Title: Blue-Eyed Devil (2008)
Author: Lisa Kleypas
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Extent: 328 pages
Review: After reading Brown-Eyed Girl by Lisa Kleypas, I couldn’t resist going back to reading the Travis Family series and especially my favourite, Blue-Eyed Devil. It’s one of the first books of Kleypas that I read, and it’s the one that if I remember correctly really solidified her position on my list of favourite romance authors.
This one is the story of Haven Travis, the only female Travis sibling, and Hardy Cates, a man who played a large part in the previous book, Sugar Daddy. Their story is wonderfully realistic and utterly heartfelt, not to mention incredibly rewarding to read. Kleypas tackled some really serious, real-world issues here, and she does so with a sensitivity that’s worth a lot of respect.
A lot of romance books really rely on their hero, but for me, it’s Haven that takes the cake. At the beginning of the book, she chose to go her own way and married a man her family didn’t approve of. It’s a choice I can respect, and her strength and independence really shone through. The sexual tension between her and Hardy is delicious, and I’m glad to say that neither of their ex-lovers play a big part in their story. I like that the past stays in the past, that Kleypas didn’t resort to using cheap ploys to develop her characters’ relationships. It’s because of this that when Hardy and Haven finally get together, their relationship felt natural—it felt just right.
This novel isn’t the typical light-hearted, laugh-out-loud contemporary romance like many books out there. Its treatment of certain issues (I won’t say what to avoid giving spoilers away) is incredibly sensitive, incredibly real, and I have to give major props to Kleypas for that. The problems Haven faces are real, painful, and it was simply wonderful to see her grow and develop. I worried for her safety, I was saddened by her tears, and I cared for her well-being and happiness more than I did my usual romance heroines.
You don’t need to read Sugar Daddy first to read this Blue-Eyed Devil, but it’s recommended just to give more background information and to set up the scene even better. Regardless what you do, I’m sure you won’t regret reading Blue-Eyed Devil. It’s truly one of Kleypas’ best.