Spotlight & Giveaway: Marrying Winterborne by Lisa Kleypas

Posted July 6th, 2016 by in Blog, Spotlight / 223 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome author Lisa Kleypas to HJ!
Spotlight&Giveaway

Hi Lisa and welcome back to HJ! We’re so excited to chat with you about your new release, Marrying Winterborne!

 
Hello my friends!
 

Tell us about the book with this fun little challenge using the title of the book:

Marrying-WinterborneW is for Welshman (Rhys is my first hero from Wales)

I is for intense (a good word for the love scenes between Rhys and Helen!)

N is for neuralgic powder (medicine for Helen’s migraines)

T is for train (a lot happens at train stations in this book)

E is for engagement (which will happen only if Helen agrees to a scandalous proposition)

R is for Ravenels

B is for bustle (which, as Helen discovers, makes it very difficult to get in and out of hansom carriages)

O is for orchids (Helen’s hobby is caring for a collection of at least 200 of them)

R is for ring (Helen trades the diamond Rhys gave her for another kind of gemstone)

N is for newlyweds

E is for Evie (the heroine of Devil in Winter, who makes an appearance in the teaser at the end of this book!)

 

What’s your favorite line(s) from the book?:

To my surprise, Rhys turned out to have some pretty romantic lines in this novel, even though I had conceived of him as a not-very-romantic guy. I think it’s his Welsh heritage—they’re a very poetic people. Here’s one from him:

“Love me for who I am… just as I love you for who you are… and our bond will last until the stars lose their shining.”

I also loved writing dialogue for Lady Berwick, who is always trying to instruct the three Ravenel sisters and keep them in line. A couple of choice ones from her:

“There is no happiness for any individual, man or woman, who does not dwell within the broad zone of average.”

“A man is not entitled to be called a father merely because he once had a timely spasm of the loins.

 

Please tell us a little about the characters in your book. What first attracts your Hero to the Heroine and vice versa?

Rhys Winterborne is a self-made man, very much an outsider in society because he was born a Welsh grocer’s son. Even though he is insanely wealthy, he’s still looked down upon by the aristocracy. Helen, on the other hand, was raised as an earl’s daughter, and she and her sisters were kept in unusual seclusion at their country estate for most of their lives. So there’s a sharp contrast between his worldliness and her innocence. What I love about Helen is that it takes a lot of courage for her to break out of the constraints of the life she was born into. She grows so much during the story, and forces herself to take chances and experience new things.

Rhys and Helen actually met in the previous Ravenels novel, Cold Hearted Rake. The thing Rhys hates most is to be vulnerable in any way, and the first time they meet, he’s injured and helpless. Helen takes care of him with a mixture of patience and kindness that devastates him. They become briefly engaged, but there are some problems.

It’s clear at the beginning of Marrying Winterborne, when Helen asks Rhys to resume their engagement, that they know practically nothing about each other. They’ve both always been so guarded and cautious that they have to learn how to communicate directly and honestly. As a child, Helen was neglected, and as a result she has a hard time expressing her opinions and asserting herself. Rhys, on the other hand, has a big chip on his shoulder, and he’s certain that she disdains his common Welsh origins. So their relationship moves very, very fast for the first few chapters as they learn to trust each other. Of course, trust is a process, and it’s something they have to work on throughout the story.

 

When you sat down to start this book, what was the biggest challenge you faced? What were you most excited about?

One of the main challenges I faced with this book was in doing everything I could to get Rhys’s character right. The Welsh have such a unique culture and history that I had to research heavily to understand what a man from his place and time would be like. It’s one of the things I love about writing historicals, the chance to learn so many new things.

From the beginning, I was incredibly excited about being able to tell Rhys and Helen’s story. Even as minor characters in the previous book, they really caught my imagination. Sometimes there’s just this inexplicable chemistry that happens between two characters, and it’s nothing you can force. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that they come from such different backgrounds and cultures. Whatever the reason, it felt electrifying every time they were in a scene together. There was one in particular, where Rhys goes to find Helen in her orchid glasshouse, and my heart started pounding while I was writing. I had to laugh at myself, of course, but still, I was so absorbed in the story!

 

What, in your mind, makes this book stand out?

