Genre: Romance, Historical, Regency
Published May 31st 2016 by Avon
A ruthless tycoon
Savage ambition has brought common-born Rhys Winterborne vast wealth and success. In business and beyond, Rhys gets exactly what he wants. And from the moment he meets the shy, aristocratic Lady Helen Ravenel, he is determined to possess her. If he must take her virtue to ensure she marries him, so much the better…
A sheltered beauty
Helen has had little contact with the glittering, cynical world of London society. Yet Rhys’s determined seduction awakens an intense mutual passion. Helen’s gentle upbringing belies a stubborn conviction that only she can tame her unruly husband. As Rhys’s enemies conspire against them, Helen must trust him with her darkest secret. The risks are unthinkable… the reward, a lifetime of incomparable bliss. And it all begins with…
Marrying Mr. Winterborne
|I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in the Ravenel series, not to mention the audiobook version is narrated by Mary J. Wells who has the loveliest, soothing voice. So, of course I had to binge listen to the series!
I was not overly keen on Helen or Rhys in the first book. I found Rhys too aggressive and Helen much too soft, but I think that was the entire point of their union – it was to show that opposites attract or that they can certainly get on with each other. However, there were far too many instances of him overly dominating Helen for me to really enjoy their relationship. Each one progressed in their fashion, I think both really grew toward the end, but Rhys somewhat remained the same with his domineering personality. Fans of alphas will enjoy him, but I did not. I prefer the first book so far – Devon and Kathleen.There are also new additions to this book, too, and some favorites pop up again.
Overall, I enjoyed the story which is one thing I’ve come to really enjoy about Kleypas. Yes, this is a romance and there is smut but she doesn’t make it the prime focus of her books. She allows for a real story that is based around each character – although THIS particular book was focused a little more on physicality that is due to Rhys’ nature. He is depicted as a wolf, some kind of primal individual and that alone was enough to put a bad taste in my mouth – but I will say that there is an actual story to the book outside of the whole ‘desire/want/need/possession’ cliche.
3 savvy crowns for this one.
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