5 Stars I have been in love with Hardy Cates since I first met him way back in 2007 when I first read Sugar Daddy The teenage girl that now occupies this old ladies body still swoons a little bit every time I even think about Hardy Cates as a teenager Where were the boys like Hardy back when I actually was a teenager Even when Hardy does something a little wrong, I can forgive him When this book came out in 2008, I drove to my local Borders and grabbed a copy just as soon as they opened for the day I loved it then and I still love it today Just be aware that this review is not unbiased because it is nearly impossible to be unbiased when you are in love Haven first meets Hardy at her brother Gage s wedding when she slips into the wine cellar Haven thinks she has found her boyfriend, Nick, and things heat up really quickly Once she realizes her mistake, they both move on with their lives Haven knows that Nick is her future and she is willing to do whatever it takes to be with himeven if it means she is cut off financially from her wealthy father The lack of money doesn t bother Haven as she tries to be a good wife to Nick Nick becomes increasingly resentful and angry Nothing Haven does is good enough for Nick He doesn t care what Haven wants or what she thinks because the only thing that matters to him is himself Haven eventually leaves Nick after he becomes abusive She starts a new life with the help of her family She starts working at a property management office for her brother, Jack She soon crosses paths with Hardy once again Her family warns her against Hardy but she takes a chance anyway.
I was just as moved by Kleypas s description of the abuse that Haven endured as I was the first time I read the book I think that she did a remarkable job of demonstrating how out of control Nick had become I was frightened for Haven and wanted to take her away and protect her just like her brothers wanted to Haven is strong She asks for help when she knows that she needs it and then works to change the things in her life that she can change Would I love Hardy as much as I do if I hadn t already read the first book in this series I don t know and it is really hard to guess because I was already in love with him before this book started Hardy listened to Haven and tried to be what she needed The chemistry between Haven and Hardy is phenomenal I am still trying to figure out how Haven ever pulled herself out of the wine cellar at the very beginning of the book I like Haven and Hardy as a couple.
I listened to the audiobook on this read through and I have to admit I had a hard time with the narration at the beginning of the story I kept listening and starting liking the narration and and by the end of the book I didn t notice the narrator any because all I could think about was the story I got lost in the story which is exactly what I look for in an audiobook.
I would highly recommend this book to others I would suggest that readers start with the first book in the series, Sugar Daddy, because it really gives a lot of background, not to mention it is an excellent book I am planning to re read the next book in this series very soon and can t wait to get my hands on a new book by Lisa Kleypas.
5 stars Contemporary RomanceI wanted to read Blue Eyed Devil because Hardy Cates seemed like such a sexy and magnetic bad boy character I mainly read Sugar Daddy in order to have the necessary background on him to read this, so color me surprised that I wound up not liking this as much as Sugar Daddy Don t get me wrong, Hardy Cates is everything I thought he would be and then some, but to me, this book is seriously inhibited by not having his point of view It s told strictly from the first person point of view of heroine Haven Travis, and she s just no Liberty Jones folks I thought this was Hardy s story I mean the title refers to him after all , but it s actually Haven s, and I just couldn t get over being somewhat disappointed about that.
I empathized with Haven s painful ordeal she endures domestic violence by her narcissistic husband, including a brutal rape thank you Tammy and Kim for the warning , and I was moved by her struggle to survive the aftermath and to build a new life for herself I just couldn t relate to her, and the first part of the book was difficult for me to get through When Hardy finally enters the picture and the sparks fly between him and Haven, that s when things get interesting Hardy is the ultimate bad boy hero and impossible to encapsulate he s sexy as sin, devilishly charming, crude, arrogant, self built and self reliant, bold, flirtatious, and volatile He s so complex, and unfortunately without having his point of view, we never get enough insight into his thoughts, emotions, motives, and struggles and are left to wonder what s really lurking behind his haunting blue eyes Also, the story ended way too abruptly for me and when things were finally coming together, felt rushed and left me wanting of Hardy and Haven, especially Hardy When reading about Hardy, I couldn t help but daydream and do some imaginary casting I kept picturing actor Josh Lucas from the movie Sweet Home Alabama or actor Josh Holloway, Sawyer from LOST, because both of them have the cocky swagger and sexy blue eyes.
