Monthly Gem: ‘Devil in Spring’ By Lisa Kleypas

 

Title:  Devil in Spring

Series:  The Revenels, Book 3

Genre:  Historical Romance

Age category:  Adult

Release Date:  February 21, 2017

Descriptive Blurb:   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 . . .

Review

“A heart-warming romantic gem.”

My Impressions:  Ahhhh…Evie and Sebastian are back!  Yes, for those die hard Kleypas fans, ‘Devil is Spring’ is the story of Gabriel, their eldest son.  This was a pleasant surprise to revisit one of my favorites couplings from Kleypas’ previous Wallflowers Quartet.

Hearts and Flowers:  I wasn’t sure about Gabriel and Pandora at first.  I mean, I liked them separately…Gabriel’s mocking quips and irreverent personality is adorably reminiscent of his dad Sebastian (eh, but with less rancor than pops).  Pandora is more of a mystery…she’s like a Bohemian Flower Child.  She has no boundaries, no impulse control, no attention span and no mental filter…whatever she’s thinking at any given moment tends to pop right out of her mouth no matter what the actual conversation is about.  It’s amusing…and confusing, all at once.  I almost felt sorry for anyone who tried to engage her in conversation.  [That poor fellow at dinner who became the victim of her mashed potato cloud diagram…LOL!]  Gabriel seems to be the only person willing…or able to keep up with her whimsical and random babble.  But as things progressed, I warmed up to their connection…it was actually rather sweet how Gabriel let her be herself.  He is pretty much the only person outside of maybe her twin Cassandra who not only let her be her…but he seemed to genuinely prefer her that way.  Their little after-hours rendezvous cemented my love for this pairing …when Gabriel basically let her say and do whatever she wishes, and seemed overjoyed with both her and himself.  I love it.

Funny Bone:  These two were hilariously funny.  The conversations they got into…Pandora’s complete lack of proper etiquette…or embarrassment.  Honestly, any situation that Pandora got into with anyone was generally giggle-worthy.  Gabriel’s commentary…and reactions to her tickled my funny bone as well.  As did Sebastian’s sardonic advice and observations.  Even Gabriel’s sister Phoebe gets into the act.  Oh Lawd!  At one point, I literally had to put the book down until I could compose myself.

Minor Beefs:  Not much to complain about here.  Although…the prose was a bit wordy.  To the point where I think it could have benefited from a more hard-nose edit.  But to be fair there was a lot of things going on at once.  The love story, the police/government intrigue, and updates from characters and couples from previous books [Dr. Garett Gibson, The Winterbornes, Devon/Kathleen & the whole crew of Revenels].  There were also several major players from the previous Wallflowers series that turned up [Sebastian/Evie & their Fam, even Westcliff makes a cameo].

Random Thoughts:  Will we get to see Westcliff and Lillian’s kids??  Pretty please!  Also, I’m rather anxious for the next installation in the Revenels series…which I assume will be Cassandra’s story.  Hmmm, I wonder what manner of man she will end up with?  The mind boggles.

Cliff-Notes:  No, no real cliffhanger.  There were a few minor strings left hanging in the intrigue subplot, but this is to be expected, as this is the 3rd book in a series and there must be some sort of continuity between installments.  Just keeps things interesting.

The Verdict: A light-hearted romantic read…this is the Kleypas of old.

 

D. Alyce Domain

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