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on 29 October 2002
"Because You're Mine" is another well-written historical romance by Lisa Kleypas' magic pen. The story is set in Victorian London mostly in the interesting surroundings of the Capital Theatre.
Lady Madeline Matthews is a spirited young gentlewoman who doesn't want to marry her family's chosen old but rich lecherous lord.She is desperately planning some sort of escape when she gets the idea of socially ruining herself with the help of Logan Scott. Logan Scott is the most popular actor of his times. He is the owner of London's Capital Theatre and he is one of England's richest men. Madeline leaves school and goes to London directly to the Capital. Her plan is to make Logan Scott make love to her and ruin her. Maddy is an intelligent girl but she is very innocent in the ways of the world. Logan is her opposite. He is a hardened womanizer with no illusions about the hardships of life. He comes from a painful childhood and he fought for everything he has. He is attracted to Madeline from the beginning but he is angry as well. He doesn't want her around the theatre because she threatens the peace of his body and mind. Maddy is stubborn and doesn't want to give up hope that she will be able to seduce Logan.Both characters are strong, attractive and very alive. The story is full of their exciting verbal fights and the sexual tension between them is sizzling.
Logan doesn't want to trust any woman but Maddy defeats his barriers and they make passionate love. The storyline is fast-paced full of emotional struggle between Logan and Maddy. They both misunderstand the other's motives and they hurt each other unintentionally. The path to happiness is long and not easy.
There are some interesting well developed secondary characters who are meddling in the couple's relationship either positively or negatively. Ms. Kleypas is a very talented writer who finds the right way to describe her characters and their continuous change for the better.
BECAUSE YOU'RE MINE is a beautiful historical romance set in the busy life of a Victorian theatre.The authors use of different sceneries is very original. I love the way she writes about her characters and make them come alive so we think of them as real persons.Fans of historical romance will cherish this book and they will want to read more by this excellent author.
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on 14 October 1998
Romance fans, this is a novel you don't want to miss! 'Because You're Mine' is the latest masterpiece from sensational author Lisa Kleypas. To avoid an unwanted marriage to the respectable older gentleman her parents selected, Madeline Matthews decides to make herself undesirable to the prospective groom - by ruining herself! And what better way of accomplishing this than taking as a lover the famous actor Logan Scott? The only problem is that innocent young women are not exactly Logan's style. Ms. Kleypas has cast a determined heroine with an innocence that will melt your heart. And sexy Logan Scott is a hero that you won't soon forget. Want to know more? Order this incredible book now!
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on 13 July 1997
Their worlds would never have intersected if the aristocratic and
snobbish parents of Madeline Matthews had not tried to marry her off to
an older Earl, who wanted her only as broodmere. Up to that moment,
Maddie had been a docile, very obedient daughter. This time however,
she rebels and runs off to London in the hopes of obtaining employment
at the Capital Theatre. Her ultimate goal is to meet, charm, and seduce
the stage's top actor Logan Scott. That way she can return home as
"soiled goods" and be rejected by her fiance. Logan is less than
thrilled with her, but his co-manager takes pity on Maddie and hires
her.

Maddie immediately becomes the favorite of everyone in the theatre
except Logan. He thinks she is a jinx because accidents seem to occur
to him whenever she is near him. He also loathes the fact that he is
very attract ed to her. When Maddie discovers Logan is very ill in his
office, she nurses him back to health at considerable risk to
herself.This crumbles his remaining defenses and the jaded actor admits
his true feelings to the innocent miss. They share a beautiful intimate
evening of lovemaking. However, when her father discovers them, Logan
feels betrayed because she hid her background from him. Two months
later, a pregnant Maddie returns, forcing
Logan to once again look inside himself. Will he choose a lifetime of
loving happiness or will he opt to remain in his self-induced hell?

Lisa Kleypas pens a very humorous and satirical tale about the
pitfalls that occur in 1833 England when a commoner and an aristocrat
try to make a life together. The decadent hero makes the perfect
counterpoint to the naive heroine as their different perspectives of
the world diverge into proving that love can conquer any obstacle if
allowed by the participants. BECAUSE YOU'RE MINE is a fun read that
will lift readers out of the doldrums. This reviewer expects to read
one day that Lisa Kleypas made it to the New York Times best seller
list.

Harriet Klausner
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on 10 July 2015
My first time reading Lisa Klypas and I have never fallen more in love with a book, I was gripped from start to finish, there's no repetition of word or phrases,funny,romantic and just what you want to read. it was in keeping with the period it was written, I felt like I was watching a movie more than reading a book.well done Lisa keep it up and am certainly an avid reader now :-)
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on 25 August 1999
THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THAT I'VE READ ONE OF LISA KLEYPAS'S BOOKS. "BECAUSE YOUR MINE" IS THE BEST READ THAT I HAVE HAD IN A LONG TIME. THE PLOT IS AMAZING AND INVENTIVE. SHE HAS A REMARKABLE GIFT FOR MAKING THE READER FEEL WHAT THE CHARACTERS ARE FEELING. THE STORY LINE HAS MADE ME CRY, LAUGH AND DREAM. HER PLOT AND CHARACTERS ARE WELL DEVELOPED AND THOUGHT OUT. LOGAN SCOTT IS DEFINITELY WHAT DREAMS ARE MADE OF AND HE COULD NOT HAVE FOUND A BETTER MATCH THAN MADELINE. THIS BOOK HAS THE LURE AND ESSENCE THAT CREATES A UNFORGETTABLE AND MEMORABLE READ. TAKE THE TIME TO READ THIS BOOK AND YOU WILL BE HOOKED, I KNOW I AM!
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on 7 February 2007
This wasn't up to the usual standard I have come to expect from Lisa Kleypas. I am very surprised when I look at the other reviews to see that they don't reflect this. I did not feel much chemistry between the two main characters - it lacked that certain something to make it special.

If you have never read Lisa Kleypas before don't start with this one - try 'Again the Magic '
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on 2 July 2007
This book had that typical romance storyline but Lisa Kleypas made it so much more.

A heartwarming story of two completely different characters both with different backgrounds set in Victorian London. You have the sweet charming innocent heroine Madeline and the handsome tortured-soul Logan Scott. Maddy sets off for Scott in an attempt to ruin herself in order to avoid marrying the despicable Lord Clifton. Scott has an alterior moive- to avoid the meddlesome but alluring woman and get on with running his theatre. With Maddy disguisuing her identity she attempts to seduce Scott and unknowingly is succeeding.

A stunning story from start to finish one that you will cherish for a long time. Lisa Kleypas has written a truly remarkable book with characters that you will not forget. Worth the time and worth every penny!
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on 8 June 2007
I had read the mixed reviews but ordered the book anyway, and am glad I did. I agree that there doesn't seem to be a huge amount of chemistry between Maddy and Logan, but I enjoyed this book as the characters weren't at eachothers throats, professing to hate eachother when secretly they were in love. Maddy showed her love for Logan, he was the one with the "past" which made it difficult for him to show his love back. There was a great plot "twist" in the middle of the book which added to the story. I would recommend this book if you are a kleypas fan, you will not be disappointed.
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on 6 August 1999
I've read all of Lisa's books that I've been able to find. Only one more to go!!! I'm hooked, and I've passed the word! I only regret that there aren't more to read yet. Wonderful romance.
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on 19 July 2011
I absolutely agree with A CUSTOMER. This book is so romantic and absolutely fills in all the gaps when you read it. This is one of the best novels Lisa Kleypas has written.
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