AAR has reviewed Lisa Kleypas 41 times. We’ve given her twelve DIKs, the last of which was for Devil in Disguise in 2021. The lowest grade she’s ever received here is a sole C in not one but two reviews of Stranger in My Arms. She’s sold millions of books and before Netflix’s Bridgerton, Kleypas might have been the most famous living historical romance author.
Kleypas hasn’t written anything since 2021 although she has released updated versions of her Wallflower books. (Is the Ravenels series finished? Anyone know?) Do you miss her? And if you’re a Kleypas fan, what do feel are her best books? Why? Do you think her work holds up? If you were to recommend just one of her books to a romance reader, what would it be? (My choice: the original version of It Happened One Autumn.) Do you think her work is singular or do you think her stories are similar to others you’ve read?
Thanks to nblibgirl who suggested this as an Ask topic! It’s a good one!
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Still no news from Lisa Kleypas?
It’s very strange…
There is a whole Reddit thread about this. She does appear to have vanished.
Kleypas is my favourite author in historical romances. I’ve read and reviewed all her books (both in my blog and in Goodreads, so yes, I’m a huge fan), from the quite boring first ones to the charming and light Wallflowers.
To answer your questions:
Yes, I do miss her books, but I understand that an author has to take time to make a quality product.
I cannot say which of her books are the best. I can tell you which ones received a 5 stars review from me:
Dreaming of You, Lady Sophia’s Lover & Love in the Afternoon.
Why are those my favourites? Well because of Derek, Ross and Christopher and the very romantic traits they show. Derek and Sarah’s glasses for instance, that kind of thing. They are powerful heroes, with intense feelings, but clever and strong, I IDK, for me it’s the heroes, always. I know I’m not the only one in this.
That’s why It happened one Autumn is also my favourite among the Wallflower series. You will always remember Marcus, with that Darcy-vibe, a touch of enemies to lovers.
Yes, I think her work does holds up, except a few of the first novels which are very boring. I gave 1-star and 2-star reviews to several of her oldies. Well, and to the majority of her contemporaries as well.
Her contemporary novels were one of my disappointments in my nearly forty years reading this genre. That and the fact that Daisy did not end with Cam. I read somewhere that she tried to write that story but it just didn’t work. Both of them were dreamers or something like that, Daisy needed a more down-to-earth hero. Ok, I still want them to be together.
Both contemporary series sounded -to me- like watered-down versions of category romances written by other authors in the 80s & 90s: The Travises sounded like weak Sandra Brown categories, and Friday Harbor, the same but with Nora Roberts or JAK oldies.
If I had to recommend just one of her books, I’d say Dreaming of you, because, well Derek Craven, what else?
I agree that LK has written many great books but no one has mentioned two of the greatest historical romances of all time: THEN CAME YOU and DREAMING OF YOU, aka the series that presented the immortal Derek Craven. I am ready to fight all y’all.
Hi, I actually mentioned in my post that if I was going to recommend just one LK book, it would be Dreaming of You. So I definitely agree with you!
“rolls up sleeves”
Nope. Neither book would make my Kleypas top five!
“looks around warily….”
I’ve been searching online for any news of a new Lisa Kleypas novel when I came across this site. She is by far my favorite Romance writer and one of the authors I reread often. I love both her historical and her contemporary novels. I also don’t think the Friday Harbor books get enough credit, the touch of magic in that series was a delight, Rainshadow Road is my favorite of that group – Sam and Lucy are a wonderful couple.
I’m sure trying to turn out a book a year is a grueling schedule when you put so much research into giving your characters atypical quirks and complex personalities. I really hope that she isn’t done writing, but I’d also like to thank her for countless hours of entertainment, comfort and fun.
You’ve made me want to go back and read the Friday Harbor books!
I hope you do, the first is more of a holiday novella, the rest are full length, quirky and sweet.
My favourite is Cold Hearted Rake. Loved the humour in it alone enjoyed the whole series actually.
I kinda think she could have ellaborated on the Hathaways❤️
Although Lisa Kleypas writes historical romance (I love The Wallfowers and The Ravenels) she also writes contemporary romance. I have read and re-read her 4-book Travis series and I only hope that someday she writes a fifth book, featuring Alex, who was a Travis relative in the 4th book. Of course, I’d also love mire books the Ravenels series. I’m very bad at saying goodbye…
I need to read one of her contemporaries again. I read them when I was in an HR mode and they didn’t wow me. I think I’d see them differently now.
