I am a huge fan of Lisa Kleypas, and put this book up with her very best.I loved her difficult and damaged hero,Sebastian, and the way she turned the despicable man in "It happened One Autumn" to the hero of this book is really interesting.It is a very tender love story and in many places it had me on the edge of my seat as I waited to see what would happen next. It is a real page turner!
Evangeline is desperate. She makes a late night visit to the heartless rake, Sebastian, with a proposition she knows he cannot refuse. She will elope with him to Gretna Green, and use her money to pay off his considerable debts if he will give her freedom to care for her father and escape from the marriage plans of her family. She knows that he kidnapped and attempted to rape her best friend, but is hoping that he is also so desperate that he will accept her proposal, and the conditions that go with it.
Thus begins a love story that develops through many twists and turns, as we see both Evangeline and Sebastian change and reveal new depths. Both are damaged products of broken families. As they find out more about each other, and grow to care for each other, new strengths are revealed. As always, Kleypas writes her characters with real sensitivity, and it is lovely to learn more about the heroes and hreoines of her previous books, who play important secondary parts in this story.
Kleypas always writes better stories for her damaged and dangerous male characters such as Prince Nikolas and Derek Craven, and the redemption of Sebastian, the Viscount St. Vincent is up there in the same league.I loved this book and will re-read it many times in the future. It is worth at least 5 stars and I would give it more if I could !