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Tempt Me at Twilight (Hathaways, Book 3) Mass Market Paperback – September 22, 2009
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Mine Till Midnight and Seduce Me at Sunrise comes a stunning novel about two opposites in every way―except when it comes to desire…
TEMPT ME AT TWILIGHT
He was everything she'd sworn to avoid.
Poppy Hathaway loves her unconventional family, though she longs for normalcy. Then fate leads to a meeting with Harry Rutledge, an enigmatic hotel owner and inventor with wealth, power, and a dangerous hidden life. When their flirtation compromises her own reputation, Poppy shocks everyone by accepting his proposal―only to find that her new husband offers his passion, but not his trust.
And she was everything he needed…
Harry was willing to do anything to win Poppy―except to open his heart. All his life, he has held the world at arm's length…but the sharp, beguiling Poppy demands to be his wife in every way that matters. Still, as desire grows between them, an enemy lurks in the shadows. Now if Harry wants to keep Poppy by his side, he must forge a true union of body and soul, once and for all...
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Enter wealthy hotel owner Harry Rutledge. He owns the hotel where her family spends the season in London. If you follow this series you will remember Beatrice of the many animal menagerie? Her ferret, Dodger, is loose in the hotel and Poppy must catch him before a love letter he has stolen causes a scandal. This clever opening to the story will have you laughing out loud as Harry and Poppy definitely "meet cute." Beatrice approves Harry immediately when she finds out he has been ferret approved. She is even more impressed when she finds out Dodger chewed a hole in his chair and Harry didn't even blink. The rest of the family is not so easily impressed.
In fact the entire family wants to murder him when they find out just how far he'll go in order to have Poppy for his wife. Believe me, he is a very bad boy. Oh, but to have a man love you like he loves Poppy? Yes, ladies, we would all give a favorite body part for a delicious man like Harry Rutledge. This is some of the best writing I have seen from Lisa Kleypas ever. It is truly a romance where we aren't just told that A loves B, we SEE it. In living color we see and hear the hero lose his heart to Poppy. I fell in love with Poppy too. She really shines in this tale and is perfect for Harry in every way.
I could go on and on about how well written this book is but don't take my word for it. You will definitely want this one on your keeper shelf so run out and get it right now so you can spend as many pleasant hours as I did. That is my only complaint about this book. It wasn't nearly long enough. Oh, and Leo is up next. This book gives us a few teasers and it looks to be another wonderful story. Unfortunately we have to wait until Summer 2010 for Leo's story. But if it is even half as good as this one I'll be satisfied. Well done, Ms. Kleypas. Very well done.
Tempt Me at Twilight has your classic heroine: Poppy is your smarter-than-average female who has trouble fitting in with the British ton. Harry is the enigmatic and slightly villainous hero. The predictability ends there because this novel is full of surprises. Unlike Amelia and Win's marriages, Poppy and Harry's occurs quite early on and under very different and difficult circumstances. What I predicted to be a problem down the road for them was actually addressed on their wedding day. Also, Harry is quite evil (I say that with a laugh and a grain of salt). On a serious note, I believed him to be the anti-hero that Sebastian should have been in Devil in Winter (though I love that book as well). He manipulated people into getting his way, but what was refreshing was that Poppy is able to handle him on her own terms. There are also introductions to interesting side characters who I hope play a part in later books, including Harry's assistant.
For those of you, like me, who were disappointed that Leo's story wasn't next after Win's (they had plenty of chemistry in her story), you won't be sorry that LK skipped them for the time being. Our favorite sparring couple has plenty of fun scenes that further develop their tempestuous relationship. We also learn a lot more about Miss Marks' mysterious past and Tempt Me at Twilight even ends on a cliffhanger for the two.
Why did I give Tempt Me at Twilight 4 stars? I felt a small bit unsatisfied with the development of Poppy and Harry's relationship. I got a little of the we-fight-to-make-up feeling from it, but overall, I think they are a passionate and fitting couple. I highly recommend this book and can't wait until the summer for Leo's story!