Haven is the rebellious Travis daughter who struggles against her overpowering attraction to the most dangerous man in town. But when Hardy crashes a Travis family wedding, the heiress and the bad boy uncover an explosive chemistry that neither of them can deny. He is looking for the perfect society wife, the kind of woman Haven Travis could never be. Having once been burned by a love affair gone wrong, Haven vows to stay far away from the sexy heartbreaker.
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Haven is the rebellious Travis daughter who struggles against her overpowering attraction to the most dangerous man in town. But when Hardy crashes a Travis family wedding, the heiress and the bad boy uncover an explosive chemistry that neither of them can deny. He is looking for the perfect society wife, the kind of woman Haven Travis could never be.
Having once been burned by a love affair gone wrong, Haven vows to stay far away from the sexy heartbreaker. However, Haven discovers that the temptation of a blue-eyed devil is hard to resist.
I was caught completely unawares by Blue-Eyed Devil. This is the story of Haven Travis, told in first person point of view. By accident they end up at the dark cellar where Haven mistakenly assumes he is Nick and they end up kissing passionately.
She then learns that not only he is not Nick but he is Hardy Cates, the guy who tried to come between Gage and Liberty in Sugar Daddy and who has crashed the reception to tease his enemy.
Haven starts her life with Nick innocently believing that love conquers all. What comes next in the story was very hard to read. Little by little, Haven is stripped of her own self, loses her personality and becomes a shadow of her former self. We learn later that Nick has a personality disorder and at that point in time, Haven submits to a relationship where there is no room for dissension; where there is no room for her true self.
It was a very difficult relationship to read about — my innards were twisted in agony for Haven and for that feeling of having a destiny you think you cannot escape from. Until something horrid happens, and beaten up and shattered to pieces, with the help of her brothers Gage and Jack, Haven is finally able to get away, to get a divorce and to start over.
Haven begins the story too young, too sheltered and innocent being then catapulted into adulthood and into a harsh reality that messed up with her sense of self-worth and self-preservation. It is a painful, slow journey to recovery for Haven. She needs to re-connect with herself, mind, body and soul. To re-discover who she is, what she likes, to find a job, to reunite with her family, her brothers, undergoing therapy sessions that felt very realistic and finding a new footing in life.
And of course, finding true love with a wonderful man helps immensely. And this is when we break away from romance hell to romance heaven. For Hardy comes back to her life, again by accident. They meet at a bar and they are both reminded of that heated encounter which neither was able to forget. Hardy starts a relentless campaign to date her and at first she is not prepared to get into a new relationship.
But Hardy is ever so gentle, patient and the cave woman in me needs to come out and say it: he is also too hot for words. I was trying to come up with a way to describe Hardy when it hit me like lightening: give or take a few differences, Hardy is a contemporary Derek Craven.
A self-made, ambitious man, coming from the gutter, becoming a millionaire and doing anything to get the obstacles out of the way. Raised by an abusive, criminal father, he also has that sense of not being worthy of his heroine. Does love conquer all? Blue-Eyed Devil, in my most humble opinion is one of those books that begs to be taken from its niche contemporary within a distinct genre romance and be hailed simply as: literature.
I loved to read about the slow progress of their relationship, how they started to spend more and more together, immersed in conversation. One such talk went like this:. I was still a miserable bastard. I no longer believed in the idea of soul mates, or love at first sight. But I was beginning to believe that a very few times in your life, if you were lucky, you might meet someone who was exactly right for you. Not because he was perfect, or because you were, but because your combined flaws were arranged in a way that allowed two separate beings to hinge together.
His love came with no strings attached, which I thought was the greatest gift one human being could give to another. Additional Thoughts: sometimes it can be frustrating to read first person narratives, especially when there is a hero one would love to learn more about. Go forth and read it! Verdict : One of the best books I have read, romance novel or not. Hardy Cates is tied with another hero whom you will learn all about in November as my favourite hero of Rating: 10 — Blue-Eyed Devil has made it into my top 10 reads of Ana Grilo is a Brazilian who moved to the UK because of the weather.
No, seriously. The scenes between Haven and Nick are so incredibly painful to read. That last encounter before she leaves him is so vividly painted and awful. My favorite scene is actually the very last one in the book, where Haven realizes that Hardy cherishes her utterly, despite all her flaws.
What an evolution of character! There is no words to explain what this book means to me. My favorite contemporary romance of all time.
What Haven goes through is so powerful and hits closer to home. And Hardy is sex on a stick. I love Lisa Kleypas, but I have only read her historicals.
It sounds like I need to try out her contemporaries, too! Dang it all… now I have to get this book too! At least I already own Sugar Daddy! MK: Thanks! I cried a lot when I was reading their scenes too. I can only but imagine how hard must have it been to Lisa Kleypas to write it. Katie — I know where you are coming from!
LK writes the best heroes! I knew it would be a special book anyway — and when I saw the dedication page — well — beyond words. But when I read it I was totally blown away.
Like katiebabs, words fail me. I hope I one day get the chance to tell Lisa Kleypas exactly how much reading that book meant to me!
I had the same thought about Hardy as I got into the book, he reminded me of my other favorite Kleypas hero, Derek Craven. I agree with something you said. When I read Sugar Daddy I thought to myself that Lisa Kleypas just blew right past any other that I was into and catapulted to my favorite. Lisa Kleypas made a fan that day. She truly is remarkable. I love this Lisa Kleypas week! Given the gross tonnage of books you two go through, a spot in the top ten is worth noting.
I think in the interview later in the week we covered a couple of the reasons why. And I think and hope that some of the information in the book was helpful for some readers.
One of the experts I consulted told me that most abused wives have no more ability to leave than a young child would have to leave his or her home.
The joyful part of the book for me was when Hardy arrives back on the scene. Ana, I so agree—he is very much like a modern Derek Craven! I just loved the idea that this macho, sexy, very flawed man would want so badly to connect with Haven and try so hard to understand her. I knew only a very strong man would have the patience and persistence to get through to her. So I called an elevator company and examined various kinds of elevator design, and came up with the scenario with Hardy and Haven.
Maybe that gives some insight into the where-do-you-get-your-ideas question. I just wanted you to know how well written your review and how well you pointed out the things that make this novel as amazing as it is. Lisa, BED is a phenomenal novel and has affected my immensely on a personal level. Book Binge gave it a 4. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.
This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Review: I was caught completely unawares by Blue-Eyed Devil. A celebration for Haven, leaving the past behind: His love came with no strings attached, which I thought was the greatest gift one human being could give to another.
Reading next: Seduce me at Sunrise by Lisa Kleypas. Contemporary Romance. By Ana. I had a whole really looong response written and stupid Blogger at it. Terrific review, really! I loved it. This is my favorite read of too. And probably my favorite Kleypas of all time. Wonderful review!
Lisa Kleypas Week – Book Review: 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.
Blue-Eyed Devil : Number 2 in series
I may be in the minority of readers in this, but I really prefer your contemporary books to your historicals. I find your contemporary voice more confident, fluent, and engaging, and, more specifically, I find Travis series books reliable comfort reads. Which is a good thing, since Churchill Travis informs his daughter he will disinherit her if she goes through with the marriage. Protective rather than abusive toward their women, the control is nonetheless the last thing Haven can stomach, having been controlled in almost every way by Nick. That long-ago kiss sealed the attraction between Haven and Hardy, though, and when they see each other again, Hardy is intent on taking things to the next level.