Devil in Spring written by Lisa Kleypas
Narrated by Mary Jane Wells
Genres: Historical Romance
Reading Challenges: 2017 Goodreads Reading Challenge, 2017 Historical Romance Reading Challenge, 2017 Review Challenge
Series: The Ravenels #3
Published by HarperAudio
Publication Date: February 21st 2017
Source: Audible, Purchased
Format: Audiobook, Hardcover
Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
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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...
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Devil in Spring was absolutely DELIGHTFUL! Actually, I was a little bit worried about this book because although Pandora was very interesting in Cold-Hearted Rake and Marrying Winterborne, she tended to become very irritating, which really frustrated me. A LOT.
Finding out who the hero for this book was, BLEW me away! I actually re-read Devil in Winter last year because I was so excited! As many know, Sebastian St. Vincent is one of Lisa Kleypas’ favorite and beloved heroes. I can see why. But I don’t agree. I think Craven and McKenna take those spots TBH. But I digress. Gabriel St. Vincent, son of Evie and Sebastian (now Duke of Kingston), is the hero in Devil in Spring. And he is absolutely the right man for our Pandora, who has ADD. I mean, their first meeting had me cracking up!
I knew that Gabriel was the perfect man for Pandora because of his mother. Evie stutters and I’m pretty sure growing up with his unconventional parents had an impact on him. Which really made him understand Pandora.
I loved Pandora. She is so delightful and charming and just the perfect (not perfect) heroine! I love how Lisa Kleypas created Pandora. She WAS NOT annoying in the least!
What I absolutely LOVED and squeed and fangirled over was The Wallflowers references! I love The Wallflowers series and meeting a few characters from the series was fun! I actually guessed Marcus based on his description alone! ha ha!
Also, Sebastian’s reminiscing about wallflowers and how wallflowers steal the hearts of rakes and never give them back? (I am totally paraphrasing here) PERFECTION! Again, there were a LOT of The Wallflowers references. So yes, CAN WE SEE THEM AGAIN?! Like Lillian and Marcus’ rambunctious kids? Or how about Daisy and Matthew’s kids? Annabelle and Simon? And what about Aline and McKenna? OMG Aline and McKenna! <3
Fangirling aside, this book is simply amazing! There aren’t a lot of historical romances that feature heroines with disabilities, so Devil in Spring was really refreshing.
THINGS I’m EXCITED ABOUT
Can we have a book about Dragon, please?!
And did anyone love the hint on Dr. Gibson’s book and who her hero is?! Eeeek!
Mary Jane Wells narrates this superbly! I love her voice as Pandora – she actually talks fast like how I picture Pandora would talk! Her male voices are not as great as her female voices, but I still like the distinct voices.
Books like Devil in Spring
I picked the following books because they feature heroines with disabilities!
- The Secrets of Mia Danvers is about a blind heroine who “witnessed” a murder supposedly done by Jack the Ripper! I LOVED this book so, so much!
- Devil in Winter features Evie, a heroine with a stutter who propositions a scoundrel into a marriage of convenience.
- Beauty and the Blacksmith is about Diana who was the reason her family moved to Spindle’s Cove. She is a heroine who has a chronic illness, possibly asthma.
I decided to add step back photos to my historical romance reviews because they are ALWAYS SO AMAZING! I mean, look at this one? I gown is just AH-MAY-ZING and Pandora looks super gorgeous and Gabriel is super hot! SWOON SWOON SWOON!
Never to be one-upped by his son, Sebastian demanded that I post his step back photo with Evie as well. I thought it was appropriate seeing as the first chapter of Devil in Spring is super cheeky.
What is your favorite Lisa Kleypas book? WHO is your favorite Lisa Kleypas hero? I NEED to know!
Did you love The Wallflowers references? Don’t you just want to meet all the Wallflowers again?!