My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I thoroughly enjoyed the first novel in Lisa Kleypas' The Hathaways series. Amelia Hathaway's brother Leo has suddenly inherited a title and a ramshackle estate. She is the "caretaker" sibling, trying to keep her older brother and younger sisters together. Leo is grieving for his dead fiance, running through the estate's money, and finding solace in alcohol, gambling, and opium. When Amelia goes to rescue her brother from a gambling den, she encounters Cam Rohan. Sparks fly between them, and continue to fly when several days later, she encounters him as she's exploring the new estate. This is a entertaining historical romance, reminiscent of Georgette Heyer. The difference is the inclusion of the frequent, obligatory sex scenes. I am sure that had I read this (and most present-day romances) about 30 years ago, I would be reading primarily for those scenes, but quite frankly, I skimmed over them. I was much more interested in the rest of the story! I am looking forward to reading the next books in the series. Pure, escapism!
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