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A prim, well-bred gentlewoman, Sara Fielding is a writer who puts pen to paper to create dreams. But now curiosity is luring her from the shelter of her country cottage into the dangerous world of Derek Craven – handsome, tough, and tenacious – and the most exciting man Sara has ever met.Derek rose from poverty to become the wealthy lord of London's most exclusive gamblingA prim, well-bred gentlewoman, Sara Fielding is a writer who puts pen to paper to create dreams. But now curiosity is luring her from the shelter of her country cottage into the dangerous world of Derek Craven – handsome, tough, and tenacious – and the most exciting man Sara has ever met.Derek rose from poverty to become the wealthy lord of London's most exclusive gambling house. And now duty demands that he allow Sara Fielding to enter his perilous realm of ever-shifting fortunes – with her impeccable manners and her infuriating innocence. But there is a hidden strength and sensuality to the lady that captivates him beyond his better judgment. And in this world, where danger lurks behind every shadow, even a proper “mouse” can be transformed into a breathtaking enchantress – and a cynical gambler can be shaken to his core by the power of passion and the promise of love.©1994 Lisa Kleypas (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, IncLength: 11 hours, 42 minutes...

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dreaming of you Reviews

  • Kristen
    2019-03-22 13:05

    Quick review finally completed 10/31/13 FANTASTIC!!! HUGE 5 Stars!Dreaming of You is one of the most beautifully told love stories I've read. It's full of vibrant and flawed characters that will touch your heart like few other characters will. There's nothing new I can say about this slightly heartbreaking yet wonderfully heartwarming story that hasn't already been said other than Derek Craven and Sara Feilding and their love story is why I read romance. It doesn't get better than this!

  • Shawna
    2019-04-05 09:59

    5++ stars – Historical/Regency RomanceThis is such a beautiful, heartrending love story that I savored like the finest Vosges chocolate! And it’s no wonder why this is such a sentimental, LK fan favorite...Derek Craven...*dreamy sigh*.Author Sara Fielding wants to observe the workings of London’s underground gaming halls for her latest novel, including the most famous gambling club of all, Craven’s, and the notorious man who runs it. Derek Craven, the sexy, cynical, hardened cockney son of a prostitute, grew up on the rough streets of London and learned to make his way in the dangerous rookeries by any means necessary, eventually accumulating vast wealth and power by running a popular, thriving gaming club. Derek has erected strong defenses and adopted a detached, cool, blasé façade to hide his emotions, protect his heart, and conceal his longing for the things in life he doesn’t think he deserves and can never have: honor, respect, trust, friendship, love, and family. Of course, he never counted on an innocent, brave, inquisitive, genuine, mousy, and tenderhearted spinster like Sara Fielding shaking up his life and tearing down his walls of self-protection.Derek Craven is such an endearing, diamond in the rough hero because he’s a tortured soul and deeply flawed, yet he has a huge, albeit tarnished, heart of gold and such vast potential for love; and when he falls for Sara, he falls hard and forever. The way he cherishes and protects Sara like the world’s greatest treasure is incredibly sweet and romantic. Dreaming of You is a poignant, passionate story about the invincible power of love that tugs the heartstrings and that stays with you a long time after it’s over. Verrry big 5 stars!

  • Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness
    2019-04-18 12:46

    5 I-so-marrying-Derek-in-my-next-life stars ! ♥ This book was a BLOODY AMAZING READ !! I can't believe I just struck gold in a mine full of books,so unintentionally....She felt him tremble with the force of his need. He spoke just beneath her ear, his voice thick with tormented pleasure. "You have to leave, Sara ... because I want to hold you like this until your skin melts into mine. I want you in my bed, the smell of you on my sheets, your hair spread across my pillow. I want to take your innocence. God! I want to ruin you for anyone else.”My thoughts:Amazing story-line ? Alpha-male hero ? Endearing heroine ? Its a Check To all three,ladies ! This book really has it all ! Fast paced and emotionally charged,Dreaming of youmanages to stay original and fresh to the very last page.Derek & Sara.. *sign* It was love at first-word for me with these two. I adored them from the very first page.Even though they were eccentric and so different from each-other.Together they were just two perfect pieces of thepuzzle.“I didn't want to give you the one last part of myself that I couldn't take back. And then you were gone... And I realized it was already yours. It had been since the beginning. Except that I hadn't told you. It drove me mad, the thought that you would never know.” Would I recommend the book ? HELL YES ! Its over 9 hours and I'm STILL face-palming myself for leaving this lying on my TBR for so long ! Lol.. Don't be another me :PWill I be continuing the series ?If there is a book 3..Then sure.

  • Daniella
    2019-03-25 13:48

    Did my 5th re-read of this book yesterday. I used to love it--really, I did.But things changed. My views have changed, and I can't let the fact that Derek shagged that housewench as a sub for Sara go. It felt unclean for me, and was so downright disrespectful to women in general. No woman should be used for her body like that. Enough.And this delineation between pure, naive Sara and the unclean OTHER women? Yeah, that can go to hell. I'm sick of that shit.

