It has been a long wait for Lisa Kleypas fans who have been anxious As with any Kleypas book, Brown-Eyed Girl is well written, but it falls a. This is the fourth and final installment of the Travis series, following on from Sugar Daddy, Blue Eyed Devil and Smooth Talking Stranger. Read “Brown-Eyed Girl A Novel” by Lisa Kleypas with Rakuten Kobo. Wedding planner Avery Crosslin may be a rising star in Houston society, but she doesn’t.

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It has been a long wait for Lisa Kleypas fans who have been anxious to read about Joe Travis and his story. I had to sit back and digest this book for a while before writing this review.

I liked the book, but did not love it and am not sure how much the pre-release build-up contributed to this fact. If this were my very first Kleyaps Kleypas book, I might have given a higher grade. Still, Lisa Kleypas fans will still want to read more about the Travis family and those who have not had the pleasure of reading her previous books in this series will find it works well as a standalone.

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Avery and Sofia have moved in with each other and teamed up to run their business. Avery is the business and detail person with Sofia providing the creative touch.

When the book opens, Avery and her team are preparing for a wedding that could seal their fate in the Houston society scene and she is understandingly very concerned that everything go exactly as planned. A chance encounter with a scorpion brings Joe Travis to her rescue and Avery is suddenly thrown off her game. Avery is immediately attracted to the tall, dark and handsome Joe, but quickly rebuffs his advances.


How could someone so handsome and rich be interested in her?

Joe Travis has recovered from his brush with death in a previous book and now makes his living as a commercial and freelance photographer, much to the chagrin of his now deceased father and patriarch of the Travis clan. While attending the wedding of a friend, he runs into the luscious wedding planner Avery Crosslin, and is immediately attracted to her.

He pursues her quite avidly and is perplexed that she keeps brushing him off. But Joe is persistent and they share a moment after the wedding has concluded. When he tries to contact Avery again, she tries to ignore his calls, and finally tells him they should not see each other again.

Then Avery is invited to a party at the home of wealthy Houston socialite Hollis Warner. I really liked Gir Travis. He is a little more beta than most of the Travis men, but every once in a while, his secret alpha shows through. Joe is a man who is grounded in who he is and knows what he wants.

He knows almost at once that he wants Avery Crosslin. It just takes the reader a good while to figure out why he wants her. She is prickly and eed insecure about her looks she is a full-figured girl and while I like that Kleypas goes outside of the norm from the tiny waistline a man can circle with his hands, this issue almost felt forced.

Then again, she really gives Joe almost zero encouragement and there is not enough personality insight there at the beginning klfypas this reader to understand why Joe is so attracted to her absent the physical.


Kleypas does do a good job of setting the background for why Avery is so insecure and as the book progresses, I did come to like Avery much more. Avery is not terribly witty or charismatic, but almost blunt in her conversation style. There was some suspense in this story, but for the most part it is character driven.

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The secondary romance between Sofia and Steven almost steals the show, and I question just which couple should have had top billing. The rest of the Travis clan make appearances throughout the book and it was nice to read about how their lives were progressing.

While Travis cousin Ryan Chase has little screen time in this book, there was enough intrigue about him that I really hope that Lisa Kleypas has a story for him in the works. That does not mean I am not glad I read it to begin with. It is a good little story, but there were just too many little things that kept this from being a keeper for me.

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