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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. A Winter Scandal Legend of St. Dwynwen 1 by Candace Camp Goodreads Author. New York Times bestselling author Candace Camp weaves a heartwarming tale, first in a thrilling new series, of Christmastime love, discovery, and scandal. Discovering a brooch bearing the insignia of Gabriel, Lord Morecombe, hidden among t New York Times bestselling author Candace Camp weaves a heartwarming tale, first in a thrilling new series, of Christmastime love, discovery, and scandal.

Incensed, Thea sets out to reproach the arrogant lord—only to find herself utterly swept away. The brooch is one he remembers all too well, however, and Gabriel is determined to find the mother of the missing child. As the mystery around the baby deepens, Gabriel is continually thrown together with Thea—and finds himself growing more entranced every day. Even with whispers of winter scandal swirling around them, they cannot deny the longing in their hearts.

A longing which promises the best gift of all: Mass Market Paperback , pages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about A Winter Scandal , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Aug 28, Inshirah Kamal rated it liked it Shelves: Sometimes, silly as it seems, the people we love the most are the ones to whom we are most afraid of revealing our foolishness. Oct 25, Lisarenee rated it really liked it.

Dwynwen here in her chapel would have his or her prayer granted. Some argued that only prayers for love were granted, but others said that the kindly saint would answer even prayers of broader scope At seven and twenty Thea Bainbridge was considered to be firmly on the shelf. It had never really bothered h 'It was said that whoever prayed with a truly loving heart to St. It had never really bothered her until Lord Morecombe came to town. Years ago he'd given Thea her one and only kiss.

While the kiss had been significant to her, it obviously hadn't been for him. He didn't even recognize her. While Thea knew it was silly of her to take the lack of recognition to heart, it had after all been ten years, it truly had bothered her. Her marriage prospects were pretty much nonexistent, as she had known practically everyone in the small village of Chesley her whole life. It was this one event, however, that brought her to the realization that all she did was live along the edges of other peoples lives--she truly didn't have one of her own.

So in a moment of desperation she said a prayer. Intercessions, prayers, pleas, tumbled through her head. Please, give me a life of my own. For once she could not push it away, could not ignore it, could superimpose work over it. She could only feel the desperate, lonely longing. No sooner had Thea Bainbridge finished her prayer than she heard a sound. As she looked around she found a baby which had been left in a simple feed box that was to be used as the manger in the church's live nativity scene. Not another soul appeared to be around. It wasn't until later that she noticed the brooch attached the the baby's clothing.

Little did she know her life was about to change This was a delightful read. I truly adored Thea. She was easy to relate to and you couldn't help but sympathize with her. I loved how she was passionate about things and rushed head first into situations without truly thinking before she acted. Probably not the smartest thing to do, but it made her an extremely likeable character.

While she seems to have low self esteem when it comes to her looks, she does know her self worth and would never let someone push her around. Gabriel, Lord Morecombe, was another loveable character. He kept wanting do deny his ever growing feelings for Thea, and used Matthew as an excuse to see her. He is fiercely loyal to his family and is willing to take in his sister even if what transpired over a year ago included a scandal. Though he's a confirmed bachelor when Thea first shows up on his doorstep with Matthew, he's ready to take responsibility for him when her realizes the baby could be his sister's.

The mystery associated with what happened to Gabriel's sister, Jocelyn, over a year ago added a nice amount of drama to the story. I enjoyed how we slowly learn more about what happened as the story unfolds and end up questioning things as we find out more. I also liked learning how Jocelyn's leaving impacted the relationship between Rawdon and Gabriel. It was interesting to learn why Gabriel was so quick to blame his long time friend for Jocelyn's running away and calling off her engagement to him.

I hope future books in the series will include more of Rawdon and Damaris. They were my favorite secondary characters. I don't know if the two will end up together, but I definitely think there's more to each of them then meets the eye. I think Damaris has a secret past that could be interesting to find out about. Rawdon, on the other hand, just seemed like such an intriguing character. He's been condemned by everyone for his family's past. I'd like to learn more about him. Gabriel and Thea definitely had the kind of attraction that sent sparks flying and totally engulfed them when they finally gave in to their desires.

The two seemed perfect for each other. You should use extreme caution when reading a book with this rating in public. People may inquire as to why you look flustered and flushed. Overall, I gave this one 4 out of 5 roses. I felt this was nice blend of mystery and romance. I look forward to reading the rest of the series.

