For my first review I’m going to be reviewing on one of my all time favorite novels, The Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas.
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. (goodreads)
If I had to choose one book from the historical romance genre to recommend to people this would be it. What I liked about the book is how even though the marriage started out with no feelings invested in it, this book slowly developed the feelings of the protagonists throughout the book. However the speed was neither too slow nor too fast that it made the development of the characters’ relationship believable and allows readers to become engrossed in the story.
There were also enough action going on in terms of angst and romance. While reading the novel I truly disliked Evie’s family to the point where I wondered how Evie could last this long. It also scared me when Bullard started shooting at Evie and St. Vincent. However Lisa Kleypas incorporated it so well into the plot that it didn’t seemed off. On the other hand it was essential to bring our couple closer together, therefore providing enough angst and giving the extra push needed for our couple that it didn’t annoy me as a reader.
I also loved how St. Vincent (male protagonist) had to practice celibacy for 3 months in order to obtain the heart of the Evie and assure her of his love towards her. It was so satisfying to see that he truly did love her, even though they did lose their bet due to Evie *ahem* *wide grin*.
Nevertheless, this book is definitely a must for all readers who love historical romance as I do.