of the author’s other books dating from this period, but the thing I most enjoyed about it was the way in which the hero is so completely smitten with the heroine from the outset and is wonderfully supportive and encouraging of her throughout.

You can read the rest of this review at AudioGals .
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3,880 reviews5,794 followers
December 19, 2012
Eh... I had big hopes and dreams for this one because everyone else seems to love it but it felt really cheesy and forced to me. Virgin... blah blah doesn't know she is pretty... blah blah. It just didn't bring anything to the table for me personally.

I also wasn't in the mood for this type of book when I read it so maybe that was part of the problem. I had really high expectations... unrealistically high I think. I'm going to try another Lisa Kleypas book because everyone raves about her. Maybe a contemporary one would do the trick?
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270 reviews50 followers
January 22, 2018
1° del reto íntimo.
WOW, qué maravillas escribe la Kleypas! A pesar de ser muy diferente a otras de las novelas que he leído de ella, ésta me ha parecido más erótica, más sexual y no me ha decepcionado en absoluto.
Totalmente rendida a Jack Devlin😍😍😍🔥🔥🔥
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