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Devil in Spring: The Ravenels, Book 3 Mass Market Paperback – February 21, 2017
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“Spot-on historical detail, hilarious dialog, and an exquisitely appealing heroine make this book a winner. Quirky, witty, and sexy, this compelling romp is absolute bliss. An addictive tale that readers won’t want to put down.” (Library Journal (starred review))
“Kleypas has the ability to play on readers’ heartstrings in ways that compel them to laughter and tears, and allow them to create a deep emotional attachment to her characters. […] Once more, Kleypas proves why she is the grand dame of the genre.” (RT Book Reviews (4 1/2 stars))
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New York Times bestselling author LISA KLEYPAS delivers the unforgettable tale of a strong-willed beauty who encounters her match in one of London's most notorious--yet irresistible--rakes . . .
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 . . .--Library Journal (starred review)
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Speaking of Sebastian and Evie, their cameos and that of Westcliff of IT HAPPENED ONE AUTUMN made this book better for me, b/c the story itself is not an upgrade on anything Kleypas has written in the past. Perhaps my objections have to do with that trend towards writing second-generation romances, an obvious marketing ploy to take advantage of the popularity of first-generation romance couples but one that usually ends in disappointment and unfulfilled expectations for me. Cases in point for me are Lorraine Heath's Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James series spin-off from the earlier Scoundrels of St. James series, and Eloisa James Desperate Duchesses books after #6. And now Kleypas is using readers' love of the H and h of DEVIL IN WINTER to get us excited about this Spring version. IMO, if there had been no references to Gabriel's parentage and no cameo appearances of beloved characters, this would be a 2-star book; it's just that disjointed in plot and uninspired in writing.
But the elephant in the room of my indifference to the story is my actual dislike of the heroine. I've read some reviews here of readers who believe Pandora has undergone personality improvements and become more mature when compared to her behavior in the first two Ravenel books. If so, it wasn't all that obvious to me. I found her to be less than bright, self-obsessed and self-serving, careless of the feelings of others, and unwilling to compromise about anything. It's all about her, her, her. Gabriel gives and gives and gives in this story. Pandora takes and takes and takes.
Why Gabriel falls in love with Pandora is a puzzle to me. He obviously sees things that I don't and he continually praises her and thinks wonderful thoughts about her throughout the book. I'm happy that he is happy, but the book is unsuccessful in getting me to see her good points. She's quirky, but not in a cute way. She's very pretty, I hear, but he could have any beautiful woman he wants. Why her? She's stubborn and opinionated and oh-so-feminist but she's lacking in much logic and reasoning power.
And the story itself? Well, it has some interesting historical and cultural tidbits, but the plot was all over the place and a mishmash of things: Pandora's feminism/ Pandora's ear issues/ Gabriel's supposed dark sexual needs (really?)/ the OW (related to the "needs"/ a tacked-on danger element to show Kleypas's research about Victorian political provocateurs/ a near-death experience to show Kleypas's research about Victorian medical procedures. The writing is, of course, competent b/c it is written by Kleypas, but only that. It's not clever or witty or humorous or warm and fuzzy or poignant or angsty or anything that touched me emotionally or intellectually. It was just a storytelling event.
I was disappointed. I liked the first two books in this new series better. This one is a 2-star book that I gave an extra star for the Wallflowers connection. I've always loved Evie and Sebastian.
FINAL DECISION: So rarely does a highly anticipated sequel live up to expectations. While not as good as DEVIL IN WINTER, this book is a worthy successor. Will take a place on my favorites' shelf.
THE STORY: Gabriel, Lord St. Vincent has accidentally compromised an unusual young lady, Lady Pandora Ravenel. Neither, however, wants to marry -- Gabriel because he sees that Pandora is completely unsuitable to be the type of dignified wife he needs; Pandora because she has no intention of allowing any man to control her fate and life. Gabriel is fascinated with Pandora and finds himself drawn to her. Pandora finds in Gabriel a man who listens to her and respects her opinions, but the risk of becoming essentially his to control is something she doesn't want to risk even as she falls for him.
"No matter how she had tried to make herself want what she should want, she knew she would never be happy in a conventional life."
