Series: Wallflowers #3
Also in this series: Scandal in Spring, Secrets of a Summer Night, It Happened One Autumn
Genres: Historical, Romance
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.
Have finally read Devil in Winter!
Thoughts on Devil in Winter
Finally! I’ve read Devil in Winter, the book so many rave about. And while you won’t find me raving (sorry!), I can see why Devil in Winter is raved about. It’s definitely one of my more favorite Lisa Kleypas books.
Not gonna lie, I was worried about how I’d like Evie and how her stammer reads. Because like reading phonetically spelled accents (also in this book, and did not like), stammers can slow down reading. But the good news?
Evie comes into her own once she takes charge of her life, and when she does, her stammer all but disappears. And her life pre-take-change? Awful. You get the vibe in previous books that Evie’s life isn’t all that great, but it’s this book where we see just how bad it is. Surprise? (Not a surprise.) I liked Evie. She grew and blossomed.
Sebastian, Lord St. Vincent, on the other hand, I was less fond of. And not necessarily because of what he did in It Happened One Autumn (though that wasn’t very nice on his part). He fits the rake-who-can’t-go-more-than-a-few-nights-without-a-woman trope, and he never stood out to me beyond that. (At least, not in the way that other authors have done so for me.)
Did I like him? Yes. He takes care of Evie and finds himself drawn to her despite his efforts not to. That he takes care of Evie so well is a point in his favor, but perhaps the best part of Sebastian’s character arc (which we didn’t necessarily see a lot of) was his step into running Evie’s father’s gaming hell.
Bottom line? A solid Lisa Kleypas that made my Sunday afternoon more enjoyable.