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Released: October 2, 2007
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: The Hathaways #1
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks
After reading the Wallflowers I had two things in my mind before picking this up. First, can Lisa Kleypas live up to the Wallflowers? It’s not easy to create a series with characters that are all flawed but lovable and that can captivate my heart and attention as that series did. And second, two words for you: Cam Rohan. I originally thought (after reading Devil in Winter) that he would end up with Daisy Bowman. And since then I’ve wanted to read about the sexy gypsy.
I can now honestly say I am 100% satisfied on both counts. This series already makes me feel right at home with the Hathaway family. They are down on their luck, they’ve each been through so much heartache. There’s the older brother who lost his fiance and has gone off the deep end; the sister who is still a bit ill; the younger sister who will have the misfortune of not having things and opportunities because of their position; there’s even a crazy sister who randomly steals things! And then there’s Amela Hathaway. The backbone of the family. The glue that holds them all together and pushes through. Not wanting to marry because she can’t give up her freedom to a man, she’s a declared spinster who only cares about the well being of her siblings.
Except when faced with Cam Rohan. He is all kinds of wrong, a gypsy who was raised by Evangeline’s father and grew up at the gambling club, surrounded by mostly undesirables. He’s tough and he’s not the reputable gentleman she should want to be in the company of. But he’s funny and down to earth, and simple. He can make her laugh and make her blush. And she can’t fight her attraction for long.
Just as Cam can’t fight his attraction to Amelia. For a while now women have had no appeal to him until her. And he knows she’s the type of woman you marry, not play around with. Still, he can’t stay away. And when they finally get together, well, Cam is just A.MA.ZING! And lets leave it at that!
All the usual suspects from the Wallflowers pretty much make an appearance. Of course my Lord Westcliff playing a big role as the Hathaways are taking residence next door to his estate. But Lord St. Vincent is a big part of this book as well as he is now Cam’s best friend.
Of course we also get a small glimpse of what’s in store for book two. Kev Merripen, who is a gypsy that was taken in and raised with the Hathaways, is in love with the most fragile of them all, Win. I’m hoping for an intense ride with their story!
“Marry me, Amelia. You’re what I want. You’re my fate.”
“…whether he stayed or left, whether they walked the same path or not. They could live on opposite sides of the world, and she would still be his.”
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