Blue-Eyed Devil - Travis, Bk 2 Author:Lisa Kleypas 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. She's Haven Travis. Despite her family's money, she refuses to set out on the p... more »ath they'e 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 have gone by. Now Haven has come home. This time, she is 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.« less
Rebecca H. reviewed Blue-Eyed Devil (Travis, Bk 2) on
Helpful Score: 4
An excellent read. Hardy Cates is excellently written. The bad taste he leaves in your mouth at the end of the first Welcome book is slowly washed away by the way he loves the Haven. A wonderful literary journey that takes you not just through the romance of these tow interesting and complicated characters but also through what brings them to each other. I really enjoyed this book. Warning though; the descriptions of Haven being abused are very graphic and struck a cord with me. I would throughly enjoyed this book and think it is a great addition to any book club.
This is fiction that also tries to do some educating about narcissistic personalities and domestic abuse, and in this aspect the book does very well. In my mind however, it set up Haven's character in a way that the sex scenes brought the story down for me, but I am suspect I'm in the minority on this and in skimming past them. Otherwise, it was very well-written (particularly the first part. I was heavily involved with Haven's experiences in her marriage), had engaging characters so all in all, I thought it was very good.
I really liked this book. I loved Hardy but was somewhat conflicted over Haven. I just wasn't sure if her victim image was accurate. However, when you recall that she grew up with parents who were too into themselves to instill self-confidence, self-worth or give her love, it helps you to understand how she could fall for a narcisstic husband the first time around. Her mother tried to make her into what she thought she should be by degrading her to the point she controlled her which would explain how easily Haven fell into the victim role with Nick. Her father was too busy making money and trying to make wifey happy to help Haven develop these strengths or to even show he loved her. He even held her inheritance over her head to try to make her do what he wanted. After I thought about this part of her story, I realized I have known people like her and she became much more realistic to me. I really appreciate the way Kleypas wrote this real life situation into the book and admire Haven for overcoming the abuse and becoming a strong individual who could love again. Great story!
Lisa Kleypas does it again with book two in the Travis series. I liked Blue-Eyed Devil much more than Sugar Daddy although I think Liberty was a better character than Haven. Blue-Eyed Devil gets into the meat of the story much more quickly and the pacing worked better for me than Sugar Daddy.
Kleypas has an amazing ability to slowly build believable love and passion between her characters. She always includes such fine detail about their lives, their background, their homes, jobs, and cities where they live. It isn't that boring filler that seems to be used by so many authors, it is interesting, relevant information. The people come alive in her books.
Blue-Eyed devil has a heroine who is a bit more of a victim than I'm accustomed to with Kleypas, that is probably the biggest downside to the book. But the character does gain a spine eventually and we're treated to Hardy who is a wonderful character unto himself. There are the well-written requisite love scenes in this book, with reasonable heat.
Kleypas uses a different writing style in her contemporary books, where the story is written first person so you don't get to know the other characters as intimately as you do in her historicals. I think it works - in a way it makes the hero seem that much more heroic. But I don't think we get to know Hardy as much as you'd like, especially because he was such an enigma in Sugar Daddy.
Another winner from my favorite author.
I actually think it was one of Kleypas's better books. I have only read her historic romance before this one.
I think although the story had romantic elements it was really about Haven's experiences of being a victim of domestic abuse and breaking her own cycle in life. In many ways, Kleypas showcases how Haven's life growing up kind of set her up to be in an abusive relationship with Nick. Not only did she have get to her life back by leaving Nick but learning to stand up for herself with her family, work, and other relationships.
I agree with the review that some of the sex scenes with Hardy did bring the book down a bit but Kleypas is known for her "romance" and that was what this book is marketed as. So I will forgive those scenes. They weren't bad just didn't seem believable or fit in well.
Good read. I had a hard time reading about Haven's relationship with Nick than with Vanessa. It made me cringed but it was good.