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    Lisa Kleypas Always Tempts Me
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  • Published: Sep 22nd, 2009

Twilight_KleypasTempt Me At Twilight by Lisa Kleypas
Book #3 in the Hathaway Series
Reviewed by Marisa O’Neill
Publisher: St. Martin’s
4.5 Stars

Dear Reader:

Short Review: Two words: Lisa. Kelypas. Need I say more?  I don’t think so. But if you insist, read the Long Review.

Long Review: I find it particularly hard to write reviews of books by my favorite authors. It’s all so tedious when all I can think of is superlatives. But since I’ve read the book, and perhaps you haven’t I’ll go on.  For those of you who are Lisa Kleypas fans, you’ve most likely already read this book, or your about to buy the book. So this review is directed to readers who have not yet read a Lisa Kleypas book, which can only mean you don’t read romance or, dare I say it, may not have enjoyed a Kleypas book you’ve read in the past. So, to you I say, give her Hathaway series a try, trust me, I think you’ll enjoy it.

One of the things Ms. Kleypas is very good at is creating characters you want to get to know and you also want to know more about them. And so when she writes a continuing series you have the great pleasure of visiting characters over and over again. Secondly, Ms. Kleypas is a master at romance.  She does it every time. No exaggeration. Her heroes and heroines captivate and delight, their romance is, well for want of a better word, romantic, in the best sense of the word. I can think of no higher praise. In short, she writes a damn good book. One that you want to keep and re-read. Simple, yes?  You need more?

Tempt Me at Twilight is set in Victorian England and is the 3rd book in the Hathaway series and features the eccentric Hathaway family. Eccentric in a good way, filled with ‘love and laughter in the face of adversity’ kind of way. We were introduced to this close knit family in the first book, Mine Till Midnight and again in Seduce Me at Sunrise. Tempt Me at Twilight is about the third daughter, Poppy Hathaway, and all Poppy wants to be is normal. Normal. No cute eccentricities. No drama. Just plain, live her life, get married, have children, live to a ripe old age and watch her grandchildren play kind of normal.  When she is beset by scandal, you know those Victorians, almost anything constitutes scandal, she is faced with the prospect of having to marry Harry Rutledge. Harry is a rich, mysterious and powerful hotel owner.  He’s also the villain of this book. Ooh, intrigue.  And there you have it. As I said simple. But not in the hands of Lisa Kleypas, the acerbic wit, snappy dialogue, engaging characters (and, did I mention romance?) are trademark Kleypas and a winner. The thing that Lisa Kleypas excels at is the development of the relationship between her hero and heroine, and this book is no exception. Watching both Poppy and Harry get to really know one another and develop an understanding of each other is the core of this book.

So dear reader, if you’re looking for a romance book set in Victorian England about a family that loves each other with all their heart, is well meaning, supportive, a bit crazy, and a lot different, with a heroine who yearns for a simple and uncomplicated life and a hero who is accustomed to getting everything he wants and damn the consequences, and a marriage that takes not only work but honesty and eventually an abiding love, a book that is beautifully written, might I suggest Tempt Me at Twilight.

Yours truly,


11 Responses to “Lisa Kleypas Always Tempts Me”

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  1. Andrea
    on Sep 22nd, 2009
    @ 5:59 am

    Must. Get. This. Book. Today!! Great review, Marisa!

  2. Stacy ~
    on Sep 22nd, 2009
    @ 6:11 am

    It’s Lisa Kleypas. A must read. Enough said 🙂

  3. Mandi
    on Sep 22nd, 2009
    @ 10:05 am

    Getting it today!

  4. Laura
    on Sep 22nd, 2009
    @ 1:39 pm

    Great review. I loved Mine Till Midnight, liked Seduce me at Sunrise and can not wait for Leo and Miss Marks, but for now will settle for Poppy.

  5. KIm
    on Sep 22nd, 2009
    @ 2:26 pm

    I just started this book and so far it’s a very good read. While Rutledge is ruthless, he’s not a villain in the same sense that Sebastian St. Vincent was.

    I like how Leo has grown iwith each book. He’s gone from a very dark character to a very witty one. I also enjoy how Amelia and Cam are clearly the head of the family. Kev is older, but Cam has taken this family under his wing.

    Last, even though it’s Poppy’s story, you will learn more about Miss Mark’s past.

  6. Dee
    on Sep 22nd, 2009
    @ 7:47 pm

    I bought it a few days ago and should be reading it soon.

  7. Pam P
    on Sep 23rd, 2009
    @ 1:10 am

    I need to get this soon as I can, I’ve been intrigued with Harry, and also want to see more of Leo.

  8. Lisa from Temple
    on Sep 23rd, 2009
    @ 10:14 am

    Marisa, I’m about to go get the book today. So now I know what I’m doing the rest of the day. You review has definitely whetted my appetite even more. I can blame you for not getting my schoolwork done today right? 😉 I’m really looking forward to Leo and Beatrix’s books too.

  9. Angelo Crapanzano
    on Sep 23rd, 2009
    @ 4:48 pm

    Sorry not my type of novel. I like my romances woven in with high adventure and exciting science fiction type. But then I’m a man.

  10. Pam P
    on Sep 24th, 2009
    @ 11:36 pm

    I liked it a lot, they fit each other, was a good romance. And now, I really can’t wait even more for Leo’s story and more about Cat Marks with what we find out here and the bit at the end.

  11. megthom
    on Nov 11th, 2009
    @ 6:37 pm

    I’ve actually read this book twice since I got it (I finished it again this morning). I read Kleypas’ Wallflower series and fell in love with her writing. This was the first of the Hathaway Novels that I read, but I immediately loved all characters, and was happy to see a bridge to characters from the Wallflower books.

    I had to reread it after starting at the beginning of the series, and was still in love with it. Although, I think there are some small differences with the timeline for the books, which can be sort of bothersome. However, it was a really great read and I’m excited for Leo’s story with Marks.

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