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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Review: Where Passion Leads by Lisa Kleypas

Where Passion Leads (Berkley - Faulkner, #1)Publisher: Onyx
ISBN:  0451400496
Pages: 405 pages
Genre: Romance/Historical/Regency
Series:   Berkley-Faulkner-2
Challenges- 100 Books In A Year 2012, Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge 2012, Krazy Kleypas Reading Challenge, Romance Reading Challenge 2012
Buy this Book: Amazon, Indiebound, Powell's
Summary:

Beautiful young Rosalie Belleau was swept up into an aristocratic world of luxury, license and intricate intrigue when the most notorious and handsome rake in London, Lord Randall Berkeley, abducted her in the belief that she was any man's for the taking. Before he realized his mistake, he had branded her with his desire --- and lost his heart to this girl so unlike any he had ever known. Both Rosalie, waking to womanhood, and Sir Randall, learning the power of lose, were in the dark about each other --- until the flames of passion lit their way through a labyrinth of danger ... to the dazzling heights of ecstasy .. 

My Review:

 I loved Lisa Kleypas' contemporaries but my heart belongs to historical romance. Always has. I especially like bodice rippers. Lisa doesn't write many of them but Where Passion Leads is one of the few and I loved it to bits.

Rosalie was not your typical "bodice ripper" hero. She had very few moments of TSTL and she had not a trace of Mary Sue "she can fly if she tries hard enough". She was your typical Kleypas heroine--smart, brave and very easy to identify with. Rand, our hero, started off very bad. He raped Rose with no provocation--if there is actually any viable reason one would do something so very evil--other than she was there and he was horny. But other than that, he really was a great hero. Aside from a few misunderstandings, he really was kind and gentle.

For those that are hesitant to pick up a bodice ripper, don't be. Just be prepared. There will be a few things that offend--brutish heroes, forced seduction and sometimes cheating but if you are prepared and can appreciate the genre for what it is, you will be fine. Just don't come out acting all shocked because you should know what you're getting into.  This, however, is a Lisa Kleypas bodice ripper which means it already has some advantages. Lisa Kleypas is a great writer even in her earliest stages. She also writes one heck of any amazing hero and no one can capture chemistry like she can. I do have to warn that there is a pretty graphically described rape scene. Kleypas doesn't skimp on the details but it is not romanticized like some writers in the genre tend to do. But the rest of the book is perfect that if you can just get through that scene, you will love this book.

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