Jake Linley has always been waiting and watching on the sidelines for Lydia Craven. He can only see but not touch as she is the beloved daughter of wealthy . “Against the Odds” by Lisa Kleypas. Though he likes Lord Wray, he also envies him for winning Lydia because Jake Linley knows she is the prize. When a. Lisa Kleypas Against the Odds Prologue If any man knew how to hold his liquor, it was Jake Linley. God knew he’d had a lot of practice at.

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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Where’s My Hero? Julia Quinn Goodreads Author. Dear Avon Books, Where are my heroes? Whenever I’m reading a book by one of my favorite authors I find I’m falling for the wrong guy — not the hero, but the other man — and what I really want is for him to have his own story. I never thought living in a drafty castle would be much fun until Simon of Ravenswood in Master of Desire by Kinley MacGregor came along.

Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that these are my men — when do they get their stories? Sincerely, A Romance Fan Some books are so special that there is more than one hero to love, but only a single story is told. So if you find yourself asking, “Where is my hero? Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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To ask other readers questions about Where’s My Hero? Lists with This Book. Feb 03, Dina rated it really liked it Shelves: Short review for these short stories Surprisingly – for me, at least – Kleypas’s story was my least favorite. It was good, but I think it could’ve been better if it had been written as a full-length novel. Jake and Lydia needed more time to sort things out, IMO.

But it was very nice to revisit Derek and Sara Dreaming of Youwho are one of my all-time favorite couples. I thd MacGregor’s story.

Simon was a favorite character of mine since I “met” him in Born in Sin and I ords happy to see him Short review for these short stories Simon was a favorite character of mine since I “met” him in Born in Sin and I was happy to see him kkleypas love with an adorable lass like Kenna.

Quinn’s story was good too. Light and entertaining, as usual. Ned and Charlotte were very likeable, and his “poem” at the end agajnst the book cracked me up. I finished the story with a huge grin on my face, and that’s a good thing. I don’t know if readers who haven’t would miss any background info to enjoy it, though. View all 10 comments. Jul kleypqs, Auntee rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Fans of Lisa Kleypas.

Very enjoyable page read, but boy do I wish it was a page read–it would’ve been a much better story if the characters of 20 year-old Lydia Craven Derek and Sara’s–from Dreaming of You — oldest child and 30 year-old Dr. Jake Linley were a little more developed. I know I met Dr. In this agaibst he’s also got a bit of a reputation as a ladies man. Pretty Lydia Craven has just become engaged to Robert, Lord Wray, but if he’s being honest with himself, Jake doesn’t like it, even though he and Lydia hardly get along.

Where’s My Hero? by Lisa Kleypas

The mathematically brainy Lydia and Wray are a good intellectual match, but they get along like friends or brother and sister, not like a couple in love.

Lydia thinks that the possibility of her finding her ‘soul mate’ is practically nil, so Lord Wray looks like a good enough bet for her, and he’s considered a great catch. Jake thinks it’s all wrong, but is he ready to declare his true feelings for Lydia?


What can he as a doctor give Lydia who grew up fabulously wealthy?

Would his love be enough for her? There’s a nice steamy scene where Odxs and Jake get locked in a wine cellar by someone who’s trying to encourage their relationship and Jake teaches Lydia what ‘afterglow’ is all about, and they finally right the wrongs and misunderstandings in their relationship.

Well done, but far too short. Probably the best part for me was seeing Sara and Derek again, and seeing what happened to their life 20 years later. Hey, they may be older, but these two still have plenty of steam! I’m hoping one day LK decides to write more stories on the descendants of Sara and Derek–lots of potential there! View all 7 comments. En este caso, Lydia no decepciona y se muestra digna hija de sus progenitores, pero hubiera preferido que tuviese una novela larga para ella sola.

Jan 13, Paige Bookdragon rated it it was amazing Shelves: Julia Quinn and Lisa Kleypas?! View all 3 comments. Sep 07, MRB rated it really liked it.

I’ve always had strangely conflicting againsy about Lisa Kleypas’ work. I think she resorts to eye-rolling melodrama with annoying frequency OMG, it’s yet another kidnapping by yet another cardboard villain who we’ve barely even heard about before page !

I wonder if the hero will rescue his vulnerable damsel in distress?! I also find some of her “heroes” so controlling, domineering, ruthless and malicious that they strike me more as villains, and she kleyps to feed into the damaging and, i I’ve always had strangely conflicting feelings about Lisa Kleypas’ work.

I also find some of her “heroes” so controlling, domineering, ruthless and malicious that they strike me more as villains, and she tends to feed into the damaging and, in my case, patently untrue idea that guys who are actually kind, smart, caring, well-educated and gentlemanly are always too dull for our heroines, ’cause of course deep down we women all want hyper-controlling brutes who act like semi-sociopaths more often than not, and heaven forbid a truly sweet guy also be an attractive and passionate one.

