Blue-Eyed Devil (#31 on our Top Romances List) reading Sugar Daddy, Lisa Kleypas’s first foray into contemporary writing, I was eager. Scenes of domestic abuse and the journey to recovery make Kleypas’s modern romance anything but fluff. A Wellesley grad and daughter of a. Blue-Eyed Devil Lisa Kleypas When Haven Travis defies her father’s wishes by marrying college boyfriend Nick Tanner, she is determined that.
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Blue-Eyed Devil is, in essence, a continuation of the first book more so than most sequelspicking up where the first leaves off and maintaining significant involvement of many of the original characters.
Hardy Cates is a hero some readers may consider beyond redemption after his hijinks in the previous book. But this is, after all, the author who redeemed one klegpas the most villainous heroes of all, Sebastian, Lord St. Vincent, in The Devil in Winter. Hence, I knew Kleypas was more than capable of transforming Hardy, who is merely egotistical and ruthless, into a compelling hero.
Haven Travis is a poor little rich girl, looking for her place in the world, considered frivolous by her father, and at odds with him on about every issue. This compelling and tearful portion of the book adequately sets the stage for the bulk of the story. It is difficult to review this particular book without giving away a portion of the plot.
Brother Jack takes Haven under his wing, insisting she work for his company, live in his building, and accompany him for a drink one night klejpas work. Haven prefers to hide, not socialize, but she wills herself to endure the crush of patrons at the bar until she spots the devil-blue-eyed man she had tried to forget from an earlier encounter.
At the sight of Hardy Cates, her world seems to come to a standstill, her pulse begins to hammer too hard, and all she understands is that she must get away from him. She knows it will take years of therapy before she is ready for the likes of him. But Hardy is not easily deterred. As one who loves bad boys turned barely good, Hardy is a tailor-made hero for me.
Written in first person, the opening page describes Hardy, as seen through the eyes of Haven, and such a first look at the hero instantly engaged my interest for the entire book.
Spousal abuse is a tough issue, no matter in what form it presents itself, and I think that is especially true in a romance setting wherein some readers may believe the issue is dealt with either too swiftly or easily. And not only was I thankful for that but I, for one, was relieved when Kleypas chose to move on. For the most part Haven had my complete sympathy as I applauded each stage of her recovery, but she had an aura of entitlement that at times made her come across as a spoiled little rich girl despite her struggles.
I finally concluded that it was the contrived ending — wherein characters experienced temporary personality changes — that dealt the blow to lower the grade to the B range. But, of course, the high expectations and comparisons to Sugar Daddy are inevitable and there it falls short as well.
This is one of favorite romances. Not everybody likes books where the hero rescues the heroine in this case from various hurtful situationsbut I do.
I reread this romance regularly. Sadly, this book was a big disappointment for me. Haven is an objectified woman passed around from man to man, beginning with her father to her abusive husband and then to her new lover, Hardy. In between are her macho Texas brothers ready to fight any man who mistreats her.
She never became an interesting or developed character in her own right. Domestic abuse as a theme felt stereotypical and thin. The later sexual moments between Haven and Hardy troubled me because male sexual prowess is represented as the panacea to sexual abuse.
Blue-Eyed Devil (Travises, #2) by Lisa Kleypas
As always with Kleypas, it is a very readable book, but it left me feeling ble uneasy. I seem to recall having loved this book the best of the Travis series by far.
I loved Sugar Daddy but this book more. I need to go back and re-read to see if I lisx love the book just as much.
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