Series: The Ravenels #3
Published by Avon on February 21, 2017
Genres: Historical Romance
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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...
Upon reading the prologue of the book from the end of Marrying Winterborne, I was excited to read Devil in Spring because this book features Evie and Sebastian from Devil in Winter. Devil in Winter was one of my earliest read that is in the Historical Romance genre. It was back when I was still exploring on the genre and Devil in Winter is one of the reasons why I fell in love with Historical Romance. Because of Sebastian and Evie and because I loved Marrying Winterborne, I have high expectations about this book. Unfortunately, this book did not live up to it.
There are things that I did enjoy about this book though. One of this is that the ‘attraction-at-first-sight’ was toned down. Usually in Historical Romances, the desire of the characters for each other were described in very lengthy paragraphs and is the focus of the story. There were some sparks between the main characters- Pandora and Gabriel- but it wasn’t too much like other historical romances. In other historical romances, sparks between the hero and heroine in the beginning can be likened into a forest fire that consumes their entire being. After meeting each other, Pandora and Gabriel still seemed to be reasonable which I liked. There’s actually a courtship that occurred even if it’s very short, at least there’s a courtship!
Another thing that caught my interest is the courtship. Even if their courtship is just one week and is very short, at least there is a courtship! I’m so used to reading about elopements and marriage in convenience that I was so shocked that Pandora and Gabriel actually decided to try to get to know each other. And I liked that in the end they marry not just because he can’t not have her in bed or not because she can’t stop about the passion he gave her. Aside from saving their reputations from scandal, they actually chose to be married because they liked each other’s personalities and not just about desire.
Anyways, up until the first half of the book, I would have given this book a better rating. The last half, on the other hand, was just so boring. I believe that it wasn’t really necessary for Pandora and Gabriel’s story. I guess it’s just there as build up for the next book in the series. Trying to finish the book just became so tiring. It didn’t help that the characters didn’t really have appeal to me. I’ve always find Pandora quite annoying. Gabriel didn’t have enough charm to save this book from disappointment either. The only redeeming quality of this book was its uniqueness from its genre which Lisa Kleypas actually abandoned for a plot about criminal organizations and stuff.
Overall, I think this book had so much potential… potential that was just wasted. I wish we could just have more about Helen and Rhys from Marrying Winterborne. So… would I recommend this? I suggest that you just find other Historical Romances to satisfy your cravings for the genre because this book is just disappointing. However, if you’re a fan of Devil in Winter, this book can still work for you if you want to know how Evie and Sebastian’s life turned out to be.