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…
I think I just found another addictive series. Ever since Cam first appeared in Devil in Winter, I’ve been intrigued by his character and wanted to know what would happen to him. He was mysterious, a bit dangerous, and also just happened to be half Romany Gypsy. So why did I wait so long to read this? Well…I have no idea. Because honestly, it was almost the perfect book!
Cam made an amazing hero. He was everything I described above, and more. He thought he was cursed with good luck and so he wanted to quit his job at Jenner’s and go find his Romany tribe. However, he never counted on meeting the fiercely independent and proud Amelia Hathaway. As someone who was used to managing her siblings and everything in their lives, she was the exact opposite of Cam’s freedom-seeking ways. Which caused some great chemistry as Cam got Amelia to come out of her shell. I just loved these two together, though Amelia took a ridiculously long time to figure out that they belonged with one another.
I can’t write about this book without mentioning the other Hathaway siblings. There were four other Hathaways, aside from Amelia. Leo was the oldest and only brother, but he didn’t do much other than try to drink himself to death. He’d lost his fiancee to scarlet fever a year before the story started, and had not fully recovered from his grief. Then there was Win, who was younger than Amelia. Win was interesting, because she suffered some remaining effects from the fever that had killed Leo’s fiancee. She was a bit physically weak, but I liked that Win never let that get her down and keep her from doing things. Poppy was the fourth youngest, and just wanted her family to be normal. Beatrix, the youngest, was a bit interesting. She stole things from houses and shops without being aware of doing so, and later confessed it to her sisters. I just really liked this family. They were different and crazy, but ultimately likable.
This story followed Amelia and Cam’s romance after they met when Amelia was looking for Leo in Jenner’s, a gambling club prominently featured in Lisa Kleypas’s Wallflowers series. Cam was immediately intrigued by this proper woman who represented everything opposite of his Romany upbringing. Amelia found Cam interesting, but thought she didn’t have time for any sort of relationship. However, Cam was determined to make time, and what followed was a very emotional book. Amelia had to deal with an alcoholic brother, the restoration of an estate the Hathaways had recently inherited, and even an almost-fiancee who’d broken her heart but was trying to get back together with Amelia. Cam, meanwhile, had to decide if he wanted to live like a Gypsy, or if he actually wanted a life with Amelia.
With that kind of plot, you’d think the book would be confusing. However, it was extremely addicting. If I’d been able, I would have definitely read this in one sitting. Amelia was very, very strong. I couldn’t believe how much she was able to deal with, and it just made her emotions near the end of the novel more poignant. Cam was very mischievous and clever, and his love for Amelia was very evident. My only problem with this book was the appearance of Christopher, Amelia’s former almost-betrothed, who was just irritating. I’ve said it before, but I really hate when other men who obviously aren’t the hero come into the story. Still, I thought this was a great historical romance. The main couple were awesome and I loved Amelia’s siblings. If you like this genre, this book is a must-read.
After graduating from Wellesley College with a political science degree, Lisa published her Lisa and her agent Mel Bergerfirst novel at age twenty-one. Her books are published in more than 20 languages and are bestsellers all over the world.
Lisa writes for Avon and is represented by her agent Mel Berger of the William Morris agency.
Lisa was named Miss Massachusetts in the 1985 Miss America competition. Among the challenges she faced: wearing a banner with such a long state name, when she is only 5’2″. Because of the rule that contestants had to tuck the excess length of banner into their swimsuits, she became known as “Miss Massachu.”
Representing Massachusetts, Lisa smiles for the judges in the Miss America contestAt the competition in Atlantic City, Lisa’s talent was singing an original composition, which won her a “talented nonfinalist” award. And to her delight, she got to keep the big sparkly crown, which sits on her bookshelf and now attracts keen interest from her daughter.
By 1998 Lisa had started a family- getting married and receiving the award of having the most wonderful little boy in the world.
That same year, Lisa’s novel “Stranger In My Arms” was given the Waldenbooks Award for greatest sales growth. The following year, Lisa’s “Someone To Watch Over Me” was a Rita finalist at the Romance Writers of America convention.
In 2002 Lisa’s novel “Suddenly You” was a Rita finalist and Lisa won the Rita award for her Christmas anthology novella featured in the Dorchester publication “Wish List.” A banner year, Lisa’s novel “Lady Sophia’s Lover” was awarded Best Sensuous Historical Romance from Romantic Times magazine, and “Lady Sophia’s Lover” was given a starred review in Publishers Weekly, as was “When Strangers Marry.”
Over the following years, Lisa continued to garner critical and popular success. Lisa’s novel “Worth Any Price” was awarded a starred review from Publishers Weekly. “Worth Any Price” and “Where’s My Hero” were listed in the Amazon Editor’s Top Ten Picks for Best Romance of 2003!
“Worth Any Price” won the RITA award for best Short Historical and a few months later, “Secrets of a Summer Night” (Nov 2004) received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly!
“It Happened One Autumn” (Oct 05) was a finalist in the Short Historical Category of the 2006 RITA Awards, and in 2007, Lisa had two finalists for RITA Awards: “The Devil in Winter” and “Scandal in Spring” Lisa was a keynote speaker at the Romance Writers of America July conference. Listen to her speech.
Lisa’s first contemporary novel “Sugar Daddy” was a finalist for the RITA Award “Best Novel With Strong Romantic Elements” while “Mine Till Midnight” was a New York Times Bestseller and a finalist in the RITA Awards “Best Historical Romance” category.
Lisa followed up that success with her second contemporary novel, “Smooth Talking Stranger”, which hit the New York Times Bestseller List, as did “Tempt Me At Twilight” and “Married By Morning” which was #3 on New York Times Bestseller list.
In 2011, re-releases of two of Lisa’s early books made the New York Times Bestseller list, as did her contemporary novel, Rainshadow Road, released in 2012, which was been nominated for the Romantic Times Book Reviews “Best Contemporary Romance” Award. Dream Lake, the 3rd of the Friday Harbor Series was also a NY Times Bestseller. It was followed by Crystal Cove in 2013.
In December 2012, Lisa’s book, Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor was the basis for the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, Christmas With Holly.
In July 2015, Lisa was honored to emcee the Romance Writers of America Awards Show.