Kleypas, Lisa. Seduce Me at Sunrise. (New York: St. Martins, 2008). ISBN – 9780312949815.
Main Characters: Winnifred Hathaway and Kev Merripen (or Kevin Cole)
Related Works: This is one of Lisa Kleypas books about the Hathaways. So far the books in this series include the following:
- Mine Til Midnight – story of Amelia Hathaway and Cameron Rohan
- Seduce Me at Sunrise – story of Win Hathaway and Kev Merripen
Description from book:
He has tried hard to forget her.
Kev Merripen has longed for the beautiful, well-bred Winnifred Hathaway ever since her family rescued him from the brink of death when he was just a boy. But this handsome Gypsy is a man of mysterious origins – and he fears that the darkness of his past could crush delicate, luminous Win. So Kev refuses to submit to temptation. . . and before long Win is torn from him by a devastating twist of fate.
Can she remember the man he once was?
Then, Win returns to England. . . only to find that Kev has hardened ino a man who will deny love at all costs. Meantime, and attractive, seductive suitor has set his sights on Win. It’s now or never for Kev to make his move. But first, he must confront a dangerous secret about his destiny – or risk losing the only woman he has lived for . . .
When one is extremely excited about the release of a book, it is rather easy for the book itself to fall far short of one’s expectations. I have had this happen over and over again – so I try to tamp down my excitement. However, I have found that it really isn’t possible in most cases. Fortunately, Seduce Me at Sunrise did not disappoint me in any way shape or form. I definitely loved Mine Til Midnight, but absolutely adored Seduce Me at Sunrise. There is just something so incredibly endearing about both Win and Merripen. We have known they belonged together since they were first introduced in Mine Til Midnight– just as we have known that Merripen wouldn’t give into his feelings for Win easily.
In Seduce Me at Sunrise, Win is off to France to try a new course of therapy for her weak lungs. She is absolutely determined to get better and live a full live – preferably with Merripen. He, of course, doesn’t want Win to leave, but is unwilling to declare his love for her. So, Win leaves with her brother Leo as chaperone. In Win’s absence, Merripen begins to oversee the Ramsay holdings – with remarkable success. He is somewhat unprepared for Win’s eventual return – a newer, more robust, healthier Win. He continues to reject her love despite the fact that he cannot stay away from her. His repeated denials of love, however, push her closer to Dr. Julian Harrow – the doctor who had helped her recover in France.
Harrow seizes an opportunity to become engaged to Win when Merripen ruins her at a society function. There was a heart wrenching scene in the library of Simon & Annabelle Hunt where Win is asked who ruined her. Despite the fact that everyone knew it had been Merripen, he refused to say so publicly. Harrow confesses and offers marriage. Even though Merripen had refused to speak up, his pain was palpable. He truly believed that he wasn’t good enough for Win – even though we all could tell that no one would ever, ever love Win like Merripen did.
Oddly enough, it is Leo Hathaway who is finally able to get through to Merripen. Leo has to go get Merripen out of jail – a situation he finds rather amusing since in years past, it was always Merripen coming to get Leo. Before, Merripen is released, Leo has is say. It is my second favorite scene from this book. Leo talks about Laura – the woman he loved who died from scarlet fever. He tells Merripen:
“Amelia told me once about a suspicion she’d had for a while. It bothered her quite a bit. She said that when Win and I had fallen ill. with scarlet fever, and you made the deadly nightshade syrup, you’d concocted far more than necessary. And you kept a cup of it on Win’s nightstand, like some sort of macabre nightcap. Amelia said that if Win had died, she thought you would have taken the rest of that poison. And I’ve always hated you for that. Because you forced me to stay alive without the woman I loved, while you had no intention of doing the same.”
Merripen didn’t answer, gave no sign that he registered Leo’s words.
“Christ, man,” Leo said huskily. “If you had the bollocks to die with her, don’t you think you could work up the courage to live with her?”
My favorite part of the book takes place shortly after this scene. Apparently, Leo’s words did get thought to Merripen who decides that he can’t live without Win. To that end, Merripen gives in to his Rom instincts and abducts Win from her bed early the next morning. Big sighs!!! While there is still some conflict to come for the two, this was the moment that Merripen finally gave in – and is definitely the highlight of the book for me.
Will the interesting Miss Marks figure as the next heroine – as Leo’s love? I certainly hope that Leo finds true happiness next. And, honestly, I can’t wait to read more about the Hathaways.
Read first on September 30, 2008
Read again on Febraury 9, 2009