I think this story is a little different in that Rhys and Helen’s feelings for each other are pretty clear from the beginning of the book. They’re so mutually fascinated and passionate about each other that I found myself unwilling to force some kind of emotional distance between them. So their conflict stems more from external developments and their reactions to them. And since they’re still unsure of each other in many ways, and Helen’s self-esteem is very low, they don’t always make the right choices. But it was really a joy to write about a hero who is just so obviously all-out, wildly, openly in love with the heroine from the very first moment.

 

The First Kiss…

She blinked at him through a blur of tears, breathing in mortifying hiccups, like a child. In the next moment, he had hauled her firmly against him.

“Hush, now.” His voice dropped to a deeper octave, a brush of dark velvet against her ears. “Hush, bychan, little one, my dove. Nothing is worth your tears.”

“You are.”

Mr. Winterborne went very still. After a minute, one of his hands came to her jaw, his thumb erasing the wake of a teardrop. The cuffs of his shirt had been rolled up to his elbows, in the manner of carpenters or farm workers. His forearms were heavily muscled and hairy, his wrists thick. There was something astonishingly comforting about being wrapped in his sturdy embrace. A dry, pleasant scent clung to him, a crisp mingling of starched linen and clean male skin, and shaving soap.
She felt him angle her face upward with great care. His breath fanned against her cheek, carrying the scent of peppermint. Realizing what he intended, she closed her eyes, her stomach lifting as if the floor had just disappeared from beneath her feet.

There was a brush of heat against her upper lip, so soft that she could scarcely feel it. Another touch at the sensitive corner of her mouth, and then at her lower lip, finishing with the hint of a tug.

His free hand slid beneath the fall of her veil to clasp the tender nape of her neck. His mouth came to hers in another brief, silky caress. The pad of his thumb drew over her lower lip, rubbing the kiss into the tender surface. The abrasion of a callus heightened the sensation, stimulating her nerve endings. She was suddenly lightheaded; her lungs wouldn’t draw in enough air.

His lips returned to hers, and she strained upward, dying for him to kiss her harder, longer, the way he had in her dreams. Seeming to understand what she wanted, he coaxed her lips apart. Trembling, she opened to the glassy touch of his tongue, helplessly taking in the flavor of him, mint and heat and coolness, as he began to consume her with a slow hunger that unraveled runners of feeling all through her body. Her arms went around his neck, her hands sinking into his thick black hair, the locks curling slightly around her fingers. Yes, this was what she had needed, his mouth taking hers, while he held her as if he couldn’t draw her close enough, tight enough.

She had never imagined that a man would kiss her as if he were trying to breathe her in, as if kisses were words meant for poems, or honey to be gathered with his tongue. Clasping her head in his hands, he tipped it back and dragged his parted lips along the side of her neck, nuzzling and tasting the soft skin. She gasped as he found a sensitive place, her knees slackening until they could barely support her weight. He gripped her closer, his mouth returning hungrily to hers. There was no thought, no will, nothing but a sensuous tangle of darkness and desire, while Mr. Winterborne kissed her with such blind, ravening intensity that she could almost feel his soul calling into her.

And then he stopped. With startling abruptness, he tore his mouth free and pried her arms from his neck. A protest slipped from Helen’s throat as he set her aside with more force than was strictly necessary. Bewildered, she watched as Mr. Winterborne went to the window. Although he was recovering from the train accident with remarkable speed, he still walked with a faint limp. Keeping his back to her, he focused on the distant green oasis of Hyde Park. As he rested the side of his fist against the window frame, she saw that his hand was trembling.

Eventually he let out a ragged breath. “I shouldn’t have done that.”

 

If your book was optioned for a movie, what scene would you use for the audition of the main characters and why?

One corner of his mouth curled with contemptuous amusement. “Hedging your bets, are you?”

She stared at him in confusion. “Hedging my . . . ”

“You want to keep me on the hook,” he clarified, “until you’re sure about Trenear’s windfall.”

Helen was baffled and hurt by the scorn in his tone. “Why can’t you believe that I want to marry you for reasons other than money?”

“The only reason you accepted me was because you had no dowry.”

“That’s not true—”

He continued as if he hadn’t heard. “You need to marry one of your own kind, my lady. A man with pretty manners and a fine pedigree. He’ll know how to treat you. He’ll keep you in a country house, where you’ll tend your orchids and read your books—”

“That’s the opposite of what I need,” Helen burst out. It wasn’t at all like her to speak impetuously, but she was too desperate to care. Clearly he meant to send her away. How could she convince him that she genuinely wanted him?

