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Love in the Afternoon (Lisa Kleypas, Hathaways #5)

4.5 out of 5 stars

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Though I didn’t originally expect to like this book, it ended up being one of my favorite Kleypas novels.  Love in the Afternoon is a clever spin on the Cyrano de Bergerac tale: an eccentric animal lover takes on the identity of her beautiful, rather shallow friend and writes consoling letters to a lonely soldier.  It is an entirely engrossing and readily repeatable read – though the protagonists fall in love with each other rather quickly, there are the requisite mistaken identifies and assumptions to get through, and the main characters are so nimbly drawn and layered that you’ll be sad when the novel ends.
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Seduce Me at Sunrise (Lisa Kleypas, Hathaways #2)

4 out of 5 stars

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Kev Merripen and Win Hathaway have practically grown up together, and though they are clearly intensely attracted and drawn to one another, they both seem to fight it – he because he doesn’t feel like he’s worthy (being a gypsy) and she because she’s always been too sickly to really commit to a relationship. They’re more brooding, inwardly driven characters than what I’m used to with Kleypas, and the overall effect is that this book a little darker and less entertaining, than usual. It’s still a well written, compelling read, just in a slightly more stereotypical Romeo and Juliet vein. I recommend it, just not quite as enthusiastically as some of her other works.

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Mine Till Midnight (Lisa Kleypas, Hathaways #1)

4.5 out of 5 stars

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Mine Till Midnight has all of the great things you would expect from a Kleypas novel – well developed characters who go through a believable internal struggle on their way towards finding everlasting love, flashes of humor, believable quasi-villains, enough details to really root you in the time period, and a delightful supporting cast.  More than that, it’s a wonderful introduction to the Hathaway family, a great opening novel featuring a strong, more mature female who’s used to being the head of the household, and, in a very creative well-done way, a male protagonist who’s not an earl, viscount or even strictly English.  With Cam Rohan, we have an untraditional gypsy hero, who really breathes life and vitality back into the more traditional regency romance.
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