Today I’m going to talk about Lisa Kleypas. I find it difficult to narrow down all my favorites to just one because I think Kleypas is so incredibly talented that many of her books are on my favorites list! But when it comes right down to it, Dreaming of You always rises above the others.
She stood at danger’s threshold– then love beckoned her in.
In the shelter of her country cottage, Sara Fielding puts pen to paper to create dreams. But curiosity has enticed the prim, well-bred gentlewoman out of her safe haven–and into Derek Craven?s dangerous world.
A handsome, tough and tenacious Cockney, he rose from, poverty to become lord of London?s most exclusive gambling house–a struggle that has left Derek Craven fabulously wealthy, but hardened and suspicious. And now duty demands he allow Sara Fielding into his world–with her impeccable manners and her infuriating innocence. But here, in a perilous shadow-realm of ever-shifting fortunes, even a proper “mouse” can be transformed into a breathtaking enchantress–and a world-weary gambler can be shaken to his cynical core by the power of passion. . .and the promise of love.
The heart of this book is Sara, a sheltered bluestocking and her connection to bad boy rogue Derek. He’s so defended! He fights his attraction to her, knowing he’s not right for her. He’s…oh my goodness, he’s swoonworthy. He protects those he cares about, but it takes a lot to get past the walls he’s built around himself. Kleypas builds him so subtly and there’s a scene with Sara’s spectacles that is in my top five romantic gestures of all time file.
I LOVE this book and I’ve re-read it probably at least a dozen times. So today I’m going to give one to one lucky commenter to be shipped directly from Amazon or Book Depository. I’ll announce the winner on the next announcement day – April 16. Be sure to check back to see if you’ve won!