There truly is a tale about St. Wikipedia has her listed as the Welsh patron saint of lovers. She is also the patron saint of sick animals. The tale related to Dwynwen is pretty much the same as that included in 'A Winter Scandal' although there are variations. To learn more about St. Dwynwen check Wikipedia at: Sep 05, Elis Madison rated it liked it Shelves: Thea Bainbridge is an ape-leader, as they liked to call spinsters back in the day. She's plainish, wears browns and grays, and is possessed of a very blunt tongue, which she thinks may explain her lack of suitors.

She lives with her brother Daniel, who has taken their father's position as vicar in their little village of Chesley. She listens to Daniel's prosing about Roman ruins, and writes "suggestions" for his sermons in other words she writes the sermons , and basically does most of the othe Thea Bainbridge is an ape-leader, as they liked to call spinsters back in the day. She listens to Daniel's prosing about Roman ruins, and writes "suggestions" for his sermons in other words she writes the sermons , and basically does most of the other pastoral stuff.

And she dreads the day when Daniel marries, and she, with no life of her own, will have to find a way to go on. Chesley's little chapel has an ancient statue of St. Dwynwyn , the Welsh patron saint of lovers. One night, as Thea's preparing the chapel for the church's annual Christmas pageant, she lights a candle and prays for her life to change. Next thing she knows, the little manger for the pageant has a baby in it. She takes the baby home, and in the process of tending him, she and a servant discover a brooch pinned to his nappies that has a distinctive design on it—one she's seen before on a ring worn by a new sensation in Chesley, one Lord Morecomb Gabriel to his friends.

Seems that Thea's one kiss, ten years ago, was bestowed upon her by the very same Lord Morecomb, and she was all [image error] Whereas he had the unmitigated gall to Worse, the rumors abound that he and a passel of his chums are up at his new den of iniquity, doing whatever it is that rakish, debauched single and not so single males do in such places. Did somebody say Stag Party? Naturally, Thea jumps to the worst possible conclusions, and decides to schlep the baby up to the Priory ironically that's the name of Gabriel's "den of iniquity" and confront the wayward father.

Which she does, scolding him roundly in front of his friends for his inability to keep his placket buttoned, and failure to do right by the bastards he's no doubt salted all over England. And it's love at first second third sight for Gabriel. Here's this prim little wench with a baby on her hip, her hair tumbled out of its normally severe 'do, and her fichu askew nice rhyme.

Seems he digs flashing gray eyes and maybe he's into the, um, bossy type. Then she shows him the brooch, and all bets are off. Seems it belonged to his sister, Jocelyn, who ran off just before her wedding to a friend now ex-friend of Gabe's, just over a year ago. He hasn't heard a word from her since.

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So now he's all up in Thea's face, demanding to know how she got the brooch and where she got the baby, who, come to think of it, looks a little like his sister… The two of them embark on a bit of sleuthing, trying to figure out where the baby came from. All sorts of people pop up from the past, and there are so doggoned many good suspects to blame for Jocelyn's disappearance that, although I usually figure out the "whodunit" within the first few chapters, I was still guessing right up to the end this time.

I always like a good mystery. The book is slow to start, but I laughed at the scene where two men are fighting and all their buddies are just standing around watching, so Thea more or less hoses them down. May 10, Desi rated it really liked it. Obvious villain, cute romance, inappropriate sex and oh can I please, please, play with that baby, he was utterly adorable! The cheesy ending made me smile, a real, actually on my face, not just in my head smile. His comment on eyesight was stellar.

All in a fun romp. Dec 04, Quinn's Book Nook rated it really liked it Shelves: Reading Binges are the best, but one downside to reading one book after the other, is not writing those reviews right away. Which, actually, does say something about the book itself.

Althea is the heroine of A Winter Scandal , and I liked her very m Reading Binges are the best, but one downside to reading one book after the other, is not writing those reviews right away. Althea is the heroine of A Winter Scandal , and I liked her very much. But, then she finds a baby, abandoned at the manger at the church. As I said, I liked Thea so much. I could also relate to her feeling unhappy in her life, but not really having a way to change things.

This being a romance, you all realize that she gets together with him. And I found that a little annoying. Not that Gabriel was really going to ditch Thea once they got together.


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Actually, once Gabriel started helping Thea and Matthew I liked him so much. He is an aristocrat after all, with a title and a fortune. I mean, they were just so darn adorable together. I loved Gabriel's obsession with Thea's wild and crazy curls. One part that was lacking was the mystery part. I mean, I called it from almost the beginning. Or at least have suspicions. A Winter Scandal , though, was still so enjoyable, and it was a great introduction to Candace Camp , an author I definitely want to read more of. This review was originally posted on Quinn's Book Nook Nov 13, Cecilia rated it liked it.

