on May 31st 2016
Genres: Romance, Historical
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A ruthless tycoon
Savage ambition has brought common-born Rhys Winterborne vast wealth and success. In business and beyond, Rhys gets exactly what he wants. And from the moment he meets the shy, aristocratic Lady Helen Ravenel, he is determined to possess her. If he must take her virtue to ensure she marries him, so much the better . . .
A sheltered beauty
Helen has had little contact with the glittering, cynical world of London society. Yet Rhys's determined seduction awakens an intense mutual passion. Helen's gentle upbringing belies a stubborn conviction that only she can tame her unruly husband. As Rhys's enemies conspire against them, Helen must trust him with her darkest secret. The risks are unthinkable . . . the reward, a lifetime of incomparable bliss. And it all begins with . . .
Marrying Mr. Winterborne
This is the Lisa Kleypas that I know and love. When she is writing at the top of her game, no one compares, and I am thrilled to report that Lisa Kleypas is writing at the top of her game! The best part of the first book in this series, Cold Hearted Rake, was Rhys Winterborne and Lady Helen, so I have been eagerly awaiting their book, Marrying Winterborne!
Rhys Winterborne is the quintessential Kleypas hero: a self-made and filthy rich entrepreneur, who lives with shame and doesn’t feel like he will ever be worthy. Rhys nearly died after a horrible accident in the first book, and it was only Lady Helen who could sooth him and eventually nursed him back to health.
Lady Helen is just the type of heroine that I like best: sweet, caring, thoughtful, selfless, protective, and courageous. She sets out to have Rhys, and won’t let him turn her away. I love that Helen knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to reach for it (or HIM in this case)!
Rhys decides that the only way to ensure that Lady Helen will remain his forever is to ruin her. Helen, because she wants Rhys (and more importantly), trusts him, agrees. Their first love scene is one that I read twice through during my first read. Lisa Kleypas has a way of conveying emotion in her love scenes that is all-to-rare in romance novels today.
Their union is so perfect that I wondered how Lisa Kleypas would be able to get a story out of this destined couple, but oh how she can weave a tale!! Conflict, misunderstanding, secrets, and villains from the past all creep to the surface and give this couple a run for their money. Luckily, in the hands of this author, I had no fears that somehow Rhys and Helen would find their perfect happily ever after.
When all the misunderstandings are cleared up, the Winterborne family that is created had me in happy tears! It was poetic, beautiful, and very memorable. Rhys Winterborne has solidified himself as another favorite hero!
Several new characters are introduced in this book and I eagerly anticipate the lovely and respectable Dr. Gibson’s book! Pandora’s book is up next, and I am doing a happy dance that one of my favorite couples Evie and Sebastian from Devil in Winter will make their presence known in the next book, Devil in Spring, which is due out in February 2017!
We should count ourselves so lucky that Lisa Kleypas is back to writing historical romance. NO ONE does it better!