Lisa Kleypas has the fantastic ability to write a novel that is just impossible to put down. She is primarily a historical romance writer. Having found it difficult to find a complete list of her works, I have compiled one myself. I hope you find it helpful! Please let me know if I have missed anything!
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1. When Strangers Marry (originally Only in Your Arms) - A novel rewritten and renamed, the original "Only in Your Arms" is actually my favourite Lisa Kleypas book... Set in New Orleans in the early 19th century, this atmospheric tale portrays the romance between Lysette Kersaint, a strong-willed Creole who is on the run from her abusive stepfather and an arranged marriage to a man she loathes, and Maximilien Vallerand, a notorious rake and widower who is rumored to have strangled his adulterous wife.
2. Only with Your Love (1992) (the second in two part series) The newlywed bride of a Creole aristocrat, Celia Vallerand prays for deliverance from the blood thirsty brigands who abducted her from a New Orleans-bound schooner. The most notorious pirate of the open seas, "the Griffin" — a rugged and powerful renegade arouses within Celia desires as dangerous as they are irresistible.
Capitol Theatre Series
1. Somewhere I'll Find You (1996) - All London is at Julia Wentworth's feet. The beautiful, enchanting actress is the toast of the theater world -- and anything she desires is hers for the asking. But the incomparable leading lady guards a devastating secret: a mystery husband whoom she does not know, dares not mention...and cannot love. For years Damon Savage has been searching for the stranger his unscrupulous parents wed him to without his consent. Wanting no more than to be legally rid of the foolish chit, Damon is shocked to discover his "bride" is the exquisite stage performer whom he intended to make his mistress!
2. Because You're Mine (1997) - Young, high-spirited Lady Madeline Matthews is expected to wed an aging, lecherous lord. But she would rather shame herself in the eyes of society than sacrifice her freedom, and resolves to render herself unmarriageable by indulging in a torrid affair with Britain's most acclaimed actor and notorious womanizer, Logan Scott.
3. Wish List (Anthology) (2001)- also Lisa Cach, Claudia Dain & Lynsay Sands - Andrew, Lord Drake, has been cut out of his father's will because of his dissolute manner of living. To be reinstated, Andrew decides to pretend that he has changed his wicked ways. As part of his plan, he wants to convince his father that he is courting a respectable woman with the intention of marrying her. He blackmails the reluctant Miss Caroline Hargreaves into helping him, and so the charade begins . . .
1. Midnight Angel (1995) A noblewoman of frail beauty and exotic mystery fakes her own death to escape the gallows. And now she must flee. In disguise and under a false identity, she finds unexpected sanctuary in the arms of a handsome and arrogant yet gallant British lord -- who must defy society to keep her safe...
2. Prince of Dreams (1995) A wealthy and bitter exile, the most dangerous and desirable man in all England, he burns to possess a proud, headstrong beauty who is promised to another. But winning Emma Stokehurst's exquisite hand through threats and determination does nothing to fill the empty spaces in Nikolas's heart -- until passion's magic carries the handsome, tormented prince back to a bygone era of splendor and romantic dreams.
Derek Craven Series
Then Came You (1993) Reckless and wild, beautiful Lily Lawson delights in shocking proper London society -- and will break any rule to flaunt her independence. And now she is determined to rescue her helpless sister from an upcoming, undesired marriage to Lord Alex Raiford, the arrogant Earl of Wolverton.
Dreaming of You (2003) Curiosity has enticed the prim, well-bred Sara Fielding out of her safe haven -- and into Derek Craven's dangerous world. A handsome, tough and tenacious Cockney, duty demands he allow Sara Fielding into his world -- with her impeccable manners and her infuriating innocence.
Where’s My Hero (2003) Dear Avon Books, 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. Delicious collection by New York Times bestseller Lisa Kleypas, New York Times bestseller Julia Quinn and USA Today bestseller Kinley MacGregor.
