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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Review: Blue-Eyed Devil by Lisa Kleypas

Blue-Eyed Devil (Travises, #2)Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
ISBN: 0312351658
Pages: 352 pages
Genre: Romance/Contemporary
Series: Travises-1
Buy this Book: Amazon, Indiebound, Powell's
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.

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 have gone by. Now Haven has come home. This time, she is 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.

My Review:

The Travis series is quickly becoming a benchmark for me for contemporary romance series. This series is THAT good. And this one was probably my favorite of the series.

I loved Haven. Watching her go though her marriage was heartbreaking, traumatic (for both Haven and the reader) and, quite frankly difficult to read. There is a quite graphic scene of marital rape that one should avoid if that is a trigger. But watching her recover was truly amazing and inspirational. I also loved watching her warm to Hardy because it was definitely a great journey. I didn't like Hardy much in the last book--well the last half Of the book--but he really was an amazing hero. He was stalwart and dependable if a bit scampy at times. I loved how he could be so naughty and playful but he was always there for Haven when she needed him. That is the mark of a really good hero.

I loved this one even more than Sugar Daddy. I didn't think it was possible but it did. Probably because Hardy and Haven got more real estate than Liberty and Gage did. Not that I didn't like Liberty and Gage but I definitely liked the focus in this one better as much as I loved the complexity of Sugar Daddy. I need my romance novels to focus on the couple. Call me simple but I need to see the development and I am happy that I got to see more of it in this one.

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