Seduce Me at Sunrise by Lisa Kleypas {Amanda’s Review}

Posted 22 December, 2014 by Amanda / 8 Comments

Seduce Me at Sunrise by Lisa Kleypas {Amanda’s Review}Seduce Me At Sunrise by Lisa Kleypas
Series: The Hathaways #2
three-stars
Also in this series: Married By Morning
Genres: Historical, Romance, Victorian
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
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He has tried hard to forget her.

Kev Merripen has longed for the beautiful, well-bred Winnifred Hathaway ever since her family rescued him from the brink of death when he was just a boy. But this handsome Gypsy is a man of mysterious origins—and he fears that the darkness of his past could crush delicate, luminous Win. So Kev refuses to submit to temptation…and before long Win is torn from him by a devastating twist of fate.

Can she remember the man he once was?

Then, Win returns to England…only to find that Kev has hardened into a man who will deny love at all costs. Meantime, an attractive, seductive suitor has set his sights on Win. It’s now or never for Kev to make his move. But first, he must confront a dangerous secret about his destiny—or risk losing the only woman he has lived for…

May have eye rolled for this.

Thoughts on Seduce Me at Sunrise

I seem to be a weird spot in my reading, where I need the break from historical romances, yet I find it impossible to drag myself away from all the glittering bounty of baubles and balls.

Seduce Me at Sunrise has a premise I’m slowly coming to dislike: “I love you, but I can’t have you for some manufactured reason only I can see and I will insist on making us and everyone else miserable while I deny our love.”

Cue exasperated sigh and eye rolling.

I used to dig it, so I’m not really sure what changed. Me, probably. My problem is less with this book and more with the trope at large. Kev’s massive love for Win didn’t make me swoon, nor did his belief that he’d crush her with his love — for it was that great and all-consuming!

Meh.

The “attractive, seductive suitor” competing for Win’s hand only seems to exist for the purposes of pushing Kev to take action. Which is fine, but I wanted more villainy, for him to be a character who existed for more than pushing the couple together. And I wanted more answers about stuff. Yes, stuff. Stuff about things.

Seduce Me at Sunrise also brings to mind my discussion post on fiction versus reality, and the sex scenes. I’m sure it’s normal for virgins to be taken three times. Totally realistic.

THAT SAID. I liked how Win and Kev had been dancing around each other since childhood, and that type of relationship is fun to watch unfold — they know each other already, yet there’s still part of their relationship left unexplored.

I liked Tempt Me at Twilight better (naturally, it’s impossible for me to read these books in order), but I’m also looking forward to Married by Morning, since the relationship between Leo and Miss Marks has been teased for a while.

three-stars

Filed under: ESR: 6, Review: Amanda,

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8 Responses to “Seduce Me at Sunrise by Lisa Kleypas {Amanda’s Review}”

    • Naturally, I haven’t read Mine Till Midnight yet. But I’ve read almost all the other ones!

      For the most part, I seem to have come out of the needing-a-break-from-historical-romances feeling. Mostly it happens because I’m less than excited about the books I read rather than the genre itself. (At least, that’s my theory and I’m sticking to it.)

    • Yup. It’s more that I ran through the available backlist of my favorite authors, so I’m skipping around trying to find a new author to read. It means going through a few duds and good (not great) books. But I shall persevere!

  1. ““I love you, but I can’t have you for some manufactured reason only I can see and I will insist on making us and everyone else miserable while I deny our love.”

    Cue exasperated sigh and eye rolling.”

    YES! I’m rolling my eyes right along with you Amanda. I’m fine with that trope on occasion, but I’ve run across it a lot lately and nothing is more frustrating than a romantic push/pull for no valid reason. Give me a believable reason why you can’t be together and I’ll be on board with the angst:)

    • Like most potentially eye-roll-inducing tropes, if you can do it well and the reader feels like there’s a valid reason for it, we’ll buy it every time. This just seemed silly and manufactured. Because I do actually like some well-deserved angst in a romance novel.

  2. I’m sorry this one didn’t work for you! :( I think with historical romances, you definitely have to be in the right mood for the trope you’re reading.

    I haven’t read this series but do own them. Maybe I should get on them. It sounds like despite this particular book, it’s been an enjoyable series. I really hope the next one is better for you.
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    • Yup. And I think part of my issues is that I’m not as big of a Lisa Kleypas fan as a lot of other historical romance readers are. But I do have a couple books from her other series out from the library. Including Devil in Winter!

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