Blue-Eyed Devil

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The New York Times bestselling author of Sugar Daddy is back with her most breathtaking, hot-and-bothered novel yet!

MEET THE BLUE-EYED DEVIL

His name is Hardy Cates. He?s a self-made millionaire who comes from the wrong side of the tracks. He?s made enemies in the rough-and-tumble ride to the top of Houston?s oil industry. He?s got hot blood in his veins. And vengeance on ...

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Overview

The New York Times bestselling author of Sugar Daddy is back with her most breathtaking, hot-and-bothered novel yet!

MEET THE BLUE-EYED DEVIL

His name is Hardy Cates. He’s a self-made millionaire who comes from the wrong side of the tracks. He’s made enemies in the rough-and-tumble ride to the top of Houston’s oil industry. He’s got hot blood in his veins. And vengeance on his mind.

MEET THE HEIRESS

She’s Haven Travis. Despite her family’s money, she refuses to set out on the path they’ve chosen for her. But when Haven marries a man her family disapproves of, her life is set on a new and dangerous course. Two years later, Haven comes home, determined to guard her heart. And Hardy Cates, a family enemy, is the last person she needs darkening her door or setting her soul on fire.

WATCH THE SPARKS FLY. . . .

Filled with Lisa Kleypas’s trademark sensuality, filled with characters you love to hate and men you love to love, Blue-Eyed Devil will hold you captive in its storytelling power as the destiny of two people unfolds with every magical word.

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Editorial Reviews

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“A sexy story. Hero Hardy Cates is charming women the world over!” —Lifetime Entertainment

“A page-turning, formula-breaking romance that escalates passion to new heights.” —Publishers Weekly

“An intense, passionate, bigger-than-Texas romance.”—Bookpage

“HOT. Kleypas’s strongly emotional story presents an inside look at what can happen when love turns out to be the desire for complete control.”—Romantic Times BOOKreviews

“The love story [is] incredibly touching…had me reaching for a tissue and staying up into the wee hours of the morning just to finish the book.”—The Post and Courier (Charleston, SC)

“Filled with Lisa Kleypas’s smoldering sensuality, breathtaking plots, and unforgettable characters.”—Fantastic Fiction

Publishers Weekly

Scenes of domestic abuse and the journey to recovery make Kleypas's modern romance anything but fluff. A Wellesley grad and daughter of a Houston energy baron, Haven Travis is an unlikely romantic heroine until her brief but ardent encounter with a man who turns out to be Hardy Cates, the East Texas roughneck from Sugar Daddywho worked his way up from poverty and then outmaneuvered the Travis clan in a business deal. Haven's engaged to Nick Tanner-a man her dad thinks is unfit for her-and though she and Hardy have a charged interaction, she elopes with Nick, and her father cuts her off. Nick turns out to be a bad guy, and a beaten and bruised Haven returns to Houston, where Hardy's still at odds with her family. Their passion proves as fervent as ever, but demons from Haven's recent past-as well as strife with her family and troubles at work and in bed-stand in the way. Kleypas isn't a literary stylist, but she delivers a page-turning, formula-breaking romance that takes on social issues and escalates passion to new heights. (Mar.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312351656
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 3/3/2009
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 198,473
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Kleypas is the RITA Award-winning author of twenty-one novels. Her books have been published in fourteen languages and are bestsellers all over the world. She lives in Washington State with her husband and two children.
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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Life management and the arts 1
Ch. 2 Producers, artistic directors & managing directors : executive staff strategic planning 18
Ch. 3 Board of trustee management and the arts 46
Ch. 4 Strategic planning for the arts 73
Ch. 5 Personnel management & human resources 80
Ch. 6 Fundraising for the arts : basic strategies for the 21st century 109
Ch. 7 Marketing the arts in the 21st century 126
Ch. 8 Budgeting & financial management 142
Ch. 9 Surviving in a competitive field 159
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  • Posted May 28, 2010

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    Amazing

    I absolutely loved this book. This is my favorite of Lisa Kleypas hands down. It takes a serious issue(abuse) and takes it to a whole nother level, I didn't really like Haven OR Hardy in Sugar Daddy so I didn't have high expectations for this book, but I fell in love with Haven, and by the end I was in love with Hardy too. These characters grow so much. Most books about spousal abuse are very depressing and sad to read, but in this book Lisa makes Haven overcome a great deal,without making the readers feel that Haven is weak. Most times when you read about spousal abuse you get very frustrated when the victim doesn't just leave, but Lisa writes this in a way where you understand Haven and why at first stays. I couldn't put this book down and I have reread it a dozen times. You have to read this. The plot was and characters were very well developed. This book keeps you hooked no doubt. I would recommend many of Lisa Kleypas but this one is by far one of her best.

    11 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 21, 2009

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    Perfection in book form!

