Series: The Hathaways, #1
Author: Lisa Kleypas
Category: Historical Fiction/ Romance
Rating: 3.5/4 stars out of 5
Their lives defy convention.
When an unexpected inheritance elevates her family to the ranks of the aristocracy, Amelia Hathaway discovers that tending to her younger sisters and wayward brother was easy compared to navigating the intricacies of the ton. Even more challenging: the attraction she feels for the tall, dark, and dangerously handsome Cam Rohan.
Their desire consumes them both.
Wealthy beyond most men’s dreams, Cam has tired of society’s petty restrictions and longs to return to his “uncivilized” Gypsy roots. When the delectable Amelia appeals to him for help, he intends to offer only friendship—but intentions are no match for the desire that blindsides them both. But can a man who spurns tradition be tempted into that most time-honored arrangement: marriage? Life in London society is about to get a whole lot hotter…
I'm very glad that I picked up Mine Till Midnight. It was a very enjoyable read and had a cast of such eccentric characters I just couldn't help but love! Each one had me either swooning or laughing, so I instantly loved Amelia and Cam. They were a combustible duo and their story was really fun to read!
I’ll be honest, this was my first time really reading a more mature historical romance. I’ve always enjoyed historical fiction books, but that was mostly when I was a bit younger, and not so into heavy romances. But I can say that I will be picking up more books like this one because it had my inner romance nerd pleasantly happy!
“The question, love, is whether you want me enough to take the risk.”
First and foremost I must talk about the characters. I enjoyed each one, even the bad guys. Kleypas did a great job at creating such diverse and unique characters. The Hathaway family was such an eccentric group, odd in many ways and I just adored them because of that. Amelia’s family rest on her shoulders and because of this she doesn’t really have time for romance, believing she’ll become a spinster. But as she gets tangled up in a certain gypsy man, her life definitely takes a turn she didn’t expect. What I enjoyed about her was her strength and determination. Though that determination did make her a bit inflexible, I enjoyed that about her character.
Cam Rohan. My lord I just really enjoyed his character. A Roma who is living the life of a non-Roma. I found that to be a very interesting aspect of the book and I loved the bit of gypsy influences in the book as well. Cam comes into Amelia’s life like a whirlwind, turning everything she knew upside down. He was another strong and eccentric character, but I loved his fierce personality. And though he did struggle quite a bit with who he is, I was happy with where he was at the end of the book.
The chemistry between them was very hot, and I just enjoyed watching them dance around each other. Because once those sparks were ignited, boy, was it fun to watch Cam and Amelia combust. There were also some very nice steamy scenes in the book, but I loved that they weren’t too graphic, just the right kind of steamy for me. And by the end of the book, they really did grow quite a bit and I enjoyed watching each of their transformations.
“Cam has been an outsider for his entire life. Even when he lived with the Rom. I think he’s always secretly hoped he could someday find a place where he would belong. But until he met you, it didn’t occur to him that it might not be a place he was looking for, but a person.”
The book was a bit of a fast paced read, but I still enjoyed the pace. I enjoyed the bits of mystery, history, twists, and myths that the author added to her story. The only problem with the book that I had was that I felt there were still too many unanswered questions. Of course, I’m sure they will be answered in the next book, but what worries me is that the next book is based on Amelia’s sister. So that does make me wonder how those questions will be answered.
Mine Till Midnight was really a good read and I am glad I picked up this story. I loved the gypsy aspects that where intertwined in the story along with the eccentric characters. Cam and Amelia’s story was passionate and beautiful. I know I will be continuing this series!