Review: Mine Till Midnight (The Hathaways, #1) by Lisa Kleypas

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Review: Mine Till Midnight (The Hathaways, #1) by Lisa KleypasMine Till Midnight (The Hathaways #1) by Lisa Kleypas
Published by St. Martin's Press on October 7, 2008
Genres: Adult Fiction, Historical, Romance
Format: eBook (384 pages)
Source: Library
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When an unexpected inheritance elevates her family to the ranks of the aristocracy, Amelia Hathaway discovers that tending to her younger sisters and wayward brother was easy compared to navigating the intricacies of the ton. Even more challenging: the attraction she feels for the tall, dark, and dangerously handsome Cam Rohan.

Wealthy beyond most men’s dreams, Cam has tired of society’s petty restrictions and longs to return to his “uncivilized” Gypsy roots. When the delectable Amelia appeals to him for help, he intends to offer only friendship—but intentions are no match for the desire that blindsides them both. But can a man who spurns tradition be tempted into that most time-honored arrangement: marriage? Life in London society is about to get a whole lot hotter...

two-stars

Proceed With Caution:

This book contains mentions of death, grief, attempted suicide, racism, and bees.

The Basics:

Mine Till Midnight is the tale of Cam Rohan, a half-Irish half-Romany man with exceedingly good luck with money, and Amelia Hathaway, whose family seems to be cursed at every turn. The two become neighbors and of course fall in love over a course of unfortunate events.

My Thoughts:

I’m very disappointed in Mine Till Midnight. It’s been on my radar for a decade and I’m just now getting to it. Perhaps I would have liked it more back then or maybe not, since it does have some major flaws that are hard to overlook. It’s not all bad though. I actually enjoyed everything except for Cam and Amelia, which actually is a bad thing since this is suppose to be their romance.

Mine Till Midnight got off on the wrong track when it spends several pages describing the Romany men as uncivilized, wild, exotic, barbaric, hedonistic, etc. Like…okay, we get it, they’re not like you! But don’t worry, the Hathaways don’t think of them this way. It’s just society! I still could have done without all of that. And it’s repeated throughout the book, and we’re always gently reminded that Amelia and her siblings don’t think this way. Whatever.

The romance was just unpleasant. There’s no chemistry between Cam and Amelia. He just decided one day that he wants her and he kisses her and disappears. Then they sleep together once, and he essentially tricks her into saying she’ll marry him despite her saying she doesn’t wish to wed. From there he continues to be overbearing and ignores her saying no repeatedly. But of course she’s not really saying no. She’s just saying no to the circumstances not to the act! Whatever. No. And it doesn’t help that there are zero descriptions of her having pleasure, just him. Gross.

I did enjoy the side characters in Mine Till Midnight. I’m excited to get Win and Kev’s story next, although I do hope it’s not riddled with more racism toward the Roma. Beatrix is probably my favorite of the siblings since she’s struggling with a particular problem that I’ve never read about before!

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3 responses to “Review: Mine Till Midnight (The Hathaways, #1) by Lisa Kleypas

  1. The description of society’s reaction to Romany men might be accurate, but it sounds like it didn’t need to be given so much page time. It sounds like it came across very cringey even if the author might have had good intentions with it.

    • I really don’t think she was meaning any harm, but just kept rehashing the same racist points over and over. It didn’t add anything to the story other than making sure we know that the Hathaways are “different.”

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