    This was truly my favorite book by LK.(which is saying something) Its has everything that make a wonderful book, great plot, enticing characters, romance, and teaches a great life lesson, especially for women. please GO READ IT!!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 18, 2010

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    EXCITING READ!

    This is a contemporary romance where Haven Travis, who was born with a silver spoon in her mouth, the daughter of a Houston Energy Tycoon, has issues with her family, her abusive spouse and herself. This in an insightful peek at the impact the aftermath of abuse has, then there's Hardy Cates who is her opposite, having grown up in East Texas poverty. They meet and sparks fly, but she is engaged to Nick Tanner, who her dad believes is not good enough for his beloved daughter in spite of his affluent background. The bond is that Hardy and Haven are both survivors. This is a wonderful, realistic look at abuse, survival, real passion, courage and strength, an exciting read to please.

    This reminds me of another perfect and exciting read, EXPLOSION IN PARIS, that I am still seeing in my dreams!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 17, 2010

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    AN AMOROUSLY SPECTACULAR NOVEL! HARDY CATES IS THE PERFECT DEVIL IN DISGUISE!

    WHAT CAN I SAY, LISA KLEYPAS HAS LEFT ME SPEECHLESS! NO OTHER WOMAN COULD BE A BETTER MATCH FOR HARDY CATES, THAN A TRAVIS. HAVEN TO BE EXACT, THE YOUNGEST & ONLY DAUGHTER OF THE TRAVIS FAMILY. EVEN THOUGH I WAS SECRETLY HOPING & PRAYING HARDY WOULD END UP W/LIBERTY. HOWEVER, I'M EXTREMELY IMPRESSED BY THE TURN OF EVENTS THAT LEAD THESE 2 STRONG-WILLED INDIVIDULAS TOGETHER. THEY HEALED & MENDED EACH OTHERS DEEP-ROOTED WOUNDS EXQUISITELY.

    THIS NOVEL IS AN EMOTIONAL, HUMOROUS, SEXUALLY GRATIFYING, JOYRIDE. LEAVING YOU GRASPING FOR AIR EVERY MOMENT THAT IS SHARED BETWEEN HARDY & HAVEN, AND THE REST OF THE TRAVIS FAMILY. THANK YOU, LISA YOUR WRITING IS GETTING HOTTER & HOTTER!! KEEP IT COMING!

    LK DESERVES NOTHING LESS THAN A 10 STAR RATING FOR THIS NOVEL!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2009

    A Must Read

    Blue-Eyed Devil was an amazing book. This book is powerful, romantic, and tackles a very prevalent issue plaguing our society. The book, which finds our heroine, Haven, in a physically abusive marriage, takes a deep look at both the psychological trauma experienced by victims as well as the healing process.

    More than anything, this book is a testament to the healing power of love. The characters were well-developed and truly human. You feel like you know these people. The secondary characters are also developed well. Lisa Kleypas has done a beautiful job taking a difficult topic and creating a story that is hard to put down and powerful to the last page.

    You cannot help but find the hero, Hardy Cates, irresistible. You find yourself rooting for these two characters from the get-go. While the story line is a bit heavy, Kleypas does a great job of not overwhelming the reader. Definitely a must read.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 10, 2009

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    Best of Lisa Kleypas

    I have read all of Lisa's books and this is by far the best one. It is so intense. Themes of narcissistic personality disorder and domestic violence were addressed in a way that made you feel for both characters. Haven goes through a lot and her hero, Hardy is there to rescue her and give her a shoulder to lean on. The development of characters and plot is very strong in this novel. It is a must read. It is the second book in three. Sugar Daddy is the first, Blue-Eyed Devil is the second, and Smooth Talking Stranger is the third. If you read Sugar Daddy first, it will give you more detail about Hardy. The story in Blue-Eyed Devil begins where Sugar Daddy leaves off. It truly is a must read. Loved it!

    Sugar Daddy, in my opinion, was not Lisa's strongest book, but it is important to read this one to have a better understanding of the characters and their life experiences. However, I absolutely loved Smooth Talking Stranger. Very Hot! The issues in these books are very real. Smooth Talking Stranger deals with mental illness, narcissism, and child abandonment.

    I love all Lisa Kleypas books.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 17, 2009

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    Great story!!

