Their Lives Defy Convention.
When an unexpected inheritance elevates her family to the ranks of the aristocracy, Amelia Hathaway discovers that attending to her younger sisters and wayward brother was easy compared to navigating the intricacies of the ton. Even more challenging: the attraction she feels for the tall, dark, and dangerously handsome Cam Rohan.
Their Desire Consumes Them Both…
Wealthy beyond most men’s dreams, Cam has tired of society’s petty restrictions and longs to return to his “uncivilized” Gypsy roots. When the delectable Amelia appeals to him for help, he intends to offer only friendship-but intentions are no match for the desire that blindsides them both. But can a man who spurns tradition be tempted into that most time-honored arrangement: marriage? Life in London society is about to get a whole lot hotter…
I like to warn people when I’m about to get all fangirly and gushy. I think it’s just the polite thing to do so that anyone who is put off by such behaviour has a chance to busy themselves with something else. So… be warned: there will be fangirling.
I LOVED THIS BOOK. SO MUCH.
Everything. There is not a single thing I didn’t like. And as I read, I found myself wondering, why the hell haven’t I read anything by Lisa Kleypas before?!?! I love all things romance, and this book has it in spades. And it wasn’t that whole “I’ll die for you” type romance that’s been done so many times. This was the kind of romance that doesn’t seem to happen very much anymore. It was just… sweet, you know? Not sickly sweet, but the kind of sweet that makes you want to cry because, dammit!, I want one of those! It was such a beautiful story that there were moments where I had a lump in my throat.
The Hathaways are one hell of an awesome family. As an only child, I love reading about the strong bonds between siblings so that factor made this book even better for me. Despite all the crap that the Hathaways have had to deal with, when trouble comes knocking they stick together. Let me briefly introduce you to each of the siblings.
Beatrix is the youngest sister and she is a riot! She’s a perceptive little thing with a penchant for wild animals. Next oldest is Poppy. She’s a beautiful girl who could have the ton in the palm of her hand if the Hathaways had any money for her to have a season. Win is the middle child, and she’s recovering from a recent bout of scarlet fever. This has left her physically weakened and unlikely to ever get married and have children. Merripen is the Hathaways’ adopted brother and he has it bad for Win. I’ll talk about these two later. I think they may have been my favourite part of this book. The oldest Hathaway sibling, and only male in the Hathaway brood, is Leo. He also came down with scarlet fever and lost his fiancee to the disease. As a result he’s been a bit distant with his sisters. Then there’s Amelia, our leading lady. As the oldest sister sister, she sees it as her responsibility to care for her siblings and make sure they don’t cause too much trouble. She likes to manage everything. Moving on to our hero: Cam Rohan. Wow. Just… wow. He was such a legend. Bossy but not overbearing. Sexy and seductive but mindful of Amelia’s inexperience. He was, in a word, perfect.
The story starts with Amelia enlisting Merripen’s help in finding Leo, who’s gone AWOL. They go looking for him at his favourite gentleman’s club, where he’s been gambling away the family’s money. There she and Merripen meet the mysterious Cam Rohan. Cam finds himself intrigued by prim young miss and her Gypsy guard. So he decides to ride around London, assisting her in the search for her irresponsible big brother. They find him eventually, none the worse for wear, and before Amelia can leave, Cam steals a kiss. The two don’t expect to see each other again, but fate has other plans. In an effort to get Leo to sober up, Amelia decides to move the family to their country estate. She thinks that getting the family out of London can only be a good thing. There’s only one problem: Cam is having an stay visit at the estate next door. And no matter how hard Amelia tries to avoid him, Cam is having none of it. Amelia isn’t Cam’s normal type, but he can’t seem to bring himself to stay away from her…
Now I have to mention the side story: the budding romance between Win and Merripen. Their’s is a love that can’t happen. He’s a Gypsy, she’s part of the aristocracy. Merripen’s lived with the Hathaway family as an older brother for years. Win still hasn’t fully recovered from her brush with death, and the doctors doubt that she ever will. And yet… they want each other. There’s nothing like a hopeless cause, huh? I just have to share this with you. It’s a conversation between the Hathaway sisters regarding the impossibility of Win and Merripen’s situation:
“I hope she doesn’t know,” Beatrix ventured. “It would be dreadfully sad if she did.”
Amelia and Poppy both glanced at their younger sister quizzically. “Do you know what we’re talking about, Bea?”
“Yes, of course. Merripen’s in love with her. I knew it a long time ago, from the way he washed her window.”
“Washed her window?” both older sisters asked at the same time.
“Yes, when we lived in the cottage at Primrose Place. Win’s room had a casement window that looked out onto the big maple tree-do you remember? After the scarlet fever, when Win couldn’t get out of bed for the longest time and she was too weak to hold a book, she would just lie there and watch a birds’ nest on one of the tree limbs. She saw the baby swallows hatch and learn to fly. One day she complained that the window was so dirty, she could barely see through it, and it made the sky look grayish. So from then on, Merripen always kept the glass spotless. Sometimes he climbed a ladder to wash the outside, and you know how afraid of heights he is. You never saw him do that?”
“No,” Amelia said with difficulty, her eyes stinging. “I didn’t know he did that.”
“Merripen said the sky should always be blue for her,” Beatrix said.
Seriously, if that last little bit doesn’t pull at your heart strings then you are made of stone!
I just want to mention the love scenes real quick. I imagine that it’s pretty hard to write a good love scene. Getting the limbs in the right place, and conveying the right emotion must be difficult. Same with writing an erotic love scene. There’s got to be a line between “erotic” and “smut”. Somehow Kleypas has managed to write love scenes that are sensual and conveyed the depth of emotion felt by the characters. I was completely in awe of this woman’s writing. If you haven’t read this book yet, I strongly recommend that you do. You will not regret it!!! You can buy it at Diesel’s ebook store.
Okay… I think I’m done. Hope everyone’s having a good Monday!