“I’ve spent my entire life reading about the lives other people are having,” she continued. “My world has been . . . very small. No one believes I would thrive if I weren’t kept secluded and protected. Like a flower in a glasshouse. If I marry one of my kind, as you put it, no one will ever see me as I am. Only what I’m supposed to be.”

“Why do you think I would be any different?”

“Because you are.”

He gave her an arrested glance that reminded her of the gleam of light on a knife blade. After a peculiarly charged silence, he spoke brusquely. “You’ve known too few men. Go home, Helen. You’ll find someone during the Season, and then you’ll thank God, on your knees, that you didn’t marry me.”

 

If your hero had a sexy-times play list, what song(s) would have to be on it?

LOL . . . well, he’s really into Welsh folk songs, so probably something like “Blackbird Will You Go” (A Ei Di’r Deryn Du), or Song of the White Piper (Caniad y Gwyn Bibydd)

 

What do you want people to take away from reading this book?

My favorite kind of romance novel–and what I hope this book could be for some people–is a comfort read. One of those books you pick up when you want to remember how it made you feel the first time you read it.

 

What are you currently working on? What other releases do you have planned for 2016?

I’m working on Devil In Spring, the story of Lady Pandora Ravenel and Gabriel, Lord St. Vincent! Here’s an expanded version of the except I read during a recent Facebook Live. Pandora is determined never to marry–she wants to become an independent self-supporting woman. But then, she’s accidentally caught in a compromising situation with Lord St. Vincent, the most eligible bachelor in England. Pandora has made it clear that she doesn’t want a husband. And she’s not exactly Gabriel’s idea of the perfect wife, either . . .

“Look you,” Pandora told him in a businesslike tone, “marriage is not on the table.”

Look you? Gabriel was simultaneously amused and outraged. Was she really speaking to him as if he were an errand boy?

“I’ve never wanted to marry,” Pandora continued. “Anyone who knows me will tell you that. When I was little, I never liked the stories about princesses waiting to be rescued. I never wished on falling stars, or pulled the petals off daisies while reciting ‘he loves me, he loves me not.’ At my brother’s wedding, they handed out slivers of wedding cake to all the unmarried girls and said if we put it under our pillows, we would dream of our future husbands. I ate my cake instead. Every crumb. I’ve made plans for my life that don’t involve becoming anyone’s wife.”

“What plans?” Gabriel asked, inwardly baffled. How could a girl of her position, with her looks, make plans that didn’t include any possibility of marriage?

“That’s none of your business,” she told him smartly.

“Understood,” Gabriel assured her with exquisite politeness. “There’s just one thing I’d like to ask: What the bloody hell were you doing at the ball in the first place, if you don’t want to marry?”

“Because I thought it would be only slightly less boring than staying at home.”

“Anyone as opposed to marriage as you claim to be has no business taking part in the season.”

“Not every girl who attends a ball wants to be Cinderella.”

“If it’s grouse season,” Gabriel pointed out acidly, “and you’re keeping company with a flock of grouse on a grouse-moor, it’s a bit disingenuous to ask a sportsman to pretend you’re not a grouse.”

“Is that how men think of it? No wonder I hate balls.” Pandora looked scornful. “I’m so sorry for intruding on your happy hunting grounds.”

“I wasn’t wife-hunting,” he snapped. “I’m no more interested in marrying than you are.”

“Then why were you at the ball?”

“To see a fireworks display!”

After a brief, electric silence, Pandora dropped her head swiftly. He saw her shoulders tremble, and for an alarming moment, he thought she had begun to cry. But then he heard a delicate snorting, snickering sound, and he realized she was . . . laughing?

“Well,” she muttered, “it seems you succeeded.”

Before Gabriel even realized what he was doing, he reached out to lift her chin with his fingers. She struggled to hold back her amusement, but it slipped out nonetheless. Droll, sneaky laughter, punctuated with vole-like squeaks, while sparks danced in her blue eyes like shy emerging stars.

Damn it.

His annoyance drained away, displaced by a rampage of heat and delight. His heart began to thump with the force of his need to be alone with her. To be inside all that energy. Everything in him had just ignited like a bonfire of cotton sedge. He wanted her, wanted her, with all the reckless, self-indulgent desire he usually managed to keep contained. But it made no sense. He was a civilized man, an experienced one with sophisticated tastes, and she was . . . holy God, what was she?

He wished to hell he didn’t want to find out so badly.

Pandora’s amusement faded. Whatever she saw in his gaze caused a flush spread over her face in a soft scald of pink. Her skin turned hot beneath his fingertips.

