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.
There are some books that are so good you wonder how the author did it. The relationship in this book was always going to be a brilliant one, as both characters were introduced in the previous book, and they were total opposites.
But it’s more than that. It’s the plotting and the timing and the subtle clues threaded throughout. It’s the way a character says something just a little odd, and then you find out chapters later there was a reason for it.
It’s the way the female characters are portrayed as complex, and it’s the way the child featured acts more like a real child than any other I can recall in romance fiction.
And it is about the hero and heroine.
My favourite Lisa Kleypas heroes are the self-made men. I have been fascinated by the relationship between Simon Hunt and Annabelle Peyton (Secrets of a Summer Night) for years, and the relationship in Marrying Winterborne is similar – yet different.
The Victorian era was about massive change, and there is no better way to illustrate that than by pairing an aristocrat with someone who rose from virtually nothing.
There is a powerful relationship at the centre of this book, and it is one that will keep you turning the pages. That is THE MAIN reason to read it. Marrying Winterborne has something to it few authors can capture.
The research is also incredibly good, and – while never in-your-face – at the same time, it is astonishing. There is a reason this is my favourite time period. The rapid changes with technology, and the endlessly ingenious inventions.
One of my favourite reads. Highly recommended.