First Published: 2007
Rating:Lisa Kleypas is one of those authors that has been on my radar for years, as some of my favorite bloggers hail her name to the stars. But at the same time, I never seemed to quite get there. Until a bundle edition of all her Hathaways novels went on kindle sale.
When an unexpected inheritance elevates her family to the ranks of the aristocracy, Amelia Hathaway discovers that tending to her younger sisters and wayward brother was easy compared to navigating the intricacies of the ton. Even more challenging: the attraction she feels for the tall, dark, and dangerously handsome Cam Rohan.
Wealthy beyond most men’s dreams, Cam has tired of society’s petty restrictions and longs to return to his “uncivilized” Gypsy roots. When the delectable Amelia appeals to him for help, he intends to offer only friendship—but intentions are no match for the desire that blindsides them both. But can a man who spurns tradition be tempted into that most time-honored arrangement: marriage? Life in London society is about to get a whole lot hotter...
Feeling in need of a good historical, I opened the bundle very shortly after buying it and embarked on Mine Till Midnight. I was almost immediately pleasantly surprised. For one, Amelia Hathaway is a strong minded young woman who is not in search of a man to complete her. Her voice is clear and clever and at times delightfully dry and snarky.
Then there's our hero, Cam Rohan. He's a Gypsy. Yes, you read that right. This is the first time I've ever encountered this type of character in a historical, which was really fun. The cultural aspect of being a Rom was fascinating, and the promise of farther exploring the Roma roots in the next novels a cause for celebration.
But that's not what won me over, but rather Cam himself. Here is a man who knows what he wants, and will not accept any other outcome. A man who always seems to be hiding a smile. Who knows how to handle himself and will do everything for the one he loves. Even if it means dealing with the unruly lot that is the Hathaways.
Then there was the romance between these two. It was the type that made me want to sigh in pleasure and say "this is how it should always be done". Because what we just witnessed is two people falling in love. No unnecessary and excessive drama. Little angst. Because at the end of the day, these two fell in love and everything else is a minor detail.
Just how I like it!
A surprising little twist to everything was the fantastical elements in this novel. I'm used to historicals never straying from the realm of reality, so the appearance of those touches was surprising. Not in a bad way, though.
And finally, Mine Till Midnight did a wonderful job setting up for the next novels. We have one future couple all ready for us to explore, and one character journey we can look forward to traveling. I know I am look forwards to both!
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