Overall, Blue Eyed Devil is a great read and saved by Lisa Kleypas s masterful writing I just can t help being a little disappointed because it had the potential to be even better with a beguiling character like Hardy Cates, but just doesn t fully deliver without giving us his side of the story We are left to ponder too much and he remains an elusive mystery, which is just a shame because damn, the boy is smoking H O T Even so, it s a terrific story, and I can t seem to rate it less than 5 stars Revised after finishing the series and completing a reread After reading so many contemporary romances, this is still a favorite keeper and definitely worth a 5 rating MEET THE BLUE EYED DEVIL 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 MindET THE HEIRESS She S Haven Travis 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 THE SPARKS FLYFilled 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 This is only my second book by Lisa Kleypas but I am here to say that I am really enjoying her books and I ll be reading many I m finding her writing to be so genuine I don t always end up loving stories that are told in the first person s point of view but LK gives such a strong delivery and her stories are enticing and engaging Blue Eyed Devil was a bit of a surprise to me I was preparing myself for all things Hardy Cates and yes I got that, but it was as much a story about Haven Travis too When these two meet it was electrifying to say the least It was within the first 5% of the book that I fell in love with Hardy Well if I have to be honest I fell in love with the guy in Sugar Daddy He is sexy, sweet, a tad alpha and incredibly hot He wasn t an open book and I loved that He brought the unexpected to the story I wasn t certain what to expect from Haven Instantly I got this strong vibe from her She was sassy, independent and beautiful She was a Travis so there were certain things you assumed about her This was something that she worked hard at keeping in check Haven worked hard at being independent and importantly independent of what her family represents It isn t that she doesn t love them She does But her relationships with her mom and her dad were lacking of some the most fundamental things when it comes to parents And when the life she had chosen begins to crumble and her marriage had became a dark place to be she found herself a completely broken person It took every last thread of strength that Haven had within her to reach out to her family Gage was always the one she could turn to when she was growing up He would be that person yet again Gage and Liberty offered her that abiding love And her brother Jack was so sweet too But the one who breathed life back into her was Hardy I absolutely loved Hardy and Haven together There were so many sweet and tender moments Their chemistry starts off strong, then lulls, then comes back full force Hardy became Haven s rock but I have to say Haven gave as good as she got Hardy leaned on her for strength too The Travis Family Series is pretty fantastic I ve already started Smooth Talking Stranger and I am enjoying it as well If you haven t read anything by Lisa Kleypas give this series a try You will not be disappointed.
I m on the fence with this one, and I don t know what to do with my rating I m leaving at 2, because while the first part did a very good job at portraying home life abuse, I wanted to slap the men often than not and the romance didn t work for me That s going to be long, and it might involve a lot of cursing Sorry about that.
This book starts like a cheesy tale Haven Travis, spoiled daughter of a Texan millionaire, marries the guy she loves than anything, against the will of her powerful father I know what you think, because I thought it too How could this story start clich and cheesy I trusted Lisa Kleypas I was right, to a certain extend Why Because these days, when people tend to mistake a fucking controlling bastard for a protective guy, I want to throw this books into all my friends hands because that s one of the best portray of marital abuse I read in a contemporary romance The first part of this book drove me mad sick, even I was so pissed pissed as I WANT TO PUNCH THE FUCKING WALL And the worst do you want to know what the worst is That s the fact I could almost UNDERSTAND why Haven could let her husband abuse her like this No, that s not right, I rephrase I could see how her mind was leading her this way, to fucking PLEASE him, the sick asshole.
Yes, girls Someone who wants to control you or hit you will say that s it s YOUR fucking fault Because you re not beautiful enough Careful enough Skilled enough There s a scene where he loses his shit because she didn t fucking IRONED her shirt well Fortunately I have never experienced such awful relationship myself, but someone I care about had, and let me tell you, all starts with nothing An event so unimportant you don t even realize that you have accepted something you didn t want too You want to be loved but control isn t love That s the OPPOSITE of it Apart from that Why, wonderful story of lust between Haven and Hardy Cates after her divorce As for big strong guy me want you, honey Come in my cavern and I will protect and feed you Okay, so as you guessed, I wasn t a fan of the romance between them because surprise THAT S NOT A ROMANCE THAT S SEXUAL TENSION UNDERLINED WITH SAVIOR COMPLEX.
