Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Review: Devil in Disguise by Lisa Kleypas

The Story in 4 Sentences or Less: Widowed Lady Merritt Sterling runs her late husband's shipping company with the utmost care, after all she's a working woman and society is just itching to see if she'll get caught up in a scandal. That's why she doesn't need Keir MacRae hanging around, but unfortunately he's a client and while she knows that he could be trouble for her, she can't seem to resist him. For his part Keir knows that he and Merritt are too different, and he has a pesky little problem too, someone wants him dead, so it's not exactly an ideal time to fall in love.

Like It? Hate it? Love it? Why? I enjoyed Devil in Disguise even though I found a few things that kind of bugged me about it. It has a romance that feels a little different than previous books but it suited both characters. There's a hint of danger and suspense but it doesn't go anywhere really.

Little Merritt is all grown up! I liked her pragmatic attitude towards life and her ability to pick herself up and keep moving forward. She's practical and realistic, no silly rose colored glasses for her. 

Then there's Keir who is kind of a shock to Merritt's life. He has a quiet but notable personality and takes up a lot of space when he's in a scene. I loved the gentle, teasing part of his personality that made Merritt feel comfortable and protected. It was that confidence that they had in each other early on that kept their romance from feeling superficial with how quick it developed. 

Of course it's not just a romance that Merritt and Keir have to deal with. There's the mystery of who wants to kill Keir and why. This would have been a great mystery to have in play throughout the story, but sadly Keir's connection to an infamous character is revealed so early on that by the time the who and why of wanting to kill Keir is solved it's kind of a moot point. 

One of the biggest issues I had with this book left me kind of torn though. Look, I love the Wallflowers, they're always going to be my favorites and I love knowing that so many years later they're all still happily married. However having one, let alone more than one of the OG characters in Devil in Disguise overshadowed Merritt and Keir's romance in a big way. It's not their fault, they're part of an exclusive club of rock star level characters. They take up space and attention even if they're just standing silently in a scene. But there was no way to set this story up and not include the characters that came out. 

Without spoiling anything though, I'm glad that Keir turned out to be who he was. His father was rather infamous and to have not had any repercussions of that past would have been eye rollingly unbelievable. 

Click It or Skip It? Click It. Overall, Devil in Disguise is a sweet romance between two characters that in spite of their differences need each other. It was wonderful to see some of the OG gang back together even if their appearance kind of stole the show. 

Publisher: Avon
Release Date: July 27, 2021 (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via Netgalley for the purpose of an honest review. )

New York Times bestseller Lisa Kleypas returns with an enthralling and steaming romance between a Scot with a mysterious past and strong-willed lady looking for adventure—and love.

“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 the secret of his mysterious past. 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.

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