Historically the Best: Lisa Kleypas’s Top Historical Romance Couples

Mine Till Midnight by Lisa Kleypas

In light of Lisa Kleypas’ return to historical romance, I’m inspired by the romance gods to highlight five of my favorite couples. There are so many fabulous couples so it was hard to choose, but these were the ones that spoke to me.

Amelia Hathaway and Cam Rohan from Mine Till Midnight (The Hathaways #1)
After reading all of the Wallflower series, I immediately checked out the Hathaway series from the library as they became available. And oddly enough, this was the second book that I read even though it’s the first in the series. And holy crikeys, this story is all about the sizzling chemistry between the two as they fight their attraction to one another and a doomed relationship based on both the ton’s societal expectations and Cam’s gypsy culture. We meet Cam in the Wallflower series and I honestly wasn’t that excited about reading his story. He just didn’t speak to me. But when I read Mine Till Midnight, I was up well past midnight and grieved when their story came to an end. Cam’s quiet yet authoritative demeanor is sexy without being repressive. Which still allows Amelia to flourish in her own individual strength, yet support her as she tries to manage her family after her parents pass away. Different worlds collide but fit so beautifully in this first Wallflower installment.

Derek Craven and Sara Fielding from Dreaming of You (The Gamblers #2)

Dreaming of You first came out in 1994 and if only! I was reading romance at that time. I wouldn’t find myself trying to play catch up with all these fabulous HEAs. Derek Craven, owner of London’s most notorious gaming hall, is a hardened man with a tough past. When he reluctantly agrees to let writer and well-mannered innocent Sara Fielding into his world as she engages in research for her novels, cracks in his protective exterior begin to form and a romance blossoms that will leave you laughing, sighing, fanning yourself and feeling quite satisfied. This opposites attract trope is done to perfection in this gem of a romance.

A Wallflower Christmas by Lisa Kleypas

Rafe Bowman and Hannah Appleton from A Wallflower Christmas (Wallflowers #5)

The Wallflower series features the stories of four young wallflower ladies trying to find a husband in London society.  Honestly, as I look back at the series that first introduced me to the wonderful world of Lisa Kleypas, it’s the 5th book that stole my heart. This holiday treasure features Lillian and Daisy’s older brother, Rafe who is intended for Lady Natalie Blanford. But when Rafe arrives in London from America to secure a wife, it is Lady Natalie’s companion and demonstrably on the shelf cousin, Hannah, that consumes him. What I adore about Rafe and Hannah’s story is their witty conversation and the chemistry that boils between their impossible yet inevitable coupling. Five squee-worthy stars in my book, and an annual Christmas read.

Leo Hathaway and Catherine Marks from Married by Morning (The Hathaways #4)

What makes Leo and Catherine so special? Their relationship actually begins earlier in the series and it’s an antagonistic one rife with so much sexual tension that every encounter they have, gives me chills. Literally. And by the time they get their own story, I am a bowl of mush. We see how Leo grows as a character throughout the series and how Catherine learns to trust, so that when Married by Morning comes around, we know that Leo and Catherine have no other choice than to make their relationship work. Believe me, once they have their HEA, it’s so special. Oh, if only Leo existed in real life.

Love in the Afternoon by Lisa Kleypas

Beatrix Hathaway and Christopher Phelan from Love in the Afternoon (The Hathaways #5)

Beatrix is my favorite of Ms. Kleypas’ historical heroines. She has a tough past with some major quirks and bad habits to overcome. As she blossoms throughout the series into her own womanhood, her past experiences make her that much more empathetic, caring and multi-dimensional. Did I also mention she has a gift with wounded animals? Enter Captain Christopher Phelan, another wounded animal of sorts. A man who is so much more than he realized since joining the war efforts. It’s the words of Beatrix that help him maintain an ounce of sanity and humanity as he is enshrouded in violence, pain, and loss. Only he doesn’t know that Beatrix is the woman holding the pen of his sacred letters. When he returns from war in search of his love, how long will it take for him to figure out that it was Beatrix all along? And can her gifts of healing help this war-torn PTSD soldier?

What do you think? Which couples are your favorites?

