Devil’s Daughter by Lisa Kleypas

April 22, 2019 Book Reviews 3

Devil’s Daughter by Lisa KleypasDevil's Daughter by Lisa Kleypas
Series: Ravenels #5
Published by Avon on February 19, 2019
Genres: Historical Romance
Pages: 375
Format: eARC, eBook
Source: the publisher
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Also in this series: Cold-Hearted Rake, Marrying Winterborne, Devil in Spring, Hello Stranger
Also by this author: Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor, Rainshadow Road, Dream Lake, Crystal Cove, Cold-Hearted Rake, Marrying Winterborne, Devil in Spring, Hello Stranger

New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas delivers a scintillating tale of a beautiful, young widow who finds passion with the one man she shouldn't...

Although beautiful young widow Phoebe, Lady Clare, has never met West Ravenel, she knows one thing for certain: he's a mean, rotten bully. Back in boarding school, he made her late husband's life a misery, and she'll never forgive him for it. But when Phoebe attends a family wedding, she encounters a dashing and impossibly charming stranger who sends a fire-and-ice jolt of attraction through her. And then he introduces himself...as none other than West Ravenel.

West is a man with a tarnished past. No apologies, no excuses. However, from the moment he meets Phoebe, West is consumed by irresistible desire...not to mention the bitter awareness that a woman like her is far out of his reach. What West doesn't bargain on is that Phoebe is no straitlaced aristocratic lady. She's the daughter of a strong-willed wallflower who long ago eloped with Sebastian, Lord St. Vincent—the most devilishly wicked rake in England.

Before long, Phoebe sets out to seduce the man who has awakened her fiery nature and shown her unimaginable pleasure. Will their overwhelming passion be enough to overcome the obstacles of the past?

Only the devil's daughter knows...

I received a review copy of this book from the publisher.

This book may not be suitable for readers under 17 years of age.

Review

I loved Devil’s Daughter! From the moment Phoebe and West met right through the epilogue, I wouldn’t change a thing. (Well, hardly anything.) I loved how Phoebe grew and changed, not only in the evolution of her feelings toward West, but in taking charge of her own life and of her son’s estate. The ways in which both Phoebe and West interacted with her sons was delightful—a far cry from the norms of the era, but perfectly in keeping with both their characters. I chuckled over Sebastian’s “meddling,” especially since he was always right. And of course, Phoebe and West’s romance was beautifully written. The only thing I wish had been different is more for the sake of a character than for the story: as I was reading, I wished West were a little more forgiving toward himself, a little more clear-sighted about the admirable man he has become. His feelings are completely believable, and I think we all beat ourselves up over the things in our pasts that we’re ashamed of, but I hurt for him nonetheless. He reminds me in more than a few ways of Sebastian, and Devil in Winter was hands-down my favorite Wallflowers book (though I loved them all.) So it was lovely to also see more of Sebastian and Evie in this book.

There’s not a single book in the Ravenels series I haven’t enjoyed, and I know I’ll be rereading them (and Kleypas’s other books) for years to come. But I have a special fondness for this book and Devil in Spring because they link the Ravenels with the Wallflowers, specifically with Sebastian and Evie’s family. I know that connection won’t be at the forefront of the next book, Chasing Cassandra, but I’m still looking forward to it with eagerness and curiosity. It’s time for Cassandra to come into her own. I’m honestly not sure it’s possible to make Tom Severin into a romantic hero, but if anyone can do it, Lisa Kleypas can.

 

About Lisa Kleypas

LISA KLEYPAS is the RITA award-winning author of 35 historical and contemporary romance novels. Her books are published in more than 20 languages and are bestsellers all over the world.

A graduate of Wellesley College with a political science degree, Lisa was chosen as “Miss Massachusetts” for the 1985 Miss America contest. She published her first novel at age twenty-one. Lisa lives in Washington State with her husband; they have two children.

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