Gabriel drew his hand back reluctantly. “I’m not your enemy,” he managed to say.

“You’re not my fiancé, either.”

“Not yet.”

“Not ever.”

Gabriel’s mouth twisted. “Tell me that again in a few days, and I might believe you. In the meantime—” He reached into his coat for another engraved card. “I’m going to give this to Lord Trenear.”

Deliberately, he gave a mocking glance, the kind that had never failed to drive his siblings mad . . . and he held the card in front of her.

As he’d guessed, Pandora couldn’t resist the silent challenge.

She grabbed for the card. Gabriel made it disappear, seemingly in midair, before she could touch it. As a boy, he’d learned sleight of hand from cardsharps during his visits to Jenner’s.

Pandora’s expression changed, her eyes widening. “How did you do that?”

Deftly Gabriel made the card reappear. “Learn to ask nicely,” he told her, “and I may show you someday.”

Her brows lowered. “Never mind. I’m not interested.”

But he knew it was a lie. The truth was in her eyes.

She was interested, no matter how she fought it.

And God help him . . . so was he.

 

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Excerpt from Marrying Winterborne:

A sharp gust blew across the platform from the open side of the railway shed, whipping the front of Helen’s half-cape apart. The button of a frog fastening had slipped free of a braided silk loop. Gripping the edges of the cape, Helen turned her back to the wind and fumbled with the loop. Her fingers were so cold they wouldn’t work properly.

A pair of young women, clutching valises and hatboxes, brushed by her in their haste to leave the platform, and Helen was bumped sideways. Taking an extra step or two to maintain her balance, she collided with a huge, solid form.

A shocked breath escaped her as she felt a pair of hands steady her.

“I beg your pardon, sir,” she gasped, “I—”

Helen found herself looking up into a pair of midnight eyes. A deep flutter went through her stomach, and her knees weakened.

“Rhys,” she whispered.

Wordlessly he reached for the fastening of her cape and hooked the silk loop around the button. He was smartly dressed in a beautiful black wool overcoat and a gray hat. But his civilized attire did nothing to soften the hard-edged tension of a dangerous mood.

“Why did you come?” she managed to ask, her pulse in her throat.

“Do you think I’d let you leave London without saying goodbye?”

“I didn’t expect—but I wanted—that is, I’m glad—” Flustered, she fell silent.

Sliding a hand to the center of her back, Rhys murmured, “Come with me.” He guided her toward a tall wooden barrier that had been set up to partially across the platform. The wall was plastered with advertisements and notices about alterations to train services.

“My lady!” Helen heard from behind her, and she stopped to glance over her shoulder.
The footman, Peter, stared at her distractedly as he tried to buffer the rest of the family from the onslaught of departing passengers. “My lady, the earl bade me to keep you all together.”

“I’ll look after her,” Rhys told him curtly.

“But sir—”

Kathleen, who had just noticed Rhys’s presence, interrupted the footman. “Allow them five minutes, Peter.” She sent Helen an imploring glance and held up five fingers to make certain she understood. Helen responded with a hasty nod.

Rhys pulled her to a sheltered corner created by the wooden barrier and a cast-iron support column. He turned his back to the crowd, concealing her from view.

“I had a devil of a time finding you.” His low voice undercut the din around them. “You’re at the wrong platform.”

“Cousin Devon has gone to find out where we should wait.”

An icy breeze teased a few white-blond wisps of hair loose from her coiffure and seemed to slip beneath the collar of her dress. She shivered violently, trying to huddle deeper into her cape.

“I can hear your teeth chattering,” Rhys said. “Come closer.”

With mingled dismay and longing, she saw that he was unfastening the front of his double-breasted coat. “I don’t think—there’s no need—”

Ignoring her protests, he pulled her against his body and wrapped the sides of the coat around her.

Helen closed her eyes as warmth and private darkness surrounded her, the thick wool muffling the busy clamor of their surroundings. She felt like a small woodland creature nestling in its burrow, hiding from dangers that lurked outside. He was large and strong and warm, and she couldn’t help relaxing into his embrace, her body recognizing his as a source of comfort.
“Better?” His voice was soft against her ear.

Helen nodded, her head on his chest. “Why didn’t you reply to my last letter?” she asked in a muffled voice.

The fine leather of his black-gloved fingers slid beneath her chin, nudging it upward. The mocking glint in his eyes was unmistakable. “Perhaps I didn’t like your question.”

