Marrying Winterborne

Marrying Winterborne

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by Lisa Kleypas

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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


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 Mr. Winterborne

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Library Journal
Walking into Rhys Winterborne's office, unchaperoned and unbidden, is the hardest thing shy Lady Helen Ravenel has ever done, but she will do just about anything to repair their shattered relationship. Yet convincing Rhys is only the beginning. There's her family, as well. A wealthy businessman with rough Welsh roots and a gently bred noblewoman who finally takes charge of her life find love and acceptance despite their considerable differences—and a devastating secret. This adventure sweeps its characters from elegant drawing rooms to garbage-strewn slums and provides a callous, delightfully smarmy villain to hate. VERDICT Picking up where Cold-Hearted Rake leaves off, this engaging tale brings class bias, illegitimacy, and assorted social issues of the Victorian era into sharp focus and seamlessly continues the series while hinting at escapades to come. Beautifully done. Kleypas lives in Texas.
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2016-03-17
A Welsh grocer's son has built a retail empire in London, but an infatuation with the daughter of an earl threatens his self-control. When the protagonists of a romance novel cement their engagement within the first three chapters, readers can look forward to hundreds of pages of obstacles and miscommunications before the knot is tied. The second book in Kleypas' The Ravenels series (Cold-Hearted Rake, 2015) is no different, with dark secrets, troublesome relatives, and misadventures keeping Lady Helen Ravenel and Rhys Winterborne apart. But Kleypas has taken a tired trope and made it irresistible, with glittering prose and characters the reader longs to befriend. When the clumsy Welsh tycoon kisses his fiancee for the first time, she takes to her bed with a migraine. Her concerned family tells Rhys the engagement must be broken off. But Lady Helen refuses to let him go, courting scandal by coming to see him in the offices above his department store. Rhys observes her shabby clothing and assumes she's rekindling their engagement because her family needs money, but Helen convinces him that though her family had become impoverished, the recent discovery of minerals on their estate has fixed their financial problems. He seizes the chance to compromise her virtue so her family won't be able to prevent the match, and Lady Helen undertakes to convince her family that she really does want to marry him. As the novel progresses, layers of social polish are stripped away to reveal that both Rhys and Helen have been painfully lonely their entire lives, and they must give up other loyalties in order to be true to each other. The novel's parade of complicated characters is set against a compelling backdrop of Victorian England, with all the fashion and technological changes of the era. Kleypas is a masterful writer, and her latest offering will be welcomed by fans old and new.
RT Book Reviews (4 1/2 stars) Top Pick!
“Emotional depth, appealing characters, strong storylines and sexual tension are what make Kleypas’ novels reader favorites...but what will truly captivate them is watching the characters grow as love makes them the best they can be. A lovely, unforgettable story.”

