Thursday, August 25, 2016

Marrying Winterborne (The Ravenels #2) Lisa Kleypas

Marrying Winterborne by Lisa Kleypas

Release: Mary 31st, 2016
Romance Subgenre: Historical Romance
Series: The Ravenels #2

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

Character Study
“Ain’t no hero like a Kleypas hero.”

Truer words may never have been spoken. When a friend told me that a good place to start with historicals would be Lisa Kleypas’ Wallflowers series I never expected to honestly and completely love each and every one of those books. However, I do. I adore them wholeheartedly. So I kinda surprised myself by not diving into her newer series, The Ravenels, right away. I’m on that train now though! I liked the first book in the series, Cold-Hearted Rake. But let me tell you, the second book was pure magic. Marrying Winterborne is funny, and touching, and erotic and most of all it was really, really satisfying. I’ve reread it at least a half a dozen times in the past month.

The heroine of Marrying Winterborne, Helen, plays the piano. After seducing her soon-to-be-husband, Rhys, he promises her a piano. Rhys is struck with the image of her playing just for him and imagines her fingers gliding across the keys. So naturally I did a deep, deep dive into Victorian era parlor music. The curated soundtrack for Marrying Winterborne are some of my favorite pieces that were played during that era in the parlors of those wealthy enough to own a piano. Since Helen loves to play and she even exchanged her original, priceless diamond engagement ring for something smaller that would allow her to play more easily, I took a guess and decided that she would have an amazing musical ability along with lots of time to enjoy practice. Thus, the pieces aren’t very novice-friendly but they certainly are beautiful.


What did you think of Marrying Winterborne?
Are there any songs that remind you of Rhys, Helen and their HEA?

About Lisa Kleypas
LISA KLEYPAS is the RITA award-winning author of 21 novels. Her books are published in fourteen languages and are bestsellers all over the world. She lives in Washington State with her husband and two children.

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