Devil in Disguise- Review
Devil in Disguise
By Lisa Kleypas
Series: The Ravenels #7
Genre: Historical Romance, Victorian Romance
Publisher: Avon Romance
Source: Library Book
Rating: 2.5 Stars
New York Times bestseller Lisa Kleypas returns with an enthralling and steamy romance between a Scot with a mysterious past and strong-willed lady looking for adventure—and love.
“The devil never tries to make people do the wrong thing by scaring them. He does it by tempting them.”
Lady Merritt Sterling, a strong-willed beauty who runs a shipping company, knows London society is dying to catch her in a scandal. So far, she’s been too smart to provide them with one. But then she meets Keir MacRae, a rough-and-rugged Scottish whisky distiller, and all her sensible plans vanish like smoke. They couldn’t be more different, but their attraction is powerful, raw and irresistible.
From the moment Keir MacRae arrives in London, he has two goals. One: don’t fall in love with the dazzling Lady Merritt Sterling. Two: avoid being killed.
So far, neither of those is going well.
Keir doesn’t know why someone wants him dead until fate reveals the secret of his mysterious past. His world is thrown into upheaval, and the only one he trusts is Merritt.
Their passion blazes with an intensity Merritt has never known before, making her long for the one thing she can’t have from Keir MacRae: forever. As danger draws closer, she’ll do whatever it takes to save the man she loves . . . even knowing he might be the devil in disguise.
I’m generally excited for next generation stories but this one fell flat to me. I wasn’t really interested in Merritt or Keir, at all. They had chemistry but I wasn’t invested in their storyline, even with all the drama. Merritt was a business owner and that had the possibility to be interesting but it seemed to fall off halfway through the story. She becomes so focused on Keir and basically abandons her business for Keir and seems to leave the everyday running of her business to her brother.
There were just too many tropes in this book too. There was amnesia and surprise identity and so much going on! It just felt like overkill and therefore each trope wasn’t developed enough.
Honestly, I kept reading this book solely for the scenes with Marcus and Lillian and Sebastian and Evie. If this hadn’t been a next generation Wallflowers book, it would have been a DNF. I love revisiting previous characters and they did play a role in the story line which was great. One of the stars I gave this book is only for the Wallflowers characters. It’s telling that I felt they had stronger scenes in the book than the main characters.
This book just didn’t work for me.
I felt the same as you about this book. I thought there was a lack of emotional depth and character development in the romance between Merritt and Keir, and the insta love/lust scenario meant there was no build up of sexual tension. The scenes with Marcus and Lillian and Sebastian and Evie were the best part of this book.
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