Ravenel #5 Djævelens Datter
Title: Devil’s Daughter
Series: Ravenel #1
Author: Lisa Kleypas
Published in English: 2019
Dansk titel: Djævelens datter
Dansk Udgivelsesår: 2019
Forlag: Pretty Ink
Finished Reading: April 2020
Genre: Romance & Historical Fiction
This is my personal review without spoilers of the actual plot.
Although beautiful young widow Phoebe, Lady Clare, has never met West Ravenel, she knows one thing for certain: he’s a mean, rotten bully. Back in boarding school, he made her late husband’s life a misery, and she’ll never forgive him for it. But when Phoebe attends a family wedding, she encounters a dashing and impossibly charming stranger who sends a fire-and-ice jolt of attraction through her. And then he introduces himself…as none other than West Ravenel.
West is a man with a tarnished past. No apologies, no excuses. However, from the moment he meets Phoebe, West is consumed by irresistible desire…not to mention the bitter awareness that a woman like her is far out of his reach. What West doesn’t bargain on is that Phoebe is no straitlaced aristocratic lady. She’s the daughter of a strong-willed wallflower who long ago eloped with Sebastian, Lord St. Vincent—the most devilishly wicked rake in England.
Before long, Phoebe sets out to seduce the man who has awakened her fiery nature and shown her unimaginable pleasure. Will their overwhelming passion be enough to overcome the obstacles of the past?
Only the devil’s daughter knows.
I am a huge Lisa Kleypas fan, I’ve loved everything she’s ever published, but this book is deviating from the rest a bit. It didn’t feel like Kleypas’ typical work. The wording is different, and the magic was scares. When I first met West, I was blown away by his personality and I wanted to get to know him a lot more, finally after some time, I had the chance, and he didn’t let me down, he saved this book.
A good romance is nothing if the main characters aren’t inviting and interesting, but Phoebe was without a doubt, the worst heroine in any of Kleypas’ works. I had flashbacks to a certain other red-haired lady and was expecting this girl to be fierce and fiery, and a little like her father, Sebastian, known from the Wallflower series, instead she’s bland, without character and she lacks passion. She’s utterly calm, even in situations that requires her to show some rage. In a way, her lack of confrontation makes us question who she really is.
Luckily, the story didn’t drag on forever, like I had dreaded it perhaps would. The common theme in all of Kleypas’ books are the question; “should we be together; can we be together” and the most common “We can’t be together because…”
The story was cute, don’t get me wrong, that’s why I give it three stars, it’s good, made you nostalgia, but I wasn’t enthusiastic about it. I a way, you can say that I’m disappointed that the story had to end this way.
I’ve had a bad streak of books, and I thought it was safe to say that Kleypas can always save the day. It was better than what I’ve read in some time, but it’s not her usually level of work.