Bow Street Runners Series
Someone to Watch Over Me (1999) She couldn't remember who she was... A temptingly beautiful woman awakens in a stranger's bed, rescued from the icy waters of the Thames, her memory gone. Told that she is Vivien Rose Duvall, one of London's most scandalous beauties, she finds herself under the protection of enigmatic, charming Grant Morgan.
Lady Sophia’s Lover (2002) Why is Lady Sophia looking for a lover? And could she seduce the most marriageable man in London? Lady Sophia Sydney would do anything to ensnare the unattainable Sir Ross Cannon. Her goal -- to ruin his reputation and cause a scandal that would be the talk of all London. So she insinuates herself into his life by gaining his trust and living in his house. She knows he is falling more in love with her each day. But she never counted on falling in love with him. And she never dreamed he might very respectably ask for her hand in marriage...
Worth Any Price (2003) Bow Street runner Nick Gentry is a complex man with a dark and tortured history, and beautiful Charlotte Howard is a woman running from her past.
Stand Alone Titles
Stranger in My Arms (1998) "Lady Hawksworth, your husband is not dead..." With thise words, Lara's life turned upside down. Hunter, Earl of Hawksworth, had been lost at sea. Or so she'd been told. Their unhappy marriage -- with its cold caresses and passionless kisses -- was over. But now a powerful, virile man stood before her, telling secrets only a husband could know, and vowing she would once again be his wife in every way. While Lara couldn't deny that this man with the smoldering dark eyes resembled Hunter, he was attentive and loving in ways he never was before. Soon she desperately wanted to believe, with every beat of her heart, that this stranger was truly her husband. But had this rake reformed-- or was Lara being seduced by a cunning stranger?
Where Dreams Begin (2000) Lisa Kleypas has always transported her readers to places where dreams really do come true. Now join her in Victorian London, a world of seemingly effortless beauty and grace that is governed by the strict rules of etiquette and behavior...where a single forbidden kiss can force a woman to choose between society's demands -- and her own heart's desire. Zachary Bronson has built an empire of wealth and power -- now he needs a wife to help secure his position in society...and warm his bed in private. But not just any woman will do for a man whom all of London knows is not a gentleman.
Suddenly You (2001) (Also “Irrestible”) She was unmarried, untouched and almost thirty, but novelist Amanda Briars wasn't about to greet her next birthday without making love to a man. When he appeared at her door, she believed he was her gift to herself, hired for one night of passion. Unforgettably handsome, irresistibly virile, he tempted her in ways she never thought possible...but something stopped him from completely fulfilling her dream.
Again the Magic (2004) When the budding romance between Aline and McKenna is discovered, McKenna is banished from the estate. In order to protect him from her father's wrath, Aline makes McKenna believe that she's rejecting him because of his lowly status. Now a real estate tycoon in New York City, McKenna returns with a plan—to seduce and abandon Aline as punishment for her earlier rejection. However, McKenna is unaware of the secrets Aline has kept all this time, and he's unprepared for the passion that he and Aline still share. Although the conflict between hero and heroine could be resolved with one honest conversation, the author creates a believable reason for their continued silence.
Secrets of a Summer Night (2005) Four young ladies enter London society with one common goal: they must use their feminine wit and wiles to find a husband. So a daring husband-hunting scheme is born. Annabelle Peyton, determined to save her family from disaster, decides to use her beauty and wit to tempt a suitable nobleman into making an offer of marriage. But Annabelle's most intriguing--and persistent-- admirer, wealthy, powerful Simon Hunt, has made it clear that while he will introduce her to irresistible pleasure he will not offer marriage. Annabelle is determined to resist his unthinkable proposition... but it is impossible in the face of such skillful seduction. Her friends, looking to help, conspire to entice a more suitable gentleman to offer for Annabelle, for only then will she be safe from Simon--and her own longings. But on one summer night, Annabelle succumbs to Simon's passionate embrace and tempting kisses... and she discovers that love is the most dangerous game of all.