This was not the worst book I've ever read, but there were many moments when all I could do was shake my head. Mainly this was because of the overwhelming feeling of anachronism in terms of how the hero and heroine relate to each other. Generally pleasant, reasonably good grammar with a few silly errors, like "I believe I have not been formerly introduced to this young man" , unusual secret baby plot, and a plain ish and older heroine late 20s. There are references to her writing sermons but little else.

This could have been really interesting e. Instead, it was more like window-dressing. Second, there's obvious sequel bait in supporting characters. That's annoying to me. Last, the main fly in the ointment: Despite the fact that a big part of the plot revolves around a baby presumed to have been born out of wedlock, at no point do the protagonists consider the possible outcome of their own extra-marital sex.

And there are clear descriptions indicating that no precautions are taken. And, despite the fact that the heroine is at the outset the virginal spinster daughter and sister of small-town vicars, apparently, she's an appropriate person to have sex with, without ever considering that marriage maybe should be part of the deal. He's not concerned about destroying the heroine's life in her village?

It's a poor way to stretch out the 'suspense' of the building romance. Now, I'm not personally as a 21st century woman opposed to sex outside of marriage, but I do have trouble believing in these people being fine with it. He's a little rakish, but generally presented as kind, rather than callous and dissipated. She's consistently presented as someone who wants to be a good person. There's some lip service to "sin" and whatnot, but nothing that gets in the way of, say, having sex up against a wall in the vicarage.

I think I have a reasonable tolerance for some flexibility in terms of accuracy in historical romances, but this seemed so implausible I was rolling my eyes more than enjoying it. Dec 16, Jenny Q rated it it was amazing Shelves: I have really lucked out with my Christmas romance selections this year, and I finished with the best of them all. You know what I like best about this one? It's really, truly about Christmas. It doesn't feel like a romance with a Christmas theme tacked on; it's a real Christmas story with the added bonus of a terrific love story.

In fact, it has all the right elements blended perfectly to create one excellent Christmas romance. It begins with a Christmas ball and a real baby found abandoned in t I have really lucked out with my Christmas romance selections this year, and I finished with the best of them all. It begins with a Christmas ball and a real baby found abandoned in the nativity manger--how great a beginning is that? The romantic leads are well-developed--Thea, the vicar's sister, suffering from a case of perceived ugly duckling syndrome disguised with a sharp tongue, and Gabriel, the jaded lord seeking respite from the falseness of London's high society.

It was great fun to watch their banter grow into true regard and affection as they worked together to track down the child's missing mother. It has an idyllic English countryside village setting, full of Christmas traditions and holiday cheer. Intriguing supporting characters, realistic romance, steamy sexual tension and smokin' hot lovin', an unpredictable mystery with a surprise twist I didn't see coming, and a wonderfully romantic ending. It made me laugh, it made my cry--it was the perfect book to curl up with in front of the fire on this cold weekend before Christmas, and I am looking forward to the next book in this series!

Jun 25, kris rated it liked it. I thought she was spunky and unique and I enjoyed her as a heroine muchly. Gabriel, however, was a blank of a hero. Camp seems to do this thing at least within the St. Dwynwen series where she has the traditional POV trade-off for the first 3 chapters or so It's just not what I was expecting, and it makes getting a handle on the hero ra 2.

It's just not what I was expecting, and it makes getting a handle on the hero rather difficult. I also felt like there was a bit too much "summing up" of their relationship? View all 3 comments. Jul 23, herdys rated it really liked it Shelves: I'm so glad I decided to start this series! It was not a perfect book but I loved how easy and angst free it was. We don't usually get babies in HR but it made me love both leads for how much they loved him too, especially Gabriel. I also enjoyed the mystery. I'm glad that we got a nice romance and an interesting plot. It's not a common thing so it makes me appreciate the book even more.

I will be keeping an eye on his author for sure! Jul 11, A. LMAO, that hasty resolution! I did enjoy this, though to be thoroughly honest I found the romance somewhat thin at parts. Jun 01, Susan rated it really liked it Shelves: Thea is the sister of the village vicar, twenty-seven and considered firmly "on the shelf". She considers herself to be quite plain and tries to convince herself that she is content with her quiet life and assisting her brother. But after a local ball, where she encounters a man from her past, she realizes that she really wants a chance at a life and love of her own.

When she discovers a baby abandoned in the manger of the church nativity scene, a brooch hidden in the child's clothing Good book. When she discovers a baby abandoned in the manger of the church nativity scene, a brooch hidden in the child's clothing convinces her she knows who is responsible.

