Book 1 Sugar Daddy was ridiculously good. Lisa Kleypas is some kind of master, in my opinion. Haven is dating a man named Nick but sees a tall, blue-eyed, handsome stranger across the room. He stirs unusual feelings in Haven and she quickly turns away as their eyes meet. Since Haven is a good and decent person, she ignores the flutters she feels for Hardy, even after a funny but uncomfortable encounter with him. She goes on to marry Nick but he turns out to be an abusive jackass.
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Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. 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. Despite her family's money, she refuses to set out on the path they've 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 later, Haven comes home, 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.
Filled with Lisa Kleypas's trademark sensuality, filled with characters you love to hate and men you love to love, Blue-Eyed Devil will hold you captive in its storytelling power as the destiny of two people unfolds with every magical word. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. More Details Original Title. The Travis Family 2. Hardy Cates , Haven Travis. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Blue-Eyed Devil , please sign up. Is it necessary to read the book before this Sugar Daddy before this? Elisa I would - just because you first meet Hardy in Sugar Daddy, and it's interesting to see how his character evolves. See all 3 questions about Blue-Eyed Devil…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Blue-Eyed Devil Travises, 2. Shelves: chick-lit-or-women-s-fiction , 1st-person-pov , abused , bad-boy-rake-or-rogue , self-made-hero , bad-first-marriage , heroine-not-virgin-but-inexperience , set-in-texas , hot-and-steamy-romance , reading.
How to write this review without the whole thing turning into a Hardy Cates droolfest. It's going to be very hard, because I love the man! Big time! Hard as a young Liberty Jones did. I could see that beneath that mind-numbingly sexy bad boy veneer was a sensitive, loving, good-hearted person.
My feelings never changed for him. I don't think Hardy deserved that. Am I putting him on a pedestal? But Hardy could have been the guy who didn't win Liberty simply because the older Liberty knew that Gage was the man she wanted.
Not because of the dirty trick he pulled. I was so disappointed with that! Naturally, I was exceedingly thrilled to see Hardy get his day in the sun in this book. And boy does he shine. Danielle's Reading a Chick Lit Book! Not Again! Although maybe that's not surprising at all in the sense that I never doubted Lisa Kleypas' ability to write a beautiful, enjoyable book. I am familiar with LK's experimental spirit that causes her to try different elements in her stories, and I admire her for that.
And for this chick-lit non-fan, she did a bang up job. This is a nicely-done hybrid of chick lit and romance and it's successful on both counts. There is much time spent on Haven's life apart from Hardy. Not too much, thankfully, but necessary all the same. Page time is spent on a marriage that turns out to be nightmare for Haven. As I read about Haven's marriage, I felt this strange kinship with her.
I've never been married, nor have I been in a bad relationship like her. But I have been in situations where I felt like the intrinsic person I was didn't seem valued, like I was being absorbed and eaten away until nothing remained. I loved how visually this is illustrated with Haven's dream about being a Barbie doll whose body parts slowly fall off until nothing is left. That feeling is so real for people who have been in those toxic relationships where your identity is nothing but a reflection of that other person's.
A sounding board for their brilliance, glamor, perfection. For what I call 'go with the flow' people who don't need to be the center of attention, and who often sacrifice their own needs for others', because they attract the emotional energy suckers like a vacuum.
I wanted to cry bitter tears for Haven. And I did cry. I cannot get over how traumatic it was to read about the abuse that she suffered at the hands of her husband. How he took everything of value from her, and it wasn't enough. I yelled at Haven to get out, to say no.
I wished that she had ran off with Hardy that night of Liberty and Gage's wedding. Unfortunately, she didn't. On the other hand, how can we skip through the bad parts of life that help us to be who we were meant to become, that make us strong, so we can get to the good parts? Life doesn't work that way. Would Hardy and Haven have lasted as the people they were then if they started their happy ending that night, or is their love stronger for what they experienced in the two years apart?
I think the latter. Unlike my so savvy romance reviewing sisters on here, I didn't mark quotes, but I loved what Haven thinks about herself and Hardy together. That their respective broken areas make them fit together so much better. I truly believed that to be the case. Haven : Haven was a beautifully layered character. She might have come off as the spoiled little rich girl, if not done so well.
I didn't get that from her. I did see her insecurities and her desire to be loved, feel worthy, and special.
I hurt for her that this led her into such a terrible situation with her husband. I hurt for her that she didn't get the love that she needed from her mother or father. Their version of love worked okay for her brothers, but it didn't really satisfy the little girl who had never felt valued by her parents.
I could identify with Haven's tendency to want to make others happy, often at her own expense. I loved seeing her grow as a person. I loved her for her having the courage to confront some truly scary situations and take control of her life from the fear that held her back and caged her.
She was a wonderful heroine. Liberty is a hard act to follow, but I think Haven did a really great job of claiming her own place in my heart as a heroine. Back to Hardy : Oh, what a man. Once again, Ms.
Scenes of domestic abuse and the journey to recovery make Kleypas's modern romance anything but fluff. A Wellesley grad and daughter of a Houston energy baron, Haven Travis is an unlikely romantic heroine until her brief but ardent encounter with a man who turns out to be Hardy Cates, the East Texas roughneck from Sugar Daddy who worked his way up from poverty and then outmaneuvered the Travis clan in a business deal. Nick turns out to be a bad guy, and a beaten and bruised Haven returns to Houston, where Hardy's still at odds with her family. Kleypas isn't a literary stylist, but she delivers a page-turning, formula-breaking romance that takes on social issues and escalates passion to new heights. During the Covid crisis, Publishers Weekly is providing free digital access to our magazine, archive, and website. To receive the access to the latest issue delivered to your inbox free each week, enter your email below. View Full Version of PW.
Blue-Eyed Devil : Number 2 in series
Haven is the rebellious Travis daughter who struggles against her overpowering attraction to the most dangerous man in town. But when Hardy crashes a Travis family wedding, the heiress and the bad boy uncover an explosive chemistry that neither of them can deny. He is looking for the perfect society wife, the kind of woman Haven Travis could never be. Having once been burned by a love affair gone wrong, Haven vows to stay far away from the sexy heartbreaker. However, Haven discovers that the temptation of a blue-eyed devil is hard to resist.
REVIEW: Blue-Eyed Devil by 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.