It Happened One Autumn (2005) Four young ladies enter London society with one necessary goal: they must use their feminine wit and wiles to find a husband. So they band together, and a daring husband-hunting scheme is born. It Happened at the Ball... Where beautiful but bold Lillian Bowman quickly learned that her independent American ways weren't entirely "the thing." And the most disapproving of all was insufferable, snobbish, and impossible Marcus, Lord Westcliff, London's most eligible aristocrat. It Happened in the Garden… When Marcus shockingly -- and dangerously–swept her into his arms. Lillian was overcome with a consuming passion for a man she didn't even like. Time stood still; it was as if no one else existed…thank goodness they weren't caught very nearly in the act! It Happened One Autumn... Marcus was a man in charge of his own emotions, a bedrock of stability. But with Lillian, every touch was exquisite torture, every kiss an enticement for more. Yet how could he consider taking a woman so blatantly unsuitable…as his bride?
Devil in Winter (2006) Easily the shyest Wallflower, Evangeline Jenner stands to become the wealthiest, once her inheritance comes due. Because she must first escape the clutches of her unscrupulous relatives, Evie has approached the rake Viscount St. Vincent with a most outrageous proposition: marriage! Sebastian's reputation is so dangerous that thirty seconds alone with him will ruin any maiden's good name. Still, this bewitching chit appeared, unchaperoned, on his doorstep to offer her hand. Certainly an aristocrat with a fine eye for beauty could do far worse. But Evie's proposal comes with a condition: no lovemaking after their wedding night. She will never become just another of the dashing libertine's callously discarded broken hearts -- which means Sebastian will simply have to work harder at his seductions...or perhaps surrender his own heart for the very first time in the name of true love.
Scandal in Spring (Coming Soon)
ALSO Gifts of Love (Coming Soon) by Kay Hooper, Lisa Kleypas
Early Kleypas Novels
Where Passion Leads (1987) Beautiful young Rosalie Belleau was swept into an aristocratic world of luxury, license and intricate intrigue when the most notorious and handsome rake in London, Lord Randall Berkeley, abducted her in the belief that she was any man's for the taking. Before he realized his mistake, he had branded her with his desire- and lost his heart to this girl...
Forever My Love (1988) "Forever My Love" is a sequel to "Where Passion Leads." Alex Falkner, Duke of Hamilton, meets Mira, (Mireille), Germain at the stately and lavish Sackville Manor in Hampshire during a hunting party. William Sackville, the elderly host, flouts Mira before his friends and acquaintances as his mistress while, in fact, their entire relationship is a ruse. She and Alex are inevitably drawn to each other. He is driven to learn Mira's secrets, not only about her relationship with Sackville but also about her years in France and her childhood.
Love, Come to Me (1988) Lucinda Caldwell is a New England lass. She will marry her childhood love and become part of Concord, Massachusetts' elite society. She will marry -- if only her beau will commit himself. Heath Rayne is a displaced southern gentleman. He is very interested in Lucinda. He remains in Concord, watching the engaged couple, hoping for cracks in the relationship. Fate grants Heath his wish; Lucinda is now his. Now his mission is to humor his spoiled wife.
Give Me Tonight (1989) Addie was drawn as if by an all-powerful magnet to Ben Hunter from the moment she met him. This strong, handsome man was different from the other ranch hands on her father’s vast Texas spread, as different as Addie was from the meek and mild women around her. Both of them had a secret, a secret they jealously guarded from the world, a secret they would reveal only when the white heat of their passion burned away all barriers between them…
Book Hopping Characters
From Lisa's website... Sometimes when I’m creating a minor character, he or she just seems extra vivid to me. I always feel the greatest freedom in writing about my “supporting players”, because I'm not bound by rules or preconceptions. I don’t have to worry about making them likeable or attractive, or educated . . . they just are what they are. And every so often, they show a surprising potential to be a hero or heroine.
