Because You're Mine

Because You're Mine

by Lisa Kleypas

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A classic historical romance novel from New York Times bestseller Lisa Kleypas (“One of today’s leading lights in romantic fiction” —Seattle Times), Because You’re Mine is a breathtaking tale of romantic intrigues and uncontained passions that showcases this acclaimed author at her very best.

“I don’t care about your conscience. All I want is for you to kiss me again.”

Lady Madeline Matthews would rather shame herself than sacrifice her freedom. To avoid marrying an aging, lecherous lord, she seeks out the company of Logan Scott, for a torrid affair with the notorious womanizer would surely condemn her in the eyes of good society.

In truth, Logan is an intensely private man tormentedby past betrayals. Now a forward little minx, completely at sea in London’s sophisticated whirl, is disruptinghis life with her vibrant charm and unspoiled beauty. But when what begins with a kiss threatens to blossom into something more rapturous and real, will Logan and Madeline have the courage to drop the masks they hide behind in the name of love?


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780380781447
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/25/2011
Series: Capitol Theatre Series
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 119,057
Product dimensions: 4.19(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.96(d)

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas graduated from Wellesley College with a political science degree. She’s a RITA award-winning author of both historical romance and contemporary women’s fiction. She lives in Washington State with her husband Gregory and their two children.

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Madeline's gaze fell on the picture. The longer she stared at it, the more fascinated she became. The man's face could have belonged to a king, a sea captain, or an outlaw...someone powerful...someone dangerous. He was not classically handsome -- his features were too bold. There was a lionesque quality about his lean face, his gaze narrow and piercing, his wide mouth set with the hint of an ironic smile. The color of his hair was indeterminately brown in the print, but it appeared to be thick and slightly rumpled.

The other girls waited for her to blush and giggle as they had been doing, but Madeline kept all sign of emotion from showing. "Who is he?" she asked Eleanor calmly.

"Logan Scott."

"The actor?"

"Yes, the one who owns the Capital Theatre."

A strange feeling came over Madeline as she continued to stare at him. She had heard about Logan Scott, but she had never seen his likeness before now. At the age of thirty, Scott was an actor of international fame, surpassing the standards set by David Garrick and Edmund Kean. Some even said he had not yet reached the height of his powers. Among his attributes was a voice that was reputed to stroke the ears like velvet or set fire to the air with its crackling intensity.

It was said that women pursued him everywhere, enthralled not only by his skillful stage performances as the romantic hero, but even more by his portrayals of archvillains. He excelled as Iago or Barabbas...he was the consummate seducer, betrayer, and manipulator, and women adored him for it.

A man in his prime, attractive, cultured...everything Lord Clifton was not. Madeline was wrenched with sudden longing. Logan Scott inhabited a world she would never be part of. She would never meet him or anyone like him...she would never flirt and laugh and dance, never be seduced by a man's tender words or a lover's touch.

As she stared at Logan Scott's face, a wild, mad idea came to her -- one that made her fingers tremble.

"Madeline, what's the matter?" Eleanor asked in concern, taking the print from her. "You're so white all of a sudden, and you look very strange -- "

"I'm just tired," Madeline said, forcing a smile to her face. She wanted to be alone; she needed time to think. "The weekend was a strain. Perhaps if I rest for a while --"

"Yes, of course. Come, girls -- we'll meet in someone else's room." Considerately Eleanor herded the crowd out the door and paused before closing it. "Madeline, is there anything you need?"

"No, thank you."

"I'm certain that seeing Lord Clifton this weekend was an ordeal. I wish I could help in some way."

"You already have, Eleanor." Madeline lay on her side, drawing her knees up to her chest, the skirts of her simple school frock bunched around her. Her mind raced with thoughts, and she scarcely noticed her friend's quiet departure. Logan Scott...a man whose appetite for women was nearly as legendary as his acting talent. The longer Madeline considered her own dilemma, the more convinced she became that Scott could provide the solution. She would use him to make herself so undesirable to Lord Clifton that he would have no choice but to call off the engagement. She would have an affair with Logan Scott.

