Marrying Winterborne

Marrying Winterborne

by Lisa Kleypas

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Overview

A ruthless tycoon

Savage ambition has brought common-born Rhys Winterborne vast wealth and success. In business and beyond, Rhys gets exactly what he wants. And from the moment he meets the shy, aristocratic Lady Helen Ravenel, he is determined to possess her. If he must take her virtue to ensure she marries him, so much the better . . .

A sheltered beauty

Helen has had little contact with the glittering, cynical world of London society. Yet Rhys’s determined seduction awakens an intense mutual passion. Helen’s gentle upbringing belies a stubborn conviction that only she can tame her unruly husband. As Rhys’s enemies conspire against them, Helen must trust him with her darkest secret. The risks are unthinkable . . . the reward, a lifetime of incomparable bliss. And it all begins with…

Marrying Winterborne

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062371850
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/31/2016
Series: Ravenels Series , #2
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 34,414
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 4.10(h) x 1.30(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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Marrying Winterborne 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 52 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A tall dark self made man, a young lady with grit and many relatives, and a few almost insurmountable problems . ..you have another interesting , funny story from Lisa Kleypas that will keep you entertained from start to finish.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it! Read it one night! Can't wait for the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm enjoying this series about the ravenhel's. The first book was equally fun to read. Good interesting characters and plot lines that held my interest. I read this in one day. Lisa kleypas really knows how to write romance. Can't wait for the next book to come out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
6/2016 jsb Sweet book. Was annoyed when Helen had numerous opportunities to be forthright and honest with Rhys and put it off. Other than that it was a good book, predictable, yes. But still enjoyed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kleypas's Wallflower Series will always be my favorite, but this is a close second. Love the story and the characters. Winterborne's fierce love for Helen is palpable and her love for him emboldens her to take action and take what she wants. When they are together, even if it's just talking in a parlor, the chemistry between the two makes the words sizzle off the page! Lots to love here. Worth the money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the story and the characters. I also like the way that the characters' stories are interwoven between the two books that have been published so far in this series. I can't wait to read the next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it! Loved the wonderful characters and story. I have enjoyed all books I have read by this author. Dang we have to wait till next year for more with the Ravenel's. I just love them all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the first time i read a book by this author. I enjoyed the story. Will be looking forward to another of her books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this story! Thank you for creating a memorable group of characters. I look forward to the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Made up for the last one. Back to a Kleypas classic. This is romance!!
NovelKnight 8 months ago
If you haven't read the first book in this series, Cold-Hearted Rake, you will be very confused diving into Marrying Winterborne. The second in the Ravenels series picks up right after book 1 with Helen and Rhys. Helen is a fairly quiet person who has let herself fade into the background of her family. She contrasted to the businessman that is Rhys, a friend of her cousin and not one to mince words. The differences between the pair really worked and solidified this book as a solid romance for me.  I think what worked here is that neither character remained static. Rhys started the book off as a bit thoughtless and very self-centered but while Helen was part of his transformation, Rhys actually learned from his mistakes and made an attempt to fix them on his own rather than having to be constantly called out for it. It's rare that I read a historical romance where the leading gentleman learns early on rather than waiting for the BIG MISTAKE to finally realize he screwed up. And Helen went through a change of her own. She has a quiet strength that's prevalent throughout the story but struggles to speak up for what she wants. In the last book, she let her step-sister Kathleen walk all over her but Marrying Winterborne gives her the chance to stand up for herself. I loved seeing her grow into a formidable character with a personal strength that isn't grounded in sarcasm and wit (seriously, there are all kinds of strengths, I'd love to see more of this). All that said, I don't think I would have supported Helen and Rhys as a couple if not for the first book. Their relationship starts in that book, their first meeting and growing attraction toward one another. If I had read this book without that background, I think the romance would have felt more rushed and less believable. This is definitely one of those times where I recommend reading the books in order. Now yes, there was a plot somewhere in all the romance, a quite dramatic one at that. Sometimes I felt it was a bit too much but if not for the drama, this book would have been pure sugary sweet goodness so it worked as a nice balance to the romance. I'm not as eager to read the next one (still definitely want to but not DYING to) like before but I have a feeling I'll be reading this entire series in one go. I'm certainly curious to see where the story goes next with Helen's eccentric sister Pandora! As for Marrying Winterborne, this was a thoroughly enjoyable romance and I definitely recommend it!
Mary_Jean_Adams More than 1 year ago
