Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Review: Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas

So, another late day at the lab... I'm waiting for various stuff to happen, so I'm quickly going to write my review for Dreaming of You. This book was a favorite of KristieJ and also, Dylan and Isabelle from Sanctuary's Finest have recently given this book great reviews and so I got curious to read it, esp. after being disappointed by Devil in the Winter.


Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas: 4.5/5

I have to say I can quite understand why the book is one of Kristie's favorite and why it has received great reviews. Can I say: Finally, a good/original plot for a historical romance?!?!

For once, the hero and the heroine are BOTH NOT PART of the aristocracy :) This came as a good surprise and a nice change of pace... can I say I was getting tired of dukes, viscounts, marquess, etc.? As for th heroine, altho she was innocent, she wasn't a young naive girl whose goal in life was to find a wealthy, handsome husband... ahh, an original plot! :)

So the heroine is Sara Fielding who comes from a village near London. She's a writer (yes, she works!), who is published, and has had great success with her novel Mathilda, which is about a girl falling into protistution. anyway, Sara is doing some research for her new novel about gambling which leads her to gambling clubs and some bad parts of London. One night, she sees a man being attacked by two others and so, she takes out her pistol and shoots one of the attackers and saves the life of Derek Craven, owner of the most frequent and popular gaming club.

Eventually, she gets permission to do her research from Derek's club and gets to know Derek and his past better. Unfortunately for her, Derek doesn't trust women but little by little, Sara wins Derek's affection... however, there's one of Derek's ex-mistress looming behind and only waiting to destroy any happiness that can exist between Derek and Sara.

So, I really liked the book. Derek is a very nice hero... you know, the way we all like it: alpha, reformed rake, a bit tortured, doesn't believe in his worth, etc :) and Sara is an extremely interesting heroine. I also find the plot quite refreshing and I like the fact that there is no misunderstanding between Derek and Sara once they get married. You know, Derek is not able to say "I love you" to Sara, not yet; however, he loves her and she knows it... no misunderstanding, no doubting, just love and patience and understanding which is quite different. Another pleasant surprise, at least for me, is that I read Devil in Winter first and so you do have some connection. Derek's club is mentioned in DiW and the fact that it burnt down and that he didn't re-build it, we also see Ivo Jenner... so nice connections :)

11 comments:

  1. I kinda figured you'd enjoy DoY because you didn't really care for DiW. I've noticed that most are either lovin' one or the other. I really enjoyed DiW but I thought DoY was just okay. Either way, glad you enjoyed the read (Kristie is sure to be happy!)

    :-)

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  2. oh well, I guess it's divergent opinions, which is good :) I guess I thought that DoY was really refreshing because I've been reading too much of Lord and Lady :) However, I'm probably not going to read another Lisa Kleypas novel for awhile...

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  3. Kristie IS happy *g*. Aaaahhhh - yet another one has fallen under the spell. What's great about this one (among other things) is I just adore both Sara and Derek.

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  4. YES!!!!! Another Derek lover!!! Muahaha....we are so taking on the world!!!

    You must read Lord of Scoundrels. LOL. I am so pushy. Oh and I posted new anime!

    Squeeee!!!!!!!!!

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  5. DC, you know you are in love with Derek. Stop trying to convince everyone it ain't so. :-P

    Muahahaha

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  6. Kristie - glad you recommended the book, it was good :) and I understand why you adore Sara and Derek so much :)

    Mailyn - I want to read LoS... I'm just waiting for the book to be returned!!! argh.

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  7. Hi Nath, sorry I haven't come to visit lately. :( I'm sick.

    But yay! You dream DoY. I really liked this book too and I'm glad you enjoyed it. :P

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  8. Well, this one sounds interesting ... (I've been seeing it everywhere too!)

    *adding it to my library requests!*

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  9. Well, this one sounds interesting ... (I've been seeing it everywhere too!)

    *adding it to my library requests!*

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  10. I've got this one sitting in my pile. I need to get to it and see what everyone's talking about. :)

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  11. Ames - yep, I really enjoyed the book :)

    and to everyone else, you should read it. as I said, pretty refreshing and if you fall in love with Derek, lots of ppl are going to be happy.

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