DNF (Not You but Me) Audiobook Review: Seduce Me at Sunrise by Lisa Kleypas

Posted January 12, 2015 by Felicia S in 2.00 Wine Glasses, 2015 Read, Audiobook, Reviews / 23 Comments

DNF (Not You but Me) Audiobook Review: Seduce Me at Sunrise by Lisa KleypasSource: Audiobook Purchase

Format: Audiobook

Seduce Me at Sunrise by Lisa Kleypas
Narrator: Rosalyn Landor
Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins

Date Read: January 2015

Genre: Historical, Romance

He has tried hard to forget her.

Kev Merripen has longed for the beautiful, well-bred Winnifred Hathaway ever since her family rescued him from the brink of death when he was just a boy. But this handsome Gypsy is a man of mysterious origins—and he fears that the darkness of his past could crush delicate, luminous Win. So Kev refuses to submit to temptation…and before long Win is torn from him by a devastating twist of fate.

Can she remember the man he once was?

Then, Win returns to England…only to find that Kev has hardened into a man who will deny love at all costs. Meantime, an attractive, seductive suitor has set his sights on Win. It’s now or never for Kev to make his move. But first, he must confront a dangerous secret about his destiny—or risk losing the only woman he has lived for…

More Information:
Publisher: Brilliance Audio, St. Martin's Press
Series: The Hathaways #2

Also by this author: Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor, Crystal Cove, Cold-Hearted Rake

Geeky Bloggers DNF

Listened for Fun (Audible)
Overall Rating: DNF

Audio Rating: 4.00 (not part of the overall rating)

DNF Reasons: Seduce Me at Sunrise by Lisa Kleypas wasn’t horrible (despite my DNF) but it wasn’t my favorite romance troupe. I know that in most romance the hero never feels “good enough” for the leading lady but this one was a little too much of that. I listened to 3 hours and then fast forwarded to the end to listen to the last hour. I did really like the side characters and look forward to their stories. This just wasn’t for me!

Audio Thoughts

Narrated By Rosalyn Landor / Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins

Rosalyn is hands down one of my favorite historical romance narrators! She is just all around excellent!

Part of my Read It, Rate It, File It, Done! Reviews

Seduce Me at Sunrise by Lisa Kleypas

FTC Disclosure

Overall Rating
2 / 5
Story Rating
1 / 5
Character Rating
3 / 5
Narrator Rating
4 / 5
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23 responses to “DNF (Not You but Me) Audiobook Review: Seduce Me at Sunrise by Lisa Kleypas

  1. I read this book couple of years back and I liked it, but I’m not sure I’ll feel the same if I read now.
    I sad it didn’t work for you.
    Welcome back and Happy New Year… a bit late. 🙂

  2. Oh, all I can say is, what went wrong??..LOL I love,love Lisa Kleypas’ books, and this wasn’t the exception, although I do have to say her historical books don’t do very well as standalone since we normally get introduce to the characters (in a big way) in the previous book, in this case Mine Till Midnight. But if you listened to that one, then it’s one of those things that just happens. You are not the first or the last person that is not going to like a book you have hoped to love after hearing so many good things. I hope you have better luck with the following books 🙂

    • I really liked the first book (though granted it had been a long time since I had read it) but I just expected more from Kev. That being said I am really looking forward to the 2 sisters books and Leo’s of course. I expect Kleypas be a bit overdramatic (it is fun most of the time) but this one it was more personal to the character (Kev) and my expectations of him. That being said, I did love the ending 🙂

  3. You know what I never read this book in the series. I have it, but I can never get past the sense of doom in the beginning. I loved Mine Until Midnight, and oddly I have read 1,3 and 5. Glad to get the tip on the narrator.

  4. I love Kelypas but there are a few books of hers that I can’t seem to make it through because of the heroes.

    I’m also kind of over the I’m not good enough trope in general. I used to love it but now I just want them to shut up and do something about it or step aside lol

    • I think I can handle a little bit but like you, at some point you have to stand up and say it screw it. Good enough or not he/she wants me so I must be worthy.

  5. I did love this series, but have never been tempted to re-read them. And I can totally understand that you get tired of the constant not-good-enough. What I hate is that they also can’t let go and stand aside for real. Make up your mind!

  6. It’s unfortunate that Lisa Kleypas pushed this particular trope too far. At least Rosalyn Landor’s narration wasn’t at fault, and you’re still willing to give the rest of the series a try.

    • Rosalyn is one of my favorites and I really liked the first book in the series. I think it was just that Kev makes me swoon and then he had to be all male angsty. I don’t like when the swoonage leaves for “suck it man” 🙂

  7. I’m so with you on this, Felicia. I’m with Jonetta — if I had to listen to Kev, I probably would have added it to my DNF pile, too. A lot of Lisa Kleypas books I’ve read seem to have, at least to me, unnecessary angst and drama, and this book is a great example of that.

    • Oh my gosh, that right there is probably why it was a DNF. Narration (especially when good) makes you notice everything and yes it made Kev bemoan like a teenage boy who could get the girl but didn’t because “woe is me, I am from the wrong side of the tracks”. Totally cancelled his swoonage meter.

  8. Ahh, to bad that one didn’t work for you. I can’t handle it when they brood to much either and think they are unworthy, at some point I am oh just get on with the story.

    • I love her writing and the rest of the series (book 1 was excellent) is supposed to be awesome. It was just out of character for him to be so “woeful” 🙂

  9. Love this series…didn’t love this book. It was hard enough reading Kev’s constant lament of “not good enough.” Can’t imagine listening to it. He’s a wonderful character, though. Just wish his story was as strong as him.

    • That was my exact problem—Kev was so much stronger than his “turmoil” on the way to Win. It drove me freaking nuts. I loved the ending (aka why a DNF got an unusual 2 from me) but I just couldn’t wade through one more “I’m not good enough”. I am looking forward to the 3 remaining siblings 🙂