Back Blurb :
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
My View :
I have been looking forward to this book for a very long time, ever since meeting Rhys Winterborne in Cold Hearted Rake I have been on the edge of my seat waiting and waiting to find learn more about this man and his and Helen’s story. And I can honestly say, that I haven’t been disappointed.
This is exactly what I have come to expect from the very talented Ms Kleypas, Rhys is the best hero I have come across for a very long time and I love the fact that his isn’t aristocracy, he is a blunt, rough around the edges hard-working man who has pulled hisself out of the gutter and become a successful self-made man. he isn’t afraid of hard work and he appreciates what life is like to be below the bread line and that for me is very refreshing, I do love a good down to earth, ordinary hero who we can all relate to and with Rhys we have just that. and he is just so damn gorgeous to boot.
The interaction between him and Helen is mesmerizing, it is lovely witnessing how the moment she walk’s into a room bring’s this brusque hard as steel Welshman to his knees, is simply stunning. The way she tames and softens him is so lovely but he is still his ruthless self especially when it comes to protecting her.
“I’m from North Wales, we show our feeling’s by throwing rock’s at tree’s”
This is how he describes himself, but the moment they are both in the same room as each other that brusque statement just flies out of the window, Rhys is very romantic and he shows it in his own way all the time by the little touches and look’s and the simple heart warming gift’s he showers on her, like creating an Orchid glasshouse on his roof top just for her. if that doesn’t shout that he loves her I don’t what does.
Everytime he calls her “Cariad” and “The heart of my heart” my own heart melt’s, it is not surprising that she can’t tear her self away from him.
“Heart of my heart, you need no man to give you away. Just come to me of your own free will. Love me for who I am. . .Just as I love you for who you are. . .and our bond will last untill the stars lose their shining”
Marrying Winterborne is definitely the book that has brought the old Kleypas magic back into this series, I hate to say but the first one Cold Hearted rake, was a huge disappointment, I never really could relate to either Devon of Kathleen, and unlike so many of Kleypas’s character’s those two just didn’t make me warm to them. But thank good ness that Rhys was introduced, this handsome Welshman has just saved an entire series, not surprising really seeing. he is a born protector and hero.
There wasn’t a part of this that I didn’t like, the characters are just incredible, the twin’s Pandora and cassandra are just as funny as ever ( I love the part where they are playing with the new carriage door handles) and I know that we are going to have a lot of fun with those two, in fact I actually rather liked lady Berkley too, the way she transformed from the dragonish, old dowager to the simpering teenager whenever Ryhs was around is very entertaining. the story line is flawless and I love how we have moved into the Victorian era it makes it more modern and this era really does work so well for Rhys being a business tycoon.
This really is right up there with the best that Kleypas has to offer, it is sensual, intelligently steamy and downright sexy, the atmosphere pulses with sexual need whenever Rhys is around, I loved it and this was well and truly worth the wait, it is a beautiful read and Rhys has definitely set up the stage nicely for book three which i believe if none other than my other personal favorite character Sebastian’s son; Gabriel, Lord St.Vincent.
This is magical.