Title: Devil in Spring
Series: The Ravenels #3
Author: Lisa Kleypas
Release Date: Feb 21, 2017
Genres: Historical Romance
Blurb: 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…
Note: This series should be read in order. If you haven’t read the first couple books, this will contain some spoilers.
I was soooo excited to read this book! I have absolutely adored Pandora from the start. I love that she cares nothing about decorum or marrying to suit others. She’s so very independent and just down right funny! I was really curious how Kleypas would match her, and I feel like she did Pandora justice.
Gabriel and Pandora meet in a comical circumstance that perfectly suited Pandora’s character. They are compromised, and Gabriel is determined to try to do right by her so that she isn’t ruined. Pandora could care less, though, and is too much concerned about what she stands to lose if she were to marry.
I loved that no matter how mad and agitated she became, Gabriel was only drawn closer to her. Sparks flew between them! And his patience with her was just the sweetest. Plus, you get to see them truly grow to love each other.
One of my favorite things about this book is that their story doesn’t end with the wedding. We get to see them navigate the start of their marriage and that makes for some exciting scenes. There are problems with the previous mistress and a big mystery surrounding one of the companies Pandora is looking to use for her board games. Things get quite intense! And through it all, I absolutely loved Pandora’s positive attitude.
The only thing I didn’t like was that sometimes Gabriel was inclined to treat her like a child. She was for sure often filled with childlike wonder and a bit of naivety, but often her wisdom surpassed his. However, I really loved seeing them work through all of their issues as a couple in such a positive and respectful light. 4.5 Stars! I am definitely looking forward to the next Ravenel book!
I have been a little bit absent over that last several days. My youngest son had some dental work done Thursday, and then we celebrated his birthday Saturday. And I have to say that my free time has been a little consumed with Duolingo. My oldest wants to work at being fluent with Spanish between now and the end of the year (on top of taking a full load of college classes and working – go him!). I have taken a lot of Spanish and have taught my kids Spanish for a couple years, but I wouldn’t at all say we’re anywhere near fluent. But, I have made some serious progress using Duolingo over the past week. And well, I’ve become a little addicted. LOL! My son is wrapping up his summer semester this week, and I expect him to get started after that. I’m ready to start having some conversations!