Monday, July 9, 2012

Mine Till Midnight by Lisa Kleypas

Mine Till Midnight (The Hathaways, #1)

Mine Till Midnight by Lisa Kleypas

First in the Hathaway series

5 stars

When Amelia Hathaway’s older brother Leo gets an unexpected inheritance and it elevates her family to aristocracy, Amelia discovers that taking care of her younger sisters and older brother is becoming harder since they were graced with the title and Ramsay estate. Aside from the challenges of remodeling Ramsay estate is her attraction to Cam Rohan, a handsome Gypsy who is everything Amelia tries to stay away from since her vow to not marry. Wealthy beyond most men’s dreams, Cam has tired of society and longs for his “uncivilized” Gypsy roots. As Cam contemplates where his freedom lies and when he’ll find it, he can’t help but want Amelia. I always seem to read Kleypas’s series out of order, which isn’t my fault because I read Married by Morning before I knew it was part of a series. Now I wish I would’ve at least read this before I read Seduce Me at Sunrise. I went through so much trouble to find this book. My library didn’t have it and I’m not going through all the trouble of requesting one book, if it was more than one book in the series I would’ve. I was so happy when I finally found this book at a used bookstore because that’s where I’m able to rack up on books for good prices. The fact I read Seduce Me at Sunrise before I read this got rid of all the tension and the whole what does it mean that Cam and Merripen have a pooka on their bodies mystery, but I still loved reading this book. Kleypas has a way of writing really good historical fiction. I’m not a fan of historical fiction, but I do read it and when I do I expect it to be amazing and Kleypas never fails to disappoint. Her writing is always descriptive and it entrances you into a spell making you want more. Let’s talk about the characters.

The main female character is Amelia. I have always loved Amelia and saw her as a mother figure for the Hathaways. It’s so nice to finally read her story; she’s a lot different for a good portion of the book from her usual self in the other books. Amelia’s pricklier and her being compared to a porcupine is perfect. Amelia is as every calls her “a mother hen”, but I like her protectiveness and constant concern towards her family.

Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: 8.5

The main male character is Cam. Cam’s some-what of a jerk compared to the other books. He’s much more nonchalant towards Leo and his antics. If I hadn’t had Leo’s book before Cam’s I probably would’ve felt the same way, but I have a soft spot for Leo. Cam is a great hero and I love that he’s so protective of Amelia and he starts to warm up to her family, even Merripen.

Swoon Worthy Scale: 8.5

The Villain- I consider Christopher Frost the villain in this book. He’s a real jerk to Cam and I don’t like how everyone’s so hateful towards Cam because he’s Romany. Christopher’s prejudice isn’t the only thing that makes him a jerk though and I just don’t like him or sympathize with him in fact I wouldn’t mind slapping him. 
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Villain Scale: 5.5

I love the Hathaways. There’s nothing else to say about this amazing brood that can bring smiles to your face and make your day, especially Beatrix and all of her pets.

Character Scale: 8.5

I’m sad my experience with the Hathaways has come to an end. It’s weird saying this since it’s the first book in the series, but my last book I read in the series. Since I’ll be re-reviewing the other Hathaway books I’ll get to spend some time with them. I will always love the Hathaways and I’m happy that I decided to give historical romance a shot and broaden my range. Thank you, Ms. Kleypas for giving me this amazing this series to experience.

Cover Thoughts: I love the cover. Amelia’s dress is so pretty and I like how it looks like she’s lying on it. The stepback is beautiful and I love it, but Amelia has waist length hair in the book and on the stepback her hair is only to her shoulders and that bothers me. Other than that I love the stepback and think it’s amazing.

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