Pandora is an amazing creation. She is neurotic, opinionated, intelligent, oh so clever and yet sweet in a unique way. I loved just about everything about her. She is a different kind of wallflower. A woman who is so brilliant that she has difficulties with the social niceties that society demands. Always the odd person in the group, she has managed to forge a future for herself as a game designer. (I absolutely loved her devotion to her budding career). Everything about her character felt fresh and new and oh so lovely, especially for all of us who feel out of step with what people expect from us.
Gabriel is a hero who is so different from his father and yet has the best qualities of both his parents. He manages to be so incredibly caring and supportive of Pandora. She is a special person and Gabriel knows exactly how to care for her. He is kind and so so dreamy. Sexy and definitely a man in charge, he also has the gentleness of his mother and the benefit of having grown up in a loving family. He is a man who doesn't need to be reformed to be a wonderful man -- he just is.
"Your problem," his sister continued, "is that you're too good at maintaining that facade of godlike perfection. You've always hated for anyone to see that you're a mere mortal. But you won't win this girl that way." She began to dust the sand from her hands. "Show her a few of your redeeming vices, dear. She'll like you all the better for it."
I rarely love a book as much as I loved this one primarily because Gabriel was such a warm loving man and he made it his mission to balance out all the jagged edges of Pandora's life. His giving nature and willingness to put his own needs and desires aside to help fulfill Pandora was so wonderful to read about. He finds Pandora incredibly charming and she brings something to him that makes him want to protect her. And yet, he cannot crush her by forcing her to conform and be "safe".
"It was insane to let a creature so perfectly beautiful and artlessly spirited and vulnerable as his wife venture out into the world that could crush her with casual unconcern, and he had no choice to but allow it. For the rest of his life, he would feel a stab of dread every time she walked out the door, leaving him there with his heart wide open."
I loved this book and if I liked it a smidgen less than the book on Gabriel's parents it is only because the timeless trope of that book -- wallflower and rake -- is probably my favorite. But this one is original and fresh and very wonderful.
"Their marriage would be a partnership, just like their waltzing...not perfect, not always graceful, but they would find their way together."
Just incredibly lovely!
WORTH MENTIONING: I would buy this book for the Prologue alone where Evangeline and Sebastian from DEVIL IN WINTER are most prominent. One of my all time favorite books and the prologue shows why.
CONNECTED BOOKS: DEVIL IN SPRING is the third book in the Ravenels series. This book is much better if read as part of the series, but a new reader should also include DEVIL IN WINTER which is from Kleypas's Wallflowers series. This book is a direct sequel from that book as it tells the story of the son of the DEVIL IN WINTER couple (who make appearances of their own).
STAR RATING: I give this book 5 stars.
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I was not so impressed with the early glimpses of Pandora in this book - I thought the twins were very childish when they were introduced in the two previous books, which couldn't entirely be explained away by their upbringing. I found this again with Pandora, now 21 years old, and still behaving childishly in some instances, including towards Gabriel. However, the author softened that side of her as she showed both parties changing and adapting to a very different type of relationship than the norm in their circle. I still felt that Gabriel did a lot of giving and tried very hard to accommodate all Pandora's wishes, while she gave the impression of taking and taking, which made her appear selfish and self-absorbed as she refused to compromise on any issues. That resolved itself later in the book, and as usual, LK gave us interesting information about society in that time - medicine, women's rights, the police and more. I am enjoying the series and look forward to the next instalment.
A reviewer hit the nail on the head, as far as I am concerned, when they said that Gabriel should have been given different parents. I think my expectations were too high because I knew in advance that this story was about Sebastian and Evie's son, and so I was instantly transported to the 'Wallflower' series, which I thought was very good, and 'Devil in Winter' is a book that, like many readers, I read again and again. When I read the first of the 'Ravenel' series, I had no preconceptions; I wasn't particularly taken with the first one, but loved the second one, 'Marrying Winterbourne', but I was content to judge each one on its merits. Bringing Sebastian and Evie back into the picture was perhaps setting the bar too high!
It was sort of like reuniting with long lost friends after years of being away and you see their kids. No longer babies but all grown up. Although, We get to glimpse some of the happily ever after of the former Lord and Lady St. Vincent, Evangeline and Sebastian with their children and grandchildren. And very tiny tease of Lord Westcliff of the wonderful Wallflower series.
