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Tempt Me at Twilight

(The Hathaways #3)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  33,697 ratings  ·  1,797 reviews
He was everything she'd sworn to avoid.

Poppy Hathaway loves her unconventional family, though she longs for normalcy. Then fate leads to a meeting with Harry Rutledge, an enigmatic hotel owner and inventor with wealth, power, and a dangerous hidden life. When their flirtation compromises her own reputation, Poppy shocks everyone by accepting his proposal—only to find that
Mass Market Paperback, 373 pages
Published September 22nd 2009 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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Nov 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Let’s make one thing clear; this book is an HR duck. It looks like one, it talks like one, and it walks like one. Is it formulaic? Probably. Should I have enjoyed it as much as I did? Probably not. Am I giving it five stars anyway? Absolutely. Why?

Because fuck you, that’s why.

I should start posting disclaimers at the top of my reviews for HRs stating that my opinion probably shouldn’t be trusted.

For those of you who know me, you know how many literary pet peeves I have. For those of you who d
SueBee★bring me an alpha!★

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️! Tempt Me at Twilight, (stand-alone). The wicked, ruthless & unforgettable Harry Rutledge sets his sights on Poppy Hathaway!

“In the fairy tale you mentioned last night, I would probably be the villain. But it’s possible the villain would treat you far better than the prince would have.”

Books in Hathaways series are stand-alone, but most enjoyed if read in order:
Book 1: Mine Till Midnight
Book 2: Seduce Me at Sunrise
Book 3: Tempt Me at Twilight
Book 4: Married By
Mar 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
What can I say? I just love Lisa Kleypas's writing and, as far as I know, she can do no wrong. Okay, I haven't read all her backlist yet, but almost everything I've read so far was excellent. The only exception was Mine Till Midnight, but even so it was good enough and definitely worth reading.

Poppy Hathaway is in London for her third season and, as it has become usual, she's staying with her family at the Rutledge Hotel. As the story opens, she's chasing her sister Beatrix's ferret, trying to r
Jan 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Historical romance
Ahhh....I don't even feel like writing a review for this one except to say "Move over Cam, and make room for Harry!"

I found out something about myself--I love a romance where the hero really needs for someone to love him, whether he realizes it or not. And handsome hotelier Harry Rutledge (early 30s), who both wanted and feared affection (due to a heartbreaking childhood)--he captured my heart. Yes, he started out as a manipulative, selfish devil, (the way he got Poppy (23) to marry him), but h
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
What can I say about this book? After reading the last pages of this novel, at approximately 1 am, I set it down, knowing I couldn't possibly be ready to write a coherent review. Reviews are like soups or dishes with tomatoes and hearty seasonings. They should sit and rest, letting the spices and the tomato paste mingle together, so that the flavor can be maximized. Accordingly, I let myself ruminate in a bovine fashion about what I would write in my review of the latest historical by one of my ...more
Re-read Oct'2019:

I still loved it, but I liked Mine Till Midnight and Seduce Me at Sunrise better this time rereading the series. The Hathaways is absolutely one of my all-time favorite series! Still big 5+ stars!

Original read/review Jun'2010:

5++ stars – Historical Romance

“Her chances of a decent marriage were about to be dashed-and all because of a ferret.” And thus begins the wonderfully romantic third installment in the saga of the eccentric Hathaway family, Tempt Me At Twilight.

Poppy Hatha
Christina ~ Brunette Reader

An elegant and bustling hotel in the heart of Victorian London, a lively heroine, an intriguingly remote hero, a meet-cute thanks to a mischievous ferret... and then it all went down the drain. Fast.

As of lately I haven’t been impressed with Kleypas’s recent series, The Ravenels, I decided to backlist among her older titles. Her books have always been a hit-or-miss with me, but since I’ve loved some of them in the past (probably Dreaming of You and Devil in Winter the most) and especially after
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

Harry Rutledge was both a neglected child and an abused child. The only son of an aging hotelier, Harry wasn’t raised in a home where a youngster could run and play, laugh out loud and just be a kid. Even at 5 years old he knew the rules: The Guests come first. Stay out of sight. Don’t make any noise. Don’t do this, don’t do that, don’t…don’t… don’t. Is it any wonder that as an adult, Harry is so rigid, so disciplined and so aloof? One of the richest men in London and one of the most mysterious,
 Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~*
(4.5 Stars - Edit: Revised on further consideration to 5 Stars)

I really enjoyed Harry and Poppy’s story. But I did feel there was a little something missing, hence the 4.5 Stars. (Edit: But now in looking back, I can't bear not to give 5 Stars to each and every Hathaway book, so while I acknowledge there was a little something "missing", I loved it and will definitely read it again!)