This excerpt from BECAUSE YOU'RE MINE © 1997 by Lisa Kleypas is published by arrangement with Avon Books and the author. All rights reserved.

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Because You're Mine 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 76 reviews.
Loves2ReadKR More than 1 year ago
This book was a great read. There is something about LOgan Scott that captivates you. He is tough and aloof, but there is more to him. It takes Madeline "Maddy" Matthews to unearth it. In an attempt to escape a terrible arranged marriage, Maddy seeks a job at Logan's theatre company, in the hopes of seducing him as a way to escape her marriage. The book is full of twists and turns. I won't give much away, but it is really intriguing. My only disappointment was the ending. The very last chapter felt rushed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite by this author
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Lisa Kleypas, but this is not her best work. The characters lacked depth. I could never figure out what initially made them fall in love. Also, book was easy for me to put down.
Happywitch More than 1 year ago
I LOVE all of her books! her writing style & the beautiful stories she writes. I can't put the book down... not being able to wait for what is going to happen next or how it will end. If there was any complaint it would be that I don't want the end of the book to be the end... I want to follow the characters for 10-20 years into there life.
MD_beauty More than 1 year ago
I haven¿t read a book fully in years, but I decided to take a chance on this book to see I would continue to skip pages. This book has actually captured my attention and has forced me to read it. That is how much I enjoyed reading the book. I laughed and was eager to turn to the next page. I finished the book in two days! Enjoy your read fellow readers
rapallini72 More than 1 year ago
Man, what a good book! As much as my heart hurt for both Madeline and Logan, I was just as elated for them in the end. For those who read the book: Do you remember when he cried? AWWW! :). Just the right balance of ... oh, just read the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Madeline Matthews, in an attempt to escape an arranged marriage to a wrinkled, old, and all around gross nobleman, runs away from school and into the heart of London, fully intending to ruin herself. She obtains a job at the Capital Theater and meets Logan Scott and he becomes the target of her misguided seduction. Logan suffered extreme physical abuse as a child and is now a hardened man and believes himself impervious to all emotion, especially that of love.....until Madeline. Madeline is shocked that not only is she physically attracted to Logan, but also that she believes herself to be fully in love with him. Logan fights his own attraction to Madeline tooth and nail. But eventually he succumbs to his emotions and accepts her love, and is willing to provide love for her. But Madeline's family tracks her to Logan Scott's home and her duplicity is revealed. Logan believes that Madeline has betrayed him and used love for her as a tool for her own advantage. He shuns her completely. The first two hundred pages of this book were SOOOOO GOOD! I was turning pages like a crazy person. Logan was dark and repressed, and so unnervingly sexy. Kleypas does a remarkable job of displaying his slow realization of his love for Madeline. This book COULD have been perfect. I was utterly enraged when Kleypas decided to bring an unwanted pregnancy into the picture. I can't stand it when authors do this. It FORCES the characters back together rather than actually allowing them to work it out for themselves. Not to mention that Kleypas turned Logan into a complete tool. He treats Madeline with such utter disrespect and coldness that I felt was undeserved. It is true that she betrayed him but that does not excuse Logan from becoming a misogynist. Not cool. Lisa Kleypas is a wonderful writer and I adored the first two hundred pages of this book. But I could not stomach Logan being so oppressive towards the end, or Madeline being so submissive.
Darlene491 8 months ago
I just re-read Because You're Mine by Lisa Kleypas and loved it all over again. Originally published in 1997 I discovered it in a used book store a few years ago. I read any of Ms Kleypas work that I can but I do have my favorites, Logan and Maddy's story is one. Logan Scott is a true self-made man. He came from a nothing background with horrible parents but managed to turn himself into a star. The handsome Mr. Scott is an actor of great renown, owns his own theater, and has dedicated himself to his art. Of course, that also means when he leaves the theater there's no outside life waiting for him. Lady Madeline Matthews parents have promised her hand in marriage to a man who is 2 years older than her father! He needs a new, young, wife to produce an heir, his late wife only had girls (of all the nerve). She runs away from boarding school to make her way to London, gets a job at the theater and proceeds to get under Logan's skin. She thinks if she's no longer a virgin then the nasty old man won't have her. There's twists and turns, denial, acceptance, redemption, marriage, a baby and lots of love. It's a good story and one I think other fans of Ms Kleypas shouldn't miss. Happy reading.