  •  Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
    2019-04-01 09:42

    This book is a beautiful love story. Derek Craven is a self-made man who is not interested in love, and certainly not with a sheltered provincial spinster like Sara. But when he falls for her, he falls hard. The beauty of this story is how deeply Derek comes to love Sara. Some of the things he says to her, and the way he shows his love move d me intensely when I read it, and still do, though it has been years since I read this book. And Sara is worthy of his love. She might be rather plain and certainly unfashionable, but she has a great mind and a beautiful heart. Derek is not a perfect guy. He's not smooth or urbane. He doesn't speak well because he grew up in the stews of London, but he's one of my all time favorite heroes, and certainly my favorite Lisa Kleypas hero. He earned this because of the fact that this man was so utterly affected by love for Sara, and how he cherishes her. And also due to the fact that he pulled himself up from the gutter and made something of himself. I love those kinds of heroes/heroines. This book is in my top 10 of romances easily.Rachel Weisz as Sara Fielding[image error]Gerard Butler as Derek Craven[image error]

  • Chantal ❤️
    2019-03-20 10:39

    I read this book long ago when it first came out. It was one of my fav as the tortured hero goes he was the best. However, I must say looking back on it now I can see that it was an ok read but it also had some questionable moments like when he first sees her and does not help her out but she saves his life. He is a street rat and does not know any other way to be but basic. The fact that he does not have sex with her when she throws herself at him says how hard he was trying to do right by her. He really does think he can never have her as she is too good and pure and he is who he is. So he sends her away and eventually sleeps with another woman who looks like her and calling the heroines name the whole time. This poor woman goes to visit the heroine to ask her to come back and tells her all about what he had done and how he is behaving.I loved his struggle with his feelings and her emotional and sexual awakening.This was a great story and the characters came alive off the pages for me. Very enjoyable. The masked ball was one of my favorite when he discovers that she is the girl under the mask that he is trying to seduce. That was hot!!!This book is not for everyone and I am glad the author glosses over some of the finer details in history so I could enjoy this book.

  • Jasbell76
    2019-03-19 17:39

    ALERT! ALERT! Cheating hero!Hero was not celibate during the separation. I will avoid this book since I had a BAD experience with the last book I read by Kleypas:Forever My LoveForever My Love? Oh, really?I don't know if people can understand this but, I CONSIDER that a hero is a cheater when AFTER he MEETS the heroine and HAS SEX with her, and maybe he started to feel "something" for her, he dumps her and sleeps with other woman/women. This separation was not for YEARS!I like my heros being celibate during the separation, PERIOD!

  • Mo
    2019-04-14 17:40

    Liked this one. I always like a tortured hero ... and Derek Craven really is tortured. He feels that because of his upbringing he is unworthy of love, especially the love of a sweet person.Separately they had different strengths. Together they were complete.Loved catching up with Lily and Alex again. I loved the first book.Derek fights his attraction to Sara. She is not even his "type": a country maiden from a small village. He is used to the flirtatious ladies of the ton. He was so far from the gallant knights in her romantic fantasies ... He was tarnished, scarred, imperfect.Derek's breath touched Sara's throat in unsteady urges. "Sometimes," he whispered, "I'm so close to you ... and I'm still not close enough. I want to share your breath ... every beat of your heart."He cradled her head in both his hands, his mouth hot on her neck. "Sometimes," he murmured, "I want to punish you a little.""Why?""For making me want you until I ache with it. For the way I wake at night just to watch you sleeping." His face was intense and passionate above her, his green eyes sharp in their brightness. "I want you more each time I'm with you. It's a fever that never leaves me. I can't be alone without wondering where you are, when I can have you again." His lips possessed hers in a kiss that was both savage and tender, and she opened to him eagerly.

  • Marisa Sauco
    2019-03-31 09:37

    MARAVILLOSA. ❤️Moví cielo y tierra para encontrar los libros de esta serie principalmente para conocer al famoso «Derek Craven», por lo cual mis expectativas estaban por las nubes. Bueno, ahora sí puedo decir que Dereck es uno de los personajes más complejos y mejores logrados de esta autora. Todo lo bueno (y lo malo) que se diga de él lo tiene absolutamente merecido. Peeeeeeero, debo confesar que el personaje de Sara me FASCINÓ. Y no solo por cómo logra «reformar» a nuestro descarriado Derek, sino por ella en sí misma. Tiene la dosis justa entre entre bondad, valentía, inocencia y astucia, que la hacen adorable. «No puedes cambiar la verdad. (…) Te quiero —Sara sintió que un ligero estremecimiento recorría el cuerpo de Derek—. Te quiero —repitió—. No nos mientas a los dos fingiendo que me dejas por mi bien. Lo único que harás será negarnos a los dos la oportunidad de ser felices. Puede que yo suspire por ti día y noche, pero al menos mi conciencia estará limpia. Yo no te he ocultado nada ni por miedo, ni por orgullo, ni por testarudez. (…) Por una vez, ten fuerzas para no irte —susurró—. Quédate conmigo. Deja que te ame, Derek». ❤Una DELICIA.

  • Alice Kellen
    2019-04-10 10:39

    Me ha enganchado tanto que llevaba el libro en el bolso a todas partes. Sara es genial, pero Derek... Derek es uno de esos protagonistas masculinos que se quedan en el recuerdo; complejo, oscuro y tentador. Aunque no es una novela corta, cuando termina casi te deja con ganas de seguir conociéndolo más, porque tiene innumerables capas y una gran historia detrás. Muy recomendable.

