NOVEL REVIEW: TEMPT ME AT TWILIGHT BY LISA KLEYPAS



Eiyo Fadneiras,

I just finished reading a historical romance novel titled Tempt Me At Twilight (TMAT) by Lisa Kleypas. So today, I would like to share my review of the novel with you guys. We shall begin with Lisa Kleypas’ bio.



ABOUT LISA KLEYPAS 


Lisa Kleypas (Image: thebooksmugglers.com)


Lisa Kleypas is an award-winning contemporary and historical romance author. 19 of her novels have won the RITA (Romance Writer Of America) Award. Most of her novels are also listed as a New York Times and Publisher Weekly bestseller. Her novels are now published in 14 languages and are bestsellers all over the world. Kleypas lives in Washington, America with her husband and two children.



ABOUT TEMPT ME AT TWILIGHT


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TMAT is the third novel in the Hathaway series. It tells the story of Poppy Hathaway. Poppy is the fourth child and third sister in the Hathaway siblings.


Poppy loves her family dearly even though she longs for normalcy. The Hathaway siblings are not considered normal in English-Victorian society. The Hathaway siblings may be wealthy, but they are not high-headed people. They are down-to-earth people instead. Being down-to-earth when you’re wealthy is not considered normal during the Victorian era.


The story begins when Poppy was chasing after her sister’s ferret, Dodger in the Rutledge Hotel. Dodger is carrying Michael Bayning’s love letter to Poppy. Poppy ends up in the hotel’s secret passage. That’s where she meets Harry Rutledge, the hotel’s owner.


Harry is an American hotelier from Buffalo, New York. He is handsome, suave, charming, intelligent, and mysterious. Most people thought that Harry is a dangerous person, including Poppy’s family. But deep down, Harry is a kind and sensible man. He is also romantic, loving, and loyal. Harry seems mysterious and dangerous from the outside because of his dark past. Harry secretly likes Poppy and is willing to do anything to win her.


In the secret passage, Harry secretly grabs Michael Bayning’s love letter from Dodger’s claw without Poppy knowing. Harry tells Poppy that he only found the ferret but not the letter. Later, Harry reads the letter and sends it to Micheal Bayning's father, the Viscount. The Viscount does not approve of Poppy for his son. To the Viscount, Poppy is not eligible enough to be in the Bayning family. So Michael broke his relationship with Poppy. Poppy is badly heartbroken.


A week later, Poppy and her siblings attend a ball at Lord Norbury’s home. At the ball, Poppy meets Harry again. This time, Harry asks Poppy to dance with him. She accepts his offer. But they end up flirting on the balcony and get caught. Their flirtation at the ball compromises Poppy’s reputation. So Harry asks Poppy to marry him, and to everyone’s surprise, she accepts his proposal.


Voila!!!!!!! My hand-drawn illustration of Poppy Hathaway and Harry Rutledge. Harry has dreamy emerald green eyes, Fadneiras. That's how Kleypas describes Harry's distinguishing features. (Image: My Artstagram @fmooneira_art)



On their wedding day, Poppy’s ex-boyfriend, Michael comes to see her. Michael shows Poppy the love letter that she lost, and tells her that it was Harry who gave this letter to the Viscount.  Michael tells Poppy that this was how his father found out about their relationship. Michael also tells Poppy that it was Harry who ruined their relationship. Poppy becomes angry at Harry for what he did to Michael. After the wedding, Poppy tells Harry that he is not going to get her love at all even though she’s his wife now. Then Harry gives Poppy his egoistic response, “I don’t need your love”. Harry even tells Poppy that he is not sorry at all for ruining her relationship with Michael. Oh, dear!


But deep inside his heart, Harry is very in love with Poppy, and he wants her to love him back. He wants her to care for him. Even though Harry knows that Poppy is angry with him, he still tries his best to romance her. He wants her to realize that he loves her so much. And he wants to be the only man for her.


Will Poppy see the real sweet and sensible man inside Harry? Will Harry win Poppy’s heart?




MY REVIEW OF TEMPT ME AT TWILIGHT


My hand-drawn illustration of Poppy Hathaway ~ the pretty and sassy protagonist. According to most fans of the Hathaway series, Poppy is the most beautiful Hathaway sister. I agree. She's beautiful inside and out. I like Poppy's personality ^_^ (Image: My Artstagram @fmooneira_art)


To me, TMAT is a very beautiful historical romance novel. I believe it is the most romantic romance novel I have ever read. Poppy and Harry is the cutest book couple ever. Their romance is so sweet, adorable, and cheesy. 


Poppy Hathaway is sassy but yet adorable and innocent. She's more like a millennial girl than a victorian girl. She knows what she wants, and is always honest.


