There is no greater enemy of virtue than a charming Welshman.
Published: May 31, 2016
Pages/Length: Approximately 11 hours (eAudio)
Series: The Ravenels #2
As she had once told Kathleen, sometimes one had to love something before it became lovable.
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
Hello all! I have discovered the joy that is a Lisa Kleypas novel and I’m never going to look at HR the same way again.
HR is, admittedly, a newer genre for me, but it’s one I’ve come to absolutely adore. There’s just something so comforting to me about a good romance which takes place in a time where it was simpler (in terms of technology) and a woman gets to carve out her own place in her life. I think HR is very feminist centered and I appreciate that; I love my alpha bad-boy romances but I also love to see a female MC prosper.
I have to admit that I was a little skeptical about this book going in because of the way Cold-Hearted Rake ends (review for that, here!). Helen and Rhys get engaged and have some… problems, in the first book. I was a little concerned about how this book was going to go just considering that fact that there wasn’t going to be a lead up to them being engaged as they already were. I made the comment previously that this book series has so far reminded me of a soap opera and I think this novel really cemented that for me because yes, we did get an engagement in the previous book, but this one really builds on that in a way that isn’t boring or slow. In fact, I really love that these stories (so far) blend into one another and that we still get the impact of each individual story, but we get to see the family unit as a whole, too.
I loved both main characters in this and I felt they really complimented one another. Rhys was kind of that stereotypical alpha male; very rich, very entitled, total jerk in a very endearing way. Helen was more quiet and reserved, but she was determined to do what was right and get her own happy ending. They were total opposites but together worked so well and I loved their interactions and getting to see them together. I do love a good jerk hero and sweet heroine story, so the opposites attract portion of this story really was what made it a great romance to me.
We do, of course, get another little side story here that helps propel the story along when some striking family secrets are revealed. What follows is a lot of heartbreak, resolve, and some tension. Helen mostly goes it alone for a portion of the book in terms of this mystery but is able to bring Rhys in in the end and they work it out accordingly. However, there was a lot of smaller plot twists here and there that actually really surprised me and I thought it was a very interesting and original plot line.
Again, it goes without saying that Lisa Kleypas can write a damn good novel and the way she’s able to blend the sweet and sexy and emotional and humorous parts of their relationship/family really makes this series what it is. She’s able to write such a tangible story and give these really lush details that make it feel like I’m a member of the Ravenel family, watching all this play out, too. And the narrator for these audiobooks, Mary Jane Wells, can damn sure read an audiobook for me any day. She’s phenomenal! I was dying laughing any time she did Lady Barrick’s voice because it was absolutely spot on to what I would have pictured. This was a great book and an ever better audiobook and I can’t wait to read more in this series!
The Ravenels Series