Suddenly You

Suddenly You

by Lisa Kleypas

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ISBN-13: 9780380802326
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/29/2001
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 144,652
Product dimensions: 4.19(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.96(d)

About 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.

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Suddenly You

Chapter One

Amanda knew exactly why the man on her doorstep was a prostitute. From the moment she had ushered him inside in the manner of someone harboring an escaped convict, he had stared at her in dumbfounded silence. Obviously he lacked the cranial equipment necessary to pursue a more intellectually challenging occupation. But, of course, a man didn′t need brains to do what he had been hired for.

"Hurry," she whispered, tugging anxiously on his muscular arm. She slammed the door behind him. "Do you think that anyone saw you? I hadn′t thought that you would simply appear at the front door. Aren′t men of your profession trained to show some discretion?

"My...profession," he repeated in a bemused manner.

Now that he was safely concealed from public view, Amanda, allowed, herself to stare at him thoroughly. Despite his apparent dullness of wit, he was remarkably good-looking. Beautiful, really, if one could apply such a word to an obviously masculine creature. He was big-framed and lean, with shoulders that seemed to span the width of the front door. The layers of his gleaming black hair were thick and neatly cut, and his tanned face glowed from a precise shave. He had a long, straight nose and a voluptuary′s mouth.

And he had a pair of remarkable blue eyes that approximated no other shade she had ever seen. Except, perhaps, at the shop where the local chemist made batches of ink by boiling Indigofera plants and copper sulfate together for days until they formed a blue so dark and deep that it approached violet. And yet his eyes did not have the angelic quality on one might usually associate with such a color. They were shrewd, seasoned, as if he had gazed far too often at an unsavory side of life that she herself had never seen.

Amanda could easily understand why women would pay for his company. The thought of hiring this masculine, opulent-eyed creature to do one′s bidding was extraordinary. And tempting. Amanda was ashamed by her secret response to him, the hot and cold chills that chased through her body, the burning color that rose to the crests of her cheeks. She had resigned herself to being a dignified spinster...she had even convinced herself that there was great freedom in her unmarried circumstance. However, her troublesome body didn′t seem to understand that a woman should no longer be bothered by desire at her age. At a time when twenty-one was considered to be old, thirty was most definitely on the shelf. She was past her prime, no longer desirable. An "ape-leader" was what people called such a woman. If only she could make herself accept her fate.

Amanda forced herself to stare directly into his extraordinary blue eyes. "I intend to be frank, Mr....no, never mind, don′t tell me your name, we shan′t be acquainted long enough for me to require it. You see, I′ve had a chance to reflect on a rather hastily made decision, and the fact is...well, I′ve changed my mind. Please do not receive this as a personal affront. It has nothing to do with you, or your appearance, and I will certainly make that clear to your employer, Mrs. Bradshaw. You are a fine-looking man, in fact, and very punctual, and I have no doubt that you are very good at...well, at what you do. The simple truth is, I have made a mistake. We all make mistakes, and I am certainly no exception. Every great once in a while, I do make a small error in judgment --"

"Wait." He lifted his large hands in a defensive gesture, his intent gaze fastened on her flushed face. "Stop talking."

No one in her adult life had ever dared to tell her to stop talking. Surprised into silence, Amanda struggled to stem the cascade of words that threatened to flow from her lips. The stranger folded his arms across his muscular chest and leaned his back against the door to stare at her. The glow from the lamp in the tiny entrance hall of her fashionable London house cast a fringe of shadows from his long lashes onto the stark, elegant planes of his cheekbones.

Amanda couldn′t help thinking that Mrs. Bradshaw had excellent taste. The man she had sent was surprisingly well groomed and prosperous looking, dressed in fashionable but solidly traditional attire, a black coat and charcoal-gray trousers, and black shoes polished to an impeccable gleam. His starched white shirt was snowy against his swarthy skin, and his gray silk cravat was arranged in a simple, perfect knot. Before this moment, had Amanda been pressed to describe her ideal man, she would have described him as blond and light-skinned and fine-boned. Now she was forced to revise her opinion entirely. No fair-haired Apollo could begin to compare with this large, robustly handsome man.

"You are Miss Amanda Briars," he said, as if requiring confirmation, "The novelist."

"Yes, I write novels," she replied with forced patience. "And you are the gentleman whom Mrs. Bradshaw sent at my request, are you not?"

