Series: The Ravenels #5
Published by Avon on February 19th 2019
Genres: Historical Romance
Source: Avon, Edelweiss
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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 himself...as 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...
by LISA KLEYPAS
If you asked me about my favorite Historical Romance author I wouldn’t be able to pick one. There are too many who write exceptional stories. But there is one who will always be in the top three: Lisa Kleypas. I’ve read almost all of her HR books and there wasn’t a single one I didn’t love. But we all have this one hero, written by one of our favorite authors that stands out and will always occupy a special place in our hearts. In my case that is Sebastian St. Vincent from Devil in Winter. That is not to say, however, that there isn’t room for another one because, let me tell you, Weston Ravenel settled in right next to Sebastian. ALL THE SWOONS!Phoebe is a spirited young woman who married her childhood sweetheart Henry, who was ailing from a disease that would eventually take him away from her. At her brother Gabriel’s wedding she meets the man who bullied Henry in boarding school. Having to make nice with somebody who was so horrible as a youth goes against the grain but when she comes face to face with West he’s not at all what she expected.
This man was the storm and the shelter, pulling her into a deep, encompassing darkness where there was too much to feel—hot soft firm sweet hungry rough silken tugging—She strained helplessly in his arms, although she didn’t know whether she was trying to escape or press closer.
Like her mother Evie, Phoebe has the heart of lioness – brave, fierce and tender for the ones she loves, a steely will but also a tiny bit of her mother’s shyness. Admittedly I found her to be a little judgmental in the beginning but truth be told, I’d probably react the same way if I were confronted with someone who hurt a loved one so deeply over a long period of time. I also felt that Phoebe was more of a mother, a best friend to Henry than a wife, she was stronger in every way, so her sense of protection and justified indignation were strong. One of my favorite scenes was when Phoebe forgave her husband’s tormentor.Soon West takes up residence in her mind and heart, his unearthly good looks and boyish charm don’t leave her unaffected. By the end of the book I had nothing but love and admiration for Phoebe left.
How surprising life was. Once she would never have considered this man for herself. And now it would be impossible to consider anyone else.
Weston Ravenel was a scoundrel until he realized what he was doing to himself. He sobered up and took over the management of his brother’s estate. Meeting Phoebe makes something click inside him and he falls hopelessly in love. Hopeless because he’s too tainted to ever consider marriage to this beautiful, vibrant and good young woman. He had so much of Sebastian in that regard. He, too, felt that he never deserved Evie but he was way too much of a selfish rogue to not take her anyway.
“I don’t deserve her,” he mumbled, without intending to. “Of course you don’t. Neither do I deserve my wife. It’s an unfair fact of life that the worst men end up with the best women.”
Weston…what a dreamboat. He was such a hardworking, smart man – audacious, approachable, humorous, disarmingly charming, swoonworthy and utterly endearing. I laughed so much about his sense of humor, the way he treated Phoebe’s children like little people with their own personalities. I adored him. And when it got too dark in his mind I hurt for him – it was the reason he didn’t allow himself to be happy
He kissed like a man who had lived too fast, learned too late, and had finally found the thing he wanted.
Now for one of the best part – we get soooo much of Sebastian and I loved every single word coming out of his mouth. He has become such a wise, sweet man yet he still has this roguish, witty charm that hasn’t lost anything of his self confidence. The years have been good to him and Evie and they are still as in love as they were back then – a certain bathroom scene made sure that I wouldn’t forget what a sensual creature he’s always been. I wouldn’t mind to read how they fared after Devil in Winter.
“From time to time, I may adjust a situation to achieve a desired outcome for the benefit of my children, but that’s not meddling.” “What do you call it, then?” “Parenting,” he said smugly, and kissed her before she could reply.
Lisa Kleypas has this incredible talent to make a scene appear right before your eyes while you read about it, she writes in vivid pictures. She also has a knack for timing, the humor in her writing is on point and don’t get me started on her beautiful writing style. Ms. Kleypas can write a thousand historical romance books and I’ll read them all. Devil’s Daughter was everything I hoped for – unforgettable, romantic, dreamy, uproarious laughter invoking and heartwarming. The cherry on top would have been an epilogue but I have a feeling we’ll see more Phoebe and West in future books. And that I was able to catch up with Sebastian and Evie? Priceless. And maybe, just maybe, Lisa Kleypas really is my favorite HR author.