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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 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
Anonymous 10 months ago
A tall dark self made man, a young lady with grit and many relatives, and a few almost insurmountable problems . have another interesting , funny story from Lisa Kleypas that will keep you entertained from start to finish.
Anonymous 10 months ago
I loved it! Read it one night! Can't wait for the next one!
Anonymous 9 months 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 7 months 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 8 months 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 8 months 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 9 months ago
Loved this story! Thank you for creating a memorable group of characters. I look forward to the next book.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Loved it!
Anonymous 12 days 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 17 days ago
Another great story in another series. Already preordered the next one!
Crazybooknerd 3 months 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 5 months 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.
julieford 7 months ago
Lisa Kleypas creates characters that have flaws and disadvantages but overcome them to find joy and love. This is the story of Rhys Winterborne, a common born man who is now a wealthy and successful man. Lady Helen Ravenel is a shy aristocrat who must convince Rhys that she never wanted to break their engagement. Rhys agrees with conditions that ensure the marriage will not be stopped again. Helen is carrying a secret that could destroy her relationship. Helen and Rhys must learn to trust each other and their feelings. This is a great story.
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GoddessPhD1 8 months ago
I really don’t know what to make of Marrying Winterborne by Lisa Kleypas. Readers met Helen and Rhys in Book#1 Cold Hearted Rake, where Helen – the shy, sheltered English flower – nursed the gruff, self-made millionaire Welshman, Rhys. Le sigh! Her sheltered childhood and lack of male companionship made her vulnerable to Rhys’ aggressive (& whirlwind) courtship and she finds herself engaged before she knows it. Yes, she’s attracted to Rhys & he’s definitely attracted to her, but it’s too much, too fast, and at the end of Book#1, Helen retreats into her shell while her sister-in-law breaks off the engagement. What a cliffhanger!!! Oh, the expectations I had for the next book were so high... Then, in Book#2 Marrying Winterborne, it’s almost like Helen is a different character. She sheds her retiring and shy demeanor and becomes this temptress who is determined to compromise herself so that she and Rhys can get married. By the first 20%-25% of the book, the romantic tension is gone. Nothing is keeping this couple apart besides Helen’s weak protestations that they shouldn’t be married. Why not?! Honestly, I put the book down after this and it took a Herculean effort to pick it back up and keep on reading. I read romance for the ROMANTIC TENSION, the conflict pulling the hero and heroine apart at every front until they have to sacrifice everything to be together. But for Helen & Rhys, this is all over by page 82. Okay…so, what do we do until the end (page 395)? But there was no character development for either Rhys or Helen. Rhys was smitten from the end of Book#1 and nothing weakened his resolve to marry her. And Helen? Helen seemed like an entirely different character in this book. Her development didn’t come from loving Rhys, defending him against a cold hearted society, or him challenging her. No, her development came from finding her half-sister (who saw that coming?), Charity, and saving her from an orphanage (oh, what about the other orphans? Nah, they’ll be alright.) I admit, the scene where Charity clings to Helen’s skirts made me cry. It was emotional, because this was the theme of the book: acceptance - and Charity thinks she’s found her mother. Excellent writing! Definitely a love story, but between a mother and child and not a romance. I also loved this book for all the minor characters that pulled their weight and kept me reading until the end. Lady Renwick, when she’s NOT pretending to care about society’s rules is a woman beaten down by the system, but knows how to maneuver around society to her own ends. Uh…why is Albian Vance her and her husband’s heir? That was never explained to me. Rhys's personal assistant, Mrs. Fernsby!!!! And I'm hoping that Dr. Garrett Gibson will have her own story. Dr. Gibson is a character I want to get to know and learn more about her backstory. If this was any other writer, I would give them 2 or 3 stars. There was no plot to this story and no romantic tension or conflict. But because it’s Lisa Kleypas, even when her book is a miss, she’s still an excellent writer and a voice like no other.
McM0mmy-PW 10 months ago
've not yet read the first book but I certainly will after finishing this one! I didn't feel like I was lost without reading the first one, so it still is a stand alone. Helen and Rhys were cute in the sense that opposites attract.Helen, being the shy, quiet, even tempered one..and Rhys being loud, proud, and brash. I loved the interaction between them throughout the book! The conversation was witty while the also being seductive at the same time. Reading this book was a pleasure!
terilhack 10 months ago
