Thursday, August 28, 2008
Mine Till Midnight - Lisa Kleypas
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….
I've been expecting Cam Rohan's story ever since he was introduced in the Wallflower Quartet. Since then he has become St Vincent's right hand man and a very wealthy person. He first meets Amelia when she goes to the club looking for her brother. Although there's an attraction they both think they wont meet again. But Amelia's brother just inherited a title and an estate that borders Stony Cross Park, where Westcliff and Lilian live and where Cam is often found visiting. They do meet again in the most extraordinary circumstances with Westcliff and Cam in the middle of an experiment that almost ends badly for Amelia as she is shot at.
Although fighting the attraction they spend more and more time together and after her house burns down and the family has to move to Stony Cross Park Cam is decided to help them rebuild and eventually decides to give in to his feelings.
I loved this story! I loved how there's an initial attraction between Amelia and Cam but it's only after they get to know each other better and become a sort of friends that there's an evolution in their relationship (except for an early stolen kiss). I loved the interaction between the males of the story, Cam, Westcliff and St Vincent -I loved revisiting Lilian and Evie and finally I loved Amelia's family and how they always manage to land in serious scrapes. I did feel like knocking her brother upside the head once or twice and I'm looking forward to see what Kleypas is going to do with him.
Amelia was a fabulous heroine, she was unconventional and different but I never felt she wasn't a woman of her time. She was, but with a different upbringing and values which enabled her to accept Cam as a person and not just as a gipsy. Cam was wonderful, as I was expecting, trying to avoid the unavoidable and once decided on the right path relentless in his pursuit of Amelia.
There's a small mystery subplot but it didn't add much to the main story in my opinion.
There were many memorable dialogues in the book, Kleypas creates great characters and it's always fun to see the banter between them or the clash of several alpha males. A keeper!