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Marrying Winterborne (Ravenels #2) should excited Lisa Kleypas historical romance readers. I’m definitely one of them, and reading a Kleypas historical romance is like coming home to a warm house after a thunderstorm, and slipping into cozy bunny slippers. This is the second book in the Ravenel series featuring Helen, the sister-in-law of the heroine from Cold-Hearted Rake. Helen seems to be an innocent, sheltered, virginal young titled woman, who has spent most of her life in the country with her younger twin sisters as companions. Helen is quiet, shy, polite, and loves to garden and taking care of flowers. Her parents never cared for her, or so it seemed, especially her mother. But Helen isn’t bitter. She’s grown into a kind hearted beauty both inside and out. This beauty is what draws Rhys Winterborne to her like a moth to a flame. We also met Rhys in Cold-Hearted Rake when he was in a train derailment accident, and Helen nursed him back to health. Marrying Winterbourne begins right where Cold-Hearted Rake ends. Rhys, after a two week courtship asks Helen to marry him. She accepts, but after he kisses her, which makes her nervous and jittery because Rhys came on a bit too strong, she was upset and crying. Kathleen, the heroine of Cold-Hearted Rake misinterpreted Helen’s explanation of events because Helen was ill from a migraine. Things between Rhys and Helen deteriorated, or so we’re led to believe, which brings us to Marrying Winterborne.
Most of Marrying Winterborne is Rhys and Helen getting to know one another as they sneak around everywhere they can to get to know one another also in the biblical sense. They have agreed to wait five months until their wedding. A lot can happen in five months. We are given updates on Kathleen and Devon’s marriage, the twins, Cassandra and Pandora’s progress (still wacky, outspoken and adorable). There are some new characters such as female doctor who saves Rhys from death, who he hires at his store for his employees, the woman who took care of Kathleen growing up, and a nasty villain type individual who has a shocking connection to Helen, and who Rhys hates. This connection with Helen appears halfway through the story and delivers a big mystery regarding Helen’s parents, and herself that really helped move the story along.
Helen and Rhys have great chemistry. Rhys is a swoonworthy hero who will protect Helen and those she loves at all costs. Rhys may be stubborn, but he’s a big teddy bear regarding his love for Helen, which is shown with his generosity with her sisters and a sudden arrival toward the end that may destroy their happiness. The way Helen and Rhys handle this shock is well done and may leave you weepy.
Like the ending of Cold-Hearted Rake, I found the ending here rushed, and the way one road block for Helen and Rhys’s HEA left unsolved. Perhaps it will come into play in the next book with Devil in Spring, and HOT DAMN, the hero there will be Evie and Sebastian’s son, (one of Lisa’s all time favorite couples from Devil in Winter from the Wallflower series.
I did enjoy Marrying Winterborne and Rhys and Helen’s courtship and how they bonded and connected, as well as falling in love. Another great Kleypas novel that her fans won’t want to miss.