Devil's Daughter Review
Title: Devil’s Daughter (The Ravenels, #5)
Author: Lisa Kleypas
Publication Date: February 19, 2019
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?
I've recently become a huge Kleypas fan and have been reading a lot of historical romances. And I have to say it was sooo REFRESHING to have an experienced heroine. I know it's almost a requirement of these books to have the women be virgins and sheltered but I think that's why I love Phoebe so much. She is a mother and a widower. She holds her own and knows her own capabilities but she also knows when she needs to ask for help. She is a woman who has experienced life’s hardships and joys.
West is also a very refreshing character. He had no intentions of having a wife or a family. He was content with his solitary life. West is just a natural loving man and watching him discover that aspect of himself was so endearing. The two together are explosive!
Having the heroine pursue the hero was a twist I wasn't expecting but loved all the same. Again- refreshing!
This wasn’t my favorite book of the series but I loved it for other reasons than I loved past books. It had a different vibe that made it standout from the others. It wasn’t that wide-eyed, still green behind the ears historical romance. Both of the main characters have had lives lived. They have experienced so much in their lives. Those experiences made them older than their years and just perfect for each other!
In all, Kleypas is still the reining Queen and this was another home run!