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Devil in Spring: The Ravenels, Book 3 Kindle Edition
|Kindle Edition, 21 February 2017|| |
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New York Times bestselling author LISA KLEYPAS delivers the unforgettable tale of a strong-willed beauty who encounters her match in one of London’s most notorious—yet irresistible—rakes . . .
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 . . .
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An eccentric wallflower . . .
Most debutantes dream of finding a husband, but Lady Pandora Ravenel is an ambitious young beauty who 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, 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.
A perilous plot . . .
After succumbing to Gabriel's sensuous persuasion, Pandora agrees to become his bride. But soon she discovers that her entrepreneurial endeavors have involved her in a dangerous conspiracy. 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 . . .
New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas graduated from Wellesley College with a political science degree. She is a RITA(R) Award-winning author of both historical romance and contemporary women's fiction. She lives in Washington State with her husband and their two children.--Library Journal (starred review) --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
About the Author
Lisa Kleypas is the award-winning author of nearly forty books of historical and contemporary romance, which have been translated into twenty-five languages. She is the recipient of two Rita awards and an RT Book Reviews Best Historical Romance award and has had several of her novels reach the New York Times bestseller list.
Mary Jane Wells (a.k.a. McAllister Lee) is a British actress, writer, voice-over artist, and Earphones Award and Audie Award-winning narrator. A graduate of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, she held a recurring role on the BBC's Half Moon Investigates and narrated the BBC Three television show My Children, which won a Scottish BAFTA.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B01FD92384
- Publisher : Avon (21 February 2017)
- Language : English
- File size : 3582 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 387 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0062371878
- Best Sellers Rank: #88,079 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- #871 in Victorian Historical Romance eBooks
- #1,557 in Regency Historical Romance eBooks
- #2,809 in Historical Romance (Books)
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The prologue is just AMAZING! The scene where Sebastian and Gabriel pay pool (Billiards? Pool? Whatever not important!) was amazing, meeting all the siblings was amazing! Loved Phoebe can’t wait for her to hook up with West. I love that Evie and St Vincent have 5 children – definitely living up to his reputation there! And the addition of their younger child was great as a sub character.
I only just finished reading Marrying Winterbourne and am still a bit of obsessed with it so when I read the update on Rhys and Helen and their baby I really wished LK had written those scenes. This was a totally different book to MW and Gabriel was a bit too nice to be a swoon worthy hero like Rhys but I loved this book for entirely different reasons.
This book also made me like Pandora. In Cold Hearted Rake she seemed childish, less so in Marrying Winterbourne and actually had a bit more to do with the plot. Now I totally get her personality. I found her to be hilarious and endearing. The way she went off on tangents and said the weirdest unladylike things reminded me of myself as I’m often saying weird things. The other day at work I asked my colleagues what type of bag they would be if they had to be a bag. So I think Pandora and I would get on! Her backstory was actually quite sad and I appreciate LK writing heroines with modern day values but not in a way that makes me roll and eyes and say that would never happen. I like how when she first tells Gabriel about her board game business and wanting her own independent he doesn’t quite get it. He accepted it after she explained her point of view but his first reaction was correct to the time period I felt.
The banter between Pandora and Gabriel was hilarious. I laughed out loud a few times.
‘I have conditions. Thousands of them.’
‘Yes to all of them.’
‘Starting with…I want my own bed-room.
‘Except for that.’
I thought Gabriel made up his mind to marry Pandora a little too quickly. The Ravanels books so far have a slight theme of the heroes falling a little to fast to be believable. Although I don’t think Gabriel was in love with Pandora at this point but he had certainly decided he had to have her.
The scene were Gabriel taught Pandora to waltz was very sweet and a great metaphor that succeeded in showing Pandora how they could work as team and be stronger together than they are apart. This book made me think about how much is sucked to be a women back then. I mean I’d rather have been a lady or at least somewhere decent on the social ladder so I didn’t live in poverty but to have to live within so many rules and restrictions! And to have to go from your father’s house to your husbands house, always being someone’s property! To be expected to be something nice for men to look at but not have any ambitions of your own! F8%& that!
It felt very much like a book of two halves. The first half felt like a very simple story that was simply a love story and I wondered what would fill the rest of the book. Once they were engaged it almost felt like an entirely different book. I was surprised to realise I was 68% through the story and not much had happened. But then a great deal happens in the last 32%
I started at this point to wonder if the mistress was ever going to feature or the development of the board game. Both did and I think a reasonably good story could have been concocted with these obstacles and without the need for spies and bombs and the like but I understand that Ransoms character needed to be introduced which incidentally had a cut scene that made me laugh out loud
‘No matter what you say or do, it’s not going to happen.’
‘Who would have thought my first outing would be to see the Price of Wales.’
I was unsurprised by how little character driven angst this book would have. Often HRs feature characters who are scarred from their upbringing so I was interested to see what Gabriel’s back story would be considering he was raised in a loving household. Most of the angst came from Pandora’s hearing issues and her inner struggle between wanting her freedom and wanting Gabriel. There wasn’t much to pad the story out which probably also explains the plot at the end.
