Title: Love in the Afternoon (The 5'th Hathaway Series)
Author: Lisa Kleypas
Genre: Historical Romance
As a lover of animals and nature, Beatrix Hathaway has always been more comfortable outdoors than in the ballroom. Even though she participated in the London season in the past, the classic beauty and free-spirited Beatrix has never been swept away or seriously courted…and she has resigned herself to the fate of never finding love. Has the time come for the most unconventional of the Hathaway sisters to settle for an ordinary man—just to avoid spinsterhood?
Captain Christopher Phelan is a handsome, daring soldier who plans to marry Beatrix’s friend, the vivacious flirt Prudence Mercer, when he returns from fighting abroad. But, as he explains in his letters to Pru, life on the battlefield has darkened his soul—and it’s becoming clear that Christopher won’t come back as the same man. When Beatrix learns of Pru’s disappointment, she decides to help by concocting Pru’s letters to Christopher for her. Soon the correspondence between Beatrix and Christopher develops into something fulfilling and deep…and when Christopher comes home, he’s determined to claim the woman he loves. What began as Beatrix’s innocent deception has resulted in the agony of unfulfilled love—and a passion that can’t be denied…
I don't usually read any historical romance book. I don't ever recall reading a historical romance. Love in the Afternoon was a gift from a friend, and I thought that I should give it a try to this genre. Lisa Kleypas' Love in the Afternoon was a page turner. I'm surprised that I finished this one within one day. It has a few light and funny with some hot and sexy moments.
I like the main character, Beatrix. She's brave, kind heart and witty. Christoper, not so much. I didn't fell in love with the hero at all. He was... ordinary, I guess.
I love how Lisa Kleypas grabbed the readers with the letter in the beginning. I enjoyed the book. The first half was amazing, the second half, not so much and the ending could have been better. I just thought that the part with Christopher and his problem was a bit short and abrupt. But I still enjoyed reading them.