  • SanO
    2019-03-19 15:50

    6++++ StarsHOLY HISTORICAL HOTNESS. Derek Craven's got to be thee finest piece of historical a** that was ever written!! Need any more reason to read this?? Didn't think so- 'nuff said.Derek grew up in the gutters. He is now the richest man in London as the owner of Craven's, a renowned gaming hell. His upbringing has left him extremely guarded and cynical. Sara Fielding is a young writer from the country who visits the casino for research on her latest book, but what she finds is one *irresistible* man who doesn't want to give her the time of day.This is one of those books that once you read, you never forget. The lust, the love, the way everything unfolds is perfect. Beautifully strong hero and heroine. You honestly can't lose with this book. It is book 2 of the Gambler series, but can be read as a standalone book. This, along with Kleypas' "Again the Magic," are my all-time favorite books period. I have re-read this many times and it's still a solid, satisfying read each time. *Originally read in 2011 and many times since then**Updated review*

  • Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
    2019-04-04 12:43

    5+++ STARS!!!MARRY ME, MR. CRAVEN!!!I don’t think it’s possible for me to talk about this book without excessive gushing! I’ve heard great things about Derek Craven, about how he’s Kleypas’ favourite hero that she’s ever written and now I understand why! Derek is the most haunted, the most broken out of all the heroes she has written. And I thought Kev from the Hathaways was intense! Derek easily stole my heart inThen Came You and he broke it inDreaming of You!And then there’s Sara Rose Fieldings whom I just adore as well! As an author, she’s quiet and observant, always perceptive about the world around her, especially of Derek. She is able to see past the gritty exterior that Derek has protected himself with and see him not as a poor, abandoned Cockney chimney boy and whore, but a man of intelligence and strong will. This has easily become one of my new favourite books! Kleypas has me laughing out loud at some parts and my heart breaking in others. I just love the fact that Kleypas is able to create such vividly real characters with a soul. Derek Craven has definitely topped my list of favourite LK heroes along with Kev Merripen from the Hathaways, Sebastian St. Vincent from the Wallflowers and McKenna! I just can’t believe I didn’t read this sooner!Bottom line? If you haven’t read anything by Kleypas before, get out of that hole you’ve been living in and start with the first book in the Gambler series, Then Came You or start with the Wallflowers prequel, Again the Magic! You won’t be disappointed!Favourite Quote:He met her gaze defiantly, his jaw set. A small muscle twitched in his cheek. Then she understood. “Are you having problems with your sight, Mr. Craven?” she asked softly. “Or is it your heart?”

  • Crista
    2019-03-21 16:57

    I read this book at least once a year, and have been doing so for the past 5 years. There really are not enough words for this love story. Each time I read it, I think that I've romanticized it in my mind, and each time I am left with the same amazed, giddy, and warm-fuzzies that I experienced that last time I read it. If you are a romance fan...this is an absolute MUST READ. DEREK CRAVEN is a name that you'll take with you to the grave! This man is so positively unforgettable that I struggle to capture his character to it's fullest. After 5 readings, I still am left with a further understanding of him....and he is absolutely endearing (to say the least). Derek is a self-made man. He has worked his way from the lowest forms of humanity to become one of the wealthiest and most successful men in England. He is also a man filled with shame. He is afraid of love, desertion, and relationships that could cause him pain. Sara is incredible. She is honest and forthright. Seeing Derek for who he is, not excusing his past behavior, but understanding why he is how he is. She sneaks past all his defenses and as hard as he tries to stay away from her.....he can't. She expects nothing of him, yet FOR HER, he becomes all she could dream of...AND MORE. His love for her is so compelling and believable that it literally takes my breath away. I can not say enough about this book....I read it again yesterday and am still smiling today. Perfect. Thank you Lisa.

  • Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
    2019-04-02 12:48

    Miss Sara Fielding, a celebrated but reclusive author, is researching her new book about gambling in the seedier parts of London a long way from her sedate live in the country. When she saves a man from being attacked she is astounded to realize that it is none other than the owner of the renowned gaming hall Mr Derek Craven. In repayment for saving his life he lets the spinsterish but adventurous Miss Fielding into his club for her research; however, the little “mouse” seems to be getting under his skin, cracking the wall he has carefully erected over his emotions and heart.Lisa Kleypas is a very talented writer and this book is one of her best, in fact it is one of the best romances historical or otherwise that I have read. And what makes it so good is Derek Craven, a truly brilliantly well rounded character, you get a glimpse of him in Then Came You but in this book he is outstanding; a truly unforgettable hero. He is a dark and complex character and the more you learn and understand about him and glimpse beneath his cold and mocking exterior you start to fall head over heels in love with him. He has a chequered past, which I won’t reveal any of as I don’t want to spoil it, because of this he doesn’t think he is good enough for Sara; with this mixture of danger and vulnerability I challenge any woman not to fall instantly in love with him!Sara is another prime example of Ms Klepas's skill at creating unforgettable and well rounded character. She wasn’t the typical blushing country maiden and I found her charming, her naiveté despite having written a rather worldly book and her good nature made her the kind of person you wish you knew and were friends with. She is definitely one of my favourite heroines. The romance between Derek and Sara was intense, Derek is a man of extremes and when he loves, he love violently and it is coveyed fantastically well on the page. It kept me riveted to the page and Derek and Sara have remained one of my favourite of her couples. Also if you are a fan of the Wallflower Quartet you get a glimpse of Ivo Jenner, Evie’s father, I love how her books all connect together.Anyone with a love for dark, tormented and dangerously complicated heroes as well as those who like wallflower/bluestocking stories (if you love both, you are in luck!) this should make it on your must-read-right-now list, but I recommend that anyone who is a fan of romance give this a try.Sara on Love"Don't you understand how much even one day of loving each other is worth? Some people are searated by distances that can never cross. All they can do is dream about each other for a lifetime, never having what they want most. How foolish, how wasteful to havr love within your reach and not take it!"Derek on LoveThere was also the occasional bite of resentment when he realized she had become the source of all pleasure to him, all comfort and peace. She was the first human being he had ever needed. He had lost his freedom in a way he had never imagined possible, bound more securely by her love than by a mile's length of iron chains