“I was afraid—that is, I thought—”

“That I might have changed my mind? That I might not want you any longer?” His voice was edged with something that sent a prickle down the back of her neck. “Would you like proof of how I feel, cariad?”

Before she could reply, his mouth crushed over hers in a demonstration that was nothing less than scandalous. He didn’t care. He wanted her, and he intended for her to know it, feel it, taste it. Her hands inched up his shoulders and around his neck, clinging for balance as her knees gave way. The kiss went on in timeless suspension, his lips restless and searing, while his hand cradled her cheek in cool black leather. It wasn’t anger that drove him, she realized dazedly. He had come because he wanted reassurance. He was no more certain of her than she was of him.

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Book Info:

Savage ambition has brought common-born Rhys Winterborne vast wealth and success. In business and beyond, Rhys gets exactly what he wants. And from the moment he meets the shy, aristocratic Lady Helen Ravenel, he is determined to possess her.
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Meet the Author:

Lisa KleypasLisa Kleypas is a New York Times bestselling author of both historical and contemporary romance. Her thirty-nine novels and four novellas have been published in twenty-four languages and are bestsellers around the world. After graduating from Wellesley College with a political science degree, Lisa sold her first book and made a full-time career of writing the kinds of romances she has always loved to read. Lisa is living her own happily-ever-after in Washington State with her husband Greg and their two children.
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223 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Marrying Winterborne by Lisa Kleypas”

  1. Vicki Highley

    Every time I start a new book and it is part of a series it becomes my favorite. I just started Patricia Rice’s Unexpected Magic series and with the size of the Ives family, I think I will be quite happy.

  2. Mood Reader

    The Hathaways, of course!!!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE those characters and still re-read those books at least once a year!
    Also, the Travis family! Hardy is still my favorite of your heroes, Lisa! T

    hanks so much for sharing so much about your book with us! And for going back to writing historicals! I do love them best! 😀

  3. erinf1

    I’ve read so many… ummm.. I’m gonna go with any series by Nora Roberts 🙂 thanks for sharing!

  4. JenM

    A couple of my favorite historical family based series are Jennifer Ashley’s Mackenzies and Julia Quinn’s Bridgertons.

  5. Nicole Potter

    For historical, I really liked Tessa Dare’s Spindle Cove series and Sophie Jordan’s Forgotten Princesses series! I also really like Jenna Sutton’s Riley O’Brien & Co. contemporary series!

  6. Anita H.

    I also enjoy reading series about families and have so many favorites like Lisa Kleypas’ Hathaways and Sarah Morgan’s O’Neil Brothers series. Thank you for the chance to win this fabulous giveaway!

  7. ki pha

    Oh this was good! Can’t wait for Devil in Spring.
    The family I enjoy are the Cynster by Stephanie Laurens. It’s great she is currently writing and releasing the next generation of Cynsters.

  8. Kate Sparks

    Outlander series… I’ve been reading it since it was first published… But I do enjoy Stephanie Laurens’ Cynster Family and the Bridgertons by Julia Quinn and others…

  9. Tuesday C

    I love so many but some of my favorites are the Windhams (Grace Burrowes) and the MacKenzies (Jennifer Ashley)

  10. isisthe12th

    I can’t think of a family series I have read at the moment. Marrying Winterborne sounds excellent ♡ I would enjoy reading this book. Thank you

  11. Tanya Guthrie

    The Hathaway series by Lisa Kleypas. I think it is set after her Wallflower series witch is also excellent!

  12. Suzanne

    I think I love The Bridgerton’s, by Julia Quinn. The men are delicious, and the Ladies are fantastic women!

  13. Gale D. Sroelov

    I loved the Travis series (my introduction to Lisa!) and many of the others folks mentioned. Some series, even though they aren’t “family”, are always as close as one. I do enjoy Susan Mallery’s Fool’s Gold and Jill Shalvis’ (four?) series and follow authors because of ’em.

  14. Dawn DiPersio

    The Hathaways definitely! (I especially loved Devil in Winter) and the Hollands from the Blue Heron Series by Kristan Higgans.

  15. Shannon Carroway

    My favorite family-based series is definitely The Hathaways, by Lisa Kleypas. I don’t think there’s a character in that family (or among their significant others), whom I don’t love. (And thanks for the giveaway!)

  16. Archana

    I absolutely love the Hathaway family books. Not all the Walkflowers are related but also love those books too. Have read both series many many times.

