Review:Tempt Me at Twilight by Lisa Kleypa
Poppy Hathaway loves her unconventional family, though she longs for normalcy. Then fate leads to a meeting with Harry Rutledge, an enigmatic hotel owner and inventor with wealth, power, and a dangerous hidden life. When their flirtation compromises her own reputation, Poppy shocks everyone by accepting his proposal—only to find that her new husband offers his passion, but not his trust.
Harry was willing to do anything to win Poppy—except to open his heart. All his life, he has held the world at arm’s length…but the sharp, beguiling Poppy demands to be his wife in every way that matters. Still, as desire grows between them, an enemy lurks in the shadows. Now if Harry wants to keep Poppy by his side, he must forge a true union of body and soul, once and for all…
Poppy Hathaway is fourth amongst the Hathaway children. (Which also includes Leo, Amelia, Winnefred and Beatrix) She’s socially inept, could talk the ear off a deaf man, and is adorably self-conscious about her awkwardness. She doesn’t run head first into situations and can speak her mind, unless she knows the situation calls for her shut up. In “Tempt Me at Twilight” by Lisa Kleypas (third edition of the “Hathaways” series) she’s finally fallen in love and has high hopes of marrying a young gentleman, Micheal Baying. That is until she meets Harry Rutledge….
Harry Rutledge is the owner of the Rutledge hotel where the Hathaway’s are staying for Poppy’s season. He is the kind of man who gets what he wants. After a chance meeting with Poppy Hathaway, he’s set his sights on a new goal. Harry grew up in a hotel in New York, the son of a neglectful father and a deserting mother, so love is something he has no want or need for. Leaving New York behind and moving to England, he’s made a name for himself as a ruthless businessman. Being an American in England hasn’t been easy for Harry, though. He’s had to do things that he’s not proud of to get where he is, and he uses those same solutions to get Poppy. He plays tricks and tells lies to entrap Poppy into marrying him, but he underestimated the effect that Poppy would have on him.
“Tempt Me at Twilight” is my least favorite of this series. Poppy and Harry’s romance is the heart of the story, but it seems to be forced. Harry’s a beast of a man who is too quickly softened by the mere presence of Poppy. Poppy seems to warm up to Harry a little fast after all that he’s done to her. Over half the novel is Harry’s manipulation of Poppy, but suddenly she decides that he is just a misunderstood little boy who only needs her love. Lisa Kleypas is a favorite author of mine, but this edition was not her best.