27 July 2011

Review: Lisa Kleypas - Suddenly You

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Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Avon (May 29, 2001)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0380802325
ISBN-13: 978-0380802326
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She was unmarried, untouched and almost thirty, but novelist Amanda Briars wasn't about to greet her next birthday without making love to a man. When he appeared at her door, she believed he was her gift to herself, hired for one night of passion. Unforgettably handsome, irresistibly virile, he tempted her in ways she never thought possible...but something stopped him from completely fulfilling her dream.

Jack Devlin's determination to possess Amanda became greater when she discovered his true identity. But gently-bred Amanda craved respectability more than she admitted, while Jack, the cast-off son of a nobleman and London's most notorious businessman, refused to live by society's rules. Yet when fate conspired for them to marry, their worlds collided with a passionate force neither had expected...but both soon craved.

My Review:

From the very first page, Suddenly You was an all-encompassing story of two intense and passionate characters. I started this book and took it everywhere with me for Jack Devlin and Amanda Briars would not let me go. The story is spectacular in its simplicity speaking about love, independence, strength and two imperfect people whom fit perfectly together in their journey of acceptance.

Lisa Kleypas has captured the essence of love for me with these two stunning characters and the tale they tell. Jack is so focused on his success as a publisher and the money he makes that the meeting with the vibrant Amanda takes him by surprise. They both want so much out of life. They want to live it on their own terms yet society tries very hard to control them with its etiquette and society structure. Still, Jack has a healthy lack for certain rules which is expected from a man with a scoundrel status. From the moment they meet it is a chemistry of emotions that results in a sexual energy that radiated from the pages. The dialogues were a verbal sparring of quick wit, strong personalities and intelligence. It lured me to read on and on, and before I realized it I finished the story. I felt utterly spellbound by the romance, the characters and the tale Lisa Kleypas told with Suddenly you!

As this is my first novel by Lisa Kleypas all I can say is that she delivered a high quality historical read that will speak to many readers in this genre. Suddenly You blends all the regency elements together with a high level of emotions and sizzling heat that resonated with me. The supporting cast of characters is one that I enjoyed meeting and told so much about the personality of both Jack and Amanda! It adds more depth and understanding to where they are coming from. All though there is no real plot in this novel it doesn’t need one for it speaks of a man and a woman with their thoughts, feelings and struggles, and that was all I needed!

With flair, passion, talent and unforgettable characters, Lisa Kleypas has written a story that became an instant favorite of mine!

4 stars

Quote for you to sample:

Jack Devlin - "Every man has his own preferences," he said. "You happen to fulfil all of mine."

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  1. le sigh...I LOVE this book! It's by far my fave Lisa Kleypas book. Jack was simply YUMMY!

  2. I loved this one, too, Leontine! Jack and Amanda are such vivid characters. I started chuckling when Jack showed up, knowing who Amanda thought he was...

    Great review of it, Ma'am!

    Sia McKye's Thoughts...OVER COFFEE

  3. I totally loved this book, one of my favorite LK romances - you started with a good one! :)

  4. @Lissa Matthews - Jack was one of those characters who just wooed my romantic heart. Le sigh and yummy are accurate terms *wink*

    @Sia McKye - I wrote the review but forgot to post it on my blog *headdesk* I just had to put in my two cents because I'm not easily satisfied when it comes to historical romances o.0

    @Julie - I will definitely lurk in her backlist for more!

  5. I have this one but haven't read it yet - I must get to it one day. :)

    Great review.

  6. Wow Leontine, for your first Lisa Kleypas you sure took a winner! Now I want to reread it! She is one of my favourite authors, and most of her books are just as good. Happy you enjoyed it. And f.y.i. you can always come browsing at my library.

  7. You've only read that book now? I'm shocked! lol I love Suddenly You! It's one of my favourite Historicals ever. Jack is so yummy and delicious and Amanda a great heroine. I think I have to do a re-read now...

  8. @Tracy - You've got Suddenly You on your TBR pile, dig it up girl and go read! ;)

    @Aurian - I might take you up on that invite *grin*

    @ClaudiaGC - I read it quite a while back but apparantly never posted my review *eek* I found this out when I stumbled upon the Word. Doc this weekend and went WTF?! I have to post my review, share the love and awesomeness of these characters! So I did... :D

  9. @Leontine Alright then, you're excused! ;)

  10. One day I shall read a Kleypas book, that I swear :D

  11. I rarely have found a Kleypas book I don't like, but this is just about my favorite. Jack was one of those heroes that had me sighing for hours after the last line was read. Such a fun character and just the kind of guy we all would have liked to have known. I really liked your review.


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