  • Danielle
    2019-03-26 11:40

    A tortured soul meets a specktacled author.This was a really great one by Lisa Kleypas.Derek was a street-rat on the English streets. He did all kinds of things to survive - most of them lying, cheating, stealing. He worked his way to the top by sleeping with rich, blue-blooded women who funded his club and he became one of the richest men in England. He carries around his past like a hard weight and he doesn't feel he deserves much. And when Sara, the spinster author, saves him one night, he knows for sure that he doesn't deserve her. Oh my lanta, did I love Derek. When he gets angry his cockney accent comes out, and I just wanted to swoon, but then I remembered that we don't do that these days. He's rough. He's gruff. He wants what he wants when he wants it. He doesn't apologize. And he's just down-right dirty. He's the man who would bring a knife to a fist fight.There was so much push and pull in this book. It was flooded with the "I want her so bad, but I don't deserve her" and I loved it! Push/pull is my pal. There was so much conflict, and seeing Derek fall for Sara was the sweetest thing I have ever seen. The ending was just perfect, and I need an ex street-rat in my life now. But that might be hard to find in Iowa amongst all the farmers. Damn. I loved this one. A must read by Lisa Kleypas.

  • Pepa
    2019-03-25 16:40

    Me ha gustado mucho. Pero menos que el primero, por el que siento debilidadImposible leerlos por separado para ver la evolución del personaje de Dereck CravenMe han gustado los dos, pero el que más (contracorriente) SAra. Por esa bondad, esa valentía y ese romper moldes de mujer independiente que es un pequeño homenaje a las escritoras de a épocaEs una novela lleva de simbolismos, una historia muy bonita con unos personajes que atrapan,Lectura imprescindible, aunque yo me quedo con Lily y Alex

  • Rane
    2019-04-19 16:58

    This was such a beautiful story that had me reading it in about one sitting!You met Derek Craven in The Came You as a gambling club owner with a dark past who had to claw his way up to the top and do everything in his power to stay there. When he’s suddenly attacked he’s saved by a well-known author Sara Fielding. After finding out who Derek is, Sara asks in the name of research for her next book to view his gambling club but, when sparks fly between them Derek and Sara they both face obstacles as they fall in love with each other. Derek and Sara are as different as day and night, while Derek is left jaded and cold from his past, Sara is very innocent but the sensual level between them sizzles at each meeting. Both have different strengths in each other but together they become stronger and complete. Derek is complete at times, but hides and runs away from Sara as he starts to fall in love with her, Sara shows a great strength as she opens her heart to Derek knowing he may not love her, still willing to take a risk and take a chance on love. It was great to re-visit Lily and Alex as they (mostly Lily) give a push to get Derek and Sara together. While being friends that stand besides the couple in any situation. The villain was a b**** no, really she was, but I found great enjoyment when she was finally stopped by none other the Sara herself. I didn’t care for the middle of the book over the mommy’s boy Perry and was glad when Sara finally put her foot down and went with Derek.Overall: Beautiful story of two lonely people finally find the family, friendship and love, they have always wanted , better then any dream

  • Susana
    2019-04-09 15:49

    Looking at my friend's ratings it is clear that I am once again the black sheep.The thing is, despite loving the Wallflower and the Hathaway series to bits, I tend to have some problems with Lisa Kleypas older books _apparently this was written back in 2003 o_O _, they feel very soap operish to me, and I'm sick and tired of idiotic heroines always placing themselves in dangerous situations, so that the hero can save them!That's what happened here: Sarah is supposed to be an intelligent woman but she's always getting herself into big messes!As for Derek, I wasn't crazy about him in the first book in this series, although he does redeem himself in this one. Also unlike Sarah, he has some serious background that explains why he acts the way he does.In the end this was a fast read, but not a memorable one.

