Devil in Spring (Ravenels Series #3)

Devil in Spring (Ravenels Series #3)

by Lisa Kleypas

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New York Times bestselling author LISA KLEYPAS delivers the unforgettable tale of a strong-willed beauty who encounters her match in one of London’s most notorious—yet irresistible—rakes . . .

An eccentric wallflower  . . .

Most debutantes dream of finding a husband. Lady Pandora Ravenel has different plans. The ambitious young beauty would much rather stay at home and plot out her new board game business than take part in the London Season. But one night at a glittering society ball, she’s ensnared in a scandal with a wickedly handsome stranger.

A cynical rake  . . .

After years of evading marital traps with ease, Gabriel, Lord St. Vincent, has finally been caught by a rebellious girl who couldn’t be less suitable. In fact, she wants nothing to do with him. But Gabriel finds the high-spirited Pandora irresistible. He’ll do whatever it takes to possess her, even if their marriage of convenience turns out to be the devil’s own bargain.

A perilous plot  . . .

After succumbing to Gabriel’s skilled and sensuous persuasion, Pandora agrees to become his bride. But soon she discovers that her entrepreneurial endeavors have accidentally involved her in a dangerous conspiracy—and only her husband can keep her safe. As Gabriel protects her from their unknown adversaries, they realize their devil’s bargain may just turn out to be a match made in heaven . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062371874
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/21/2017
Series: Ravenels Series , #3
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 38,472
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas graduated from Wellesley College with a political science degree. She’s a RITA award-winning author of both historical romance and contemporary women’s fiction. She lives in Washington State with her husband Gregory and their two children.