OMG! This is uncanny. I logged on to the site this morning to get your contact information, Dabney, because I wanted to ask you if you had any inside information on when Lisa Kleypas was going to release another book. Typically, she’s done so in early spring, although last year it was early summer. Her webiste and Facebook page have had no activity lately, which concerns me. (BTW – I was also going to ask about Tracey Ann Warren, another favorite. She, too, hasn’t had a new release recently.)
Anyway – l have been a HUGE fan of Lisa Kleypas for years. IMHO, no one else is like her, and I’ve tried to find other authors that come close. Sherry Thomas is wonderful, but she hasn’t done any HR lately and I like Meredith Duran, Courtney Milan, Caroline Linden and Tracey Ann Warren, but they aren’t Lisa.
I’m in that huge group of readers that cite Devil in Winter as my favorite of her works – there’s no one else quite like Sebastian – but Devil’s Daughter is a close second. I really like Phoebe and I think West Ravenel is just wonderful – sexy, funny, smart and thoughtful. Both he and Sebastan reform themselves because they want to, although granted, Sebastian’s reform is more driven by Evie and West’s is because he takes a good, long look at himself.
From such a large catalog, there are obviously some books I like more than others. Many I just LOVE, but there are none I do not like at all.
In the Wallflowers series, in addition to DIW, I really like Secrets of a Summer Night. I find Simon so appealing.
In the Hathaways series, I though Poppy and Harry in Tempt Me at Twilight were a great couple, I very much liked the Bow Street Runners series, especially Nick Gentry’s story.
Like nblibgirl, I think Suddenly You is an excellent standalone. Jack and Amelia are terrific together. I would say the same for Where Dreams Begin. Zachary and Holly are wonderful drawn and I just adored little Rose.
Marrying Winterborne is another favorite.
I could go on and on, but I would be repeating the reasons of many of the commenters below, like Chrisreader, Seri and you, Dabney.
Anyway, this is the first time I’ve posted, but I’ve been a fan of the site for years and enjoy reading lots of the blog posts. Thanks for inspiring me to actually respond! Now, Lisa – when’s the next book coming out?? :-)
Quick correction – the heroine in Suddenly You is Amanda, not Amelia. I was going off an earlier commenter’s post, but it didn’t sound right, so I just looked it up.
I love Poppy and Harry. He’s such an ass and she does such a great job of making him a better man. I adore the whole gun plot.
Any “inside info” on when LK or TAW have new releases coming out?
I am sure Kleypas is still writing–I’d hazard we’ll see a release in 2023 but that’s just a guess. I suspect Warren is in the wind.
What do you mean, “in the wind”? That’s not a term I’ve heard before.
I think she’s sorta vanished.
I’m so happy you joined in!
Geez. Can you read my mind and know my preferences? What you wrote x one million!
Yes to all of this. I suspect Ravenels has come to an end since DID was only semi related and felt like a conclusion, but just putting this out there… a series about the Marsdens and Challons who haven’t had stories yet?? Trying to manifest this one… DID would be an excellent transition into that series. Give us more Sebastian! And more West/Phoebe!!
The best of LK:
Devil in Winter
Happened one Autumn
Cold-Hearted Rake (doesn’t get enough credit)
love them all! Keep hoping for something in 2022 but alas
What about Pandora and Gabriel. Loved the too
I’ve been a huge fan of Lisa Kleypas for many years-she is the epitome of a comfort read for me. Her families are IMHO delightful and I enjoy her style of writing very much. I am a fan of The Wallflowers, The Hathaways and The Ravenels amongst other books.
It’s very much historical fantasy, as most historical romances are, as the people are generally much nicer with very modern views, but I enjoy it. She does do her historical research however, and she finds a nice mix of historical truth in with the fantasy elements of very benevolent aristocrats and socially liberal ton members.
I like both her heroes and her heroines. I really enjoyed Amelia and her efforts to hold everything together and she and Cam together are charming. I was sorry Hello Stranger got so much bad press over one offhand line when she was so swift to retract it and took the criticism so kindly and graciously. It’s one of my favorite books of hers and I think she writes intelligent strong willed but kind heroines very well.
