Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Book Review: Devil in Spring (The Ravenels #3) by Lisa Kleypas

Devil in Spring
The Ravenels #3
By: Lisa Kleypas
Publisher: Avon Books
Published: February 21, 2017
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Source: Cloud Library Rental
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... 

My Thoughts:

Devil in Spring was a fantastic audio, and a book where I didn't want to take my headphones off.  I'm enjoying The Ravenels Series, but have been listening to it out of order, more based on interest than anything else.  These can be read as standalones, and I have not had any problems following along.

Pandora is a a quirky, determined, and independent wallflower.  She doesn't ever want to get married, because her dream is to start her own game board business, and be the one running and controlling every aspect of it.  Unfortunately, once a lady marries, everything she owns becomes her husband's property.
Pandora has been attending the season, more as a support, so that her twin Cassandra, can find what she yearns for most; love and marriage.  However, at one such ball, Pandora finds herself in what appears to be a compromising position.  The handsome, wealthy, and upperclass, Lord Gabriel St. Vincent is just trying to be of assistance to Pandora, but their position is misconstrued. 

Now Lord St. Vincent must marry Pandora, or her reputation and that of her family will be ruined. The Ravenels' accept an invitation to spend the week with the St. Vincents at their estate, so everyone can get to know each other.

What follows is a beautiful love story that had me smiling and giddy.  I loved Pandora's strength, unique, fun, and impulsive personality.  I thought Gabriel was the traditional romantic hero.  He was gallant, and once he started to fall for Pandora, he was all about her.  My heart melted with how he was willing to give her what she needed, wanted, and deserved, in a time where women were considered second-class citizens.  His actions showed us how much he loved and treasured her.

If you like historical romance, or want to give it a try, I recommend reading, Devil in Spring.

About the Author:

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.


  1. I was curious about this author. I should try this author

  2. I don't read a lot of historicals anymore but this sounds like a good one.

    1. I hadn't read any in a long time either, but this author has me binge reading her historicals because they are so good!

  3. Oh, I just loved this one so much! Pandora was a breath of fresh air and Gabriel was perfect for her. Lots of laughs, too. Glad you're enjoying the series, Lindy! :)

  4. LOL, that is funny about picking them up out of order and going by interest. So glad that it worked well standalone and you enjoy them so much you didn't want to stop listening. How cool, a game board business! I want to read this series at some point, too.

  5. i love that you picked the books out of order too. i love when they can stand alone. your review put a smile on my face too. :-)
    sherry @ fundinmental

  6. I love seeing a spotlight put on backlist titles and not just the latest releases. I've never read anything by Kleypas (since I rarely read historical) but I see so many raves for her. Gabriel sounds positively swoony!

  7. I have never tried this author.🤷‍♀️I love that the romance made you giddy.

    1. You need to try her out Kim. I know you would enjoy her books :)

  8. Good review; I need to read more historical, put down the paranormal. :)


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