Craven #2 Saras Drøm
Title: Dreaming of You
Series: Craven #2
Author: Lisa Kleypas
Published in English: 1994
Dansk titel: Saras drøm
Dansk Udgivelsesår: 2019
Finished Reading: August 2019
Genre: Historical Fiction & Romance
This is my personal review without spoilers of the actual plot.
She stood at danger’s threshold—then love beckoned her in.
In the shelter of her country cottage, Sara Fielding puts pen to paper to create dreams. But curiosity has enticed the prim, well-bred gentlewoman out of her safe haven—and into Derek Craven’s dangerous world.
A handsome, tough and tenacious Cockney, he rose from poverty to become lord of London’s most exclusive gambling house—a struggle that has left Derek Craven fabulously wealthy, but hardened and suspicious. And now duty demands he allow Sara Fielding into his world—with her impeccable manners and her infuriating innocence. But here, in a perilous shadow-realm of ever-shifting fortunes, even a proper “mouse” can be transformed into a breathtaking enchantress—and a world-weary gambler can be shaken to his cynical core by the power of passion…and the promise of love.
I’m speechless, is this Lisa Kleypas’ work? I can’t really put my finger on what’s wrong here, but it doesn’t feel like her usual work. I get the sense that she took her time with this, it almost feels like she divided the book into several pieces and then, unsuccessful, merged it all together.
Sara is probably the character with the least bit of personality. Compared to Lily she’s a freaking statue. We spend so much time on her that the book became immensely boring and I felt like quitting the book before it barely started. Mr. Craven wasn’t as I expected either. He really did show his true colors to Lily only. Frankly, he was a bit of a mouthful and the way he reacted threw me off guard a few times and not in a good way. He was arrogant and probably the hero of any Kleypas book I like the least, but thank god, he ended up being tolerable at the end, otherwise this would have been a major fluke.
Sara never really develops into the kind of woman I expected her to be. She was excessively defensive; it was only toward the end that I felt some kind of personality from her.
Even the love that emerged between these two individuals seemed rushed, forces and unimaginable.
Lily did, without a doubt, save this book. She’s that light at the end of the tunnel, bringing life and hope into the equation. It’s the best move you ever made concerning this book, Kleypas, without Lily, this book would have gotten a zero.
Writing style is the same, the amount of drama is about the same as well, maybe a little more excessive than her other series. However, that Hero, Derek Craven, he really did destroy the book for me, if only it hadn’t have been so much about infidelity I would have liked this, maybe? I don’t know. These two characters just wasn’t for me, but I’m glad I finished this, because the ending is somewhat cute.