"I seem to be," he said slowly.

"Well, you have my apologies, Mr....no, no, don′t tell me. As I explained, I have made a mistake, and therefore, you must go. Naturally I will pay for your services even though they are no longer required, as the fault is entirely mine. Just tell me what you usually charge, and we′ll settle the matter immediately."

As he stared at her, a change came over his face, his bemusement giving way to fascination, the blue eyes, sparkling with a devilish amusement that made her nerves twitch uncomfortably.

"Tell me what services were requested," he suggested gently, pushing away from the door. He moved closer, until his body loomed over hers. "I′m afraid I never discussed the details with Mrs. Bradshaw."

Suddenly 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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Chuck Neely More than 1 year ago
I have read eveyone of Lisa's historical books. Each is wonderful in its own way but tops on my list is this story. Amanda is celebrating her 30th birthday when she meets Jack. Both characters are wonderfully written, are true partners in their relationship and the sex scenes are very steamy - even for Lisa. Great story. A must read.
Lisa_RR_H More than 1 year ago
This novel has a readable style compared to most romance novels, but what makes it stand out are the plot and characterizations which are about as far away from the conventional historical romance as you can get--in good ways. The heroine, Amanda Briars, is a women of independent means in Victorian England who makes her living as a novelist. She arranges for a male prostitute to come to her on her 30th birthday because she's tired of being a spinster virgin. Except what the madame sends is a man she thinks might be Amanda's match--Jack Devlin, a young publisher. And that's about as much I can tell you without it being a spoiler, except this breaks other romance conventions--which is the reason this was among my favorite reads on a romance reading list I recently worked through. I also think I find Jack just about the most appealing hero among the romance books I've read--he's a real entrepreneur, an ambitious self-made man and I for one find that a thousand times more attractive than a title.
Eternal--Love78 More than 1 year ago
Scoundrels, Rakes, Rogues, galore when reformed they become MAGNANIMOUS MEN, & ENTICINGLY APPETIZING HUSBANDS. This novel, Lady Sophia's Lover, & Devil in Winter, are by far the greatest erotic novels written by Lisa Kleypas, I've read thus far. Yes, it can be overwhelming explicit at times. And yes, I did blush & became embarassed; however, the revelation discoverd at the conclusion by Jack & Amanda is GROUNDBREAKINGLY EXQUISITE, well worth the read. Every single novel written by Lisa Kleypas, is overwhelmingly surprising, and I'm intensely infacuated with them. All the characters within in LK's series are basicly interlaced with each other, therefore, to fully comprehend them you should start with the first novels that were written. Don't do as I have, I started with Mine Until Midnight. And, I've been working backwards since; however, I'm extremely enthused with discovering the triumphs of the characters who have been mentioned. AS USUAL LK DESERVES A 5 STAR & BEYOND RATING!!
gaele 5 months ago
AudioBook Review: Stars: Overall 4 Narration 4 Story 4 A release of a story originally penned in 2001, and I have to say that Kleypas’ writing feels fresh and in line with her more recent historic romances. In this story, the heroine is Amanda Briars, a successful lady novelist with a flair for ‘passionate’ romance stories, yet as she nears thirty and is unmarried with no prospects on the horizon, she’s decided to take a bold and daring step. Inquiring of her friend and well-known madam, Gemma Bradshaw, she’s decided to hire a man for a night, one who will teach her and show her what all the ‘fuss’ is about this love and sex thing. There’s a no-nonsense streak in Amanda that is miles wide, but it is tempered with her sensible self, even as she is making decidedly bold and unconventional choices, she’s also thought through them, and truly, at her very core, wants what every other ‘conventional’ woman of the day wants: love and marriage. Gemma Bradshaw is not above playing matchmaker when she feels a couple will suit, and she’s not only aware that Amanda is a writer, but another in her social circle (and it is a broad one) is Jack Devlin – Amanda’s publisher, and Gemma feels he is the perfect man to make all of Amanda’s wildest dreams (and deepest desires) come true. Jack isn’t above using a bit of subterfuge to get what he wants, he knows that Gemma is a woman with an encyclopedic awareness of people in her circle, and he uses the title of Amanda’s unfinished book to gain an introduction to the authoress through Gemma – because, in that day and age, Amanda could not put her own name as author to the title Jack has already published. And he’s both intrigued by the work and the mind that created it – so no harm done. Unfortunately he arrives at Amanda’s house and she mistakes him for her ‘request’ from Gemma. It doesn’t take Jack long to realize where the meeting is headed, and while he doesn’t reveal his actual identity, he also doesn’t ruin her and leave her – there are some scruples here after all. Of course there is the whole “reveal’ where Jack needs to convince Amanda of his desire