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Where's My Hero?: Against the Odds/Midsummer's Knight/A Tale of Two Sisters

Where's My Hero?: Against the Odds/Midsummer's Knight/A Tale of Two Sisters

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by Julia Quinn, Lisa Kleypas

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Dear Avon Books,

Where are my heroes? Whenever I'm reading a book by one of my favorite authors I find I'm falling for the wrong guy — not the hero, but the other man — and what I really want is for him to have his own story.

Like Jake Linley, from Someone to Watch Over Me by Lisa Kleypas…that doctor could sit by my bedside if I ever got


Dear Avon Books,

Where are my heroes? Whenever I'm reading a book by one of my favorite authors I find I'm falling for the wrong guy — not the hero, but the other man — and what I really want is for him to have his own story.

Like Jake Linley, from Someone to Watch Over Me by Lisa Kleypas…that doctor could sit by my bedside if I ever got sick. And Ned Blydon in Splendid by Julia Quinn...he makes me want to learn to waltz! I never thought living in a drafty castle would be much fun until Simon of Ravenswood in Master of Desire by Kinley MacGregor came along.

Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that these are my men — when do they get their stories?

A Romance Fan

Some books are so special that there is more than one hero to love, but only a single story is told. So if you find yourself asking, "Where is my hero?" you'll discover the answer right here in this delicious collection by New York Times bestseller Lisa Kleypas, New York Times bestseller Julia Quinn and USA Today bestseller Kinley MacGregor.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Unlike some romance anthologies, this refreshing volume is more a tribute to the authors' fans than a marketing tool. That isn't to say that the book won't be a major money-making machine for Avon-it will-but that the authors have listened to their readers and here revisit their most asked-about supporting characters. In "Against the Odds," Kleypas focuses on roguish Jake Linley, who first appeared in the Regency-era Someone to Watch Over Me. Both the daring doctor and his math-minded counterpart, Lydia Craven, hold appeal, but their sudden avowal of love two days before Lydia's wedding to another man feels forced and far-fetched. The affection that springs between spunky Scotswoman Lady Kenna and Simon of Ravenswood, a knight from MacGregor's Master of Desire, in "Midsummer's Knight" rings true despite the author's occasionally overwrought prose. The best entry in this collection, however, is Quinn's bright and breezy Regency-era romance between dashing Ned Blydon (from Splendid) and down-to-earth Charlotte Thornton, his fianc e's sister. With its airy prose and sparkling wit, Quinn's "A Tale of Two Sisters" is a small gem in an anthology that, while inconsistent in quality and setting, never fails to entertain. (Sept.) Forecast: Already anticipating the success of this venture, Avon has planned a second Hero collection for next year. With its stellar lineup of authors, this volume should hit sales heights that its predecessors will have difficulties matching. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Bowing to readers' requests for "follow-up" stories about notable peripheral characters, three best-selling writers have teamed up to produce a stunning anthology of historical novellas, each of which resurrects a memorable "nonhero" from an earlier novel and gives him a story of his own. Each tale begins with the hero or heroine being engaged or otherwise attached to the wrong person, a situation that is happily-and credibly-remedied by the end; as expected, selected characters from the original novels make appearances. Kleypas successfully pairs rakish Dr. Jake Linley (Someone To Watch Over Me) with a young bluestocking in "Against All Odds." Kinley MacGregor's "Midsummer's Knight" is a charming story with a Cyrano de Bergerac twist that features the mysterious Wraith (a.k.a. Simon of Ravenswood) from Master of Desire. Finally, Julia Quinn revives the memorable Ned Blydon (Splendid) in "A Tale of Two Sisters," a hilarious romp full of elopements and last-minute wedding changes. While this volume will appeal to those who have read the previous books, initiates can read each novella on its own. A wonderful collection. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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Where's My Hero?

By Lisa Kleypas

Harper Collins Publishers

Copyright © 2003 Lisa Kleypas All right reserved. ISBN: 0060505249

Chapter One

Lisa Kleypas

Against the Odds

There were two ways to pick a husband - with your head or your heart. Being a sensible young woman, Lydia Craven had naturally done the former. Which was not to say that she didn't care for her future husband. As a matter of fact, she was very fond of Robert, Lord Wray, who was kind and affable, with a quiet charm that never grated on the nerves. He was handsome in an approachable way, his refined features providing the perfect framework for a pair of intelligent blue eyes and a smile that was employed somewhat judiciously.

