My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Dreaming of You
Researching her latest book, Sara Fielding finds herself in the slums of London at the exact moment to save the life of notorious gaming hell owner, Derek Craven. Now in her debt, Derek is duty bound to allow this innocent miss into his dark and seedy world only to realize that she is precisely what his lonely and cynical heart is looking for.
While the story is entertaining, it doesn’t really live up to the hype. Kleypas certainly knows how to write a sexy, dark and tortured hero (although she has yummier ones than Derek), and Sara is an endearing mix of shy, sweet, intelligent and resourceful. Nevertheless, there are elements that simply don’t work.
The main issues that detract from the romance are 1) the long separation during which time, Sara spends a great deal of time coming to the obvious realization that (view spoiler), and 2) the fact that while they are apart, Derek (view spoiler). Neither of these is conducive to a 5 star read.
The minor suspense plot goes a long way to spicing things up and there are some exciting and intense moments.
All in all, an enjoyable read despite the drawbacks and fans of Lisa Kleypas will definitely love it.