Throwback Thursday: Historical Romance Edition is a meme hosted by Tin @ Love Saves the World and Mary @ Buried Under Romance where you get to feature historical romance novels published before October 3, 2008.
Visit Ki Pha @ Doing Some Reading and check out her pick for the week as well.
This week, I’m featuring Lisa Kleypas.
Devil in Winter, published in 2006
Four young ladies enter London society and band together to each find a husband. Has the third “Wallflower” now met her match?
A Devil’s Bargain
Easily the shyest Wallflower, Evangeline Jenner stands to become the wealthiest, once her inheritance comes due. Because she must first escape the clutches of her unscrupulous relatives, Evie has approached the rake Viscount St. Vincent with a most outrageous proposition:marriage!
Sebastian’s reputation is so dangerous that thirty seconds alone with him will ruin any maiden’s good name. Still, this bewitching chit appeared,unchaperoned, on his doorstep to offer her hand. Certainly an aristocrat with a fine eye for beauty could do far worse.
But Evie’s proposal comes with a condition: no lovemaking after their wedding night. She will never become just another of the dashing libertine’s callously discarded broken hearts — which means Sebastian will simply have to work harder at his seductions … or perhaps surrender his own heart for the very first time in the name of true love.
I fell in love with Lisa Kleypas’ writing because of her Wallflowers series and her Hathaways series. Both series had really powerful and yet fun and romantic stories. But I adored Devil in Winter the most.
The story of transformation and redemption was so beautifully rendered in this book. I enjoyed reading about Sebastian and Evie’s journey not only together as they fell into each other’s orbits, irrevocably, but also their personal journeys as well, about discovering what they truly want in life, what makes them who they are, and who they can’t live without.
I’ve re-read this a handful of times and it never gets old. Never. It was such a satisfying read each and every time.