Then Came You

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Reckless and wild, beautiful Lily Lawson delights in shocking proper London society and in breaking any rule to flaunt her independence. Now she's determined to rescue her sister from an undesirable marriage to the ruthless Alex Raiford, the arrogant Earl of Wolverton. She succeeds in rescuing her sister, but in the meantime Alex decides that Lily must be his. He has resolved to make her pay dearly for her interference -with her body, her soul...and her heart.

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Overview

Reckless and wild, beautiful Lily Lawson delights in shocking proper London society and in breaking any rule to flaunt her independence. Now she's determined to rescue her sister from an undesirable marriage to the ruthless Alex Raiford, the arrogant Earl of Wolverton. She succeeds in rescuing her sister, but in the meantime Alex decides that Lily must be his. He has resolved to make her pay dearly for her interference -with her body, her soul...and her heart.

Reckless and wild, beautiful Lily Lawson delights in shocking proper London society--and will break any rule to flaunt her independence. Now she is determined to rescue her hapless sister from an undesired marriage to the arrogant Lord Alex. She finally succeeds, but Lord Alex resolves to make her pay--with her body, soul, and stubborn heart. Original Regency Romance.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780380770137
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 456,124
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Kleypas is the author of nineteen historical romance novels that have been published in twelve languages. In 1985, she was named Miss Massachusetts and competed in the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City. After graduating from Wellesley College with a political science degree, she published her first novel at age twenty-one. Her books have appeared on bestseller lists such as the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and WaldenBooks. Lisa is married and has two children.

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Then Came You

Chapter One

London, 1820

"Damn, damn...there it goes, the frigging thing!" A stream of curses floated on the gust of wind, shocking the guests at the water party.

The yacht was anchored in the middle of the Thames, the guests assembled in honor of King George. So far the party had been dull but dignified , everyone dutifully complimenting His Majesty′s magnificently fitted yacht. With its brocaded furniture, fine mahogany, chandeliers of clustered crystal droplets, gilt sphinxes, and carved lions poised in every corner, the yacht was a floating pleasure palace. The guests had all been drinking heavily in order to attain the mild euphoria that would substitute for a real sense of enjoyment.

Perhaps the gathering would have been more entertaining had the king′s health not been so poor. The recent death of his father and a taxing ordeal with gout had taken their toll, leaving him uncharacteristically morose. Now the king sought the company of people who would provide laughter and amusement to relieve his sense of isolation. That was why, it was said, he had specifically requested the presence of Miss Lily Lawson at the water party. It was only a matter of time, a languid young viscount had been heard to remark, until Miss Lawson would stir things up. As usual, she did not disappoint.

"Someone get the deuced thing!" Lily was heard to shout between lilting bursts of laughter. "The waves are moving it away from the boat!"

Grateful for the reprieve from ennui, the gentlemen rushed in the direction of the commotion. The women protested in annoyance as their escorts disappeared to the bow of the ship, where Lily hung over the railing and stared at some object floating in the water. "My favorite chapeau," Lily said in reply to the chorus of questions, indicating it with a sweep of her small hand. "The wind blew it right off my head!" She turned to her crowd of admirers, all of whom were ready to provide consolation. But she didn′t want sympathy -- she wanted the hat back. Grinning with mischief, she looked from one face to another. "Who will play the chivalrous gentleman and retrieve it for me?"

Lily had tossed the hat overboard on purpose. She could see that some of the gentlemen suspected as much, but that didn′t stop the torrent of gallant offers. "Allow me," one man cried, while another made a show of doffing his own hat and coat. "No, I insist that I be afforded the privilege!" A rapid debate ensued, for each one of them wished to gain Lily′s favor. But the water was rather turbulent today, and cold enough to cause a health-threatening chill. More importantly, it would be the ruination of an expensive, perfectly tailored coat.

Lily watched the controversy she had caused, her mouth curving with amusement. Preferring argument to action, the men were all posturing and making gallant statements. If anyone were inclined to rescue her hat, he would have done so by now. "What a sight," she said under her breath, staring at the bickering dandies. She would have respected a man who would step forward and tell her to go to hell, that no ridiculous pink hat was worth such a fuss, but none of them would dare. If Derek Craven were here, he would have laughed at her, or made a crude gesture that would have sent her into a fit of giggles. He and she both had similar contempt for the indolent, overperfumed, overmannered members of the ton.

Sighing, Lily switched her attention to the river, dark gray and choppy underneath the heavy sky. The Thames in springtime was unbearably cold. She lifted her face to the breeze, her eyes slitting as if she were a cat being stroked. Her hair was temporarily straightened by the wind, and then the shining black curls sprang to their usual buoyant disorder. Absently Lily pulled off the jeweled ribbon that had been tied around her forehead. Her gaze followed the ridges of waves as they broke against the side of the yacht.