I know Lisa Kleypas is a much beloved author, but for some reason, I had never picked up one of her novels. It might be because the Victorian time period doesn’t fascinate me the way it does so many other readers. Nevertheless, I decided to give her a try. Marrying Winterborne a good novel. The characters are likable as is the story line. There were times when things seemed a bit contrived, and perhaps a little out of character. For example, Helen is a bit more sexually open than I would have expected from someone with her naturally shy demeanor. Speaking of which, this book is not for the reader who is looking for a clean read or even a novel with one or two love scenes before the happy climax. (pun intended J ) I’m OK with the love scenes, but I found myself skimming them when they didn't advance the plot in some significant way. I did not read Cold Hearted Rake, the first book in the series, before this one as was suggested by many of the other reviewers. I wish I had. Apparently, Rhys and Helen first get engaged in that book. I’m sure that would have added to my enjoyment of their relationship struggles in Marrying Winterborne. But that’s not the only reason I wish I had picked up Cold Hearted Rake first. In Marrying Winterborne, Kathleen, the heroine of Cold Hearted Rake comes across as completely unlikable – a meddling biddy really. I have no desire to go back now. I feel bad for feeling that way as I probably would have loved her if I had read her story first. My issues with Kathleen aside, there were plenty of other likable secondary characters with stories of their own. I have since read Pandora’s story in the Devil in Spring and it is quite good. So my bottom line is this: great story and well written, but not perfect. If you like entertaining reads, can avoid thinking about plot twists too deeply, and don’t mind love scenes – a lot of them – then I think you’ll really enjoy Marrying Winterborne.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good read i could hardly put it down. Im in love with Mr Winterborne & his mints.
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
You can read this as a stand alone book, but I recommend reading the first book as you get to see how these two met and are introduced to the beginnings of their friendship. Helen is sweet and soft spoken, yet she surprised me in many ways when it comes to Rhys. The girl knows that she wants that's for sure. Rhys is gruff and he can be pretty ruthless in business, but you really get to know his many sides within this story. These are two you'd never imagine together, but in a weird way... they work. It was entertaining to watch them figure out how to make things work too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it. Great serues
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Lisa Kleypas's historicals. This isn't her very best, but is better than most offerings these days.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a good read, but I didn't find it quite up to the normal standards of Lisa Kleypas' other books. This one felt rather shallow to me, and rushed. If I hadn't known better, I would have pinned it as a forerunner to the Hathaway series - it reminds me the most of those stories, but with less charm. The characters lacked a lot of development of their backgrounds and I feel that the action moved too quickly in the beginning, then slowed down too much in the middle before racing to the end. I wouldn't class it as horrible or anything like that - it's still a lovely little romance, but definitely not my favorite Kleypas story I've ever read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lisa brought many new characters into this novel without them being overbearing to Rhys' and Helen' story! Rhys was a strong man who finds his sensitive side through Helen and both of them embody all the others in a most loving way especially Carys! Enjoyed reading about the orchids and the department store too! Very different plot! LORRAINE
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great story in another series. Already preordered the next one!
Crazybooknerd More than 1 year ago
Marrying Winterborne by Lisa Kleypas (Audio Edition) Narrated by Mary Jane Wells The Ravenels #2 4.5 Stars I Loved Rhys Winterborne. He was a great leading man. Strong and gruff yet caring and sweet all at the same time. There was quite a few sigh-worthy statements from his lips. I enjoyed watching Helen come out of her shell. She was a kindhearted person with just enough grit to make Rhys smile and try just a bit harder for her. I could feel their chemistry and loved listening to them interact. I thought this book was a lot better than the first and would recommend it. The narrator Mary Jane Wells did a wonderful job. I loved her voice for Rhys and I felt the emotion she put into her reading.
thereadingchick More than 1 year ago
Rhys Winterborne, born in Wales and raised in the labor class, has taken his family's grocer business and grown it into the most successful department store in London. He meets Lady Helen Ravenal while visiting her brother on his estate where she nurses him back to health after an accident. He decides she's the one for him and they become engaged. This premise sounds pretty normal, right? I thought so too, but was surprised at a couple things that made this novel original. As expected, as a self made man, Rhys has dreams of marrying into the higher class, and in this novel, the Ravenals were the epitome of class- which is a pretty normal theme in historical romances. However, I can't recall reading a historical romance with a Welsh romantic lead. There were some interesting facts splashed through the novel about the Welsh, and how the British were prejudiced. This created tension, making Helen's choice of marrying Rhys a bigger challenge than it otherwise would've been. As an American, it is harder to grasp the reason for racial tension between the English and Welsh, but as my sister reminded me, the British conquered the Welsh, and those prejudices probably did exist. Helen is incredibly shy, and the contrast between his earthiness and her gentle nature would have become stale except her character grows strength. She battles adversity, not just with her love for Rhys, but as she deals with an enemy. That there is an enemy is not surprising, but her choices while dealing with him were different, and I liked her more for making them.