Hello, and welcome back! It looks like fall has finally settled in here in our area, which makes me quite happy. I can look out the windows and see the bright colors of the leaves, and this morning we had a pretty good frost on everything. At last! Fall is the perfect time to make yourself comfortable indoors with a nice cup of tea and a steaming hot romance to keep you warm.
Lisa Kleypas's Seduce Me at Sunrise (St. Martin's) is a good choice to do just that. It's the second in her Hathaway family series, this time with Win Hathaway leaving her family to go abroad in the hopes that a doctor in France will bring her back to full health, something she's lacked since her bout with scarlet fever years ago. Her motivation: to be well enough to make Kev Merripen hers. Kev has lived with her family, taken care of her family for a long time, but he won't admit to feeling anything deeper for Win than for the rest of her family. Which is a big, fat lie. But his past is dark, and he refuses to bring that into Win's life. Instead, he pushes her away, time after time, even two years later when she returns home fit and healthy. When Win finally gives up and lets her doctor woo her, Kev wants to believe it's for the best, but his heart disagrees. Strenuously. And Win's heart still belongs to Kev, no matter how many times he refuses to admit his love or to acknowledge hers. As much as I enjoyed Amelia and Cam's story last time, I liked this one even more. Kev is a fabulous tortured hero, and Win is determined to get her man, one way or the other. When Kev finally gives in to his emotions, it's absolutely thrilling. Even better, we get to revisit the rest of the Hathaway family, and we have more to look forward to, with Leo and Beatrix still to come. In this one, you get strong, believable emotion, characters who'll make you fall in love, and plenty of steam to warm you up as the weather outside grows colder. I was sad to reach the end, because it means a wait till the next Hathaway story, but this one is definitely a keeper! It's earned four and a half of Cupid's five arrows.
Until next time, happy reading!