Tuesday, May 23, 2017


Devil in Spring: The Ravenels, Book 3 by [Kleypas, Lisa]
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

I LOVED this one. Pandora was charming in her outspoken, unconventional way.  Gabriel was a charming rake of sorts who comes from an unconventional family.  I loved them both on their own as as an attempted couple.  The more Gabriel gets to know Pandora, the more he wants her.  And she fights giving up her independence most of the way.  I can't even begin to tell you how many times I laughed out loud at some of the conversations between the two of them.  That doesn't even begin to count the times when it just made me grin.  I loved how Pandora's mind was always working and that she was intelligent and had fun making up words.  They just seemed to flow out of her naturally.
Even additional characters were a lot of fun.  You can see where Gabriel got some of his seductive ways once you are introduced to his father.  That's not a bad thing though because his father is a reformed rake wildly in love with his own wife.   He had a great sense of humor too which he passed onto his son.  Just listening to him was funny too.  Families on both side were a great addition to the story and I really enjoyed them too. 
There is more to the story than just the fight to win Pandora to marriage, and the adjustments after they marry. Although that was fun in itself.  There are some plots, action, some surprises and also some "liberties" taken before marriage.  There is also several scenes of marital sex too, so if that makes you uncomfortable, skim over those parts and enjoy the rest of the story.

For me I think this was a character driven story and it won me over.

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