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Marrying Winterborne Mass Market Paperback – May 31, 2016
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“The novel’s parade of complicated characters is set against a compelling backdrop of Victorian England, with all the fashion and technological changes of the era. Kleypas is a masterful writer, and her latest offering will be welcomed by fans old and new.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))
“Picking up where Cold-Hearted Rake leaves off, this engaging tale brings class bias, illegitimacy, and assorted social issues of the Victorian era into sharp focus and seamlessly continues the series while hinting at escapades to come. Beautifully done.” (Library Journal)
“Emotional depth, appealing characters, strong storylines and sexual tension are what make Kleypas’ novels reader favorites...but what will truly captivate them is watching the characters grow as love makes them the best they can be. A lovely, unforgettable story.” (RT Book Reviews (4 1/2 stars) Top Pick!)
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A ruthless tycoon
Savage ambition has brought common-born Rhys Winterborne vast wealth and success. In business and beyond, Rhys gets exactly what he wants. And from the moment he meets the shy, aristocratic Lady Helen Ravenel, he is determined to possess her. If he must take her virtue to ensure she marries him, so much the better . . .
A sheltered beauty
Helen has had little contact with the glittering, cynical world of London society. Yet Rhys’s determined seduction awakens an intense mutual passion. Helen’s gentle upbringing belies a stubborn conviction that only she can tame her unruly husband. As Rhys’s enemies conspire against them, Helen must trust him with her darkest secret. The risks are unthinkable . . . the reward, a lifetime of incomparable bliss. And it all begins with…
Marrying Mr. Winterborne
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At least one reviewer likened Rhys' and Helen's story to Poppy Hathaway's in Tempt Me at Twilight (Hathaways Book 3). In fact I do agree that Harry and Rhys had a lot in common relative to their cut-throat business practices which bled over into their personal lives. Both had attitudes of "I will get what I want come hell or high water" and then proceeded to use their business expertise in matters that were highly personal which doesn't work out well for them at the end of the day.
The fact that Rhys was head over heels for Helen from the beginning, whether or not he quite realized it, made me like him a lot. From there, Helen was simply in charge of this big, strong-minded, powerful man in all the ways that matter. Quite possibly, the best part of this book was when the storyline rolled back in time enough to reveal exactly what Helen had to endure during her growing up years. Unappreciated by her parents and older brother and horribly neglected for reasons that become clear to her over the course of this book, Helen's quiet strength was absolutely amazing.
Much later in the storyline when Helen learns a truth that could shatter her burgeoning romance and love with Rhys, Helen's strength comes shining through. Not only does this part add trememdous value to the storyline by introducing a new character, we're also made privy to more of Rhys' true character as he rises to the challenge of dealing with this twist in his and Helen's relationship. Helen's a little woman of steel and I loved her for that. I'm normally not a fan of such a quiet, lovely lady, but Helen not only stole Winterborne's heart - she also stole mine.
This book transported me and let me truly see the world through these characters' eyes. It is so well told and researched, making the reading experience all the better.
Lady Helen is an amazing heroine whose strength grows exponentially. She is fierce in both her love and convictions -- she appears to be gentle, but do not be fooled -- she is mighty.
Rhys Winterborne is of course formidable in his own right, he is underestimated by many because he is Welsh, but his charm and razor-sharp business acumen win the day. He is impossibly swoony and hopelessly in love with Helen, which makes him all the more lovable.
Helen and Rhys have this wonderful chemistry that made the story flow so effortlessly. Their every scene together made me love this book that much more.
I read the series out of order (I hate when I do that), but I am so excited to read Cold-Hearted Rake.
Heroes like Rhys Winterborne are my favorite. Rhys is a man who has worked hard for everything he has and he has become accustomed to getting what he wants. And what he wants now is Lady Helen.
At the end of the last book Kathleen interfered and told Rhys that Helen did not want to marry him. He did not take that very well and ended up making an improper and insulting proposition to Kathleen. Devon walks in and things go from bad to worse. It seems that marriage between Helen and Rhys is hopeless.
This book opens with Helen going to Rhys. And Rhys is determined to send her away and move on with his life. But Helen is just as determined to marry him.
Helen appears weak and fragile - but she is not as meek as she appears. She not only renegotiates their betrothal - but gets Rhys to give her a different engagement ring.
Rhys is shocked that Helen has agreed to his terms and has a new respect for her. Nothing will stop him from claiming her and keeping her forever.
With things settled so quickly between them at the beginning of the book, I couldn't read the rest of the book fast enough to find out what was going to happen!
Ms. Kleypas did not disappoint! Rhys and Helen have a wild ride to their HEA. It is filled with secrets, blackmail, steamy love scenes, moments of incredible sweetness and touches of utter despair.
The book is well written, flows perfectly, has hot love scenes, shocking revelations and a nasty villain. Not to mention a soulmate type love story.
I would highly recommend this book - it would be best to read the first book before you read this one - but you could read this as a stand alone title with no problem.
Devoted fan Teresa PS. Can not wait for the next book, omg Sebastion and Evie. Wonderful!