Title: Devil in Spring
Author: Lisa Kleypas
Publication: October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books
Category: Adult, Romance, Regency
Four young ladies enter London society and band together to each find a husband. Has the third “Wallflower” now met her match?
A Devil’s Bargain
Easily the shyest Wallflower, Evangeline Jenner stands to become the wealthiest, once her inheritance comes due. Because she must first escape the clutches of her unscrupulous relatives, Evie has approached the rake Viscount St. Vincent with a most outrageous proposition: marriage!
Sebastian’s reputation is so dangerous that thirty seconds alone with him will ruin any maiden’s good name. Still, this bewitching chit appeared, unchaperoned, on his doorstep to offer her hand. Certainly an aristocrat with a fine eye for beauty could do far worse.
But Evie’s proposal comes with a condition: no lovemaking after their wedding night. She will never become just another of the dashing libertine’s callously discarded broken hearts—which means Sebastian will simply have to work harder at his seductions… or perhaps surrender his own heart for the very first time in the name of true love.
Warning: Possible Spoilers
This was a good, romantic and swoon worthy read. It is the third book in the series but I understood the series just fine. It made me want to read the first two books more. This story is about Evie and Sebastian. Evie is a timid and shy woman while Sebastian is the darling of the crowd. He has a title and has the looks to go with it. Due to both needing something from one each other a bargain was made. The bargain was that Sebastian gives Evie protection while he can have her dowry. They are to marry at once because of Evie’s family issues. As the story progressed, Evie realises that Sebastian is not the devil which he tries to project. He cares for Evie in a very subtle way. Sebastian took responsibility over Evie’s gambling den that it became a respectable place where men could gamble and relax. Despite being a Viscount, he was able to get the respect and admiration of his employees. From a philandering dandy, he became a responsible person who is so besotted with his wife.
What I like in this story
- characters improved as the story progressed
- I like that it was not love at first sight
- Funny scenes and witty dialogue
- Romance was not smouldering hot, but subtle and sweet
- the plot was good
- action scenes were nicely written
What i did not like in the story..
I gave this book a five hearts rating because its a swoon worthy read. I love ther characters, plot and settings. It was nice to read, Sebastian getting down to business with Evie’s gaming den. I like that he tries to make an effort and works to keep the business running. Despite him being handsome, he has the brains to match it. The romance part for this story was not all at once. It subtly creeps and takes you by surprise. I love this kind of romance novels. It kept me guessing and thinking about the story that I wanted to read it is done. I anticipated a lot of twists and turns but most of them were wrong assumptions. I was just sure that in the end both characters would realise that they were good for each other. This kind of stories really bring out the romantic in me. I’m such a sucker for romance. I’m just happy that after all the drama everything fell into place.
BUY, BORROW, NEVER MIND: Buy, because its one of the best romance stories I have read.
Disclaimer: This review is my honest opinion on the story. I did not receive any kind of compensation for reading and reviewing this ebook. I am under no obligation to write a positive review. The book photo here is from goodreads.com.