An aristocratic widow falls for an unrefined Scottish distillery owner.
Another fantastic read by one of my favorite authors—a must-read for all historical romance fans, especially fans of the Wallflower series.
Devil in Disguise is book #7 in the Ravenels series but can be read as a standalone.
Our thanks to Avon Books and NetGalley for the advanced reader’s copy.
Title: Devil in Disguise by Lisa Kleypas
Publisher: Avon (July 27, 2021)
Page count: 379
New York Times bestseller Lisa Kleypas returns with an enthralling and steaming romance between a Scot with a mysterious past and strong-willed lady looking for adventure—and love.
“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.
From the Publisher’s Blurb
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Merrit, a young widow, managed the shipping company she inherited from her deceased husband with the help of her younger brother.
For those who read the Wallflower series, Merrit is the daughter of Marcus and Lilian, the couple in It Happened One Autumn.
Keir MacRae, the hero, was a Scottish distillery owner who contracted Merrit’s company to storage his whisky.
When strange things start to happen to Keir, he realizes someone is trying to end his life.
I loved the contrast between Merrit’s aristocratic upbringing and Keir’s early life as an adopted kid of much older working parents.
Both protagonists were so very loveable. Their attraction and the overall relationship felt right and genuine from the start.
I am a huge fan of the Wallflowers series, and it was such a pleasure to see Sebastian, Eve, Marcus, and Lilian decades after their HEA. Despite being much older, they kept the essence that made them such remarkable characters in their original books.
The background story was very well-plotted, and I love all the connections and surprises.
Historical Romance at its best!
Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
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About the Author
LISA KLEYPAS is the RITA award-winning author of 21 novels. Her books are published in fourteen languages and are bestsellers all over the world. She lives in Washington State with her husband and two children.