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Aug 21 2017 12:00pm

Let’s Discuss Mine Till Midnight by Lisa Kleypas!

Mine Till Midnight by Lisa Kleypas

If you're in the mood for a fun, witty, and sexy historical romance, you won't need to look any further than Lisa Kleypas's Mine Till Midnight, our August pick for Book Club. Whether you're reading it again or for the first time, you'll fall in love as Amelia and Cam work their way to their happily-ever-after. 

Once you've finished reading all about Cam, Amelia, and the Hathaways, join us to talk about the particulars of the book, gush over your favorite moments, or just swoon over what a hunky hero Cam makes.

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Note: The comments for this post will be made up ENTIRELY of SPOILERS and is intended as a place for fans to gather and discuss the book AFTER reading it, so if you have yet to finish, steer clear of anything after the jump. Go finish the book, then come back. (There’s also a non-spoiler-y roundup of some of the best Lisa Kleypas quotes, if you're not yet ready to dive into talking about Mine Till Midnight.)

MAJOR SPOILERS BELOW THE JUMP.

***LAST CHANCE: Seriously, leave this post now if you haven’t finished Mine Till MidnightThis is a post to discuss the entire book.***

  • Kleypas heroes are known for their quick wit and fondness for banter—what was one of your favorite quips of Cam's in Mine Till Midnight?
  • Amelia grew up taking care of her brother and sisters; did you relate to her need to put her siblings first or were you rooting for her to let go of some of that sense of responsibility?
  • We're introduced to the entire Hathaway family in this book—who is your favorite Hathaway?
  • Who do you prefer as a hero: a self-made man or a noble?
  • Did you feel any sympathy towards Leo throughout Mine Till Midnight?

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8 comments
Heather Waters
1. HeatherWaters
Love, love, LOVE the Hathaways! Even Leo, the rascal.

I have to say, Amelia may be my favorite heroine in the whole series because, as an oldest child myself, I relate so much to her need to (over)protect her siblings--even if Leo is technically older.
LisaKleypas
2. LisaKleypas
Thanks Heather :-D I'm an oldest child too, and that really does shape our personality! Since Amelia was always burdened with responsibility and worry, I loved giving her a dashing hero like Cam!
LisaKleypas
3. DL Jones
Yay....what a great book pick! This is my favorite Hathaway book. I admired Amelia's tireless support of her siblings, but thank goodness Cam swooped in to shake things up. Those kids would suck her soul dry, in a very loving way, if there wasn't someone there to protect Amelia from herself.

My favorite moments are the small ones....Cam snagging her bonnet ribbon or when he'd gently still her agitated foot tapping and call her Hummingbird...swoon. Oh.....or when she can't get his ring off her finger. His method of removing it....swoon X 2.

And Amelia is the strong woman Cam needed to finally be comfortable with staying in one place, being part of a family. Ok, with the Hathaways he got a family in the Costco size package, but he seemed to thrive when he was right in the middle of their chaos.

I also like this series because we're still seeing glimpses of our beloved Wallflowers. Sigh.....I love those ladies!
Umayma
4. Safaaa
Amelia was definitely my absolute favorite Hathaway. She was selfless, determined, mature and loving to her siblings despite the situations they found themselves in. I loved that she never whined but rather found a way to make the good out of a worst situation and finding love along the way.

Awww this book just makes me smile like crazy because of how much I adore it. I remember the scene with the ring mishap. Ahhh total swoon fest. Or how Cam calls Amelia Hummingbird (how adorable!!!)

With regards to the self-made vs noble, all I can say is I won't turn down being a Duchess any day! lol
Elizabeth Halliday
5. Ibbitts
What I liked:
~ This book was very well-written, well-paced and wasn't boring.
~ The banter between the characters was clever and enjoyable.
~ I loved the Hathaway ladies as well as most of the supporting cast. Quirky is one of my favorite things!
~ Speaking in your childhood and/or native language when your emotions are high is very sexy!

What I didn't like:
~ I don't care for "ton society" where classism runs rampant. The constant racist Rom remarks made me uncomfortable.
~ I don't appreciate any society where women were considered the property of their father, brother, husband ... and subject to their commands when the men are able to do virtually anything they want just because they have a title. When a woman is independent it is usually because she is 'allowed' to be so.
~ When a woman says no, it means "No" ... it doesn't mean, "Keep kissing and undressing me no matter how many times I say 'no' and eventually I'll become so aroused that the 'no' will turn into a 'yes'". If it does, then he's overbearing and she's incipid.
~ I am missing the sympathy gene where addition is concerned. Anyone who is insistant upon ruining their lives and the lives of anyone who cares for them by refusing to accept help for their dependence on alcohol and/or drugs disgusts me and I have no tolerance whatsoever for their 'disease'.

