Devil in Spring

Devil in Spring

eBook - 2017
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Strong-willed Lady Pandora Ravenel meets her match in Gabriel, Lord St. Vincent, one of London's most notorious and irresistible rakes.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Avon Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2017]
ISBN: 9780062371904
0062371908
Characteristics: 1 online resource (370 pages)
Alternative Title: Axis 360 eBooks

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stclare
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.

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Yoo_hoo5
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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caj1222204441801
May 15, 2017

A very nice read. Her characters never disappoint. Her writing makes you feel the ups and downs of courting. I enjoyed it.

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Irene99
May 03, 2017

I found this book beautifully written from the beginning. However, it seemed to divide into two novels. The second was after the couple married, when the plot became more of a crime thriller, and the steamy scenes felt for me too much like voyeurism. I enjoyed the imaginative voice of the heroine when she made up stories to entertain the children.

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cganderson
Apr 01, 2017

As usual, Kleypass has a wonderful writing style, with beautiful flowing prose and lush descriptions of the countryside. I adore her for that. However, like some of her other books, the plot is well, a bit disingenuous. While I love her writing, and her characters for the most part, including the wonderful new character of Drago/Dragon, I dislike it when a writer steals the lives of real historical figures and renames them to be one of their 'original' characters. Winterborne is a good example, as is Gibson, and Ransom, and even Pandora to some extent. I also dislike it when they take real events and put their own characters center stage, fictionalizing real events and rewriting history, as she does here. I personally prefer it when original, fictional characters are embedded within their own original, separate stories that may or may not be affected by those same real people and events. It seems more respectful, though other readers may of course find nothing wrong with the other (and it's a common Hollywood practice, though again, with mixed reviews) and for me, at least, original/influenced but separate makes it easier to suspend disbelief. When she does that, which the wallflower and Hathaway books do, for the most part, she is unstoppable!

Though on the good side, she does acknowledge that she did hijack (she says inspiration but it seems far more than just inspiration) a real character for Gibson, and Pandora's interest in board games, though she does not do that for the others like Winterborne. And it also does spark my interest in finding out the 'real' story behind Irish Home Rule efforts and definite corruption and possible deception within the British government to purposely derail those efforts by potentially helping Irish terrorists commit acts against the British people.

Not her best work in terms of plot, in my opinion only, but definitely has her beautiful prose style, lush descriptions of the seashore, and meticulous descriptions of current medical practices - though she was off a bit on her research regarding how women got around the lack of legal identity problem, and how trusts and contracts worked in order to protect their property rights.

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marthabwaters
Mar 20, 2017

Reading this book was like catching up with an old friend. Fans of Kleypas' Wallflowers series will be excited to learn that the hero of this one is the son of Sebastian & Evie from "Devil in Winter", but this also works well as a continuation of her (excellent) Ravenels series, even for people who won't be familiar with Gabriel's parents. As always, Kleypas fills the book with lots of period detail -- I'm always interested to learn about the technological advances of the Victorian age through her novels -- but more importantly, she has created two likable, well-matched main characters with whom it is a total joy to spend over 300 pages. (Also, any book that begins with the heroine and hero being forced to marry because she gets STUCK IN A SETTEE is a book after my own heart.)

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Irene99
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)

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Irene99
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)

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Irene99
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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maroon_horse_64
Jul 27, 2017

maroon_horse_64 thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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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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maroon_horse_64
Jul 27, 2017

Sexual Content: They do it, multiple times in the book (wish I'd known that before reading this book)

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