I find this alarmingly true of SOME of her heroes, but certainly not all, and in fact a couple of her heroes are all-time favorites of mine! But, here’s the thing: There’s something so emotionally rich and powerfully evocative about her writing, as if she’s mastered the art of appealing to all five of our senses, our heads AND our hearts to a degree that few other writers could ever emulate.

She can irk me greatly, but she can also captivate my head, heart and story-worshiping soul. Nearly all of her work ends up either frustrating me to the point where I can barely even finish it OR getting moved to the surprisingly selective ‘favorite romances ever’ file on my Kindle! I’m thrilled to say that her novella in this collection falls into that latter category. I’ve read that some feel it was too short, but honestly, I thought Kleypas did a marvelous job of defining the characters and their conflicts quickly and vividly and without just dumping piles of clunky exposition on the reader.

I know that different characters and couples resonate very differently with different readers and the disparity in opinions is what makes this site so much funbut Lydia was the type of heroine I happen to love most. She emerged immediately as an all-time favorite, in fact!

I’m a total sucker for an unabashedly smart, independent, intellectual, endearingly ‘different’ but not TOO bizarre heroine who’s kind and passionate beneath a carefully controlled veneer and a relatable mix of intellectual arrogance and slight social insecurity.

Jake, meanwhile, while a bit of a rake who has of course been with a zillion women it’s sad how few HR heroes DON’T meet that criteria!

He’s charming and witty but not at all shallow, he’s got a thankful amount of vulnerability beneath his arrogance, and he’s a semi-smartass but not at all mean-spirited, scarily manipulative or ‘ruthless’ like too many of Kleypas’ other heroes. And he is, of course, very emotional, passionate and sexy in all the right waysat least to this reader. In an admittedly short period of time, I actually felt Jake and Lydia’s connectiona physical one, certainly, but an emotional one as well, and the latter is always far more important to me.


I love when they both talk openly about what they think their deepest flaws wereit was more real closeness and candor than we see from some couples who spend loooong pages together!

The fact that they knew each other prior to the start of the novella was a wise move on Kleypas’ part and may have made their connection a little richer and more believable to me. The plot isn’t exactly revolutionaryLydia’s about to make a respectable, compatible but loveless marriage, and, well, you can guess without my having to use spoiler tags that Lydia and Nice Enough But Not Her Soulmate guy never quite make it to the altar.

However, I loved that there was a more tight, relatable central conflict and not much room for contrived melodrama or pointless tangents. There are a couple of minor but interesting surprises along the way, and many of Kleypas readers will find the time we get to spend with Lydia’s parents, Sara and Derek from Dreaming of You, one of her most popular novels is the delectable icing atop this cake. Readers who are rarely satisfied by novellas and short er fiction probably won’t love this anywhere near as ardently as I did, but if you’re someone who enjoys a good novella and Kleypas’ writing in general, I highly, highly recommend this one.

Not all fellow reviewers loved it, of course, but somehow it just worked for me on every level, and I’ll be rereading it Even at her best she doesn’t captivate and enthrall me to the extent that Kleypas does, but I find most of her stuff reliably enjoyable. Her novella here has some of the great lines, witty insights that readers expect from most of Quinn’s work, but this wasn’t a favorite of mine.

One of the things I generally love most about Quinn is that a majority of her heroes are actuallygaspdecent, goodhearted, eminently likable men. Even when her actual plots are lackingwhich, er, they usually areI usually love most of her characters and fluffy wit too much to care.

In this novella, though, I just couldn’t muster up affection for Ned. He seemed sort of inconsistently defined and all over the place for me. Charlotte, the heroine, rather clunkily informs the reader that about a million stellar adjectives apply to him: Worse yet, we wonder when and how Charlotte formed those conclusions, since their first real conversation takes place towards the beginning of the story, and it isn’t an especially remarkable one.

They have a couple of other conversations that barely registered with this reader, and all of a sudden we’re supposed to believe that they are VERY close and share a deep trust and connection and totally love each other even though they can’t show it quite yet andHuh?! Did I miss a few chapters?! I’m a novella lover, which means that I’m eager and ready to believe that my fictional couples can develop genuine love and closeness in far fewer pages.

In this case, though, it really wasn’t executed effectively for me. Neither the H or h or their connection to each other seemed well-defined. I never saw them get close, let alone fall in anything I’d call even close to love, and hence wasn’t impacted when a betrayal of trust arose and neither character came off too great in this particular conflict, by the way!

Despite my not loving the H, h or buying into their connection with each other, this one did have its individual moments of sweetness and humorQuinn’s work nearly always does, even when we’re not ‘wow’ed overall!