Lisa Kleypas is a New York best selling author and she has more than 19 books published.
The only question I want to ask after reading her book ‘Seduce me at sunrise’ is ‘Where were you for so long?’
Seduce me at sunrise is the second book in the series.
Although i like to read books in the order they are published, I make an exception for romance books. It really doesn’t matter, does it?
Okay, so onto the premise.
Win and Kev Merripen have known each other since childhood. They both are in love with each other since Win’s father rescued him from the brink of death when he was a boy.
After some years Win is infected with Scarlet fever which leaves her sick for more than 2 years. Win’s family sends her to France to a facility for treatment. Although Win and Kev both love each other dearly, Kev does not express his love to her when she is about to leave for the treatment. Although he loves Win he does not confess his love to her because he thinks he does not deserve her and she is better off with someone else. She leaves for France heartbroken.
She returns 2 years later with the doctor in tow. Although Kev has hardened (even more) during her absence, he is jealous (obviously). The rest of the story is basically how both of them get together and how Kev finally confesses his love for Win. Considering this is a romance book, this is hardly a spoiler.
Kev is a typical hero. Tough and arrogant. Win is the total opposite of him. Here is a passage from the book that describes it so well.
‘Let’s look at the situation honestly, Win. You have nothing in common with him. You’re a lovely, sensitive, literate woman, and he’s…Merripen. He likes to chop wood for entertainment. And apparently it falls to me to point out the delicate truth that some couples are well-suited in the bedroom but not anywhere else.”
Is it sufficient to say that I loved Kev and Win? And their chemistry is just awesome. Lisa Kleypas writes really beautiful stories and makes you believe them as well. For e.g. When Win isdown with scarlet fever and had very less chance to live, kev gives her an experimental herb to drink which is enough to kill a person if taken in large amount. He keeps some of it aside so that if the herb does kill her, he will drink the rest and die as well. Now, i think this is funny. But while reading the book, you absolutely believe it. That’s the beauty of the story.
I loved all the characters in the book. There is Amelia, Win’s eldest sister and Cam, her husband. I am assuming the first book in the series is their story. Then there are 2 younger sisters, Poppy and Beatrix. And finally there is Leo, the brother. I guess there is going to be a book for each of the characters. I really hope so.
The one who actually stole my heart was Leo. The chemistry, perhaps non-chemistry between him and the governess is fantastic. Leo is a very funny character and the author has laid a foundation, I hope, for the next book. I would really love to read more about Leo.
Having said this, I have a few complaints. First of all after I think the book should have ended where Win and Kev express their undying love for each other. The author should have carried the story forward for only 10 pages or so after that. But she used some 100 pages to tie up all the loose ends. The connection between Cam and Win was not really necessary. Cam had his own book right? I want to read only about Win and Kev, or Leo perhaps 🙂
Also, Kev was sometimes called as Merripen, Leo was also called as Ramsay and Cam was referred to as Rohan. It really confused me for almost half of the book. Then I got used to it.
But overall I loved this book and I am certainly looking forward to reading the next in the series. If you love historical romances, you should not miss this one.
Thank you Jessica for the book.
so glad you liked it. And you are the first person I have seen to admit the names confused you. Well, you know what? They confused the hell out of me as well. I kept having to “manually” remind myself that Win was a woman (I have two good male friends named Win) and Kev was Merripen.
Loved this book and am a huge fan of Kleypas’s. My personal fave is Devil in Winter but SM@S is a close second to it.
I read a few books by Lisa and really enjoyed them. I’ve not read this book yet, but will definitely add it to my wishlist! Have you read her Bow Runners series? They’re great!
Jessica: I am glad I am not the only one 🙂
Sybil, Melody: This is my first Lisa Kleypas book. As romance is my fav genre, I guess I was living under a rock 🙂
Thanks for the suggestions though…
Hey, you won this book at Jessica’s site?! Cool! 😀
I haven’t read this, and don’t reckon I will. I’ve stopped reading Kleypas – Scandal In Spring was the last book (of hers) that I read.
Oh…Why did you stop reading Kleypas, Jace? Was ‘Scandal in Spring’ that bad? 🙂
Glad you enjoyed. Not sure it’s quite my thing…
Violet, no, I didn’t stop reading Kleypas because Scandal In Spring was bad. 🙂 I think it was the cumulative effect … I had been reading Kleypas for a long time (all her historicals, right up to SIS) and I kind of “fell out of love” with her writing. 😦 Then she moved on to contemporaries and I didn’t follow, so that was that.
Guess what, Violet? I bought this book two days ago and I sneaked a peek and was wowed by the first few pages… I can foresee that it’d be an enjoyable read and I can’t wait to dive into it, but first let me get through my other TBR books first. *sigh*
Melody: I really hope you like the entire book. I just bought the first book in the series ‘Mine till midnight’ and I want to read it so badly. But I’ll try to finish some other books first 🙂
Violet- Mine Till Midnight was actually the 1st book I read of Kleypas and I was hooked. I have read 3 of the 5 books in the series. On the waiting list at the library for the last 2 😦 I have since read a few other of her books and find her stories engaging. Smooth Talking Stranger, Sugar Daddy & Blue Eyed Devil were all good too. I listed to those on audio book. Another author I have found because of audio books (listen to while working out) is Linda Howard. After the Night and Death Angel were just two that I really enjoyed. Back to Kleypas, I think that the double names were a little confusing however, people who are from another religion/race/tribe have their birth names and when they socialize with others they are usually given a modern name. I kind of wish I had another name with a different meaning/history. Enjoy your reading!
Well, starting with the second book in the series could cause a problem. But the author, Lisa Kleypas, does explain at length in both Mine til Midnight and Seduce Me at Sunrise why the characters use their “last” names and why Cam and Kev are “secret names”. Lord Ramsey otherwise known as Leo should not be confusing to anyone that reads historicals on a regular basis. The connection that you found disjointed was not the connection that you should have made…it was not a connection between Cam and Win it was between CAM AND KEV, they are long lost blood brothers. The end of Seduce Me at Sunrise tied up the tattoos and the brothers connection and their new found inheritance. I seem that the blogger didn’t read the book entirely if that connection was missed and then complained about in this blog.
You know what? There was absolutely no mention that this was the second book in the series on this book. So it should be expected that people who do no know about this will have a problem with it.
I know what happens at the end of the book and I know why it was written in the first place but I still think such a huge explanation was unnecessary. I have read the first book in the series now and I still maintain that I got confused with the names. I have never said that she shouldn’t have done it. I am just saying it confused me. I don’t understand why you are so worked up about a couple of “not so good” lines I said about the book. If you had bothered to read the review carefully, you might have noticed that I loved the book.
I love the chemistry between merripen and win, they are complementary with each other. I am also looking forward to leo’s story.
Nice review. I really like how Lisa kleypas establish the connection between cam and kev.
I read all of Lisa’s books… she is one of my top favorite authors… and Win & Kiv’s story is among my favorite… the passion is just out of this world… and I love all of The Hathaways, they are the funniest family ever! One of my favorite quotes:
“All the fires of hell could burn for a thousand years and it wouldn’t equal what I feel for you in one minute of the day. I love you so much there is no pleasure in it. Nothing but torment. Because if I could dilute what I feel for you to the millionth part, it would still be enough to kill you. And even if it drives me mad, I would rather see you live in the arms of that cold, soulless bastard than die in mine.”