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This thread is open to discuss Devil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas.



Synopsis
Most debutantes dream of finding a husband. Lady Pandora Ravenel has different plans. The ambitious young beauty would much rather stay at home and plot out her new board game business than take part in the London Season. But one night at a glittering society ball, she’s ensnared in a scandal with a wickedly handsome stranger.

A cynical rake…

After years of evading marital traps with ease, Gabriel, Lord St. Vincent, has finally been caught-by a rebellious girl who couldn’t be less suitable. In fact, she wants nothing to do with him. But Gabriel finds the high-spirited Pandora irresistible. He’ll do whatever it takes to possess her, even if their marriage of convenience turns out to be the devil’s own bargain.

A perilous plot…

After succumbing to Gabriel’s skilled and sensuous persuasion, Pandora agrees to become his bride. But soon she discovers that her entrepreneurial endeavors have accidentally involved her in a dangerous conspiracy—and only her husband can keep her safe. As Gabriel protects her from their unknown adversaries, they realize their devil’s bargain may just turn out to be a match made in heaven...


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      ~ Buddy Style Reads ~
    Three Ways to Enjoy a Book!
At NRBC we use three styles of buddy reads. These will be indicated in the thread title as “Buddy Read”, “Relaxed Buddy Read” or “Informal Buddy Read”.
A “Buddy Read” has a discussion leader and a reading date is set to start the book. A reading schedule is posted prior to the start date and discussion questions are posted each day regarding that section of the book. More information about these types of reads is below. An example is here, showing a reading schedule here.

A “Relaxed Buddy Read” is similar to our usual “buddy reads” except there are less questions and break points. For example, a book may be split into three sections and those reading the book should pause at the end of the section to answer some discussion questions, make comments, or ask their own questions to other readers. An example is here.

An “Informal Buddy Read” doesn’t have a discussion leader and participants are asked to consider some generic questions when making comments about the book. An example is here.

A “Read and Watch Buddy Read” may be set up as any of the above, but we will also watch the movie or T.V. series - or even go to a play! - and make comparisons, discussing what has been left out or changed as well as the actors and actresses. There is a long debate of what one should do first: read the books or watch the movie? We usually read first, but it isn’t essential. Also, if you would like to join in, but don’t want to watch the movie, show, or play, but only read the books, that is fine, too. An example is here.


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message 4: by Eldarwen (last edited May 16, 2018 10:10AM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

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Can't wait to pick this one up! I enjoyed the two previous ones quite a bit. Crazy sisters, the lot of them!

(Team Severus Snape for TT)


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Jammin Jenny (jamminjenny) | 4149 comments It's on my wish list on Overdrive...

Team Draco Malfoy for TT


Michelle (govmarley) | 3115 comments I’m in for Team Draco!


Sally906 | 1646 comments OK - I'm here for Team Luna Lovegood - have made sure I've got it downloaded into kindle ready


Morgan Shipman (morganshipman) | 553 comments I'm in for this! Team Ginny Weasley! :D


❀Tea❀ (ttea) | 9471 comments I might join in too (if books I'm currently reading ever finish).

for Severus Snape


Maritza (spanishwhispers) | 1940 comments Here from Team Weasley for my first BR. Hi Morgan.


Michelle's Empty Nest (mlundy5) | 912 comments I'll be joining in from Team Tom Riddle!


Sally906 | 1646 comments OK. It’s the 27th here in Oz - so I have downloaded it off the cloud and opened to page 1


Eldarwen | 10433 comments Mod
Whoo!

It's Sunday morning here, and after shower and breakfast, I'll take an hour to read before heading out for lunch.


Eldarwen | 10433 comments Mod
The Prologue was entertaining :-)

Chapter 1 + 2

I think I'm going to look what this book has in store for us. Pandora has always been a wild spirit and I like that it's already thrown in everyone's face right at the beginning of the book.

Gabriel is still a bit of an unknown, except for his reputation, but he's promising to be interesting - especially in combination with Pandora.

First chapter made me grin quite a bit.


message 15: by Maritza (last edited May 27, 2018 11:04AM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Maritza (spanishwhispers) | 1940 comments Loved the opening with the frisky and playful parents. Like the intro to the main characters...


Eldarwen | 10433 comments Mod
This is just the right book for a couple of lazy Sunday afternoon hours to while away the time.

I'm up to chapter 7 now and am enjoying it a lot.

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SandyL | 4447 comments I'm starting - Team Newt Scamander.


Morgan Shipman (morganshipman) | 553 comments Hello all! I just received my book from the library. I will be reading for Team Ginny Weasley. I have a few books I have to finish up first, unfortunately, before I can start this one, but it looks so good and I'm very excited.