Gabriel and Pandora were entertaining in their own right as it should be. I found my laughing out loud and Pandora's questions about the Pox had me in tears!
This is a lovely tale of loving outside the lines of societal convention, allowing themselves to be individuals with a bit of history on women's rights or the lack thereof and so much more.
I thoroughly enjoyed this one and I can only hope that Lisa writes more stories involving the Wallflower series children and oh also the Hathaway's children!
The Prologue was just delightful and it was wonderful seeing Sebastian and Evie still so in love even after 30 years of marriage and Sebastian has lost none of his devilment.
“The rest of the world can wait,” Sebastian said firmly. “I’m going to debauch you for the ten thousandth time, Evie – and for once, I want you to pay attention.”
“Yes, sir,” she said demurely, and looped her arms around her husband’s neck as he carried her to their bedroom.
Gabriel has clearly inherited traits from both his parents; handsome, witty, astute, charming and worldly like his father and kind, understanding and compassionate like his mother. As heir to a dukedom, he takes his responsibilities seriously, having assumed management of many of the family’s business interests at a young age. He is well aware of the expectations of others and carries the constant burden of having to maintain the perfect image. However, there is another side to him…his darker sexual appetites which his married mistress is more than happy to fulfil.
For the past two years, Nola had fully indulged Gabriel’s every desire, their encounters unhindered by morals or inhibitions. She always knew when to push the limits farther, coming up with new tricks to spark his interest and satisfy his complex desires
One of my niggles is that Ms. Kleypas never explores this aspect of Gabriel’s character in any real depth and, to me, it seemed like a contrived way of making Gabriel seem less than perfect.
By having Pandora suffering from ADHD, Ms. Kleypas has created a delightfully quirky, adorable heroine who is impulsive, spirited, creative and ambitious. A conventional life has no appeal at all for her and marriage is not on the cards. Pandora plans to support herself and live independently by becoming a business woman and marketing her new board game. I love her habit of making up words, such as calling the elaborate wooden curls and twists carved into the back of the settee, in which she gets her dress caught, swirladingles.
Pandora and Gabriel seem the most unlikely couple but Ms. Kleypas makes the romance work so beautifully. It is such a captivating blend of witty banter, heated kisses and tender, sensual love scenes. I love how Ms Kleypas imbues their romance with lovely touches of humour and this is one of my favourites exchanges:
“Are you thinking about the Queen?” he heard Pandora ask eventually, while the engorged length of his shaft throbbed vehemently between them. “Because if you are, it’s not working.”
Gabriel’s lips twitched at the helpful observation. He replied with his eyes still closed. “With you sitting on me in that sweet little nightdress, it wouldn’t matter if the Queen were standing in this room with a contingent of guards in full uniform.”
I also love it when Gabriel is whispering all the things he wants to do to Pandora but he’s whispering into her bad ear and she can’t hear him!
I loved meeting Sebastian and Evie’s other children and Ms. Kleypas portrays the loving relationship between the family so well. I was especially intrigued by Gabriel’s caustic older, widowed sister, Phoebe, and do hope she gets a Happy Ever After. Dr. Garrett Gibson and detective Ethan Ransome, who were both in Marrying Winterborne, make an appearance. I also loved seeing my favourite Wallflower hero, Westcliff, in a cameo role.
My other niggle concerned the dramatic event in the last quarter of the book. It seemed totally unrelated to the rest of the story and more like a plot device to highlight a possible future hero and heroine. However, my niggles in no way spoiled my enjoyment of the book.
MY VERDICT: Enchanting, romantic, sexy and funny – a winning combination.
So Devil in Winter has been an all time fav historicals of my mine (and why the paperback i have looks really ugly now). So the moment this book landed on my kindle I was all over it…and didn’t even move the 4-5 hours it took me to read it
Lady Pandora Ravenal, my sweet kind and very much ADHD suffering heroine. She’s was such a mixture of compassion, love, a penchant for trouble and intelligent that you couldn’t help fall in love with her.
Lord Gabriel St. Vincent, the heir to the dukedom and a very responsible and conservative man. He was also as Pandora called him silver tongued devil and obviously smitten with Pandora since their first meeting. He was an awesome hero, loving with his family, arrogant and charming and fiercely protective of Pandora.
