A DEVIL’S BARGAIN
Easily the shyest Wallflower, Evangeline Jenner stands to become the wealthiest, once her inheritance comes due. Because she must first escape the clutches of her unscrupulous relatives, Evie has approached the rake Viscount St. Vincent with a most outrageous proposition: marriage!
Sebastian’s reputation is so dangerous that 30 seconds alone with him will ruin any maiden’s good name. Still, this bewitching chit appeared, unchaperoned, on his doorstep to offer her hand. Certainly an aristocrat with a fine eye for beauty could do far worse.
But Evie’s proposal comes with a condition: no lovemaking after their wedding night. She will never become just another of the dashing libertine’s callously discarded broken hearts —
which means Sebastian will simply have to work harder at his seductions…or perhaps surrender his own heart for the very first time in the name of true love.
©2006 Lisa Kleypas (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Say something about yourself!
St. Sebastian - a lovable rake who really really loved his wife.
Acting out the characters and their personalities
When St. Sebastian got shot and faced his true feelings of adoration for his wife.
I have listened to it twice already. Rosalyn Landor is wonderful. She adds so much emotion to her character.
I do not usually read Romance novels but I really enjoyed this introduction into the genre.
Sebastian without a doubt.
Yes. I was addicted.
If you have read the previous books in this series and wondered what would ever become of poor Evie, wonder no more. Who knew Evie had a spine of steel hidden behind all of that stuttering. Evangeline Jenner, daughter of a lady and a the notorious owner of a gamming establishment realizes after years of mistreatment by her mother’s family she simply needed to embrace the shadier side of her father's life to live on her own terms. When she seeks out a marriage of convenience she knows she has found the perfect rakehell in Viscount St. Vincent who in his own way is looking for a purpose in life as long as it does not interfere with a wicked reputation that he has spent years cultivating. Devil in Winter tells the wonder of how stuttering Evie shows she is more of a woman who can tame any rogue, no corset needed.
Listening to Rosalyn Landor read me Devil in Winter:
1. A favorite book, as narrated by Ms. Landor, is ALWAYS kicked up a notch; it is so worth a re-visit via your ears.
2. She does the American accents, for both Daisy and Lillian Bowman, with authenticity and still manages to distinguish them by infusing the fundamental nature of their characters into their voices.
3. Even better, the multitalented Rosalyn Landor’s Scottish accents for the citizens of Evie and Sebastian’s runaway wedding to Gretna Green, a village in the south of Scotland, are PERFECTION.
4. With each flawlessly enunciated word, she brings the essence of Ms. Kleypas’ wonderful characters to life by knowing how to deliver the author’s incredible prose.
5. Whether you’re listening to this while doing your housecleaning chores, traveling, or escaping the stress of Real Life, Ms. Landor lightens your load with the right amount of humorous – yet cynical - inflection in Sebastian’s aristocrat tone.
6. The arrogant tenor of Sebastian’s voice holds just the right balance of self-importance and self-mockery.
7. Thus, bringing one of Victorian London’s notorious scoundrels - and sexiest of rakes - into a new dimensional existence between your ears, to your brain, and onto your heart, making you easily understand how Ms. Kleypas is one of those authors talented enough to pull off turning a villain into a hero.
8. Yet, when scenes have a different tone, such as the slow evolution of Sebastian falling for Evie, or when he is wounded, vulnerable, and at the mercy of her ultimate medical intervention dilemma, Ms. Landor pulls that off brilliantly, too.
9. The sweetness of her voice for the shy, stuttering, but nevertheless spunky, Evie is spot-on.
10. And the BEST reason: she narrates the sigh-worthy love scenes beautifully, causing you to fall in love with Sebastian over and over again. **sigh**
In fact, I cannot give a high enough recommendation for listening to all of The Wallflowers series - as read by Ms. Landor. They are just too wonderful to miss.
i would recommend to anyone who likes historical romances.
The other Lisa Kleypas books.
When Sebastian took a bullet intended for Evie.
The story of Evie and Sebastian is just a wonderful read. I enjoy Historical Romances, and this story was worth the time and the credit. The narrator was equally as good!
Out of all 4 books in the wallflower series, this is my favorite. St. Vincent has a way about him that the writer never compromises. Although I was left thinking he was such a creep from the last book, the writer really made him into one of those attractive bad boys whose bark is worse than his bite. He stays true to his character and I loved that. The other books leading men seemed to weaken or soften more than I wanted at the end of their books, St. Vincent was different, he kept his magnetism the whole way through. Evie was the perfect gal to pair with him as well. Well done, I just may read this book again.
This story I found to have the most twist, turns, and unexpected moments. Evie is my favorite of the 4 wallflowers. It’s so easy to fall in love with her sweet innocence. Not to mention I could relate to her shyness being a wallflower myself.
Probably the opening scence when Evie makes the marriage proposition to Sebastian, Lord St. Vincent.
In the third installment of the wallflower series, this is the most unlikely romance. Between the shy Evie and the rake Lord St Vincent, it proves to be an entertaining romance. These books are great to just relax and read, or in this case listen.
I liked his one the best, because of Lord St Vincent. He's an almost broke rake, that redeems himself, while falling for Evie, an abused young wallflower that certainly deserves her happily ever after.
This has become one of my all-time favorite reads, definitely in my top 3 Kleypas novels. It’s on the permenant “don’t delete” list in my Audible library in Itunes.
At the close of “It Happened One Autumn” I was astonished to see that Kleypas was going to attempt to make Sebastian a hero. After those last few chapters, I couldn’t imagine what plot strings she could pull that would redeem this seemingly unlovable character. And yet, from the first chapter his whit, charm and honest sense of guilt, which the author deals with so skillfully that it is believable and not overdone, allowed me to become invested in the romance and to honestly route for the happy ending.
One of the things I love about series like this is the reoccurance of familiar characters. Marcus, Lilian, Daisy and Annabelle all make appearances in this book, and a new character, Cam, is introduced—if you’re a fan of the “Mine Till Midnight” series you’ll enjoy his debut. Landor is an excellent narrator, in my opinion, one of the best, and performs each character with sensitivity and personality. Her voice is so mellow and soothing that it always makes me think of a mother telling a fairytale to her children—she is a phenomenal storyteller.
Not really. Although I love the research Kleypas puts into every novel she writes. The historical details are blended seamlessly with the story, so you never feel like you’re reading a textbook, but I really appreciate the lengths to which she is willing to go to make each book as true to life as possible.
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