NOVEL REVIEW: DEVIL IN DISGUISE BY LISA KLEYPAS
Welcome back to Fadima Mooneira. Today, I'm going to share my review of Lisa Kleypas' Devil In Disguise with you guys. Now let's begin with Lisa Kleypas' bio...
ABOUT LISA KLEYPAS
Lisa Kleypas was born in Temple, Texas on the 5th of November 1964. Kleypas is an A-List historical and contemporary romance author. She's one of my favorite authors and idol. She is also known as the brains and beauty in the bookish and creative writing industry.
Kleypas has a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from Wellesley College. Kleypas was also named Miss Massachusetts in the 1985 Miss America competition. Kleypas published her first romance novel right after she graduated from college. Most of her novels are listed as bestsellers, and 19 have won the RITA Award (The Romance Writer of America Award). Most of Kleypas novels have been translated into 20 different languages. Kleypas now lives in Washington with her husband and two children.
ABOUT DEVIL IN DISGUISE
Devil In Disguise (DID) belongs in the adult and historical romance genre. DID is Kleypas' latest novel. DID was published in 2021 and it is the seventh book in the Ravenels series.
DID was set in London during the late Victorian era (1880). The story followed around a dazzling widow named Lady Merritt Sterling. Her husband died during a shipwreck. Lady Merritt ran her late husband's shipping business with her youngest brother, Luke.
Lady Merritt was also a fine woman in the London society. She was clean and had never been in a juicy scandal. She was the eldest daughter of Lord Westcliff and Lady Lillian. Lord Westcliff and Lady Lillian are the two main characters in It Happened One Autumn (one of Kleypas' historical romance novels/ second book in the Wallflowers series).
At the beginning of the story, Lady Merritt met Keir MacRae, a Scottish whisky distiller who wanted to use Sterling's shipping service for his whiskey business. Besides his whisky business, Keir had two other motives. First, he doesn't want to fall in love with Lady Merritt, and second, he wants to avoid being killed. So far, neither of those was going well for Keir.
Keir and Merritt fell in love at first sight, even though Keir doesn't want to admit it. Keir was brutally attacked in the middle of the story. Someone wanted to kill him. But why? Even Keir doesn't know why someone wanted him dead. Keir also doesn't know his real background. He only knew that he was an adopted child to the MacRae family. Keir doesn't know who his real parents was.
When Keir was injured, Merritt was visited by Ethan Ransom. Ethan was a detective-turn-spy. He was also the male protagonist in Hello Stranger ~ one of Kleypas' historical romance novels and the fourth book in the Ravenels series. Ethan wanted to investigate Keir's attack. Merritt was shocked and scared. Merritt doesn't want Ethan to find out that she and Keir were having an affair. But she was also curious and wanted to know who attacked Keir? And why did that person attack the love of her life?
At the same time, Merritt's father's best friend, the Duke of Kingston a.k.a Sebastian/Lord Vincent (the male protagonist in Devil in Winter. He's Kleypas most famous hero ^_^) came into the scene. He was also looking for Keir. Merritt was more shocked. Why was the duke looking for Keir? What was Keir's relation with the Duke of Kingston? How long have they known each other? Who was Keir MacRae actually?
MY REVIEW OF DEVIL IN DISGUISE
Devil in Disguise (DID) is a very cool historical romance novel. The story has a very intriguing plot. The intriguing plot makes this novel a page-turner. It makes you want to know Keir MacRae's mysterious identity and background. And the answer will surprise you ^_^
DID is not a romance novel with a flowery romantic vibe. This novel also includes mystery in it. Now, I know why Kleypas doesn't feature Keir's face on the novel's cover. Kleypas wants to surprise her readers.
Besides the mystery, this novel is also packed with some action and fighting scenes. Lady Merritt is not just a pretty face female protagonist. She's a femme fatale and a badass heroine. She's definitely not a damsel in distress. But Keir is a dude in distress. Hehehe :P. Lady Merritt knows how to fight, protect herself and the man that she loves. She's also an ace at shooting. Wow... what a woman!
I also like the way Kleypas writes this story and plays along with her characters. DID is like a reunion novel to some of Kleypas' past characters. Kleypas includes and gives roles to some of her old characters in DID. Especially Lord Vincent and Ethan Ransom. I believe it's cool and brilliant. Reading DID makes me curious about Lord Vincent's character, and it makes me want to read Devil in Winter and the whole devil series (Devil in Spring and Devil's Daughter). Reading DID also makes me want to read Hello Stranger. I now have a crush on Ethan Ransom's character. Hehehe ^_^
Overall, I rate this novel 10/10. I highly recommend this novel to my fellow bookworms who are into the historical romance genre. This novel is a must-not-miss, guys. Trust me, guys, you will love Devil In Disguise. However, I need to be frank that there are five romantic lovemaking scenes in Devil In Disguise. So this novel is not suitable for those who are under 18. Sorry teenagers, you need to be 18 above to read Devil In Disguise.
Ok, so this is my review of Devil In Disguise by Lisa Kleypas. Has anyone read Devil In Disguise? If yes, what are your opinions of this novel? Did you guys like Keir MacRae's character and find him attractive? Heheheh ^_^ Please share your opinions with me in the comment box below.
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