Also in this series: Cold-Hearted Rake, Marrying Winterborne, Hello Stranger
Series: The Ravenel's #3
Published by Avon on January 1st 1970
Genres: Historical Romance, Regency Era
Source: Self Purchased
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...
Lady Pandora Ravenel isn’t like all the other debutantes, she isn’t preoccupied with looking for a suitable match, or talking non sessically about the weather, she is always looking for new designs for her board games and the best ways to implement them. While doing a favor for a friend, she gets caught in a delicate position and before she knows it she is compromised by none other than Gabriel St. Vincent. Gabriel has spent years making sure he would never be caught in a scandal, and for the first time he is caught but he isn’t all that unpleased about it. There is something about Pandora and her resistance to marriage that intrigues him. He knows he will need to convince her that they are well suited, that he would never control or try to change her. But will Pandora discover a life with Gabriel worth the sacrifice, a tender and sweet love she never expect to find…
Gabriel St. Vincent, was raised in a loving home with parents who raised him to be strong and resilient. To be kind and considerate and supportive. Gabriel is careful with the sexual appetites he has and never to be discovered. His father’s rakish reputation is placed upon his shoulders. Gabriel is a hero you can swoon over. He is the perfect mix of both Sebastian and Evie (Our couple in Devil in Winter) He is charming, tender, accepting but he is also playful and inherited his father’s rakish nature. I loved his character so much, he just makes me smile just thinking about him and his mischievous nature that is sexy as sin.
Being imaginative and playful doesn’t make you any less of an adult.” Gabriel said gently. “It only makes you a more interesting one.”
Pandora Ravenel is not like the rest of her family. She is a hellion, was free at a young age to go wild and free and explore. Her mind thinks in different ways and she can be a bit untamed. She doesn’t understand society’s restrictions on women and refuses to get married and lose her rights as a person and seeing her dreams go out the window. Pandora was a heroine I honestly wasn’t sure how much I would like in this one. But seriously, after the first chapter I knew I would really adore her character and Kleypas has such a talented way of winning you over. Pandora is free thinking, spirited, and not concerned with the Ton. She has a crafty mind, very intelligent but says exactly what is on her mind.
Plot and Story Line
Now I honestly can’t say that this is my all time favorite book that this author has written(Because I just LOVE everything she writes)…but it is the most surprising and crafty romance I have ever read from her. This book surprised me in so many ways, I honestly had high hopes for this book and Lisa Kleypas surpassed all my expectations from this book. And there were so many fun moments, a feisty and clever dialogue that will keep you thirsty for more. The story starts off with seeing Evie and Sebastian together (yeah loved this part but it sets the stage for the story and we also get some delightful moments of Westcliff) then we see the scandal that happens. Now its all very innocent but doesn’t look good in the end.
Why would I be amused by the sight of a young woman posing upside down on a piece of furniture?”
I’m not posing. My dress is caught in the settee. And I would be much obliged if you would help me out of it!”
“The dress or the settee?” the stranger asked, sounding interested
Now Pandora is all resistant to marrying Gabriel. She doesn’t see the need for it. However Gabriel is persistent and convinces her and some of her family to come to an estate for a visit. This is basically where Gabriel and Pandora discover and learn each other and the more time they spend together, the more they fall in love with one another. I loved the built up of their relationship. They have powerful chemistry that is off the charts, (and man can Kleypas write a fantastic kissing scene) and we see the relationship that Gabriel has with his parents and his siblings. Gabriel isn’t sure of Pandora at first. She is so different from any other woman he has met, but he is soon captivated by her. His family easily accepts her too, in fact they are all quite charmed by her.
You dazzle me, Pandora. Every beautiful, fascinating kinetic molecule of you. The night we met, I felt you like an electric shock. Something about you calls to the devil in me. I want to take you to bed for days at a time. I want to worship every inch of you while minutes smolder like moths that dance to the flame.
As Pandora is of them, she rarely gets such quick acceptance from people. And seriously Gabriel and Pandora when they get together it is simply swoon worthy, I love the way they build love and trust with each other. They share passion that is sizzling, but they also have a strong emotional bond that shines through the pages. And we get a bit of a teaser toward the end that leaves you curious to see how Kleypas is going to handle that angle. This romance leaves you with a giddy and floating in the air happy feel and wrote this book in such a delicate way and just proves how truly talented she is at writing romances that leaves you breathless and eager for more.
How can you NOT love this cover…its simply breathtaking!!! I love the colors here, the blues are so very pretty and love the floral background. And the stepback pose is so very romantic.
Devil In Spring is a sensual filled romance that has a clever dialogue, characters to melt your heart and an engaging plot that delights and shocks you from time to time. Get read for a tale of a lifetime. A LUSCIOUS AND DEEPLY RIVETING TALE
Dangerous creatures, wallflowers. Approach them with the utmost caution. They sit quietly in corners, appearing abandoned and forlorn, when in truth they’re sirens who lure men to their downfall. You won’t even notice the moment she steals the heart right out of your body–and then it’s hers for good. A wallflower never gives your heart back.
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