Title: Devil in Spring
Author: Lisa Kleypas
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Avon Books
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Summary (from Goodreads)
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…
This is actually the third book in the Ravenels series by Lisa Kleypas, however in my opinion, it works just fine as a stand alone as well.
When I think historical romance novel a few things come to mind…
- Likable characters: strong woman and men that make you swoon♥
- Witty dialogue♥
- Some factual piece of history that adds to the storyline – i.e. board games♥
This story had all of that and more! My favorite part was absolutely how they met and I found myself laughing out loud at the dialogue. Kleypas nailed the conversations between Pandora and Gabriel. I also especially enjoyed the board games aspect (history nerd) and a strong business minded woman, however it was a bit sensational at times. But at the end of the day, aren’t all romance novels? I will admit that Pandora frustrated me a bit with her naivety, but I also think it added to the storyline. It made the dynamic between her and Gabriel compelling. Oh and Gabriel…well, I may have swooned a few times. In all, it was a fast, charming read and I’d highly recommend it!