  17. Miyko Harris-Parker

    It is a tie between the Lisa’s Wallflowers, Julia Quinn’s Bridgertons, Johanna Lindesy’s Mallory family and Stephanie Laurens’ Cynsters,

  18. Sue G.

    I loved The Chandler brother’s from Carly Phillips’ Bachelor series. I also loved the Sharpe family from Sabrina Jeffries’ Hellions of Hallstead series.

  19. Amy

    The Bridgertons, Essex, and Mallory families are my favorites so far. I have a very large to be read list that I’m slowly going through.

  20. Tatiana Sanchez

    My favorite series is the Bride Quartet series by Nora Roberts. I read those books back to back.

  21. Mel K.

    The ‘Bachelors of Battle Creek’ by Linda Brody. Also, Louis Erdritch’s series and Shirley Rousseau Murphy’s ‘Joe Grey’ mystery series.

  22. Shanice

    I’m going to sound like such a kissass *hangs head in shame* but I don’t read much romance besides Nora Roberts and Lisa Kleypas. My favourite family series is the Hathaways. They were so entertaining and lively. There was never any predicting what they would say or do and I loved that!

  23. diannekc

    All the books I read are my favorites at the time I’m reading them. The series that is one of my all time favorites is “The Tradd Street” series by Karen White. I really like the families in that series.

  24. beth hammann-belew

    I have so many favorites it’s hard to choose.
    Historical are my favorite by far, I love the Hathaway family & the Wallflower series.
    I also love Nora Roberts Chesapeake Bay Saga along with many of her other family series.

  25. Ginny Wexler

    Jane Porter Sheehan family series. Love historical’s too, but there are too many family series to even begin to mention.

  26. lemonamour

    Since I first read it my favourite series remains, The Wallflowers. And with my favourite couple, Sebastian and Evie’s son due to show up in next year’s Ravenels book, I’d have to say they will become my favourite family series. Until then it’s a tie between Julia Quinn’s Bridgertons and Stephanie Laurens’ Cynsters.

  27. Vicki

    The Cabot Sisters by Julia London. I also like Linda Lael Miller’s the McKettrick series although it’s set in the old west

  28. Debbie K

    I LOVE series with family ties. — the Hathaways, the Cynsters, the Mallory’s, the Travis’s, Nora Roberts Bride quartet is not family by blood , but sisters none the less. The Renard-Buchanan’s ( Julie Garwood)

  29. Jan Goodard

    I read a lot but my favorites are Lynn Kurland and Hannah Howell. I will preorder their books as soon as available.

  30. Quinn

    Lisa’s Hathaway series is my favorite family series for sure! But I also like her Wallflowers series, and I consider those women to be family as well!! 🙂

  31. Rebecca Booth

    I love reading romance series from many authors, they make me feel as if I know them personally!

  32. Amanda Jones

    I love so many series, but I would have to say the Love by Numbers series by Sarah Maclean is my favorite at this time.

  33. Chanpreet

    My favorite related family series are the Hathaway and Travis families. I love reading stories about families. It allows me to stay in touch with past characters as well.

  34. Tahne Timmons

    The Hathaway family series has been my favorite. Well unless you consider the Wallflowers a family.

  35. Jolanda

    I can’t choose! The Carsington Brothers (Loretta Chase), the Hathaways (Lisa Kleypas), and the Mallorens (Jo Beverley). Or the MacKade Brothers, Concannon Sisters or Donovan Legacy (Nora Roberts), Forever in a Day (Diana Duncan), Notorious O’Neills (Molly O’Keefe), Wilder Adventures (Jill Shalvis), and the Kowalski Family (Shannon Stacey).

  36. Melody S

    Easy. The Hathaway series. Love the Hathaways so much. The Wallflowers come in very close second. Big fan of Lisa’s work obviously. 😉

  37. Beth Miller

    I read so many series, because I prefer them. There would be no way I could name just one as my favorite.

  38. April Neal

    Oh I love them so much. My first was the Cynsters, then the Bridgertons, the Hathaway, MacAlpin families and so many more. Just started on the Frobisher family.

  39. sandy haber

    The cynsters, the Fool’s Gold people, grace burrowes’ gang, now the Ravenels.I’m sure there are more!

  40. Tina R

    I have a few, but my favorite contemporary series is the Friday Harbor series by Lisa Kleypas. And my two most favorite family series in historical romance are the Sherbrooke Series by Catherine Coulter and the Effingtons by Victoria Alexander.

