Tuesday, August 12, 2008

It Happened One Autumn by Lisa Kleypas

Book Description:
It happened at the ball . . .

Where beautiful but bold Lillian Bowman quickly learned that her independent American ways weren't entirely "the thing." And the most disapproving of all was insufferable, snobbish, and impossible Marcus, Lord Westcliff, London's most eligible aristocrat.

It happened in the garden . . .

When Marcus shockingly—and dangerously-swept her into his arms. Lillian was overcome with a consuming passion for a man she didn't even like. Time stood still; it was as if no one else existed . . . thank goodness they weren't caught very nearly in the act!

It happened one autumn . . .

Marcus was a man in charge of his own emotions, a bedrock of stability. But with Lillian, every touch was exquisite torture, every kiss an enticement for more. Yet how could he consider taking a woman so blatantly unsuitable . . . as his bride?

Another delightful Lisa Kleypas steamy romance! I like this one better than the first in the Wallflower Series. This one is Marcus's story, brother of Olivia and Alina from Again the Magic. Rich, staid, aristocratic and dependable Marcus finally meets his match in Lillian Bowman, a rich, brash American heiress who has bothered him from the first day they met. They are repelled by each other at first, but in this book, thanks to a "magic" perfume of Lillian's that turns Marcus on his head with desire, they find each other irresistible, despite the fact they both believe they can't possibly be meant for each other.

I really enjoyed this book and loved the funny, yet steamy encounters between Lillian and Marcus. Plus, I love these sort of stories in which the aristocrat falls for the unsuitable American girl. I really liked Lillian and her sparkle and fearless personality. But, she has her downfalls, one scene was very funny over dinner involving calf's brains. Westcliff is irritated by Lillian and they're always squabbling, but at the same time, he is drawn to her and can't bear to see her with anyone else!

The plot was a good one: Marcus resists Lillian, but can't help kissing her any chance he gets alone with her! She thinks it's from her perfume and doesn't believe he really cares for her. Meanwhile, the rake, Lord St. Vincent is in need of an heiress and sets his sights on Lillian as well. He is smooth, handsome and has a terrible reputation with the ladies - but an old friend of Marcus' so he's on the scene a lot. Will he capture Lillian and make her his wife? There was an exciting ending, plenty of hot premarital sex, and a happy ending with a total cliffhanger for the next book!

I recommend this series, this was a fun read!


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