Favorite Book Wednesday

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!

27 comments to “Favorite Book Wednesday”

  1. Amy Kathryn
    April 11th, 2012 at 5:28 am · Link

    I think my favorite so far is Love in the Afternoon. I have read that series but not the Wallflowers or any other of her historicals. They are on my list.

    I am also reading her Friday Harbor contemporaries but have not read any others by her.

    I like her style and am looking forward to reading the books I have missed.

  2. Blanche
    April 11th, 2012 at 7:01 am · Link

    I’ve only read a few Lisa Kleypas books, Blue-Eyed Devil and Smoorh Talking Stranger (loved them!). I’ve been collecting her books and have several in the TBR!!

  3. Lee
    April 11th, 2012 at 7:15 am · Link

    Hmmm off to grab some samples

  4. Melissa B
    April 11th, 2012 at 7:22 am · Link

    Oh, oh, YES! Derek…and you had to love Sara! I loved the wide open way Sara absorbed life…Lisa Kleypas has a WAY of writing both heroes and heroines that are so NOT perfect they draw you in more, and sucker punch you harder with their emotions. It IS hard to pick a fav from her books ~ but I agree, this is one of them. I miss, miss her Bow Street Runners…I love that she takes on subjects and areas that you don’t usually read about in historical romances.

    Don’t enter me, please ~ I never miss one of her releases!! I’m thrilled someone is going to get the chance to discover a book I loved so much!!

  5. azteclady
    April 11th, 2012 at 7:23 am · Link

    I am a relatively recent convert to Ms Kleypas, but I’ve come to really like her writing. I have yet to read Dreaming of You, but judging by how highly people whose taste I trust speak of it, I have a feeling it’ll shoot to my top ten as well.

  6. becky jean
    April 11th, 2012 at 7:46 am · Link

    I love Ms. Kleypas’s writing also! My fav’s are in her Texas trilogy (I think Sugar Daddy is my ultimate fav)!

  7. Michelle Bledsoe
    April 11th, 2012 at 8:29 am · Link

    I love Lisa’s Hathaway’s series. The book Tempt Me at Twilight has to be my favorite. I really love all of her historical books.

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  8. JenM
    April 11th, 2012 at 8:49 am · Link

    Although I’ve enjoyed all of Lisa’s books that I’ve read, and I know this one is highly recommended, I haven’t read it.

  9. Melanie J.
    April 11th, 2012 at 8:50 am · Link

    I have to say I never read her books, but I did just go to her website. I have to check them out!

  10. StacieD
    April 11th, 2012 at 9:06 am · Link

    I love a hero that is a self-made man. I like that he didn’t grow up having everything handed to him. He knows how to get what he wants. I would love to win this story. It sounds like something I will love.

  11. Pamiam
    April 11th, 2012 at 9:27 am · Link

    I have many of her books. I am going to have to double check but I believe this is one of the few I don’t have.

  12. IP
    April 11th, 2012 at 9:49 am · Link

    I’ve never heard of her, but as you recommend her so warmly I should probably give “Dreaming of You” a try.

  13. Angela
    April 11th, 2012 at 10:03 am · Link

    I love Lisa Kleypas books, impossible to choose which is my favourite so far, the emotion and description in her writing is amazing. I would recommend anyone to try her books I hadn’t read many historical romances until I found the Hathaway’s and Wallflower series but she has me hooked!

  14. Chelsea B.
    April 11th, 2012 at 10:14 am · Link

    I have read many a Lisa Kleypas book, but have yet to be able to find this one! I always check at the bookstore used bookstore, etc. This book must be amazing if it’s always sold out! 🙂

  15. Melissa Lamb
    April 11th, 2012 at 11:26 am · Link

    I haven’t read any of Lisa’s books yet but I will be adding her books to my TBR list!!

  16. Viki S.
    April 11th, 2012 at 12:04 pm · Link

    I’ve never read her books. Looks like I better look into her. Thanks.

  17. Julie
    April 11th, 2012 at 12:43 pm · Link

    I’ve really only read her Hathaway series, but it sounds like I should start these other historicals of hers, as well!

  18. Christine
    April 11th, 2012 at 1:53 pm · Link

    I have recently discovered Lisa Kleypas. But she has become one of my favorites. I love her Wallflowers series as well as her Hathaway series

  19. Hailey
    April 11th, 2012 at 1:58 pm · Link

    I love her books! The Hathaways are one of my favorite series. Her new book Rainshadow Road is terrific also!

  20. Jane
    April 11th, 2012 at 2:20 pm · Link

    No need to enter me, I already have a copy of “Dreaming of You.” Lisa is one of my favorite authors.

  21. Diane
    April 11th, 2012 at 4:36 pm · Link

    I haven’t tried her; she is a historical writer right?

  22. Jen B.
    April 11th, 2012 at 7:13 pm · Link

    I love Lisa Kleypas’ books. I am slowly getting caught up on her backlist.

  23. Jordan H
    April 12th, 2012 at 10:55 am · Link

    This book sounds amazing, I love historical romances. I haven’t read read any of Lisa’s books but this sounds like a great one to start with.

  24. Lin
    April 12th, 2012 at 3:40 pm · Link

    I love Lisa’s heroes. They are so alpha but much more than that. My two favorite heroes are Derek Craven and Nick Gentry. Of course, we see an older Derek in another novella, Against the Odds, and he is just as alpha and swoon-worthy as ever.


  25. Lori T
    April 12th, 2012 at 10:10 pm · Link

    I have not read too many of Lisa’s books but this does sound good and I really liked Sugar Daddy.

  26. fedora
    April 12th, 2012 at 10:58 pm · Link

    No need to include me–I’ve got this, but have to read it! 🙂

  27. bn100
    April 14th, 2012 at 9:24 pm · Link

    I agree it’s hard to pick a favorite Lisa Kleypas book. She writes so many good ones.