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Devil in Spring (The Ravenels) by [Kleypas, Lisa]
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A gratifying series starter from a not-to-be-missed romance author. (Kirkus)

The first in a new historical series delivers everything readers have come to expect from RITA Award-winning Kleypas, including insightful characterization, an abundance of super-charged sexual chemistry, a dash of dry humor, and a to-die-for hero, all of which will have the author's legions of fans giddy with delight at her triumphant return to historical romance. (Booklist)

Kleypas is an amazing writer. In my opinion, she might be the most technically skilled historical romance author out there. (Smart Bitches, Trashy Books)

Cold-Hearted Rake brings to mind some of the best elements of her Hathaway, Wallflower, Gambler, and Capital Theatre series novels . . . Reading Kleypas' long-awaited return to historical is akin to walking into the arms of an old friend. (Heroes and Heartbreakers)

A cadre of three dimensional characters who captivate from the moment you meet them and a multilayered plot that allows the characters to grow will keep fans intrigued by this addictive, rewarding story. (Library Journal)

Readers are introduced to the unforgettable characters and their original personalities through a delightful storyline peppered with sharp repartee and steamy sensuality. (RT Book Reviews)

I simply cannot wait to see where Kleypas goes with the next three books. I also need her to write them faster. SERIOUSLY FASTER. I'd recommend this book for anyone who likes their happily ever afters to involve corsets, their sexual tension to involve witty banter, and their books to end with the promise of more. (Romance and Smut)

Kleypas is a masterful writer, and her latest offering will be welcomed by fans old and new. (Kirkus)

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From beloved New York Times bestseller Lisa Kleypas, the third in her Ravenels series.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1701 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (21 Feb. 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B010PHIF04
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,552 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I am glad I avoided reviews before reading this book, because I was sure that the title meant that Gabriel, Lord St. Vincent, son of Sebastian and Evie, would be a similar character to his father. Other than looking like him, Gabriel was not a rake, nor the rather cold, self-centred person that Sebastian was at the beginning of his own story, but a kind, understanding, intelligent man who was brought up in the confines of his aristocratic background, but within a warm, loving family. His relationship with his father was lovely, treating each other with respect but great familiarity and openness.

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.
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I have and Always will be a fan of Lisa Kleypas. I am never disappointed with her books and I couldn't wait for this one to arrive.
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!
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What story wouldn't be enjoyable when it starts with the mature version of what for many of us is the perfect romantic hero ,Sebastian Lord St Vincent now the Duke of Kingston in a romantic moment with his beloved wife Evie. Shebang. Their son Gabriel is also gorgeous,a scoundrel who compromises the quirky Lady Pandora Ravenel. She dreams of pursuing her own business and fears that this would be incompatible with marriage. How t g eye resolve it n a j especially for a lovely story.
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Great love story about a very unconventional character. The protagonist is lively, colorful and quite eccentric for her time. Her love interest, a jaded man with specific appetites longing to be seen as more than a title on legs. They embark on a romance, a bit of action and a lot of tender moments. My only issue with the book is that we never really find out what Gabriel's "exciting tastes" were except for a tiny little hint. Also, the plot about the infamous mistress could have been developed loads more and added to the conflict. I just felt as if the story was anticlimactic. Otherwise, pretty good read.
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The heroine of The Devil in Spring is Pandora, one of the three daughters of the (thankfully) now deceased Earl and Countess Trenear - so neglectful they might as well have allowed their offspring to have been raised by wolves. Pandora is particularly eccentric. She dislikes society, hates dancing (we find out why later), does not wish to marry (she would lose everything she owns to her husband), and would much rather create board games. If this sounds a little far-fetched for a Victorian heroine, Lisa Kleypas does mention in her notes that the character was partly inspired by Elizabeth Magie, who created a precursor to Monopoly called The Landlord's Game.

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.
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