Genre: Regency Romance
“All the fires of hell could burn for a thousand years and it wouldn’t equal what I feel for you in one minute of the day.”
Reader, this was not supposed to be my next read but here we are 😊 . I went down the Lisa Kleypas rabbit hole a bit and I have ZERO regrets. After reading Mine Till Midnight, I needed to know the story of Win and Kev. And I was not going to be able to read another book until I knew. And guess what happened while reading this book? Lisa Kleypas, the goddess that she is, had me fall in love with the Hathaways more.
Recap: Kev Merripen has longed for Winnifred Hathaway since he was a young boy. But Kev is no gentle soul and has a past so full of darkness that he resists giving into his feelings in order to protect Win. Before long, Win is no longer a part of his daily life leaving Kev to only harden even more.
Years later when Win returns, not only is she is no longer the same woman she was before, she also returns with a new suitor who wants Win for himself. It is now or never for Kev to admit his feelings or he will risk losing Win for good…..
Review: Oh my….this book was SO ANGSTY. It is the classic story of a man thinking he is not good enough for the woman he so desperately loves. Kev is kinda a bad boy but he is not one of his own making. He is actually a really good guy. Although he is EXTREMELY STUBBORN, he is so loyal and swoon-worthy. I love his interactions with the entire family especially with Win (obviously) but especially with Leo too.
And Win is such a great heroine. In public, she is lighthearted, wholesome and always so full of grace. However in private, she is totally ballsy. Win has no issues admitting her feelings to Kev. And she purposefully puts Kev in compromising positions just to see if she can push him enough to admit what he feels. She is such a seductress…..it’s always the quiet ones 😉
Now we all know the Hathaways are a nosy, meddling bunch. Do they try to meddle in Kev and Win’s lives? Yes, of course they do. It’s what makes them so great. But I think what I love the most is that in the end, the entire Hathaway clan (Cam included) did right by them and left Win and Kev to resolve their feelings on their own. As we both know, Reader, the only people who can truly fix the entire Will-They / Won’t-They situation is Kev and Win.
Recommendation: Read it! How can you not want to read a swoon-worthy, angsty regency romance with a HEA by Lisa Kleypas?