Review: Tempt Me at Twilight by Lisa Kleypas

Reviewed by Jen

As much as I loved the book before this in the Hathaways series, I have to admit that I wasn’t super excited to keep reading for this installment. Honestly, I thought we were going to get Leo’s book and I was not all that jazzed about the set up with the governess. Then I discovered this is actually Poppy’s book. I still wasn’t terribly excited, because she has probably been the least developed character among the Hathaway siblings. I didn’t feel like I knew her, and I did not particularly care to. But people love Lisa Kleypas for a reason. The lady knows what she is doing. I ended up really enjoying this book, and even more, I am actually now looking forward to Leo’s book when I wasn’t before.

The reason Poppy always faded into the background is because she is the Hathaway sibling who longs for normalcy. All she wants is a nice quiet life in the country. But what we want and what we need aren’t always the same thing. Hotel owner Harry is exactly what Poppy needs. Unfortunately, she is in love with another man. Michael is the son of a peer and the feelings between him and Poppy are real. His father would never approve of the match, though. So when Harry meets Poppy and is taken by her, he makes quick work of his nemesis by exposing the clandestine relationship to dear old dad. The result? Michael drops Poppy like a hot potato.

One well-timed inappropriate consolation later, and Harry is “forced” to marry Poppy. She accepts, but his plot is quickly exposed and now she must make a life with a man who manipulated her into marriage.

I actually kind of liked Harry despite his machinations. The poor guy was so starved for love that he didn’t have the slightest idea how to go about recognizing or nurturing it. He made bad choices out of his desperation to be with Poppy. And with another character in another book, this might have been really offputting to me. But here it was sad and sweet. In a lot of ways, this is a slow burn. Poppy doesn’t want to love Harry and for good reason. But watching them fall for each other was quite lovely. I really enjoyed it and the author did a good job of helping me close to the door on Michael and feel OK about it.

As I said, I am actually looking forward to Leo’s book now. Both he and the governess, Miss Marks, are drawn a little better at this point. And there is a little bit of mystery that will edge us in to their story. And as with all of the Hathaway books, we get to spend time with the other family members we have grown to love, like Amelia, Cam, Merripen, and Win. Their stories and happy endings continue.

This is really such a great series. Definitely worth picking them up if you’ve never read them before.

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Tempt Me at Twilight
by Lisa Kleypas
Release Date: September 22, 2009
Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks

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