  • Roksana
    2019-04-07 14:02

    WARNING/Spoilers/SWEARING********************************Romance or not Cheating/Infidelity should never be taken so lightly... its never ok to sleep with someone whose already married and his/her deniability of it by using excuses from their past habits!This did not seem to bother other readers, but it did bothered me and even the characters in the book seem accepting for not addressing Derek's pervasive and distasteful lifestyle of sexual indulgences throughout the entire book and I do not wish to read in explicit details about him having sexual encounter with his mistress... its very disturbing and distasteful and definitely takes away all the credibility for him to be a real man with any redeeming qualities... he is a selfish man who sought empty, meaningless pleasures of the flesh without thought for anyone or anything but his own gratification... by sleeping with married, immoral and heartless woman that led but could have also led to many more tragedies...First and foremost Derek is a character that some readers may find difficult to connect to, and sadly I am one of them. I acknowledged his tragic past, however, the problem I have encountered with his aspect is that he justifies his actions often irresponsible ones by his past experiences and to me this is not good for his character growth. For me a real "Hero" is a character that progresses systematically throughout the story and demonstrate the redeeming qualities that makes the reader... "accept and forgive" his wrongdoing, so there is a balance. I found the social judgement on the married woman who had an affair with the hero very unjust one, as every character in this book was disgusted with his ex mistress, but not really about him having sex with her whilst she had marital status and add he is committing to adultery fully without remorse. In those moments, I questioned the author for not allowing the characters to confront Derek for being so brainless by indulging with someone's wife when this woman caused so much pain and trouble because he ever so suddenly got tired of her and rejected her?????? Not only that soon after the dumped woman nearly killed Derek, but insulted Derek's friend and her daughter in her own house and then she planed on hurting the heroine Sara by arranging someone raping her in Derek's friend's house????? I was disappointed at this turn of events, as no one really confronted Derek about him causing all this... He was the responsible one of all the damage caused by his former mistress because he started this by sleeping with her at the first place. He even did not apologize to his friends for causing all the distress...I wish the author could have challenged the hero by allowing his friend's to "finally" question his choice of affairs with women, for example..."You really need to put yourself together and start thinking with your head and not with your lower parts because you actions are affecting other peoples life and we don't want to be expose to this brutality"His friend did mentioned something at the beginning of the book, but it was very little confrontation and the hero called Lilly a "BI**T"... not very appealing to call his friend that was always for him in such a way. The heroine was nearly raped by the heroes ex mistress, but in the next moment was defending him by justifying him by putting the blame on his ex mistress and not on him. But the fact of the matter is, that it takes two to do that in my humble opinion he was liable in the same level as his former mistress for all the damages caused. Its true that some of these traits add hints of realism to the novel, but this book is a romance novel, hence its design to inspire fantasy and a feeling of enjoyment, I felt none of this. WHY could the hero just talk to his ex mistress instead humiliating her? What did he expect that after he left her like garbage she would just forget about him? he new what the woman was capable of, Yet he could not behave like a "man" "A real man would have a real conversation with her" and explaining his refusal to be with her in a decent way at least with some level of respect as he could make it at the time. THAT would have been good for his character growth. Instead of doing the right thing, the author gave him the easy way out, by making the "other woman" an evil b***h, so that he would look more a "hero" compare to her actions by wanting revenge etcetera...I was really not charmed with Derek's cold and disrespectful attitude towards women...He was a rake I gather but he did not have to treat them like trash...I understand he had no choice over his tragic upbringing, but he definitely had a choice after becoming reach and he did not need to sleep with married women so that left a bad taste in my mouth and I had dislike for him. I also understand that this is a romance, but thinking of all the married women he slept with makes me feel immoral...WHAT ABOUT ALL THOSE FAMILIES OF THOSE MARRIED WOMEN AND THEIR CHILDREN? I WOULD RATHER WANT TO READ ABOUT HIM TRYING WIN HEROINE OVER...For me the magic that holds that special sparks that makes the romance cherished went down the drain in here! A true love is about learning to see the beauty in another person (the other significant) regardless of their faults and Sara was willing to accept him with his past, but he chose to be alone and sleep with other women...A special relationship is also about transforming a normal relationship into a deeper one without further interest in others and I could not find that here!

