Editorial Reviews. About the Author. After Graduation from Wellesley College with a political Only With Your Love (Vallerands Book 2) – Kindle edition by Lisa Kleypas. Romance Kindle eBooks @ Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Kleypas has given Only in Your Arms , her first title Book 1 of 2 in Vallerands (2 Book Series). Only with Your Love (Vallerands, book 2) by Lisa Kleypas – book cover, description, publication history.

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Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Fleeing an impending marriage with a man she loathes, Lysette Kersaint is nevertheless forced to marry someone equally unappealing–notorious master duelist Maximilien Vallerand–who awakens her desires in surprising new ways.

Paperbackpages. Published April 1st by Avon Books first published January 1st Maximilien VallerandLysette Kersaint. LouisianaUnited States. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Only in Your Armsplease sign up.

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Only With Your Love (Vallerands, #2) by Lisa Kleypas (4 star ratings)

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. May 19, Ms. Lisa Kleypas is one of my all time favorite historical romance authors, most notably for her Gamblers of Craven’s and Wallflower series. It’s not because of their historical accuracy, as some of her klegpas seem more like modern heroines dressed in regency garb. But rather, the general feeling of giddiness they cause, making me anxiously root for the heroes to find themselves in each others’ bed s ASAP.

Of course, everyone has to start out somewhereand generally not that well. After klrypas Lisa Kleypas is one of my all time favorite historical romance authors, most notably vlalerand her Gamblers of Craven’s and Wallflower series. After plowing through the books listed here on GR, it was inevitable that I stumble on oleypas of her older works.

According to vallerwnd description blurb, this has been rewritten, but I still wouldn’t call it “memorable enough” valleeand even entertaining enough. Unlike the above-mentioned novels, ” When Strangers Marry ” will not immortalize our heroes frolicking around in the romantic English countryside, but it does give them a decent amount of prancing within the “exotic” New Orleans’ Creoles’ society. While the English and New York citizens of the female persuasion may find themselves in possession of a modicum of freedom, even if mostly for show, New Orleans has a law against such frivolities.

Probably more than one. Starting with their father or stepfather, as is the case and continuing with their husband, even highborn women can never really hope to become more than glorified slaves. Before you despair, remember that this is still Lisa Kleypas’ brand of universe, so our lovely heroine is obviously quite the little rebel. And as any self respecting protagonist, she manages to instantly vallsrand her way into the arms of a hero, who is of course besotted enough to feel considerable reluctance in wanting to curb such “exuberance”.

Since I’m mostly character-driven in my enjoyment of these romances, their little shortcomings just kept adding klepas, making for one exasperated reader moi! Bonus points, for her lack of soul, due to having sold it to the evil underdog of the devil. Then there is the awkward world building, that has everyone valleranv their bulldog speaking French. And what better way to show this, than occasionally peppering dialogues with random French words like: Oui, mon marid’accord, bien-aime Rinse and repeat ad-nauseam until even the laziest reader finally picks them up.


If you’re one of those fans, who prefer their bodice-ripping with a bit more substance I don’t know what to say about this book. Honestly, it annoyed me more than anything. I found the hero, Max, to be sexy and refreshing since he wasn’t constantly ordering his new bride around, but he could also be dismissive and secretive.

Overall, I understood his fear and reluctance with Lysette, but both characters suffered what I like to call Kleypasitis A lot of misunderstandings and miscommunications and deceit and manipulation and just I couldn’t help but n I don’t know what to say about this book. I couldn’t help but note the parallels between this story and Daphne du Maurier’s Rebeccawhich itself is an homage to Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyrebut Bronte and du Maurier were both superior writers and were much more capable of pulling off the tortured love-unfulfilled longing-intrigue trifecta than Ms.

Clearly, Kleypas tried, but failed to elicit from me any real interest or love for this story. I’ve read a lot of Kleypas’ work lately, and I’m noticing a rather unappealing trait that is common among all of her heroines; their portrayal as strong and independent masks an almost bitter undercurrent of insecurity and misplaced pride.

