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Marrying Winterborne
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Marrying Winterborne
The Ravenels, Book 2

A ruthless tycoon

Savage ambition has brought common-born Rhys Winterborne vast wealth and success. In business and beyond, Rhys gets exactly what he wants. And from the moment he meets the shy, aristocratic Lady Helen Ravenel, he is determined to possess her. If he must take her virtue to ensure she marries him, so much the better . . .

A sheltered beauty

Helen has had little contact with the glittering, cynical world of London society. Yet Rhys's determined seduction awakens an intense mutual passion. Helen's gentle upbringing belies a stubborn conviction that only she can tame her unruly husband. As Rhys's enemies conspire against them, Helen must trust him with her darkest secret. The risks are unthinkable . . . the reward, a lifetime of incomparable bliss. And it all begins with...

Marrying Mr. Winterborne

A ruthless tycoon

Savage ambition has brought common-born Rhys Winterborne vast wealth and success. In business and beyond, Rhys gets exactly what he wants. And from the moment he meets the shy, aristocratic Lady Helen Ravenel, he is determined to possess her. If he must take her virtue to ensure she marries him, so much the better . . .

A sheltered beauty

Helen has had little contact with the glittering, cynical world of London society. Yet Rhys's determined seduction awakens an intense mutual passion. Helen's gentle upbringing belies a stubborn conviction that only she can tame her unruly husband. As Rhys's enemies conspire against them, Helen must trust him with her darkest secret. The risks are unthinkable . . . the reward, a lifetime of incomparable bliss. And it all begins with...

Marrying Mr. Winterborne

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  • New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas graduated from Wellesley College with a political science degree. She's a RITA award-winning author of both historical romance and contemporary women's fiction. She lives in Washington State with her husband Gregory and their two children.

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  • Kirkus

    April 1, 2016
    A Welsh grocer's son has built a retail empire in London, but an infatuation with the daughter of an earl threatens his self-control. When the protagonists of a romance novel cement their engagement within the first three chapters, readers can look forward to hundreds of pages of obstacles and miscommunications before the knot is tied. The second book in Kleypas' The Ravenels series (Cold-Hearted Rake, 2015) is no different, with dark secrets, troublesome relatives, and misadventures keeping Lady Helen Ravenel and Rhys Winterborne apart. But Kleypas has taken a tired trope and made it irresistible, with glittering prose and characters the reader longs to befriend. When the clumsy Welsh tycoon kisses his fiancee for the first time, she takes to her bed with a migraine. Her concerned family tells Rhys the engagement must be broken off. But Lady Helen refuses to let him go, courting scandal by coming to see him in the offices above his department store. Rhys observes her shabby clothing and assumes she's rekindling their engagement because her family needs money, but Helen convinces him that though her family had become impoverished, the recent discovery of minerals on their estate has fixed their financial problems. He seizes the chance to compromise her virtue so her family won't be able to prevent the match, and Lady Helen undertakes to convince her family that she really does want to marry him. As the novel progresses, layers of social polish are stripped away to reveal that both Rhys and Helen have been painfully lonely their entire lives, and they must give up other loyalties in order to be true to each other. The novel's parade of complicated characters is set against a compelling backdrop of Victorian England, with all the fashion and technological changes of the era. Kleypas is a masterful writer, and her latest offering will be welcomed by fans old and new.

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  • Library Journal

    June 15, 2016

    Walking into Rhys Winterborne's office, unchaperoned and unbidden, is the hardest thing shy Lady Helen Ravenel has ever done, but she will do just about anything to repair their shattered relationship. Yet convincing Rhys is only the beginning. There's her family, as well. A wealthy businessman with rough Welsh roots and a gently bred noblewoman who finally takes charge of her life find love and acceptance despite their considerable differences--and a devastating secret. This adventure sweeps its characters from elegant drawing rooms to garbage-strewn slums and provides a callous, delightfully smarmy villain to hate. VERDICT Picking up where Cold-Hearted Rake leaves off, this engaging tale brings class bias, illegitimacy, and assorted social issues of the Victorian era into sharp focus and seamlessly continues the series while hinting at escapades to come. Beautifully done. Kleypas lives in Texas.

    Copyright 2016 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "The novel's parade of complicated characters is set against a compelling backdrop of Victorian England, with all the fashion and technological changes of the era. Kleypas is a masterful writer, and her latest offering will be welcomed by fans old and new."
  • Library Journal "Picking up where Cold-Hearted Rake leaves off, this engaging tale brings class bias, illegitimacy, and assorted social issues of the Victorian era into sharp focus and seamlessly continues the series while hinting at escapades to come. Beautifully done."
  • RT Book Reviews (4 1/2 stars) Top Pick! "Emotional depth, appealing characters, strong storylines and sexual tension are what make Kleypas' novels reader favorites...but what will truly captivate them is watching the characters grow as love makes them the best they can be. A lovely, unforgettable story."
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