BOOK REVIEW: Devil’s Daughter (The Ravenels #5) by Lisa Kleypas

Title: Devil’s Daughter
Author: Lisa Kleypas
Publication: February 19, 2019
Publisher: Avon
Genre: Romance
Pages: 387

SYNOPSIS: (Goodreads)

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..


**A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.**

I have had Lisa Kleypas on my author radar since I read a book of her’s for review last year.  I became obsessed.  I scour used bookstores for her work.  I carry a list of her books that I own in my wallet so I don’t double buy her books.  I have always had a soft spot for historical fiction.  Her books combine historical fiction with romance and it is sublime.  Needless to say, when a request came across my email to review her newest book ‘The Ravenel’s’ I pounced on it. 

Phoebe has been navigating the waters of being a widow since her beloved husband, Henry, died two years prior.  She has kept busy raising her two boys.  When she is forced to attend her brother’s wedding to a cousin of West Ravenel she is dismayed.  She has loathed him her whole life even though she has never met him in person.  She knows all she needs to know about him from the letters Henry wrote her while he was in boarding school with him.  He bullied Henry beyond belief.  While it was never physical bullying, it was verbal abuse and stealing one of his prized possessions. However, when she arrives at the Estate, she sees a handsome man with a captivating gaze.  They have an easy conversation.  All of that ends when he is introduced as West Ravenel.  She instantly becomes cool towards him.  Later that night she is seated next to him for dinner.  They have a lively conversation and she begins to realize that he isn’t as bad as the letters she received portrayed.  Things slowly blossom between them.  Will he get over him not being good enough for her to allow himself to fall in love?  Will she be able to move on from her beloved Henry and open herself up to love once more?

First off, this is the 5th book in her Ravenel’s series.  However, you can read them as a stand alone.  It does help to read the other books as most of the secondary characters and the main characters in some cases have appeared in her other books.  It sometimes helps with the character’s backstory.  I absolutely devoured this book.  The story was sweet.  It has a young widow who is still not quite recovered from the death of her husband and a man who is well known for his debauchery and womanizing.  The story that the author weaves bringing them together is wonderful.  We see West slowly becoming the man that he wants to be but really doesn’t know how.  He finds his calm in life in the form of Phoebe.  Phoebe finds a man that helps her move on from her husband’s death and discover herself once more.   


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