Pages: 373 pages
Challenges- 100 Books In A Year 2012, Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge 2012, Krazy Kleypas Reading Challenge, Romance Reading Challenge 2012
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I cannot tell you how many times I have been told that I must read this book and that Derek Craven was an epic hero. Hundreds of times probably. I held off - --because I'm wrong about life. Once I started reading, I needed I was wrong about life in general. This is one of the best romances I've ever read.
I love that we met our heroine, Sara, when she is engaged in rescuing our hero from his attackers. She's awesome. She kills a man in the first chapter. When does that happen? I love her transformation throughout the book from a brave but completely willing to be browbeaten woman to a someone that would not be dominated. I loved her - --as much as I loved Derek. It is very rare that a heroine lives up to a completely awesome hero. I loved Derek in the last book. He was one of the highlights. I have never encountered a hero quite like him. He was very rough around the edges, very gruff, not well-spoken and not educated but was a strong, capable self-made man. Very. There was something so vulnerable and sweet about him. It wasn't exactly expected but it was completely welcome.
This is a book that only Lisa Kleypas could write and write it well. It was perfect. I loved everything from the very rough and not so well spoken hero to the all their heroine living in a gambling hall. Derek and Sara had such amazing chemistry and they're just so perfect together. It could have been so bad in the hands of someone not Lisa Kleypas but it wasn't because this IS Lisa Kleypas after all and we know it's going to be good. I can even think of anything I didn't like. If that makes me a bad book reviewer, I really don't care. Seriously. Best romance ever. I almost wish that this series had been longer. Both books were amazing.