Mar 6, 2019

Devils Daughter by Lisa Kleypas Review

Devils Daughter
The Ravenels #5
By Lisa Kleypas
Release Date: February 19th, 2019
Avon Romance
Source: ARC provided by the publisher

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 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...

*ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review*

So the long-awaited Devils Daughter has arrived, which is book 5 in The Ravenels series by Lisa Kleypas, and after Hello Stranger, I have been dying for West Ravenel's book, though  was nervous to start, as West has been one of those characters that have been built up in my mind, a man of many scandals in his past, I felt he would need someone more bookish or bluestocking even. So to pair him with Phoebe, Lady Clare (Daughter of Sebastian, Lord St. Vincent), I was unsure of how the story would end. 

We find our unlikely couple being thrust together for the wedding of another unlikely pair, as its time for Gabriel, Lord St. Vincent to marrying his Lady Pandora Ravenel (whose love story is Devil in Spring), So all of the family has encamped to the Ravenels Estate for the wedding. But Phoebe's mind is not on the wedding, but on being forced to be near the man that made her late husband's school years miserable! And the bully in question is one West Ravenel! 

But when the meeting does take place, West turns out to be nothing like she thought, but he is a gentleman, who commands those around him with a quiet power and is well loved by his family and the staff, which is at odds with her husband's nemesis that she was set to do battle with. 

Now I'm not going to get into any more of the book, because this delicious story should be savored by you alone. But lets talk characters; West is an absolute darling of a character, funny, passionate, remorseful, and though I was not thrilled by his "I'm giving you all the decision making" part at towards the end of the book, as I feel like that its too much from his character, I do understand why the author did it that way. And then there is Phoebe's character, and while in parts of the book I loved her character, in other parts she didn't show even a quarter of the backbone that her parents have, and that saddened me a little. 

But despite those two minor issues that I had, Devils Daughter is still an amazing book that I completely adore, and will read again and again. 

I give Devils Daughter 4.5 stars 

LISA KLEYPAS is the RITA award-winning author of 21 novels. Her books are published in fourteen languages and are bestsellers all over the world. She lives in Washington State with her husband and two children.

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