Tuesday, February 19, 2019

The Devil's Daughter by Lisa Kleypas - Release Day Review and Excerpt

Author: Lisa Kleypas
Publication Date:  19 February 2019
Publisher: Avon
Series:  The Ravenels, book 5
Genre:  Historical Romance
Age Recommendation: 17 and Up
Rating: 5 Stars
~ I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ~ 

Book Description:

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…

My Review:

I don't know what all to say, I am just plain and simply in love with this book.  I truly feel like I should leave this review at LOVE IT, MUST READ, GO NOW, ONE CLICK!   It is just that good!  I suppose that I can't though so here are just a few of my other thoughts.  

This is the first book I have read from Lisa and I can safely say that yes you can read this as a standalone but I will say as my friend Stephanie over at NoBSBookReviews, 'Malissa.   Ma-Liss-A', only I would of course be using your name...you get the idea, lol.  No, you don't have to have read the series but you want to, you SO want to because they book is just that darn good and it will truly enhance your enjoyment as dear lovely West, who you will fall madly in love with  has a long history that begins in book 1, Cold-Hearted Rake.  Also it would not hurt at all to go as far back as The Wallflowers and start there, again, because the books are just so good and because you will meet characters that you see in The Ravenels series, plus learn the reason for the title of The Devil's Daughter.  Just download Lisa's entire book history and dig in, that's basically what I did after reading The Devil's Daughter, I am 100% an addict of her books now and I have no regrets.  

I think it is safe for me to say that if you are a historical romance fan and not reading Lisa Kleypas then you are missing out on some of he best books of that genre out there.  

Look y'all, I am a mess for this book, I can't even get my thoughts in sensible order beycase I just want to shove this book in every one of your hands and plead with you using my best 'puppy dog' eyes to read it....READ IT!  I am a bumbling mass of joyous feelings with this review and it's making me practically incomprehensible.

West is the perfect redeemed hero. His transformation from drunkard and rake is a beautiful story in and of itself.  His heart is so big, his compassion for others and his willingness to serve others a refreshing change from your typical historical romance hero who is one of the noble class.  He will make you love him, even though his hardest moments, once he decides to go from 'zero to hero' there is no turning back for West and what he can accomplish.  

I loved Pheobe, she is a wonderful conglomeration of naive and worldly, fiery and demure.  She was to all outside parties the perfect Victorian widow, but in her heart she craved more...the one thing she of course never would have expected to crave would be the man she believed tormented her one true love, her deceased husband.  I adored her determination to have her independence in a world that would not allow it.  

One of my favorite things about these books, is that Lisa truly comprehends the social values and views of the Victorian Era.  While she may give her heroines the desire for independence she keeps the reality of their choices true to the era.  Yes, it is fiction and I read and enjoy plenty of historical romances where the heroines are able to live a life that would not truly have been possible durning the era they are written in, but it is quite refreshing to read a 'true to life' view of that time.  Another thing I have really been enjoying about these books and it may just be a thing for me because I am such a huge fan of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, is I can see some of the characters from these books having characteristics of those from Pride and Prejudice.  In Devil's Daughter I picked up on Darcy and Elizabeth, though I felt Pheobe was more the Darcy in this case, ha. 

Honestly, I just feel like I have been missing out in my life when it comes to historical romances beycase I had no idea these were right under my nose.  My goal is to now make sure everyone knows that these books are MUST reads.  Even if you think you aren't a historical romance fan you should read these books because Lisa will turn you into one.  

Last thing you need to know. West, is EVERYTHING!  



“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.


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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