to publish her book, but he also has to work past her embarrassment and anger that he ‘tricked her’ initially, and then somehow forge a working relationship while ignoring his attraction to her. And there is an attraction that goes both ways, Jack is caring and gentle with Amanda, trying to balance his desire for her with her naiveté and allow her to experience their connection as a separate and independent entity – not reliant on his becoming her publisher. Amanda is daring and bold, and for one without actual knowledge of sex, she’s well-read and inquisitive, and has several desires that aren’t of the more ‘expected’ choices for a woman of her day. It was a bit of an up and down for me in terms of believing Jack and his ‘not deserving’ Amanda, and the twists that brought all of that to a head were frustrating – particularly as they resolved quickly – and that’s not something I felt was ‘true’ to Amanda’s character. He was worth her, was kind, gentle and accepting of her: and she wanted him – but his willingness to give her up should have provided more pause. Narration for this story is provided by Beverly A. Crick, and I was impressed with her handling of the story and the character nuances. Subtle changes in tone and emotion placed behind the text were easy to glean as a listener, and it wasn’t difficult to pick out Amanda’s moments o
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite Lisa Kleypas books!
Romance_Obsessed07 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I loved how the characters could not get it together and then finally find that peace. I also loved how modern thinking Jack Devlin was and how he pushed Amanda to do more. My very favorite part was that Jack was 5 years young than her. Love it, since my husband is younger than me.
mom2lnb on LibraryThing 29 days ago
I am a big fan of Lisa Kleypas's writing, and Suddenly You is yet another worthy effort from her but not my favorite of her books. I have come to respect Ms. Kleypas as a writer who creates intelligent prose and unique sub-plots in her work. While Suddenly You begins with a unique premise for the hero and heroine's first meeting, I found much of the rest of the book to be standard soap opera plotting with a lot of repressed feelings and misunderstandings. I have also become a fan of the deep, dark emotions found in many of Ms. Kleypas's other books and which I feel she is masterful at writing. While this book certainly was emotional, it did not quite touch me to the core like some of her other works. I think part of the reason for this is the more sarcastic, sharp-tongued banter between the hero and heroine which sometimes worked for me and sometimes didn't. I also don't tend to be a fan of romances that begin as casual affairs. I like to feel that the characters are ¿in¿ love before they ¿make¿ love, and while one could tell that they cared for one another, I didn't actually sense real love until later in the book. It was also a little sad to see Charles Hartley get dumped, as he was such a lovable guy for a secondary character, but of course we know that Amanda isn't in love with him, and Jack has to win out in the end. While the book does have some weaknesses, in my opinion, it also has many strengths. Fans of progressive, independent heroines should really like Amanda. Sometimes, these types of heroines can become abrasive and annoying to me, but I found Amanda to be a good balance of nice and naughty, sensitive and independent. Underneath his hard exterior, Jack was a kind, loving hero. One scene from the book that I absolutely loved is when Jack tells Amanda all the things he ¿prefers¿ about her, with her intellect being at the top of his list. He eventually succeeds in convincing her that she is beautiful in spite of her imperfect body, a storyline that I think most women can definitely relate to. Being a very progressive thinker himself, Jack is ultimately very supportive of Amanda's ideas and treats her as his equal. There were also a couple of plot twists toward the end of the story that I enjoyed, one of which was rather humorous and the other, though sad and tragic, added much more depth to the characters' relationship. The pacing of the book was good, and as always, Ms. Kleypas does a wonderful job with descriptive details. The love scenes were positively scorching, so much so that I was surprised the book didn't catch fire while I was reading it.;-) Even though this book did not quite measure up to some of Ms. Kleypas's other works for me, it was still a very enjoyable read.
Jenson_AKA_DL on LibraryThing 29 days ago
Amanda Briars has achieved something very few other woman of the 1830s could boast of. She is a writer. A writer who is acknowledged by her peers for her provocative, progressive stories. But, unfortunately the realization of her vocational dream has also engineered the dilemma of being a virgin spinster at the age of 30. In an uncharacteristic move Amanda decides to request a "birthday present" for herself from the local madam. Jack Devlin has a reputation for being controlling and ruthless in his rise from nobody to one of the most powerful publishers in London, and he doesn't intend to stop there. Jack has dreams of becoming not only the largest publisher but the largest book seller as well. When he arrives at the home of Amanda Briars to woo her into turning her first, unpublished piece of work into a serial