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The Devil in Winter (The Wallflowers, Book 3) Mass Market Paperback – February 28, 2006
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About the Author
New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas graduated from Wellesley College with a political science degree. She’s a RITA award-winning author of both historical romance and contemporary women’s fiction. She lives in Washington State with her husband Gregory and their two children.
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St. Vincent has returned from his foiled attempt to kidnap, wed and seduce Lillian Bowman. Beaten and downtrodden, he's not expecting the shy and reclusive redhead that insists on entry into his home. Even more surprising, he's astonished at Evangeline Jenner's proposal of marriage - a marriage of convenience in which she receives sanctuary and protection from her abusive family and he gets what he so desperately needs. That would be money, of course. The daughter of a notorious gaming club owner and a rumored half-wit, St. Vincent never thought he'd be stooping to such a level as to consider Evie's offer. Hard times call for desperate measures, on both their parts, and the two are quickly off the Gretna Green for an elopement of the not-so-heart. Both are determined to maintain their distance, but both are in for some eye opening experiences, ones where prior assumptions and false conclusions about one another will be tossed to the curb. Is it really possible for a self-professed rake to do a complete one eighty? The chances are good for St. Vincent, and watching his awakening to Evie's not so obvious charms is a wonderful experience.Read more ›
The story is set up as a Marriage of Convenience plot, with the (previously) timid, stuttering heiress Evie approaching gorgeous, financially-strapped libertine Sebastian with an offer of marriage. Evie is desperate to escape from her abusive, overbearing maternal relatives in order to nurse her ailing, consumptive father through his final days. Viewing marriage as her only option and realizing that Sebastian is in desperate need of money, Evie proposes an elopement to Gretna Green and Sebastian sardonically agrees to the plan. Evie's bargain involves consummation of the marriage to make it legal, but no lovemaking after the first night (Ha! As if!!!)
During their road trip to Scotland for the elopement, the couple begins to bond and (rather unwillingly) to develop feelings for each other.Read more ›
The first book I would rate as a 4 star. The second a 5 star. This one rates only a 3 star despite having the two most interesting characters in the series.
I love the idea of the shy, stuttering virgin with the world weary rake. The problem was with the execution. This is not something I would normally ever say about a Lisa Kleypas novel.
My problems with this book were as follows:
1. Sebastian seemed to convert from cold and aloof to warm and tender much too fast.
2. After the elopement, the main characters stayed in one location for the rest of the book. I would have loved to see how they acted in polite society after their marriage. I would have dearly loved to see how other people treated them in society.
3. The villians seemed to be evil for the sake of being evil. I know this is romance, but give me some layers and dimension to your secondary (and tertiary) characters, please.
4. From the previous novel we know that Sebastian is estranged from his father. It would have been nice to have a scene with his father in it in this book.
Things I liked about this book:
1. The love scenes. Say what you will about the rest of the book, Lisa Kleypas knows how to write a really steamy sex scene without overdosing on the cheese factor.
2. The Gretna Green wedding. I've read dozens of romance novels that feature an "anvil wedding" but none ever gave as much detail as this one. Kudos for that.
Overall, it's certainly worth reading. Although, I might suggest waiting until you can get it at a used bookstore.
If this is your first Lisa Kleypas book, may I suggest reading "Dreaming of You?" It's one of her best.
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This is seriously one of my favorite romance novels I've ever read. You won't be disappointed!! The setting is very exciting with a thrilling plot and characters that are actually... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I'm not usually a fan of historical romance but I absolutely loved this deeply emotional series. My favorites were . Read morePublished 1 month ago by db
This was an epic love story that is one of my top 10 books of all time. It was one of the best read of a reformed rake (man-whore to the 10th degree). Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kindle Junkies
It is a fun series. Each one of the books cares to the next wallflower.Published 1 month ago by Karen Carter
I loved this book so much that I could hardly wait for the next book in the series to come out "Marrying Winterbourne".Published 1 month ago by Lucille Snyder
I got this on kindle but already had it in paperback.
It was a re read for me but oh, it was so great reliving this story. Read more
Reread this after many years ! I think it's still my favorite of the series!Published 2 months ago by Judycakes