The Ravenels #2
The Ravenels #2
By: Lisa Kleypas
A ruthless tycoon
Savage ambition has brought common-born Rhys Winterborne vast wealth and success. In business and beyond, Rhys gets exactly what he wants. And from the moment he meets the shy, aristocratic Lady Helen Ravenel, he is determined to possess her. If he must take her virtue to ensure she marries him, so much the better…
A sheltered beauty
Helen has had little contact with the glittering, cynical world of London society. Yet Rhys’s determined seduction awakens an intense mutual passion. Helen’s gentle upbringing belies a stubborn conviction that only she can tame her unruly husband. As Rhys’s enemies conspire against them, Helen must trust him with her darkest secret. The risks are unthinkable…the reward, a lifetime of incomparable bliss. And it all begins with…
Marrying Mr. Winterborne
Lady Helen Ravenel is shy and unsure of herself, being an unloved and often forgotten daughter to her late parents and often overlooked by her late brother, it wasn't till her father was on his death bed that Helen learned the truth of her illegitimacy. But that is a secret she has shared with no one. Now her betrothal to a man whom himself is an adventure, was misguidedly broken off by her cousin Devon and his bride while she was sick in bed with a migraine! But now she is bound and determined to get him back, under her rules this time and Rhys Winterborne will listen!
Rhys Winterborne is a self-made Welshman with such determination, that he now owns one of the biggest and best department stores in the whole of England! But the one thing that Rhys wants was snatched from his grip…Helen! But now she stands in front of him with quiet determination, declaring that she will not release him from their betrothal! So he offers her an ultimatum! And surprisingly she accepts!
While looking forward to her wedding and life with Rhys, Helen discovers just how much her parents resented her and whom her true sire is…the one person her fiancé hates most in the world. Add to that the knowledge that she has a sister! Helen is determined to find her and keep her safe, even if that means giving up the one man she will ever love!
I LOVED Lisa Kleypas old historical romances and I was honestly unsure that her new series would live up to her old one…but I was WRONG!! Oh my goodness I LOVED Marrying Winterborne! I knew I loved the characters when I read Cold Hearted Rake, but I honestly didn't realize just how superb the story would be.
As normal with the Lisa Kleypas books are wonderfully written and the story is so detailed and historically detailed, I felt that I was immersed in this world of beauty, heartbreak and determination. The characters were just as I had expected them to be! Honestly how can you not full in love with Rhys and Helen and I honestly could wax lyrical about all of the characters forever, as they are all wonderful, but I do have to say that with the exception of the twins, all of the original character have softened their personalities, I even grew to like Kathleen!
I give Marrying Winterborne 5 stars!