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Publisher's Summary

Meet the blue-eyed devil: His name is Hardy Cates. He's a self-made millionaire who comes from the wrong side of the tracks. He's made enemies in the rough-and-tumble ride to the top of Houston's oil industry. He's got hot blood in his veins - and vengeance on his mind.

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

Critic Reviews

"[A] formula-breaking romance that takes on social issues and escalates passion to new heights." (Publishers Weekly)

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Great story, Horrible narrator!!

Would you try another book from Lisa Kleypas and/or Renée Raudman?

I will absolutely buy more books from Lisa but will actively avoid books narrated by Renee Raudman.

What other book might you compare Blue-Eyed Devil to and why?

I would really have preferred this book done by Emily Durante who narrated Smooth Talking Stranger.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The way she voiced all of the characters just ruined the book for me. I couldn't even finish this book because her voice kept me from getting into the story. Her accent was horrible. Every part of her narration was bad. This audiobook was a complete waste of a credit.

Any additional comments?

If you like the series, read this book in any other format and you will love it. I promise that the narrator of Smooth Talking Stranger is amazing and you won't regret the purchase.

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My Kinda Book

I love this series of books by Lisa Kleypas. For one thing they are set in Texas, my home state. She used three different narrators and they all did a great job. They are love stories which I am a sap for. I have gotten different books by Lisa Kleypas but have not enjoyed them as much as I have the books that I have gotten that are narrated by Renee Raudman, Jeannie Stith and Emily Durante. You can have a great book but if the narrator is not that good it can ruin it. Wish Lisa Kleypas would write some more sequels to this series.

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4.5 Stars

Blue Eyed Devil by Lisa Kleypas (Audio Edition)
Narrated by Renée Raudman
Travises series #2

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ½ I thought this book was very well written. It brought out a range of emotions in me. What Haven has to go through in the first part of this book is not pleasant,(abuse: verbal and physical) and no one should ever have to experience that, but the author wrote it perfectly making me feel what Haven was feeling.

Hardy is a good guy. I liked that the sparks fly right from the first time they met. I was a little disappointed in Haven when she basically falls back into the same demeaning relationship with her boss instead of just standing up to her right away, and she even knows her boss is treating her this way and why! But for the sake of the story I can let that slide. Lisa Kleypas is a wonderful storyteller and I am looking forward to the next books in the series.

The Narration was done by Renée Raudman and I felt she fit Haven’s character perfectly, however as I had just listened to the first book in the series I liked Jeannie Stith’s version of Hardy in the last book a bit more. Not to say Renée did a bad voice for him… I was just used to the previous one. I do wish Renée’s male character voices were a bit more varied as sometimes it was hard to tell them apart. Her voice was easy to listen to though and I would buy another book she narrated.

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I loved the book, but readers reading of the male characters drove me CRAZY!! I couldn't picture the male as described, because of the readers voice.

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Beautiful

Loved it .. Initially didn't like the narrator.. But warmed to her accent. Poignant story line.. Cried at times

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Much better than the first in the series

This story, while a bit cliché in ways, was much more engrossing than the first book in the series. I am a sucker for any good man rescues damsel in distress novel. It's so romantic - no matter how non roaring strong woman -esque. I thought the heroine's transition was well developed and moving. My kind of story!

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Better Story in the Series

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Maybe. The story would have been better if the narrator was better.

What did you like best about this story?

The love story between Hardy and haven.

How could the performance have been better?

I grew up in Texas and I don't get the accent used in the narration.

Did Blue-Eyed Devil inspire you to do anything?

Unfortunately no.

Any additional comments?

The Historical novels by Ms. Kleypas are better reads overall.

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Phenomenal Storytelling

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5 Stars!

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.

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5 Star Book BUT The Narrator Was Not Chosen Well .

What did you like best about Blue-Eyed Devil? What did you like least?

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.

How could the performance have been better?

A different narrator would be the only fix for this audio book.

What would have made this romance irresistible?

A different narrator because the book is wonderful.

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Favorite Kleypas novel

What did you love best about Blue-Eyed Devil?

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

What did you like best about this story?

Not a fluff piece, but still has strong romance

What does Renée Raudman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Her accents are very good. They flow naturally. Sometimes, the guys' voices would be a little forced, but ultimately, she did a wonderful job.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Finding true love?

Any additional comments?

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.