Monday, April 28, 2008

[Book Review] BLUE-EYED DEVIL by Lisa Kleypas


Beth reviews BLUE-EYED DEVIL by Lisa Kleypas (St. Martin's Press, 2008)

This “serious” romance novel by Lisa Kleypas is a sequel to her debut novel, Sugar Daddy.

Liberty has decided between Hardy Cates, self-made man, and Gage Travis, heir to a Texas fortune. Gage’s younger sister, Haven, attends Wellesley College and meets her husband-to-be, Nick Tanner. Nick, although a Texan, is considered unfit by Haven’s father. Haven, not to be strong-armed by her father, elopes with Nick and her father cuts her off.

Nick and Haven (renamed Marie by Nick) move to Dallas and both work so they are able to afford a small condo. Nick, who assumed Haven’s father would come around, becomes increasingly angry as they live on a tight budget. His solution is that Haven should have a baby—how could her father not help support his grandchild? When Nick finally pushes Haven to the breaking point—literally—she returns to Houston a beaten and bruised woman.

Hardy Cates is still in Houston and still at odds with the Travis family. The attraction between Haven and Hardy is as strong as ever, but her recent past may stand in their way. Can Hardy Cates, a man raised in a trailer park, convince an heiress to love him?

Lisa Kleypas has written a wonderful second novel full of romance and contemporary issues. This was a great page turner! Read Sugar Daddy and follow it up with Blue-Eyed Devil. You won’t regret it!

Beth, Highland Branch Library

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