Furious, she rushes off to confront the town's newest resident. Gabriel recently purchased the manor house and has brought a few friends to stay for the holidays. He attended the local ball, barely noticing the various women he was introduced to. He is shocked when one of those women bursts into his home, accusing him of fathering the abandoned baby. Though he knows he's innocent of the charge, he does recognize the brooch as belonging to his sister, and is determined to find her.

I loved that confrontation between Thea and Gabriel. She's so certain that she's right, that he's the typical rakish nobleman, and she's going to set him straight about his actions. He's simply stunned by her accusations, then in shock when he sees the brooch. With his reactions, he comes across as cold and arrogant, but once they both calm down they realize they want the same thing - to find the baby's mother.

It also becomes obvious that there is something more flaring between them. Gabriel is intrigued by the woman who doesn't behave like the ones he's used to. She's forthright, smart, loving toward little Matthew, and not afraid to stand up to him.

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I loved the banter between them. He's very good a teasing her because he loves her reactions. I also enjoyed seeing Thea's attempts to rein him in. As they are thrown together in their search for Gabriel's sister, they develop a friendship that quickly grows into more. There is no denying the attraction that flares between them. Thea's normally quick wits have a tendency to get scrambled when Gabriel gets too close, and he has a hard time not kissing her at every opportunity. That attraction continues to grow until it bursts into flame and they succumb to their desire. It's pretty obvious that there's more than just passion between them, but neither one can see it.

Gabriel's mind is fixated on the fact that his plans aren't to marry for several years yet, so marriage to Thea never occurs to him in spite of what they have been doing. Thea is simply trying not to let her emotions get involved, because she doesn't believe a nobleman like him would be interested in a plain jane girl like her for anything other than a short liaison. I liked seeing the changes that both go through, as Gabriel's attentions have Thea breaking out of the shell she'd been in for so long.

I also liked seeing Gabriel open up to Thea about what had happened with his sister, and how she helps him see that he's not to blame. I did wonder how long it was going to take him to realize the truth of his feelings for Thea, but he came through in a really sweet way at the end. The mystery of baby Matthew and his mother was well done. There were so few clues at the beginning that it built the intensity just a bit, until things started to come together. From the kidnapping on, I was constantly wondering what was going to happen next. Just when I thought I knew who to blame, a sudden twist threw it all into doubt.

The revelation of the truth was exciting and bittersweet, as the final confrontation revealed an unexpected player. The secondary characters were great and I'm looking forward to seeing more of them in the other books. I am especially intrigued by Thea's friend Damaris, who I suspect has a very interesting history. Lord Rawdon is another who made a big impression. He seems so cold at first, and his history with Gabriel is complicated.

I loved the fight scene between them, and Thea's way of dealing with it. I also liked Myles, who had a good head on his shoulders and was the voice of reason throughout. But my favorite was baby Matthew. It was so much fun to see everyone's reactions to him. He was such a little sweetheart and had everyone charmed. There were some really sweet scenes with him and Thea and Gabriel. Jan 10, Jasmyn rated it it was amazing Shelves: This was such an amazing Christmas-time romance. Thea is a great heroine, a spinster and bit of a book nerd - she was just up my alley. When she finds a baby - a real one - in the church's manger scene she has no idea the mystery she's about to be caught up in.

When she confronts who she thinks the father is - she really isn't expecting the sparks to fly like they do. Gabriel is intrigued by the vicar's sister and her fiery personality. They seem to be so opposite, but when it really comes down t This was such an amazing Christmas-time romance.

They seem to be so opposite, but when it really comes down to it, they both want the same thing. They want to find who left the child and make sure the child is taken care of. This search takes them to some pretty interesting places - and underneath a lot of mistletoe!! Mistletoe can be a dangerous thing. Feelings start to happen and then suddenly you find out you might be falling in love. Thea's physical response to Gabriel is perfect.

It's just what I needed from an older regency woman who has been "put on the shelf. The mystery of the baby will be solved, but it is a little bittersweet in the outcome. Be prepared for some surprises, because not much is as it seems when it comes to the search.

There's a bit of excitement and danger as well that added a very nice touch. Jul 12, Be added it Shelves: Didn't start out very good. Have to shelf this one for some time. Dec 02, Christine Seybolt rated it it was amazing. Camp is perfection personified, when it comes to delivering a rich, entertaining story wrapped around emotionally gripping plots.

