Married by Morning (Hathaways, #4): Review

Book: Married by Morning
Series: Hathaways, #4
Author: Lisa Kleypas
Reviewed by: Danielle
Rating: 5/5 stars

Lisa Kleypas is by far my favorite romance writer. She has a gift for storytelling, for sweeping her readers off their feet, and for making Regency England come alive so much so that you wish you could go back in time and experience it yourself. You want to fall in love while dancing a waltz with a man who’s wearing a cravat and pantaloons and brooding over the fact that he can’t rip off your corset then and there and “take” you. (Or maybe that last bit is just me.) With all the romance novels out there today, you would think the genre would have become stale and too predictable by now; not so with Ms. Kleypas. Her stories are fun, absorbing, and also character-driven. This last is the major reason why her books are so successful: her heroines are women you root for and admire, strong yet vulnerable, independent but passionate. But let’s be honest: it’s the heroes we truly care about, and Kleypas knows how to create the most swoon-worthy, sigh-inducing gentlemen. From the dashing Simon Hunt to the brooding cockney Derek Craven to the delectably charming Sebastian St. Vincent, Kleypas has a knack for making you fall in love all over again with each book. It’s a testament to her talent that she can create completely different but equally endearing heroes.

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Secrets of a Summer Night (Wallflowers, #1): Review

Book: Secrets of a Summer Night
Series: Wallflowers, #1
Author: Lisa Kleypas
Reviewed by: Danielle
Rating: 5/5 stars

Before I start to gush, let me get something out of the way first: I don’t read romance novels. That is, I hadn’t before I became addicted to Lisa Kleypas’ wonderful Wallflowers series. The only introduction to the genre I’ve had previously is the first two books of the Outlander series, and many would tell you emphatically that those cannot be categorized as romance. But that’s a different story. Truth be told, I would avoid this section of book stores with its steamy book covers like the plague. I had preconceived notions as to the quality of writing I would find in those books and so steered clear.

However, I’m not anything if not romantic, so I find it odd that I’ve just now discovered quality writing in the romance genre. Who knew that all you had to do was look (or ask a friend, in this instance). I’ll admit that the writing is no Jane Austen or Virginia Woolf, but Lisa Kleypas’ breezy series is well-written, with strong (and swoon-worthy) characters, precious love stories, and heartfelt passion. Kleypas knows how to weave a story and how to satisfy her readers while also keeping them engaged on the edge of their seats, hearts thumping. I acknowledged numerous times throughout the series how skillfully she keeps two characters apart for just enough time to tantalize and make her readers squirm, and then brings them together again at just the right moment with fires blazing. Continue reading