Review: Mine Till Midnight by Lisa Kleypas

Reviewed by Jen

I should probably start by saying how much this book was universally loved. It has tons of five star reviews out there… hundreds maybe. I have read and loved Lisa Kleypas books as well; it’s why I read her back list when my TBR get slow. But while I liked this book, there were a few things about it that kept me from truly adoring in the way so many other readers did.

Amelia is the responsible oldest sister in the Hathaway family. Her brother has recently and unexpectedly inherited a title, which would be a boon if he would actually behave as an adult. He lost his love to scarlet fever, though, so he is currently drinking and wasting his life away, regardless of the effect it has on the rest of his family.

To get him away from the many places and opportunities to act out in town, Amelia sells their family home in the city and they move to his entailed property in the country. Imagine her surprise when, out there, she encounters Cam, the handsome half-gypsy man who helps run the gaming hell where she dragged her brother out just days before.

This is the first book in The Hathaways series and it has a wide breadth of characters, ostensibly all who will eventually get their own book. A couple of the sisters ran together for me, but I was particularly interested in the adopted brother, Merripan, and the object of his affection, Win. I think their book is going to be a doozy.

Anyway, back to Amelia. She has a good reason to feel like she needs to be in control and take care of everyone, but she also has a little bit of a martyr complex. She thinks there’s no way she will ever marry and live her own life because she has to be the head of the family. Cam, meanwhile, feels torn by the two halves of his heritage. He is very successful among the English. He makes money hand over fist, even when he is not trying. Still, part of him longs for a life of open skies and freedom. This dichotomy is what makes his attraction to Amelia so inconvenient. Obviously, the story follows these two as they fall for each other despite all the things inside of them that are getting in the way.

All of that is good. But, while possessiveness and the whole “mine” thing are staples of romance, I found Cam took it a little further than I would prefer. There were times I felt that he threatened Amelia’s agency. I am sure it’s supposed to be sexy. But there were instances, more than once, where she said no and he took matters into his own hands. He did what he thought was best, despite what she had to say. And that includes sexual circumstances, which for me is disturbing. Yeah, yeah, her body said yes, but I also care about what her mouth says. He also basically forbid her to be alone with any man she was not related to. Nope. Not going there.

I also pretty much hated Amelia’s brother, Leo. His decline is necessary for the foundation of the book, but I wanted to kick him in the ‘nads. I would’ve been OK if he had died and that is saying a lot.

Overall, though, I did like this book. I just couldn’t quite love it. I will keep reading because A) I know Lisa Kleypas does great historical romance, but also B) because I need to see Win and Merripan make it happen. I’ll keep you posted.

Rating: B

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Mine Till Midnight
by Lisa Kleypas
Release Date: October 2, 2007
Publisher: St. Martins Paperbacks

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