I especially loved how the description of Harry Rutledge conjured images of Richard Armitage. *sighs* He's so vill
Sammy Loves Books
***5.0 "The Villian always gets the girl" stars***
I absolutely love the Hathaways!!! And Harry and Poppy are the best!!!
“In the fairy tale you mentioned last night, I would probably be the villain. But it's possible the villain would treat you far better than the prince would have.”



I stayed up all night reading to finish this book. I loved Cam and Amelia, but Tempt Me at Twilight turned out to be my favorite of the series. Cam was so damn perfect. I mean there wasn't a thing wrong wit
NiCoLeTa E. {Addicted To Books}
Okay, there is something above adoration???
Because i can assure you that i'm crazy about the Hathaways and their mates.

Every book is a new apocalypse and i'm never satisfied...
I want more and more and more...

Is it possible every story to be loved more than the previous??? For me, it is!!!
The first book worked as an introduction for me and then i fell in love with Ken and Win and i thought that this couple was my favorite...
But now after this book i think my favorite couple is Poppy and H
✰ Liz ✰
"Perhaps Harry was becoming-or would become in time-the man he had always been meant to be. Because he had finally found someone who mattered."

Tempt Me at Twilight is the third book in The Hathaways Series. The series features the lives and trials of the Hathaway family. Each book can be read as a stand-alone. Set in 1852 in London, Tempt Me at Twilight is the love story of Poppy Hathaway and the mysterious Harry Rutledge.

"And whenever your wife is angry...for God's sake, don't try l
Rachel Reads Ravenously
3.5 stars

“In the fairy tale you mentioned last night, I would probably be the villain. But it's possible the villain would treat you far better than the prince would have.”

Not bad.... but also not amazing. I've been on a Lisa Kleypas binge and I'm on the Hathaway's series. I actually am liking it more than the Wallflowers (please don't throw the tomatoes!) but this one wasn't as good as the others. I'm not saying it was bad either, but it fits perfectly into a 3.5 rating where I did enjoy
Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
4 The Princess and The Villain Stars

“Harry. You’re not supposed to court a girl by telling her you’re the villain.”-Poppy

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“I’m sure I’ve read too many fairy tales. The prince is supposed to slay the dragon, defeat the villain, and marry the servant girl, and carry her off to his castle.” “Fairy tales are best read as entertainment,” Harry said. “Not as a guide to life.” -Poppy and Harry

Temp Me At Twilight, the 3rd book in The Hathaway Series, was a great read. 3 books
Ms. Smartarse
Lisa Kleypas was my introduction to the Historical Romance genre, and to this day, the vast majority of such books I read are 'penned' by her. The Hathaway series however has never really hit it off with me, so much so that I've never even read the last book of the series. An upopular opinion, if I were to look at GoodReads trends.

In contrast, when it came to the books from the The Wallflower series, I have read and reread them numerous times. Still suffering from holiday blues, unable to conce
Jun 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of LK's Devil In Winter
Shelves: victorian-era
Poppy Hathaway longs for a normal life, although she loves her very unconventional family, she wants something more stable and safe, when she falls in love with a man she thinks can bring her happiness, is heartbroken when he turns her away for his title which leads her into scandal and the arms of …
Harry Rutledge, who is a well-known ruthless hotel owner, known to always gets what he wants “always” and when he lays eyes on Poppy he knows he must have her at any cost but when they marry they f
This review can also be found at Romantic Historical Reviews.

Tempt Me at Twilight, book three in Lisa Kleypas' The Hathaways series, is a little different from the previous books in the sense that we're no longer dealing with a couple where one comes from a different, or diverse, background. Amelia and Winnifred both found themselves marrying Romany men (Romany men who happen to share more than just heritage in common, but that's a spoiler!) but it's Poppy, the pretty but socially awkward si
Re-read with Lacey, who unlike me, loved this! As did all my friends. Seriously, I'm not hating on anyone who loved this, I just couldn't stand this book.

