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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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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  • I didn’t know Pandora had ADHD, but I can totally see it now in retrospect! I think Kleypas did a great job with writing that aspect of her character, and not letting it detract from the story in general. OMGG this book though – all the swoons and heart-flutterings. One of my favorite aspects of the relationship was the healthy balance and equality they had – both Pandora and Gabriel had to make compromises with respect to the other.

    What was with that whole conspiracy plot thing though? It just came up near the end and I was like ??? lmao no, give me more Pandora + Gabriel time. Even though I devoured this one, I can’t wait for her next story as well! Her historical romances give me life.

    – Aila @ Happy Indulgence

  • Oh my gosh, Nick! Yes to everything! This book brought a ridiculous amount of happiness in my life 🙂 Real life men truly are ruin haha. And I loved the secondary characters so much! So nice to see Evie and Sebastian and I need Dr. Gibson to have her own story! (Maybe with Severin or the new detective?? Haha). Anyway, great review! Glad you loved this, Nick!

  • FIrst this cover is STUNNING. I want to read this just for that. But seriously I need to read one of her books. I just checked and my library has the first book in the series so I might have to jump in soon. Greta review!!

  • Lisa Kleypas, my queen! Well okay, I actually have like a dozen romance queens…but she’s definitely near the top! LOL. I really liked Pandora in Marrying Winterborne too so I’m hoping that her and Gabriel’s romance will sweep me off my feet. I don’t think I’ve ever read a historical book featuring a protagonist with ADHD either, so I’m excited about that too!

  • Ahh…Nick, you make me want to drop everything and try this. I have never read this author because I am usually just not a fan of historical romance. I guess I just need to read the right one. Perhaps this one?

  • oh what a beautiful review and you touched based with so many good things about this book!! I loved this one so much and Kleypas did a great job with it. I kinda feel like the plot developments toward the end might have been on purpose. I guess we will see in the next book and I wouldn’t be surprised if we see that it connects in some way. But who knows….it still was super fantastic. I adore the romance though. Because Gabriel was so perfect for Pandora. And seeing Sebastian and Evie was AWESOME!! I loved seeing them and their charming family they have created and raised. I do hope Phoebe gets a book though eventually, my heart just broke for her and her little boy. He was so cute wasn’t he?

  • I have been so interested in this book since I saw the cover on your blog awhile back! Now seeing that you loved it makes me want to check it out even more! Great review 😀

    Tracy @ Cornerfolds

  • I actually haven’t read any books by Kleypas before, Nick, but this certainly sounds excellent! I love unusual historical heroines, and the fact that this one has ADHD brings another layer to her personality, it sounds like.
    Great review!
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

  • Yeahhhhh, remember when I was nervous to read Pretty Face? That’s how I’ve been with LK’s new historical romance series! That’s right, I haven’t even read the first two books! I’m so so so so glad you loved this though. I’ve been hearing such good things!

  • I’m so jealous you already read this!!! Gah! Stupid adult responsibilities!!!

  • Gah! I’ve read three or four different reviews for this book and basically all of them are gushing, positive reviews! I have yet to see anyone dislike something about this book (or the book in general). I might cave and read this one! Though I kinda want to read the series that precedes this book first. o_o I’m in it for this “incredible romance” you speak of! 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

    I’m so glad this book did not disappoint you, Nick! I would have raged with you if it had. You and the HR world deserve a great Devil in Spring so I’m glad it delivered!

    Have a fantastic weekend. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  • Oh, I’ll have to reserve the audio copy at the library! I love Lisa Kleypas historicals in audio book. ADHD heroine? That’s really different. I can’t wait to see how it plays out. Wonderful review, Nick! 🙂

  • I luuuuuurve when authors create characters that are ahead of the typical characters of that era, especially female characters who are strong and more than just the little woman looking to marry. I love me a hot kissing scene too, far more than sex scenes actually. Kissing is one of the most intimate things you can do with a partner and some authors know how to set those pages ablaze. Lisa Kleypas sounds like she’s one of them. Brilliant review Nick <3 <3 loved it!

  • OMG I love this so much! Lisa Kleypas is one of my favourite romance authors and I tend to really, really love her heroes and heroines. Her writing is also super beautiful and tend to give me all the ~feels~. I didn’t even realise she has a new historical series but now I’m going to check it out. Evie and Sebastian’s book is one of my top comfort books of all-time and I can’t wait to delve back into that world.

  • I’ve never read her stuff before, but I am currently waiting for the book from the library and I am extremely excited. I loved the blurb and the fact that you are signing such high praises, gah I cannot wait!

  • I bought this Nick as I know how much you love Lisa Kleypas! I’m worried though because I have not read the previous ad just kind of want to jump aboard. Will I be missing out on a lot??

  • I pre-ordered the book Nick and I hope to pounce on it by tomorrow! I knew it would be awesome because Kleypas can’t do no wrong (as you already know) Cannot wait 😉

  • Oh, Nick!!! Lisa Kleypas is my most read author! I have read all her historical romances and absolutely love A LOT of her books (if not all).

    I actually don’t like Sebastian St. Vincent as much as everyone, but I was SUPER excited that their son got a book! And to Pandora, no less!!

    ALSO, can we get a book starring Dragon? I think I am in love with him! <3

    ALSO Dr. Gipson? and that teeeny spoilery thing in the end for the next book? OH MY LOOOORDDDDD I can't possibly wait this long!!! My review will be up soon for this!

    My fave LK book is actually Again the Magic… also I KNEW it was Marcus from the description alone! haha