One of the negative reviews I read said that Pandora’s character didn’t ungo any growth during the book and Gabriel did all the adapting and compromising. I can’t argue with that but I think the point was to find someone who could love Pandora as she was and wouldn’t try to change her. Neither does she try to change Gabriel.
I really appreciated the authors notes about medical procedures in that time frame. I trust LK to do her research but it’s nice to have that explanation at the end. I’ve got a good feeling about the next book as I already like both of the characters.
Loved Dragon too. Got Merripen vibes from him and he also reminded me of Harry’s assistant in Tempt me at Twilight in that he also cares about the heroine in his own way and I was kinda left with wanting a story for him - like I was with that character in TMAT.
In summary will I read this again one day - definitely. Will it make it onto my keepers shelf...not sure. I enjoyed it immensely but the characters didn’t give me all the feels like Rhys and Helen did. In that way it reminded me of Daisy’s book from the Wallflowers or Beatrice book from the Hathaways. Both enjoyable books but the characters didn’t get under my skin in the way of my favourites.
I was not so impressed with the early glimpses of Pandora in this book - I thought the twins were very childish when they were introduced in the two previous books, which couldn't entirely be explained away by their upbringing. I found this again with Pandora, now 21 years old, and still behaving childishly in some instances, including towards Gabriel. However, the author softened that side of her as she showed both parties changing and adapting to a very different type of relationship than the norm in their circle. I still felt that Gabriel did a lot of giving and tried very hard to accommodate all Pandora's wishes, while she gave the impression of taking and taking, which made her appear selfish and self-absorbed as she refused to compromise on any issues. That resolved itself later in the book, and as usual, LK gave us interesting information about society in that time - medicine, women's rights, the police and more. I am enjoying the series and look forward to the next instalment.
A reviewer hit the nail on the head, as far as I am concerned, when they said that Gabriel should have been given different parents. I think my expectations were too high because I knew in advance that this story was about Sebastian and Evie's son, and so I was instantly transported to the 'Wallflower' series, which I thought was very good, and 'Devil in Winter' is a book that, like many readers, I read again and again. When I read the first of the 'Ravenel' series, I had no preconceptions; I wasn't particularly taken with the first one, but loved the second one, 'Marrying Winterbourne', but I was content to judge each one on its merits. Bringing Sebastian and Evie back into the picture was perhaps setting the bar too high!
Lady Pandora Ravenel is a wonderfully crafted character – yes, she’s the innocent virgin the hero – Gabriel, Lord St. Vincent desires and wishes to marry, initially out of a sense of honour, but she’s also passionate, confident, kind and charming. Her energy and playfulness draw Gabriel in and have him entranced before he realises it. Pandora initially embodies what he thought a man of his station wouldn’t need/want, but he quickly realises how wrong he is.
The honestly in their interactions was endearing and I enjoyed seeing their relationship develop, there were plenty of moments where I just sighed in pleasure
"Thank you for being so frank with me," she said spontaneously. " It's nice to be treated like an adult." With a quick, awkward laugh, she added, "Even if I don't always behave like on."
“Being imaginative and playful doesn't make you any less of an adult," Gabriel said gently. "It only makes you are more interesting one."
Gabriel never becomes one of those historical leading males that tries to even slightly constrain the women he wants.
I devoured this book and found myself completely engrossed, now I need to re-read the earlier books in this series.
It was sort of like reuniting with long lost friends after years of being away and you see their kids. No longer babies but all grown up. Although, We get to glimpse some of the happily ever after of the former Lord and Lady St. Vincent, Evangeline and Sebastian with their children and grandchildren. And very tiny tease of Lord Westcliff of the wonderful Wallflower series.
Gabriel and Pandora were entertaining in their own right as it should be. I found my laughing out loud and Pandora's questions about the Pox had me in tears!
This is a lovely tale of loving outside the lines of societal convention, allowing themselves to be individuals with a bit of history on women's rights or the lack thereof and so much more.
I thoroughly enjoyed this one and I can only hope that Lisa writes more stories involving the Wallflower series children and oh also the Hathaway's children!
Our hero is Gabriel Challon, the son of Sebastian and Evie from The Devil in Winter (#3 Wallflowers series). Unlike his father, Gabriel is not a devil at all but a thoroughly nice man with a great sense of humour, who finds himself absolutely fascinated by Pandora, but rather taken aback that he has to convince her to marry him.
I found the character of Pandora highly original, although I can see some readers might find her annoying as she is so unconventional. Or as her equally original lady's maid puts it, 'only a donkey-headed halfwit' would turn Gabriel away. And I did love the way the two characters meet - Pandora gets tangled up in a piece of furniture and has to be rescued by Gabriel - brilliant!
So, I loved the characters. I loved meeting the new generation of the Challon family (I do hope they get their own books!) and catching up with Sebastian and Evie from The Devil in Winter. I loved the bit about the board games. The only thing that stopped this from being 5 stars is the rather random thriller plot at the end. I can't explain further because of spoilers. It just didn't seem to fit in with the rest of the story, which is very character driven.
Recommended if you love historical romances, particularly the kind of books written by Eloisa James and Julia Quinn. You might want to read The Devil in Winter (#3 in the Wallflower series) first though. And if you love unconventional heroines, you might also enjoy Love in the Afternoon (#5 Hathways series) by the same author.