by Lisa Kleypas
Publication Date July 27, 2021
Published by HarperCollins
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Genres: Fiction, General, Historical, Romance, Victorian, Women
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.
Devil in Disguise by Lisa Kleypas is the seventh book in her very popular The Ravenels Series. Devil in Disguise is such a delightful book. Fun, steamy, and fast-paced, I tore through this book and it left me wanting more. More books by Lisa Kleypas!
Lady Merritt Sterling, a widower is running her late husband’s shipping company in London instead of sitting home and grieving. Keir MacRae, is a whiskey distiller from the tiny island of Islay, in northern Scotland. When his shipment of whiskey barrels gets misdirected and an entire barrel of whiskey is dumped all over Keir, he marches to the head of the shipping company to complain, but he doesn’t expect the beautiful Lady Merritt Sterling as the head of the shipping company.
Merritt and Keir have an immediate attraction, but he’s a small island man, and she loves the hustle and bustle of London. When Keir is almost killed in her warehouse, Merritt knows she must help him heal from his wounds.
This book is fun, intriguing, and beautifully written. Merritt is a strong, beautiful, and determined woman, who has loved and lost and doesn’t want to love again. I like a strong female lead who is not full of insecurities and instead is decisive and knows what she wants.
These characters are likable and well-developed. I was rooting for them both throughout the entire book. They are both very passionate, but also very giving and loveable.
Lisa Kleypas is a master at dialogue. While I was reading this I could hear Keir’s Scottish Brogue in my head because the dialogue was so detailed with the accent. I also liked that this is such a dialogue forward book, without long passages of description, but you still get a very good idea of the scenery around them.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.