by Lisa Kleypas
Series: The Ravenels #5
Published on February 19, 2019 by Avon
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Genres: Adult, Historical Romance, Romance
New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas delivers a scintillating tale of a beautiful, young widow who finds passion with the one man she shouldn't...
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?
Only the devil's daughter knows...
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Despite receiving this book courtesy of the publisher first, I’m glad that I decided to read the previous 4 books before starting it. The Ravenels is the type of romance series with characters that are all interconnected between stories and I highly recommend reading them in order, especially for Phoebe’s story in Devil’s Daughter.
I’ve been waiting to get to this book because of West. He’s introduced in the very first book, a different man than the one he finished Cold-Hearted Rake as, and in every subsequent series installment I fell in love with his character more. He’s charming and charismatic, caring and loyal, grounded and determined in whatever he sets his mind toward, all around someone I want to cheer on and see happy. He had it in his favor that I was building up for 4 books to his relationship.
Phoebe took a bit more time for me to warm up to, although she first came in during Devil in Spring. She’s a widow whose former husband was always sickly and they had known their time could be limited. It left her in a state of needing everything to just go well, but she wasn’t really living, and I enjoyed the way she opened up over the course of the book as West won her over despite their pasts. Phoebe was a strong woman who dealt with a lot young but also needed that extra push outside of the bubble she’d built around herself.
Together, they definitely had chemistry physically, but also emotionally. I loved all the banter, for sure. But I really liked that their relationship became as much about how they fit in each other’s life as it was about getting hot and heavy. I feel like a lot of romances start with the physical and eventually get to the “oh yeah, I think you need to be in my life” bit. Not Kleypas. It was as much a part of this romance as anything else, which became especially apparent as West and Phoebe’s young son bonded.
There isn’t as much of a story to Devil’s Daughter beyond Phoebe learning to stand on her own once more and West being his charming self as they develop their acquaintance into something more. Yet I didn’t mind because it worked as a story on its own and didn’t feel like anything was lacking.
I’ve really enjoyed reading through this series and though I haven’t seen anything posted yet, I’m keeping my fingers crossed for at least one more of the Ravenels for Cassandra’s story! Until then, I definitely recommend checking out this series, starting with Cold-Hearted Rake, if you’re a historical romance fan!