  • Krista (I remember you, Min) (Critical)
    2019-04-07 17:58

    Okay, I'd like to start off this review by saying that if Lily were alive in this day and age, this would be her fave T-shirt:She invades this book with her sexist bitchiness, always blabbing on about how men are "useless creatures" and "easy to manage" etc... It's a wonder she actually decided to marry a man, what with the way she loathes them. Moving on from Lily.So, Derek. He is my man. I love his guts. Seriously. Lily claimed he was a heartless, uncaring man, when, obviously, he was not. Lily's problem is that she thinks she's God and prances about trying to control everyone's lives while giggling about how men are like pets blah blah blah. Wow, I thought I was talking about Derek! So. What I like about him is that he actually acts like a man, and not just a woman's version of a man. He's imperfect, and I love him all the more for it. On top of that, he's not afraid to nigh-on strangle a woman to death just because she's a woman. I mean, come one, the lady was a psychotic, murderous bitch and he deserved to defend himself! And underneath all that sexy swagger, he was adorably vulnerable. About Sara. I like her. Truly I do. HOWEVER, I'd like to point out that she is an enormous hypocrite. She goes off for weeks and makes out with a near-stranger, despite being in a relationship with another man. I consider this cheating, whether they were married or not. Then she goes back to her home town and gets pissy with her man because he's the typical pompous a-hole that all the potential-but-not-meant-to-be-husbands are in romance novels. Then she agrees to marry him, despite the fact that she is in love with someone else and had cheated on him numerous times. Now, would Sara have been mad if she found out Perry had been trading spit with another woman? Um, yes. But, you know, it's okay for her to cheat, because she's a woman, and women are exempt from all blame, as they are all innocent angels, and because her potential-but-not-meant-to-husband is a bit pompous and rude.This is how I picture Sara:Now, don't get me wrong. I found Sara to be a likable heroine, because she's kind, accepting, understanding, and sweet. Unlike Lily, she seems to like men, and she's actually nice to Derek, whereas Lily wants to keep her husband, Alex, as a pet. Poor Alex, having to be in love with that witch. Plus, Sara shot a man to save Derek's life, which is badass, for a country girl!An aspect of this book that I really liked was that, for once, it was the hero who had the stalker! NOT THE HEROINE!!!! This was me when I found this out:Yeah?I'd just like to complain about the fact that I once read for an entire hour without the hero showing up, and, frankly, I grew bored of Sara, since she is boring. I do like her, but...I'm generally more interested in the man, and this was very much Sara's story, despite the fact that Derek was the interesting character. However, Lisa Kleypas is fond of her heroines, so...I was forced to muddle through. Derek's "rejection" of Sara got old after a time, because the whole "I'm not good enough for my heroine" is beyond old. Also, it took waaay too long for Sara and Derek to get together--and I don't mean sex. I just mean...they never really had a relationship. However, once they did get together, it was beautiful to watch. Oh, and Sara actually had nice, likable parents! It's a miracle!!! I was so glad that they FINALLY gave into their love for each other, and I was actually treated to a couple hours of lovely love! Yes, it took too long, but at least when it came, it didn't vanish.Also, two scenes in this book were taken up by various people attempting to rape Sara. Both times, Derek beats the culprits to a pulp. This is what happened when SpongeBob and Patrick glanced at Sara the wrong way:Poor lads! But that's what you get for coming in between Derek and his wummun. Kleypas has lots of different insulting names for men, my favorite being "bucks," since she gets her giggles off degrading men. There were quite a number of bucks attending the balls, and I must say, I'm shocked! How could they allow bucks into the ballroom? Haven't they heard of Lyme Disease? Guess not.^ See that fella up there? He and his buds tried to steal Sara from Derek, but he wasn't having any of that. Poor guys became a hat-hanger. Tears, people. Tears. But for real, I didn't hate this book. It was just a bit slow and boring and not up to par with, well, anything. I was a big fan of the ending, when Derek finally admitted his love for Sara. It was actually really beautiful, and I thoroughly, completely believed him. As an added bouns, we got to see him interacting with his baby girl in the epilogue, which was adorable, because he proved Sara wrong (she'd thought he'd be sort of an aloof father). Also, Kleypas has a thing for heroines named "Lily." She loves them, I hate them. They're always ee--vi--all bee--atch--ezz.

  • Sharon
    2019-04-01 10:58

    I'm a suckerrrr for regency romance books. It's always just the right amount of cheesy.-----------Not a perfect book, but it was mesmerizing at times. Lisa Kleypas’ characters always fill me with such strong emotions, whether they are positive or negative. This book is not one of my favorites out of all of her books, but there is definitely something charming and intriguing about Derek Craven and his world of gambling, drinking, and other vices. He is an interesting figure for sure. I also love that his love interest of all people is an innocent, kind country girl/famous author. She, Sara, writes fiction about serious issues, hoping for social reforms and public empathy. I think that is pretty damn awesome. She is practically impossible to hate, and I love that she has won the hearts of all the servants, card dealers, and prostitutes at Derek’s gaming club. And together, they’re rather sweet. My complaint is that it can be slow. Kleypas is great at slow, meaningful buildup, but in this case, I got frustrated and annoyed. To be fair, I understand why Derek is hesitant – he doesn’t think himself worthy of her – but like, it’s all basically bullshit. It was such a relief when things finally started moving forward. When it does, they're insanely cute.In addition, I love the sense of harmony and community in this book, with the workers at Derek’s club. They all seem to respect and love him and Sara. We also get to see the couple from the previous book who are adorable and content and meddlesome (mainly Lily is the one meddling). Then, we have Ivo Jenner, who is the father of Evie from Devil in Winter (Wallflowers #3), and he has flaws, but he is pretty cool and entertaining too. It is also nice to see that Sara has such great family support. Her parents are supportive and funny - I like them.Another con would be that I hate the villain. I mean, obviously, but I hate that she is the type of villain that she is. A man-hungry, no self-respect woman who sees all women as competitors and still wants a guy even though he doesn’t want her anymore. And she’s just a crazy, petty woman. I just hate petty, man-obsessed female villains like this in books.Overall, I am giving Dreaming of You 2.5 stars. I like it. It’s not my favorite, but it is entertaining and meaningful. The slowness and petty villain (and if you go to my spoilers section at the bottom of the review at "Love triangle? Cheating? Angst level?") detracted my enjoyment a bit though (I might have otherwise given it 3-4 stars depending). I think if these same things could bother you, a better book by the same author (and is one of my favs) that has similar relationship dynamics, but is faster without the additional drama would be: Worth Any Price (Bow Street Runners #3) However, don't be afraid to try out this book despite the cons that I have listed. It's still a good book within an intriguing setting.Things that you might want to know (WARNING: Spoilers below)Is there a happy/satisfying ending? (view spoiler)[Yep, meaningful, sweet ending. With cute epilogue. (hide spoiler)]Love triangle? Cheating? Angst level? (view spoiler)[Sara is pretty much engaged to a guy she has known for a long time since the beginning of the book (Perry). And then she meets Derek and things change… However, there is a portion of the book where she genuinely entertains the idea that she loves and wants to marry Perry. So yes, it’s a love triangle technically, even though it’s obvious whom she wants more.Because she is promised to another at the beginning of the book, but kisses, gropes, and almost has sex with another guy during that time, there is cheating. She is cheating on the “other guy” for the main guy in the book.And there is something to note, and I have to say that this bothered me greatly, and affected my opinion of the book, no matter how much I wished it weren’t like this. When Sara goes back to the countryside after meeting and spending time with Derek, and was presumed to be getting married to Percy, Derek goes crazy missing her. He gets all cranky and is always drinking. And on one weak night, he goes to one of his club’s prostitutes who has some of the same basic physical characteristics as Sara, and he asks her to let him pretend that she’s Sara. And they have sex, with him pretending that she’s Sara. It’s weird… I mean not too hard to believe. But weird and also kinda pisses me off. Even though Sara is technically thought to be getting married to another, it still feels like a betrayal of sorts. (And to be fair, the prostitute is super nice, a total sweetie, and a friend of Sara, so I don’t blame her. And she is the one who told Sara upfront, so Sara would go to Derek.)Otherwise, he is truly in love with her and faithful to her only.High angst. (hide spoiler)]Tears-worthy? (view spoiler)[Yep, some emotional scenes. (hide spoiler)]Humor? (view spoiler)[Some. (hide spoiler)]Favorite scene? (view spoiler)[The ending is pretty damn sweet and emotional. (hide spoiler)]What age level would be appropriate? (view spoiler)[Mature audience. There are explicit details on sex, mentions of prostitution, almost-rape scenes, etc.(hide spoiler)]