Harry Rutledge is a morally grey character. Harry is portrayed as egotistical and hot-headed, yet he is also kind, loving, and romantic. Harry loves Poppy with all his heart. He loves her for her strengths and flaws. Oh wow...he’s a great guy. He makes me feel dreamy.


I like the way Kleypas characterizes her characters. As a reader, I can see that all characters in TMAT play their roles in the story. Plus, the way Kleypas describes her characters’ emotions touches my heart. It makes me feel the characters, especially Harry ^_^


One of Poppy & Harry's romantic scenes in the novel. In this scene, Poppy also realizes that she is in love with her husband. Auwwwww....... (Image: My Artstagram @fmooneira_art)



I also like the way Kleypas describes Poppy and Harry’s romance scenes. I like the way Harry makes love to Poppy. Their romance scenes are all so magical. It also shows how dearly Poppy and Harry love each other.


Besides romantic, TMAT is also a very chic and vogue novel. The setting of this story is 80% London and 20% Hampshire. I like the way Kleypas portrays the Londoners' stylish lifestyle in this novel. All are so chic and vogue.


Overall, I rate TMAT 10/10. I love this novel a lot and might re-read it soon. Hehehe ^_^ I also would like to recommend my bookworm pals (especially those who are into the historical romance genre) to read TMAT. Trust me guys, you are going to love this novel. And ladies, I’m sure you all are going to fall in love with Harry Rutledge's character. Again, Harry is a great guy, and I wish he is real. Hehehe…I know...I’m crazy ^_^ However, this novel has five sexual love-making scenes. So it is not suitable for those who are under 18 to read. Sorry teenagers ^_^


The ending of TMAT makes me excited to read Married By Morning (MBM). MBM is the fourth book in the Hathaway series. MBM tells Leo Hathaway and Catherine Marks’ love story. Leo is the eldest Hathaway sibling, while Catherine is the Hathaway girls’ companion and Harry Rutledge’s half-sister. In TMAT, the author already gives a hint of Leo and Catherine’s romance. It sounds like these two are already in a secret relationship. So I’m curious.


Reading Kleypas' novels makes me want to travel to Hampshire in the future. Hampshire is now on top of my travel bucket list. Besides Hampshire, reading Kleypas' novels also make me interested to learn more about the Victorian era. The way Kleypas portrays the Victorian era in her novels is so chic and vogue, especially the lifestyle, fashion, and interior.



Ok, so this is my review of Tempt Me At Twilight. I hope you guys enjoyed reading this review. Before I end this post, let me ask my readers three simple questions…


  1. Are you a fan of Lisa Kleypas?
  2. If yes, what is your favorite Lisa Kleypas novel? 
  3. And who is your favorite Lisa Kleypas hero?


Ok, that’s all for now. Thank you for reading. I hope to see you guys again soon. Take care.


XoXo,


Fadima Mooneira ^_^



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  1. This book and series sounds like something I'd really enjoy too. Its got an air of Bridgerton about it.

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    1. Ah yeah.... if you like Julia Quinn's Bridgerton, you’ll like Lisa Kleypas’ Hathaway series too.

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  2. I have not yet read all of Lisa Kleypas' novels, but so far my favourite would be Devil In Winter. And my favourite hero also came from the same novel, namely, Sebastian, Lord St Vincent (later the Duke of Kingston) (although, some people hated him for being the villain in a previous novel!!!). I really love how Sebastian's marriage of convenience quickly evolved into an extraordinary love match when both husband and wife began to get to know each other better. And his deep affection for his shy, awkward and stammering wife is really endearing. ❤❤❤❤❤

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    1. Auwww...... Lord St. Vincent sounds sweet 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍 thank you for sharing your thoughts ❤️πŸ’–πŸ’•πŸŒΉπŸŒΈ

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  3. I've never considered reading historical romance fiction but your review is enticing me into this genre. Thank you for bringing it to my attention and I will add to my reading list for the future. Love your artwork as usual :-)

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    1. Thank you for your compliment on my artworks. Once you read a historical romance novel, you’ll be hook to this genre. Trust me. That's what happened to me.

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  4. I haven't read this book or even heard of this series, but the book sounds sweet even though Harry is a flawed character. I also love that this book is set in the Victorian era.

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    1. Harry Rutledge is a morally grey character. He's bad enough to be a villain, but also good enough to be a hero. And overall, he’s a great guy. You’ll fall in love with Harry if you read TMAT 😍😍❤️❤️πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸŒΉπŸŒΉ

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  5. I think historical romance genre is interesting too. Thanks for sharing this book review. :)

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    1. Yes, it is. It gives you knowledge about people in the old days.

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  6. Woww so romantic. Boleh la masuk list untuk baca buku ni. Banyak masa lapang sekarang. Suka tengok lukisan tu. Cantik sangat tau.

