ASDFGHJKL! : Devil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas

ASDFGHJKL! : Devil in Spring by Lisa KleypasDevil in Spring (The Ravenels, #3)
by Lisa Kleypas
Release Date: February 21st 2017
Published by Avon
Genres: Adult, Historical Fiction, Romance
Format: Paperback
Pages: 370
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five-stars
Source: Purchased

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...

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If you asked me which one book was my most desired book of the year, I would answer, without any hesitations, Devil in Spring. I mean I cried when I heard who the book would be about, so that speaks volumes. Honestly, a book need only have Lisa Kleypas’ name on it for me to want to pounce on it. But this book, I wanted because I fell in love with Pandora Ravenel in the previous book. And secondly, it features the son of Lisa Kleypas’ most iconic couple, Evie and Sebastian. How could I resist? Yet again, Lisa Kleypas has proven why she is the Queen of historical romance.

I have loved most of the author’s heroines. They are always smart, kind and very genuine. But Pandora might quite possibly be my favorite. She was unusual for a heroine of the era, her quirkiness stemming from her ADHD. I was curious to see how Lisa Kleypas would implement this into her story when she announced this a couple of months ago, and I personally thought, she did it smoothly and tactfully. There was just something about Pandora’s desires for more than marriage, her passion for her goals that made her shine. She was very much of a feminist, wanting equality for men and women in every aspect of life, and it made her all the more of a stronger protagonist. Besides her staunch aversion to marriage, Pandora was a funny character too, who constantly had me smiling or giggling at some of her antics. She was a breath of fresh air, and I have no doubts that readers will love her. I was a bit nervous about Gabriel. As much as I adore his reformed rake of a father, Sebastian, I didn’t want him to be like his father. Thankfully, he was! Fans of the Wallflower series will find the best of both Evie and Sebastian in Gabriel. He was intelligent, sophisticated, and charming but fret not! He also had his slightly rakish side that came out around Pandora.

At first glance, together these two seemed like the most unlikely couple, but  as usual Kleypas makes them work brilliantly. It was glorious watching Gabriel fall thoroughly and hopelessly in love with this girl who is nothing like him, but ignites all kinds of desires in him. Watching Pandora slowly fall for him was even better. It was quite entertaining to read as she became bombarded with all these feelings that she never thought she would experience. He accepted her with all her flaws and how could she resist that and his seductive ways? As always, Lisa Kleypas presents readers with some scorching scenes between Gabriel and Pandora, but my favorite have to be the kissing scenes that are infused with so much sensuality, that I felt tingly all over. Not to mention, the witty banter between the couple is just so much fun. And the swoony quote-worthy dialogues? Real life men are ruined for me! I just don’t know how this woman continues to write such engaging romances over and over again.

Besides the incredible romance, I was also very happy at the secondary cast, especially Evie and Sebastian’s big family. We get to see the strong bonds that exist between not only Evie and Sebastian, but also all the siblings and grandchildren. It was heartwarming to see the life after the HEA for Evie and Sebastian. All that being said, I do have a minor complaint when it comes to Devil in Spring and that would be the dangerous conspiracy mentioned in the synopsis. While I thought it was executed well enough, I would have liked for it to have happened a little sooner, and not towards the later end of the book. I was also hoping to see more of Pandora and her board games business ventures in the book. There was lots of descriptions to the game, of course, but I would have liked to see her in action. However, none of those issues took away even a little from my enjoyment of the story.

I devoured Devil in Spring in one day, and it was just everything that I wanted and more. I’ve sung Lisa Kleypas’ praises left and right on this blog and on my old blog, so if you still haven’t read a book from her, I’m not sure why you’re wasting your time here when you could be reading a beautiful romance that gives you all the butterflies.

Are you a Lisa Kleypas fan? What are some of your favorite historical romances?
Let me know in the comments below!

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