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Monday, February 6, 2017

Quote-tastic: Marrying Winterbourne by Lisa Kleypas

If you haven't read Lisa Kleypas yet, you just HAVE to!

Format: .mobi (Purchased)
Publisher: Avon
Release Date: May 31, 2016

A ruthless tycoon
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…

Marrying Mr. Winterborne

What’s it About? Businessman Rhys Winterbourne has worked hard and it’s paid off. He’s successful and extremely wealthy and used to getting whatever he wants. When he meets Lady Helen Ravenel he decides to make the sheltered but determined woman his wife. He even goes so far as to make sure the Ravenels won’t have any choice but to accept him as Helen’s husband. Meanwhile Helen has had little experience with the world outside of her family yet when she’s with Rhys her real personality comes out. But Helen has a secret that could ruin everything if Rhys finds out.

Describe the hero in five words: Ruthless. Stubborn. Loud. Gentle. Intelligent.
Did you like him? Yes!
Why? Rhys was such a bundle of characteristic traits! He was ruthless when he wanted something but at the same time he showed a gentle, fun, and considerate side of himself with Helen and her twin sisters. Those were the moments where I could see why Helen started falling in love with him because I was right there with her! He was this big, bear-like man (complete with a growly, grumpy nature) who scared the crap out of most people but not Helen. Rhys was charming in his own rough way and his moments of insecurity really sealed the deal for me.

Describe the heroine in five words: Kind. Patient. Stubborn. Intelligent. Caring.
Did you like her? Yes.
Why? I was nervous when I first met Helen in Cold Hearted Rake, she seemed so weak and malleable and then when Rhys appeared I thought It’s over. This pairing is going to be so unbalanced and Helen is going to go on my TSTL list but I was so wrong! Helen had a quiet strength that was just simmering and waiting to come out. She was definitely sneakier than Rhys when it came to getting what she wanted and she balanced out his rough edges with her calm but determined nature.
     “I’ve been ruined,” Helen added, perhaps a bit too cheerfully. But after twenty-one years of being shy and predictable and sitting quietly in corners, she had discovered an untoward enjoyment in shocking people.
How convincing were the main characters as a couple? Very convincing. Rhys and Helen had a connection from the moment they met in Cold Hearted Rake. I loved their dynamic in this book better though because Helen’s personality came out more and her chemistry with Rhys was stronger. Both characters were hiding aspects of their personalities that really made me believe in them as a couple. Rhys needed Helen as much as Helen needed Rhys. Their private moments together were what built their relationship and made it more than just a physical attraction.

Is there a “Scooby Gang” worth mentioning? Helen’s twin sisters Cassandra and Pandora were an endless source of entertainment. Pandora was my favorite though. She was smart, sarcastic, logical, and hell bent on paving her own way in life, no matter who objected. Where most people were afraid of Rhys, Pandora wasn’t. She had a direct way of seeing things and speaking her mind that was so charming. She brought her special brand of cheeky humor to every scene she was in.
      “How do you know that?” Rhys asked.
      “We have a book about it in the library,” Pandora said. “Crimes of Fallen Humanity. It’s all about terrible criminals and horrid gruesome punishments.”
      “We’ve read it at least three times,” Cassandra added.
     West regarded the twins with a frown before turning toward the settee and asking, “Should they be reading a book like that?”
      “No, they should not,” Kathleen said flatly. “I would have removed it, had I known it was there.”
     Pandora leaned toward Rhys and said conspiratorially, “She’s too short to see the books above the sixth shelf. That’s where we keep all the naughty ones.”
     West coughed in the effort to disguise a laugh, while Rhys stared down at the game board with sudden undue interest.

Then there was Garret Gibson, a woman ahead of her time whom I’m really hoping will get her own book because she was awesome and had some mad skills and confidence that really hooked me. I’d love to know more about this particular character. A close second is Rhys’ sort of friend, railroad magnate Tom Severin who seems to have zero emotional attachments and even less loyalty to people who are his friends. He sounds awful but I couldn’t hate him. Instead I felt there was a sad element to his words and his isolated life. He’s another character I’d love to know more about.
     Severin scowled. “Miss, I have to object—”
      “Dr. Gibson,” she said crisply.
      “Dr. Gibson,” he said, with an emphasis on the “Dr.” that sounded distinctly insulting. “This is Mr. Winterborne. The one with the department store. He needs to be treated by a real physician with experience and proper training, not to mention—”
      “A penis?” she suggested acidly. “I’m afraid I don’t have one of those. Nor is it a requirement for a medical degree. I am a real physician, and the sooner I treat Mr. Winterborne’s shoulder, the better it will go for him.”

How “Lost” did you get in the story? I couldn’t put down Rhys and Helen’s story until I knew how it ended!

There was so much to love about this romance, not just the main characters but their loved ones and new friends as well. There was laughter, light, and love aplenty and I couldn’t imagine Rhys and Helen not being together. I was living in this book from beginning to end!

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