Dreaming of You
Lisa Kleypas
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Dreaming of You
Lisa Kleypas
384 pages
September 2003
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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Sara Fielding, an excellent writer and well-bred, is brought up prim and proper. She is a writer who has mostly lived in front of pen and paper and through her own dreams. Her life is mediocre, even the man who has courted her for four years without a single marriage proposal.

Derek Craven rose from poverty, from being a thief and a grave robber to his success today, owning some of the most elite gambling houses in all of London. Handsome and suave, he has money, fame and women galore. What more could there be to life for him?

One fated night, Derek Craven is attacked. Due to wild circumstances, he ends up in debt to Sara Fielding. She quickly influences him to allow her to enter his elite gambling house and interview some of the servants for a book sheís planning to write.

More to the adventure awaits, as a Lady Ashby becomes jealous of Saraís seeming hold upon Derek and under a wave of circumstances, they have no choice but to marry. Lady Ashby is a deceiving and satisfying bad guy for the main characters. As infuriating as this is for Derek Craven, he canít help but be won over by her allure and innocence. She canít get over his charm. They make for a great puzzling couple.

Of course, not everything is fine and dandy. An alluring, well-thought-out plot adds to an in-depth mystery on how to get them to admit they are head over heals for each other. Outside influences help these two to grow and mold, making for an exciting conclusion.

Itís a romantic tale that needed to be told. A womanís heart could follow Sara and fall in love. Her character is unique, headstrong in her own way and so deliciously charismatic, youíll feel the influence long after you put it down. Derek Craven will have women weak in the knees for more of his charisma. Heís influential and at times too stubborn to listen to his own heart. In the end, he proves to be a true hero and the right match for a woman like Sara Fielding.

Excellent plot twists and surprisingly addicting characters makes this one of Lisa Kleypasí best works yet. She leads the way to passion and romance and her stunning use of words captures the imagination. This is even better than her previous romances. The only down side is in the repetition of some minor plot themes and characters that we donít need as much information about. These are easily overlooked and only noticed by the nitpicky reader. Most readers will find themselves endeared to the characters and even feel for some of the bad guys. Thereís definite adventure and mystery in this romance.

This is a definite page-turner for anyone who has a heart; you wonít be able to put this one on the nightstand. If you love a Regency mismatched romance story, Dreaming of You should be apart of your romance book collection. This is a definite and deserving four out of five for Dreaming of You, by Lisa Kleypas.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. © Calissa Leigh, 2005

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