Any woman truly capable of strength and independence is also capable of recognizing the need to occasionally lean on others, to swallow her pride and ask for help, to communicate with those around her to gain a better understanding of her situation. Kleypas’ heroines, on the other hand, are often volatile, unbending, and tempestuous. They remind me not of capable, intelligent women, but of spoiled, terrified children. It’s a very depressing realization, as I truly enjoy Ms. Kleypas’ writing in spite of her tendency to write truly irritating and insulting females.

Lysette escapes her gross fiance and ends up Max’s place. Max wants desperately to destroy Lysette’s fiance, so clearly ruining Lysette is the answer.

Lysette winning everyone over with her perfection. Solving the mystery of who killed Max’s first wife, kind of. I really enjoyed the fact that Max and Lysette actually seem Lysette escapes her gross fiance and ends up Max’s place.

I really enjoyed the fact that Max and Lysette actually seem to like one another! There’s this whole subplotty bit about how Lysette is not going to have sex with Max until she gets to know him better.

So that’s a thing. ,isa est super intelligente: Ouiiiii, elle rayonne de bon sex!

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View all 3 comments. Reading the story, I didn’t feel like I connected with the characters like I usually do in Kleypas’ other works.

This is actually a rewrite of one of her earlier books and it doesn’t seem to lkeypas like her other series. There were actually times I found myself quickly scanning through parts I felt were drawn out and boring mostly the political scenes.

While I enjoyed MAx’s character I found myself disliking Lysette, and it’s hard to root for a romance when that’s the case. I easily recommend Kleypas’ to read, but I think if you skipped this one it wouldn’t be much of a loss. I usually love Lisa Kleypas, but this book did nothing for me.


For me personally, there was no interesting dynamic between the main characters. I just didn’t care. This book is one of her early novels, so Kleypas probably hadn’t hit her writing stride.

In my opinion, stay away from this one and enjoy the superior story lines of other Kleypas’ novels. These stories do feel dated. Later Lisa Kleypas stories are so much more refreshing. Kleypas is definitely formulaic and overrated. Con dos estrellas estoy siendo generosa. More reviews available at my blog, Beauty and the Bookworm. I’m a big Lisa Kleypas fan. She’s one of my favorite authors, and The Devil in Winter, one of her Wallflowers books, is one of my favorite historical romance books in general.

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She has a very extensive back catalog that I haven’t read a ton of, and when I saw that When Strangers Marry is actually the first book she kleypass for Avon, published way back in In I was still a couple of years away from being able to read at all, and pr More reviews available at my blog, Beauty and the Bookworm.

In ,leypas was still a couple of years away from being able to read at all, and probably a decade and a half from having an vvallerand for historical romance novels! Kleypas has valerand a lot since then, and is still going strong, so I thought this would be a fun one to read and see how her style has changed over the years.

Let me put it this way: This was a book that I ended up skimming a lot of because the writing just wasn’t engaging. I ended up putting it down for large chunks of time because I was–gasp! The story is about Lysette, a young woman from France who is engaged to a man in New Orleans who she doesn’t want to marry. She runs away to avoid the marriage and gets lost in the liwa.

Two boys, Justin and Philippe, find her and bring her to their father, Max, who has a grudge against Lysette’s fiance. To get back at the fiance, Max decides to compromise Lysette and steal her for himself.

The two like each other well enough and there you have it. That’s like the first third of the book. The rest of the book is filled pisa with sex and not particularly engaging sex; I Kleypas’ writing has really evolved since this book came out in all areas, but particularly in the “steamy scenes” areaa flimsy mystery plot surrounding the death of Max’s first wife, and a weird political side plot about the Burr Conspiracy.

I have no idea why that last one was included at all. Lysette and Max liked each other for the majority of the book, which is something that you don’t see a ton of in romance. There’s a reason for that: Which leaves you with a couple of hundred pages to fill after that. And while they liked each other, I didn’t really feel any chemistry between them. Their dynamics were very weird, with Max klepas how outspoken Lysette was and how she challenged him, but still being extremely dismissive of her opinions and feelings.