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Review: Blue-Eyed Devil by Lisa Klepas

August 26, 2012
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Published: March, 2008
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Adult
Pages: 328 (Hardcover)
Series: Travises
    Sugar Daddy
    Blue-Eyed Devil
    Smooth Talking Stranger 

    Synopsis (from Goodreads):
    MEET THE BLUE-EYED DEVIL - His name is Hardy Cates. He's a self-made millionaire who comes from the wrong side of the tracks. He's made enemies in the rough-and-tumble ride to the top of Houston's oil industry. He's got hot blood in his veins. And vengeance on his mind.

    MEET THE HEIRESS - She's Haven Travis. Despite her family's money, she refuses to set out on the path they've chosen for her. But when Haven marries a man her family disapproves of, her life is set on a new and dangerous course. Two years later, Haven comes home, determined to guard her heart. And Hardy Cates, a family enemy, is the last person she needs darkening her door or setting her soul on fire.

    WATCH THE SPARKS FLY....Filled with Lisa Kleypas's trademark sensuality, filled with characters you love to hate and men you love to love, Blue-Eyed Devil will hold you captive in its storytelling power as the destiny of two people unfolds with every magical word
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    Review:
          
         Blue-Eyed Devil is the second book in Travies series. I have been a fan of Lisa Kleypas historicals, so there was no shocker that I loved her contemporary as much. Her writing is so magical, it just sucks you in from the very first page. The one thing I did wrong was reading it out of order. I know, I should have read Sugar Daddy to get a background on Marcus Hardy, but I couldn't wait for his story *pouts*. Nonetheless, it was perfect, though I'll read the first one sometime later.

         The Travis featured in this book is Haven. She was such a well written character. Kudos to Ms. Kleypas for that. This is the first book I've read that involves abusive relationship, and I literally felt everything Haven was going through. Beginning from the abuse to calling someone for help, and later on, dealing with the trust issues; I just loved her for her strength & courage. The first half was her story, and that is what got me reeled in for the ride. The one person I didn't like was Haven's father. Ofcourse he must have some emotional story from Sugar Daddy that I'm not aware of, but still, that is no reason for how bad his relationship was with her daughter. Not the beginning part, but later on when she goes to meet him, he has this rubbish attitude towards her, and I hated him after that.

         Don't fret all Hardy fans, he does gets his share of limelight. Marcus Hardy is the frenemy (more on the enemy side) of the Travises, so it is kind of hard for him to have a relationship with Haven. Their first meeting in the wine cellar was just the best part, and it got me excited for more Hardy Hotness. He was so good to Haven, and helped her overcome her sexual fears. I was really nice seeing them get close, and falling for each other. Both of them were due for a happy ending and they sure got it with a BANG.

         Lisa Kleypas is a fantastic writer, and anything she writes will always be a 5 star must read for me. It is an emotionally invested book, and I was 100% invested in it. Anyone who loves tortured heroin, strong heroes, awe-worth romance with some drama should definitely give this book a try. Oh, and don't forget to read Sugar Daddy first.


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