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review 2017-04-16 16:55
Marrying Winterborne ★★★★☆
Marrying Winterborne - Lisa Kleypas

I picked this one up because I had enjoyed the first in the series very much. I had low expectations, though, because the male love interest seemed more the stereotypical Romance genre alpha-male, on the rapey-side, based on his appearance in Cold-Hearted Rake. Much to my surprise, though, the author gave him a more nuanced character in this book, and although he was certainly a bit manipulative, the heroine had full agency. Most of what I like about this series of books is the rediscovery of Romance as an enjoyable, escapist read.

 

Audiobook borrowed from my local library via Overdrive. Excellence performance by Mary Jane Wells.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-04-09 15:04
Devil in Spring
Devil in Spring (Kleypas) - Lisa Kleypas

My review contains spoilers and they're mostly my thoughts...

Sooooooooo...I know this one’s going to be a difficult one for me because I was really, really looking forward to this book. But alas! I may have expected too much. :(

I just finished Lisa Kleypas’s much anticipated book 3 of the Ravenels series, Devil in Spring, and I’m rather underwhelmed by it. Don’t get me wrong, the writing was great; the storyline was, again, great as well. Any of LK’s ‘mediocre’ books are wayyyy better than what’s out there in the name of historical romance. But I am not going into that direction. I love LK and I will love her writing no matter what I felt. But the problem with Devil in Spring was that no one can really surpass Sebastian St. Vincent for me. Unfortunately, not even his own son. His reputation, for me, only comes after Derek, the hero of Dreaming of You, my most favorite LK book. Sadly, I had not reviewed this one, neither did I review the Wallflower series, probably LK’s best known and most loved series till today. I read and re-read those in my pre-Goodreads era.

If you haven’t read either Dreaming of You or The Wallflowers series, you really should. Sebastian St. Vincent was the hero of book 3, Devil in Winter. And boy he kept his lovely Evie (and us) so warm during those winter months, and beyond. ;) I, in general, have a great dislike for rakes even when others swoon over them. But LK’s rakes are a league of their own. She just knows how to make me fall in love with them so I always trust in her writing. Both Derek and Sebastian were two of her biggest rakish heroes that many of us still adore like no other.

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review 2017-02-26 23:09
Cold-Hearted Rake ★★★★☆
Cold-Hearted Rake - Lisa Kleypas

I’m pleased to have found a Regency romance where the feisty female protagonist is neither TSTL nor grossly anachronistic, and her love interest isn’t grossly misogynist to start. It was a fun read, and I liked having a couple of male protagonists who really just needed some responsibilities and something constructive to do, to help them discover that they aren’t useless boozy boors after all.

 

I read this for 2017 Romance Bingo, for the Rogue square. The title is an apt descriptor of both the primary male protagonist and his brother,

who are both lazy, selfish, womanizers, who intend to dump an entire estate with dependent female relatives, tenants, and servants, because they can’t be bothered, but finally come around and become responsible and loving, decent men.

(spoiler show)

 

Audiobook, borrowed from my public library via Overdrive, with an excellent performance by Mary Jane Wells. I admit to forwarding over the explicit sexy times scenes, though, as I somehow find those a bit cringeworthy when read aloud, especially when it’s going on in my earbuds while I’m wandering the canned goods aisle at the grocery store.

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review 2017-02-26 02:03
Wanted more
Devil in Spring (Kleypas) - Lisa Kleypas

 

By the time I got to book 3, I really wanted to like this one, especially with the connection to Devil in Winter. The humor and back and forth showed up more here that I love from Kleypas couples but not enough for me. Not sure if there was an abundance of sexy times in this one (I know, I know, not something to really complain about but hang in there with me, pervs) or I was just personally looking for something different.

 

 

This was my favorite from the series but honestly, I'm not sure if seeing Lord St. Vincent grace my romance pages played a huge part in that. Gabriel's mistress drama felt odd because it wasn't exactly fleshed out enough and in character driven stories like this, the couple's relationship has to be firing on all cylinders, which to me, it stagnated and didn't spark the way I wanted. What can I say, I'm greedy and I wanted more.

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review 2017-02-26 01:40
Closer...
Marrying Winterborne - Lisa Kleypas

In keeping with tradition (one previous can totally be tradition) here are two gifs that sum up my thoughts:

 

 

Well, I liked this one better than the first. Helen's growth to finding her own voice was my favorite but Rhys' transformation felt a bit off. In the first book he seemed much more like a growling bear and here he capitulated to Helen pretty early and often. Laid low by love but I also felt like we lost some of him.

 

 

I'm a broken record but still Kleypas and I'll still show up for her telling a story. I think I would have liked them to have gotten married sooner and saw them interacting in everyday life. Something missing but closer.

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