Michelle's Empty Nest (mlundy5) | 912 comments Chapters 1 - 5:


I'm liking this one so far!! I almost always do audiobooks and this time is no different.

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SandyL | 4447 comments ~Michelle~ wrote: "Chapters 1 - 5:


I'm liking this one so far!! I almost always do audiobooks and this time is no different.

I thought the prologue was great!

How could Pandora end up in such a fix so early in th..."


I'm listening to the audiobook as well and I like the narrator.

I love how the characters from her other series intermingle with one another. And I'm really liking Pandora and Gabriel.


Michelle's Empty Nest (mlundy5) | 912 comments SandyL wrote: "~Michelle~ wrote: "

I love how the characters from her other series intermingle with one another. And I'm really liking Pandora and Gabriel."



This is my first Kleypas novel but I can foresee reading more in the future!


Sally906 | 1646 comments Read some more last night - I am up to where Gabriel has gone to the Ravenel's London home to offer to marry Pandora to save her reputation. Which Pandora does not care about and does not want to marry.

I laughed at the pickle she got herself into in the Summer House which lead to the public compromising.

As always Kleypas had dragged me into her world as if I had never left. I feel as though I am with friends.

I loved Gabriel's parents in the opening chapter - years of married life and a grandchild and still finding each other sexually attractive - need more books that says this, because growing older is not a death sentence to love (says the happily married grandmother of 40 years with 3 grandchildren)


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Jammin Jenny (jamminjenny) | 4149 comments I have my book on hold on Overdrive...


Sally906 | 1646 comments Half way through Chapter 5 and Pandora is making a list about Gabriel in her diary:

#6 Lord St. Vincent reportedly has a mistress.
#7 The word 'mistress' sounds like a cross between mistake and mattress.


LOL @ #7 - never a truer word said :)


Michelle's Empty Nest (mlundy5) | 912 comments Sally906 wrote: "Half way through Chapter 5 and Pandora is making a list about Gabriel in her diary:

#6 Lord St. Vincent reportedly has a mistress.
#7 The word 'mistress' sounds like a cross between mistake and ma..."


I laughed at that, too! :-D


Morgan Shipman (morganshipman) | 553 comments Soooo... when I signed up for this, I didn’t realize it was the third book in a series. :(

I started reading the prologue and logged into GR to add it to my current reads and I saw it said #3. Are there pivotal things from the first two books I need for this one? I hate reading books out of order. :(


Michelle's Empty Nest (mlundy5) | 912 comments Morgan wrote: "Soooo... when I signed up for this, I didn’t realize it was the third book in a series. :(

I started reading the prologue and logged into GR to add it to my current reads and I saw it said #3. Are..."


The same thing happened to me and I don't usually read out of order either, but I decided to move forward since I had already signed up for the BR.

So far, I don't feel lost or feel like I needed the first two books to understand this one. I know some of the same characters spill over into this one, but I think the basis for the story is new from what I read in the synopses of the others.

I'd be interested to hear what someone who has read all the books has to say, too, though. :)


Eldarwen | 10433 comments Mod
Sally906 wrote: "Half way through Chapter 5 and Pandora is making a list about Gabriel in her diary:

#6 Lord St. Vincent reportedly has a mistress.
#7 The word 'mistress' sounds like a cross between mistake and ma..."


Hahaha yess, that fact was great!


Eldarwen | 10433 comments Mod
Weellll, technically no, you do not need to read the previous books to understand the characters in this one.

The previous books concern Devon and Kathleen (#1) and Helen and Rhys Winterborne (#2).

Pandora and Cassandra have always been around and mentioned, but nothing world-moving has been shared about them.

There is a BR for the first book though - HERE. They started May 22nd so you should still be able to catch up if you want to and they might just continue onto book 2 and then this one.


Eldarwen | 10433 comments Mod
Sally906 wrote: "As always Kleypas had dragged me into her world as if I had never left. I feel as though I am with friends.
"


She does have a knack for it!
There hasn't been all that much time for me between this book and the previous ones but I still feel like I could have started this and have been right back in the world and the family without missing a beat.


Michelle's Empty Nest (mlundy5) | 912 comments Chapters 6 - 10:


So the family has arrived at Herion Point and (view spoiler)

And Gabriel (view spoiler)

I think Ivo (view spoiler)

The pox (view spoiler)

The card game (view spoiler)


Eldarwen | 10433 comments Mod
I'm at the same spot you are, Michelle!

And I have to say that I agree on all counts! Ivo is so adorable and (view spoiler)

Gabriel (view spoiler).

