Suddenly You (Wheeler Romance) Hardcover – Large Print, 1 Nov 2001
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Successful novelist Miss Amanda Briars buys herself a scandalous present to celebrate her 30th birthday in Lisa Kleypas's Suddenly You. Gently bred, unwed and still a virgin, she contracts with a well-known madam to deliver a lover to her home. When handsome publisher Jack Devlin knocks on her door, it doesn't take him long to figure out that Amanda thinks he's someone else entirely. Intrigued, he stops just short of taking the lady's virginity for he has other plans for the talented writer.
Discovering Jack's true identity at a gathering of writers and publishing folks, Amanda is at first angry and then fascinated, for he is a powerful force in the London publishing industry. Jack is determined to court Amanda not only to publish her novels but also to lure her into his bed, and it isn't long before the two are deeply involved. But their path to happiness is strewn with stumbling blocks, for Jack has a past that haunts him, while Amanda's family would be hurt by a scandalous liaison.
Suddenly You is a lush, deeply romantic tale of two free spirits who learn that they are, after all, susceptible to the binding ties of love. The setting provides readers with a different view of London society in the lives of affluent writers and artists--rather than the world of the nobility--and a fascinating look into the publishing industry in the London of the 1800s. Once again, Kleypas has delivered a well-written, sensual novel that's sure to hit the bestseller lists.--Lois Faye Dyer, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"[She] will lift your spirits and warm your heart". -- Romantic Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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They meet again at a literary evening due and Amanda finds out his true identity. The air sparkles between them and their confrontations get more and more heated. Amanda is an innocent and respectable woman and she fights her growing attraction for Jack whose reputation is tarnished and his origins unclear. The circumstances of their social standing give them plenty of opportunity to meet and their attraction for each other deepens.
Fate has an interesting plan for them which turns their lives upside down. The author's clever choice of different social backgrounds is admirable and very refreshing. It adds zest to the tale. The reader gets to know more about the life of writers and publishers in the 19th century and this background is a perfect setting for the storyline which never slows down and is very capturing.
SUDDENLY YOU is a beautifully written historical romance which will warm the reader's heart. I highly recommend it to all fans of this talented author and this entertaining genre.
The hero is Jack Devlin a publisher, he turns up as Amanda expects her man. Thus begins a passionate affair between them which they keep a secret. When the inevitable happens for Jack was not careful one time confusion and misunderstandings ensue.
My main problem with the book is the motivations for both the characters. Jack is a wrong side of the blanket son of a nobleman - Jack believes his father does not love or care for him. But when his mum died (after having many other 'protectors') his father puts him in a school ok it's a horrid school but in that age his dad kept a tab on him to know his mum died and paid for him to go to school when he could have just let Jack go to the poor house, his dad also lends(wanted to give but Jack pays him back) him a large sum of money to set up his business but Jack thinks his father never cared for him at all?!? And is upset when his ½ siblings don't want to know him.
I will admit that half way through to finish the book I ended up skipping a lot of the sex scenes as the book had got that tedious.
This book was not for me as I could not quite get over the motivations thing but I can see that others might like the book as it is otherwise well written.
I especially love the hero - he is unconventional, brave, and not afraid to go for what he wants. Despite an abused childhood, he has trumphant in the face of all his hardships, and not afraid of what others think of him. And yet, he is kind and protective towards those who are weaker and unable to defend themselves. Most of all, what amazes me is the revelation at the end of the story - he is 5 years younger than the heroine!! Gad, this is almost unheard of in regency romances!
His love is constant, and believable. This is definitely a must read, if you want to enjoy a refreshing plot, with adventurous twists. A truly truly wonderful book!
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I love lisa kleypas' books and it was the same with this book until about 3/4 of the way through it. I loved the conflict and the way Jack Devlin's character was developed. Read morePublished on 15 Mar. 2010 by C. Halford
Ive read this book years ago. And bought it again recently. I just love this story so much. I fell inlove with the characters and experienced their ups and downs. Read morePublished on 27 April 2009 by H. Drake
This book an extremely good book, i enjoyed the whole thing probably right up into in one of the last chapters the "raspberry scene" my god, i was very much grossed out and a... Read morePublished on 2 Aug. 2007 by Sian Louise
Yes this is another great romance from Lisa Kleypas - However I am deducting one star for the scene involving the raspberries - very dodgy I thought, in fact I can see hardly look... Read morePublished on 7 Feb. 2007 by H. Mckeon