  41. Kathryn Riley

    My current favorite is the American Wilderness Series by Dorothy Wylie. She writes a great story!

  42. Ellen C.

    I read both historical and contemporary. Lisa’s Friday Harbor series is one of my favorites. Nora Roberts’ Chesapeake Bay is another. Historical, my favorite is probably the Cynsters. (I have a lot of favorites, but these are the ones that come to mind first.) Looking forward to reading Marrying Winterborne.

  43. ruth

    I love reading Marrying Winterborne as it shows that people still love people for who they are. Can’t wait for the next book.

  44. eawells

    I have many so here are a couple that come to mind; Janelle Denison’s Wilde family, Kristan Higgans’ Heron Bay series, and Jill Shalvis’ Cedar Ridge series & Animal Magnetism family.

  45. Nancy Luebke

    The latest one I’ve gotten into is the Snow Valley Series. Spring in Snow Valley set, Christmas in Snow Valley and more.These sets are by various authors but they all have the Snow Valley setting.

  46. mairuazamalby

    I read a lot and I love family series like Johanna Lindsey’s Malorys, Mary Balough’s Bedwyns, Julia Quinn’s Bridgertons, Lisa Kleypas’ Hathaways and Travises, Bella Andre’s Sullivans, Sherryl Woods’ O’Briens of Chesapeake Shores, Linda Howard’s Mackenzies, Julie Garwood’s and about half of Nora Roberts’ books (Calhouns, MacGregors, Cordinas, O’Hurleys, Stanilaskis, Donovans, Gallaghers, Montgomerys, O’Dwyers, Quinns of Chesapeake Bay, etc.).

  47. Julie-ann Ford

    I have many favorites but at the top of my list is the Cynsters by Stephanie Laurens and the Mallorys by Johanna Lindsey. Thank you for the chance.

  48. Angie G.

    I’m a big fan of Lisa’s historical & contemporary series…Travis family, Wallflowers, etc. Thanks! ☺

  49. Mindy

    The Hathaways by Lisa Kleypas
    The Cynsters by Stephanie Laurens and
    The Walkers by Nicole Edwards.
    Best families, all amazing stories!

  50. Diana Munk

    One of my favorite family series is the Hathaways but I also like the Bridgertons by Julia Quinn.

  51. Christy Beckham

    I love any romance novels…I loved Lisa’s Hathaway series, especially Married by Morning…I also like Jill Shalvis Animal Magnetism series and Lucky Harbor series. I love Lisa’s contemporary books as well…Brown eyed girl…because I’m one, too 🙂

  52. Katina Fragakis

    I have wholeheartedly enjoyed two family series: Johanna Lindsey’s Malory- Andersons and Stephanie Laurens’ Cynsters. I have read each one and have listened to audiobooks of as many as were available from our library.

  53. Sharlene Wegner

    Jennifer Ashley’s Mackenzies! For contemporary, I love Marie Harte’s McCauley Brothers. Not entering, as I have the books & have read the both twice already!

  54. Sandy Pochapin

    This is not exactly what you are looking for I’m sure, and please don’t laugh, but my favorite “historical” family series is the Betsy-Tacy books by Maud Hart Lovelace.

  55. Linda Ortiz

    I love the Wallflower series……I am barely discovering different romance authors. But, I truly Love Lisa’s books!!

  56. Catherine White

    I prefer Historical romances. I think its because I am such a fan of Jane Austin. If its set in the Regency era, I will buy it.

  57. Diane Sallans

    I love series about families! One of my favorite historical family series is Jennifer Ashley’s Mackenzie family.

  58. Heidi Stahl

    My favorite series is The Wicked Woodleys by Jess Michaels, but my all time FAVORITE book and the one i have read over and over that i dont even know how many times i have read it is Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas!

  59. Brenda Pratt

    I love the Bowman and the Travis family by Lisa Kleypas, the Abbots and the Gansett Island Group by Marie Force, Stephanie Laurens’ Cynsters, Sullivan family by Bella Andre…

  60. Joni

    The Wallflowers is a kind of family series of Kindred sisters and it’s my fave historical. For contemporary, I really got into Gena Showalter’s new series; including The Closer You Come, The Hotter You Are, etc.

  61. Caisey

    The MacKenzies, the Wallflowers, the Malory’s, are at the top for me but there are so many more too.