Can't wait for the result of the card game! ;-)


SandyL | 4447 comments ~Michelle~ wrote: "Chapters 6 - 10:


So the family has arrived at Herion Point and [spoilers removed]

And Gabriel [spoilers removed]

I think Ivo [spoilers removed]

The pox [spoilers removed]

The card game [spoil..."


Your observations are great, Michelle - I agree with them all! I love Pandora's lack of filter and Gabrielle just keeps getting yummier!


Michelle's Empty Nest (mlundy5) | 912 comments Chapters 11 - 15:


Well that escalated (view spoiler)

I also love that she still kept up writing her list.

She has (view spoiler)

What a (view spoiler)

I've got to stop reading for a few minutes, but I surely don't want to. :(


Eldarwen | 10433 comments Mod
Chapters 14 and 15:

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Her comments are often so childlike in their honesty, it's great! I think Gabriel also mentioned somewhere early on that she throws herself into games like a child, and I love that she retains that quality. If only more people were as honest ;-)


SandyL | 4447 comments I love how patient Gabriel is with her - so very different than he was first depicted (view spoiler)


Snowtulip | 4553 comments I'm joining late :) Just downloaded the audio!


Eldarwen | 10433 comments Mod
Yay, welcome to the party, ST!


Eldarwen | 10433 comments Mod
SandyL wrote: "I love how patient Gabriel is with her - so very different than he was first depicted [spoilers removed]"

That's true! (view spoiler)

However, I am now on chapter 17 and (view spoiler)


SandyL | 4447 comments Snowtulip wrote: "I'm joining late :) Just downloaded the audio!"

I've been listening - she's a good narrator!


Michelle's Empty Nest (mlundy5) | 912 comments Chapters 16 - 21: (I got so caught up listening to the book that I forgot to stop at Chapter 20 as planned!)

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Michelle's Empty Nest (mlundy5) | 912 comments SandyL wrote: "Snowtulip wrote: "I'm joining late :) Just downloaded the audio!"

I've been listening - she's a good narrator!"


Love the narration!


message 43: by Sally906 (last edited May 29, 2018 03:23PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Sally906 | 1646 comments Mondays and Tuesdays are bad for me reading wise - but was able to read on a bit yesterday during my lunch break - I am now just about to start Chapter 9 after (view spoiler)


Michelle's Empty Nest (mlundy5) | 912 comments Finished!

Chaptesrs 22 - Epilogue:


(view spoiler)

I thoroughly enjoyed Devil in Spring!! I don't know why I've never read a Kleypas book before, but she is completely on my radar now! This is a 5* book for me.


Sally906 | 1646 comments ~Michelle~ wrote: "I thoroughly enjoyed Devil in Spring!! I don't know why I've never read a Kleypas book before, but she is completely on my radar now! This is a 5* book for me. .."

OH lucky you to be just discovering her - you have SO many to read now :)


SandyL | 4447 comments ~Michelle~ wrote: "Finished!

Chaptesrs 22 - Epilogue:


While I obviously had no idea what direction this book would take when I started listening to it, I definitely didn't foresee a terrorist plot and an attempted..."


I've just finished as well. I love this book and Pandora was so much fun. Nothing, other than her hearing, seemed to get her down. (view spoiler)

Michelle - The Wallflowers and The Hathaways are also great series and they interconnect with characters.


Michelle's Empty Nest (mlundy5) | 912 comments Sally906 wrote: "~Michelle~ wrote: "I thoroughly enjoyed Devil in Spring!! I don't know why I've never read a Kleypas book before, but she is completely on my radar now! This is a 5* book for me. .."

OH lucky you ..."


Yes! Exactly!! :)


Michelle's Empty Nest (mlundy5) | 912 comments SandyL wrote: "~Michelle~ wrote: "Finished!

Chaptesrs 22 - Epilogue:


While I obviously had no idea what direction this book would take when I started listening to it, I definitely didn't foresee a terrorist pl..."


Oooohhh...that's good to know about the other series. Going to look them up now!


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Snowtulip | 4553 comments I'm absolutely loving Pandora so far, she is so funny and I love how she just keeps saying whatever is on her mind. She is very endearing and I can't wait to see how this is going to progress with Gabriel. Just getting to their visit to Sussex, should be fun!

Sandy and Michelle, I agree on the narration, loving it :)


Snowtulip | 4553 comments Sally906 wrote: "Half way through Chapter 5 and Pandora is making a list about Gabriel in her diary:

#6 Lord St. Vincent reportedly has a mistress.
#7 The word 'mistress' sounds like a cross between mistake and ma..."


Loved that!


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