I rarely read Regency romance because many of the things I didn't care for in this book are present in most of the genre (as they were in the time period). I prefer books with strong, intelligent female and male characters and that's just not happening here. She pus up a bold front, but she's really a submissive. He talks a good game, but he's really a rake. Sorry. That being said, this Author obiously has a vast amount of talent and I will be checking to see if she writes in genres other than Regency.
Susan Hoger
6. suz5175
I liked the Hathaway women; Leo not so much. I pitted him, to an extent, but mostly I look forward to a spitfire upending his world
hfowler
7. hfowler
Book one of the Hathaway series by Lisa Kleypas came to me by the Heroes and Heartbreakers Book Club. I haven't read one of her books before so I wasn't sure what to expect. I enjoyed it, it was a refreshing take on historical romance with eccentric families and something I haven't seen in a lot of regency romance, gypsies, and their culture. I really liked reading something I haven't read before. The concept of a gypsy man who runs a London gambling house and a very independently willed woman who thinks it is up to her to take care of all of her family was enjoyable to watch unfold. They had chemistry from the moment they met and their relationship developed slowly. The added drama amongst the siblings added humor, tension, sadness, and emotional appeal. The whole family does hook you into their story and makes the reader want more from the Hathaway's. I definitely will have to pick up the other books in their series.
As part of the Heroes and Heartbreakers Book Club, they post questions to answer as part of the response to the book. Below are the questions and my answers:
Kleypas heroes are known for their quick wit and fondness for banter—what was one of your favorite quips of Cam's in Mine Till Midnight?One of my favorite quips was actually his first one when Amelia is at his club asking him for help to find her brother. When he informs her that her brother is at a brothel, Amelia intends to go there herself to get him. Cam insists on going with her and his response to her insistence that his additional help wasn't needed was "Obviously it will be to everyone's benefit for you to retrieve Ramsay and leave London as quickly as possible. I consider it my civic duty to hasten your departure" (Chapter 2). With that first example of their banter and chemistry set the stage for the whole book and it was funny.2. Amelia grew up taking care of her brother and sisters; did you relate to her need to put her siblings first or were you rooting for her to let go of some of that sense of responsibility?
I was definitely rooting for her to let go of some of that sense of responsibility. She meant well, and I agree that her family needed someone to lead and guide, but it shouldn't have to always be her and I really wanted to see her let loose. When she finally does, watching her family respond was fun to watch. Her sisters' responses were cute and funny, especially the youngest sister's response to seeing her sister breaking rules and acting out of character.3. We're introduced to the entire Hathaway family in this book—who is your favorite Hathaway?
This one is hard, but I think my favorite was Win. The sub plot between her and Merripen peaked my interest. I really want to read their story. Win comes across as quiet yet fierce in her own way. 4. Who do you prefer as a hero: a self-made man or a noble?
I think I like the noble because in order to be a hero the noble has to overcome how they were raised, that they are above most other people and that they can do about anything and get away with it. To be a hero the noble usually has to go against the grain, against other nobles to break the mold, to accept (usually) a woman who should be beneath their notice. Don't get me wrong, the self-made man can also make a good hero, especially when they can win and prove themselves to a noble woman and win their love.5. Did you feel any sympathy towards Leo throughout Mine Till Midnight?
Towards the end, I did become sympathetic towards Leo, but for a lot of the book how he behaved and then had the gall to judge Amelia's behavior did really annoy me. He had no right to judge her choices when he was the one bringing more shame and disappointment to the Hathaway family.
Laura Rogers
8. LRogers
I really liked this book. Amelia showed a lot of determination in the first scene, racing around London looking for Leo. It's a good thing that she got off on the right foot right away or I might not have liked her. She's worried about Leo. She's worried about her sisters. She's worried about where they all will live. She's worried, worried, worried. Luckily she is also clever and witty because she had martyr complex written all over her. That sort of thing is generally a huge turn off for me in a character, but Kleypas managed to pull off the overly responsible sibling without beating it to death, too much.
I also enjoyed the sibling intereaction throughout the book. It added an extra dimension to the characters and a window into their shared past. The way they related to each other was also genuine, like real siblings. They loved each other, but sometimes they got on each other's nerves and chafed at their assigned or assumed roles in the family. I found Leo to be a sympathetic character, if not a very strong one. The love of his life had died barely a year before, he had nearly died himself, and yet, everyone seemed to expect him to shrug, wipe the dust off his boots, and get on with life and managing the family. Nevermind that he had never anticipated inheriting the title and had not been trained how to handle it. This is not to say that I agree with his slow suicide by dissolute living either. I just think that his siblings, especially, could have been a bit more understanding with his grieving.
I liked Cam quite a bit as well. He was an interesting and unexpected character. It was nice to see the lead couple be something other than Lord So-and-So and/or Lady Whatshername and the governess/groom/companion/gardner of the week. I also liked the unsolved mystery involving Merripen. You just know that the identical tattoos have to mean something, but what? Are they related? Secret brothers? Cousins? And why a pooka? That sort of tidbit makes me want to pick up the next book in a series until I find out. So, I might just do that.
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