If you haven't read Cold Hearted Rake before you pick up Marrying Winterborne, then it is in your best interest to begin with the first book. Lady Helen is a shy delicate flower, like her orchids that the loves, but she does have a spine. While many readers had expressed disinterest in this second book in the Ravenels Series I am surprised because this book was a fabulous read. Continuing where Cold Hearted Rake left off, readers are brought back to the plight Lady Helen was in with her relationship with Welsh Department Store owner Rhys Winterborn. Rhys, or Winterborne, is a self made success with his creation of the latest fashions, the department store Winterborne's. While Rhys doesn't have a title, or much respect from the peers, what he does have is ruthless drive to win Lady Helen's hand after so much back and forth between the two. As we were left at CHR. Lady Helen had just ended her engagement to Winterborne, and he is angry and glum, but will Helen be able to get past her "shyness" and realize that Rhys is the one for her? Lady Helen hasn't always been a strong heroine, but she has a chance in this book to find her place in life, but will that be on the arm of Rhys Winterborne? Readers will have to find out for themselves. What I can hint at is that this book is filled with great moments, and troublesome turned for Rhys and Lady Helen, but will they both be able to get over their pasts and embrace the futures as scandal could soon hit the fans? With a strong developing plot and lovable characters this second book in the series is another page turner that is hard to set down.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Made up for the last one. Back to a Kleypas classic. This is romance!!
Bigedsgirl1 10 months ago
Another storytelling triumph by Lisa Kleypas! I've been eagerly awaiting Helen and Rhys's story, since finishing Cold-Hearted Rake, and as usual, Ms. Kleypas did not disappoint. Rhys is a bigger than life Welshman who has amassed a fortune, despite starting from humble beginnings as the son of a shopkeeper, and along the way he's managed to keep some ethics and the vision to enable others in realizing their dreams as well. Lady Helen Ravenel, soft spoken, ethereal looking, and a novice to society, would seem an unlikely match for Rhys Winterborne, but don't tell her that. She's a little afraid of the feelings aroused in her by Mr. Winterborne's entrance to her life, but she's more afraid of any life for her that doesn't include him. I thoroughly enjoyed the dialogue and sensual interaction between these two unforgettable characters, and Rhys is now on my list of favorite male characters created by Ms. Kleypas, right along with the wickedly tempting Sebastian, Lord St. Vincent in The Devil in Winter, and the dark and dangerous Derek Craven in Dreaming of You.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Everything I expected and a little more. Looking forward to revisiting a few of my favorite characters from Devil in Winter
Anonymous 10 months ago
I really enjoyed this book! Loved the characters and storyline. Definitely, looking forward to the next book!
Idellek 10 months ago
MARRYING WINTERBORNE’S HERO IS GOING ON MY TOP 10 LIST ! Marrying Winterborne is a lovely book filled with all the elements of romance! Rhys Winterborne is a ruthless tycoon, a common-born man who has amassed a fortune and is used to getting what he wants. When he meets Lady Helen, he knows he must have her. Lady Helen is a bit shy and learned at a young age to keep quiet and out of the way. Now that she and her sisters live with their cousin, she is starting to come into her own. Meeting Mr. Winterborne is the beginning of her becoming who she was meant to be. Rhys is strong willed but he pulls back and tempers that strength, for her. She, in turn, doesn’t let him always have his way and she challenges him as well. This push and pull is part of the reason that they work so well together. This book has all the essentials of a true romance book: fun, adventure, longing, passion, secrets, mysteries and danger. The characters and plot are well developed and the writer made me feel a strong yearning in my own heart for these characters to get together. I had to flip ahead to see what would happen!! Him teaching her Welsh is sweet, funny and romantic, as is the letter he writes her. THIS IS THE BEST HISTORICAL BOOK I’VE READ IN AGES! Note: Rhys and Helen first meet in Cold Hearted Rake, book 1 of the series from Lisa Kleypas. He is injured and she cares for him, and that is where this story truly begins. While this book stands alone, you will get a more complete picture of both of these characters if you read that book first.
Anonymous 10 months ago
A sweet and wonderland story.
Travelover 10 months ago
Oh, Mr. Winterborne! Rhys! A VERY romantic book with a remarkable couple. I hope we get to see MORE of Rhys and Helen throughout this series. “Marrying Mr. Winterborne" is an unlikely romance that had started with a train accident in the book "Cold Hearted Rake” and became an achingly beautiful love story. Who would have thought the rough-hewn, low born, extremely wealthy Welshman in the first of the series could be so swoon worthy. And the shy, reserved Helen is actually a fearless heroine worthy of her hero. I loved it. And I highly recommend it.
Sissymae1 10 months ago
'Marrying Winterborne' by Lisa Kleypas is book two in the "The Ravenels" series. This is the story of Lady Helen Ravenel and Rhys Winterborne. You don't have to have read the previous book but I would.... Helen and Rhys story starts there but this book does catch you up. I have waited for this book for what seemed like forever! The wait was so worth it!! I am crazy about this good!! I love Rhys!!! He has been the best hero so far!! Helen is the shy older sister who has been sheltered all her life..more so than her two twin sister. Helen is a caregiver of sorts also. So when her cousin friend Rhys is hurt and has to stay at their house she elects to take care of him. This leads to Rhys being drawn to her like no other. Rhys is a merchant and is on the fringe of society. Rhys thinks marrying a 'Lady' will raise his status if he marries Helen....but more importantly he wants Helen. This book starts off with Rhys and Helen engagement being up in the air after Helen's sister in-law tells Rhys that Helen doesn't want to marry him. We see how Helen tries to break from her shyness to get Rhys back.... and how Rhys doesn't want to be hurt again if he goes back to her. Gosh...I so wish you could give books a hundred stars!! I would for this one. Please follow more reviews at the below sites: https://romancebookreviewforyou.wordp...