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Suddenly You

Suddenly You

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by Lisa Kleypas

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She was unmarried, untouched and almost thirty, but novelist Amanda Briars wasn't about to greet her next birthday without making love to a man. When he appeared at her door, she believed he was her gift to herself, hired for one night of passion. Unforgettably handsome, irresistibly virile, he tempted her in ways she never thought possible...but something stopped


She was unmarried, untouched and almost thirty, but novelist Amanda Briars wasn't about to greet her next birthday without making love to a man. When he appeared at her door, she believed he was her gift to herself, hired for one night of passion. Unforgettably handsome, irresistibly virile, he tempted her in ways she never thought possible...but something stopped him from completely fulfilling her dream.

Jack Delvin's determination to possess Amanda became greater when she discovered his true identity. But gently-bred Amanda craved respectability more than she admitted, while Jack, the cast-off son of a nobleman and London's most notorious businessman, refused to live by society's rules. Yet when fate conspired for them to marry, their worlds collided with a passionate force neither had expected...but both soon craved.

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Suddenly You is a lively, sexy historical romance full of surprises. As a moderately successful lady novelist in 1836, Miss Amanda Briars considers herself a woman of the world. Brokering a deal with Mrs. Bradshaw, the most discreet madam in London, Amanda arranges for the services of a man to relieve her of her virginity on her 30th birthday — to give her insight into the lives of the characters she writes about. On the appointed night, when an attractive young man turns up on her doorstep, Amanda has second thoughts. Though Jack is handsome, seductive, and remarkably persuasive, he's also an imposter with an agenda that could harm her reputation beyond repair. Then, in an unexpected turnabout, Jack undergoes a change of heart: Although he still wants Amanda (more than ever), disgrace is the furthest thing on his mind. And that's when we discover that Mrs. Bradshaw has been playing matchmaker. If anyone understands what men and women truly want, it's the notorious Madam B.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this feisty and frolicsome historical, Kleypas (Where Dreams Begin, etc.) proves that turning 30 can signal the beginning of an exciting new decade, even for a 19th-century spinster. Free-thinking Amanda Briars, who writes scandalous tales of romance and intrigue, has resigned herself to a life of solitude, but she feels that her lack of a husband shouldn't preclude her from being intimate with a man just once. On the night of her clandestine meeting with a male prostitute, however, handsome and unscrupulous publishing tycoon Jack Devlin appears at her door instead. Mistaking Jack for the man that she sent for, Amanda shares an amorous moment with him before she recovers her senses and pushes him out the door. One week later, Amanda encounters her nighttime visitor at a London soiree and is mortified to learn that he is her new publisher. A series of delightful exchanges follows as the two attempt to reconcile their need for independence and their growing passion for each other. Although both Amanda and Jack are fully developed characters, it is Jack, the half-Irish bastard son of a lord, who truly shines as he struggles to overcome his dark past. Brisk pacing, witty repartee and memorable protagonists will ensure that Kleypas's newest is well received. (June 5) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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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.

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.

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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!!
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.
Anonymous 11 months 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
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Nouvelle More than 1 year ago
I read most of Lisa Kleypas books and this one is also a good story to read. I found the characters to be really like able and their build up for their romance to have just the right amount of drama. The story is not slow placed and their are some real memorable squeal worthy scenes. Not my all time favorite but if your like me and have read a bunch of Romance novels for the actual romance, then this is a good story to have under your belt.