Their romance was just so darn adorable, beautiful and amazingggg! They had such a gentle and then sparking chemistry, along with how their relationship developed they got to know the real each other and I loved how their was honestly between them from the start. Their (witty) banter and interactions were all done so well, we go through of them both not wanting to be married to dear god I really can’t live without you! and it’s just done in such a natural/wonderful way. Gahhh loveeedd it! They were wonderful together so was the writing and the plot and I shall a remain a forever fan of Lisa Kleypas’s historicals.
I loved how slightly horrified he was at the that his life was no longer going to be the clam and content future he had hoped for but would have hurricane of a woman as his wife. I LOVVVEEED how Gabriel did not at all try to change anything about Pandora he just loved her like she was, he was so gently and loving towards her *dreamy sigh* he could also be very charming and teasing but he really understood Pandora and made it so she was happy with something she never wanted to do to begin with.
Pandora was equally wonderful, she had no plans of ever really marrying let alone falling in love but being with Gabriel seeing who he really was, she couldn’t help but fall in love with him.
I also loved seeing Evie and Sebastian again them being the great parents and grandparents and still in love and lust with each other after all these years *Swoon* They had a beautiful family and I was sad to hear about their daughter.
All in all my favourite in the series. This book made me ridiculously happy and lived up to the expectations I had!
We also get to see who I believe is going to be the hero and heroine of the next book and I approve, the more I get to know Garrett Gibson the more I like her. She is so fascinating. And now I have to wait another year till I get my hands on the next book.
Final Verdict: The book had this enchanting quality that I adored, it’s swoon worthy, unique and a refreshing historical romance.
UPDATE: So I wrote this review when the book released I just never got around posting it because I couldn’t find the right images for the mood board ♀️ and anyhoo I’ve re-read this book for the second time since it’s release and I still love it so much, definitely a favourite of 2017!
Our hero is Gabriel Challon, the son of Sebastian and Evie from The Devil in Winter (#3 Wallflowers series). Unlike his father, Gabriel is not a devil at all but a thoroughly nice man with a great sense of humour, who finds himself absolutely fascinated by Pandora, but rather taken aback that he has to convince her to marry him.
I found the character of Pandora highly original, although I can see some readers might find her annoying as she is so unconventional. Or as her equally original lady's maid puts it, 'only a donkey-headed halfwit' would turn Gabriel away. And I did love the way the two characters meet - Pandora gets tangled up in a piece of furniture and has to be rescued by Gabriel - brilliant!
So, I loved the characters. I loved meeting the new generation of the Challon family (I do hope they get their own books!) and catching up with Sebastian and Evie from The Devil in Winter. I loved the bit about the board games. The only thing that stopped this from being 5 stars is the rather random thriller plot at the end. I can't explain further because of spoilers. It just didn't seem to fit in with the rest of the story, which is very character driven.
Recommended if you love historical romances, particularly the kind of books written by Eloisa James and Julia Quinn. You might want to read The Devil in Winter (#3 in the Wallflower series) first though. And if you love unconventional heroines, you might also enjoy Love in the Afternoon (#5 Hathways series) by the same author.
The romance between the H and h was well written and credible. I loved how Pandora clicked that she had to marry Gabriel or would be miserable without him and his cluelessness on this fact during the waltz scene. And also how brave Pandora was in declaring her love to Gabriel first.
We got to re-visit Sebastian and Evie (Gabriel's parents) and they were just as great as in their own book. Their words of wisdom to both their son and Pandora was delightful to read. I loved the fact that Evie and Sebastian had a child late in life and Sebastian in typical fashion was proud of his sexual prowess on getting his wife pregnant when she thought her child bearing years was over. So typical of Sebastian.
Characters from the previous two books were in full swing and Devon really upped his role as guardian to Pandora by insisting he wouldn't give his permission for the marriage without Pandora wanting it.
Waiting with baited breath for the next installment.
As a stand alone book this is a warm blanket of all lisa's lovely and beautiful writing skill, love it. It did not move me the way her last book did 'Marrying Winterbourne' but that is more taste than anything else. Hands down she is my most loved writer and can read her books over and over but this new series of books have a more sublte and quick quality as with her older books were weighty with gravitas, feeling and passion(sorry I'm Comparing) not to take away from this novel. It was good but not great. hope the next one is better. Thank you Lisa, just looking for some of that older magic!