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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 ›
Luckily, Evangeline discovers that her husband is not totally selfish and promiscuous and Sebastian discovers that his wife is not a total doormat. Evangeline can and does take up for herself, although at times it is difficult for her. Her father is owner of a wealthy gaming club in London, which Sebastian and Evangeline will inherit upon his death. The happy couple elopes to Gretna Green and returns to London, where Sebastian begins to manage the Club. Evie's selfish relatives attempt to kidnap her and force a marriage with her worthless cousin, but that is quickly foiled (they were to annul the marriage).
There is more danger for the couple, though, from an unknown source. This carries the plot through the second half of the book, which was the most emotionally intense. Both of the main characters are fearful of commitment: she due to her past treatment by relatives (and a physical rejection of sorts by her father)and Sebastian's due to the loss of his sisters and mother. This was an enjoyable sequel that is highly-recommended. Looking forward to Book # 4!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I adored this book. Evie and Sebastian's is a timeless story of love's power allowing two people to find not only their own strength, but acceptance and redemption. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Laurie Oh
Eve and Sebastian's story so moving and unpredictable. Lisa Kleypas was able to show how two damaged souls could complete each other and tunrned out to be exactly what they'd been... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Karen Hashida Iso
This is a convoluted Cinderella story. It starts with Cinderella offering herself and her money to get away from the ugly family who treats her badly. Read morePublished 8 days ago by wade2u
(Dear Reader: If you haven't read -- or listened to -- this series (on audio @Audible), you can't truly call yourself a fan of HRs. Read morePublished 10 days ago by bluestategirl
I felt as if I've read this book before but it's just so good I could read it over and over again. I love Sebastian and Evie. Read morePublished 11 days ago by StacyS
A great story with great characters. I can't wait for the next in the series!Published 12 days ago by Metaphys
ONe of my favorite of the Wallflower series , which is my favorite series of Lisa 'sPublished 12 days ago by Robert Parker fan
I love the character progression in this book, especially Sebastian. What girl wouldn't adore the story of the cold, perfect, selfish, sex-on-legs man who gradually thaws and... Read morePublished 13 days ago by Crystin Goodwin