I think she, like many authors, have to work against readers’ tendency to judge or dislike heroines more than heroes in romance fiction. I think heroes in general get far more leeway to make mistakes, have strong opinions or do “unlikeable” things and still be adored by the readers.
I’m just enjoying the typo that has this as theask@ARR because now it seems like a place we write in to ask what pirates think about romances.
OMG. That is hilarious. I can’t bring myself to change it now.
Lisa Kleypas has been my hands-down favorite among historical authors for the longest time. But I didn’t love her contemporaries and after that period when she delved into contemporaries, I felt her voice changed and I drifted away.
The way she creates memorable characters, the emotional build-up in many of her books and the portrayal of romance as central and life-altering are some of the things that characterize her earlier books.
The most recent book I re-read that held up well for me is Love in the Afternoon which features a quirky animal-loving heroine and a traumatized returning war veteran, who was idolizing the heroine’s friend based on letters that were penned in reality by our heroine. The correspondence is to swoon for.
I remember loving Again the Magic (child-hood sweethearts that are cruelly separated in part due to class differences), Lady Sophia’s Lover (a somber magistrate that falls in love with a woman who is bent on revenge for the loss of a much-loved brother), and A Scandal in Spring (the day-dreaming heiress is the secret love of her father’s right-hand man).
Other books were enjoyable and funny but these were the books that had an emotional connection for me. I guess if your romance DNA subscribes to the idea of love that can be agonizing (love is actually agonizing at some point), and will endure through time and challenges, to be finally won, then there will be plenty to relish in LK’s earlier books. I just didn’t feel the same vibe in her current books, perhaps reflecting her attempt to be more contemporary and more muted, so I have not been reading her as much. Most historical romances currently don’t seem to have that much of an emotional pull either and don’t seem to live long in your heart.
I’d agree that a great many current romances, in all genres, are blander than I’d like. I see it as a natural outcome of writing to offend no one. If your leads have to be blameless and your writing risk free, it’s hard to write stories with pull.
We seem to have similar tastes. I’ve read Love in the Afternoon many years ago and it was besides Lady Sophia’s Lover and Someone to Watch over Me I could remember details about. Last year I listened to LitA and wondered about the Roms. Uggh!
Of her newer books I only liked Winterbourne so I stopped buying her books.
Thank you, Dabney, for giving this a try! I’m loving the comments and hope others find it interesting to talk about an author’s body of work. Here are my observations about my experience with Kleypas’ work.
I began reading romances in the mid-2000s after someone handed me a copy of Heyer’s Grand Sophy, Sara Donati’s Into the Wilderness and then Gabaldon’s Outlander. As I began to “survey” the genre, Kleypas was one of the authors whose books worked for me when many other bigger name authors (at the time), with much larger backlists, did not. Kleypas’ heroines seemed to be stronger, more independent, more interesting personalities, and the men who fell in love with these women seemed to be more supportive of them than I’d found in other romances to that point. It’s been a while since I’ve reread any of these, but at the time, these were my favorites:
The first three books in the Wallflower series.
The first three books in the Travis series. (contemp, set in Texas)
Suddenly You – an HR standalone novel, set in London in 1836. I’ve don’t usually see this one mentioned by Kleypas fans but it still stands out in my memory after all these years and thousands of romances. The heroine is a writer, the hero a publisher, and it contains a sex scene involving rasberries that remains vivid to this day. But mostly it was the dialogue between the h/h that I enjoyed – not unlike It Happened One Autumn.
I pretty much gave up reading Kleypas work when the Friday Harbor books, with paranormal elements, were published. They did not work for me at all – too derivative of work other urban fantasy authors had already done better. Today, a Kleypas title has to really generate some buzz for me to read it (e.g. Marrying Winterborne, which I enjoyed).
Suddenly You, is IMHO, Kleypas’ hottest book. Jack and Amanda, from their first kiss in Chapter One, are sensual, sexy, and connected. Amanda is not a waifish beauty and I love their partnership. I had forgotten how much I like that book until just now! Thank you for mentioning it!
It was certainly the “hottest” romance I’d read to that point in my romance reading, and probably why it has stayed with me all these years later. I guess I need to revisit it and see if it still holds up for me. I’m not a big erotic reader, and I find myself skipping over a lot of sex scenes in a lot of books. But my memory is that the physical intimacy in that book was well-done (appropriate to moving the plot forward).
The raspberry scene is part of Jack helping Amelia get over a miscarriage–it’s really interesting.