novel, the last thing he expects is to be mistaken for a male prostitute.I really enjoyed Suddenly You for many reasons. Although the story was certainly character driven I found the display of the prejudices and customs described of the 1830s London to be very interesting. Only recently have I learned that book lovers can be just as prejudicial about what they consider "great literature" as any religious or political sect can be. I found the different views of what kinds of books considered proper in the society depicted to be very comparable to current day attitudes. I really enjoyed the relationship between Amanda and Devlin and was surprised at just how steamy the scenes were. Before reading Lisa Kleypas' stories I had thought that steaminess was a more prevelent feature in paranormals and had never connected this kind of writing with historicals. I had always assumed would be more staid in content. Obviously I was wrong.All in all I really enjoyed this book and look forward to continuing to read more of Kleypas' work. She hasn't disappointed me yet!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Still one of my favorites. Lisa Kleypas is excellent!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unexpected, unpredictable, and steamy
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Great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book had everything...i loved the characters..loved the wit, love and a little sadness thrown in. Perfect...
Happywitch More than 1 year ago
Her best Novel! A MUST READ! I love everything I have ever read by her. And don't have to read the back cover , to decide if I want to buy it. Now, as much as I enjoy them all & keep them in my nook or library to read again. The Hathaways Series being my favorite... followed by the Wallflowers Series. And as great as I think every novel she writes is. I still stand by the previous being the best! Well I stand corrected! This has now become my FAVORITE! I don't have one complaint... I loved the entire novel from the beginning to end & could not put it down! Loved the characters, the story & the interactions between them. I LOVED the rapport between Amanda & Jack... I could go on & on & be saying the same thing! You just can't go wrong with a Lisa Kleypas Novel!
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A well written romance novel. The main and most side characters are fully developed and interesting. Unlike a lot of romantic novels I've read, the couple are completely developed before everything gets hot and heavy in their relationship. There's a lot of sexual tension between the main couple, but it's not thrown in your face constantly and they get to know each other for half of the book before anything really happens between them. We see why they want each other, which has rarely happened in romantic novels I've read. It's usually sex for the sake of sex. No real reason why they want or need that person. But in this novel, it is made completely clear. My issue with the novel is the last third of it. After such a wonderful set up of the relationship, the writer decides to make this wonderful novel into something ordinary. Once the couple finally does the deed, we literally hear of nothing else. The sex scenes became so numerous and so monotonous, that I ended up skipping over most of them to get to the end. I also felt that once the couple "found" each other, the story puttered out. It seemed a bit thrown together, which was surprising since the rest of the book is so good. Other than that, I would recommend this novel because the writing and the character development in the first half of it is so wonderful and surprising for a romantic novel. It's completely all around predictable but a definite feel good read, even with it's flaws.
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This Lisa's best work; it's the epitome of all things that make romance great:  anxiety; attraction; lust; friendship and ultimately love as one person has to release his fear to embrace joy while the other has to be brave enough to risk everything for a great passion and love. The fact that Jack is younger then Amanda, and that  he supports her dreams and pushes her to be successful in a man's world well ...it just doesn't get any better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a really good love story. Very sexual and not for under 18. Jack is one of the most romantic and sexy heros ever and it was a wonderful period romance with a wonderful ending. I will read more by this author. Phyl p
MollyJG More than 1 year ago
This was a different slant on the manners and morals of the days of old. Interesting.
LadyScarlet More than 1 year ago
Kleypas never disappoints! From the unique beginning to the age old dance of love, hate jealousy this book has it all. Loved the fact that the heroine was an independant successful author! Sexy, sensual and crackling with sexual tension!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like the MC! She was a normal person
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jack Devlin is the perfect man. I think he is my favorite hero of all of Lisa Kleypas. This book is sexy and unconventional, yet mostly within the realm of possibility. I love the way he brings out the best in her. This is a theme LK has developed in many of her novels from her very first rough book. How one plus one is greater than two.