Derek Craven was a minor character in Then Came You and then became the hero of Dreaming Of You. He has visited a few other stories, but he is more or less in retirement now. The problem with Derek is that he seems to overpower every story that he’s in. He can’t help it! Derek has made a brief appearance in an old short story of mine called “Promises”, in the anthology Three Weddings and a Kiss, and he is the father of the bride in another novella, “Against The Odds” in the anthology Where’s My Hero. There are the briefest of mentions of Derek’s gaming club in Someone To Watch Over Me (don’t blink, you’ll miss it) and in my upcoming The Devil In Winter.
Dr. Jacob Linley certainly gets around in my novels. He first appeared as a minor character in one of my Bow Street Runner novels, Someone To Watch Over Me. During the next few years, as I wrote novels set in the early Victorian period, whenever I needed a doctor I just brought in Jake Linley. I joke that it was laziness on my part, as I didn’t want to have to do the work of creating a brand new character . . . but the truth was that I was getting rather fond of Jake. He made some fairly strong appearances in Where Dreams Begin, Lady Sophia’s Lover and Worth Any Price, before I finally made him the hero in "Against The Odds” from Where’s My Hero. Becoming Derek Craven’s son-in-law is a daunting proposition, but I think Jake handles it pretty well.
Grant Morgan was the hero of my first Bow Street Runner novel, Someone To Watch Over Me, and afterward he played significant parts in Lady Sophia’s Lover and Worth Any Price. His growth over these books, from a rough-around-the-edges Runner to a powerful magistrate in his own right, was really fun for me.
Sir Ross Cannon, the reserved, lonely and secretly passionate Bow Street Magistrate, was a minor character in Someone To Watch Over Me, the hero of Lady Sophia’s Lover, and he visited Worth Any Price.
Nick Gentry, the dashing villain of Lady Sophia’s Lover, reformed just enough to become the hero of Worth Any Price, changing from a crime lord into a Bow Street Runner, and then into a very reluctant viscount.
Gemma Bradshaw, the tall red-haired madam, will probably never become a heroine . . . her past is just too shady. But I liked her so much as a minor character in Suddenly You that I had her play a much larger role in Worth Any Price. Her job was to turn Nick Gentry into a world-class lover . . . and I think she did well at it!
Marcus, Lord Westcliff is my favorite hero after Derek Craven. He is an aristocrat, unlike my usual common-born professional men, and he is principled, reserved, powerful and inwardly longing for love. He made a minor appearance as the heroine’s employer in Worth Any Price, another turn as the meddling older brother of the heroine in Again The Magic, and as the hero’s bossy best friend in my upcoming Secrets Of A Summer Night. He will finally get his own love story in Autumn Affair, when I pair him with a free-spirited, headstrong American heiress who drives him crazy.
Simon Hunt is easily defined as a classic "Kleypas hero"--tall, dark-haired, self-made and more than a little sarcastic. Underneath his self-assured exterior, however, he is consumed with love for the heroine. I thought Simon would be the perfect hero to launch the Wallflower Series, with Secrets Of A Summer Night. Simon is the best friend of Marcus, Lord Westcliff, and he makes a strong supporting appearance in Marcus's story, Autumn Affair. He also appears in the subsequent book Devil In Winter.
Sebastian, Lord St. Vincent, is one of my rare blond heroes. He is a first-rate ladykiller, not only gorgeous but amoral. He is mentioned briefly in Secrets Of A Summer Night, and does a villainous turn in Autumn Affair. After that I had no plans to make him into a hero, because he was sufficiently dastardly that I couldn't see how any woman, least of all a wallflower, could reform him. However, I eventually couldn't resist the challenge, and I gave him his own book, Devil In Winter. It was quite a trick to make his transformation from bad guy to hero believable--I had to put him through the wringer!
Andrew, Lord Drake, is another villain-turned-hero . . . he is the hero’s alcoholic half-brother in Because You’re Mine, and then a sexy reformed rake in my novella “I Will” from the anthology Wish List.