Genres: Historical Romance
Publication date: September 30, 2008
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Format: Paperback, 360 pages
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He has tried hard to forget her.
Kev Merripen has longed for the beautiful, well-bred Winnifred Hathaway ever since her family rescued him from the brink of death when he was just a boy. But this handsome Gypsy is a man of mysterious origins—and he fears that the darkness of his past could crush delicate, luminous Win. So Kev refuses to submit to temptation... and before long Win is torn from him by a devastating twist of fate.
Can she remember the man he once was?
Then, Win returns to England... only to find that Kev has hardened into a man who will deny love at all costs. Meantime, an attractive, seductive suitor has set his sights on Win. It’s now or never for Kev to make his move. But first, he must confront a dangerous secret about his destiny—or risk losing the only woman he has lived for...
Seduce Me at Sunrise might be another Lisa Kleypas book with a Gypsy hero, but it really couldn’t have felt more different than Mine Till Midnight. I loved them both equally, in different ways though.
Because of how Merripen (Kev) and Winnifred (Win) acted around each other in the first book in this series, I was already half in love with the idea of them before I even started this book. But this one wasn’t for the faint at heart. There was A LOT of back and forth in this as Kev tried to reconcile his past and the things he’d done with the amount and intensity of feelings he felt for Win. It never got to be too much for me, but it danced kinda close to that line at times, especially when Kev was willing to push her into the eager arms of another man. I suspected neither she nor her meddlesome family would abide that, so I didn’t get too worked up about it. I did, however, get a pretty hefty dose of feels as I read though.
Kev and Cam shared a lot of similar qualities, but Kev took everything to the extreme. He was SERIOUSLY intense. And especially so in his feelings towards Win. His thoughts and, even sometimes the things he said to her, were so passionate I had to go back and read a couple times to take it all in. He was closed off at times, but when he was open with his feelings? Amazing. I’ve not read about a guy like him in a long time. Even though he could be a right ass at times, I loved him and couldn’t get enough of his character or the growth he had along the way.
Win was so much stronger than I initially gave her credit for. When we met her in Mine Till Midnight, she was frail after a long illness. She nor her family had great hopes that she would live a long, full life. Well, after her treatments, she’s a changed woman. In more ways than just with regards to her health. She knows what she wants. (Kev. Marriage. A family.) She’s determined to get all three. I loved seeing her transformation from the first book until this one.
Kev and Win were meant to be. Seriously. I was already convinced they needed to be together, but once I read their backstory, I fell for them as a pair even harder. I understood somewhat where he was coming from with his fear of hurting her thanks to his background, and I might’ve respected that more if I didn’t think it was ridiculous in a lot of ways. There was no way Kev could’ve hurt Win. He pretty much lived and breathed for her. I guess the fear is tough to get past when the feelings are so intense though because it took awhile. I say that not from a place of annoyance, however. I loved their story. I don’t think it would’ve been nearly as powerful if it’d happened any different way. And I loved even more that Win was the one strong enough to stand up for what she wanted and pursue it to the extent she did. She challenged Kev in wonderful, if frustrating for him, ways.
Did I mention I love this series and Lisa Kleypas can do no wrong in my eyes? Because, as of the time I wrote this review, I’m four books deep in the series and there’s no sign of stopping anytime soon. The Hathways are the best.
Kev loved her. Not in the way that novelists and poets described. Nothing so tame. He loved her beyond earth, heaven, or hell.
I am running after you, and life, in desperate pursuit. My dream is that someday you will both turn and let me catch you. That dream carries me through every night.
“You are absolutely right, Merripen. We should not be alone together, since the result is always a foregone conclusion: you make an advance, I respond, and then you push me away. I am no child’s toy to be pulled back and forth on a string, Kev.”
“All the fires of hell could burn for a thousand years and it wouldn’t equal what I feel for you in one minute of the day.”
What are some of your favorite historical romances?