  • Jo
    2019-04-12 16:50

    "You have to leave, Sara ... because I want to hold you like this until your skin melts into mine. I want you in my bed, the smell of you on my sheets, your hair spread across my pillow. I want to take your innocence. God! I want to ruin you for anyone else." Lisa Kleypas is my favorite HR author. I just love her books. And Dreaming of You was great. It reminded me of Devil in Winter, probably because of the whole gambling house, and Derek thinking he wasn’t good enough for Sara. Derek reminded me a lot of Sebastian, both with sordid pasts, unable to believe in the love of a good woman, unable to think they deserve to be happy, unable to show their feelings, their love. There’s just something about a broken hero that gets me every time. And Derek was very broken. So broken that he thought himself undeserving of pure and innocent Sara. There were many wonderful moments between Sara and Derek, but I must admit there were parts that I didn’t enjoy. Derek was just too obstinate, too unwilling to give into what he was feeling for Sara, and Sara had to work too hard in convincing Derek to give them a chance. (view spoiler)[ I also did not like that the slept with one of the prostitutes in his care after he and Sara parted ways, pretending she was Sara because they looked very alike. Yes, I know it was because he missed her, and was driving himself and everyone around him crazy with his longing for her, but I still wish the author had not gone that route. (hide spoiler)] But I still enjoyed their romance. The chemistry between Derek and Sara was so intense, you could feel their longing for each other. It was beautiful. And I just loved the wonderful ending. Pure Lisa Kleypas greatness!I also enjoyed all the facets that was revealed about running a gaming house.A very enjoyable HR. If you have not read Lisa Kleypas yet, you are missing out. Her historical romances are just wonderful and a must read for all who loves this genre.

  • Beatriz
    2019-04-05 10:41

    Segunda entrega de la serie “Jugadores” en que precisamente el protagonista es uno de los personajes secundarios que destacó en el primer libro, y que siempre fue caracterizado por una personalidad extremadamente compleja. Por lo mismo, la gracia de esta historia está en que por fin conoce a la persona capaz de quebrar todos los muros que había construido para protegerse. Ese proceso está tan bien desarrollado por la autora que es imposible parar de leer. Lisa Kleypas definitivamente siempre sorprende con personajes originales e historias inmensamente emotivas, que además acompaña con una buena dosis de intrigas y escenas íntimas que encajan perfectamente. Muy recomendable.

  • Tammy Walton Grant
    2019-04-16 11:45

    This is going to be another review where I apologize to every GR friend who loves this book. I'm sorry guys, I just didn't. I tried - I really did!I didn't connect with either Derek or Sara, I didn't care for the story, and found myself skipping the love scenes. SKIPPING THE LOVE SCENES, folks. (That doesn't happen very often, I'm a bit of a dirty girl.)The whole book was meh for me, and frankly some parts made me uncomfortable. I dunno what it was, but it was like my brain shied away as soon as the mushy-gushy stuff started happening. This has been the third Lisa Kleypas I've read in the past month. The more I read (especially this one) the more she reminds me of Judith McNaught. The caveat is: McNaught's writing is lusher, with more historical detail, with more angst in her stories and emotional depth in her characters. Of course, I say angst, someone else says overwrought and OTT; tomato, tomahto, lol. This story felt forced to me, shallow and contrived at times. I didn't feel like Derek Craven could carry a book on his own, and Sara - well, she bored the shit out of me. I found it to be soooooooo romantic and sweet that it was cloying and almost OTT. It reminded me of when I was little and used to make up love stories for my Barbie and Ken dolls.(Just so you know, I haven't forgotten my comparison to McNaught. She, too, could be accused of being OTT romantic, especially with her Heroes and the impassioned declarations of love they make in her books, but for some reason she works for me, where Kleypas just didn't with this one.)I had just read Then Came You, where we are introduced to Derek Craven because of his friendship with Lily Lawson. The Craven we meet in that book was interesting, if very rough around the edges. The Derek Craven we meet in his own book, although it starts out well enough (right down to his cut-with-a-knife Cockney accent) it all went downhill for me after the first couple of chapters.And through the whole book, I continually asked myself this question: What the hell happened to his accent?2 stars.

