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Devil's Daughter written by Lisa Kleypas
Genres: Historical Romance
Series: The Ravenels #5
Published by Avon
Publication Date: February 19, 2019
Source: the Publisher
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New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas delivers a scintillating tale of a beautiful, young widow who finds passion with the one man she shouldn't...
Although beautiful young widow Phoebe, Lady Clare, has never met West Ravenel, she knows one thing for certain: he's a mean, rotten bully. Back in boarding school, he made her late husband's life a misery, and she'll never forgive him for it. But when Phoebe attends a family wedding, she encounters a dashing and impossibly charming stranger who sends a fire-and-ice jolt of attraction through her. And then he introduces himself...as none other than West Ravenel.
West is a man with a tarnished past. No apologies, no excuses. However, from the moment he meets Phoebe, West is consumed by irresistible desire...not to mention the bitter awareness that a woman like her is far out of his reach. What West doesn't bargain on is that Phoebe is no straitlaced aristocratic lady. She's the daughter of a strong-willed wallflower who long ago eloped with Sebastian, Lord St. Vincent—the most devilishly wicked rake in England.
Before long, Phoebe sets out to seduce the man who has awakened her fiery nature and shown her unimaginable pleasure. Will their overwhelming passion be enough to overcome the obstacles of the past?
Only the devil's daughter knows...
There is a reason why Lisa Kleypas is called the Queen of Historical Romance (in my romance circle, at least) and this book basically sums it up! Devil’s Daughter is everything I hoped of and more! In fact, it’s better than the other books in this series and actually reminded me of the older Lisa Kleypas books!
Let’s start with the hero.
Lisa Kleypas heroes are one of my favorite heroes – in fact, she knows how to redeem the baddies like Sebastian, Lord St. Vincent, now the Duke of Kingston and Rhys Winterborne (more on this later). She also knows how to write heroes who turn into book boyfriend material.
West Ravenel is one hero who used to be a bully, in fact, he used to bully Phoebe’s husband! It was really interesting how Lisa Kleypas redeemed him, especially since Phoebe really hated West.
Then there are her heroines.
I love all of Lisa Kleypas’ heroines! Pheobe is not the exception! I love her so much as a heroine and of course, as a mother. I’ve only read a few historical romances where heroines have children, so this one was refreshing to me.
And basically all her secondary characters.
It’s not a secret that her Wallflowers series is one of the best historical romance series ever and ALL OF THE WALLFLOWERS MAKE AN APPEARANCE! I mean, I can’t get enough of all the name dropping here! Simon Hunt (my fave Wallflower hero) even gets a mention in a conversation between Sebastian and West! Also, Daisy is an author now and is writing a book inspired by Sebastian! And Marcus and Lillian’s kids! Oh and Annabelle and Simon’s kids! I just can’t help but geek out!
Also, who else was falling in love with silver fox Sebastian as a doting grandpa? I also can’t help but compare him to West and I actually wished I could whisper to West that he was talking to an ex-wastrel just like him!
The romance and the banter!
I love the romance between Phoebe and West! Also the banter! I actually laughed out loud when they were coming up with a poem together at the dinner table. And the threat that West gave to the footman who was snickering behind them was gold! I can go on and on about the banter but I tell you, it’s so good!
The romance and sexy times were amazing, too! It was sweet and sexy and hot and also there was a mention of Phoebe’s stretch marks in a positive way that I can’t help but fall in love with him all over again!
I had to take off half a star though.
So here’s the thing. As much as I loved the heroine and Sebastian, there were some things that I can’t help but notice. Sebastian mentioned that he should have seen that Phoebe was educated in running an estate because her husband was not well and was sure to pass away at a young age (he was sickly since he was a boy), so why didn’t he? He was supposed to be an aristocrat that was an advanced thinker. In fact, Phoebe’s brother Gabriel was mentioning this to her.
Another thing that I noticed was on Phoebe herself. She basically changed herself just so she could marry Henry and suppressed her own personality. As someone who grew up in Evie and Sebastian’s home, I had a hard time believing that. In fact, we can see her sassiness and snark pop-in throughout the book. I do want to give her credit though because she does mention this to West in their conversation.
Which is why I am just taking half a star off my total rating.
I thoroughly enjoyed Devil’s Daughter so much and hope that Lisa Kleypas writes the Wallflowers spin-off that we are absolutely clamoring for!
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