  62. Ninfa

    A Lady Forsaken Series by Christina McKnight
    Ladies and Scoundrels by Amanda Mariel
    Both are Historical

  63. Kim

    For historicals, it would be the Hathaways. For contemporary books, it’s the With Me series by Kristen Proby and the Addicted and Callaway Sisters series by Krista & Becca Ritchie.

  64. BookLady

    The Cynster series by Stephanie Laurens and the Bridgerton series by Julia Quinn are my favorites.

  65. Melanie Rudolph

    My introduction to Lisa Klaypas was the Hathaway series and they continue to be my favorite thus far. She is my favorite By far my favorite historical romance author!

  66. Chitra

    My favorite has been Lisa Kleypas, Julia Quinn, Julie Garwood, Judith McNaught, Johanna Lindsay and Stephanie Laurens. I absolutely adore historicals and it’s my favorite genre. I always believe I was born in wrong era.

  67. Michiyo R

    I like several family series e.g the Bridgerton family by Julia Quinn, the Malory-Anderson family by Johanna Lindsey, the Windhams by Grace Burrowes and the Mallorens by Jo Beverley.

  68. JoAnne Weiss

    So many families I love
    your Hathaway series along with Johanna Lyndsay’s Mallery’s
    Susan Mallery – Fool’s Gold series – too many families to mention but also her Marcelli family
    Sherryl Woods O’Brien’s but also her Sweet Magnolia series families
    Susan Wiggs Bellamy’s in the Lakeshore Chronicles but many of her other families too
    and the list goes on and on and on!

  69. Tara Schneider

    Lisa Kleypas’ Historical Series/Family: The Hathaways! or Jude Deveraux’s Montgomery Family!

  70. Virginia C

    So many wonderful series in both genres!!! To choose just one, I will pick the “Thunder Point” series by Robyn Carr

  71. Patricia B.

    The Drake Sisters series by Christine Feehan, the Highlander series by Janet Chapman as well as a few of her others. There are many more have enjoyed.

  72. AmandaS

    One of my absolute favourite family series is the MacGregors series by Nora Roberts. It deals with three generations finding love in their own books (Plus there’s one or two historical stories in there too).

  73. Tin Ong

    I love Mary Balogh’s Huxtables and Bedwyns. I loved Lisa Kleypas’s Hathaways. I’m also a fan of Lauren Royal’s Chase Family.

  74. Karen

    There are many… The Hathaways, Tessa Dare’s Spindle Cove Series, The Brothers Sinister by Courtney Milan, Regan Walkers Medieval Warriors Series. Just to name a few.

  75. Jamie

    I love so many, but I would probably have to say the Malory-Anderson series by Johanna Lindsey is my favorite.

  76. michele gardner

    I love them all. I started reading romance on you, Christina Dodd, Stephanie Laurens, Sabrina Jefferies, Cathy Maxwell. The list goes on. I love family books in series. My favd.

  77. Earlene Gillespie

    The Bridgertons, Mallorens, but there are so many others that I love, too many to list here. 🙂

  78. joytoread

    Loved the Cynster’s, & The Bridgerton’s , but it doesn’t have The Byrons of Braebourne by Tracy Anne Warren just love Historical Romance series 🙂

  79. Meredith w.

    Hi Lovelies!! I adore the hathaway series but I loved reading about the marsdens and Marcus in Lilly’s Book. Excited to read more about Gabriel and the ravenels. I genuinely hope Lisa does a spin off for more of evie n Sebastian’s children, I already know I’ll love them 🙂

  80. Fe

    My favorite contemporary sagas are Ms Kleypas’ Travis Family Series & Nora Roberts’ Chesapeake Bay Saga starring the Quinn Brothers. My favorite historical sagas are Mary Balogh’s Slightly Series about the Bedwyn Siblings & Ms Kleypas’ The Hathaways.

  81. Hannah

    My favorite contemporary series is the Travis Family Series by Lisa Kleypas. Historical: I have to go with The Bridgertons by Julia Quinn.

  82. erahime

    There are some wonderful family-based romance series. For sure, one of my fave is LK’s Hathaway series. 🙂

  83. K Davis

    Of course, my favorite family group is the Hathaway, and all their extras. But, my favorite series was the Wallflower series.

  84. Isabella Pinto

    Oh! It’s hard to choose a favorite Family but i love do much The Hathaways by Lisa ❤ and The Bridgertones by Julia ❤

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