Meet the heiress: She's Haven Travis. Despite her family's money, she refuses to set out on the path they've chosen for her. 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, determined to guard her heart. And Hardy Cates, a family enemy, is the last person she needs darkening her door or setting her soul on fire.
Watch the sparks fly: filled with Lisa Kleypas' trademark sensuality, filled with characters you love to hate and men you love to love, Blue-Eyed Devil will hold you captive in its storytelling power as the destiny of two people unfolds with every magical word.
©2008 Lisa Kleypas; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio
"[A] formula-breaking romance that takes on social issues and escalates passion to new heights." (Publishers Weekly)
This one really spoke to me. The narrator makes a good book really fantastic.
Both main characters are sexy, funny, and human.
I have listened to several of my favorite audiobooks more than once, but this one - I have had to hear it so many times I can't even count.
The only flaw of this audio book was the narrator"s male characters sound a bit over done which made me laugh at the wrong time some times but other than that it's a perfect ten. A gripping story that would make it so hard to put down while the narrator's performance just adds to the suspense. I found myself smiling, crying and even getting angry as if watching the best movie ever. Something that's become a norm for me with Lisa's stories like the Wallflower & Hathaway series. I can't wait to read her whole library.
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.
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