Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Review: Mine Till Midnight (The Hathaways #1) by Lisa Kleypas


SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS.COM:
When an unexpected inheritance elevates her family to the ranks of the aristocracy, Amelia Hathaway discovers that tending to her younger sisters and wayward brother was easy compared to navigating the intricacies of the ton. Even more challenging: the attraction she feels for the tall, dark, and dangerously handsome Cam Rohan.
Wealthy beyond most men's dreams, Cam has tired of society's petty restrictions and longs to return to his "uncivilized" Gypsy roots. When the delectable Amelia appeals to him for help, he intends to offer only friendship--but intentions are no match for the desire that blindsides them both. But can a man who spurns tradition be tempted into that most time-honored arrangement: marriage? Life in London society is about to get a whole lot hotter.

MY TAKE:

A headstrong heroine, a Gypsy-gadjo hero and London in the 1840s. What's not to love?

Despite her family's sudden inheritance, Amelia still has a lot to deal with. The inheritance is quite modest; Leo, the eldest, has taken to almost every habit there is; and the rest of the family has issues of their own. The one rare bright spot in Amelia's life is Cam Rohan, a Gypsy living as a typical "civilized" Londoner. Their relationship, however, is quite complicated and hard for Amelia to label.

Amelia is a beautiful, voluptuous and stubborn woman. Cam Rohan is a rough, sexy gentleman. These two, obviously, are perfect for each other. Their personalities are both so volatile that their interactions and love scenes can be nothing but hot. These parts, of course, were the ones I enjoyed the most. Amelia and Cam's love story feels authentic and not forced.

For some reason, however, I couldn't really feel a connection with the other characters. Maybe because they felt like fillers to me. I don't know. Her brother's back story was a nice touch, though.

THE GOOD:
  1. Well-written love scenes.
  2. Cam Rohan is the perfect romance hero.
  3. You'll learn a thing or two about gypsy culture.

THE BAD:
  1. Amelia can be a bit annoying.
  2. It feels lacking.
FAVORITE QUOTE/S:
Half amused, half alarmed by her force of will, Cam asked Merripen, "Am I dealing with stubbornness, idiocy, or some combination of the two?"
Amelia replied before Merripen had the opportunity. "Stubbornness, on my part. The idiocy may be attributed entirely to my brother." She settled the bonnet on her head and tied its ribbons beneath her chin.
READ IT IF:
  • You like your heroines headstrong and your men with a heart of gold.
  • You're looking for a romance novel.
  • You like romance novels set in the past.
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