TITLE: Blue-Eyed Devil
AUTHOR: Lisa Kleypas
RATING: 4 STARS
PUBLISHED: March 2008 - St. Martin's Press
SERIES: Yes; Companion Series:
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"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."
I LOVE Lisa Kleypas. I LOVE the Travises. I LOVE Hardy Cates. Needless to say, I absolutely LOVED Blue-Eyed Devil, the second novel in the Travises companion series by Lisa Kleypas.
In Sugar Daddy, I fell in love with Hardy Cates, the bad boy from the wrong side of the tracks. I rooted for Hardy and Liberty to get together when they were younger, but when all was said and done, I didn't think that Hardy was the best pick for Liberty. I was very pleased with the conclusion to Sugar Daddy, even though Hardy wasn't the man chosen in then end because I genuinely thought that Gage Travis was the best man for Liberty.
Hardy Cates made some poor decisions in Sugar Daddy. He betrayed one of his good friends trust and he landed on the Travises bad side. In Blue-Eyed Devil, Hardy Cates is back, and this time he has his sights set on someone new, someone, ironically enough, with the last name Travis.
After being mentally and physically abused by her ex-husband, Haven Travis isn't the same woman. She's skittish, shy, and she doesn't like to be touched. But then, she finds comfort in the most unexpected place, in the arms of Hardy Cates - an untamed womanizer, a man who is enemies with her family.
This is a great book because it's a passionate romance novel that covers real issues, like spousal rape and abuse. The two main characters in this novel are fantastic. You have Hardy, the strong, dominate alpha male and then you have Haven the soft, sweet-natured female. They compliment each other extremely well because they bring out the bring out the best in each other. Hardy gives Haven strength and courage, where as Haven brings out Hardy's tender, compassionate side.
I gave Blue-Eyed Devil by Lisa Kleypas 4 STARS. I strongly recommend every book in the Travises companion series: Sugar Daddy, Blue-Eyed Devil, and Smooth Talking Stranger. I encourage adults who enjoy contemporary romance novels to check out this series!