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“This book was great, as always!! The Hathaway’s know how to make you laugh!! I laughed so hard that people looked at me quizzically!! LOL!! Especially the parts where the staff talked about the sexual relations between Poppy and Harry (Carrots and Watercress), and when Leo knew Cat dyed her hair...”see full review » see other reviews »
“Poppy follows sister Bea's ferret into secret passage in hotel, grabbed and taken back to Harry's office where she shows her intelligence and he decides to have her. He takes boyfriend's letter ferret dropped and tells his dad he's secretly seeing Poppy so he breaks them up. Then he goes to dance where she's confronted by ex and he kisses her in front of everyone, forces marriage. On wedding day she finds out he got rid of ex. She tells him she'll never love him. when he finally takes her 2 weeks into marriage, its painful, he leaves her in middle and she runs home. Harry follows and they unite. He's kidnapped by weaponmaker and Leo architect finds the secret room and rescues him. Reminiscent of time his father locked him in hotel room and forgot him for 2 days as a child.”Andrea G. wrote this review Wednesday, October 2, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Poppy Hathaway was waiting for Michael Bayning to approach his father about marrying her, while keeping their courtship clandestine. In the meantime she catches the eye of hotelier, Harry Rutledge, who thinks she would make him the perfect wife. To get what he wants he tells Michael's father of their relationship. Michael is a peer and the Hathaway's are low on the aristocratic list. Michael is told to break it off or be disinherited. He does. To save her pride Poppy attends the last ball of the season and Harry takes advantage of the situation and gets them caught in a compromising kiss. Despite the support of her family and their encouragement to leave London, Poppy agrees to marry Harry only to find out about his manipulation right before the wedding ceremony. When Michael still plays the martyr, she decides to go ahead with the wedding and make the best of the circumstance.
The story then follows the adjustments of this couple, living in a hotel under the watchful eyes of a staff of 300. The staff wants to help get their owner settled and happy and starts maneuvering behind the scenes in some funny instances. There is also a little intrigue involving an unscrupulous businessman. As well as Harry adjusting to dealing with the whole Hathaway clan.
This was a fun read dealing with a period of history where Society was changing and wealthy businessmen were infiltrating the upper crust. Power was not just in the hands of the peerage and Society functions were being forced open. The Hathaways are a family dropped into Society after a series of untimely deaths and ill prepared for the change to their lifestyle. Lots of interesting events happens around them. ”
“Very Very good one. I was quite surprised by the way things evolved in this one. Did not see some of this coming.”bluestocking7 wrote this review Friday, May 3, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
What happens when Lisa Kleypas takes an unloved prickly man and introduces him to a sweet, strong willed woman ? You get fire, flames and wicked fun banter between them. She drags these characters through some really sticky situations, dastardly behavior and still I loved them. What a fabulous author she is, twisting the knife in and then pulling it out with a flash of lusty brilliance.
Harry is our prickly unloved man. he is the owner of a very posh hotel in London. He is a recluse, rarely seen in public. There he he trying to be alone in his hidden place when a testy woman suddenly appears in his hidey-hole. She is the most interesting woman he has even encountered. He must have her as one of his many trinkets. Now to get rid of her man.
Popi, is in her third season and has not netted a man yet. She has one that has promised to marry her, as soon as he softens his father up on her less than Blue blood status, and her family. Not many in society approve of her family. She must keep their relationship a secret for now. She finds herself hunting down her sisters ferret as he travels down a secret hallway when she meets a man...
This is a wonderful tale of heartbreak, forgiveness, family love and character. I was laughing, gasping and a bit teary at points. Tt was a very good distraction from life's stresses. A fantastic audiobook.”
“An enjoyable addition to the series and while Harry and Poppy are an endearing couple, it is the scenes between Leo and Cat that really engaged me.
Harry is a difficult character to like. He is ruthless and manipulative but also uncompromising in his honesty and forthrightness. At some point, it becomes impossible not to sympathize with him given his tortured past and tireless efforts to love and be loved. While his behavior with regard to Poppy's beau is unconscionable, one cannot help but accept that Michael is weak and spineless, and that Poppy is better off without him. Moreover, Harry's willingness to accept her for who she is and do anything to keep her is very compelling.
Poppy is a sweet heroine but is somewhat bland as compared to the other Hathaway siblings. Nevertheless, she is intelligent and charming, and her relationship with the Rutledge hotel staff is lovely, They are wonderful secondary characters and their matchmaking efforts are one of the highlights of the story.
Harry and Poppy's tug-of-war romance is entertaining and although they have definite chemistry, it is not as tangible as that of Win and Kev in Seduce Me at Sunrise.
The small suspense plot is somewhat contrived although it does add to solidifying the romance between Harry and Poppy.
The setup for Cat and Leo's book is fantastic and their scenes together are so compelling that I'm going to read the next book immediately rather than waiting between installments as I usually do.”
“This is a five star if you stop at the end of chapter 25, replacing the last
sentence with THE END. Otherwise it goes a little down hill from there.
Good read, likeable character...just stop a little early and you'll be really happy. ”
“I loved this one. This one was my second favorite. Bea was the top, but this was a close second. No matter what Harry did he could never be a villain. ”booksandmorebooks wrote this review Wednesday, September 12, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book is probably overlooked because it does'nt have such a strong plot as the rest of the books in the series. Poppy, in my mind, was sort of the awkuard one of the family. But she did find someone that didn't judge her wierd speeches and almost innocent charm.”Camilia wrote this review Monday, July 9, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
Tempt Me at Twilight
Reviewed by Francesca & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog
The magical writing that I've come to love is back 100% with this book! With a hero who is an insensitive jerk at times, damaged from when he was a boy, with money but not much else. So not what I was expecting for our sweet Poppy Hathaway, but oh so perfect!
After having two gipsy heroes, it was time to go back to London and what I thought would be a more traditional match. And that's how I thought this would go since Poppy was in love, and secretly seeing Michael Bayning. He had everything a girl could've asked for, came from a good family, did all the right things for Poppy to fall in love with him, except being out in the open about their courtship. Because of course his father wouldn't approve.
But Harry Rutledge, owner of the famous London Rutledge Hotel, saw Poppy and was enthralled. He had to have her, and if that required using some forced methods and a convenient and timely proposal, then so be it. Harry was, as he best described himself, the villain. It's a true testament to the amazing quality of Lisa Kleypas writing when she can turn what should've been an arrogant, manipulative bastard into a man you want to cuddle and take care of and you are rooting for his happiness and that he gets the girl. There's just something about this type of hero in a Kleypas novel that makes him unforgettable.
While Poppy might not be my favorite Hathaway sister, she certainly was sweet and did what she thought was right for herself and her family, and in the process she fell out of what she thought was love and fell for a complicated man who needed a soft woman like her to treasure him and make him fell cherished.
A perfect couple and a perfect historical romance story! Soft yet rough around the edges.
“This is my first Kleypas. After reading and enjoying Eloisa James and Julia Quinn, I decided to pick up another author that I freqently see quoted on one or both of those author's books. So I picked up this one. First, let me say that I think I'll like Kleypas' other stuff. I liked her writing, I just don't care for those stories where the guy's overly awful to the female (or the other way around, though those you generally don't see). So, I didn't love this story. But I think I might like her other stuff, so I'll totally check out more of her stuff. This one just wasn't great to me. ”Jennifer J wrote this review Tuesday, June 5, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No