Camp is a magnetic star of the written word that shines above the rest. Camp is notoriously skilled at giving her legions of fans fantastic in depth characters that charge her stories to their magical happy ending. Plain Jane, Thea Bainbridge finds a baby in the Christmas nativity manger with a brooch with the insignia of Morecombe. Her blood boiling, heart racing in time with the quick step of her conviction, Thea marches in righteous indignation and demands the dissolute rake take care of his wayward child.

The brooch seems familiar. His missing sister, Jocelyn had such a brooch, and it s a perfect match to his signet ring, but he cannot be sure if either the pedant or Baby Matthew is his sister. As the mystery of Baby Matthew surrounds them Thea and Gabriel are continuously thrown together. Neither is prepared for the passion that ignites between them as the whispers of a winter scandal whirl around them, no longer denying their hearts desires.

Receiving a gift so powerful and transcendent this holiday season: A superb story teller, Camp sweeps reader away with characters that charge onto the page, and enchants readers with her mastery in characterization. Seducing readers with her trademark imagery, Camp elicits readers to participate in a journey that will leave readers clamoring for more.

This character is remarkable in that she does not give up or surrender when she is faced with intermittent problem. Thea Bainbridge is stubborn, in that she fights for what she believes in. Even if she believes that the handsome duke, who stole a kiss from a shy girl ten years earlier, is a reprobate.

She does not mince words, is not guiles and is clueless to flirting or playing the game of the upper crust. What she has is undaunted spirit and courage that makes readers cheer for this wonderful character. Gabriel Morecombe is everything a romance junkie wants in their hero. Gabriel is handsome, arrogant, strong, opinionated, stern crass and extremely mischievous. He is a perfect counter point to The Bainbridge stoic personality.

I rarely like to bed a woman more than once. A crashing bore, after the novelty is gone I love you so much that I'm drowning in it.

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I can't defend against it A little plot summary here: Evie 23 is the shyest of the four looking-for-a-husband wallflowers Annabelle, Lillian, Evie, Daisy and is about to inherit the gambling hall owned by her infamous but on-his-deathbed sickly father, Ivo Jenner Dreaming of You. But Evie's dastardly relatives want the inheritance for themselves, and have been doing everything in their power even keeping her locked up to keep her under their thumb and away from her father.

They have plans to marry her off to her corpulent and repulsive cousin just so they can keep the money 'in the family'. Evie is desperate to break free from her abusive relatives, and figures if she marries a man who is powerful yet in dire need of her money, she would stand a chance. That's when she thinks of Lord St. Vincent--he's so desperate for money his father has squandered their fortune that he may agree to marry her. She doesn't care about his reputation as a skirt chaser she wants nothing to do with him once they're married --she just needs his protection from her greedy relatives.

So she propositions him, he accepts, and then we the reader get to see whether this will be a marriage of convenience only , or maybe something will happen Some of my favorite moments in the book: Vincent to agree to a 3 month period of celibacy--how did she ever manage that? Vincent practically vibrated like a tuning fork. I want to spend every day with you. I want to watch you shave in the morning. I want to drink champagne and dance with you. I want to mend the holes in your stockings. I want to share a bed with you every night, and to have your children. The writing, the plot, the little tidbits and factoids about s England the food, the dress, etc.

What makes me sad is that there's only two more to go.: This one rates another 5 big stars!


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View all 89 comments. It's my favorite book of the series! Evie and Sebastian's story was even better than I expected and I expected a lot. From beginning to end it captivated me. The plot was entertaining. The hero and heroine charming and their love epic! My father is too ill and weak to help me, and I will not be a burden to my friends. I believe they would offer to harbor me, but even then I would always have to be on guard, fearing that my relations would manage to steal me away and force me to do their will.

An unmarried woman has little recourse, socially or legally. I need a h-husband. You need a rich wife. And we are both equally desperate, which leads me to believe that you will agree to my pr-proposition. If so, then I should like to leave for Gretna Green tonight. My God he was perfect. He was a sexy, charming, dirty talking beast. OMG the things he would say Damn but he could melt the panties off a nun! Sebastian wasn't just a sexy rake there was so much depth to him. I loved how protective, possessive, and caring he was with Evie. He tried to act like he was a villain that didn't care for nothing but his actions always showed what a great guy he was.

Evie was a perfect match for Sebastian. I loved the growth she goes through in this book. A super shy, stuttering wallflower at the start Evie really comes into her own. Evie discovering her self worth and being brave enough to love Sebastian was a wonderful thing to read. Sebastian and Evie's love story was a beautiful one. It's one of those stories that sticks with you long after you have finished the book. There was such a strong connection between them.