I have been reading Lisa Kleypas’ books since the early 2000s and I enjoy them. Like many authors with a large backlist, she had many books that I like and a subset that I really love. Her books are not funny but there is often humor in the dialogue or certain situations, which is something I look for in a book. There is just the right amount of description in the settings and her characters adhere to the mores of society (or pay the consequences). She has variety in her heroines – some are strong-willed, for example, and some are not (there is less variety in her heroes but I am OK with that). She writes good sex scenes but what I like most of all is that her books have a great deal of emotion.
If I was going to recommend just one book of hers, it would be Dreaming of You. I love a bookish heroine (writer, librarian, etc) and also love the trope of rake/bad boy falls for bookish lady.
For her more recent historical series, my favorites from each are:
The Wallflowers: Devil in Winter – rake falls for “plain” girl
The Hathaways: Married by Morning – enemies to lovers
The Ravenels: Marrying Winterbourne – self made man falls for aristocratic lady
I think her historical novels are better than her contemporaries and was glad when she returned to writing the historicals. However I did very much like Sugar Daddy, which is a bit like women’s fiction in that it is more the story of the heroine’s journey. She starts off poor, in love with a guy who leaves. She works hard trying to care for her sister and make a life for herself then meets a billionaire who initially thinks she is trying to scam his family.
I admit that I no longer read her books as soon as they come out but frankly, that is mainly because in the past few years, I have just had more of an itch to read contemporary romance. I haven’t read her most recent release (Devil in Disguise) but I loved the book before it – Chasing Cassandra, part of the Ravenels series. I actually thought that the series was done with that book and was surprised when she came out with one more.
I missed the Kleypas era when she was writing historical romances – she just happened to be writing when I was into other genres (fantasy and espionage thrillers). But I’ve enjoyed the few I’ve picked up in the last 5 years or so. Checking my goodreads folder, I’ve read the 1st 3 Wallflower books and her contemporary Brown-Eyed Girl. I have a feeling I might have read Dreaming of You but it’s not recorded there.
Jumped the shark long ago, for me. I enjoyed her books when I started reading romance in the 1990s, but then her books all started to seem the same, my tastes changed and Devil in Winter annoyed me more than just about any other book I had eagerly anticipated. It’s OK if read as a standalone, but all the possibilities from Sebastian’s villainous past were dissolved at the very beginning. Again the Magic was another book that infuriated me; I really wanted the hero to let the heroine stew in her self-sacrificing misery for the rest of her life.
I have fond memories of Where Dreams Begin but I last read it a loooong time ago and it probably wouldn’t hold up for me today. Historical romance is not my thing anymore so if you still love the subgenre, just ignore everything I’ve said…..
No worries. I do still love historical romance.
I’ve never loved Devil in Winter all that much. In that series, the only book I love is It Happened One Autumn which I adore.
I too didn’t like Again the Magic although I do love the secondary romance in that one.
I started reading HR in the late 90’s and early 2000s and she was one of my go to’s. I loved her books. I’ve probably read her entire backlist and kept reading right up until Marrying Winterbourne, which I disliked. Have not read any new additions since then, but it’s mostly to do with the fact that I lost interest in HR and moved on to other parts of the romance genre. I do sometimes re-read the Wallflowers or the Hathaways but it’s been awhile and I’m not sure I would notice many changes. They’d have to be pretty big. For all that, LK is one of the few HR authors from that era that even still work for me. Most that I tried to go back to were better left a happy memory. :) I still don’t read very much HR and what I do read is usually far away from dukes and ballrooms.
For a long time, Kleypas was an author I overlooked. Then I read a lot of her work in a very short time. I particularly like the Hathaway series, although the last book was the weakest in my opinion. Some commenters note the books have been revised amid concerns about the portrayals of gypsies, among other issues. Even though I like the Hathaway books and the Wallflower books, I think Kleypas may fall by the wayside. There were lots of bodice-ripper books I read and reread enthusiastically, for instance, only to discard them years later as my sensibilities changed.
Styles of plotting can become crutches sometimes, I think, if for no other reason than writers following the leader. Bodice-rippers are a good example of this Klleypas tried to avoid being such a follower, but perhaps her own style is now one that is hard for her to escape. One thing that differentiates very similar romance books are the characterizations, and Kleypas did build characters who are memorable, and her books often but not always are well-paced. Using characters with socially disadvantaged backgrounds gave her more scope for plotting and characterization at the time, and may well have made the books stand out when first published. Those choices may make her less durable then authors with a comedy of manners approach, for instance, or those who focus on political intrigue, as Jo Beverley’s Malloren books did.
