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Devil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas
Series: The Ravenels #3
Published by HarperCollins Genres: Historical
Lady Pandora Ravenel doesn’t wish to be like other ladies of the ton. Pandora would prefer to make a name and a go at her board game business, making her own money, and not being dependent on a man. She wishes to work!
Gabriel, Lord St. Vincent, is a rake that every debutante would like to ensnare, however he has managed to avoid that trap until he stumbles upon Pandora. After “compromising” Pandora, Gabriel is forced to offer for her, but her family isn’t the typical family of the times, and she is allowed to make a choice. Gabriel must pull out the stops to ensnare Pandora or let her walk away.
Devil in Spring was a sweet story with a bit of suspense tossed in towards the end. I really enjoyed Gabriel, but I couldn’t quite understand Pandora’s originality in the context of the tale. It seemed that Devil in Spring took a contemporary female protagonist and mixed her up with a historical male figure. I felt that some things could’ve been fleshed out a bit more in Devil in Spring, as well. Pandora was a likeable character, but Gabriel was the best part of Devil in Spring, however his proclivities could have stood a bit more exploration, maybe more showing and less telling. The supporting characters lend a bit more to the story, but some weren’t too deep and could’ve been more rounded in Devil in Spring. In the end, Devil in Spring, is a cute light romance to cut your teeth on, but one would expect a bit more from such a seasoned writer as Lisa Kleypas.