Title: Blue-Eyed Devil
Author: Lisa Kleypas
Series: The Travises #2 (Books are stand-alone)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: March 25th 2008 by St. Martin’s Press
Rating: 4/5 stars ★★★★
“I no longer believed in the idea of soul mates, or love at first sight. But I was beginning to believe that a very few times in your life, if you were lucky, you might meet someone who was exactly right for you. Not because he was perfect, or because you were, but because your combined flaws were arranged in a way that allowed two separate beings to hinge together.”
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’s 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.
4 of 5 stars to Blue-Eyed Devil by Lisa Kleypas
Blue-Eyed Devil has all the makings of a great romance. With an intriguing character for a hero and a hopeful-turned-cynic heroine, it’s a guaranteed feast for the emotions. The story is so good, I flew through the pages!
I liked Haven Travis a lot despite the many complaints about her “spoiled” character. I fail to understand how rich heiresses lose the right to complain about their problems just because they live a luxurious life. People are people, rich or poor. Haven can whine about the “injustices” done to her because she has the right to feel these emotions just like the rest of us. Being rich doesn’t make them robots, for crying out loud. So all the reviewers who find fault in this aspect of her character, I’m side-eyeing you all insensitive snobs.
Haven has lived a cushioned life so it’s so much harder for her to overcome problems that came her way especially when she was also cut off by her family. Her journey is worth reading because there are lessons to be learned. I sympathize with Haven a lot; Haven who bravely loved and trusted someone else with her innocent heart and then defied her family’s wishes despite threats of being cut off from inheritance. For someone who grew in luxury and who always had a safety net around her, she took such a big risk. This risk cost her a lot. The once hopeful girl turned jaded but the old Haven is still present somehow, as seen in her courage in times of darkness and troubles.
Enter Hardy Travis who believes himself to be the worst scum on the earth. He came with a lot of baggage and pride, growing up in a poor family and working hard to become what he is now. I admire Travis’ relentless desire to succeed in life. Sometimes he seemed too driven as if money is all that mattered to him but I liked him even more for being so honest about it. Much like Haven, Travis is jaded having seen mostly the ugly facets of life at such a young age.
Together, these two found each other and cliche as it was, learned to love again. The premise is indeed one we’ve read too many times before but what makes it worthwhile is the masterful storytelling of Kleypas who managed to make their journey utterly captivating.
***cover art: I like the cover. It’s pretty, the color is refreshing to the eyes but most of all, it looks classy.***