Right now, there is a lot of m/m and f/f romance appearing in the historical romance genre. I wonder how that will be reevaluated a decade or two from now.
As for me, I now eagerly await any new work from Lucinda Brant and Stella Riley. Riley’s Cadenza is a book I am still infatuated with, even though it has a Sebastian-type character whose rehabilitation is not particularly plausible. Even so, I like Cadenza more than any of the Kleypas books.
I found the first half of Devil’s Daughter to be astonishingly good, it would be one of my top 5 romance books if it continued that way. Up until the shaving scene that almost matches the haircut scene in Archer’s Voice is still 5 stars, and after that it turns into erotica that I am utterly convinced was due to Kleypas needing to meet a contracted word count, before a scene at the end which was laughably bad given all we knew about the hero.
Once I discovered that DiW was one of the top 2 most beloved HRs I retried it after previously DNFing… which was a mistake. It was a 3 star book for chapter after chapter, so I thought it must have a spectacular ending, but it does not.♂️ If I rant about the problems with it you will no longer love it as much as you thought you did.
Of the 16 books of hers I have tried, 12 DNFs, one should have remained a DNF, two four star and one astonishingly good partial book.
I’ve never been a huge fan. There are things I like- the sex scenes, the female friendships, her humor. But she builds up these conflicts and then cheats on the resolution. Usually, the conflict is resolved by one of the protagonists almost dying and the other realizing their love.
In Devil in Winter, which it seems everyone but me loves, is a cop out IMO. She built up this conflict in the prior books, and Sebastian is essentially a completely different person in his own, neutering the entire prior conflict.
There is a reason I call it (Former) Devil in Winter.
I’m a huge LK fan. I found her back in the early 2000s when I rediscovered romances and HRs were my go to. I loved her strong no-nonsense heroes. I do think she skated a thin line between the alpha hero and the alpha-hole hero. LOL She stayed on the right side of the line to satisfy me, though. That was more of my catnip back then, and sometimes still is (which I will not apologize for… hahaha). Westcliff is one of my all time favorite heroes and I’ve followed him through all the books he’s been in. I re-read the wallflower series at least once a year.
I love her humor, the way she world builds and the frienships (either between females or males) and family relationships she builds. I know I read something about her changing It Happened One Autumn but I’m not clear how or why she felt the need. I’m just assuming that she wrote something politically incorrect and got slapped down for it.
I also loved how detailed she got about certain aspects of the time periods she wrote in. Although, I suggested her to a friend and she said she was too wordy for her, but she loved the sex scenes she wrote. I told her that when I first started reading her I loved the way she crafted her love scenes – how expicit and sensual they were. Now… I can take that aspect or leave it. I skim a lot of those scenes now. I’m not sure if I’m showing my age or what. Hahaha. So, it really is a matter of what floats your boat!
I too love Westcliff. The redo of that book completely changes the first time he and Lillian make love. She couldn’t consent by today’s standards and so the scene was taken out and another put in.
I guess I disagreed about the consent part of that scene. I still have the original and it reads to me as consent. It’s a fine line because I’m sure more than one of us (including myself) have participated in sexualising activity while drunk. Does that mean I’ve been raped? To me there is a difference between drunk and paralytic. And that nuance is completely lost.
I agree that some of the things she does best is build friendships, family relationships ( not everyone has a tortured childhood!) and uses humor. She also stays pretty much true to the time periods – I’m never “pulled out of the story” by a glaring anachronism. And I think her love scenes are the best.
Also, and this is nitpicky:
before Netflix’s Bridgerton, Kleypas might have been the most famous living historical romance author.
In the US.
Until the advent of Amazon, much of what we think of as mainstream/big name HR wasn’t available in the UK, and certainly not in even the major book shops. It was the early 2000s when I was able to buy books by Quinn, Balogh and Kleypas etc. here thanks to Amz, and even now you won’t find them.in large numbers on shelves. I was in Foyles a few months ago and the number of HRs was tiny.
I hear you. But we’ve had a large UK readership for decades and I’ve UK friends who read lots of US books. So.