Watching them both slowing lower their walls, and start to love and respect each other. I loved the way Sebastian supported his wife and took care of her. Even from the start he set out to make her feel special and protected her. And I loved how Evie made him work for it. She didn't just fall into bed with the sexy rake. She let him know she wasn't just going to be one of his many bed partners.

I want to give you more pleasure than you can bear. I want to make love to you, Evie, as I have never done with anyone before. I loved how all the women stand by one another. The way the other women came through for Evie even thought they didn't like her husband. I also loved how Westcliff and Sebastian started to rebuild their friendship. You know after Sebastian kidnapped Westcliff's wife. Pff water under the bridge lol.

I enjoyed this book so much I think I have a touch of book hangover. I am on to Daisy's book and though I'm sure I will enjoy it I think this book will go down as my favorite of the series! He lowered her to the bed, his eyes sparkling wickedly. View all 63 comments. Lovers of historical romance, Lovers of reformed heroes. Sebastian is one of the sexiest heroes ever written. Gosh the man just makes me melt. Out of all the Wallflowers, Evie is my favorite, hands-down.

I thought she was an interesting character and I wanted to know more about her, although she didn't seem to say much. But what she did and didn't say sparked my curiosity about her. I knew I was eager to read her book. I was overjoyed that Ms. Kleypas paired her with Sebastian. I saw a possibility there between them, don't ask me why. Literally, I sai Sebastian is one of the sexiest heroes ever written. Literally, I said, "Yes! I loved how at first Sebastian kind of didn't see Evangeline, but when he saw her, he really saw her. He is the most considerate, divine husband for such a former rake.

He is crazy about Evie and can't seem to keep his hands off of her. He sees to her every need and is very honest about his shortcomings. I was glad that Evangeline didn't just give herself away lightly to Sebastian. She treated herself with worth and that was what Sebastian needed from a woman, for a rake who could have any women he wanted except for Lillian, a lesson he learned well in Autumn. This book has a very wonderful transition in character. Sebastian doesn't all of a sudden become a golden boy. He'll always be acerbic, and devious. But he puts those traits to excellent use.

I believe that he had the ability to be a decent person deep inside, but he just needed purpose. Vincent found that purpose in marrying Evie and taking over her father's gambling establishment. And it was great to see that incredible mind of his, and his energy, and creativeness go to work. His keen eye sees the opportunities in things, and good comes of it. One of the reason that Lisa Kleypas is one of my favorite authors is the way that she can write such wonderful heroes. They are not just dukes and earls, and even if they are peers, they still have an industrious core and the desire to be about something.

They have depth and integrity and a core of strength that I find very attractive. Another reason is her divine touch with romance. This woman understands the power of a love story. Both traits of hers are clearly evident in this story. We also see Evie grow and become more self-confident. She went from being the shy type with a stutter although she had to have a lion-heart to approach the worst rake in London and proposition him into marriage.

We see how she has supported her friends and been there when they needed her.

It's great to see her get something for herself and be cared for in return. Evie sees something in St. Vincent, and isn't afraid to work toward bringing that out. Watching this relationship unfold between these two very unlikely people was a divine pleasure for me. If there was any shortcoming with this book, I wish it had more love scenes the passion is fiery between Evie and St. Vincent, I wanted more of those scenes , but otherwise this is a wonderful book and my favorite in the series. Evie [image error] St.

View all 53 comments. Sep 02, Jana rated it it was amazing Shelves: Have a nice d ''How is Sebastian St. Have a nice day sweets, I love you very much, don't forget to eat your lunch. View all 8 comments. Why have I not read more historical romance? Because if they're anything like this book?

A beautiful wallflower in a desperate situation, willing to make a deal with the devil. This book was absolute perfection. The narrator was fantastic with doing various accents and intonations, which 5 Stars AUDIO book review Sometimes the fractures in two separate souls become the very hinges that held them together. The narrator was fantastic with doing various accents and intonations, which I loved. My biggest complaint is when she did Sebastian's voice. She made him sound like some sort of pompous ass villain from an episode of Monty Python.

It did manage to kill the mood at times, admittedly. However, I adored this story so much that I couldn't even be bothered to mind that. I loved everything about it. Watching Sebastian slowly and unwillingly fall for the beautiful Evie. Watching Evie slowly grow into her own and become a strong and completely endearing heroine. I'm going back and reading yes reading. I don't think I can handle another pompous ass voiced hero LOL every other book in this series and the spin-off because I need Cam's book.

