Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas

Back view of a red-haired woman in an ice-blue off-the-shoulder evening gown looking out a window.Why I read it:  I had just listened to Devil’s Daughter and I wanted to understand what all the fuss was about.

What it’s about: (from Goodreads)  “I’m Sebastian, Lord St. Vincent. I can’t be celibate. Everyone knows that.”

Desperate to escape her scheming relatives, Evangeline Jenner has sought the help of the most infamous scoundrel in London.

A marriage of convenience is the only solution.

No one would have ever paired the shy, stammering wallflower with the sinfully handsome viscount. It quickly becomes clear, however, that Evie is a woman of hidden strength—and Sebastian desires her more than any woman he’s ever known.

Determined to win her husband’s elusive heart, Evie dares to strike a bargain with the devil: If Sebastian can stay celibate for three months, she will allow him into her bed.

When Evie is threatened by a vengeful enemy from the past, Sebastian vows to do whatever it takes to protect his wife… even at the expense of his own life.

Together they will defy their perilous fate, for the sake of all-consuming love.

What worked for me (and what didn’t): When I listened to Devil in Spring last year I had no idea who Sebastian Challon was. I gathered he was one of the author’s most popular heroes however and that he was a reformed rake. I like reformed rakes well enough but usually their behaviour (at least in romance) extends to heavy drinking, womanising and gambling. So I kind of expected Sebastian would be like that. I decided to see for myself. I started off with It Happened One Autumn because Sebastian’s behaviour in the latter part of the book is the big issue and I needed to understand it before I could go ahead and read Devil in Winter. (As it happened I read It Happened One Autumn last year but got distracted by the shiny and have only just gotten around to reading Devil in Winter.)

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