Yes, I was just saying that even now, her books are not easy to find and she’s probably not as well known here.
I guess given that 85% of the books we sell are digital, I always assume anyone anywhere can find a book.
I’ve undoubtedly said this before but the only Lisa Kleypas book I ever enjoyed was GIVE ME TONIGHT, a time-travel romance (set in both 1880 and depression-era Texas), I read it when it was first released (the late 1980s). I liked it so much, I read a number of other Kleypas books as they were subsequently released, but I never found another Kleypas book I liked as much as GIVE ME TONIGHT, and by 1992, I knew Kleypas was not for me. Sadly, GIVE ME TONIGHT is not available as an ebook (I’m not even sure that Kleypas claims it). I’d like to re-read it today, 30-plus years on, and see if it’s as good as I remember.
I read that one and liked when it first came out, but I can’t remember much about it now. Was this the one where the heroine ended up time traveling by ending up in the body of the hero’s wife or something?
I know it didn’t seem popular with other readers. I don’t know if it was because of the time travel or because of the way the time travel was handled.
I’ve only read 7 books by Kleypas, and three of those were her contemporary Travis series. Back when I read them, I used the Goodreads recommendations for the star rating, which meant a book I enjoyed but didn’t wow me was 3 stars: Good. I rated 3 of her books 3 stars, but it mean “good but I probably won’t reread.” I guess now I’d give them 3.5, round up to 4 and call it a B-. The other ones were 4 stars.
Even though I loved Georgette Heyer, I really started reading romances by way of romantic mysteries and romantic suspense, and those were often contemporary settings. I’ve never read tons of historical romances. I only just read some of the Bridgerton books in the past couple of years. it still tends to be a less appealing genre to me, with a few exceptions like Mia Vincy, Loretta Chase, and a few MM authors: K.J. Charles, Cat Sebastian, Sally Malcolm, and Joanna Chambers.
It’s odd, but even when I read HR almost exclusively, I didn’t read a lot of LK. That’s partly for the same reason I haven’t read a lot of other big-name HRs, which is that by the time I came to reading romance regularly, many of them had already published lots of books and there were just too many backlists to read amid all the new books being released.
I think the timeframe is relevant here, because by the time I started reading HR, people like Sherry Thomas, Courtney Milan and Meredith Duran were writing, and LK isn’t in that league, IMO. But I can understand that she was hugely influential and probably paved the way for those who came after.
I enjoyed the books of hers I read and listened to for the most part; like many HR readers I have a soft-spot for Sebastian St. Vincent, even though I do think he was given a bit of a personality transplant from the character he was in the previous book.
I read the first few Ravenel books – Winterbourne is the best one, IMO, and even that has some fairly big problems plot-wise – but stopped around book 4, because they just weren’t working for me. Last year, I think it was, I listened to the first Hathaway book – which I understand has been revised – but I wasn’t all that impressed (and I don’t think that had anything to do with the revisions); I think I gave the story a C+.
Caz, I am in complete agreement with you. I just started reading romance a few years ago and consumed a lot of HR initially. I enjoyed some of Kleypas’ books but found others annoying. It was fun to see Sebastian’s transformation in Devil in Winter, and he and Evie made a delightful couple. On the other hand, Mine ‘Til Midnight was flawed for so many reasons. I liked Cam better in the earlier book when he was mysterious and much more interesting. Amelia was obnoxious, and I didn’t buy them as a couple. I could see why Kleypas would want to revise that book, but I doubt she would have changed all the things that drove me crazy. In short, Kleypas has given me some good reads, but not consistently. I’m not pining for her next book, but if it gets great reviews, I might give it a try. I’m reading very little HR these days, and even in that genre there are authors I enjoy more.
From what I learned from friends who read the original, the changes were mostly in the language (removal of the word “gypsy” to describe Cam), the introduction of a rival suitor for Amelia and a few small other changes – I haven’t read or listened to the original so I’m just going by what someone else told me. I wouldn’t be at all surprised to learn that the pasting LK took for Hello Stranger caused her to scramble through her back catalogue to look for anything contentious.
I read hardly any HR these days and there are only a handful of HR authors whose books I now look out for. Loretta Chase, Mia Vincy (who I think may have a new book out this year), KJ Charles, and some of the Harlequin Historical folks.
And see I love Cam and Amelia!
They didn’t work as a couple for me at all – and I honestly didn’t like Amelia much.