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March 24 2012 @ 12:10 pm
Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas (Gamblers #2)  
Title: Dreaming of You
Series: Gamblers of Craven, 2
Author: Lisa Kleypas
Pages/Size: 384 / 530kb
Rating:
Links: Paperback, Kindle

Book Description:
She stood at danger′s threshold--

then love beckoned her in.

In the shelter of her country cottage, Sara Fielding puts pen to paper to create dreams. But curiosity has enticed the prim, well-bred gentlewoman out of her safe haven--and into Derek Craven′s dangerous world.

A handsome, tough and tenacious Cockney, he rose from, poverty to become lord of London′s most exclusive gambling house--a struggle that has left Derek Craven fabulously wealthy, but hardened and suspicious. And now duty demands he allow Sara Fielding into his world--with her impeccable manners and her infuriating innocence. But here, in a perilous shadow-realm of ever-shifting fortunes, even a proper "mouse" can be transformed into a breathtaking enchantress--and a world-weary gambler can be shaken to his cynical core by the power of passion. . .and the promise of love.

What did you think of the book? (Why this book?, New Author? Read more by author? Keeping? Thoughts on Hero? Heroine?)
Magnificent! This book is so hard to stop reading and Derek Craven is now up there with Jamie Fraser (Outlander series). My goodness he's remarkable and splendid.

Sara is rather a timid mouse (as Derek calls her) but she quickly is shoved out of her timidness by Derek Craven. She can't help but assert herself and clearly she's buried that very nature. Sara is a endearing character for her compassion and her bravery. I adore her forthright nature and her willingness to look past what people do to survive. She's a well thought out and executed character.

Derek, on the other hand, was developed a bit in the first book (Then Came You) but while we knew he was crass and brutish we didn't realize the depth of pain and loneliness within this marvelous character. Derek's hard pressed to trust anyone in his life and the attack on him at the opening of the book confirms he's suspicions about people in general. The only problem is a woman he doesn't know, who appears to have no designs on him or his money saved his life and doesn't wish him to be indebted to her.

Derek is completely thrown of balance by Sara's presence and it just gets worse as the book goes on.

I have read many a Kleypas novel and I'm going to go out on a limb and say this is the best male lead she's written and I do believe she'll be hard pressed to come up with another as spectacular (if you know of one that matches or outdoes Mr. Craven... let me know).

Something I did love about Derek is his gruffness. At times I didn't enjoy it but mostly I loved it. He's a man of dubious beginnings and has had to fight his way into being who he is now. He's used to people using him and so someone as kind and as honest as Sara really does a number on him. His possessiveness really does endear him to me, though I like that it doesn't go too far.

I also enjoyed the appearance of Ivo Jenner who's daughter is the heroine of Devil in Winter. I can't say I love him as a character but I did enjoy the connection.

Other Book in the Series:
Then Came You
Dreaming of You
Where's My Hero Anthology

 
 
 
go_chango_chan2011 on February 26th, 2012 06:56 am (UTC)
I told you you were totally going to love Derek!!!^^
Sarah has a strong personality even if she is shy at first right?^^
I totally will let you know, but Derek is my ichiban of all male characters tbh, that and Alex ohhh and "Devil in Winter" dunn remember his name, I loved him too^^
Ohh I have totally forgoten about that conection! I remember reading one of Keyplas with Lilly and Alex at Nicole´s second birth mention^_^ too don´t remember which book tbh lol!^_^

*hugs*
Jill aka Jo: BBT: Penny Sheldon Evesdroppingsireesanwar on February 28th, 2012 06:36 pm (UTC)
Totally did. He was awesome. I love how intense he is.

Yes, I liked Sara because she's wasn't a meek little mouse.

I loved Alex too. He's an awesome leading man. The leading man in Devil in Winter is Sebastian. He's that rake that needs a fortune while Evie needs protection from her family. I LOVED that story. So good.

Wow. It could be one of the books I've read but then I wouldn't really remember something like that mentioned. I just remembered Jenner because of the gamin establishment that Sebastian ends up running for Evie. It was a huge portion of that book.
go_chango_chan2011 on February 29th, 2012 03:24 pm (UTC)
ikr!! he is just amazing!^^

lol! She has balls for a change, I like Lilly more tho, I felt identified with her, I think that if I lived in that time I would have been like her lol!^^

Alex is hot too! Lol! That´s my ultimate type of guy tbh^^

Sebastian! That was his name, he is my type too lol! And Evie was georgeous too ne~

Do you remember the gitsy Rohan or Ronan from Devil in Winter? Well he has a sequel too, and I think I read it in one of those three books^^

Jill aka Jo: Ringer: Brigett somedaysireesanwar on February 29th, 2012 05:46 pm (UTC)
I did like Lily a lot but then Sara compliments Derek really well.

I don't... wait was Ronan (?) the guy who worked for Evie's father and was like a brother to her? Then I do remember him and I do wonder if he'll get a book. I have no idea.
go_chango_chan2011 on February 29th, 2012 05:56 pm (UTC)
Yes him!!!! The one that was supposedly Evo´s son and then he wasn´t there are three more books (or more) of that saga I think, and they mention Sebastian, Evie, Lilian and Wstcliff a lot, lol!

I think in one of those they mention Lilly, Alex and Nicole^_^

"Hathaway Series" That´s the name of the series^_^
Jill aka Jo: Movie: Tarzan and Jane - reminds me of Osireesanwar on March 2nd, 2012 07:55 pm (UTC)
I remember speculation in the book that he was Ivo's son but I thought they didn't believe that. I don't remember really.

I did read the Hathaway Series but I can't remember if they mentioned anyone.
go_chango_chan2011 on March 4th, 2012 06:21 am (UTC)
Yep yep!!! I remember well coz I was nosebleeding of laughter when the Hathaways went to have dinner at Lillians house and it was a disaster because of a green reptil on the table and Lillian´s husband was almost craking when Lillian said "Oh I thought it was another of English delicatensen" lol!

Also Sebastian telling the older Hathaways that she should value a rich husband , speaking of Rohan of course^_^

lol!
Jill aka Josireesanwar on March 6th, 2012 12:46 am (UTC)
I vaguely remember that.
tracyj23: Bookstracyj23 on February 27th, 2012 04:33 pm (UTC)
Hmm, looks interesting. I'm looking for some new reads. Thanks for the rec.

Ivo Jenner? That's cool. My maiden name is Jenner and I so rarely see it anywhere, particularly in literature.
Jill aka Jo: Friends: Heads in the doorsireesanwar on February 27th, 2012 09:15 pm (UTC)
I like romance so it is very much that but Kleypas is very good at writing them and this small series is wonderful.

I loved her Hathaway's and Wallflower series's too.
tracyj23: Bookstracyj23 on February 29th, 2012 07:54 pm (UTC)
I shall give them a try, thanks.
Jill aka Josireesanwar on February 29th, 2012 08:42 pm (UTC)
You're welcome.