Friday, August 13, 2021

Review: Devil in Disguise by Lisa Kleypas


Devil in Disguise (The Ravenels #7) by Lisa Kleypas
Publication Date: July 27th 2021 by Avon
Pages: 384
Source: Publisher & Purchased Audiobook
Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Goodreads | Audible

My Thoughts:
Lady Merritt Sterling never figured she’d be running a shipping company, but when she lost her husband, Merritt was determined to keep his company alive. She’d never picture herself with a rough and gruff Scot, but Keir is impossible to resist.

Scotish whiskey distiller, Keir MacRae arrives in London with a shipment of his finest to sell, but he encounters problems offloading his cargo and means to hold the shipping manager accountable. He doesn’t expect a woman or that they’d have an immediate attraction and connection. Merritt’s beautiful, nurturing, and completely out of his league. They think they’ll part ways for good after a lusty night, but an attempt on Keir’s life halts those plans.

It’s hard to go wrong with a Lisa Kleypas romance. Her clever, witty dialogue, multi-layered, likable characters and vibrant descriptions make her a win for me over and over, but her Ravenels series is a cut above! Merrit isn’t a Ravenel, but her family is closely connected to the characters and her mother and father had their own romance in the Wallflowers series. I loved Merritt and Keir’s instant connection, with long, soulful talks between passionate encounters.  I appreciated most of the drama came from outside issues, like the attempts on Keir’s life and the reasons behind that. I won’t spoil any of the surprises there.

I alternately read and listened to the audio version narrated by Mary Jane Wells, who narrates the whole series. Her performance is absolute perfection! I highly recommend the entire series either reading or listening!

4 Stars

Book Description:
New York Times bestseller Lisa Kleypas returns with an enthralling and steaming romance between a widowed lady and a Scot on the run—who may have connections to one of London's most noble families.

“The devil never tries to make people do the wrong thing by scaring them. He does it by tempting them.”

Lady Merritt Sterling, a strong-willed young widow who’s running her late husband’s shipping company, knows London society is dying to catch her in a scandal. So far, she’s been too smart to provide them with one. But then she meets Keir MacRae, a rough-and-rugged Scottish whisky distiller, and all her sensible plans vanish like smoke. They couldn’t be more different, but their attraction is powerful, raw and irresistible.

From the moment Keir MacRae arrives in London, he has two goals. One: don’t fall in love with the dazzling Lady Merritt Sterling. Two: avoid being killed.

So far, neither of those is going well.

Keir doesn’t know why someone wants him dead until fate reveals his secret connection to one of England’s most powerful families. His world is thrown into upheaval, and the only one he trusts is Merritt.

Their passion blazes with an intensity Merritt has never known before, making her long for the one thing she can’t have from Keir MacRae: forever. As danger draws closer, she’ll do whatever it takes to save the man she loves... even knowing he might be the devil in disguise.


  1. Oh, I really enjoyed this book too! You're review is spot on too. And that cover is beautiful.

  2. I totally get the fascination with Lisa Kleypas. And while I enjoyed most of her contemporary work, I've yet to read any of her historical romance. Shame, shame.

  3. Everyone always talks about Kleypas but I have yet to read any of her books. Glad it was a hit for you.

  4. one of these days I would love to listen to the narration, I do admire Mary Jane Wells. I absolutely adore Kleypas and this book was such a win for me.

  5. You beat me to saying review twins, lol.

    Great narrator, wouldn't have it any other way

  6. I haven't read this but probably because it's not really my genre. It sounds goo though and I love the cover.

  7. Love that she takes over the business and neat that this is a second generation story in the spin off series. I will get to her books eventually. I love the way you describe the reading experience.

  8. I like some of her contemporary and paranormal books but don't read very much historical romance.

    Anne - Books of My Heart

  9. I've been seeing so much buzz about this one this week! If/when I ever get back in the mood for historical romance, I'll definitely have to give Kleypas a try.