In Review: Marrying Winterborne (The Ravenels #2) by Lisa Kleypas

Posted February 18, 2018 by Kim in 5 Stars, In Review / 1 Comment

In Review: Marrying Winterborne (The Ravenels #2) by Lisa KleypasMarrying Winterborne by Lisa Kleypas
Series: The Ravenels #2
Genres: Historical Romance
Publication date: May 31, 2016
Publisher: Avon Books
Format: eBook, 416 pages
How I got it: I bought it!
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My rating:

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

in review my thoughts

More often than not, when I finally read a book that was on my TBR for a long time, I want to kick myself for waiting so long. That’s certainly the case with Marrying Winterborne. Lisa Kleypas is undoubtedly the queen of historical romance and I’ve loved everything she’s written (that I’ve read so far anyhow). The fact that I let Helen and Rhys hang out on my bookshelves this long without reading their story makes me sad. But, it also gave me a chance to binge the third book and upcoming fourth books, so I can’t be that upset with myself. There’s nothing quite like a good LK HR binge.

Each time I pick up one of Lisa’s books, I fall hopelessly in love with her characters — even when I’m convinced there’s NO WAY she could make me fall for them. (*cough* Devil in Winter *cough*) Helen and Rhys were absolutely no exception. These two were amazing in their own right and even more so together. Helen was so strong and determined and is undoubtedly one of my new favorite HR heroines. Her choices and actions made me smile and, later on in the book, gave me ALL THE FEELS. Rhys was charming and thoughtful. I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect from him after meeting him in Cold-Hearted Rake, but he was amazing, totally swoon-worthy and a new favorite book boyfriend.

I loved everything about Marrying Winterborne. It was lush and romantic, sweet and sexy. Helen and her sisters kept me entertained and I can’t wait to get their stories, too. (Ok, by this point I’ve already read Pandora’s, but anyhow…) I shipped Helen and Rhys so freaking hard, though if we’re being totally honest, I was shipping them as far back as in Cold-Hearted Rake when I could just tell there was something brewing there. The Ravenels series just keeps getting better and I am here for it.


“You don’t have to be a gentleman. Only gentle.”

She had never imagined that a man would kiss her as if he were trying to breathe her in, as if kisses were words meant for poems, or honey to be gathered with his tongue. 

“Kissing is the best things lips do other than smiling.”

“You’ve stolen my very breath, cariad. And now, I’m left to count the days until I take it back from you, kiss by kiss.”

“You’ve read the fairy tales. You know what happens to little girls who visit wolves.”

“Love me for who I am… just as I love you for who you are… and our bond will last until the stars lose their shining.”

About Lisa Kleypas

Lisa Kleypas graduated from Wellesley College with a political science degree. She is a RITA award winning author of both historical romance and contemporary women's fiction. Her novels are published in fourteen different languages and are bestsellers all over the world. She lives in Washington State with her husband Gregory and their two children.

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One response to “In Review: Marrying Winterborne (The Ravenels #2) by Lisa Kleypas

  1. Great review darling. I LOVE this book, and its my favorite of the series. I just adored this couple so much. Rys is just amazing. And yeah I think this author worked miracles with Devil in Winter. She just writes the most lyrical romances. I can never get enough of them.