Title: Devil in Spring
Author: Lisa Kleypas
Series: The Ravenels, book#3
Genre: Historical Romance
Publication Date: February 21, 2017 by Avon
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…
I am so sad it’s over. I read this entirely too fast! I was really nervous it wouldn’t live up to the standard set by Devil in Winter, the story of Gabriel’s parents and my all-time favorite Lisa Kleypas book. However, this one really did. Obviously they’re very different romances, but I can think of nothing I’d change in here.
Pandora was a fiercely independent, intelligent, and distractable heroine. I really liked her. She was interesting because her mind kept going from one thing to another. It made for some really fun reading, because she’d do things like make up her own words. Plus, Pandora wanted to start her own business, and I always love a working and independent heroine. Luckily the hero, Gabriel, managed to keep up with Pandora’s energetic and lively nature. He was a great hero. Gabriel was business-minded, always tried to seem like the perfect man on the outside because of his parents’ status in society, and he was pretty protective. I thought Pandora and Gabriel’s clashes were quite realistic, and the two of them were equal forces of nature.
I loved the plot of this story. It followed Gabriel and Pandora as they were caught in a supposedly compromising situation. Wanting to do the right thing, Gabriel offered to marry Pandora. For her part, Pandora wanted none of it. She had a business plan to produce and sell board games, and due to the laws at that time, she’d lose everything if she married. So this story had a lot of back and forth, because Pandora and Gabriel obviously developed feelings for each other, and Pandora had to decide if love was worth sacrificing a bit of independence for. There was also some intriguing action near the end of the story too, but I won’t go into details. I’m happy to say that there was no miscommunication in this book. In fact, secrets were told rather early on, and Pandora didn’t let things that were said about Gabriel affect her feelings. I loved it!!!!
All in all, Lisa Kleypas has another masterpiece here. It had a marriage of convenience type of theme, a likable and intriguing hero, and a wonderfully intelligent and outspoken heroine. I devoured this book in almost one sitting. If there is one historical romance you read this year, make it this one. I’m extremely interested in some of these side characters, and I can’t wait to see what Lisa Kleypas puts out into the world next.
LISA KLEYPAS is the RITA award-winning author of 21 novels. Her books are published in fourteen languages and are bestsellers all over the world. She lives in Washington State with her husband and two children.