pretty close to the top
Who doesn't love a good love story. The thing I liked the best is how different Haven and Hardy are.
The different tone she used for each character.
It totally made me cry.
I love science fiction. I love the reluctant hero. Characters that try to do the right thing no matter what.
No, my voices in my head as I read print are just as good.
Hardy is a really magnetic hero....really liked him.
The description of this book leaves out a crucial part of the story. The publisher's summary reads "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..."
Half of the book is full of descriptive and detailed scenes of spousal abuse, including rape. The words "dangerous course" is way too general. I was blindsided and felt mislead - even though nothing in the summary is incorrect or inappropriate.
I usually read the reviews of books I'm purchasing on Audible at Amazon's main website, and I really regret not having done so with this book. One of the reasons why i didn't take the time was because I really enjoy Lisa Kleypas' books and made an assumption that this wouldn't be that different.
What made it more difficult was that the narrator did too good of the job playing out the scenes. I would recommend getting a print version of it so you can skim/skip over the more disturbing parts.
While the story itself was okay once she leaves her abusive situation, I still felt frustrated and exasperated. The worst part was that the story sucked me in, and I chose not to put it down because I kept thinking... okay she'll leave soon... okay she'll leave now... this has got to be the part when she leaves. Wrong. Then, my thoughts ran more towards... the story will get much better... the characters will develop nicely... I'll magically start to love Haven. Not so much.
I may have enjoyed this book a bit more had I listened to it with different expectations and a different perspective.
Lisa does it again with her contemporary romances. This was one of my favorites. I think the other reviewers (positive ones) have said it all.
Pacific Northwest Gardener
I love all of Lisa Kleypas's historicals. I read Sugar Daddy, liked it, and thought I would try this one. The story was a 3.5 for me. Probably won't be in my keeper list. Didn't care for the narration at all. It ruined all the male parts for me.
If you want to understand verbal manipulative abuse and what results when you enable the accompanying narcissistic behavior, this novel will educate you. The first of the book gave an in depth play-by-play subduing narrative; the rest of the story made up for the needed but depressing self-preservation infomercial.
The narrator of this story did it no justice with her gravely voice and southern accent which didn't cut it. I did not find myself caring what happened to any of these characters but maybe it was because I couldn't get past the narrator's presentation.
Lover of ideas who feels no guilt at all about her pleasures.
I love Lisa Kleypas' historicals but am not such a fan of her contemporaries. (To be fair, contemporary romance is my least favorite anyway.)
This book is very much like a Lifetime Battered Woman Movie of the Week complete with First Husband from the Black Lagoon and the perfect rescuer.
I found it absorbing and unpleasant. But Kleypas has great talent if your up for something like that.
I am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot.
I was not prepared for this book by the reviews from audible. This book received so many good reviews without describing the atrocities associated with domestic violence.
The book starts off pretty innocuous and interesting. Right away the reader is introduced to two sumptuous characters who have tantalizing chemistry and a pull to one another. Hardy Cates and Haven Travis have a romantic encounter by accident at Haven's brother's wedding. Haven made a mistake and mistook Hardy for her boyfriend in dark cellar....With that one could imagine what the encounter was like!--Fabulous and very memorable for both.
Hardy is a blue-eyed devil especially as highlighted in his proposition: he enjoyed that encounter so much he told Haven to tell her boyfriend she felt sick, but then spend the night and weekend with him. Haven, is a good-girl and definitely committed to her boyfriend Nick and does not accept his invitation. This was a decision she was sure to regret with the life events that follow her marriage to the Nick.
Haven becomes the victim of domestic violence. There is a long portion of the book that goes into the intricacies of this violence perpetrated by Nick. This is the part I just wanted to stop listening altogether. I was upset because I had chosen this book for relaxing, easy-listening. I was livid with the graphic rape scene. Once Haven leaves her husband, it gets much better.
Hardy comes into her life after her divorce and her relationship to Hardy is just wonderful!!!....He comes into her life to bring healing and to love her fiercely. He protects her and believes in her....Their relationship is just a great read....
Lisa Kleypas was true to her style of rewarding readers with a nice epilogue. Even though it took me a while to get used to the narrator (not too crazy about her accent & different voices), it ended up being a good story. I'm glad I completed the novel.
I just Love the Allure of a Great Romance...a Pair of Rose Colored Glasses...some Fine Wine, and a Subscription to Audible...
Publishers Weekly called "Blue-Eyed Devil: A Novel, [A] formula-breaking romance that takes on social issues and escalates passion to new heights."
I am a huge Lisa Kleypas fan, generally rating her novels with 5 stars! In truth, she is one of my all time favorites whether it be Historical or Contemporary Romance!
I can't help but wonder, though, why she decided to change her "formula" and focus so much of this story on spousal abuse? In "Blue-Eyed Devil" the leading lady, and her man, have spent much of their lives facing one or more forms of abuse, albeit stemming from very different circumstances, with one growing up in extreme wealth, and the other, in extreme poverty. I suppose it could be argued that it demonstrates that abuse crosses all demographic lines. I realize and value the importance of bringing about social awareness, but, for this review, I am not really interested in the politics of the issue. I am interested in the entertainment value of the story and it's characters.
The characters were somewhat likable, but not really lovable, and the narrator, Rene'e Raudman, was one of my least favorites ever. Her male voices were really difficult to listen to, and her "Texas" accent was insulting! I am a proud Texan, and am a frequent visitor to the great city of Houston - which I love! I know that this sounds really persnickety, but I don't know anyone who speaks like RR - Anywhere in Texas. Lisa Kleypas is from Houston, and while she certainly captures the "mind-set" of many Texas men and women, I am surprised that she didn't veto this narrator for another.
"Sugar Daddy" by LK is the story of the same families living in a time (about a year) prior to this, and should be read first. That narrator, Jeannie Stith was a much easier listen.
Kleypas fans, I am a little on the fence with this one. "Sugar Daddy" is credit worthy..."Blue-Eyed Devil" - not so much.