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    1. Thank you for your compliment on my art ❤️πŸŒΉπŸ’œπŸ’›

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  7. Great post! I love how much you loved this book, and it’s encouraged me to give it a try! Thanks for sharing x

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    1. πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

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  8. Lovely review! love the crystal clear of your words making myself, the kind of reader who is hardly into any romance genre to stick to and be enticed with. I might give this a try!

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    1. Yay!!!!!! I love the romance genre 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍

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  9. Great review, love how it's written! This sounds like a lovely read and a great series to get into. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. It's giving me Bridgerton vibes, haha! I didn't think I'd enjoy the historical romance genre but it's beautiful. Thank you for sharing this book series.

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    1. Hehehe..... I used to say the same thing before my BFF introduced to me the historical romance genre. But once I started reading a historical romance novel, I got addicted to this genre.

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  11. I haven't heard of this author before, but this sounds like a great read! It's reminding me a little of Bridgerton, which I loved, so I will definitely check this out. Great review, thanks for sharing!

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    1. Yes, it you like Bridgerton, you will like the Hathaway series too.

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  12. love after married. typical love story.. but i love the characters of poppy and Henry - diff but they belongs together

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    1. Harry actually. Yes, the storyline of this novel is very simple. It's about love and marriage. TMAT tells the story of a hopeless romantic girl who is slowling learning that love doesn't require her to be with a perfect person. All she needs is a partner who is willing to face the storms with her.

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  13. First tengok, comelnya dino tuu Fadima hahaha..
    I belum pernah baca buku ni, tapi baca review ni nampak menarik.. kalau anak muda sedang bercinta, bagus juga ni baca novel ni.. jadikan pengajaran cinta yang setia hehehe

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    1. Hmm.....tapi Anak Muda Tu harus 18 tahun ke atas dan bijaksana yer.

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  14. Dah lama tak baca novel haha tua2 ni jadi malas nak baca novel lebih suka buka fon je. Tp nampak menarik ulasan ni so nnt leh la cari

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    1. Baca la novel. Jgn asyik screening. Not good for your health dear.

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  15. Thanks for the review about Tempt Me At Twilight novel, i kind of like this kind of story.

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  16. Hey hey awwww so romantic lahhh novel ni. Tersengih-sengih akak baca review Munira. Your illustration dah makin menggoda!!! Akak suka. Hahaha. Rasa mcm ada bunga-bunga cinta. πŸ₯°πŸ₯°πŸ₯°

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    1. Yeah! That means I dpt menghayati penulisan penulis nie. Dpt visualise the characters and story well.

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  17. Sounds a bit too romance for me but sounds perfect for anyone who absolutely loves their romance! xx

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    1. Yeah, this is an extremely romantic novel. Suits for those who are into the romance genre.

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  18. Romance stories are the kind of genres I'm into, but it was still a good review nonetheless

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  19. This book sound right up my street. I love reading romantic book. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘Œ me too. Romantic stories makes me happy πŸ₯°πŸ₯°πŸ₯°

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  20. I haven’t heard of this author before but she sounds amazing! This book sounds good. Thank you for sharing Xo

    Elle - ellegracedeveson.com

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  21. Sounds like a great book. Thanks for sharing your book review

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  22. Belum pernah baca novel ni tapi dari penceritaan awak buat kak Nina teruja nak baca tau! Penuh romantics sentuhan awak, terasa cinta mekar berbunga-bunga

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    1. Hehehe.......yeah, this novel is extremely romantic. Hati memang berbunga2 bila baca 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍

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  23. I love reading and learning about the the Victorian times! I loved studying it at school. This book sounds interesting!

    Corinne x

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    1. Same here. I love studying about the Victorian era and romanticism.

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  24. I love a good historical book and Victorian era was such an interesting one! This sounds very interesting, so will add it to my list. Love the duality in Harry's character! Thanks for sharing x

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    1. You are welcome. You will love Harry’s character when you read this book. He’s super romantic 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍

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  25. Wonderful post! It was nice learning a bit about the author and the story sounds wonderful. I also really liked your drawing! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you for your compliments on my review and drawing πŸ’œπŸ’›πŸ’•

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  26. Great post, I love how much you loved this book even thought I haven't read this book or heard of this series, been a while since I read a book is set in the Victorian era.

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    1. Auwww....you should start reading books set in Victorian era again. They are awesome read.

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  27. You are very creative. You can pour it through painting. Saya suka baca beberapa novel Lisa Kleypas.

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    1. Really? That’s awesome! So what is your favorite Lisa Klyepas novel. I’m happy to know another Lisa Kleypas fan πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ

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  28. Tak pernah baca lagi. tapi nanti boleh cuba why not kan :) heheh thanks for this review

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