Kev Merripen was a quite, gruff, brute of a man that rarely showed any gentleness. The only person he'd ever came close to opening up to was Winifred Hathaway. Plagued by illness, Win fears there will never be a future for them together. When the opportunity presents itself for her to go abroad to a health clinic, she leaves, willing to do anything to improve her life.
Three years later Win returns, full of vitality, ready live her life to the fullest. Hoping that Kev will finally see her as a woman. Though now he has some competition. Can Kev work through his past to see Win in his future?
Lisa Kleypas has penned an extraordinary tale of an eccentric, yet confident family full of love, with a capacity to survive, no matter what has been thrown in their paths. I was excited to see what she had in store for Kev and Win, and was pleased with the results. Though, I did feel that their romance is a secondary part of SEDUCE ME AT SUNRISE, with the focus of the book being on Cam and the entire Hathaway family. As I absolutely loved Cam in the previous books, I can't complain, he is the type of character that just takes the story over. Also, he and the other family members have a louder presence than either Kev or Win, both of which being rather quite people, though each of them did show themselves well in this book. Win having a quiet strength that keeps her going and Kev's steadiness that signifies he is a member of the family, even though he tries to hold himself on the sidelines.
One of my favorite parts of the story is when Leo finally has the chance to be the responsible adult, giving Kev some well needed advice on love, all the while he was locked up in gaol - and laughed out loud when he tells the local constable to give him a five minute head start before letting Kev out. Also, I really like it when Kev finally got the gumption to kidnap Win and show her his true feelings. I was a little perturbed with his stubbornness throughout the story, but when he finally comes around, he does it well. Not only in accepting that Win is his destiny, but also finally becoming a part of the family, and no longer an outsider. I feel that the connection between Kev and Cam brought the story full-circle, and am elated that they were able to discover the origins of their matching tattoos.
I love the antics of the Hathaway family and look forward to visiting them again in future books.
The second in The Hathaways series