Of all the
Hathaway siblings, Poppy is the one who most yearns for
normalcy. But fate, or rather her sister’s pet ferret,
changes Poppy’s plans and sets her directly in the path of
mysterious hotelier Harry Rutledge. Harry’s everything
Poppy doesn’t want: ruthless, manipulative, and seemingly
incapable of love. But her reticence at forming an
attraction to Harry is belied by her fascination with the
man. And when an indiscreet moment lands Poppy at the
center of scandal, she surprises her family by accepting
Harry’s proposal of marriage.
If there is one
thing Harry Rutledge has learned from life, it’s never to
rely on anyone but himself. Yet from the moment he meets
Poppy Hathaway, he knows he must possess her. But Harry
soon discovers that marriage is only the beginning of the
battle. To win Poppy’s heart, Harry must first learn to
open his own.
special brand of magic is at work in this phenomenal third
installment to her enchanting Hathaway series. Tempt
Me at Twilight is everything you could want in a
story; it’s captivating, tender, humorous, and beautifully
penned by a master of romance.
Ms. Kleypas has
a gift for creating memorable characters, and those that
populate Tempt Me at Twilight are no
exception. Harry is a man hardened by past experiences. He
loves no one, trusts few, and manipulates everyone. Even at
his most calculating, Harry is an irresistible hero.
Something in him calls out for Poppy and even though he
schemes to win her hand in marriage, it’s because he cannot
let her go. Watching him struggle with wanting to make
someone happy for the first time in his life kept me
spellbound for a great part of the book. I could fill pages
and never do justice to describing Harry’s character or what
drew me so to him, so I’ll leave it with saying you have to
read the book for the opportunity to be entranced by Harry.
As for Poppy, she’s an absolutely amazing heroine. She’s
intelligent, giving, kind, and never backs down. She’s not
perfect, but she’s perfect for Harry. I loved watching
these two work through the problems in their relationship to
Tempt Me at Twilight is the third book in Ms.
Kleypas’s Hathaway series, it can be read on its own (though
there are some minor spoilers for the first two books).
Yet, even though each book in this series can stand alone,
the Hathaways, not to mention their spouses and pets, are
all quite involved in each other’s lives. The closeness of
the Hathaway family is one of the things that makes this
series so delightful. Amelia, Cam, Win, Merripen, Leo, and
Beatrix, as well as Catherine Marks and Jake Valentine,
friends of Poppy and Harry’s respectively, are all vividly
drawn and endearing characters in their own right. They add
a liveliness to the story that kept me smiling all the way
through and I cannot wait for Leo and Beatrix’s books.
Tempt Me at
is a sensual, exciting tale of two people who are meant to
be – they just don’t know it at first. I loved every page
of this fantastic story and each successive re-read has just
solidified my reasons for placing this book on my keeper
shelf. I finished Tempt Me at Twilight
feeling almost giddy and hungry for the next enticing story
by the tremendously talented Ms. Kleypas.