"Mama..." she heard a little voice whisper. Lily shrank from the memory, but it wouldn′t disappear.

Suddenly she imagined she felt downy baby arms encircle her neck, delicate hair brush against her face, a child′s weight settle in her lap. The Italian sun was hot on the nape of her neck. The quack and bustle of a duck procession crossed the glassy surface of the pond. "Look, darling, " Lily murmured. "Look at the ducks. They′re coming to visit us!"

The little girl wriggled in excitement. A chubby hand lifted, and a miniature forefinger extended as the baby pointed to the parade of self-important ducks. Then she looked up at Lily with dark eyes, and a grin that revealed two tiny teeth. "Dah," came the exclamation, and Lily laughed sotfly.

"Ducks, my darling, and very handsome ones, too. Where did we put the bread to feed them? Dear me, I think I′m sitting on it..."

Another whisk of wind came, chasing away the pleasurable image. Moisture seeped beneath her lashes, and Lily felt a painful twisting in her chest. "Oh, Nicole," she whispered. She tried to breathe away the tightness, willed it to disappear,but it refused to go. Panic built swiftly inside her. Sometimes she could numb it with liquor, or divert her mind with gambling or gossip or hunting, but the escape was only temporary. She wanted her child. My baby...where are you...I′ll find you...Mama′s coming, don′t cry, don′t cry... The desperation was like a knife twisting deeper every moment. She had to do something at once, or she would go mad.

Then Came You. Copyright © by Lisa Kleypas. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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Then Came You

Chapter One



London, 1820

"Damn, damn...there it goes, the frigging thing!" A stream of curses floated on the gust of wind, shocking the guests at the water party.

The yacht was anchored in the middle of the Thames, the guests assembled in honor of King George. So far the party had been dull but dignified , everyone dutifully complimenting His Majesty's magnificently fitted yacht. With its brocaded furniture, fine mahogany, chandeliers of clustered crystal droplets, gilt sphinxes, and carved lions poised in every corner, the yacht was a floating pleasure palace. The guests had all been drinking heavily in order to attain the mild euphoria that would substitute for a real sense of enjoyment.

Perhaps the gathering would have been more entertaining had the king's health not been so poor. The recent death of his father and a taxing ordeal with gout had taken their toll, leaving him uncharacteristically morose. Now the king sought the company of people who would provide laughter and amusement to relieve his sense of isolation. That was why, it was said, he had specifically requested the presence of Miss Lily Lawson at the water party. It was only a matter of time, a languid young viscount had been heard to remark, until Miss Lawson would stir things up. As usual, she did not disappoint.

"Someone get the deuced thing!" Lily was heard to shout between lilting bursts of laughter. "The waves are moving it away from the boat!"

Grateful for the reprieve from ennui, the gentlemen rushed in the direction of the commotion. The women protested in annoyance as their escorts disappeared to the bow of the ship, where Lily hung over the railing and stared at some object floating in the water. "My favorite chapeau," Lily said in reply to the chorus of questions, indicating it with a sweep of her small hand. "The wind blew it right off my head!" She turned to her crowd of admirers, all of whom were ready to provide consolation. But she didn't want sympathy -- she wanted the hat back. Grinning with mischief, she looked from one face to another. "Who will play the chivalrous gentleman and retrieve it for me?"

Lily had tossed the hat overboard on purpose. She could see that some of the gentlemen suspected as much, but that didn't stop the torrent of gallant offers. "Allow me," one man cried, while another made a show of doffing his own hat and coat. "No, I insist that I be afforded the privilege!" A rapid debate ensued, for each one of them wished to gain Lily's favor. But the water was rather turbulent today, and cold enough to cause a health-threatening chill. More importantly, it would be the ruination of an expensive, perfectly tailored coat.

Lily watched the controversy she had caused, her mouth curving with amusement. Preferring argument to action, the men were all posturing and making gallant statements. If anyone were inclined to rescue her hat, he would have done so by now. "What a sight," she said under her breath, staring at the bickering dandies. She would have respected a man who would step forward and tell her to go to hell, that no ridiculous pink hat was worth such a fuss, but none of them would dare. If Derek Craven were here, he would have laughed at her, or made a crude gesture that would have sent her into a fit of giggles. He and she both had similar contempt for the indolent, overperfumed, overmannered members of the ton.

