Devil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas
Series: The Ravenels #3
Also in this series: Cold-Hearted Rake, Devil in Spring, Hello Stranger
Published by Avon
Publication Date: February 21st 2017
Genres: Historical Romance
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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...
Business minded Pandora has no desire to get married. She wants to be an independent woman and she’s doing that with the help of her brother-in-law, Rhys Winterbourne. She makes board games and plans to build factories and employ lots of women. If she got married she’d have to give up all control and money earned and she’s not about to do that. She hangs out at balls during her first season making up excuses to avoid dancing with men. Unfortunately she gets caught in what is considered a compromising position with Lord St. Vincent and can’t seem to get out of it.
Gabriel isn’t thrilled with the thought of getting married and of course Pandora keeps telling him no. The more he gets to know her, however, the more he thinks that being married to her would be amazing and he soon falls in love with her. Pandora puts up a fight until the end but her heart is soon just as engaged as Gabriel’s.
This was a sweet romantic story. Pandora is brusque and pushy but I truly admired her drive and ambition. I know that wasn’t something that was admired back then but that made me like her even more.
Gabriel was a great character. He is the son of Evie and Sebastian (from Devil in Winter) and has a good head on his shoulders. He soon sees that Pandora isn’t like any other women and that’s a good thing, in his mind. He even goes so far as to get a dispensation from the Archbishop of Canterbury to have the word “obey” stricken from their marriage ceremony. 🙂
There was a bit of a mystery plot (I guess you’d call it mystery – maybe terrorist?) that was a bit odd. It had to do with a printer that Pandora went to see about one of her board games. I kind of felt that it was put in there just to put the heroine in peril and have us meet the detective, Ethan Ransom, (that may or may be attached to the Ravenels in some way) and that did nothing for me. It ended up being a bit out there but wrapped up nicely.
Overall I really liked the book a lot. I liked the characters and the romance and that was the main focus. I’m anxious to see what the next book in the series brings.
Rating: 4 out of 5