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In all honesty, the second half of the book felt like another author was behind the ridiculous ending!!!
The first half was wonderful and I just could not wait until Kleypas would start giving Cam and Amelia more characterization and depth to their relationship after the first time they make love--but it never happened!!! The story just fell apart after that and Amelia and Cam became side characters due to the constant bombardment of Amelia's family's dramas, especially in the case of Amelia's brother's grief over the death of a sweetheart and the paranormal twist that popped up from nowhere.
You were just left with a complete sense of bewilderment and I just kept asking myself, when am I going to start reading about Cam's and Amelia's feelings for each other already??????? When is the conflict between them going to happen? and how will they handle the resolution??
Instead they were pushed aside from the main story, and were given a bunch of sex scenes to keep us happy and the sole focus became everyone else: Amelia's brother, her sick sister, the ghost, the gypsy that lives with them, the possibility that the gypsy might be related to Cam and on and on it went.
Cam and Amelia had absolutely no conflict whatsoever, no drama at all. The only problem Kleypas gave the couple was Amelia's constant rejection of taking the idea of marrying Cam seriously, which I never understood after she made love to him so many times and Cam repeatedly telling her he could take care of her family, which she desperately needed. The idea that she did not want to depend on anyone and held on to her independence was ludicrous after she compromised herself so many times with Cam and how her family's situation bordered on the desperate. But even that supposed 'conflict' was tepid at best since Cam just brushed it off and smiled and just would make love to her and Amelia would succumb to her desires or run after the myriad of distracting problems her family concocted at that moment.
I just cannot get over how the second half read and ended. I had to make sure I was still reading the same novel that I loved in the first half. I was really just left confounded at what the hell happened???
It had such a great first half, it was such a shame that it went nowhere after that and just fell apart. I really hope the next instalments go back to what we expect Lisa to give us: great romances!
Heard so much about Lisa Kleypas so I was excited to finally read one of her books. Unfortunately, I was very disappointed. Pretty sure someone compared her to a modern Jane Austen, but this one barely seemed regency. They are acting like a modern couple, sleeping together without intention of marrying. People didn’t do that back then. The gypsy fine, not aristocracy. And again, books that focus mainly on sexual attraction and nothing else are quite dumb and shallow because, we all know happy relationships are not built on sex, please. Could not figure out what these two actually saw in each other. Amelia was irritating, to be honest, her whole, I’m doing everything on my own motto got old real fast. One dysfunctional, annoying family that are not believable at all. Not to mention the weird paranormal bit that totally came out of left field
This was the first book of Kleypas that I read. The reviews made me buy it. Oh boy, was I disappointed. I did not like the heroine. She seemed too bossy and domineering with her family and with Rohan. And enough already about all the family problems. It seemed that the heroine just went from one family crisis to another. I understand that the author is setting the stage for a series, but I felt that she spent way too much time developing the characters of the siblings for future books, in addition to bringing the reader up to speed on three couples from the wallflowers series, that the actual romance between Rohan and Amelia was never really given the time it deserved. The romance between the two was almost an aside, a back story to the rest. I didn't believe her reason for rejecting his suite. Okay, he's a gypsy. But he was kind, dependable, smart, gifted and did so much to help her all the time! The man was there for her every single time she was having to deal with a crisis with one of her troublesome siblings. If he wasn't supporting her through it all, he was stepping in to fix it for her. She obviously had some strong feelings for the guy if she'd run off to sleep with him like she did. Remember, this is the Victorian age, not the modern age. And then when he asks her to marry him--she can't-not because she doesn't love him, but because she doesn't want to give up her independence? Gimme a break, please. I'd fall for Rohan in a heartbeat. I felt he deserved a better love interest, one who would appreciate him more than she did. She seemed to use him a lot, treat him like her other gypsy servant, Merripen. Amelia seemed to be looking down her nose at the poor guy even while she was sleeping with him, and I did not like the way she treated him most of the time. All in all, it's a good start to an interesting family series. I plan to read about the other siblings, but I do hope future installments have a stronger romance between the main couple of the book and less about the support characters. If not, I won't get past the second book.
I prefer a little more interesting, witty or humorous conversation (or suspense). I enjoyed Rom, the half gypsy character, but I was uneasy with his wanting to throw away his money. He was lucky at earning it and kept trying to throw it away or give it away. The author said something about he couldn't feel free if he had any possessions. Parts of the story were ok, but I would not recommend buying this book.
