March 30, 2015

Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas Review

Devil in Winter
Wallflowers #3
by Lisa Kleypas
Published on February 28th 2006
Avon, 368 pages

Four young ladies enter London society and band together to each find a husband. Has the third "Wallflower" now met her match?

A Devil's Bargain

Easily the shyest Wallflower, Evangeline Jenner stands to become the wealthiest, once her inheritance comes due. Because she must first escape the clutches of her unscrupulous relatives, Evie has approached the rake Viscount St. Vincent with a most outrageous proposition: marriage!

Sebastian's reputation is so dangerous that thirty seconds alone with him will ruin any maiden's good name. Still, this bewitching chit appeared, unchaperoned, on his doorstep to offer her hand. Certainly an aristocrat with a fine eye for beauty could do far worse.

But Evie's proposal comes with a condition: no lovemaking after their wedding night. She will never become just another of the dashing libertine's callously discarded broken hearts --- which means Sebastian will simply have to work harder at his seductions ... or perhaps surrender his own heart for the very first time in the name of true love.

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I cannot begin to tell you how many great things I've heard about this book. All the bloggers that I know loved this book. I was tempted to skip all the previous ones and jump right to this one, but I am so glad I didn't! They are all great. But this one is kinda special in its own way (and you wouldn't know how very special if you didn't read the previous ones!).

Evie. Sweet Evie. Poor girl I felt so sorry for her circumstances that she was brought up in. She is so shy and sweet and delicate and her aunt and uncle are just pure evil. She deserved better. But in this book we see a complete other side of Evie. She is not that shy, she speaks up her mind and she fights for what she wants. A twist, indeed. I loved Evie.

Sebastian St. Vincent. Remember this name. This guy made a history in the historical romance repertoire. 

And I swear, sometimes I think I dream about him. His sarcasm is so freaking unbelievably fantastically awesome that you will find yourself laughing your ass off. He is also probably the man in the whole series that I enjoyed the most. His. Sarcasm. Fuck, I can't get over it!

I thought the twist was a bit overly dramatic, but the romance and the characters make well up to it. And oh, the romance. It's actually sweet. Not something anyone would associate with Sebastian St. Vincent - but oh, it is. And the characters grow so much in the story. Remarkable. 

So, if you are a fan of historical romance, do yourself a big favour and read this series. All of it. Cause jumping directly to the third book wouldn't be half as much fun as if you read the whole thing. It's worth it. Worth your time, worth everything. The sarcasm is splendid. The action is quite thrilling. And the romance.. it's beautiful.

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