In A Nutshell

  • Genre: Regency, Historical, Romance
  • Notes: One of my faves, Always in my Go-to Queue
  • Recommended for: Kleypas Fans, and All Romance Fans

It’s Worth the Gamble . . .

A heroine from a small town who defies convention by writing books and getting them published, a young man who came from nothing and who now owns property all over Europe and runs a Gambling club. It isn’t often you read a book that follows the same path of other novels only to blow it to pieces in the end.

I don’t want to give too much of the plot away because, if you like romance, you really should read it.

Saying that, the things that really stood out to me and grabbed me in this novel:

    • Sara was a joy to read. She lives in the past and thinks like a modern woman.
    • Derek reads at first like every other rake in every other novel. But I think what makes him different is how Kleypas writes him.
    • Kleypas’ writing in general – she makes you seriously care about the characters she writes.
    • Everytime I thought this book could pack it in and say “The End” it kept going. I can’t tell you how rare that is in a book like this, Kleypas doesn’t take the easy way out.

So you all have a reference point here is B&N’s synopsis:

She stood at danger′s threshold–

then love beckoned her in.

In the shelter of her country cottage, Sara Feilding puts pen to paper to create dreams. But curiosity has enticed the prim, well-bred gentlewoman out of her safe haven–and into Derek Craven′s dangerous world.

A handsome, tough and tenacious Cockney, he rose from, poverty to become lord of London′s most exclusive gambling house–a struggle that has left Derek Craven fabulously wealthy, but hardened and suspicious. And now duty demands he allow Sara Fielding into his world–with her impeccable manners and her infuriating innocence. But here, in a perilous shadow-realm of ever-shifting fortunes, even a proper “mouse” can be transformed into a breathtaking enchantress–and a world-weary gambler can be shaken to his cynical core by the power of passion. . .and the promise of love.

When I first read this synopsis I put it away in my been-there-read-that queue. When I heard from friends and read the “Goodreads” reviews how good this book was I finally grabbed it. In a lot of situations like this where the book is built up so high, I end up disapointed. This is a rare case where it lives up to the hype.

Even though this review is starting to sound like a love letter to LK, I do one major criticism: *Minor Spoilers*

  • There is a plot line with Sara’s Fiance (Not Derek), that I felt was such a crucial element of the storyline, and it ends a little abruptly. I wish she had delved a little deeper into this conflict.

That said if you are looking for a good Historical Romance, look no further than Dreaming of You.