There were unanswered questions at the end that bothered me but shouldn't have, because they were answered in the sequel. But I didn't know this at the time. These were a mystery about Cam and Merripan having identical tattoos. And I was left hanging regarding Merripan and Win. I assume he recovered from his illness and expressed his love for Win, but the author did not finish that part of the story. I did not know that book 2 (Seduce Me at Sunrise) is their story.
I did not enjoy the story about suicidal brother Leo. After his fiancé died of illness he would go away for long periods of time, gambling, drinking, and getting high on the drugs of the day. Each time he did this, Amelia would worry about him and go find him to bring him home (or she asked others to help her find him). At the end of the book, Cam states that he believes Leo will get better in the future.
DATA: Narrative mode: 3rd person. Sexual language: mild. Number of sex scenes: six. Setting: 1848 London, England. Copyright: 2007. Genre: historical romance.
For a list of my reviews of other Lisa Kleypas books, see my 4.5 star review of "Sugar Daddy" posted 8/19/08.
One of the most scattered stories I've ever read! While I've enjoyed a couple of her other books and mild sex okay, I don't read these books for the graphic instruction of sex; yet this book seems to have more sex than story. The romance was totally missing and there were so many different back stories going on, the only culmination in this book was lots of sex. I really wish they'd start rating these books. I love the true Historical Romances, the passion and sexuality but good grief, I'm a grown woman with my own sex life and imagination and many of these books are beginning to seem like which writer can be the most detailed and even somewhat vulgar sometimes. If I want to read about all of the ways, words and types of sex there is, I'll buy some porn but wait; this is one of those books that at one time would have been rated as porn! I'll stick with an author that can write a beautiful love story without the hot sex. Does anyone remember one of the greatest historical romances of all time, like Gone With the Wind? I'm sorry but personally, I'm sick of reading sexcapades instead of romance. I want real story with real romance and this author just does not have it.
I was so happy to finally get to Cam’s story, but I was so disappointed. Mine Till Midnight was lacking Kleypas’ usual wit. At times it seemed she enjoyed writing it as much as I enjoyed reading it. Meh all around.
I’m a big fan of Lisa Kleypas, is read many of her books. This one, however, was a huge disappointment. The main problem is consent. Repeatedly the hero takes advantage of the heroine where there is lack of consent. Furthermore, the heroine repeatedly refuses to marry him because she doesn’t want to “obey” him. These two things are problematic in the story... if she was so concerned with not wanting to obey him, she should have insisted that he not take advantage of her. 🤢 Additionally, the first 6 chapters were boring... because I usually like the author, I kept reading anyway, hoping it would improve. The story did get better after that, but the non-consent thing was a total turnoff for me. I liked the ghost story aspect, but that should have been a bigger part of the story early on instead of just showing Leo as a jerk.
The hero/heroine storyline has major consent issues. Cam more-or-less assaults Amelia over and over, and I found it difficult to accept that he just KNOWS SHE WANTS IT. If this book were real life, that would be blatantly wrong.
It's difficult to write about race and racism in an historical context, particularly trying to piece together different angle on Roma identity as Kleypas tries to do with Cam and Merrimen. It feels driven by stereotype in a way that her treatment of Welsh or Scots characters didn't.
So, pretty much: story with fundamental consent problems AND a weird context. It's rescued from being absolutely terrible by the complex family relationships between the Hathaways.
I like the Hathaway's. I'm interested to see what happens to the rest of the family. That said, I didn't find the romance believable. Cam seemed to fall in love or lust with Amelia instantly. I wish the novelist would have a slower romance buildup. I didn't see Amelia as a heroine. She is kind of a nag and martyr. I thought it was interesting that her brother, Leo was haunted. Cam is an ok hero. I didn't think he has a deep enough personality. I like that the Wallflowers are still involved. I really like Westcliff and the other husbands from the Wallflowers.
The hero come from the club in book 3 of the wallflowers, she leads an impoverished family that have recently acquired a title and suffered great loss. This apparently explains how she can marry a guy so unacceptable to society, but doesn't explain why she thinks her sisters whom be accepted by this society. Still the stray animals make the story entertaining.