REVIEW: Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas
She stood at danger’s threshold—then love beckoned her in.
In the shelter of her country cottage, Sara Feilding puts pen to paper to create dreams. But curiosity has enticed the prim, well-bred gentlewoman out of her safe haven—and into Derek Craven’s dangerous world.
A handsome, tough and tenacious Cockney, he rose from poverty to become lord of London’s most exclusive gambling house—a struggle that has left Derek Craven fabulously wealthy, but hardened and suspicious. And now duty demands he allow Sara Fielding into his world—with her impeccable manners and her infuriating innocence. But here, in a perilous shadow-realm of ever-shifting fortunes, even a proper “mouse” can be transformed into a breathtaking enchantress—and a world-weary gambler can be shaken to his cynical core by the power of passion…and the promise of love.
So this is my first Lisa Kleypas novel and I have to admit that this author basically owned me after reading this. She writes the best characters– both male and female and a romantic twist that really sits well on me. Dreaming of You is one of a kind. I always have an undeniable taste in historical romances from the moment I encountered a Judith McNaught book. And now, Lisa Kleypas– she’s made of awesomeness!
This book talks about the beautiful country girl Sara Fielding who works as a novelist, and of course, the hot-damn sexy owner of a gambling house Derek Craven. They both met when Sara rescued Derek from a fateful attack. Sara, who went to London for the sake of research for her upcoming novel, eventually landed in Derek’s infamous underworld of gambling — only to fall for him in the long run. Being known as one of London’s notorious and wealthiest men, Derek wasn’t really the perfect man Lisa defined here. He’s one with a broken soul because of his unfortunate and painful childhood, which led him to be somewhat cautious when it comes to getting his heart involved with a woman. Realizing that he was also slowly falling for Sara, he intentionally let her go and sent her back to her local place, and basically tried to forget about her. But fate played irony on both of them as they met again and together, they battled their emotions whether to keep the attraction going or just let it slip away.
What I love about this book is the way Lisa made every scene unforgettable. The romance is alive, the sexual tension obviously exists, and the storyline is neatly done. Honestly, I’ve been through a whirlwind of emotions with this book. It has the right mix of romance and action all at the same time.
The setting is also worth noting. I love how Lisa described the beautiful countryside Sara was residing. I was also engrossed with the details the author described when it came to Derek’s gambling house. Everything was sophisticated! Totally love it!
The Book Is…
Superb. One with an unforgettable ending and a dramatic climax. Each character was presented with clear and well-defined personality. It’s also full of romantic and sweet scenes.
There weren’t any, in my opinion.
What I Think About the Characters
She’s actually a very admirable character. I didn’t have a hard time liking her. She’s plain and simple and yet very smart and headstrong. She’s not pretentious when it comes to showing her emotions and feelings for Derek.
I have to admit that I wasn’t smitten with this man at first. But as the story went, I slowly developed a huge liking on him. He’s kind of aloof at first but eventually, I found out that he’s a sweet guy as he bared his soft side. He’s also very protective and passionate. He’s an ultimate book beau!
My Rating for this book: 5 awesome stars! 😀
“Separately they had different strengths. Together they were complete.”
“I didn’t want to give you the one last part of myself that I couldn’t take back. And then you were gone… And I realized it was already yours. It had been since the beginning. Except that I hadn’t told you. It drove me mad, the thought that you would never know.”