There was no doubt in Lydia's mind that Wray would never object to her work. In fact, he shared her interest in mathematics and science. And he mingled easily with her family - her unconventional, close-knit family, which had been blessed with enormous wealth but possessed a singularly undistinguished pedigree. It was a high mark in Wray's favor, that he could so easily overlook Lydia's ignoble ancestry ... but then, as she had reflected wryly, a prospective dowry of a hundred thousand pounds would be a savory condiment to even the most plebeian of dishes. Since Lydia's come-out at the age of eighteen two years earlier, she had been ardently pursued by a legion of fortune hunters. However, as a peerwho had come into his own sizeable inheritance, Wray had no need of Lydia's money - another mark on his side.

Everyone approved of the match, even Lydia's overprotective father. The only mild objection had come from her mother, Sara, who had seemed vaguely perturbed by her determination to marry Wray. "The earl seems to be a fine, honorable man," Sara had said while she and Lydia had wandered through the gardens of the Craven estate in Herefordshire. "And if he is the one that you've set your heart on, I would say that you've made a good choice ..."

"But?" Lydia had prompted.

Sara had stared thoughtfully at the rich planting of golden kingcups and yellow irises that lined the neat, brick-paved walkway. It had been a warm spring day, the pale blue sky embossed with fleecy clouds.

"Lord Wray's virtues are indisputable," Sara had said. "However, he is not the kind of man that I imagined you would marry."

"But Lord Wray and I are so much alike," Lydia had protested. "For one thing, he is the only man of my acquaintance who has actually bothered to read my article on multidimensional geometry."

"And well he should be admired for that," Sara had said, her blue eyes sparkling with sudden wry amusement. Although Sara was an intelligent woman in her own right, she had freely admitted that her daughter's advanced mathematical reasoning was far beyond her own understanding. "However, I had hoped that you would someday find a man who might balance your nature with a little more warmth and irreverence than Lord Wray seems to possess. You are such a serious girl, my dearest Lydia."

"I'm not that serious," she had protested.

Sara had smiled. "When you were a little girl, I tried in vain to coax you to paint pictures of trees and flowers, and instead you insisted on making lines to demonstrate the difference between obtuse angles and orthogonal ones. When we played with blocks and I began to build houses and towns with them, you showed me how to construct a dihedral pyramid - "

"All right, all right," Lydia had grumbled with a reluctant grin. "But that only serves to demonstrate why Lord Wray is perfect for me. He loves machines and physics and mathematics. In fact, we're considering writing a paper together about the possibility of vehicles being powered by atmospheric propulsion. No horses necessary!"

"Fascinating," Sara had remarked vaguely, leading Lydia away from the paved path and wandering to a wildflower meadow that stretched beyond a grove of fruit trees.

As Sara had lifted her skirts ankle-high and waded among the thick carpeting of violets and white narcissi, the sun shining on her chestnut hair, she had looked far too young to be a matron of forty-five. She had paused to scoop up a clump of violets and inhale their heavy perfume. Her speculative blue eyes had regarded Lydia over the brilliant knot of flowers. "In between all these conversations of machines and mathematics, has Lord Wray ever kissed you?"

Lydia had laughed at the question. "You're not supposed to ask your daughter things like that."

"Well, has he?"

As a matter of fact, Wray had kissed Lydia on many occasions, and Lydia had found it enjoyable. Of course, she had led an extremely sheltered life, and she'd had no basis for comparison, except ...

Suddenly the image of Jake Linley had appeared in her mind, his dark golden head bending over hers ... the sweet, dark fire of his kiss, the pleasure of his hands on her body ... and Lydia had shoved the thought away immediately, as she had a thousand times before. That night had been an anomaly that she would do well to forget. Linley had only been toying with her - the kiss had been nothing more than a prank fueled by one glass of brandy too many. She had not seen Linley at all in the three months since then, and when they next met, she would pretend to have forgotten all about the episode.

"Yes," she'd admitted to her mother, "the earl has kissed me, and it was very pleasant."

