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.