Series: The Ravenels #3
Published by Avon on February 21st 2017
Genres: Historical, Historical Romance, Romance
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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...
As a pretty big fan of Lisa Kleypas and Devil in Winter, there were some pretty big expectations for this book since they announced our hero and heroine of the book. I’m so happy that Devil in Spring was such a delightful and sweet read!
Pandora was such an interesting and amazing heroine. I loved that she was strong, brilliant and a little quirky. She’s a little clumsy and likes to make up words. Her vulnerabilities just makes you love and cheer for her all the more. Her free-spirited and feminist nature often clash with society’s expectation’s of a lady. Instead of dreams of getting marry to a lord, Pandora dreams of being independent and making her boardgames a success. Her plan does gets a bit derailed when she meets Gabriel St. Vincent.
“I wouldn’t have expected to find a woman of you age in such a predicament.”
“I’m almost always in a predicament.”
Gabriel! Adorable Gabriel. I love that he’s sweet and charming and is a little mischievous. He inherited his father’s rakish charm but also his mother’s loving heart. I like that he appreciates and helps Pandora to flourish with her peculiarities. Let me tell you, I loved, loved watching Gabriel fall for Pandora and than try to convince her he’s the one. He’s got quite the silver-tongue so we get a lot of swoony moments!
You dazzle me, Pandora. Every beautiful, fascinating kinetic molecule of you. The night we met, I felt you like an electric shock. Something about you calls to the devil in me. I want to take you to bed for days at a time. I want to worship every inch of you while minutes smolder like moths that dance to the flame.
I adored Gabriel and Pandora together. I loved their banter and their spark and how their relationship basically started by accident but became something amazing. The fact is both Gabriel and Pandora were not expecting love and watching them figure it out was the best part of the story.
Let’s talk about Evie and Sebastian (our couple from Devil in Winter and parents to Gabriel)! I was so happy to see them! They’re still sooooooo freaking adorable and I liked that they added to the story but didn’t take over the book.
“Why is he your son when you’re pleased with him, and my son whenever he’s done something wicked?” Evie asked as Sebastian removed her apron and began to unfasten the front of her bodice.
“Since I’m the virtuous parent,” he said, “it only stands to reason that his wickedness must come from you.”
“You h-have that exactly backward,” she informed him.
“Do I?” Sebastian fondled her slowly as he considered her words. “I’m the wicked one? No, my pet, that can’t be right. I’m sure it’s you.”
Also, the other secondary characters! I loved them so much! Drago is amazing and I like how Pandora teases him. And be still my heart! Dr. Garrett Gibson, I’m so happy we got to see more of her (and that she’s getting her own book!). There’s also the mysterious Ransom, I’m definitely intrigued!
Overall, this is book brought a huge smile to my face. Kleypas just knows how to write characters and stories that pull your heartstrings and leave a happy warm feeling in your heart. If you’re a fan of Kleypas, of wonderfully loveable characters, or magic and romance, this is a book for you.
“Pandora, love, he said, his eyes brilliant with mingled heart and amusement, “you kiss like a pirate.”
“My sweet, there are altogether too many respectable ladies in the world. The supply has far exceeded the demand. But there’s an appalling shortage of attractive pirates, and you do seem to have a gift for plundering and ravishing. I think we’ve found your true calling.”
a bum a student again. A master’s student…oooh. procrastinator. reader. eater. sleeper. music listen-er. movie go-er. Loves food too much.