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)
Maybe. The story would have been better if the narrator was better.
The love story between Hardy and haven.
I grew up in Texas and I don't get the accent used in the narration.
The Historical novels by Ms. Kleypas are better reads overall.
I have been in love with Hardy Cates since I first met him way back in 2007 when I first read Sugar Daddy. The teenage girl that now occupies this old ladies body still swoons a little bit every time I even think about Hardy Cates as a teenager. Where were the boys like Hardy back when I actually was a teenager? Even when Hardy does something a little wrong, I can forgive him. When this book came out in 2008, I drove to my local Borders and grabbed a copy just as soon as they opened for the day. I loved it then and I still love it today. Just be aware that this review is not unbiased because it is nearly impossible to be unbiased when you are in love.
Haven first meets Hardy at her brother Gage's wedding when she slips into the wine cellar. Haven thinks she has found her boyfriend, Nick, and things heat up really quickly. Once she realizes her mistake, they both move on with their lives. Haven knows that Nick is her future and she is willing to do whatever it takes to be with him...even if it means she is cut off financially from her wealthy father. The lack of money doesn't bother Haven as she tries to be a good wife to Nick. Nick becomes increasingly resentful and angry. Nothing Haven does is good enough for Nick. He doesn't care what Haven wants or what she thinks because the only thing that matters to him is himself.
Haven eventually leaves Nick after he becomes abusive. She starts a new life with the help of her family. She starts working at a property management office for her brother, Jack. She soon crosses paths with Hardy once again. Her family warns her against Hardy but she takes a chance anyway.
I was just as moved by Kleypas's description of the abuse that Haven endured as I was the first time I read the book. I think that she did a remarkable job of demonstrating how out of control Nick had become. I was frightened for Haven and wanted to take her away and protect her just like her brothers wanted to. Haven is strong. She asks for help when she knows that she needs it and then works to change the things in her life that she can change.
Would I love Hardy as much as I do if I hadn't already read the first book in this series? I don't know and it is really hard to guess because I was already in love with him before this book started. Hardy listened to Haven and tried to be what she needed. The chemistry between Haven and Hardy is phenomenal. I am still trying to figure out how Haven ever pulled herself out of the wine cellar at the very beginning of the book. I like Haven and Hardy as a couple.
I listened to the audiobook on this read through and I have to admit I had a hard time with the narration at the beginning of the story. I kept listening and starting liking the narration more and more and by the end of the book I didn't notice the narrator anymore because all I could think about was the story. I got lost in the story which is exactly what I look for in an audiobook.
I would highly recommend this book to others. I would suggest that readers start with the first book in the series, Sugar Daddy, because it really gives a lot of background, not to mention it is an excellent book. I am planning to re-read the next book in this series very soon and can't wait to get my hands on a new book by Lisa Kleypas.
I have loved all the books in this series. The narrator for this book was chosen poorly. Her voices were bad and I did not finish the audio book because of this. I finished the book on my Kindle.
A different narrator would be the only fix for this audio book.
A different narrator because the book is wonderful.
The character, Haven, has a lot of development, grows a lot during the story. I enjoyed not having a perfect character, but instead having someone going through obstacles and becoming a better person
Not a fluff piece, but still has strong romance
Her accents are very good. They flow naturally. Sometimes, the guys' voices would be a little forced, but ultimately, she did a wonderful job.
Finding true love?
This is an amazing story. I can't tell you how many times I have read it. I finally broke down and got the audio book, and I love it. It is rather nice that Kleypas established characters in the first novel, Sugar Daddy, and kept their personalities in this novel as well.
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.
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