I re-read The Devil in Winter – Lisa Kleypas (Wallflowers 3) so I could do a proper in-depth review on it. I love this book, I am a lover of Regency/Historical romances. Especially ones with rakes or reformed rakes. Maybe it’s the bad boy vibe they give off, but whatever it is rakes makes me sigh with happiness. Plus any book with a marriage of convenience plot I will read. The Devil in Winter is part of a series so it does have a couple of references to the previous books and characters from previous books also make an appearance. While I have read the other books in the series they do not hold a candle to the love I feel for this book. I feel you can read this as a stand alone, you may not get some references but other than that it will be fine.
Be aware this is an adult book as there are multiple descriptive sex scenes.
The Devil in Winter – Lisa Kleypas
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.
Rating: 5/5 Stars
The book starts off with Evie going to Sebastian’s, Lord St. Vincent house and proposing a marriage of convenience to escape her relatives and go look after her father who is dying, Her relatives are not only starving her but trying to browbeat her into marrying her overweight cousin. She proposes they run off and marry at Gretna Green. Sebastian is in desperate need of money and Evie’s farther who owns a gambling club is dying and so will leave her a large amount of money. Evie at the start of this book is so shy, she has a stammer and believes no man wants to have a conversation with her. Her dream husband is someone who is loving, gentle and will never mock her stammer. Sebastian is none of these it seems. At the start of the book Sebastian’s rude to Evie, my case in point:
“Have a seat if you like”. “Though I shouldn’t plan to stay long if I were you. I’m easily bored, and your reputation is hardly that of a scintillating conversationalist”.
You do think how am I ever going to like him as a character, so what he good looking but he’s being mean and he was the villain in the previous book because he tried to kidnap his friend’s to be wife? Who does that?! Now this is where you are wrong. Lisa Kleypas manages to “redeem” and make you love Sebastian and want him to win over Evie and her love. I don’t think many authors can do this, for me it takes a special author to make me change my opinion of someone once I’ve decided I do not like them. Just a few pages into the book Lisa starts showing you that maybe Sebastian isn’t what he seems. It starts off with small actions. Sebastian leans that Evie’s relatives have been starving her so he arranges for sandwiches to be pack for the journey. When he sees she’s miserable and cold on the journey he arranges a hot brick to warm her feet. Sebastian tries to make you and Evie think he’s no good but how can someone who does these kind things be bad? Evie made it clear that she would only ever sleep with Sebastian once, once the couple marry and consummate the marriage though Sebastian wants to continue sleeping with her but Evie denies him. This is actually the first time a women has said no to him and so he does not take that well. You would think that because of this Sebastian would cheat on the first opportunity, this is not the case. I personally feel it makes Sebastian respect Evie as she does not immediately give in. They start becoming friends and understanding each other. Ofcourse more things happen but I don’t want to ruin the book for anyone. Watching Evie bloom and gain more confidence is satisfying, i love the character growth in this book. They are not two dimensional and you care about what happens to them. The writing is lovely, and the book is well paced. I would say though Sebastian can talk dirty….and they are multiple descriptive love scenes in the book.
I just wish we got to know more about Sebastian’s past and more of a insight into him. That’s my only small niggle with the book though and it does not stop me from enjoying it.
I have to end this review with a quote:
“I’ve never given a damn about anyone but you”. *Sighs*