"I'm glad to hear it." Sara had let the violets spill from her fingers in a vibrant shower of fluttering petals. She'd rubbed her perfumed fingertips behind her ears and darted a slightly mischievous glance at Lydia ...


Excerpted from Where's My Hero? by Lisa Kleypas
Copyright © 2003 by Lisa Kleypas
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Meet the Author

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.

New York Times bestselling author Kinley MacGregor lives a life of extraordinary danger...as does any woman with three sons, a husband, a menagerie of pets, and a collection of swords that all of the above have a major fixation with. But when not running interference (or dashing off to the emergency room), she can be found chained to her computer where she likes to play with all her imaginary friends. With more than ten million copies of her books in print, in 26 countries, she certainly has a lot of friends to play with, too.

Writing as Kinley MacGregor and Sherrilyn Kenyon, she is the author of several series including: The Dark-Hunters, Brotherhood of the Sword, Lords of Avalon, and BAD. With an international, cult following, her books have appeared in the top three on the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and USA Today bestseller lists.

Julia Quinn is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-five novels for Avon Books, and one of only sixteen authors ever to be inducted in the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family.

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Where's My Hero?: Against the Odds/Midsummer's Knight/A Tale of Two Sisters 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 77 reviews.
The_Book_Queen More than 1 year ago
When I first started reading romance, it was historical romance that got me started. And a great part of my current obsession is due to the brilliant work of two best-selling authors for this genre, Julia Quinn and Lisa Kleypas. I instantly fell in love with their work, the characters they so wonderfully painted on the pages, and the numerous romantic 'sigh' moments in their stories. I've read most of both of their books, and because of this, I haven't read anything from either one in a few months, from Quinn it's been probably a good year. But as soon as I picked up Where's My Hero?, all the reasons why I love their work came rushing back to me! They truly are the ruling queens of the historical romance genre, and I doubt that will ever change. Where's My Hero? is a collection of three short stories, one from each of the authors, but even though they were much shorter than their normal books, I didn't feel cheated like I normally do while reading an anthology. Instead, I was left with the same, warm and fuzzy feeling after reading the h/h fall in love and have their HEA--- no disappointments or feeling like their story had been cut short. That in itself is saying a lot, since if you ask most people, the one downside to an anthology is the rushed feeling you usually get from it. But not with this one-- it was perfect, just like any of the authors' other books. I laughed, I sighed, and I'll admit it, I came pretty close to tearing up more than a few times while reading Jake (Against the Odds), Simon (Midsummer's Knight), and Ned's (A Tale of Two Sisters) books. Only great books do that to me, and this was easily one of the best I've read in a while from this genre-- it just reminded me yet again that even though it's fun to find new authors, and enjoy their books, sometimes you have to return to the beginning. And if these three authors aren't some of the great 'beginning' authors for romance, I don't know who deserves the title! 5 STARS! Touching, charming, and spectacular, Where's My Hero? is the perfect book to read any time, especially if you've been having a bad book lull, unsure of what to read next-- pick up this book, sit down and get comfortable, and be prepared to pull and all-nighter, because once you get started, you won't want to put it down until it's through! And even then, I'm sure it will only be long enough to go and find their other books (whether you've read them all and they're shelved nicely on your keeper shelf, or you're a newbie and you have to rush out to the library). After reading WMH?, I'm hungry for more LK, JQ, and KM (or SK as she's known as in the paranormal section)-- I'm off to do a bit of re-reading today! :D
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Julia Quinn and especially LIsa Kleypas (SHe is my FAVE) I was however a little dissapointed with Ned's story I wish characters were a little more realistic. Kinley McGregor was okay but I love the stuff Under Sherrilyn Kenyon. WOnderful Anthology.
Jan_Smith More than 1 year ago
Three very good stories, one better than the previous, and to my mind, the best was saved for last. I've long loved the writings of Lisa Kleypas, so had to check out this collection. Of course, Against The Odds was as wonderful as expected. Kinley MacGregor's Midsummer's Knight was a delightful discovery, and I'll be looking for more of her writings. But to my mind, the best was saved for last, and I loved the characters, the twists and tumbles, and subtle (and not so subtle) humor in Julia Quinn's A Tale of Two Sisters. I highly recommend this book as well as other offerings by these authors!
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