Devil in Spring

Devil in Spring

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New York Times bestselling author LISA KLEYPAS delivers the unforgettable tale of a strong-willed beauty who encounters her match in one of London's most notorious--yet irresistible--rakes . . .

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 . . .

Publisher: New York :, AvonBooks, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, ©2017.
ISBN: 9780062371881
Branch Call Number: FICTION KLE
Characteristics: 280 pages ; 24 cm


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Mar 12, 2020

4 Stars - I recommend if you enjoy historical romance. Since characters in this book start in the other books, I would recommend starting with Cold Hearted Rake.

Lord Gabriel St. Vincent has spent years avoiding the fortune hunting women of the 'ton and their mothers. One night at a ball, by helping a distressed female, he finds himself caught... by a women who really doesn't want him. The less she wants him, the more interested he is in her. Lady Pandora wants nothing more than to publish her first board game, she would rather die than relinquish her business to a husband. The more time Pandora spends with Gabriel, the more she realizes she might want marriage more than she thought she did as well. Can she have it all?

I thought that the beginning of this book was so cute and funny. I loved that by trying to avoid society, Pandora gets herself into a sticky spot with a very eligible bachelor. The whole scene in the clubhouse was really funny, and I liked both of them so much... but felt badly for them that the last thing they wanted to do was to have to marry. I loved that Pandora was such an independent character with her own career ambitions. I thought that it was fun that Gabriel had been avoiding being caught by fortune hunters for so many years only to be accidentally caught by Pandora, who isn't particularly interested in him. I loved that they spent part of the time by the beach, and the small touches to the characters... like his disdain of carrots. I thought that he was so sweetly tender with her related to her equilibrium issues, and that their chemistry was so sweet. I loved continuing to see the Ravenel family, and how they grow together. Devon is such a good guardian to all of these women. I didn't love the middle of this book, but the ending was so action-packed and filled with drama. The ending sealed this one for me.

Nov 19, 2019

A good story but a little disappointing that Gabriel, the current Lord St. Vincent did not seem to have the same charm as his father - Devil in Winter was an absolutely fabulous story and his father and mother should have been included in this story, not as good as previous books but still an easy read.

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.

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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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