Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas

Posted March 12, 2008 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 11 Comments

Ok, when I recommened this book to Carolyn, I had to pull this out and do a quick reread. I love this book. Love it!

But I cheated a bit. I took my old review from Sanctuary. LOL. Not much has changed. But I love me Derek Craven!

She stood at danger’s threshold-

then love beckoned her in.

In the shelter of her country cottage, Sara Feilding puts pen to paper to create dreams. But curiosity has enticed the prim, well-bred gentlewoman out of her safe haven and into Derek Craven’s dangerous world.

A handsome, tough and tenacious Cockney, he rose from, poverty to become lord of London’s most exclusive gambling house a struggle that has left Derek Craven fabulously wealthy, but hardened and suspicious. And now duty demands he allow Sara Fielding into his world with her impeccable manners and her infuriating innocence. But here, in a perilous shadow-realm of ever-shifting fortunes, even a proper “mouse” can be transformed into a breathtaking enchantress and a world-weary gambler can be shaken to his cynical core by the power of passion. . .and the promise of love.

I love this book. Love it. I fell in love with Derek Craven when I read this.

A man who grew up not knowing love, trust or friendship. Derek meets Sara but feels unworthy of her. He sstrongstong, unfeeling,invunerablerable but really, he craves to be loved by Sara. He wants her like no other, but knows he does not deserve her.

He forces her to leave believing its for her good. While she is gone, Derek is short tempered and hostile. He runs into Sara at a mutual friends house and meet in the garden. Sara confesses her love for him.

“You can’t change the truth. You can act as if you’re blind and deaf, you can
walk away from me forever, but the truth will still be there, and you can’t make
it go away. I love you.”-Sara to Derek

She asks him to stay with her and he walks away from her. She is then later attacked and Derek asks her to marry him. They have a happy marriage. Derek adjusting to having a wife. But then his jealous ex lover (who is jupsychoyscho slut) burns the club and takes Sara hostage leaving Derek to believe she’s dead.

“I love yocouldn’tdln’t say it before. I couldn’t-“
“I love you,” he repeated hoarsely, burrowing against her. “I would have
given my life to have one more day with you, and tell you that.”-Derek finding out Sara is alive.

Derek is my favorite hero of all time. He’s my lobster. When he got scared and protective when Sara teased on how she may not marry him cause he’s so rich touched my heart. How he ached for her so much. I mean the man stole her glasses and kept them near his heart. Sigh….

I love Derek Craven. I know Holly doesn’t understand why I love him so. And that’s ok, cause I don’t get the Ben Lewis attraction. But Derek is my ultimate hero and this is one of my favorite books.

Grade: 5/5

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11 responses to “Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas

  1. sara

    Oh, wow, I love this book. I’ve just finished it yesterday (it’s my first Kleypas book. I’m new in the historical romance thing) and I fell in love with DEREK CRAVEN. Sigh. And I can so totally imagine Derek with me, because my name is Sara as well. 😛

  2. There are so many things about this book that makes it a romance classic.
    When Sara finds out that Derek has been keeping her glasses in his coat pocket, well that has to be one of the most romantic things I have ever read!

  3. *sigh* I love this book too. 😛

    I love that part when he steals her glasses…like a compulsion, he can’t help himself.

  4. Sara-Derek is in my top 5 of favorite heros. He’s just the best.

    Katie and ames-I thought that was so sweet…. sigh…

    Rowena-Yes! How could not list Dreaming of you! For SHAME!

  5. Rowena


    I so effing love this book and can’t believe it wasn’t on my list of books that I wanted Carolyn Jean, I should be horsewhipped or something…haha.


    Thanks for reminding me sweets, you’re the best friend ever!

  6. Dev

    What ~ no comments from Kristie??? I thought for sure she’d pipe in on this one 🙂 Derek is my 2nd favorite Kleypas hero.

  7. I’ve been blinking in and out lately so I missed this post somehow. But aha! I’m not too late.
    Yep – I adore Derek too. I think everyone knows that *g*. He’s my all time favourite hero. Although some others have come very very close – no on has toppled him off the number one spot ever since I first read DOY many many years ago now.

  8. MauraLynn

    Wow, this is my ALL time favourite Lisa Kleypas book. It just gets better everytime I read this. Lisa Kleypas is my favourite historical romance writer. Her books are the ones that first began to give me the passion for historical romance.

  9. Rowena


    Welcome to Book Binge, this is definitely one of the great historical romances by Lisa Kleypas and her books are definitely the kind of books that one can get passionate about…especially her delicious heroes.

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