Series: The Ravenels #3
Genres: Historical Romance
Publication date: February 21, 2017
Publisher: Avon Books
Format: eBook, 288 pages
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An eccentric wallflower…
Most debutantes dream of finding a husband. Lady Pandora Ravenel has different plans. The ambitious young beauty would much rather stay at home and plot out her new board game business than take part in the London Season. But one night at a glittering society ball, she’s ensnared in a scandal with a wickedly handsome stranger.
A cynical rake…
After years of evading marital traps with ease, Gabriel, Lord St. Vincent, has finally been caught-by a rebellious girl who couldn’t be less suitable. In fact, she wants nothing to do with him. But Gabriel finds the high-spirited Pandora irresistible. He’ll do whatever it takes to possess her, even if their marriage of convenience turns out to be the devil’s own bargain.
A perilous plot…
After succumbing to Gabriel’s skilled and sensuous persuasion, Pandora agrees to become his bride. But soon she discovers that her entrepreneurial endeavors have accidentally involved her in a dangerous conspiracy—and only her husband can keep her safe. As Gabriel protects her from their unknown adversaries, they realize their devil’s bargain may just turn out to be a match made in heaven...
Oh my goodness, this book. I knew it would be good. I suspected it would be amazing. It’s Lisa Kleypas, after all. I had ridiculously high expectations for Devil in Spring since Devil in Winter is one of my all-time favorite books. I wondered if Gabriel could live up to his father (and mother, for that matter) and the answer is a resounding YES. And, bonus? There’s a good bit of Evie and Sebastian in this book and they made my heart happy every time they popped up. I love them so much.
I suspected I would fall totally in love with Gabriel — and I did — but if I’m being totally honest, Pandora was probably the star of the show for me. After meeting her and reading about her in the background of the first two books, I had a feeling she might be my favorite of the sisters and so far that’s exactly the case. More than that, she’s one of my new favorite HR heroines. While she was quirky and awkward at times, she was also highly intelligent and driven and a woman before her time in so many instances. I love nontraditional HR heroines and with her determination to own her own business and *gasp* never marry, she fit the bill. Plus, I loved how she created her own words by mashing up two others — kisstastrophe is probably one of my favorites. She was utterly charming and it was impossible NOT to love her.
It was also impossible not to love Gabriel. He is SO his father’s son, but he has a lot of his mother’s kindness and compassion, too. (Not that I’m accusing Sebastian of being unkind or unsympathetic, because really he’s both and amazing, but you have to look a little harder to find those qualities in him.) Gabriel, while not exactly a choir boy, isn’t quite the notorious rake his father was before meeting his mother either. He had a good heart and he was determined to do the right thing and, moreover, he was all in for Pandora from nearly the very start. His love of animals and stories of him as a child melted my heart and it was easy to see he was a good man. And, oh boy, some of the sweet and sexy things he would say. *fans self* He’s definitely on my best book boyfriends list.
Unsurprisingly, I loved every little thing about Devil in Spring. It’s going on my favorites shelf and I suspect I’ll reread this one a fair few times. Not only were the characters amazing, but the writing. My goodness. I want to devour all her words. I swear, I highlighted roughly half the book. Lisa Kleypas is the freaking queen of HR and I just can’t get enough of her books.
“I’ve never wanted to marry. Anyone who knows me will tell you that. When I was little, I never liked the stories about princesses waiting to be rescued. I never wished on falling stars, or pulled the petals off daisies while reciting ‘he loves me, he loves me not’. At my brother’s wedding, they handed out slivers of wedding cake to all the unmarried girls and said if we put it under our pillows, we would dream of our future husbands. I ate my cake instead. Every crumb. I’ve made plans for my life that don’t involve becoming anyone’s wife.”
“Dangerous creatures, wallflowers. Approach them with the utmost caution. They sit quietly in corners, appearing abandoned and forlorn, when in truth they’re sirens who lure men to their downfall. You won’t even notice the moment she steals the heart right out of your body—and then it’s hers for good. A wallflower never gives your heart back.”
The word “mistress” sounds like a cross between mistake and mattress.
“I was compromised by a settee. You just happened to be there.”
“Every night for the rest of my life, I’ll dream of the afternoon in the holloway, when I was waylaid by a dark-haired beauty who devastated me with the heat of a thousand troubled stars, and left my soul in cinders. Even when I’m an old man, and my brain has fallen to wrack and ruin, I’ll remember the sweet fire of your lips under mine, and I’ll say to myself, ‘Now, that was a kiss.'”
“What should I do?”
“Just hold me. Keep all the pieces of me together. My God—I’ve never—”
“I”m never going to obey you. But I’m always going to love you.”
What’s your favorite Lisa Kleypas book?