*This review is on Goodreads too. 🙂
TITLE: Devil in Winter
BY: Lisa Kleypas
SERIES: Walflowers #3 (can be read as standalone)
GENRE: Romance, Historical Romance
♥Quick overview about the Wallflowers♥
Set in London 1843, four girls, who usually found themselves sitting together ball after ball, soiree after soiree, watching other girls dance and get courted, finally get to an agreement that they would help each other win a husband starting from the eldest to the youngest. From wallflowers to fiery husband hunters, these girls will blow your mind.
Sometimes the fractures in two separate souls became the very hinges that held them together.
This is one of those cliched stories about reformed rakes…
Evangeline ‘Evie’ Jenner is the shyest of them all. She stammers and as innocent as a child can be. But she’s also a heiress, the kind of woman that Sebastian, Lord St. Vincent needed.
Sebastian is the rakest of them all. He is debauched, amoral and perverse. But the worst of it all is that he knows it. He even claimed that he excelled in his own chosen profession which is being a degenerate seducer.
In short, he’s no innocent and that’s why Evie seemed to arouse some disdain in him.
Evie doesn’t care. She impulsively turned to him upon learning about his situation. Sebastian is in need of an heiress, a woman with money that can help him retain his title of dukedom in the future. He even kidnapped one of Evie’s friends due to his desperation. It just happens that Evie is desperate too. She needs to get away from her cruel relatives and so she made a deal to him.
The things is, she went to escape cruelty only to run towards the devils himself, or at least that’s what Sebastian wanted people to see him as.
This must be my most favorite Historical Romance, except maybe for the Bronte’s classic novels. Everytime I read a historical, I remember Evie and Sebastian. Especially Sebastian. These unlikely couple had made their way to my heart and seemed no plan of leaving their acquired space. Though this is cliched plot, Miss Kleypas created two unforgettable characters whose stories and personalities really tugged at my heart.
They made me care for them, made me giddy, made me flutter my eyes as I imagine myself watching them close. You know as Sebastian whispered surprisingly sweet things to Evie, or most the times, he uttered dirty, wicked, sexy things to her, I fell giddy and excited and happy. Most of the times, im wondering how St. Vincent called a Devil He is so adorable but then again he speaks so wickedly but with love and affection though he doesn’t know it.
It’s just Evie, as a heroine, though she was described as innocent, is the best. She’s strong-willed though it isn’t obvious. For God’s sake she made a deal to Sebastian who’s reputation is unforgivable. I love it that their romance set slowly and they learned a great deal about each other as the story goes on until their deeply, madly in love with each other.
Also the things that are going through around them, as Evie’s life have always been in danger, considering the kind of family she was from, made the plot less cliched. And even though I already met all the characters, especially the wallflowers, before, I don’t seem to get tired of them. And Miss Kleypas keep on adding interesting characters that made the reader fall in love not only to the MCs.
Though I rated the others five stars as well, Devil in Winter is really my favorite and I’m gonna say it again, if you’re a newbie in Historical Romance, this series is great for starters. This series will sure make you fall in love with this genre. And though every book in the series can be read as standalones, it’ll be soooooo much better if you start with Book 1. 🙂 🙂
And before I end this review, I want to leave this line from Sebastian:
“I want to fill every part of you…breathe the air from your lungs…leave my handprints on your soul. I want to give you more pleasure than you can bear. I want to make love to you, Evie, as I have never done with anyone before.”
Happy Reading guys, always.