wintertargeter on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Good premise, but devolved into misunderstandings that made the hero unlikable and the heroine seem stupid. Of course they're all resolved in the end, etc, but didn't live up to the promise of the beginning.
ZosiaCanberra on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was having trouble with Someone to Watch Over Me, so I moved onto this one. Though these Capital Theatre books do not have the same following or level of admiration as the Wallflowers and Hathaways books, I really loved this. I like books that aren¿t simply about some young woman ending up with the most titled, socially impressive man. I liked the mix of unusual characters in this story, and especially loved the West End theatre setting. In order to escape a terrible marriage arranged by uncaring parents, to a revolting old man, eighteen year old Lady Madeline Matthews concocts a scheme to sneak away from her school and flee to London. She knows that if she ruins herself she will not have to marry. She decides she will seduce theatre star Logan Scott ¿ who is notorious for his many lovers ¿ even though she doesn¿t know the first thing about seduction. Of course they fall in love, and then everything goes wrong. The relationship was troubled, and Logan struggles with learning to forgive while maintaining his standoffish, challenging persona. Both he and Madeline are hugely flawed, and yet you want everything to work out for them. I have some grumbles, however they were definitely not enough for me to mark the rating down. Kleypas did an excellent job with her scenes set in the theatre, and I really appreciated her research ¿ it brought the scenes to life. HOWEVER, she got some very basic things wrong. Working in the theatre and not knowing the difference between upstage and downstage is at least as bad as turning up to work in an office and not knowing what a photocopier is! It¿s T-H-E-A-T-R-E for British theatre names, and in the copy I had it jumped from one to the other. The R-E spelling is used outside of North America (and sometimes even in North America ¿ as with American Ballet Theatre), and it was grating to see the spelling jumping around. If a story is set in England, English spelling should be used for theatre names. Thirdly, it sounds minor and picky, but there were too many descriptions of Madeline¿s hair. The issue wasn¿t with describing her appearance, but, rather, with the fact the description was almost identical every single time! I LOVED that this book was about the theatre. I really appreciated mentions of stars such as David Garrick ¿ who is said to haunt London theatres even today ¿ as if you¿re a theatre freak, or a London history freak, it added so much to the story. It seems Lisa Kleypas¿ later books are more focused on the wealthy and the aristocratic, while these books follow more of a cross section of society, and focus on a world that has nothing to do with the rich and titled. That makes the books so fascinating to me, and I loved not only the troubled, passionate relationship, but also the world they inhabited. I only wish I¿d read book one in the series - Somewhere I'll Find You - first.
captain_spiro on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The book that got me started on my historical romance fetish. Could have had something to do with the fact that the main character reminded me of Wolverine. Still very hot, and very good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a huge Kleypas fan and have read all her books...most more than once. This is clearly my least favorite. It's one of her earlier novels, so I understand. I just didn't see the appeal of the main female character. There wasn't any chemistry between the characters, and Kleypas does the "one time and boom your pregnant" thing that annoys me to no end. As always, strong writing and I just love inhabiting the world she creates. I'd say this is one to pick up if you're desperate for some Kleypas, but if you've yet to read her other work, start there first!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't see how anyone can give this book less than five stars. Seriously its sooo good. The chemistry is through the roof! Also, this is not your typical romance. Lisa really gets in depth with the characters. Read it it's sooo good!
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A very enjoyable read
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I am big fan of Lisa kleypas. I have many books of her, but this one was a little disappointment. It was almost the same thing in the beginning until the end. I thought this book lacking passion and heat between the characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Personally this one of my favorites romance novels, and also the other book that she wrote "Dreaming of You" Every year or so I will reread them. I can't help it. She is also one of my favorite romance writers.
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