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This week's quote: Is from Tempt Me At Twilight by Lisa Kleypas. Each book in the series is a standalone, complete story but combined they also give the reader a front seat view of the Hathaway family’s unique dynamic and deep loyalty to one another. There are so many moments between the characters throughout the series that it was hard to pick one for this week. Since I’m currently re-reading the third book I thought I’d pick two quotes from this one. The first one takes place after Poppy’s recent marriage. Something happens between her and her husband, hotel magnate Harry Rutledge that sends Poppy running to her brother Leo. What ensues is pure Leo.
“You’ve left Rutledge?”
“You lasted a week longer than I expected,” he said, not unkindly. “What’s happened?”
“Well, to start with—” Poppy tried to sound pragmatic even though her eyes watered. “I’m not a virgin anymore.”
Leo gave her a mock-shamed glance. “Neither am I,” he confessed.
A reluctant giggle escaped her.
Leo rummaged in his coat for a handkerchief, without success. “Don’t cry, darling. I have no handkerchief, and in any case, virginity is nearly impossible to find once you’ve lost it.”
“That’s not why I’m weepy,” she said, blotting her wet cheek on his shoulder. “Leo . . . I’m in a muddle. I need to think about some things. Will you take me to Hampshire?”
The second happens almost as soon as Leo and Poppy are on their way back to Hampshire and the rest of the Hathaways. Poppy is insisting on talking to Leo about her marital problems.
Poppy shook her head morosely. “I’ve never had such mixed-up feelings about anyone. I don’t understand him. Tonight in bed, he—”
“Wait,” Leo said. “Some things are better discussed between sisters. I’m sure this is one of them. We’ll reach Ramsay House by morning, and you can ask Amelia anything you like.”
“I don’t think she would know anything about this.”
“Why not? She’s a married woman.”
“Yes, but it’s . . . well . . . a masculine problem.”
Leo blanched. “I wouldn’t know anything about that, either. I don’t have masculine problems. In fact, I don’t even like saying the phrase ‘masculine problems.’ ”
“Oh.” Crestfallen, Poppy pulled a lap blanket over herself.
“Damn it. What exactly are we calling a ‘masculine problem’? Did he have trouble running the flag up? Or did it fall to half-staff?”
“Do we have to speak about this metaphorically, or—”
“Yes,” Leo said firmly.
Poppy Hathaway loves her unconventional family, though she longs for normalcy. Then fate leads to a meeting with Harry Rutledge, an enigmatic hotel owner and inventor with wealth, power, and a dangerous hidden life. When their flirtation compromises her own reputation, Poppy shocks everyone by accepting his proposal―only to find that her new husband offers his passion, but not his trust.
Harry was willing to do anything to win Poppy―except to open his heart. All his life, he has held the world at arm's length…but the sharp, beguiling Poppy demands to be his wife in every way that matters. Still, as desire grows between them, an enemy lurks in the shadows. Now if Harry wants to keep Poppy by his side, he must forge a true union of body and soul, once and for all.
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