Oh, and casual sexism Hardy, Hardy, Hardy How could you disappoint me like this I m not gonna lie, I read this book for him Why Because I fell for his youngself in the beginning of Sugar Daddy, literally stopped reading it to discover his story while here, without being a bad guy, he failed to move me and made me cringe because SEXISM EVERYWHERE, INSTALUST, NEVER LOVE Seriously, sometimes I feel like I m an alien somehow, because I just can t take how men s behavior is portrayed I mean, if I were a man, especially a Texan, I would be fucking pissed to see how sexist I m shown I MEAN GUYS ARE THEY REALLY LIKE THAT JUST TELL ME I m starting to wondering but it must be freaking stereotypes, right RIGHT That s a shame because I love reading about love stories setting in different places and I consider myself as open minded, but sometimes it seems that all that is throwing at me are stereotypes That s so exhausting I m well aware that stereotypes about men s behavior are everywhere, damn, I m living in a country where men are supposed to be all players and romantic Please.
I guess I m pissed on men s behalf here And on Texan s behalf too Because do you realize what 90% of my fellows know about Texas 1 Walter fucking ranger and his commando2 Men are sexists and old fashioned3 Georges BushYIKES I m sure there s to know about Texas, no Because sentences like thatYes you are brave Most women would be in hysterics by now.
OH HELL She was about to drown in an elevator for Pete s sake Sorry to disappoint you, but most of men would be pretty hysterics too Well, sentences like that piss me off Of course he has his moments a certain gift was adorable and I don t hate him, far from it, but for me that seemed too similar to a New Adult book the woman just lived hell and needs a big, strong, former manwhore man to save her Hell no Actually, Haven tries to stand for herself during the whole book, to emancipate from all the male figures who try to control her her husband , to disrespect her personal boundaries her brothers of course, in order to help her, but still and she falls in love with a guy like Hardy Oh, give the girl a break If their love story had been an actual love story, if they had done things together, learnt to know each other, I might have overtaken the full Texan mode but as it was, aka lust lust lust luuuuuust only I couldn t.
There s only so muchOh My I want sex sex sex with HardyI can take.
Now, I didn t like Barrons you know, so maybe you won t agree with me For of my reviews, please visit Posted at Under the CoversHer name is Haven But it s her last name that gets her noticed Being the only girl in a family of men can be tough sometimes With three overprotective brothers plus a meddling father, Haven has a difficult time finding a guy who can stand up to her family name, let alone her family Haven falls in love quickly with a man who she thinks she knows But, in the end, being married to Nick isn t what she thought it would be Blue Eyed Devilmade me bawl like a baby I m not ashamed to admit it because it was such a rollercoaster ride The events of this book shocked me and I couldn t help but sympathize and go through various emotions It was this part that seriously broke my heart His arms closed around me tentatively, unlike his usual firm grip, and I realized he was trying to keep from hurting me I felt the trembling beneath his stillness.
Overwhelmed with relief I laid my good cheek on his shoulder Gage, I whispered Love you than anybody He had to clear his throat before he could speak Love you too, baby girl Haven was an amazing character I loved her strength and courage throughout this entire book Writing her character must have been difficult Kleypas had to make her vulnerable and show her fear without making her become a spineless woman In the end, I thought Haven still possessed that fire she had before she was with Nick and perhaps even so when she was with Hardy.
Hardy Cates is pure, undiluted lust He s just so masculine and sexually potent, it was no wonder Haven pounced on him when she got the chance I don t blame her I liked that Kleypas kept his hell rising personality She s good in that she doesn t suddenly change a character s personality now that he s the hero of the book Hardy is ambitious and he would do anything in his power to achieve what he wants, even it means selling people out Kleypas didn t erase his determination in this book and I m glad for it In fact, I think it made Hardy even appealing, sexy if that was even possible The fact that he was so keen on having Haven, no questions asked, was a turn on Is it just me or does anyone else think that Kleypas writes the best heroes I m not sure if it s the change in genre or if it s the hero s personality, but I find the sex scenes in her contemporary series a lot hotter than in her historical romance novels My palms got sweaty a couple of times while reading this A few friends have mentioned their everlasting love for this book, being one of their all time favourites and I think thatBlue Eyed Devil will be one of those books on my keeper shelf that will be bent and ripped from so many rereads It was that good I always fall in love with Kleypas books and this one was no exception.
