Review: Seduce Me at Sunrise

Posted 16 February, 2016 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Seduce Me at Sunrise (The Hathaways #2)
By: Lisa Kleypas
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

He has tried hard to forget her.

Kev Merripen has longed for the beautiful, well-bred Winnifred Hathaway ever since her family rescued him from the brink of death when he was just a boy. But this handsome Gypsy is a man of mysterious origins—and he fears that the darkness of his past could crush delicate, luminous Win. So Kev refuses to submit to temptation… and before long Win is torn from him by a devastating twist of fate.

Can she remember the man he once was?

Then, Win returns to England… only to find that Kev has hardened into a man who will deny love at all costs. Meantime, an attractive, seductive suitor has set his sights on Win. It’s now or never for Kev to make his move. But first, he must confront a dangerous secret about his destiny—or risk losing the only woman he has lived for…

Alrighty, book number 2 of the Hathaways! Going into this book I was rather intrigued as Kev and Win’s story was introduced over the course of the first novel. They are so different from each other that I was curious to see where their story would go here in the second novel.

This has to be the most frustrating novel I’ve read in a while. Where do I even begin? I was aware going into it that Kev was quite the stubborn lead male character here, and while I appreciated his steadfastness in the first novel, his hovering in the second novel coupled with his back-and-forth, I’m-not-good-for-you attitude was downright irritating. Everyone was basically screeching at him to make up his mind and just kiss the girl already, and he was still indecisive. Win’s response after a while, while perfectly understandable, was painful to read, and overall didn’t endear me to the romance. It reminded me of Wuthering Heights, which infuriated me to no end; the only difference is that after a while these two characters finally communicated their feelings to each other and ultimately got their happy ending.

Now I don’t know if it was irritation with the lead romance but my feelings were rubbing off on the other characters too. I was amused at how Leo was oddly interested in Marks even though their relationship was nowhere near civil. This was Cat Marks’ introduction to the story as Bea and Poppy’s governness, and while I knew that she had a rather severe and private personality, I found her extremely standoffish here that also left me irritated. I didn’t really care for Cam and Kev’s sidestory of searching for their roots and the story behind their identical tattoos until the end. Bea continues to be adorable however, and ultimately I love how the Hathaways function as a family unit, despite of how eccentric and unlike the times they are.

Seduce Me at Sunrise was okay at best. For the first two-thirds of the book I just wanted to fling my eReader against the wall, the melodrama and the back-and-forth with Win and Kev was just too much for me to handle. I would’ve rated the book lower but the story did pick up in the last third so it bounced back a bit. This book honestly left me hesitant for a moment whether to continue with the rest of the series, but I am looking forward to Poppy’s story because despite of the drama happening in the family, she seemed pretty level-headed about everything and approached everything quite reasonably.

Rating: ★★½☆☆

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