Sighing, Lily switched her attention to the river, dark gray and choppy underneath the heavy sky. The Thames in springtime was unbearably cold. She lifted her face to the breeze, her eyes slitting as if she were a cat being stroked. Her hair was temporarily straightened by the wind, and then the shining black curls sprang to their usual buoyant disorder. Absently Lily pulled off the jeweled ribbon that had been tied around her forehead. Her gaze followed the ridges of waves as they broke against the side of the yacht.

"Mama..." she heard a little voice whisper. Lily shrank from the memory, but it wouldn't disappear.

Suddenly she imagined she felt downy baby arms encircle her neck, delicate hair brush against her face, a child's weight settle in her lap. The Italian sun was hot on the nape of her neck. The quack and bustle of a duck procession crossed the glassy surface of the pond. "Look, darling, " Lily murmured. "Look at the ducks. They're coming to visit us!"

The little girl wriggled in excitement. A chubby hand lifted, and a miniature forefinger extended as the baby pointed to the parade of self-important ducks. Then she looked up at Lily with dark eyes, and a grin that revealed two tiny teeth. "Dah," came the exclamation, and Lily laughed sotfly.

"Ducks, my darling, and very handsome ones, too. Where did we put the bread to feed them? Dear me, I think I'm sitting on it..."

Another whisk of wind came, chasing away the pleasurable image. Moisture seeped beneath her lashes, and Lily felt a painful twisting in her chest. "Oh, Nicole," she whispered. She tried to breathe away the tightness, willed it to disappear,but it refused to go. Panic built swiftly inside her. Sometimes she could numb it with liquor, or divert her mind with gambling or gossip or hunting, but the escape was onlytemporary. She wanted her child. My baby...where are you...I'll find you...Mama's coming, don't cry, don't cry... The desperation was like a knife twisting deeper every moment. She had to do something at once, or she would go mad.

She startled the men nearby with a high, reckless laugh, and kicked off her heeled slippers. The pink plume of her hat was still visible in the water. "My poor chapeau's nearly sunk," she cried, and threw her legs over the railing...

Then Came You. Copyright © by Lisa Kleypas. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Posted October 18, 2011

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    Viva, Lily!

    Lily Lawson is one the best heroines I've come across in a historical romance novel. She's clever, interesting and fiercely independent. She was determined that her sister, Penny, wouldn't be subjected to life in a loveless marriage, so much so that she risked her own neck for her happiness. Alex Raiford, Penny's intended, starts off as a pretty miserable character but transforms once he encounters Lily. Derek Craven, Lily's friend and owner of a gambling club, is equally enticing. Lily is unpredictable and you'll delight in figuring out what her next moves are going to be.

    In addition to having delicious and meaty characters, this book has one of the most interesting storylines and plots. Lily is a daring heroine for her time and one you don't want to miss. I cannot wait to read the next book in the series, especially since it's about Derek.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 16, 2010

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    The Other Was Better

    This was the first book in the gambler series and it was okay. I like Derek's story better than Lily's...a little unbelievable that anyone would really have liked her...

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 22, 2011

    Great read

    I could not stop reading this one! Definitely one of my favorites from Lisa K.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2014

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    I think this is perhaps Kleypas' best portrayal of a female lead. Independent, demanding, and brazen Lily is the kind of hero I enjoy reading about. Though Lily was wonderful I hated her interractions with Derek, and never understood their friendship in the story.

    Also it should be noted to readers that the initial romance encounter is somewhat forced upon Lily due to a lost wager which is somewhat offensive and problematic.

    Overall Lily is one of my favorite characters but the romantic amd friendships written for the character felt more detrimental than romantic or endearing. Though Raiford is certainly not the worst hero Kleypas has ever written I would not have paired the two together considering how jealous, possesive, and controlling Raiford is.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 23, 2010

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    good historical romance

    great read despite the two stars.

    1 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 28, 2010

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    I Also Recommend:

    Life Was Meaningless Until You Arrived, Should Be the Title of this Novel!

    The description located on the back cover of this novel is a facade, a ploy to tantalize you into purchasing it. Once you're captured, it snares your mind, and every thought you possess. Keeping you trapped against your will of ever escaping. Even this review will not reveal it's concealed mysteries.

    However I will tell you, the hidden indulgent moments, and the sexual escapades between Alex & Lily, have by far surpassed every expectation I had. Lily is an independent hellcat, a spitfire, rebellious, defiant, determined, and intelligent woman. Once meeting Alex, initially Lily presumes he's nothing more than a cold-hearted brute, who will eventually cause emotional and possible physical harm toward her sister, Penelope, if they marry.

