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Devil in Spring
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Devil in Spring
The Ravenels, Book 3

New York Times bestselling author LISA KLEYPAS delivers the unforgettable tale of a strong-willed beauty who encounters her match in one of London's most notorious—yet irresistible—rakes . . .

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 . . .

New York Times bestselling author LISA KLEYPAS delivers the unforgettable tale of a strong-willed beauty who encounters her match in one of London's most notorious—yet irresistible—rakes . . .

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 . . .

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  • 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.

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  • Kirkus

    Starred review from February 1, 2017
    When two strangers are found alone in a summerhouse during a ball in Victorian London, they're forced into an engagement neither of them wants--at first.Lady Pandora Ravenel is a social disaster. She can't dance, she despises small talk, and she has no interest in finding a husband. She's also very clumsy. So no one is surprised when she ventures out to a summerhouse during a ball to look for a friend's lost earring and gets stuck while reaching under a piece of furniture. Gabriel Challon, Lord St. Vincent, happens along to rescue her. They're discovered by the host of the ball, and Gabriel is forced to propose. Pandora is horrified. She's a budding businesswoman and has no intention of ceding control of her life and all her future earnings to a husband. Slowly, Gabriel's horror over being leg-shackled to this unconventional girl turns into physical temptation and then a burning desire to make her his wife. Pandora keeps her head and demands alterations in the wedding ceremony and various legal protections before she agrees. Pandora's oddities are a bit overwritten, and in many scenes she appears naive to the point of being unbelievable. Gabriel is a more successful character, possessing enough intelligence and self-control that it's satisfying to watch him lose his mind slightly over his inability to control his bride. Aside from the slightly disappointing heroine, though, Kleypas (Marrying Winterbourne, 2016, etc.) is in good form in the third novel of her series about the Ravenels. Her signature formula, the suave and sexy hero falling for a frumpy wallflower, still produces a captivating read. Fans will appreciate cameos by some of the author's most beloved characters, and the world of Victorian England is drawn with Kleypas' usual sharp wit and well-researched political nuances. A funny and charming story that will delight readers from the first page to the last.

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  • Library Journal

    Starred review from February 15, 2017

    Lady Pandora Ravenel has plans--business plans--for her future, and they don't include marriage. But when she agrees to do a risky favor for a friend, she ends up stuck in a summerhouse and rescued by Gabriel, Lord St. Vincent, one of the ton's most eligible bachelors. Now Pandora is faced with scandal or marriage, and her choice is definitely not marriage. It isn't Gabriel's first choice, either. Yet with her unconventional ideas and quicksilver mind, Pandora is as irresistible as she is independent, and Gabriel realizes that he would do just about anything to get her to agree to marry him--even remove obey from the vows. Spot-on historical detail, hilarious dialog, and an exquisitely appealing heroine make this book a winner. VERDICT Quirky, witty, and sexy, this compelling romp is absolute bliss. An addictive tale that readers won't want to put down. Kleypas (Marrying Winterborne) lives in Washington State.

    Copyright 2017 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "The world of Victorian England is drawn with Kleypas' usual sharp wit and well-researched political nuances. A funny and charming story that will delight readers from the first page to last."
  • Library Journal (starred review) "Spot-on historical detail, hilarious dialog, and an exquisitely appealing heroine make this book a winner. Quirky, witty, and sexy, this compelling romp is absolute bliss. An addictive tale that readers won't want to put down."
  • RT Book Reviews (4 1/2 stars) "Kleypas has the ability to play on readers' heartstrings in ways that compel them to laughter and tears, and allow them to create a deep emotional attachment to her characters. [...] Once more, Kleypas proves why she is the grand dame of the genre."
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