Blue Eyed Devil would have earned a solid 5 star rating from me if it had been written from Hardy Cate s point of view Don t get me wrong I liked Haven Travis I sympathized with her during the abuse scenes with her narcissistic, whack job of a husband But Haven was not the sort of person I could see myself becoming friends with In spite of all the horrible things that happened to her and the way she started to turn her life around, her character still smacked of the poor little rich girl cliche This chick had serious issues and needed than a few months of therapy I couldn t help thinking that her relationship with Hardy felt like a rebound than happily ever after The intensity and emotions packed into this book hit a little close to home and left me in tears at one point Be forewarned that a rape takes place in this book thanks Kim for telling me in advance I have worked closely with DV and rape victims Kleypas seems to understand these issues almost too well and the feelings thoughts associated with them She is definitely the queen of evoking emotions Great opening scene between Hardy and Haven tho Loved it Funny dialogue and a risque situation that most girls dream of being caught in Or maybe it s just me I only wish the next chapter had carried on this light hearted romantic theme.
I ve said it before and I ll say it again Hardy Cates is Kleypas s contemporary romance version of St Vincent Devil in Winter Hardy does something absolutely rotten at the end of Sugar Daddy, but he manages to redeem himself in Blue Eyed Devil He is an uber bad boy all the way and VERY HOT I would have given anything to hop into this man s head So in essence, the first person voice ruined this book for me Now if only Lisa Kleypas would pull a Stephenie Meyer and re write this book from the hero s perspective 4 starsI no longer believed in the idea of soul mates, or love at first sight But I was beginning to believe that a very few times in your life, if you were lucky, you might meet someone who was exactly right for you Not because he was perfect, or because you were, but because your combined flaws were arranged in a way that allowed two separate beings to hinge togetherBlue Eyed Devil is the story of Haven, a young woman from a very wealthy oil family Coming out of a bad marriage Haven has attracted the attention of Hardy, a rival of the family But there may be to Hardy than meets the eye, but Haven isn t sure if she s ready to handle a man like him.
It s funny because everyone told me after I read Sugar Daddy that I would love this book and well I didn t Don t get me wrong it was fantastic, but it s almost like how everyone else LOVES Devil in Winter and while I enjoyed that one too, it doesn t live up to the hype Maybe it s just me and my picky ass reading tastes This book was very rushed at the end and everything just fell together with minimal conflict even tho there was a crapton of buildup to it.
What I loved was Haven as a heroine Beat down she had a hard time of it, but she overcame and did her best to live her life on her own terms I love Kleypas writing style which makes it so effortless to fall into her world and read about her characters And I even really enjoyed the sex scenes, normally I skip those in my romances I can see why others loved this book and I really liked it, hence 4 starsOne of the blessings human beings take for granted is the ability to remember pain without re feeling it The pain of the physical wounds is long gone and the other kind of hurt, the damage done to our spirits, has been healed We are careful with those scarred places in each otherFollow me on Facebook Blog Instagram Twitter
Haven, you know I m right Let s talk about this If you don t want to have sex, I don t want to talk about our feelings He scrubbed his hand through his hair, looking confused Well, that s for damn sure the first time a woman s ever said that to me I don t take rejection well, I muttered It s not rejection, it s a postponement And if Jack Daniel s makes you this ornery, I m never pouring you another shot It has nothing to do with the whiskey I m this ornery all on my own Hardy, I said tentatively, would you indulge me a little A smile touched his mouth He reached out and pulled the sides of the shirt closed, an used the backs of his fingers to stroke my cheek A little, he said, or a lot Just tell me what you wantAfter reading Brown Eyed Girl, I feel I should be doing a reread of Blue Eyed Devil.
Will be editing my review.
I ve been in a massive book hangover this week and I couldn t read anything new Fortunately, this book got me out of my slump Hardy Cates He s everything that a bad boy hero should be He s gorgeous, rich, charming with enough vulnerability to make you fall in love with his character He s strong and heroic and there s no doubt to his love and devotion for Haven Haven Travis Despite growing up rich and privileged, Haven s life is far from perfect She made a really bad decision of marrying Nick who ended up abusing her physically and emotionally My heart went out to her I was kind of mad at her father for being so overbearing towards her I honestly didn t feel that he loves her at all Her dad had time and love for Liberty and Carrington than Haven and that really upset me because she tried so hard to become the daughter he wants I loved how her character evolved from being a frightened young woman to become a force in her own right I loved all the side characters Gage, Liberty, Jack, Joeand Todd Ms Kleypas writing is stellar as always I mean, apart from not having Hardy s POV, this book is perfect Loved it.