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Learn more about the books mentioned in this post: 

Mine Till Midnight by Lisa Kleypas  
Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas  
A Wallflower Christmas by Lisa Kleypas  
Married by Morning by Lisa Kleypas  
Love in the Afternoon by Lisa Kleypas  

 

 

 

 

 

 


Tanya is a fanatic of all things romance and teaches sociology part time. You can follow her on twitter @tamushamu.

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12 comments
Heather Waters
1. HeatherWaters
Oooh, this is a tough one. I love all the couples on your list, but I've always been partial to Win and Merripen from Seduce Me at Sunrise too.

I want to re-read all these now, especially Amelia and Cam's story.
Kareni
2. Kareni
I can't argue with any of your choices, but I'm certainly fond of Lady Sophia and Sir Ross from Lady Sophia's Lover.
TanyaLK
3. TanyaLK
Ack, Kareni, I know that was a really good one too...They were next on my list but I had to reduce to 5 for length's sake.

@HeatherWaters, Win and Merripen are fabulous but I wanted to hit Merripen for being such a dolt about his love for Win, lol!
Laura Bracken
4. Night -owl
Oh, I'm obsessed with all these couples, well to be honest any Lisa Kleypas couple. I loved Beatrix. Her book caught me off guard, I wasn't expecting it to be so emotional. I also loved McKenna & Aline from Again the Magic. Great post!
PerfectSonnet
5. PerfectSonnet
I love all of these, but my favorite is definitely Marcus and Lillian from It Happened One Autumn. I love how they frequently make appearances in other books.

@Night-owl, I remember being caught off gaurd by how intense Beatrix's book was too. It is definitely one of my favorites.
J-me
6. J-me
How to pick, they're all so good but I think the state of my book is a tell tale sign how many times I've read them!.
Simon and Annabelle of 'Secrets of a Summer Night' (had to buy another copy of this cause mine is worn out!)
Win and Kev of 'Seduce Me at Sunrise' (makes me sigh just thinking about it!)
Beatrix and Christopher of 'Love in the Afternoon' (took a day off work to read this when it arrived, very emotional!)
Lara and Hunter of 'Stranger in my Arms'
McKenna and Aline of 'Again the Magic'
Grant and Vivien in 'Someone to Watch Over Me'
Night-Owl, I'm an obsessed Lisa Kleypas fan too.. :)
J-me
7. Sonya Heaney
By far my favourite Kleypas couple is in Secrets of a Summer Night. But they don't get as much love because he's not titled and she's pretty (romance readers love their Plain Janes!) and not a little brat like some of the other Wallflowers...
Jessica Moro
8. JessicaMoro
the Devil in Winter is hands down my top historical and my top couple. Sebastien was an amazing reformed, broody hero. I feel a reread coming on.
TanyaLK
9. TanyaLK
It was so hard to choose! Lisa Kleypas has so many fabulous couples. I had just reread Again the Magic @Nightowl and @J-me and love that one too. And of course I love all of the Wallflower ones. And all the Hathaways. And the bow street runners...sigh. Maybe we should all make a pact and make October Lisa Kleypas historical month, see how many we can re-read :)
TanyaLK
10. TanyaLK
ps @J-me, I love how you took a day off to Love in the Afternoon, lol. @Sonya, I love the fact that Simon is not titled and that Annabelle is beautiful...though I love even more how she's not just a pretty face.

@perfectsonnet, It happened one autumn is my next favorite of the wallflowers. :)
J-me
11. babymickey98
Mine would have to be It Happened One Autumn, book 2 in the wallflower series. Always liked it when a male denied his interest in the female. Lilian and westcliff chemistry was undeniable yet westcliff constant denial of his attraction to lilian was interesting to read. I could really feel lilian's sadness when she really thought there would be no HEA for her and westcliff. Jealousy was great too...haha.
J-me
12. WolframWM
Amelia and Cam are definitely one of my top re-reads. Lillian and Westcliff are up there as well. Wallflower Christmas, I am pretty sure I own multiple copies because when I see it in stores I always think "Oh, I LOVE this one. What if I don't have it? Better not risk it.". The only addition I would have to make is...I absolutely adored Tempt Me at Twilight. I so enjoyed Harry's villainous side fighting so hard with the side that loved her but had no idea how to express it. That book was one I was not so much looking forward to and ended up one of the ones that sticks with me the most. Plus it made everything even more interesting when we got to Cat and Leo. Loved it.
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