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The Devil in Winter

Author: Lisa Kleypas    Series: Wallflowers #3

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.

This book may contain explicit intimate scenes, so if you are not 18+ then I probably wouldn’t recommend it for younger readers.
My Review

Lisa Kleypas has done it again, another positively delicious read. Each one just keeps getting better and better the farther you go along, never disappointing you for a minute.

“Evie,” he whispered, “you’re so warm, so lovely…oh, hell. I’ve got two months, thirteen days and six hours before I can take you to my bed. Little she-devil. This is going to be the death of me.”
“Take your bath, pet,” he finally managed to say. “You’re safe from me tonight. I may look, but I won’t touch. Go on.”
“He’s not going to die, you know. It’s only nice, saintly people who suffer untimely deaths.” She gave a quiet laugh. “Whereas selfish bastards like St. Vincent live to torment other people for decades.”

This time, it is the shyest wallflowers turn to nab a husband and whom other does she nab, why the residential bad boy, the legendary rake, the skirt chaser, the fallen angel with golden hair, and eyes the color of heaven – Lord St Vincent. An odd pairing some may say but both highly desperate to better their troubled situations – Evie trying to be free of from the clutches of her troublesome family so she can see her dieing father and St Vincent who is in dire need of money. They both rush off to Gretna Green to have a hasty elopement to which St Vincent grumbles about the price of it plus the ring, ribbon, and the serenading song from the blacksmith’s daughters. After the marriage is done, Evie tells him that she will only sleep with him once and never again because he can’t offer her the one thing she wants – faithfulness and loyalty which in return makes him livid as he is known to have a big sexual appetite. He tries to get her to change her mind but she refuses him, telling him if he can go 3 months without straying or lying with another woman, then he can bed her as often as he likes afterwards which at first he isn’t too keen on the idea but eventually agrees – taking her ring and putting it on his finger by doing so, later stringing it on a golden chain around his neck. With the death of her father, Sebastian soon takes over the club as it is in dire need of adjustments money wise. While at the club, we meet a new character, Cam Rohan, a mid 20’s half Romany (Gypsy) half Irish man with honey colored skin, black, hair and golden eyes whom Evie as known since she was young. Sebastian isn’t too fond of Cam due to his jealousy for the man after seeing how he acts around Evie. Add in another potential kidnapping, an a attempt murder (twice) into the mix and you pretty much have the idea of the story. At the end Sebastian finally admits to Evie that he is jealous of other men when she smiles or talks to them which leads her to tell him she thinks he loves her, which he does but has trouble admitting it but it eventually does so by telling her that “your love is upon me” (English translation of her Scottish wedding ring).

“Dutiful little wife,” he whispered. “I’m going to be a terrible influence on you. Why don’t you give me a kiss, and go upstairs for your bath? By the time you finish, I’ll be there with you.”
It was the simplest of all the rings, a polished gold band engraved with the words Tha Gad Agam Ort. “What does this mean?” she asked MacPhee. “It says, ‘My love is upon ye.”

I will have to say that when Cam graced my pages, I don’t know what it is about that man, but I was drawn to him. When Daisy first sees him and their reaction – him telling her that Romany’s are known to take and run off with Gadji maidens. And when she finds the hidden passage way via the bookshelf which leads her to accidentally finding Cam and she sees his tattoo which he tells her about the legend of pooka. When she can’t get the hidden door to open, Cam bargains her a liberty to help her open it, which Daisy acts like his kiss means nothing, that it had no effect on her, then he takes that as a challenge and tries to best her two more times. He follows her back to the original room she came from, she tells him good bye that they probably won’t meet again and then he whispers in her ear telling her “perhaps I’ll appear at your window one midnight to tempt you for a ride across earth and ocean.” MY GOD, After that phrase (it has to do with the story of the pooka which you’ll have to read to get the meaning), I was SOLD on Cam Rohan. Bring on the Romany’s I say!

He leaned over her shoulder, until his mouth was at her tingling ear. “Perhaps I’ll appear at your window one midnight,” he whispered, “to tempt you for a ride across earth and ocean.”
“Ah, Evie,” she heard him say softly, “I must have a heart, after all…because right now it aches like the devil.” “Only your heart?” she asked ingenuously, making him laugh. He lowered her to the bed, his eyes sparkling wickedly. “Also a few other things,” he conceded. “And as my wife, it’s your duty to ease all my aches.”
“My love is upon you,” he whispered…and she knew then that she had won.

Another thing that I sorta loved about Sebastian is how he refers to Evie as pet or sweet. That made him different, unique in a way since the other wallflowers were never called those endearments. All in all, I cannot wait to see what Daisy has in store for her as she is the youngest and mischievous one of the bunch so I am sure that will be one heck of a ride.

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