Although beautiful young widow Phoebe, Lady Clare, has never met West Ravenel, she knows one thing for certain: he’s a mean, rotten bully. Back in boarding school, he made her late husband’s life a misery, and she’ll never forgive him for it. But when Phoebe attends a family wedding, she encounters a dashing and impossibly charming stranger who sends a fire-and-ice jolt of attraction through her. And then he introduces himself…as none other than West Ravenel.
West is a man with a tarnished past. No apologies, no excuses. However, from the moment he meets Phoebe, West is consumed by irresistible desire…not to mention the bitter awareness that a woman like her is far out of his reach. What West doesn’t bargain on is that Phoebe is no straitlaced aristocratic lady. She’s the daughter of a strong-willed wallflower who long ago eloped with Sebastian, Lord St. Vincent—the most devilishly wicked rake in England.
Before long, Phoebe sets out to seduce the man who has awakened her fiery nature and shown her unimaginable pleasure. Will their overwhelming passion be enough to overcome the obstacles of the past?
Only the devil’s daughter knows…
Source: ARC from the publisher, Harper Collins. Thank you! All opinions are my own.
Lisa Kleypas can do no wrong. She has a long backlist of amazing historical romance that I devoured ever since I started reading historical romance. In fact, her book, Married by Morning, is the book that got me into regency era romance. So when I tell you that the Ravenels is possibly her best series yet, please believe I know of what I speak. 😉
West Ravenel has been a very enjoyable part of the series since Cold-Hearted Rake introduced him and his brother, Devon, and the rest of the clan. West was a overweight, often drunk, unrepentent but charming and fun-loving ne’er do well. And I’m being nice. Just ask him, he’d be more than happy to illuminate you on his many foibles. But through the series, we’ve watched him grow up and step up to the plate to make the Ravenel legacy something better than what it has been for so many generations. Watching it all happen in the background of each successive novel has been so entertaining. I was very eager to read about him getting his happily ever after.
We met Phoebe and her small family in her brother, Gabriel’s book, Devil in Spring. She seemed poised and smart and compassionate. She had recently lost her husband and was raising her two young sons virtually alone.
When Phoebe and West meet for the first time at Gabriel and Pandora’s wedding, West is immediately intrigued because of her beauty, but he also appreciates her interactions with her family. He knows he does not deserve her but he is enjoying her company. For her part, Phoebe doesn’t want to be charmed by West because he was a bully to her husband when they were schoolmates, but she can’t help but fall a little under his spell, even if she doesn’t want to.
These two were just so adorable. I loved every minute of their interactions. You’re really rooting for them because they both deserve all the happiness they can get. Phoebe, in particular, is a character that I really felt for. The Devil’s Daughter is the best Ravenel story, in my opinion. It has cute kids, a feral cat, sexy banter, and a love-to-hate storyline that was satisfying and fun to read. Another classic, Ms. Kleypas! You’ve done it again. Phoebe and West’s love story is right up there with Sebastian and Evie.
“If you have any misguided thoughts about taking me into your bed, you would find it a vastly mediocre experience. I’d be on you like a crazed rabbit, and half a minute later the whole thing would be over. I used to be a proficient lover, but now I’m a burnt-out libertine whose only remaining pleasure is breakfast food. Speaking of which—”
Phoebe reached for him, brought herself up hard against him, and interrupted him with her mouth. West flinched as if scalded and held very still in the manner of a man trying to withstand torture. Undeterred, she wrapped her arms around his neck and kissed him as passionately as she could, touching her tongue to his stiff lips. The feel and taste of him was exhilarating. Suddenly he responded with a primitive grunt and his mouth clamped on hers, wringing sensation from her with demanding pressure. Forcing her lips apart, he searched her with his tongue the way she remembered, and it felt so good, she thought she might faint. A whimper rose from her throat, and he licked and bit gently at the sound and sealed their mouths together in a deep, insatiable kiss that involved his lips, breath, hands, body, soul.
Whatever it might be like to go to bed with this man . . . it would be anything but mediocre.
ABOUT LISA KLEYPAS
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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