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review 2016-06-17 05:40
Dearest Heart
Love in the Afternoon - Lisa Kleypas

I took a multiple year break between this and the rest of the series. It was intentional. This was the last book before Ms. Kleypas started her hiatus from historical romance. I didn't want to not have one if I needed an LK fix. Even after all those years, I fell back into the world of the Hathaways, like a worn in pair of shoes. They feel like real people to me, just as quirky as real relatives. Beatrix earns a special place in my heart as heroine. She is such a wonderful, sweet person, but has a very thoughtful and wise beyond her years core. Many times I didn't feel like Christopher deserved her in the least. I love animals much in the same way as Beatrix, so I really connected to her in her animal and nature love.

The romance seduced me, even when I didn't really like Christopher. I felt bad for his experiences, but his superior and somewhat shallow behavior initially was a turnoff. I like that he did evolve as a character. I was sorry for the way he suffered in the war, and it took that to help mature him. I am sure it didn't help that his mother was so mean to him and made no mistake about favoring John (his brother).

As always, the Hathaways charm the socks off me. It was lovely to see how the years have evolved the various siblings and their spouses. I did miss seeing Harry and Poppy. It was awesome to see the next generation of Hathaways.

Lisa Kleypas has such a wonderful voice and her historical romances are sensual in a way that goes beyond sexuality. Her descriptions of the setting stimulate all the senses in a delightful way. And the letters that Beatrix and Christopher exchange are heartfelt and deep.

Other than Christopher starting out as a jerk, I can't say I disliked anything about this book. I love that he realizes before it's too late what a treasure he has in Beatrix, and he truly is like many of her charges, wounded and striking out in anger, but deep down in need of love and care.

Another wonderful Hathaway novel by Ms. Kleypas. A treasure to read.

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review 2015-06-24 00:00
Love in the Afternoon
Love in the Afternoon - Lisa Kleypas This book five in the "Hathaways Series". This are stand alone books so don't feel that you have to read them in order, although it is nice to catch up with the previous Hero's and heroine's . Lisa Kleypas is a great author and I had been wanting to read this last book but I did feel it wasn't the best book of the series. I think I had just built up the this book so much in my mind and that hurt me when reading it. I glad to have read this book and hope that you enjoy it too!
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text 2015-06-01 17:01
Simple Jess - Pamela Morsi
Saving Grace - Julie Garwood
My Darling Caroline - Adele Ashworth
Love in the Afternoon - Lisa Kleypas
A Lady's Lesson in Scandal - Meredith Duran
A Knight to Remember - Christina Dodd
A Kiss For Midwinter - Courtney Milan
In Want of a Wife - Jo Goodman
Hummingbird - LaVyrle Spencer
Forbidden - Elizabeth Lowell

If you haven't tried Historical Romance, you should! It makes you smarter.  These are some of my five star reads in the genre. 

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review 2014-06-15 20:16
Finished — Angela James, make me an editor!
Love in the Afternoon - Alison Packard

Because I wanted to edit the hell out of this book. Even listening to it. There was so much repetition, certain words used over and over as well as statements and descriptions. And the sex scenes with the terrible euphemisms were even more cringe inducing read out loud. (And of course only came up when I was listening on speaker in the shower. D=)


Overall, I liked the story quite a bit, but I didn't like the Hero not coming to his senses before finding out what he needed to know. And Packard seems to write them going a step too far. This one wasn't as far gone as the sequel's hero by a long shot, but what he said to her was pretty bad. I would have liked more discussion at the end (with some hero groveling) to work some of that out.

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text 2014-05-26 18:12
Chapter 17 (six something hours in? IDEK.) — NoooooooOOOOOOOO!
Love in the Afternoon - Alison Packard

Oh God, those terrible words are INFINITELY worse when they're read out loud!




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