Title: Devil In Disguise (The Ravenels, Book #7)
Genre: Historical Romance/Victorian
Author: Lisa Kleypas
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Publisher: Avon, July 27 2021
Sexy Rating: 5
Violence Rating: 5
Description from Amazon:
“The devil never tries to make people do the wrong thing by scaring them. He does it by tempting them.”
Lady Merritt Sterling, a strong-willed young widow who’s running her late husband’s shipping company, knows London society is dying to catch her in a scandal. So far, she’s been too smart to provide them with one. But then she meets Keir MacRae, a rough-and-rugged Scottish whisky distiller, and all her sensible plans vanish like smoke. They couldn’t be more different, but their attraction is powerful, raw and irresistible.
From the moment Keir MacRae arrives in London, he has two goals. One: don’t fall in love with the dazzling Lady Merritt Sterling. Two: avoid being killed.
So far, neither of those is going well.
Keir doesn’t know why someone wants him dead until fate reveals the secret of his mysterious past. His world is thrown into upheaval, and the only one he trusts is Merritt.
Their passion blazes with an intensity Merritt has never known before, making her long for the one thing she can’t have from Keir MacRae: forever. As danger draws closer, she’ll do whatever it takes to save the man she loves . . . even knowing he might be the devil in disguise.
This book is awash in an original plot. Leave it to Lisa Kleypas to give us originality, along with sizzling chemistry that builds up smoking hot sexual tension and characters and romantic prose that lingers long in our minds after the book is over.
Merritt is the daughter of Marcus and Lillian Westcliff who were first introduced in Kleypas’s Wallflower Series. They make an appearance in this book along with Sebastian and Evie from the same series. I’ll say no more so I don’t give away any spoilers, but fans of that series will love this reintroduction of these people years later.
There is lots of action, suspense and some violence in the pages of this book. I’ve already indicated that the romance is sublimely sensual. There is an evil villain and a surprise or two to keep the pages turning. This is the summer read you will truly enjoy.