    Since Lily & Alex constantly clash, and are at each other's throats most of the time, the ignited sparks of fire that burn between them never cool down. Alex being the controlled, sophisticated gentlemen becomes this unworldly passionate, lustful creature. Diminishing all of Lily's defenses. He literally is the epitome of what all women want, or possess in their husbands or lovers. Besides being a protector, and possessing the financial stability to live in one's lifestyle. Ultimately it's the acceptance of never, ever changing the woman they've become. Now that's a true treasure to behold.

    If you enjoy Lisa Kleypas's other novels, this one will not disappoint you, I promise. In my book, she ALWAYS DESERVES WELL BEYOND A 5 STAR RATING!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 16, 2009

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    A Wonderful Read

    Lisa Kleypas is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. Then Came You is a wonderful book. While it was a bit hard for me to actually delve into, the story turned out to be gripping and impossible to put down.

    Two people. Two pasts that threaten to tear them apart. Lily Lawson, a fairly reckless and unconventional woman with a secret past. Alex, Lord Raiford, battling to overcome his lost love. The two find themselves head to head when Lily works to break the marriage between Alex and her sister. Lily thinks Alex is heartless. Alex thinks Lily is to impulsive for her own good.

    The two find themselves drawn together through unforeseen circumstances. As the two build their relationship together, Lily's secret threatens to tear the two apart. This story is beautiful and complex--not just your regular romance. Kleypas has the ability to look closely at her characters emotions. While you expect the "happy ending," Kleypas throws in twists and turns that make you smile, gasp, and laugh. It tugs at your heart.

    P.S. It sets you up well for Derek Craven's story in Dreaming of You.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2004

    A wonderfully written novel, yet again :)

    I absolutely adored this book! From beginning to end, Alex and Lily never ceased to amaze me :) I find it particularly interesting that Lisa Kleypas can take a regularly used theme in romance novels--mutual hatred transformed into love--and create a truly authentic story for her characters. Another aspect that I loved about the novel was the characterization of the hero and heroine. Lisa Kleypas' characterization of Lily is very unique. Lily is no typical blushing, timid heroine: instead, she's extremely vulgar, worldly, and stubborn. Yet, despite these seemingly unattractive characteristics, Alex loves her completely, and his love eventually softens her heart and changes her. Often times when I have read romance novels in the past, the situation usually has been reversed, and the hero exists as the one who is reformed, not the heroine.. This novel is delightfully funny, and any hopeless romantic will surely love it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted July 8, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2013

    Love it

    I love this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2013

    Excellent!!

    Love it :) a page turner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2013

    Then Came You reviewed by Avatar68

    This is a delightful story. My first read of this author Lisa Kleypas.
    Miss Kleypas entwines surprise and predicabilty deftly. The characters are quite endearing. You will find yourself routing for this to work. Although, many obstacles arise love conquers all.

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  • Posted June 21, 2012

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    lily is self centered and self serving know it all ugh !

    lily is self centered and self serving know it all ugh !

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 19, 2012

    AWESOME BOOK!

    I love all of her books! But, this one was beyond wonderful! It was funny, emotional, great love scenes! Loved, all the characters. I actually recommend ALL of her books... Although, I am partial to her historic novels.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2012

    Loved iit

    I loved every moment of this book. Made me laugh and cry. Great hero and heroine. Could not ask for a better book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2012

    Great read

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  • Posted June 30, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Original Story

    I love how Alex was the first to admit to his love. Usually, it's the heroine that realizes she loves the hero first, not the other way around. This is a truly amazing love story...it didn't disappoint.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2008

    surprisingly good

    In the beginning the main woman was remembering a child and the first thing I thought was oh no not another child gone missing story. I was just fed up with those kind of books and tired of reading the same thing. so I stopped reading this. then months later I picked it up and forced myself to do it. and I'm glad I did because it's fun and beguiling. I love alex's character he's hansom, smart, and caring. and lily is funny and adventurous. it's a very lovely story one that I would not put down again.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2008

    LOVED IT!

    personally, i Love ALL of Lisa Kleypas' books. They're all FABULOUS!!! Just... amazing! they make you wish the characters were real. I really loved this story because it showed that there are so many different ways someone can love another. you HAVE to read this book!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2007

    One of the sweetest stories EVER!!!

    This book was one I was never planing on reading, but I ended up reading it out of desperation for a good book to read - it did not disappoint me! I loved alex and lily together , they were so perfect for eachother and they really needed eachother. I diagree w/ other reviewers when they said that it took to long for lily to trust him- I dont blame her after all she went through and I admire Ms. kleypas for sticking to how the character was meant to be. This story was three things a romance novel should be- funny, sweet from the love story, and believeable.However the only thing to me that was annoying was caroline - it didn't even seem like she was needed in the story - oh well- Read this book - you'll LOVE IT!!!

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