    This book is sooo good. Lisa Kleypas delivers again. She makes Hardy Cates delicious. This story is soooo romantic. I had to read this book again it was so good. It will remain in my permanent library. Along with all her others. Ms. Kleypas has switched over to contempory admirably. I hope she continues to keep the balance of her switches from romance to contempory romance in the future... so far so good. Keep up the good work.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2008

    Cannot be summed up by words

    I have never written one of these reviews before and am an avid reader..especially romance, but had to take a minute to tell everyone if you do not read this you are missing out! Sensational is one of the few words that comes close to summing up the book. I read her first one sugar daddy a while ago and walked away smiling and loving it, but this I could not put down. I started reading it at 10pm before bed and was still reading it at 6 am. I read straight through the night and finished early morning. the only problem was at the end I felt depressed because I wanted something equally as good and heart warming to pick up that night and knew I just would not find it. Its heartwarming and romantic without any of that cheezy stuff. I like how kleypas introduced the abuse into the book, seeing domestic violence is so prevelant but yet unspoken about. MUSY READ THIS BOOK. You will put down the book feeling happy, giddy and like a true romantic. True love and fairy tale is out there and this book just makes every little girl believe in it.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 4, 2010

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    Informative and Romantic

    The author really did her research for this book. Yeah it was a fun, quick read romance, but it also had deep insight into the narcissitic pesonality. The book very quickly throws you into the twisted marriage of Haven and Nick, and his controlling ways. The author also knows how to create a character for any girl to drool over. The bad-boy with the secret sensitive side always draws in the romantic. The story was fun, but at the same time it allowed you to sit back and wonder if you know anyone like Nick who could turn your life from fairy tale to nightmare in a blink. This was the first book by Lisa Kleypas that I read, but I will no doubt be reading more, and suggest anyone else to do the same.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2013

    Blue Eyed Devil

    The book synopsis on the Nook tablet does not match the book nor does the cover give it justice. I have passed this book over many times until I decided to read the book reviews.
    This book made me cry. There were some passages that were so intense that my skin felt cold as if I was dumped over the head with ice water. Yet, I was compelled to read more of Haven's tragic story. As a survivor of domestic violence myself the story was a powerful reminder of how someone else can take another person's power. However, this book was also a testament of how a victim can take their power back. Lisa Kleypas showed herself to be a master storyteller and not just a historical romance writer. She proved that she could be current and flexible. I am her biggest fan!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 21, 2010

    AWESOME!

    Lisa does it again in this 2nd book in the Travis family trilogy! I could not put it down. I read it in one day. This one is a real emotional read. I love this series. Hope there will be a fourth for Joe!! Highly, highly recommend!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2010

    Kleypas = Genius

    I couldn't put this book down. The first line of this book immediately grabbed my attention and it only got better. There is never a dull moment. If you love romance and drama and REAL men you will love this book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2010

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    I'm a fan of Lisa Kleypas... because of this book!

    This is the first book I've read from Lisa Kleypas. I was utterly amazed at how well written her stories are and really touches reality. After reading this book, I had to get the first and third book of this series Sugar Daddy and Smooth Talking Stranger. All three books are wonderful and so romantic. There are different state of abuse in her stories but that just adds to the character's strength and struggles. She ponders on the abuse normal people get but doesn't go into the ugliness of it. That's what I love about her writing. I hope she writes about Joe's character next because I just love this series.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 15, 2009

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    Deep, emotional, and sensual

    This was an all-nighter for me! I couldn't get away from the book! Kleyplas gave us real characters and a real situation. It dealt a lot with domestic violence, which is the most underreported violence committed against women. I was enchanted by Haven's character who showed, admitted, and dealt with her flaws.
    I also loved Hardy Cates. He was the perfect hero. Despite past troubles with the Travis family and Haven's past history with abuse, he deals with everything that comes his way. We even see a more vulnerable side of him. Finally, a book where the female isn't the only one emotionally involved.
    It also helped that I fell in love with both characters. I felt connected to them as real people. A great story lets me feel every emotion; this book did more in bringing reality with all its emotions and a overwhelming sense of hope in life and in other people.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 16, 2009

    Poor Guy/ Rich Girl

    I loved reading Blue-Eyed Devil. The characters were smart and witty. The protagonist, the hard working blue-eyed devil, and the heiress were electric. The twist to the poor guy/ rich girl plot was neat. The novel is a winner, and I can't wait for another Lisa Kleypas's book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2009

    Great Book

    It has been awhile since I read this book. I enjoyed it very much and hiighly recommend it

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 16, 2008

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    captivating, sexy, witty, and just plain yummy!!

    Havens Travis character in this book was beautiful, shes strong but kinda stumbles along the way, and hardy helps her overcome her struggles. Hardy Cates is that smoldering sexy Texas man, and he is Delicious!!! (probably my favorite male character in kleypas's books) A must read, it even gave some insight on Liberty and Gage!! you will not be disappointed.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2008

    very intertaining

    I enjoyed this book very much, it's better than watching soap opera. The scenes are unforgetable and vivid. This is one of my favorite novels by Lisa Kleypas. I also reccommend Sugar Daddy, Lisa's first contemporary novel.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2008

    Entertaining strong romance

    Blue-Eyed Devil impressed me, but then again, Lisa Kleypas's writing touches me. Female authority and the importance of relationships are topics she analyzes with depth and appetite. This is a book to enjoy.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2008

    great read

    The charcters in this book are just about as real as you can get, and to be able to see what the main character is seeing through this whole book is just amazing. It made me feel that I was with her throughout.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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