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The Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas
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The Devil in Winter

by Lisa Kleypas

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I was hooked on HR for a very long time - this is my top book
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  Savehouse | Sep 24, 2018 |
This came close to getting all five stars. Lots of great drama, the chemistry between the leads was sweet and steamy, and I apparently love the process of reforming a rake. It looks like I do officially like other romances besides paranormal. If I didn't already know that one of my favorite characters, Cam (who is implied to be the paramour of the final Wallflower, Daisy), is not to be the lead in the following book, then I would immediately be starting in on the next installment. Regardless, I quite enjoyed this one.

First read in May of 2011, re-read in April 2016 and it still stands up. I love the couple, especially the moment when Evie flinches and Sebastian realizes she's been abused. I love a traumatized heroine and a hero who helps her heal! ( )
  PNRList | Aug 15, 2018 |
Devil in Winter
4.5 Stars

Synopsis
Evangeline Jenner is desperate to escape her abusive relatives and realizes that her only recourse is to marry. Due to his recent financial difficulties, notorious rake, Sebastian St. Vincent, is the perfect candidate. She is well aware of his past and is convinced they will never become a love match - or will they?

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Good writing, witty dialogue, likeable characters and an entertaining plot.

Sebastian is a unscrupulous rake and it was fascinating to see him redeem himself (no easy task given his actions in the previous book) and turn into a besotted husband. His self-depracating humor and honesty regarding his flaws make him an excellent addition to my historical hottie harem. Nevertheless, more background on his relationship with his father (which is hinted at in book #2) is necessary as the little information on his mother and sisters fail to fully explain his promiscuous behavior.

Evie has a warm heart and quiet strenth and definitely comes into her own. However, her rapid transition from shy wallflower to self-confident wife is difficult to accept. Regardless, Sebastian and Evie's relationship is sweet and touching.

The suspense plots are alright but neither is fully developed or sufficiently gripping. Evie's darstardly relatives are dispatched too neatly and the villain at the club is too predictable and his motive annoyingly obvious.

The brief cameo appearances by the other wallflowers were disappointing in their brevity but Cam Rohan's character more than made up for it. His tryst with Daisy, however, is quite misleading as her hero is someone completely different.

All in all, very entertaining read and I look forward to Daisy's story. ( )
  Lauren2013 | May 24, 2018 |
This was pretty good. Had no expectations so it didn't disappoint. Had a few chuckles. ( )
  MyaB | Apr 25, 2018 |
Shy, wallflower Evie Jenner, goes to the home of notorious impoverished rogue Lord Sebastian St. Vincent and proposes a marriage of convenience to him. She is escaping an arranged marriage by her guardian aunt and uncle to a dreadful cousin and Sebastian's family has mismanaged their dwindling fortune. They head off to a Gretna Green elopement so that she can see her dying father. Upon returning Sebastian sees the shabby and failing state of her father's men's club and starts by taking over and then having to rescue Evie from several attempted kidnappings. During all of this they begin to care and fall in love with each other. ( )
  Kathy89 | Sep 12, 2017 |
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To Christina, Connie, Liz, Mary and Terri,
for friendship that makes my heart sing.
Love always,
L.K.
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As Sebastian, Lord St. Vincent, stared at the young woman who had just barged her way into his London residence, it occurred to him that he might have tried to abduct the wrong heiress last week at Stony Cross Park.
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One of Sebastian's brows arched. "Evie," he said dryly, "you eloped against your family's wishes, you married a notorious rake, and you're living in a gaming club. How much more damned gossip do you think you could cause?"
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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.
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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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:20:57 -0400)

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Desperate to escape the clutches of her greedy relatives, heiress Evangeline Jenner makes a deal with Viscount St. Vincent to exchange her fortune for a marriage of convenience, only to discover the true nature of passion in his arms.

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