Saturday, June 30, 2012

Book Review: Blue Eyed Devil

by Lisa Kleypas

Summary
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.

Review 
Review Grade 4/5

Domestic Violence happens to all walks of life. Even money could not protect you from it. 

Lisa Kleypas never failed me. That’s what I love most about her – whether it’s contemporary or another one of her regency. I couldn’t stop myself from turning from one page to another until I’m done. No boring or dull moments EVER! Reading Lisa Kleypas is pure unadulterated bliss. .

I’m a big regency fan and I rarely grab a contemporary romance novel unless it’s YA. But a friend made me read this series and promised me it is so worth my time – and boy, she’s not wrong. 

This book starred a character I was quite ambivalent with when the first book ended: Hardy . At the beginning of Sugar Daddy I really wanted Liberty and him to be together but he disappeared and by the time he was back, Liberty had already fallen in love with Gage. Plus, what he did to Gage at the end of the first book was just LOW!

Anyway, in Blue-Eyed Devil we met Haven - she wants nothing from her father. She hated the fact that they were so ridiculously rich and there are other people who are starving elsewhere. Against her father’s advice, she got married. All she wished for was a happy ending but fate has different plans . I am just so, so gland that she has finally found the courage to walk away and start a new life. 

Hardy now I understand why he wasn’t meant for Liberty. He & Haven met at the wedding he crashed but then she got married and they lost touch. When Haven came back, she was different, he was persistent in a good way, that is . He can push her but you can’t really feel that he’s pressuring her to do something she wasn’t ready to do. I love his patience and perseverance.

Gage If you fell in love with him in Sugar Daddy – wait till you read Blue Eyed Devil . I love him! He was an amazing brother to Haven – offered her a safe place when she needed one and never questioned her until she was ready. He pulled some strings which he doesn’t normally do to save her from the nasty quick sand she was stuck in and became the friend she needed badly. 

Unlike some Domestic-Violence themed novels, the perpetrator was dissected and uncovered. I like the Psyche part which allows the reader to understand why some awful things are happening and why some people turned out to be what you do not expect and why some people fall as victims. 

All in all Blue Eyed Devil tells us that happy endings can come after a tragic tale. Lisa Kleypas has lessened the heaviness of the theme that will not burden readers, no matter how serious her plot may be. 

Favorite Quote
  • “I no longer believed in the idea of soul mates, or love at first sight. But I was beginning to believe that a very few times in your life, if you were lucky, you might meet someone who was exactly right for you. Not because he was perfect, or because you were, but because your combined flaws were arranged in a way that allowed two separate beings to hinge together.” 
  • “One of the blessings human beings take for granted is the ability to remember pain without re-feeling it. The pain of the physical wounds is long gone …and the other kind of hurt, the damage done to our spirits, has been healed. We are careful with those scarred places in each other. ” 
  • “And it occurred to me that friendship was a lot more dependable, not to mention long-lasting, than love.” 
  • “But sometimes normal just isn't happening. Sometimes crazy feels too good to resist.” 
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