Series: The Ravenels #2
Published by Avon on May 31st 2016
Genres: Adult, Historical Romance, Romance
Source: Personal Copy
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
Having been a long-time fan of Lisa Kleypas’s historical romances, I was so excited when she announced that she would be going back to historicals after a few years writing contemporary romances. But then, as so often happens with me, I got nervous. My expectations were so high, and how could her new books live up to them. She now has released three historicals, and this is the first I’ve read. And I was not disappointed. Marrying Winterborne by Lisa Kleypas was amazing.
Marrying Winterborne is about Lady Helen Ravenel and department store owner Welshman Rhys Winterborne. Helen and Rhys met in the first novel in the series, Cold-Hearted Rake (which I haven’t read, shame on me), and quickly became engaged. But then they ran into some issues, and Rhys was told that Helen didn’t want to marry him anymore. But then Helen comes to his office, and tells him that isn’t the truth, that she does want to marry him. A lot of the book is about them getting married, and working through issues. But then Helen learns something of her past, that could make Rhys not want to marry her.
Lisa Kleypas has a way of writing that just makes you fall so in love with the characters. They are both fully-fleshed out characters with issues and flaws, and you love them all the more for it. I was a bit apprehensive at the beginning, because I thought Rhys was a bit too much of a bully. But really, I shouldn’t have been worried, because of course I fell for Rhys (LK, you always do this to me!).
It was so apparent how much Rhys really cared for Helen, but also felt like he wasn’t good enough for her because of his working-man background. And although he is so successful and very wealthy now, there were times when he was unsure with how to act around Helen and it was so endearing. I love it when heroes in romances are devoted to the heroine, and Rhys is definitely that.
Helen was perfect for Rhys, and I really loved her. She can be shy (which I can relate to easily), but she’s also stubborn, and I LOVED how Helen didn’t let Rhys bully her into doing whatever he wanted. He needed that. However, when Helen discovers this secret about her past, and realizes that it might affect how Rhys feels about her, I got a little frustrated with her. She kept telling herself that she needed to tell him, but then she didn’t. And while I did completely understand her hesitation, after a while I just wanted to her to spit it out and get it over with.
Of course, Marrying Winterborne is full of amazing side characters. I was especially in love with Dr. Garrett and Pandora. I know Pandora is the heroine in Devil in Spring, and I cannot wait!
The plot line was an interesting one in Marrying Winterborne. Within the first few chapters we know that Helen and Rhys are getting married. And the rest of the novel is about when they will get married. I did feel like things stalled a little, but for the most part, I had a really difficult time putting this one down.
Basically, Marrying Winterborne by Lisa Kleypas was phenomenal, and reminded me why she is a favorite of so many historical romance fans.
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