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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; First Edition edition (March 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031235164X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312351649
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (236 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #748,356 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Scenes of domestic abuse and the journey to recovery make Kleypas's modern romance anything but fluff. A Wellesley grad and daughter of a Houston energy baron, Haven Travis is an unlikely romantic heroine until her brief but ardent encounter with a man who turns out to be Hardy Cates, the East Texas roughneck from Sugar Daddy who worked his way up from poverty and then outmaneuvered the Travis clan in a business deal. Haven's engaged to Nick Tanner—a man her dad thinks is unfit for her—and though she and Hardy have a charged interaction, she elopes with Nick, and her father cuts her off. Nick turns out to be a bad guy, and a beaten and bruised Haven returns to Houston, where Hardy's still at odds with her family. Their passion proves as fervent as ever, but demons from Haven's recent past—as well as strife with her family and troubles at work and in bed—stand in the way. Kleypas isn't a literary stylist, but she delivers a page-turning, formula-breaking romance that takes on social issues and escalates passion to new heights. (Mar.)
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"'a truly talented storyteller' Publishers Weekly 'Wonderfully refreshing...' Johanna Lindsey 'a real joy...hard to put down' Kathleen E. Woodiwiss" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

More About the Author

Lisa Kleypas graduated from Wellesley College with a political science degree. She is a RITA award winning author of both historical romance and contemporary women's fiction. Her novels are published in fourteen different languages and are bestsellers all over the world. She lives in Washington State with her husband Gregory and their two children.

Customer Reviews

I read this book start to finish in 5 hours.
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An excellent story about love and about overcoming a very real and sometimes too common situation of domestic abuse.
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Great characters, solid character and story development and lovely romance build up.
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65 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Sarah W VINE VOICE on March 25, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Frankly, this review is a tad biased because I am an avid fan of Lisa Kleypas's writing. She can almost do no wrong in her books for me. Fortunately, Blue-Eyed Devil proves to be almost spot-on from start to finish.

Haven Travis has grown up within the lap of luxury in her wealthy Texas home. She has tried hard to make a life for herself outside of that ritzy existence, trying to prove herself as a woman and an individual. She has fallen in love with Nick, a man her father, Churchill, does not approve in the least. But love is often blind, and in this case, love is hiding a very dangerous heart.

Against her family's wishes, Haven marries Nick. That is when the horror truly begins. Nick lacks no compunction in bending Haven to his will. Early chapters in Blue-Eyed Devil focus on that abuse: verbal, emotional, and yes, some very hard to read scenes of physical abuse. Kleypas brings you into this situation, showing you the terror Haven faces as she tries not to set Nick off. Haven has courage and she makes it out. She is now determined to forge a new future for herself, and that is where, unknowingly, love knocks again. This time, in the form of the wealthy Hardy Cates.

Hardy may be the devil to the Travis family, but to Haven, he is everything wonderful, and dangerous, in a man. She fights her attraction to him and in the process learns many new things about herself, and about love's difficult path. The danger is not over yet for Haven; she has many painful demons to battle before her happily-ever-after can start.

Despite its title, Blue-Eyed Devil is truly the triumphant story of Haven. She is a wonderful character. She is forced to face several hard realities but she does it with determination, with strength, and with resolve.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By K. Hinton VINE VOICE on April 2, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Haven Travis grew up in the shadow of her family's wealth and notoriety as old Texas money. Determined to prove that she wasn't the bourgeois beauty queen that people expected her to be, Haven attended Wellesley and fell in love with a boy named Nick from the wrong side of the tracks. When her father told her he would disown her if she chose to marry Nick, she was fine with it. Their love would keep them together. Haven and Nick elope to the Florida Keys and then begin their marriage, only it's nowhere near as idealistic as Haven had imagined. Before she realizes, Nick is berating her father for disowning her, Haven for her appearance and inability to iron his shirts properly, and when his verbal and emotional abuse turn physical, she knows she has to do something to get away--before she's stuck forever...

Hardy Cates is a Texas roughneck who has clawed his way to the top of the oil industry. A self-made millionaire, Hardy is no friend of the Travis family after swindling Haven's brother Gage Travis in a business deal. But when his old friend Liberty decides to marry Gage, Hardy can't pass up the opportunity to crash her wedding. When he sees Haven, he finds himself enthralled by her beauty, inflamed by her passionate nature, and desperate to find out more. When Haven elopes, two long years pass before Hardy runs into her again. But when he does, he realizes all the old emotion is still there, and the flames have been fanned over the years. Hardy is determined that he'll have Haven Travis, whether she likes it or not.

Blue-Eyed Devil is the sequel to Kleypas's first contemporary novel, Sugar Daddy. I loved that book. Loved it.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By mbg_bookworm on April 2, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I love Lisa Kleypas' books and really enjoyed this book, but several things kept me from giving it 5 stars.

***SPOILER ALERT***

I kept waiting for Haven to stick up for herself! If not with her abusive husband, then at least with her so-called "boss". Especially since Haven had all the power in that relationship--all she would have had to have done was hinted that she was going to quit and tell her brother why on the way out the door and Vanessa would have been kissing her feet and begging her to stay.

Why didn't she use her brain and be creative? Doormats are not attractive and they just invite continued abuse.

And believe me, if my abusive ex-husband came back into town and was stalking and threatening me, I'd make sure to carry a can of mace, a sharp knife and a cell phone on my person AT ALL TIMES!!!! (As well as at least fill out a restraining order! If worse comes to worse, I at least would want people to know who killed me when my dead body shows up in a field somewhere.)

I'd have enjoyed this book MUCH better if Haven wasn't such a wimp and would have saved herself occasionally instead of waiting for others to do it for her.

I love Lisa Kleypas's books, but I wish we could cross Haven's personality with some of Linda Howard's strong women characters who TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By pb_reader on January 13, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
This was my first Lisa Kleypas book, and it's great! I would have read Sugar Daddy first, but this was a gift. I'd recommend starting with Sugar Daddy, so you can learn some of the characters you meet in Blue Eyed Devil.

The story is told from the first person POV of Haven Travis. While that's not typically my favorite POV, it really worked for this story. Haven's first relationship in the story is incredibly difficult and far too common. I like how well Ms. Kleypas told her story. It made me root for Haven the whole time. Her strength is inspiring, and she's a terrific heroine.
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