If we could keep Lisa Kleypas locked in our basement, chained to a computer so she could keep churning books out to us, we would. However, we have been informed that this might be a tiny bit unethical and slightly illegal…but the dream lives on. She is one of those rare authors who never lets you down and consistently releases fantastic new books, so picking a top ten all time favourite list was a challenge, but here is what I decided one:
Hmmm Nick Gentry….*mind wanders*…
“You took advantage of me while I was sleeping,” she said breathlessly. “That’s not fair.”
Gentry’s hand moved over her hip in a slow circle.”I seldom play fair. It’s usually easier to cheat.”
A sudden laugh bubbled in Lottie’s throat. “You are the most shameless man I’ve ever encountered.”
“Probably,” he conceded, pushing her hair aside and lowering his smiling mouth to the back of her neck
My beautiful Kev, I love this book, mainly because of a certain silent, broody and intense gypsy. It’s impossible to read this book and not fall in love with him!
“All the fires of hell could burn for a thousand years and it wouldn’t equal what I feel for you in one minute of the day. I love you so much there is no pleasure in it. Nothing but torment. Because if I could dilute what I feel for you to the millionth part, it would still be enough to kill you. And even if it drives me mad, I would rather see you live in the arms of that cold, soulless bastard than die in mine.”
The quote below says it all…Sir Ross..arrogant, over bearing, over protective; he has no idea what hits him when Sophia comes along! How I love to see them fall!
“I am not overbearing,” Ross countered evenly. “I merely happen to know what is best for everybody.”
Prepare for tears with this one, she gets those tear ducts working. I have found romance readers have a weakness for a damaged hero and Alex is more than a little dinged and dented.
“No matter what I become…I will love you! No force of heaven or hell could stop me, and damn anyone who tries. I will love you forever”.
How can you not love a heroine who orders a bit of lovin’ for her 30th birthday?
She understood the risks, the limits, the possible consequences, and she was willing to accept all of that in return for the sheer joy of being with him. One night with him…one hundred… whatever fate allowed her, she would take
Oh gosh, another book that made me ball like a baby, in fact just thinking about this one makes tears well up! And we have a really sweet secondary romance squeezed in.
She was not the girl he had once loved, he reminded himself grimly. That girl had neer really existed. And yet it didn’t seem to matter. Aline was his curse, his fate, his consuming desire. He would never stop wanting her, no matter what she did, no matter how many oceans and continents he managed to put between them.
I could hardly to a Top Ten: Lisa Kleypas edition without having Devil in Winter. St Vincent and Evie have captured so many hearts with their unlikely romance it’s easy to see why it is a fan favourite.
The situation was extraordinary. How someone like Evangeline Jenner could have wrought such a change in St. Vincent, the most worldly of men, was difficult to understand. However, Westcliff had learned that the mysteries of attraction could not always be explained through logic. Sometimes the fractures in two separate souls became the very hinges that held them together.
Hardy and Haven, they have such a poignant tale to tell! Both damaged and hurting in their own ways, I can’t help but fall in love with their love.
I no longer believed in the idea of soul mates, or love at first sight. But I was beginning to believe that a very few times in your life, if you were lucky, you might meet someone who was exactly right for you. Not because he was perfect, or because you were, but because your combined flaws were arranged in a way that allowed two separate beings to hinge together.
Derek. Craven. An unlikely hero, but one who has stolen my heart, this is a favourite reread of mine. Sara and Derek…what a fantastic couple, if you only ever read one Lisa Kleypas book, read this one!
There was also the occasional bite of resentment when he realized she had become the source of all pleasure to him, all comfort and peace. She was the first human being he had ever needed. He had lost his freedom in a way he had never imagined possible, bound more securely by her love than by a mile’s length of iron chains
My choice of number one may surprise people. But I LOVE It Happened in Autumn I have read it so many times that I decided to buy it as an e-book so I didn’t keep wearing my copies out. There is something about the stoic and staid Westcliff and the wild and slightly wicked Lillian that I can’t resist. They are perfect for one another, so different but they fit completely. Plus, the drunken scene in the library? Classic.
“There is nothing on earth more beautiful to me than your smile…no sound sweeter than your laughter…no pleasure greater than holding you in my arms. I realized today that I could never live without you, stubborn little hellion that you are. In this life and the next, you’re my only hope of happiness. Tell me, Lillian, dearest love…how can you have reached so far inside my heart?”