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Review: Devil in Winter

February 11, 2010
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Evie Jenner’s father owns a somewhat successful gaming club in London.  Knowing that it’s not a suitable place to raise a young girl, he sends Evie to live with relatives.  Her relatives aren’t all that kind, but they expect Evie to marry her cousin, so they can take possession of her inheritance.

Desperate to escape, Evie approaches Viscount Sebastian St. Vincent and proposes marriage despite his reputation as a horrible womanizer.  The marriage is arranged as a business deal – Evie needs Sebastian to get away from her family and he needs her money.

Evie’s father dies shortly after the marriage and the newlyweds find themselves with a gaming club to run.  Several things happen that help Evie and Sebastian realize just how much they mean to each other.

Devil in Winter is the third book in the Wallflowers series by Lisa Kleypas.  I haven’t read the other two books, but I had no trouble catching up with the characters or the story.  This is not really my kind of book (I read it for my book club) so I think it’s hard for me to evaluate it fairly.   I wouldn’t say that I hated the book, but I didn’t love it either – for me, it was just okay.

I found Devil in Winter to be very predictable – I’m sure you can figure out what happens just by reading the synopsis.  Sebastian uses terms of endearments like “Love” with Evie right from the beginning and, while I realize he’s portrayed as a womanizer, I found it irritating and unlikely.  The writing was a little flowery for my taste, with it’s overuse of adjectives.  I also felt the romance moved far too quickly.   Even with those faults, the book did hold my attention and was a fairly quick read.  There are some steamy scenes in Devil in Winter and if you like that type of romance, you’ll probably enjoy this book.

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  1. February 11, 2010 7:18 am

    You picked up one fault that I should have noticed on reading this book by itself – it’s really hard to believe Sebastian is a womanizer if you only see how he behaves with Evie. He shows up in at least one of the previous books in the series, so his transformation is better if you’ve had all of his background. That is a pretty frequent problem in romance for me though, when the guy is supposed to be a real playboy but he doesn’t come across as one in the book because of course once he’s seen the heroine he doesn’t desire any other women. It’s unrealistic, but that’s why these are mostly predictable fantasies to make some women happy. 😉

  2. February 11, 2010 7:53 am

    I enjoy a good historical romance from time to time but I still haven’t read any by Lisa Kleypas – even thought she’s a well-received author and quite prolific! I have a couple on my tbr list so maybe I’ll make that a mini-goal for 2010 😀 How did your book club choose this book? I think it’s great that the group is open to various genres!
    One more thing. About the book being predictable: I think that’s true for most romance books. It’s what many readers of the romance genre like – knowing what will probably happen – and the fun is finding out HOW.

  3. February 11, 2010 7:57 am

    I’ve never read anything by this author, and with so many other books to read (overwhelmed actually) I don’t think I’ll be adding too many new authors to my list for a while 🙂

  4. February 11, 2010 8:03 am

    I just like Evie’s last name! : )

  5. February 11, 2010 9:28 am

    An appropriate title for this time of year!

  6. February 11, 2010 9:39 am

    I like the cover, but I don’t think it is for me. I am not really into romance, must be the years of marriage which has knocked it out of me.

  7. February 11, 2010 10:09 am

    Good assessment. I didn’t mind the book but I don’t think I’ll be picking up the other ones in the series any time soon!

  8. February 11, 2010 10:10 am

    I’ve seen this book. I know the author. I didn’t know this book was a part of a series. I love the name Sebastian. I came close. One of my son’s is named Solomon, middle name. Good review. Thanks.

  9. February 11, 2010 10:12 am

    I’m not much for flowery books myself although sometimes a historical romance is good if well done. I think the cover is really nice though.

  10. stacybuckeye permalink
    February 11, 2010 10:31 am

    I like historical romances, but haven’t tried Kleypas yet. Good for you trying a book that you knew you probably wouldn’t love. There are historical romances out there that you would love 🙂

  11. February 11, 2010 11:21 am

    I’m not sure if this one is for me either, I don’t normally read Historical Romance novels.

  12. February 11, 2010 12:16 pm

    Ish. I’m not a fan of romance, especially not predictable ones. I suppose if I were in the right mood, but then again maybe not…

  13. February 11, 2010 12:32 pm

    I need a bit more suspense than that. Thanks for the review.

  14. sumanam permalink
    February 11, 2010 12:34 pm

    The book cover is nice, but I need some more complications in the story ..

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  16. February 11, 2010 1:20 pm

    It’s okay to say a book was okay or alright. There are a lot of those out there that seem perfectly fine but didn’t have anything that grabbed the reader’s attention or made it memorable.

  17. February 11, 2010 1:28 pm

    I find the same kind of problem you mentioned about Sebastian showing up again and again in movies. We all like to think that the bad boy is deep down a good boy is apparently, at least that’s what some writers and moviemakers think.

  18. February 11, 2010 2:16 pm

    This isn’t the type of book I would normally read either. I used to have no problem with this kind of story (it was just fluff and fun), but at some point in the past, I’d say about seven years, my reading tastes have changed and I like a more substantial story.

  19. February 11, 2010 3:37 pm

    I like the synopsis, but it does sound very much like a traditional romance. I don’t often read traditional romances – when I do read a romance, I prefer it to have some sort of twist!

  20. February 11, 2010 4:22 pm

    I have to admit that I enjoy a flowery romance once in a while.

  21. February 11, 2010 7:46 pm

    I probably have to skip this one since I hate “predictable” books!

  22. February 11, 2010 8:38 pm

    This doesn’t sound like my kind of book either, so I’ll give this a pass!

  23. February 11, 2010 10:31 pm

    Thank you for your honest review, Kathy.

  24. February 12, 2010 12:28 am

    Lisa Kleypas is one of my favourite authors. I loved the first 2 books in this series but I thought this one was okay. But as you said, it does hold your attention. Trust me all Lisa Kleypas books do 🙂

  25. February 12, 2010 4:27 am

    I haven’t read anything by this author and frankly not a big fan of romance books except those written by Nora Roberts and Anne Stuart. Recently I developed a liking for Suzanne Brockmann as well. Thanks for your honest review, Kathy!

  26. February 12, 2010 6:28 am

    Nice assessment of the book. I was surprised though by the amount of discussion the book raised.

  27. February 12, 2010 6:51 am

    no, doesn’t sound like my type of book either.

  28. February 13, 2010 1:23 pm

    Aren’t most romance novels fairly predictable? I’ve yet to really find one that throws me completely off. If you know of one, do share! 🙂 I read and enjoyed Wallflower Christmas (definitely was a quick read) so I’m likely to pick up the others in the Wallflower series.

  29. February 13, 2010 8:18 pm

    I had to laugh at Jenners’ comment! I thought of her every time Evie’s father was mentioned by name.

    This book wasn’t my cup of tea either, Kathy, but I’m glad we tried something new …

  30. February 15, 2010 1:02 pm

    I don’t really think this book would suit me very well. It sounds like a romance with a little suspense thrown in, and that’s just not usually my genre. I’m glad that you didn’t totally hate it, though I doubt you will be going on to the next book!

  31. February 17, 2010 8:40 am

    I don’t think this is my kind of book, either, but trying something new is always a good thing.

  32. February 17, 2010 9:50 pm

    Yeah, Seb wasn’t much of a womanizer in this one. He’s slowed down. 🙂 There was a lot more about him and his sneaky, wild ways in the other books, so I suppose that’s why I found him believable as a rake.

  33. February 24, 2010 4:39 pm

    Yeah, I didn’t like this one so much either! 🙂

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