If you haven't read many historicals like me and want to dip your toes in the genre, you really can't go wrong with this one. A beautiful, touching and wonderfully written romance that will stay with me for a long time! View all 50 comments. Oct 01, Bgurl don't h8 me cuz I'm honestful rated it really liked it Shelves: Like Sebastian, Lord St. Vincent in Lisa Kleypas' Devil in Winter. He thought there was nothing new to experience. That never happened before. He experienced the longest, hardest climax of his life… memories of other women were banished permanently from his mind… there was only Evie, her playful fingers and frolicsome mouth causing him an agony of pleasure like nothing he ever felt before.

View all 28 comments. Mar 08, Kinga rated it it was ok. Why does everyone love this book? At least finally we have a genuine rake here — meaning a total selfish, overbearing asshole. He is a rake alright. He is also a rake in need of money. And then we have a shy, stuttering, abused heroine who has grown up in a family that can be described as dysfunctional. In a way it all makes sense, she would gravitate towards overbearing assholes, while he enjoys being one AND getting praise for being a little better than her fucked-up family. S Colour me baffled. She would share her inheritance if he promises to marry her and take her out of her messed-up domestic situation.

So far, so good. Honestly, fuck knows, The book hardly makes it clear. I think I just threw up a little in my mouth. Please spare me this virginal nonsense, I beg you. So he whored around for the better part of his life but now he wants to settle down with an innocent flower. He never knew love because how could he love those slutty women he banged. They were spoilt goods. But there is his virgin and he is gonna love her the best he knows how, meaning, by being a controlling, overbearing asshole. Because there are men out there who take a rich heiress, drug her, try to rape her and force her to marry them.

View all 14 comments. Sometimes the fractures in two separate souls became the very hinges that held them together. This is the story of Evie the wallflower, cursed with a stutter she has spent much of her life on the side. Once her home situation becomes life threateni 4 stars! Once her home situation becomes life threatening she approaches Sebastian St. Vincent with a proposition: Vincent needs money and Evie needs a way out and the two run off in the night and elope.

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So they make a deal, if he can go celibate for three months, Evie will succumb to him. Basically more character development between the two main characters. I can tell Kleypas did her homework and I found the setting just as interesting as the plot. I was able to read this without having read the first two books and while there were moments were it took me a moment to put everything together this book can be read as a standalone. I am definitely intrigued by the other characters and want to check out their stories asap!

Dec 06, Jennifer rated it it was amazing Shelves: My love is upon you. Sometimes the fractures in two separate souls become the very hinges that held them together. Vincent is not a good man. He is a man whore. He is a spoiled rich boy. His is penniless and must marry for money. After this attempt fails, Evie realizes that Lord St. Vincent is as desperate as she. Thus begins the Devil in Winter. He looked like a fallen angel, replete with all the dangerous male beauty that Lucifer could devise.

Sebastian has a dirty mouth, and I love it. He is sex on a stick. I just want to run my face up his body and purrrrrrr. He broods and smirks at the same time swoon!


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Everything he says is sarcastic and hilarious oops! My panties just fell off! Evangeline Jenner Evie has been physically abused by her Aunt and Uncle since she was a little girl. She stutters and is considered a wallflower. Her father is a gambling club owner and is dying, but her Aunt and Uncle refuse her wishes to see him. Ever since she was promised to her cousin for marriage, she is desperate to get away from her abusers and will do anything necessary to see her father before he dies, including asking Lord St.

Vincent to marry her. Evie is a fabulous heroine. She is shy but also strong and intelligent. She has had to depend on herself her whole life. I love that she is the one to make the marriage proposition to Sebastian, knowing that it would only be a marriage of convenience. She does what she has to do in order to survive.

Because they are traveling from London, it is a long trip. This trip is very significant because Ms. Kleypas quickly shows us a side of Sebastian that we had not seen in the previous book, a softer side while still keeping his callous, sarcastic side. The rest of the book takes place in the gambling club in the streets of London. This book is much like Jane Eyre which is my favorite story of all time. It has a darkness to it, and when you are least expecting it, a ray of light shines through.

It shines through the characters as they grow and learn and love. As high as the fire in me burns, Evie, I will stoke it in you. I want to fill every part of you…breathe the air from your lungs…leave my handprints on your soul. My prize…my pleasure and pain…my endless desire. If you are looking for epic love, this is the book to read!!!! View all 33 comments.

Sep 29, Jill rated it liked it Shelves: This was a re-read for me, having first read it when it came out in , it was a little different this time around. The Devil in Winter is amazingly popular. It has been often voted as readers' most popular romance novel. And its hero, Sebastian, Lord St Vincent readers' favourite romance hero. Its popularity, I think, is due almost entirely to its hero, Sebastian, and the pairing with th 3. Its popularity, I think, is due almost entirely to its hero, Sebastian, and the pairing with the shy, stuttering wallflower, Miss Evangeline Jenner.

