Often at Romantic Reads, BN.com's all-romance, all-the-time community board, I'm asked to recommend authors. And on my go-to list of any historical writers is Lisa Kleypas.


I've always appreciated Lisa's twinkling, witty dialogue; her ability to write characters who seem of their time period but also are identifiable in terms of their goals, wishes, secrets, and affections; and, in the delectable Wallflower series, to capture the importance of female friendships, even when (and maybe especially when!) falling for your one true love.


So I was thrilled when our Romantic Reads posters chose Lisa's Hathaway series as our Featured Reads for the month of August. Kicking off with Mine Till Midnight (Hathaway Series #1), Kleypas pairs Cam Rohan [introduced in The Devil in Winter (Wallflower Series #3)] with the practical, problem-solving Amelia Hathaway. Amelia's got her hands full with a grieving, drinking, despairing brother named Leo, a trio of sisters each with specific issues, and a sudden uptick in their family circumstances. Leo recently inherited both a cursed title and a crumbling castle, and it's up to Amelia to make their new life inhabitable. Then there's Cam, a half-gypsy with a knack for numbers and a hankering for the road, who can't ignore his feelings for Amelia.  



The second in the series is Seduce Me at Sunrise (Hathaway Series #2), and as in the first book, Kleypas tackles the issue of prejudice.The hero here, Kev Merripen, is also a gypsy, and he has been in love with the sickly Winnifred Hathaway since he was a boy. Not only that, but he's got a new family connection to deal with - Cam. We're discussing these two beautifully crafted love stories all month, so come on over and tell us what your favorite Kleypas titles are - and don't worry, you're allowed to list her contemporaries (regulars at Romantic Reads know how gaga I am over those books too!)


If you missed our August visitors, you can still read our conversations with them here: Christina Dodd, Karen Hawkins, and Sandra Hill. And looking for ways to hide/store/proudly display your hundreds of romance books? We've been sharing war stories of mollifying husbands and mothers who aren't quite understanding our affair with our book collections. And of course, every Tuesday I post a list of new romance releases.


 Missing Michelle? You don't have to! Head on over to Unabashedly Bookish to read her column about the connection between romance and opera, and what happens in our favorite genre when one gender masquerades as another.


And don't forget that the queen of romantic suspense, Sandra Brown, is at CenterStage all week to discuss her new book, Smash Cut.  

Message Edited by Melanie_Murray on 08-18-2009 06:11 PM
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by Moderator becke_davis on ‎08-18-2009 04:38 PM
I only discovered Lisa Kleypas last year, when I started reading her contemporaries. I'm hooked on those, and they have led me to her historicals -- which are equally wonderful. I have only read about four of those, but more are waiting in my TBR pile.  Why, oh why, couldn't I have discovered historicals years ago, when I had more time to read??
by Blogger Michelle_Buonfiglio on ‎08-18-2009 05:08 PM

Aweseome post and news, Melanie!  This new series is so exciting, and stands up well w/the others.  Isn't everyone just crazed for "Devil in Winter?"  This'll be fun...


becke, becke, becke. You need to take a vacation, buy the rest of the Kleypas historical backlist and jam through those babies.  You won't regret it. Kleypas historicals -- and madeline Hunter's -- are my go-tos when I need a comfort re-read.  And can I tease you? I've read the next Hathaway and it's got another excellent Kleypas hero. She's does so well w/the self-made guys.  Oh, and I was just telling my husband this morning about the opening scene of "Lady Sophia's Lover..."


by Moderator Melanie_Murray on ‎08-18-2009 06:10 PM

Michelle, I think you and I share a brain. Hunter's my other favorite, too!


Becke, I hate to say anything to you about your historical reading schedule. I feel partially responsible for it!

by Moderator becke_davis on ‎08-18-2009 07:07 PM

Michelle - I read a couple of Madeline Hunter's books last week. And Lorraine Heath. And Loretta Chase. And I've loved the books of Lisa's, too -- especially Devil in Winter (and, yes, as always I read the books in the wrong order).


Melanie - you have a lot to answer for (like half of my TBR pile!). 

by Moderator dhaupt on ‎08-19-2009 09:53 AM

I can't believe I haven't read Lisa yet, thank you oh goddesses of romance.

Pretty soon my pile will resemble Beckes, na couldn't happen.


by Moderator becke_davis on ‎08-19-2009 10:04 AM
Debbie - But if we die buried in our books, we'll die smiling! Run -- don't walk -- to buy Lisa's Sugar Daddy, Blue-Eyed Devil and Smooth Talking Stranger. You'll like the historicals, too, but in your case I'd start with these three. WONDERFUL books, shoot them straight to the top of the TBR pile!


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