REVIEW: LISA KLEYPAS – DEVIL IN DISGUISEDevil in Disguise by Lisa Kleypas
Also by this author: Devil's Dauther, Chasing Cassandra
Also in this series: Devil's Dauther, Chasing Cassandra
Series: The Ravenels #7
Published by Avon on July 27, 2021
Genres: Historical Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley, Avon
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Narrator: Mary Jane Wells
Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
Cliffhanger: No


Lady Merritt Sterling, a strong-willed young widow who’s running her late husband’s shipping company, knows London society is dying to catch her in a scandal. So far, she’s been too smart to provide them with one. But then she meets Keir MacRae, a rough-and-rugged Scottish whisky distiller, and all her sensible plans vanish like smoke. They couldn’t be more different, but their attraction is powerful, raw and irresistible.

From the moment Keir MacRae arrives in London, he has two goals. One: don’t fall in love with the dazzling Lady Merritt Sterling. Two: avoid being killed.

So far, neither of those is going well.

Keir doesn’t know why someone wants him dead until fate reveals his secret connection to one of England’s most powerful families. His world is thrown into upheaval, and the only one he trusts is Merritt.

Their passion blazes with an intensity Merritt has never known before, making her long for the one thing she can’t have from Keir MacRae: forever. As danger draws closer, she’ll do whatever it takes to save the man she loves... even knowing he might be the devil in disguise.

Expectations are always high when you start a book by one of your top favorites. We measure and compare them to their best works which may be unfair because the standard is so much higher. And so a lower rating does not mean that they aren’t as good. Because, honestly, if this had been my first book by Lisa Kleypas I may well have rated this 5 stars.

This was in Lisa Kleypas standards very low angst. The hero and the heroine fall in insta-lust and not long after in love with one another. For some readers this may not work, I’m not complaining though. Merritt went with a rather analytical mind about her first marriage because she didn’t want to get hurt. Her falling in love with a beautiful Scot was the exact opposite of it and to me it actually made sense. I loved her portrayal as a headstrong, independent woman of the era. An educated, noble business woman who is also kind and sweet beyond words but also a kickass shot.

His pleasures were simple and straightforward. Lady Merritt, however, was neither of those things. She was an altogether different kind of pleasure. A luxury to be savored, and not by the likes of him.

Keir never stood a chance when he fought the sizzling chemistry between them. He is gruff but sweet and the typical Lisa Kleypas hero with a golden heart and integrity. Being adopted with his real lineage in the dark he doesn’t think that Merritt is for him to love. But that changes fast, as mentioned.

I’ll be the extra rib that protects your heart.
You can’t. You are my heart.

The whole story long Keir’s secret past puts him in grave danger. When it came to the showdown I found it a little anticlimactic. There is also the fact that Merritt can’t conceive and we were deprived of what could have been a very sweet and emotional scene. That said, we get LOTS of Sebastian (from Devil in Winter) who is still one of my most beloved HR heroes of all times.

With DEVIL IN DISGUISE Lisa Kleypas gives us a solid story in her Ravenels series that I enjoyed immensely, despite the niggles which has a lot to do with being reunited with the Wallflowers and there significant others. If you’re on the fence and haven’t read LK’s Wallflowers series go back and do that. You’ll love this one so much more.

“Life can be understood only by looking back, but has to be lived forwardly.” – Søren Kierkegaard



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