Ravenel #2 Lady Helens løfte
Title: Marrying Winterborne
Series: The Ravenels #2
Author: Lisa Kleypas
Published in English: 2016
Dansk titel: Lady Helens løfte
Dansk Udgivelsesår: 2019
Forlag: Pretty Ink
Finished Reading: May 2019
Genre: Historical Fiction & Romance
This is my personal review without spoilers of the actual plot.
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…
This book was better than the first, whilst the first was freaking awesome, this one takes the rank of the best in the series so far. Helen is such a delightful character and I love her to death. This is your typical Kleypas’ story. It’s funny, romantic, thoughtful and steaming hot with passion. I barely have anything bad to say about any of the books I’ve read of hers and she’s on par with Lucinda Riley when it comes to favorite authors.
Helen and Rhys are strong characters making this book very entertaining. They are the perfect main characters, supported by extremely likeable supporting characters such as Pandora, Cassandra, West and Dr. Gibson. They are all characters in dying to get to know more about. Comparing Helen from the first book until now, you see an enormous growth in her character. She’s bold, courageous and her way of thinking. She’s the least self-centered person you’ll ever get to meet and I could easily feel her emotions coming of the pages. She’s truly a character you wish good stuff would happen for and the ending to the story was textbook material.
This series reminds me so much about The Wallflower and The Hathaways and it’s amazing to revisit some of our bellowed characters. If I’m not mistaken, some of the children the main characters of the other series gets will be a part of this series as well.
Kleypas’ romantic scenes in the bedroom has become more steamy and the chemistry between the couples are becoming more detailed and erotic, I like her development in writing, brings the characters a bit more to life getting these details. It really suits her work.
The attention to detail in this book is unbelievable. It’s almost as if Kleypas’ invented a time machine, traveled back to 1800’s London and observed all the clothing the men and women wore. She sets the perfect tone and I couldn’t get enough.
If I have to point out one negative thing about the book, it was the pace of the beginning of the book. I had a little trouble getting into pace, but quickly I was swooped and nearly finished the reading in one go.
If you haven’t read any of Lisa Kleypas’ work, you’ve missed some very nice characters and many hours of enjoyment. Definitely recommendable!