Currently Reading… a historical romance!!

by Maryse on January 4, 2015 · 22 comments

in What I am reading today

Dreaming of You (Gamblers) by Lisa Kleypas <— Yep! I am! This is the one!! And it’s been awhile now that I keep hearing about this mysterious and brooding “Derek Craven” that makes so many here, swoon like mad.

I haven’t read many of ‘em in my reading lifetime but each and every one of that I HAVE read, I’ve loved like crazy. From Karen Marie Moning’s sexy highlanders (like Beyond the Highland Mist - and yes I KNOW Adam Black’s book I need to read ASAP in this series) to Mary Wine’s SCORCHING-HOT (In the Warrior’s Bed <— whoooooooooo!!!*) kidnappy-highlanders (hey! It’s what they did back then, I guess. Family revenge and all that), to Outlander and The Bronze Horseman (both ruled my world).

It’s fun to shake up my reading a little, and I thought I’d stray from contemporary and NA for a day or two and try a whole new world. And my choice was easy when some of our fellow readers chatted about one particular historical that they LOVED like crazy…

Jennifer: She also wrote “The Devil in Winter” and “Dreaming of You“. They are historical but they are two of my favorite books of all time! The heros are bad boys of course.  Love her writing!

bev: Dreaming of You is a common favorite of her fans because of Derek Craven. An amazing hero… So if I beg pretty please wouldyou consider  reading a Kleypas historical?

Michelle: Bev, I’ve had a crazy productive reading week and even finished two Kleypas books yourecommended, Dreaming of You and Because Your Mine. They were both fantastic and I’m instantly in lust with her books! The plots and characters are so rich!

I AM IN!!! Okay right now I’m at the part where she’s going to that masked ball thingie (for “research”) and she’s not going to be a “mouse” tonight. *grins* I can’t wait to see where it takes me.


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{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Katherine Walsh January 4, 2015 at 12:24 PM

ooooh I loved him! Think its time for a reread!! :)

Maryse January 4, 2015 at 12:30 PM

Yes!! Let’s read it together Katherine! :D

Amber B January 4, 2015 at 12:34 PM

I wanted a change and started Raine Miller’s historical novels and LOVE them!!
I love her Blackstone Affair contemporary series. You should give them a try.

Shana C January 4, 2015 at 12:44 PM

I have read many of her books, love both her historical and contemporary romances. Loved the Wallflower series and Sugar Daddy!

Komal January 4, 2015 at 12:58 PM

You will love it…I LOVE pretty much every single lisa kelypas’s historical romances. Her older ones are even more awesome. I’d also try only with your love and prince of dreams.

Rose January 4, 2015 at 1:44 PM

One of my favorite historical books! I actually read it for the first time years ago way before the “ebook” era and got it again last year on my kindle:) loved rereading it plus now it’s easy to find my favorite parts. You’re going to want more Derek after you finish this one:) And a shout out to Lisa Kleypas who’s in my group of favorite authors.

Michelle S January 4, 2015 at 2:12 PM

Maryse – you just know I’m going to razz you about the whole “I KNOW Adam Black’s book I need to read ASAP in this series” comment…. say what???? His was the BEST of the bunch. Oh Adam… sweet sweet wicked Adam… (I loved Daegus MacKeltar, but Adam rocked my world).

I have downloaded this Kleypas book based on all the “swooning” everyone was doing over it. I used to love historicals, so it is slated as my next read. I am having the hardest time finishing that KA book, Wild & Free!!! It’s not that it isn’t good, I guess I’m just not connecting or something.

After the historical, I need to find a teacher/student one! That’s what I am itching for, I think!

Julia January 4, 2015 at 2:27 PM

I’m a huge lover of historical romance novels and no one does it better than Judith McNaught. You have to check out her titles like “Whitney My Love” and “Something Wonderful.” They are two of her best. Also, “Keeper of the Dream” by Penelope Williamson is an awesome medevil romance novel. You have to read these! They are fabulous!!!!

Shelly January 4, 2015 at 2:30 PM

Loved, loved, loved this book!

bev January 4, 2015 at 3:15 PM

Your reading it! So happy. And nervous, lol.
One of my all time favorite romances and hero.
I still have to read the Bronze Horseman and now need to look up Mary Wine.

bev January 4, 2015 at 4:41 PM

Her next historical has a pre order up at amazon. It is titled The Cold Hearted Rake. So excited for a new historical, even if I have to wait until Oct.

MichelleS, I need to finally read Tapestry. Have to see if Michelle is up for a buddy read sometime soon. Its funny how happy it makes you, and nervous, when someone picks up a book you love. I even smile when I see a stranger in public reading one, rare now with ereaders.

Tessa January 4, 2015 at 7:27 PM

I used to only read historicals, so many years ago. I just read the synopsis and realized I’ve never read this one. I used to read her all the time, but that’s back when Catherine Coulter was writing historicals. *grins*

Whitney My Love was good, but a part made me not like it as much. Something Wonderful… that was so sweet. I far preferred that or her contemporary, Paradise. Yeah, for a regency, pick Something Wonderful. It’s sweet and fun.

Cindy January 4, 2015 at 7:29 PM

Are you enjoying it Maryse? I haven’t read anything like this but now I think I must… You had me at “masked ball” !! (Just finishing and loving every page of Ugly Love. Read it based on your year end and many other fellow readers had it on their list.) A historical romance sounds good next! Thx! :)

MichelleS January 4, 2015 at 7:40 PM

Bev – I couldn’t resist, so I started it tonight. So excited. I’m only at 22%, but love the writing. Have missed that formal kind of haughty regency style writing, and she is very good at it. It reminds me of a book I read years ago, can’t remember the name, but it may have been this author, very similar… he is a very rich guy from the wrong side of the tracks who made his fortune in gambling, and he wins her at a card game from her dad…. was that a Kleypas novel??

Tessa January 4, 2015 at 7:42 PM

I could have sworn I said next. Pick that one for the next regency.

Michelle January 4, 2015 at 8:15 PM

Yey Maryse! It was my favorite historical romance this year, closely followed by Flowers from the Storm which were both recommended by Bev :) I’ve been wanting to read Tapestry too and would jump at a buddy read if I wasn’t deeply entrenched in the Tairen Soul series…can’t stop reading!

bev January 4, 2015 at 8:36 PM

MichelleS I don’t believe it is a LK one. The premise sounds slightly familiar but , hate saying this, but the ones from the 90s are 20 yrs ago (Ouch!) and many are very very fuzzy. Love that trope in historicals.
LK does have one I loved, where he had been a fighter and now in business and she is a high society widow/single mother.

bev January 4, 2015 at 8:37 PM

The trope of boy from the wrong side of tracks making good not a trope of winning women in poker, lol.

Maryse January 4, 2015 at 11:10 PM

I’m finished!!! Goooood stuff! Next, to write my review… :)

Kim Box Person January 5, 2015 at 4:56 AM

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!! I’m going to get this one!!!

I’m reading historical romance right now too :) I have been for the past 3 weeks. I feel like I’ve gone full circle since that was what I used to gobble up!!

Sometimes I just need a naughty duke, a Scottish laird or a romp amongst the “ton” to whisk me away!

bev January 5, 2015 at 1:09 PM

Wow, a one day read. I love those days. Can not wait for the review.

Gwynne January 5, 2015 at 11:19 PM

LOVED the highlander books by Maya Banks. Alpha males, strong heroines, and steamy, too!

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