Heroine: Lisa Madison wants to get married and she wants to be married to Robert Langley, her best friend’s older brother. However he’s clueless. He does not see her as a woman. She’s about to get his attention!
Hero: Robert Langley rescues Lisa from near ruination at a madam’s establishment. Somebody wants to compromise her beyond repair – and the madam says the fellow is a gentlemen. This villain is possibly one of the many suitors surrounding Lisa. He’s going to have to keep an eye on her. No telling what trouble she’ll land herself in if he doesn’t.
Review: Lisa is a TSTL heroine. She can be a real featherbrain and does stupid things in the name of stubbornness and naiveté. She needs a lot of people to explain to her how things work and why she shouldn’t do certain things. Was she asleep in the schoolroom the entire time? Seriously. However, as someone who generally doesn’t like to read the unrequited-I’m-in-love-with-my-friend’s-brother (or brother’s friend) it read well to me. Robert is slowly dragged out of his shell and into the full light of his feelings. I liked that aspect a lot.
Narrator: Jaime Birch was a great narrator. I enjoyed listening very much and would listen to another by her.
Heroine: Miss Eugenia Talbot needs to make a match and the first step to that is getting approval from the Queen. During the presentation though, a haughty nobleman does something unexpected and Genie nearly laughs. Unfortunately for her, as she tried to gain her composure, she glanced at that hideous rogue Mr. William Grant and he winked at her. Her unschooled laughter drew the scorn of the Queen and now she’s a social pariah. How can she make a match now? With the help of a matchmaker of course!
Hero: Mr. William Grant knew it was wrong, but how could he keep a straight face after that? It’s too bad that that fresh faced debutante laughed, but it really wasn’t his fault. After all he wasn’t the one to pass gas!
Review: Eugenia is girl I could be friends with because she’s genuine and kindhearted. She’s also up for a bit of mischief, although you wouldn’t know it by her placid agreement to marry anyone who would have her after her fall from grace (in order to protect her aunt’s reputation mind you). Grant is a bit of a rogue (aren’t they all?) and he enjoys flirting with Eugenia. He’s a bit shallow at first, in terms of the depth of his character, but Eugenia is the heroine of his heart and brings out the best in him. The story is filled with twists and turns that will keep you on your toes.
Genie: So one must only kiss if one’s intentions are honorable?
Will: In present company, it is a must I fear.
Genie: Then I should give you this. [She kisses him.] My intentions are honorable.
See? Super sweet! This is a lighthearted and sweet romance you’ll want to return to again and again. Definitely a keeper!
Cam Rohan is a character from Devil in Winter, an earlier Lisa Kleypas novel. He’s part gypsy (Roma) and part (Irish). As a character he is somewhat of an inbetweener. He holds strong gypsy ideals, especially concerning money. He doesn’t want gobs of it and tries to throw it away on dozens of harebrained-unlikely-to-succeed ventures only to have it return time and again 3 fold to him. He fits well enough into the gadji world because of his wealth and many connections.
In a conversation with his boss and friend, Rohan is told that he’s bored in life and with sex because he always picks the same type of woman. When Amelia Hathaway comes to the gentleman club he manages looking for help finding her wayward brother, he decides she’s as different from his usual fare as gold is from dirt, for she is as proper and spinsterish as they get.
Kleypas builds sexual tension hot and fast and just when things begin to look brighter Amelia’s former suitor shows up to make a nuisance of himself. It seems this wastrel has been jilted by the woman he jilted Amelia for and is back supposedly to win her heart again.
A big part of the romance is relationship covers the prejudice heaped on the Roma. So while Cam makes more money than any ten families could spend, he’s not considered a good catch on the marriage mart.
There are many recognizable events and portions of this book that are found in the Seduce Me at Sunrise. As such I recommend waiting a spell between the books and not reading them back to back.