I hadn't planned on reviewing, but felt I needed to explain my rating to all my friends who love this book. I won't rehash the plot. There were some minor issues I had regarding plotpoints, lack of characterisation, etc but nothing major. My main problems with The Devil in Winter were that it wasn't quite as wonderful as I remembered, mainly due to my disappointment that St Vincent wasn't really the villainous hero I'd thought, the sometimes flowery writing, and the lack of remorse and apology from the hero to Lillian.

More Boy than Bad Ah, no When I'm told all sorts of deliciously bad things about him, I expect to see the evidence. Except for the incident in the previous book, I never saw anything that would really make me believe that this guy was dangerous. There was a lot of talk about how very bad he is, but very little action. He did say a few things to Evie that were But I'd thought of him as an unrepentant, tormented, whoring predator.

Instead, I found St Vincent just adorably naughty and boyishly charming. Touted as a golden, fallen angel, he was more angel than fallen. And for an ice-cold, cynical reprobate who supposedly did unspeakable things, he folded pretty quickly. Evie basically had him whipped soon after the nuptials. For a man who ate virgins St Vincent is actually a delightful hero, but just not the dark, untamed antihero I'd remembered and expected. Purple Prose Here are some examples, mainly from the love scenes, that had me raising my eyebrows. This light shade of purple just isn't for me. Sebastian gave himself up to the squeezing, enticing, pulsing flesh, letting her pull the ecstasy from him in great voluptuous surges.

That whole scene didn't come across to me as Jax Teller-bad, so much as incredibly stupid, immature and selfish.

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What I wanted from St Vincent here in this book though, was a genuine, heartfelt, remorseful apology to Lillian for his behaviour. Well, he did give an apology of sorts. I liked The Devil in Winter, but didn't love it. Maybe I've read too many historical romances since this was released, but there was nothing new here.

I did like the pairing of Sebastian and Evie; and St Vincent was charming, but for me, not outstanding. And I honestly never noticed before the purple descriptors that Lisa Kleypas uses, especially in her love scenes. I intend re-reading her The Hathaways series and the Travises. I'm kind of interested to see if it truly is me, and for some reason I've moved on from Ms Kleypas's writing.

Or, if it's simply this series that hasn't wowed me. With an average rating of 4. View all comments. Devil in Winter is, no surprise here, another winner in Lisa Kleypas' Wallflower series. In my opinion, this story was a deeper, slightly darker installment as we watch Evie escape the clutches of her horrid aunt and uncle, and take the necessary steps to remain free of them. It was a pleasure watching her overcome her shyness and learn to stand up for herself and fight for what she wants - to be with her father who is dying of consumption and to ease him through his final days.

Kleypas wrote Devil in Winter is, no surprise here, another winner in Lisa Kleypas' Wallflower series. Kleypas wrote these moments with such tenderness, it was impossible not to shed tears right along with Evie. We also see Sebastian, Lord St. Vincent - yes, the Lord St. Vincent, villain extraordinaire from It Happened One Autumn - as he struggles to hold his defenses against the woman who has, despite his best efforts, found her way into his heart.

What had started out as a marriage of convenience became oh, so much more. Watching the transformation from the man he was, to the man he became is both heartbreaking and heartwarming. I loved how he cared for Evie, stumbling and fumbling his way through understanding these new, frightening emotions and learning how to act on them. For me, the true joy in this novel came as the self-deprecating St. Vincent and the timid wallflower, Evie, cast off their pasts and took a chance for a future filled with light, love and happiness ever after.

View all 36 comments. Everything has already been said about this top favourite, and there are already tons of great reviews here on Goodreads covering both ends of the scale, so I won't go into storyline details, but as you can see by my rating, I happily fall in the category of readers who have utterly loved Devil in Winter. The "marriage of convenience", the "opposites attract" and the "reformed rake" tropes are probably as old as the genre itself and have been done innumerable times before, though rarely as engagi Everything has already been said about this top favourite, and there are already tons of great reviews here on Goodreads covering both ends of the scale, so I won't go into storyline details, but as you can see by my rating, I happily fall in the category of readers who have utterly loved Devil in Winter.

The "marriage of convenience", the "opposites attract" and the "reformed rake" tropes are probably as old as the genre itself and have been done innumerable times before, though rarely as engagingly as I've found here. The storyline is nothing new and, frankly, the suspense sub-plot is not particularly well-structured, but the characterisations of the leads, the chemistry and the romance—oh, perfection!