Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Review - Tempt Me at Twilight by Lisa Kleypas
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Format: NOOKbook (eBook) , 384 pages
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 her new husband offers his passion, but not his trust.
And she was everything he needed.
Harry was willing to do anything to win Poppy—except to open his heart. All his life, he has held the world at arm’s length…but the sharp, beguiling Poppy demands to be his wife in every way that matters. Still, as desire grows between them, an enemy lurks in the shadows. Now if Harry wants to keep Poppy by his side, he must forge a true union of body and soul, once and for all.
I loved this book. This is the third in Ms. Kleypas' Hathaway series. I read the first, Mine 'til Midnight, which was also wonderful but I liked this one even better. I haven't been able to find the second in the series, so haven't read that one as yet, but will.
Poppy Hathaway is exactly the kind of character I like - strong! Poppy is in love with an aristocratic boy (as Harry Rutledge accurately deems him) named Michael Bayning. She is certain that they will marry and live out the 'normal' life she craves. Well, Michael's father does not approve of the match because he sees Poppy and her family as beneath them. Heartbroken, Poppy wants to return to her family home in Hampshire. Her brother Leo convinces her that she must attend the final ball of the London season in order to return with dignity. Begrudgingly, Poppy agrees to attend the ball.
The reclusive and secretive Harry Rutledge decides to attend the ball, as well. He is there only to ask permission to properly court Poppy. She is flattered but quite taken aback. She and Harry hardly know one another. They have spent time around one another on two occasions. Granted, they were intriguing encounters but Poppy is heartbroken and in need of time to heal.
The story that continues on from the ball is one filled with humor, heart and a few tears. Poppy and Harry must learn to trust one another - and even forgive - on their road to love and their happy ending.
I definitely give this book an A and look forward to reading the rest of the Hathaway series.