Series: Ravenels #7
Genres: Historical Romance
Source: ARC, Edelweiss
Also by this author: Cold-Hearted Rake, Marrying Winterborne, Devil in Spring, Hello Stranger, The Devil's Daughter, Chasing Cassandra
New York Times bestseller Lisa Kleypas returns with an enthralling and steaming romance between a widowed lady and a Scot on the run—who may have connections to one of London's most noble families.
“The devil never tries to make people do the wrong thing by scaring them. He does it by tempting them.”
Lady Merritt Sterling, a strong-willed young widow who’s running her late husband’s shipping company, knows London society is dying to catch her in a scandal. So far, she’s been too smart to provide them with one. But then she meets Keir MacRae, a rough-and-rugged Scottish whisky distiller, and all her sensible plans vanish like smoke. They couldn’t be more different, but their attraction is powerful, raw and irresistible.
From the moment Keir MacRae arrives in London, he has two goals. One: don’t fall in love with the dazzling Lady Merritt Sterling. Two: avoid being killed.
So far, neither of those is going well.
Keir doesn’t know why someone wants him dead until fate reveals his secret connection to one of England’s most powerful families. His world is thrown into upheaval, and the only one he trusts is Merritt.
Their passion blazes with an intensity Merritt has never known before, making her long for the one thing she can’t have from Keir MacRae: forever. As danger draws closer, she’ll do whatever it takes to save the man she loves... even knowing he might be the devil in disguise.
I’m pretty sure Lisa Kleypas can not write a bad historical romance. Every book of hers is just stellar and Devil in Disguise is no exception! Young widow meets dashing Scotsman? Yes please!
Merritt is one of my favorite characters for sure. She has a sort of dignified strength and isn’t willing to let go of something she wants (Like Kier). She stands by him when it would not be in her best interest (scandal wise) because she is just that kind of person. Kier is not my favorite hero. He is fine, but there were things about him that made me want to throat punch him. Maybe because I adored Merritt so much I wanted Kier to be perfect. I have high expectations of my fictional characters and in Devil in Disguise, Kier was not doing it for me.
Devil in Disguise has a plot that is just bananas. Seriously, stuff is happening and I am just like WTF?! So, once the plot gets into the crazy twists, the book moves super fast. I thought the beginning was a tad slow, but Kleypas more than makes up for it in short order. Some of it was a tad unbelievable and had me giving my kindle the side eye, but otherwise it is a twisty, crazy ride that I enjoyed a great deal. I do think that with all that happens, the romance becomes more of a background. Merritt and Kier are solid (once Kier gets over his shit), so their relationship being in the background is believable because you know nothing will separate them now. But, I haven’t felt this way about the other books in the series-their romances were always front and center. This isn’t a bad thing; it’s just different than I expected.
If you have read the Ravenels, you will love this as there are some cameos, but even if you haven’t, you will love Kleypas’ style and characters. She is one of those writers who I will read no matter what. If she decided to start writing nonfiction books about the civil war, I would read them in a day. She just has a beautiful way with words.
- POV: 3rd
- Tears: a few
- Trope: widow, regency
- Triggers: View Spoiler »Merritt deals with infertility « Hide Spoiler
- Series/Standalone: series (you can read it as a stand alone, but this series is so good)
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »no « Hide Spoiler
- HEA: View Spoiler »yes « Hide Spoiler