I received this book for free from the Publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Devil in Disguise by Lisa Kleypas
Series: The Ravenels #7
Published by HarperCollins on July 27, 2021
Genres: Fiction / Romance / Historical / Victorian
Format: ARC, eBook
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New York Times bestseller Lisa Kleypas returns with an enthralling and steaming romance between a widowed lady and a Scot on the run—who may have connections to one of London's most noble families.
“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 his secret connection to one of England’s most powerful families. 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.
I had such a good time with this book! I have been a huge fan of Lisa Kleypas’s writing for a very long time. I haven’t read everything that she has written but I have liked all of her books that I have read so far. This book is the seventh book in the Ravenels series but it can easily be read as a stand-alone. I was drawn into this story early on and I found it hard to put down until I had reached the final page. This really was a fantastic book!
Merritt is a widow running her late husband’s shipping company when she meets Keir. Keir is in the process of moving whiskey from Scotland when things go horribly wrong. These two are drawn to each other from the start but Keir doesn’t think that he would be good for her, especially after he realizes someone is trying to kill him. Merritt would have none of it and their bond only grows stronger as they spend more time with each other. I loved the chemistry between this pair and thought they really were perfect for each other.
This book was pretty exciting. I was thrilled to see so many familiar characters play important roles in this story, especially key characters from The Wallflowers series. You don’t have to be familiar with that series to enjoy this book but Sebastian, Evie, Marcus, and Lillian all make an appearance in this book. I really liked that there were some pretty big issues in the book that Keir and Merritt had to deal with together and I thought that the way that they handled everything made their relationship stronger.
I would highly recommend this book to others. I think that this was a very well-written historical romance filled with memorable characters. I will definitely be reading more of Lisa Kleypas’s work in the future.
I received a digital review copy of this book from Avon Books via NetGalley.