Series: The Ravenels #2
Published by Avon on February 21st 2017
Genres: Historical Romance
Source: Personal Copy
Also by this author: Devil in Winter (Wallflowers, #3)
An eccentric wallflower…
Most debutantes dream of finding a husband. Lady Pandora Ravenel has different plans. The ambitious young beauty would much rather stay at home and plot out her new board game business than take part in the London Season. But one night at a glittering society ball, she’s ensnared in a scandal with a wickedly handsome stranger.
A cynical rake…
After years of evading marital traps with ease, Gabriel, Lord St. Vincent, has finally been caught-by a rebellious girl who couldn’t be less suitable. In fact, she wants nothing to do with him. But Gabriel finds the high-spirited Pandora irresistible. He’ll do whatever it takes to possess her, even if their marriage of convenience turns out to be the devil’s own bargain.
A perilous plot…
After succumbing to Gabriel’s skilled and sensuous persuasion, Pandora agrees to become his bride. But soon she discovers that her entrepreneurial endeavors have accidentally involved her in a dangerous conspiracy—and only her husband can keep her safe. As Gabriel protects her from their unknown adversaries, they realize their devil’s bargain may just turn out to be a match made in heaven...
I feel like it’s sacrilegious to say this, but The Devil in Spring was a Lisa Kleypas novel that I just wasn’t blown away by. Don’t get me wrong – her writing is flawless as always – however, I just wasn’t wowed by the characters. The Devil in Spring fell flat for me in a couple places and I guess I just expected more. (Although, let’s be honest that Lisa Kleypas on her worst day is still easily a three-star read).
The Devil in Spring focuses on Pandora Ravenel – a young socialite wanting to launch a board game empire without interference from a husband. She’s already a talented entrepreneur with a patent filed for her first game and over 500 copies on order. Everything starts to fall apart through when she finds herself caught (quite literally) in a compromising position with Gabriel, Lord St. Vincent.
The plot started out quite strong! Gabriel and Pandora’s meeting was both funny and charming, made only more enjoyable by them getting caught by some old favorites from The Wallflowers series. Gabriel ends up needing to propose and the next two-thirds of the book focuses on their courtship and eventual marriage. But it’s that last third where things fell flat.View Spoiler »The book’s focus moves to Pandora and her business, introduces a random villain, and includes a somewhat cliched run-in with Gabriel’s ex-mistress. It was a lot for the back part of a book and felt both random and rushed. « Hide Spoiler
The characters were problematic for me and at times felt inconsistent:
- First, there was Pandora. I liked her immensely in the beginning – she invented a board game! But her initial whimsy quickly turned to childishness once Gabriel’s courtship started and Pandora often resembled a petulant teenager.
- Then there was Gabriel. He was gorgeous! He was charming! And he was so perfect as to be boring. Not every man in a romance novel can be portrayed as a rake… but what little flaws he had were just that – little and not altogether that scandalous given the time period.
There were several things I enjoyed about the book though:
- Clever and creative dialogue. There was one scene, in particular, involving a pair of shoes stolen by an Octopus that had me giggling in my chair.
- Cute situational comedy. For example, Pandora getting stuck in the armrest of a settee needing to be rescued by Gabriel.
- Fans of The Devil In Winter will be delighted to find that Gabriel is Evee and Sebastian’s son. The beloved couple make several cameos.
The Devil in Spring was just an okay read for me. It wasn’t my favorite Lisa Kleypas novel, but it wasn’t my least favorite by any means. I had been hesitant about reading Pandora’s book after the previous Ravnals book because she did seem very young and childish. I wasn’t overly endured to her and she felt like the pesky little sister than anything else.