Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Review: Devil's Daughter (The Ravenels #5) by Lisa Kleypas

"Brace yourself." - West Ravenel

Devil's Daughter
Author: Lisa Kleypas
Series: The Ravenels #5
Publisher: Avon
Published: February 19, 2019
Source: publisher for review

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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 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…

I'm always saying that I should read more historical romance. I know that I miss out on a lot of great romances. When Devil's Daughter by Lisa Kleypas was dangled in front of my face, it was the perfect opportunity to put money where my mouth is and dive head first into the wonderful world of Ravenels. I will say this, though. I was a little worried that I wouldn't enjoy this book because of the large cast of recurring characters. Would I lose interest because I don't know these characters? Will I feel like the odd person out? Or a third wheel? After I finished it, I can safely say that it wasn't the case at all. Yes, there were moments when I felt a bit lost, but then Lisa would gently explain what was going on so I didn't feel like a complete dimwit. The biggest example was definitely the title. It took me a while, but I eventually caught on to why Phoebe is the devil's daughter. 

As I was reading Devil's Daughter, it didn't take me long to fall in love with both Phoebe and West. I loved Phoebe's tenacity. Growing up, she was determined to do right by her friendship with Henry. As a widow, she's determined to do the same with her land and tenants. She's smart and is willing to learn what it takes to be not only a successful land owner, but also one that cares about those she oversees. Her attraction to West shocks the shit out of her. Phoebe never fathomed building a friendship with the childhood tormentor of her late husband. When the banter between them turns intimate and the sexual tension ignites, all Phoebe can do is hang on for the ride. West... Let me tell you how much I love self-sacrificing heroes. They are bullheaded and firm in their beliefs that they aren't good enough for the woman that steals their hearts. Watching them fall to their knees for the heroine makes me swoon every damn time. West wants Phoebe with every bone in his body. But more than that, he falls for her two sons as well. Watching him being so gentle and loving towards her sons... Guard your ovaries, ladies! 

One of the misconceptions of historical romances I have in my head is that there is very little sex. Lisa Kleypas shot that theory right out of the water with Devil's Daughter. Honestly, I don't know which of the sexy times was my favorite. Each of them were hotter than than the last. Who knew the act of shaving could be so freaking erotic... And that last time they knocked boots, I may have swallowed my tongue. 

Overall, I truly loved this book. I'm not shocked because I've heard so many good things about Lisa Kleypas. Devil's Daughter was everything I love in a book. It was funny with a lot of sexual tension. I swooned. I fanned myself. Pretty sure I swallowed my tongue. We shall see what happens from this point. Will I go back and try some other of Lisa's books? That's pretty much a given since I have a couple from my days as an Avon Addict. Plus that'll keep me occupied until the next book comes out.

“If you have any misguided thoughts about taking me into your bed, you would find it a vastly mediocre experience. I’d be on you like a crazed rabbit, and half a minute later the whole thing would be over. I used to be a proficient lover, but now I’m a burnt-out libertine whose only remaining pleasure is breakfast food. Speaking of which—”

Phoebe reached for him, brought herself up hard against him, and interrupted him with her mouth. West flinched as if scalded and held very still in the manner of a man trying to withstand torture. Undeterred, she wrapped her arms around his neck and kissed him as passionately as she could, touching her tongue to his stiff lips. The feel and taste of him was exhilarating. Suddenly he responded with a primitive grunt and his mouth clamped on hers, wringing sensation from her with demanding pressure. Forcing her lips apart, he searched her with his tongue the way she remembered, and it felt so good, she thought she might faint. A whimper rose from her throat, and he licked and bit gently at the sound and sealed their mouths together in a deep, insatiable kiss that involved his lips, breath, hands, body, soul.

Whatever it might be like to go to bed with this man . . . it would be anything but mediocre.

New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas graduated from Wellesley College with a political science degree. She’s a RITA award-winning author of both historical romance and contemporary women’s fiction. She lives in Washington State with her husband Gregory and their two children.

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