Customer Reviews

Devil in Spring 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 51 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So happy to get to see Evie and Sebastian again! I bought the book and finished it in one day because I couldnt put it down! The chemistry between Pandora and Gabriel was off the charts and had me laughing out loud many times. Not only does Pandora delight with her unique personality, she also brings up intriguing issues of womens rights during the time period. I would really recommend anyone to buy this book, you wont regret it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lisa Kleypas has been one of my favorite authors. From her strong heroines and interesting story lines to her delectable rakes with painful and intriguing histories, I have often loved her characters and the journeys of love and life they find themselves on. With this said, I do also have to state that this book was almost a disappointment. Gabriel, Lord St. Vincent was the usual witty, handsome, and strong hero that often graces Kleypas' pages. The kind of character you can love, enjoy and root for. However, the heroine left much to be desired. Pandora was extremely childlike, impulsive, and not very likeable. It was as if she were two different ideas of people merged into one that did not make very much sense. You want to like her and you want to root for her, but her very harsh personality and unyielding resolve make it difficult. It is almost as if her character wanted to make things more difficult and the childlike demeanor did not help. This was a difficult read for me and honestly if i could return it I would have. Gabriel's sense of humor, personality, and rationality is what kept this book remotely interesting and palatable. As for Pandora, she will go down on my list as one of the most undeserving heroines.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love revisiting old characters. I made me laugh and cry just a little.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. Made me cry and laugh. Great seeing Evie and Sebastian again too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its great to read this apple (Gabriel) didn't fall far from time tree (Sebastian). The Devil in Winter has always been one of my favorite books from Ms. Kleypas. I loved reading about Evie and Sebastian's son Gabriel and the perfectly imperfect Pandora. Im only sad because I've finished the book and must wait for the next story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't understand some of the low ratings. This story was delightful from beginning to end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this merge of the Wallflower and Ravenel worlds. This was excellent. Couldn't put it diwn. Will be reading again.
Kristin Dombroski 3 months ago
I would suggest reading The "Wallflowers Series" (same author) BEFORE starting the1st Ravenel's series. The loved how the Familiar blending past characters (along with new family members) that are known from prior series
Anonymous 6 months ago
I LOVED the story beginning with Sebastian and Evangeline, one of my many favorite LK stories. And watching Gabriel lose his heart and mind for Pandora was wonderful. And adding intrigue, danger, and possible more Ravenel connections - ooh, all the better. Onto the next Ravenel story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun, flirty, and sweet with a surprise twist. Love these characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the two main characters. I laughed out loud at some of their conversations and exchanges. Gabriel is dreamy and treats Pandora perfectly. I have reread the book several times and still am entertained.
NovelKnight More than 1 year ago
Devil in Spring has me torn. While some aspects were great, there were parts of the story that really frustrated me. So far, two of the Ravenel family have found love in Cold-Hearted Rake and Marrying Winterborne. This third book focuses on Pandora Ravenel, the more eccentric of the twins in the family who, despite a lack of interest in marriage, finds herself in a situation that leaves no other options. Not going to lie, I do enjoy romances where the couple is forced together based on some event because they tend to follow the enemies-to-lovers pattern (which is my favorite romance trope). On her own, I really loved Pandora's character. She makes up her own words when the ones she knows just don't fit the situation. Rather than spend time gossiping, she develops board games and wants to be a businesswoman in charge of her own fate. And sure, she's a bit excitable and flighty but I found her highly entertaining and a breath of fresh air. Her love interest, Gabriel, took time to warm up to. At times, he talked to Pandora like she was a child and he her elder which, while there was a bit of an age gap, there wasn't enough to warrant that sort of treatment. It made me question their relationship and often pulled me out of the scene entirely. He also got on my nerves with his ideas of women being unable to perform medical practices as well as men. While I get that it was likely common thinking for the time period, I just didn't like it one bit. Once Pandora and Gabriel started getting to know each other better, I came to enjoy their romance, especially the banter. It added a bit of humor to the story which needed it because Devil in Spring didn't reach all the action and drama promised in the synopsis until the 75% mark.  All that heightened tension and drama was compressed into a very short space at the end of the story, and ended up feeling very rushed and not a natural progression of the story. An afterthought, almost. I think it would have worked better if some of those external conflicts had been introduced sooner, or left out altogether and the book focused solely on the romance. Pacing was definitely an issue with this one. Overall, I'd put Devil in Spring on par with Cold-Hearted Rake, with the second book still my favorite of the series so far. I also learned that this book features cameos from a previous series so I'll be checking those out! This was a decent read and definitely has me hooked on the Ravenel series as a whole!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pandora's personality was an exact duplicate of me! I am 68 & I anticipate never growing up! Readers who have never lived in Pandora's shoes should not judge. My only wish is that there were more Pandora's in the world! The love between the two character's is what every couple should strive for... Inspiring, with twists and turns... you will love it! Well if you don't have an inner child in you, don't bother or on second thought let Pandora inspire you to get out of your ruthless & look forward to living happily ever after...
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
This one is definitely my favorite so far. The drama aspect of this story did nothing for me, I was neither here nor there with it. Their romance, chemistry, and the bantering... that's where it's at! Gabriel is perfect for her. He takes her quirks in stride. They have some of the best bantering sessions. They go back and forth. Neither one lets the other off easy, and they are hilarious. We also get some appearances from characters in the previous books in this series, so we can see how those couples are doing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wallflowers + Ravenels = winning formula. Pandora and Gabriel were two wonderful characters in their own right. Add Evie and St. Vincent as Gabe's parents, danger to our heroine, and a loyal foot dragon to make a book I've reread at least 5 times. Buy this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an enjoyable read but felt that the ending was rushed. I thought there would be more fact finding and follow through on what Pandora was involved in. Maybe more will be resolved in the next book as one of the main characters in the next book was in this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The main female character was just too naive for words.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've been reading her books for a good while now and this is the first one I've read in the past few years that reminds me of the classic versions of her books now don't get me wrong I love her modern romances but the way she just seems to devote so much to her historical ones they just make it to where they're better to me at least. Story: the story is well-rounded there's never a point in which you like she added this in just so she can add pages everything that happened made you fall more in love with both characters and even the surrounding characters ones you met in previous books and wonder just really truly getting to know just a little bit better. Characters: Pandora is adorable in the best way possible she is crazy and walks the line of being almost too annoying but never really cross is it only on account of the fact of everything that she does you can go oh well yeah that makes sense she just seems like the kind of character we're like this girl is someone I could read about all the time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pandora and Gabriel, a great love story with inspirational events for women activists. Dragon a great hero.
PegGlover More than 1 year ago
Lady Pandora Ravenel is pretty and of marriageable age, but has no interest in tying the knot. Why would she want to hand over to a man the business she’s worked years to establish, along with her independence? But, because she was caught in a compromising position with Lord St. Vincent, she was expected to do just that. Gabriel Challon, Lord St. Vincent, has been an expert at avoiding marriage entrapment schemes until he came across Lady Pandora. She was in distress and Lord St. Vincent, couldn’t just leave her there. But, for or his act of kindness, he was going to be matched with the most unsuitable marriage partner possible. However, to his complete surprise, he found Lady Pandora’s spirited nature refreshing. Lord St. Vincent had never met another woman like her, probably because Lady Pandora was the complete opposite of the type of woman he should be marrying. But to his amazement, the more time he spent with her, the more besotted he became. Any woman would love to marry the devilishly handsome Lord, except, of course, Lady Pandora. But can Lady Pandora give up her independence to Gabriel, trust him with her business and still save her family from scandal? Devil In Spring is a well-written adult historical fiction romance, with witty dialogue, developed characters, and a captivating plot. A very enjoyable read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Will make you want to read entire series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great story if you love romance with spice and a little mystery you will love this book yes she's innocent but there's something refreshing about the way she acts I found it entertaining and I couldn't put the book down highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't finish. Even with her upbringing, Pandora was too gauche & blunt, to the point of rudeness. Her twin, with the same upbringing, had no such problem. Too boring.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely loved it!!!!!!! Very entertaining.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book, I was captured by the STORY, ,