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Devil in Disguise (Ravenels) Mass Market Paperback – July 27, 2021
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New York Times bestseller Lisa Kleypas returns with an enthralling and steamy romance between a Scot with a mysterious past and strong-willed lady looking for adventure—and love.
“The devil never tries to make people do the wrong thing by scaring them. He does it by tempting them.”
Lady Merritt Sterling, a strong-willed beauty who runs a 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 the secret of his mysterious past. 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.
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“The novel abounds in the vintage pleasures of Kleypas' writing: finely-drawn characters; a tactile, sensuous style...; banter...; dual points of view...; moving moments of familial ties; and glimpses of couples from other novels to assure us that love lasts forever. Undemandingly pleasurable and guaranteed to go on the reread shelf.” -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"A must for historical romance lovers. Fans of Kleypas in particular will find this books essential." -- Library Journal (starred review)
“Devil in Disguise truly stands out thanks to Kleypas’ masterful blend of blazing ardor and tender yearning. Readers will bask in this lovely romance that hits every emotion just right.” -- BookPage
Kleypas continues her winning streak with a thoroughly engrossing crossover between her Regency Wallflowers series and Victorian Ravenels novels...fans of both series are sure to rejoice in the tender love story. -- Publishers Weekly
“Lisa Kleypas offers up what just might be the best of the bunch—a charming, amusing, heartfelt tale. Kleypas is a romance gem, a queen among a vast royal court of historical romance authors, and Chasing Cassandra is a welcome star in her brightly twinkling constellation of interstellar romantic achievements.” -- Entertainment Weekly
“Spectacular... The plot is well-balanced, the pace steady, the characters deliciously complex, and the chemistry electric. Kleypas fans and first timers alike will fall in love with this refreshing romance.” -- Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Chasing Cassandra
“[A] delightfully smart and sensual historical romance.”
-- NPR on Devil’s Daughter
“Long-time fans of RITA Award-winning Kleypas will relish the cameo appearances of so many of her beloved characters, while readers new and returning alike will revel in her stylish prose, sharp wit, and swoon-worthy sensuality as she successfully merges the worlds of her Wallflower and the Ravenels series in a splendid Victorian-set historical romance.” -- Booklist (starred review) on Devil’s Daughter
“Another breathtakingly romantic and exquisitely sensual love story that is deftly enhanced by the author’s graceful prose and flair for nuanced characterization.” -- Booklist
About the Author
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.
- Publisher : Avon (July 27, 2021)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062371967
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062371966
- Item Weight : 6.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.19 x 0.96 x 6.62 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #30,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This could have been such a better book.
Merritt Sterling is a young widow. After her husband was killed at sea she took over his shipping company and single handed ran it until her younger brother decided he wanted to work for her. She taught him everything she knows and will shortly turn the company over to him. Currently she is still the boss although her brother is gradually taking control.
This day at work he comes storming in her office to tell her that they have a big problem. Keir MacRae, a whisky distiller is right behind him and he is furious. When Keir loses his temper everyone runs. However, Merritt is very good at calming the savage beast. She is ready when he storms in. After apologizing and then fixing everything including his fees for docking his ships, he calms down and realizes just how good she is. Something passes between them.
Keir is very aware that Merritt is a Lady and he is way below her in the class category. She is very kind to him, doesn't look down her nose at him but he keeps telling himself it is just her job. However Merritt is on a different wave length. She is quite taken with the big, gorgeous Scot. She is feeling things she has not felt in a long time. She has to be careful that she doesn't step over the line drawn by society. But some things are worth taking a risk for.
This story is absolutely breath taking from start to finish. Good thing I don't have anything to do because I spent about 7 hours reading today. It was so worth it. I fell for this Scot quicker than Merritt did. If nothing else Lisa can write a hero better than any author I know. A few are close but in Regency, you just can't beat her. This story is a love story but it is also filled with mystery, adventure, attempted murder and in one case a murder. It has everything and is a great read. I HIGHLY recommend it. I also liked that we learned a little bit about a typewriter!! I have been a typist for over 65 years so it was fun to see how it all started. Great story, don't miss this one.
I was not paid for this review. I am not a writer nor do I know one. I am not kin to this author. I am a reader and this is my opinion, nothing more, nothing less. 7/27/2021
I was instantly in love with Keir and thought he was a sexy Scottish dream. He’s totally swoon-worthy with the best dry humor. He seemed so gruff but was incredibly sweet and caring with a heart of gold. I loved Merritt and her strength and perseverance. I loved how bold she was with Keir and why he was holding himself back. There were so many well-executed, entertaining moments between them that had me smiling and chuckling. I loved their dialogue, excellent banter, and flirting. They seemed so opposite at times but their attraction was undeniable, I loved that chemistry and exploding heat. There were also some seriously romantic moments in this that made me melt.
I loved the bit of mystery surrounding Keir and thought the build was amazing. With each new piece of information learned, I got more and more excited. There was so much emotion involved and I was filled with anticipation. I was absolutely THRILLED when everything about Keir was discovered. It was one of the best, I didn't-see-that-coming twists ever.
There are so many fantastic character connections involved and I loved seeing so many familiar faces from other books and series. I want to go back and reread stories and relive them all over again. I loved the bonds between the different people and seeing where everyone is at in their lives. I loved the build to different developing relationships and I got choked up so many times. It was brilliantly crafted.
Lisa Kleypas is one of my favorite authors and this story is one of the reasons why. I love how it pulled me in and how inviting it was. I loved the different POVs, the incredible build and pace, the details, and the picturesque scenes. It was extremely well done. The epilogue was like icing on the cake. With engaging characters, entertaining scenes, and witty dialogue, this story is a must-read!
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The central couple never gave any indication of working at their relationship; they both maintain that they don't want to give up their very different lives. They have an unnecessarily detailed sexual encounter very early on, then retire to Sebastian's home where they have yet more unnecessarily detailed sexual encounters written in pretty explicit terms.
With the exception of the amnesia [and I'm not sure why that was thrown into the mix] I guessed what was coming next throughout, which made for an unexciting read. I don't think the villain spoke a word and his henchmen were, frankly, ridiculous.
Wheeling Sebastian out in this way, and bringing in other characters from the 'Wallflower' series [and why was this described as a 'Ravanel' book?] overtook the story which should have been focussed on Merritt and Keir and their path to love and happiness. If the author carries on in this vein, she will literally be wheeling Sebastian, Marcus, et al out in their bathchairs. Let them retire gracefully now, with fond memories for their fans.
In summary, this was a poor mish-mash of Lisa Kleypas plotlines, several entirely recognisable from her other books. I hope she finds her way back with a new set of characters - she is certainly capable of it. Otherwise, she risks losing long-term fans.
Merritt and Keir as MCs had the potential to be fab but the execution just didn't do it for me. Although there were moments that Kier had me smiling.
I did enjoy seeing the Wallflowers pop in this book, but at one point it felt like they took over the book.
Also as book 7 in The Ravenels shouldn't one of the MCs have been a Ravenel?
Not a book that has left much of an impression and defo not one I will re-read.