  • Celeste
    2019-04-14 12:48

    WOW! I loved Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas! I would even go so far as to say it rivals my affections for Devil in Winter,(my all time fav LK book) - no easy feat for sure!There are many trials and ups and downs Derek and Sara face throught the book; it is non-stop action from the very beginning. They have got the sweetest relationship. The chemistry between them was electrifying and I couldn't get enough of them! I was actually sad for the book to end! Very good romantic read.And once again I start a series out of order! I now have to go back and read about Lily and Alex after meeting them in Dreaming of You I am anxious to read their story!

  • MaDoReader
    2019-04-10 15:50

    Bueno, por fin he tenido el placer de conocer a Derek Craven ^^Con todo lo que había oído hablar de él, creo que llevaba hecha otra idea y aunque me ha gustado mucho, siento que Sara le ha robado el protagonismo, he visto el libro muy centrado en ella, y yo quería (ansiaba) más Mr. Craven.Por lo demás, qué decir que no se haya dicho ya, hay muchas reseñas maravillosas en GR, simplemente que os recomiendo su lectura, yo al menos lo he disfrutado.Por cierto Elsa, sí, la segunda parte del libro es la mejor ;)

  • Zoe
    2019-03-26 10:02

    I have reread this book many times since my youth but the most recent reread made me take this book down a peg. I had loved Derek Craven as a character and he alone made the book great for me. I have always thought that his fascination for Sara Fielding came out of nowhere. But Derek was such a compelling character. And what girl doesn't like the idea of a bad boy changing for love? The story itself is the typical bad boy gets redemption through his relationship with the good girl. I reread this book this week for maybe the 100th time. I don't know what happened. I developed a severe disliking for Sara Fielding. Being the person that I am today, Sara Fielding seemed compulsive and immature. I don't know why Derek fell in love with her. What was it about her that was so special? I don't understand. I sure as hell don't like her. And that made it difficult for me to imagine that a man like Derek would be head over heels for her. This is one of those sad moments when you realize that as a reader you have grown out of one of your old favorites. As a young girl, or even young woman, I had only eyes for Derek. But now the woman matters to me, if not more than the male lead. I need to like the female character to love a book. And I didn't like Sara Fielding. She seemed plain and all she seemed to have was her glasses and books. As a character she paled in comparison to Derek. And somehow to me Derek lost part of his allure for being so in love with Sara, if that made sense at all. I still think Lisa Kleypas a great writer. And I like this book well enough. I just don't love this book anymore, much to my regret.

  • SheReadsALot
    2019-03-21 17:38

    My fave Lisa Kleypas of all time!Derek Craven forever!RATED ALL THE DAMN STARS IN THE SKY! YOU HAVE ANY? I'M TAKING THOSE FOR THIS BOOK!

  • Yolanda
    2019-04-03 10:41

    Maravilloso, nunca me cansaré de leerlo, NUNCAAAAAAA

  • Linda
    2019-03-27 11:37

    *Sigh.* I guess I am one of the last of my GR friends to read this story. Just about everyone rated it, though the number of stars are across the board. If I tackled this historical romance when it was first published in 1994, I would have given it five stars. I wasn’t as fussy back then. But now? From the first chapter of Dreaming of You, it was necessary to sacrifice realism and logic for the sake of enjoyment. Chapter One: Miss Sara Fielding was a writer gathering research for her third book. She was prowling the dark streets of London without a companion/chaperone. ’The area was crawling with beggars, prostitutes, swindlers and thieves.’ And Derek Craven, our anti-hero, who said to himself, she would be raped or robbed, even beaten or left for dead. But then he wasn’t a gentleman. He continued to walk before two hired thugs maimed him. Sara heard a noise, witnessed the attack, made a threat, pulled a pistol, then shot (and killed) one of the ruffians. She assisted the wounded stranger back to the place he called home. From then on, there was a continuous push/pull attraction between these two polar opposites. There were enough highs to continue my interest but the lows made me question the MCs’ mindset. (view spoiler)[As in Sara’s acceptance of a shrewish possible MIL, if only Perry would marry her immediately. This was after they were unofficially engaged for 4 years. Or, after dismissing Sara because he felt he was beneath her, Derek went on a drunken binge and spent a night with one of the house wenches all the while calling the woman ‘Sara!’. (hide spoiler)]I don’t mind heroes that aren’t handsome: men with mileage. I even enjoy an anti-hero aka moral misfit. Unfortunately the plot had one too many snags to rate it higher than three stars. But, hey, the last chapter and the epilogue were good. :))