Craven #1 Lilys Længsel
Title: Then Came You
Series: Craven #1
Author: Lisa Kleypas
Published in English: 1993
Dansk titel: Lilys Længsel
Dansk Udgivelsesår: 2019
Finished Reading: Marts 2019
Genre: Historical Fiction & Romance
This is my personal review without spoilers of the actual plot.
She thought her heart was safe, but …
Reckless, wild, and beautiful, Lily Lawson delights in shocking proper London society—and now she is determined to rescue her sister from an unwanted impending marriage to the notorious Alex, Lord Raiford, by fair means or foul. But while she succeeds outrageously, Alex is a master gamesman who is not to be undone.
Alex has lost one bride, yet he is enchanted by this remarkable lady who is willing to break any rule to flaunt her independence. When Lily offers him only scorn, he counters with kindness, and he parries her blistering barbs with gentle words and a soft, tender touch. The spirited miss will pay dearly for her interference—with her body, her soul, and her stubborn, unyielding heart. But will Alex’s own heart be the prize to be won in this sensuous game of love?
I’m not sure which books came out first, but this is the best Lisa Kleypas book I’ve ever read. In a way it doesn’t matter which came first, but as I’ve progressed through her books, I’ve noticed that they earlier books of hers are much better than the latter ones. I wasn’t a big fan of The Ravenels series; it’s as if her “spark” ran a little dim.
Lily Lawson is such a perfect character; she really stands out as one of my favorite heroines. This is Lily’s story and not the hero, Alex. I was laughing so much at times, I cried, she’s so perfect. Just as awesome as Annabelle Peyton in Secrets of a Summer Night. I’m sure that every one of Kleypas’ readers will fall in love with her instantaneously. Alex was awesome too no doubt about that, I loved his temper and they were an absolute perfect match. I believed the romance, I believed the characters they were flawless and the plot was entertaining. I wanted to flip the book over and reread it the minute I was done! It’s that good.
The writing was phenomenal and I felt a part of the story rather than a reader sitting with a book.
I wish the book was twice as long and that we’d spend more time on getting to know Derek since he was such an interesting character. The little we saw of him spoke to me, made me curious, I really wanted to get to know him too. As for Lily’s sister, I didn’t care for her one-bit nor Zachery for that matter, were they unnecessary for the development of the story? I felt so. The parents of Lily didn’t really speak to me as well. They were such a small part of the book so it didn’t bother me, but in a way, it helped me get to know Lily even more.
This was such a page-turner I wanted to finish it in one go, but unfortunately I had other things to do. There’s a second book in this series, and I’m going to get started right away.
I would recommend this or the Wallflower series if you are new to the genre, historical romances.
Worth every second of my time!