Booklist Reviews 2015 October #2
*Starred Review* Devon Ravenel has never been anyone's hero, nor does he wish to become one. Unfortunately, after his cousin, Theo, unexpectedly dies, Devon inherits the family title and all the responsibility that comes with it, including the ramshackle estate, Eversby Priory. Devon's initial plan is to dismantle the manor and sell it piece by piece, but this strategy hits an unexpected snag in the person of Theo's lovely young widow, Kathleen. Eversby Priory has survived four hundred years of revolutions and wars, and Kathleen isn't about to see it wiped off the face of the earth by one irresponsible, self-serving rake. However, convincing Devon to accept his responsibilities as the new Earl of Trenear is definitely going to take all of Kathleen's wits and more than a few of her womanly wiles. The first in a new historical series delivers everything readers have come to expect from RITA Award–winning Kleypas (Brown-Eyed Girl, 2015), including insightful characterization, an abundance of super-charged sexual chemistry, a dash of dry humor, and a to-die-for hero, all of which will have the author's legions of fans giddy with delight at her triumphant return to historical romance. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.
LJ Reviews 2015 October #2
Devon Ravenel is comfortable with his superficial London life, until his cousin is killed in a riding accident, and Devon inherits an earldom and a failing estate. Now his life is turned upside down with responsibilities—including providing for his cousin's sisters, as well as his lovely, self-possessed young widow, Kathleen. A cadre of three-dimensional characters who captivate from the moment you meet them and a multilayered plot that allows the characters to grow will keep fans intrigued by this addictive, rewarding story. VERDICT A reluctant, rebellious hero faces a steep learning curve but gradually comes into his own as he meets his match at the hands of a smart, determined woman who won't let him off the hook. This delightful, compelling story is the first in Kleypas's new Victorian series about the Ravenel family. Kleypas (Brown-Eyed Girl) lives in Texas.[Page 72]. (c) Copyright 2015 Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
PW Reviews 2015 September #3
This Victorian romance from Kleypas (the Wallflowers series) is dripping with period flavor and beautifully written depictions of the peculiarities of running a foundering estate, but its hero is less than heroic. Devon Ravenel inherits an earldom, a rotting estate, a houseful of female relations, and a mess of debt when his cousin is thrown from a horse and killed. Devon initially wishes to sell the property and get back to his bachelor ways, but his passion for his cousin's widow and his dedication to rescuing the estate both sneak up on him. That passion, however, takes an ugly turn, with many of the more physical scenes pushing the boundaries of consent. At times the story feels more like a case of Stockholm syndrome than a blossoming romance, souring the enjoyability of an otherwise well-crafted story. Agent: Mel Berger, William Morris Endeavor. (Nov.)[Page ]. Copyright 2015 PWxyz LLC