Down-grated from four to one stars after re-reading it again after about 4 years. All I can say is, my tastes have changed dramatically since then. There are a few things I no longer tolerate, and Harry basically did everything in his power to piss me off.

a) He breaks off Poppy and the man she loves and is engaged to on a whim, uhm, because he
Sam (AMNReader)
"just as a child of ten might act when you're far too old

You're not hopeless or helpless and I hate to sound cold...."

You know there are times the opening bars of this song ("You Don't Know What love Is (You Just Do as You're Told)," White Stripes if you aren't placing it) come up when I finish a romance and I have to figure out why. It just starts in my head. It fits many so well. Particularly those alpha holes. Well, this wasn't that for me.

My friend list is all over the map with this book. I'
♥  Sam ♥ ~S2~Im made of awesomness
This is not your ordinary review people!

I never imagined being so drawn into historical novels. NEVER.EVER. But Lisa Kleypas has done exactly that. I have been introduced into a world woman are treated different, men are superior and there are a different set of rules for everyone. It has captivated me to say the least.

But this got me thinking about what it really was like 150 years ago. These stories that we all read are all about balls, courting, dresses and chivalry but after taking a de
Juliana Philippa
She cleared her throat and sighed shortly. “Forgive me. I talk excessively. I shouldn’t—”

“No,” Harry said, overwhelmed by a baffling and unfamiliar emotion, white-knuckled with it. “I could listen to you all day.”
A solid Kleypas read with a wonderful "villain" hero and another charming Hathaway sister (cycling rating: 4 stars to 3.5 stars to 4 stars)

At last!! Another Kleypas novel - now we all just have to survive the wait for the story we've all been waiting for: Leo and "Marks" (or Catheri
Oct 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: hr, 3-stars
2.5 stars

This is my least favourite of the The Hathaways series, whereas I know a lot of people (including many of my GR friends) loved Tempt Me at Twilight.

I think between Kev and Win's heartbreaking tale and Leo and Kat's almost screwball-y relationship, Poppy and Harry's story remained somewhat bland. It didn't help that the pacing felt uneven, especially after their marriage. Poppy's character seemed inconsistent. I don't know what it was but I simply didn't get her; her feelings for Harry g

The Hathaway's are back and better than ever. This is the third instalment of this quirky, fun and unconventional family,that everywhere they go a scandal follows. This is one is about Poppy the intelligent and beautiful sister who is in London searching for a husband. The hunt is on!

Harry Ruthledge is an enigma in London everyone wants to know who is, where he’s from. Not everyone is privy to that information and that’s how he wants to keep it. He is a famous Hotelier a very
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Nov 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: historical romance fans, especially those who like a hero who needs "fixing"
It has been a very long time since I picked something up that wasn’t paranormal. But Kleypas’ work makes the transition easy! I’ve only said this about one other author, but whenever I read Kleypas’ books, I don’t feel like I’m reading. Her writing is always so smooth and flawless and every single line flows beautifully. Tempt Me at Twilight is such an enjoyable read! I found myself laughing out loud at some of the lines in here. I need to read the other books!

A large part of the reason why I en
I finally got to meet Medusa! Hurray! We have hedgieatkins for weight loss! There was intense Dodger ferret action and of course Poppy and Harry were just lovely. I had a great time and am now working up to the BIG hedgie book! This one was a total win and I can't believe I had these books on my TBR for YEARS and haven't read them.

I should listen to my friends more, they all kept telling me these books were great. :)
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it

“Would you say that you're a good man, Harry?"
He had to think about that. "No," he finally said. "In the fairy tale you mentioned last night, I would probably be the villain. But it's possible the villain would probably treat you far better than the prince would have.”

I enjoyed this one a lot more than I had anticipated! Harry, Harry, Harry. What a man! He would have been easy to hate, but oh so much easier to love. And what a fabulous seducer her was... whoa. So many great
Fani *loves angst*
Loved, loved, loved this one! What can I say? Much as I love a hero who'll fight his feelings till the very last page, I also adore those men who instantly recognize the right woman for them and do anything, and I mean ANYTHING, to hold on to her.
Harry will always have a special place in my heart and I have absolutely no doubt that I'll be re-reading this one in the future.

Dare I say that I don't have much expectations for Leo's and Miss Marks' story? I'm very reluctant to pick that one, since
Irene Sim
How I love all the Hathaways. Even Pandora and especially Dodger...
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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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  • Mine Till Midnight (The Hathaways, #1)
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  • Married By Morning (The Hathaways, #4)
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