Devil in Spring

Devil in Spring

Book - 2017
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Most debutantes dream of finding husbands. 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. 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.
Publisher: New York : Avon Books, an imprint of Harper Collins Publishers, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062371881
Characteristics: 280 pages ; 24 cm


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I really enjoy The Ravenals series by this author. She has a light touch when talking about disability in her characters, and they all portray the complexity of being human. This story focuses on the adorkable Lady Pandora, obsessed with starting her own board game business in Victorian England.... Read More »

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Jun 29, 2019

Thanks you bvc3 for letting me know this is #3 of a series. I would have read it first not knowing it was a series. I usually check first.

#1 cold hearted rake
#2 marrying winterborre
#3 devin in spring
#4 hello stranger
#5 devils daughter

Jul 25, 2018

this is book #3 from the first Cold Hearted Rake. This one features Pandora and I literally found myself bursting out loud with laughter. She's one heck of a character and I really enjoyed it. Light read and enjoyable. Don't whip through it cause you'll miss her funny comments.

ArapahoeStaff11 Apr 29, 2018

A quirky heroine enters into a marriage of convenience. While the characters were engaging, there were a few plot points that failed to be resolved. Fun, light read for fans of historical romance!

Jan 18, 2018

I left this story feeling utterly disappointed. Devil in Winter is one of my favorites. So, I was looking forward to a reintroduction of the characters. I really didn't like this book. I won't go into specifics, but let's just say that it felt half-conceived. I don't think the author knew where to go with the plot or the characters. If you noticed, the book is a bit shorter. Even in her attempts to stretch it out, the author still had nowhere to go with it. I think this book really could have gotten away with being a novella. As such, I probably would have liked and appreciated it better.

Nov 17, 2017

I had hopes Pandora's character would bring a unique spin on the historical romance yarn but it all turned out to be a carbon copy of every Kleypas romance historical novel: Super Alpha Male who is strong like a Greek god, great in bed, apathetic to women, overly protective, rich to excess, immune to flaws and turns into a wet weepy whiny mess once he falls in love with the leading woman who will ultimately curl up in his lap like a little helpless child. I had hoped for an intriguing story line (the anarchist plot could have been intriguing) but it was the typical of what's to be found in all the novels with lots of sex scenes (same as the rest, just the names change). Sadly, if you're read one Kleypas historical romance, you've read them all, it's time to find a new author. The contemporary romances at least had characters of more depth and flaws that enabled redemption and some semblance of plot.

Cathie1216 Jul 27, 2017

What a great book! I loved Pandora and Gabriel are both wonderful characters. He knew how she felt about marriage, he gave her what she wanted, within the limits of society, Society had problems with women working, so Gabriel helped Pandora get her game patented. And I love that Pandora wanted the word obey taken out of they're marriage vows, he did it, without an argument; and without worrying what society would say about it.

Even though Devon is not related to the Revenel women he didn't care that English society demanded that Pandora marry Gabriel, Devon felt it was her decision; and he was fine if she said no.

I just love how Gabriel gave Pandora what she wanted, with in the confines of society; and she was also careful what she asked for.

JCLTraciM Jun 21, 2017

While it's no Devil in Winter, if you're a fan of The Wallflower series, Devil in Spring is worth reading if only for the cameos by previous characters. If you're looking for other historical romance authors to try, you might like Sally MacKenzie, Anne Gracie, or Sarah MacLean.

Jun 10, 2017

This was my first Lisa Kleypas book. I have a couple of others checked out to read, but after reading this, I probably won't read the other two. It's not that this book was bad; it was just so-so.
The book seems to have several small stories sort of thrown together to complete the book. I believe the author should have continued on with the romance between Pandora and Gabriel, but it took off on a different storyline after they were married. That seemed rather disjointed to me.
I'd say it's an "average" read.

May 03, 2017

I found this book beautifully written from the beginning. However, it seemed to divide into two novels. The second was after the couple married, when the plot became more of a crime thriller, and the steamy scenes felt for me too much like voyeurism. I enjoyed the imaginative voice of the heroine when she made up stories to entertain the children.

Apr 01, 2017

As usual, Kleypass has a wonderful writing style, with beautiful flowing prose and lush descriptions of the countryside. I adore her for that. However, like some of her other books, the plot is well, a bit disingenuous. While I love her writing, and her characters for the most part, including the wonderful new character of Drago/Dragon, I dislike it when a writer steals the lives of real historical figures and renames them to be one of their 'original' characters. Winterborne is a good example, as is Gibson, and Ransom, and even Pandora to some extent. I also dislike it when they take real events and put their own characters center stage, fictionalizing real events and rewriting history, as she does here. I personally prefer it when original, fictional characters are embedded within their own original, separate stories that may or may not be affected by those same real people and events. It seems more respectful, though other readers may of course find nothing wrong with the other (and it's a common Hollywood practice, though again, with mixed reviews) and for me, at least, original/influenced but separate makes it easier to suspend disbelief. When she does that, which the wallflower and Hathaway books do, for the most part, she is unstoppable!

Though on the good side, she does acknowledge that she did hijack (she says inspiration but it seems far more than just inspiration) a real character for Gibson, and Pandora's interest in board games, though she does not do that for the others like Winterborne. And it also does spark my interest in finding out the 'real' story behind Irish Home Rule efforts and definite corruption and possible deception within the British government to purposely derail those efforts by potentially helping Irish terrorists commit acts against the British people.

Not her best work in terms of plot, in my opinion only, but definitely has her beautiful prose style, lush descriptions of the seashore, and meticulous descriptions of current medical practices - though she was off a bit on her research regarding how women got around the lack of legal identity problem, and how trusts and contracts worked in order to protect their property rights.

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May 03, 2017

"There was something I once read .... It was an astronomy book that said in most of the constellations, the stars don't actually belong together. They only appear to. They look to us as if they're close to each other, but some of them exist in another part of the galaxy altogether. That's how my family was. We seemed to belong to the same group, but we were all very far apart." (p. 116)

May 03, 2017

"'Your kiss thrilled me beyond imagining,' he whispered. 'Every night for the rest of my life, I'll dream of the afternoon in the holloway when I was waylaid by a dark-haired beauty who devastated me with the heat of a thousand troubled stars, and left my soul in cinders. Even when I'm an old man, and my brain has fallen to wrack and ruin, I'll remember the sweet fire of your lips under mine, and I'll say to myself, "Now, that was a kiss."'" (p. 106)

May 03, 2017

"Pandora launched into a detailed account of her conversation with the hermit crab, reporting that his name was Shelley, after the poet, whose works he admired. He was a well-traveled crustacean, having flown to distant lands while clinging to the pink leg of a herring gull who had no taste for shellfish, preferring hazelnuts and bread crumbs. One day, the herring gull, who possessed the transmigrated soul of an Elizabethan stage actor, had taken Shelley to see Hamlet at the Drury Lane theater. During the performance, they had alighted on the scenery and played the part of a castle gargoyle for the entire second act. Shelley had enjoyed the experience but had no wish to pursue a theatrical career, as the hot stage lights had nearly fricasseed him." (p. 94)


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Jul 27, 2017

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Cathie1216 Jun 13, 2017

Pandora and Gabriel are great together. I loved that, even though she was a woman, he tried to help her get what she wanted. But, there were just so much that the law would allow a "mere woman."
I especially loved that she wanted the word "obey" taken out of their marriage vows, and he did it. Gabriel wanted Pandora to have what she wanted, in their marriage. It was so romantic.


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Jul 27, 2017

Sexual Content: They do it, multiple times in the book

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