Book Review

by Lisa Kleypas

Genre: Contemporary Romance, General Contemporary Romance
Sensuality: HOT

RT Rating

Kleypas' strongly emotional story presents an inside look at what can happen when love turns out to be the desire for complete control. The heroine's struggle to become her own person and accept that what happened to her is not her fault is well done. A few scenes may be disturbing for some readers.

Haven Travis' chance encounter with and subsequent kiss from Hardy Cates in the wine cellar at her brother's wedding isn't enough to derail her plans to marry Nick. Her marriage, however, is far from what she imagined. Nick changes from a loving husband to a complete narcissist, and his rape of her and the physical abuse that follows finally convince her to leave him.

Returning home is hard, especially since only her brother and his wife know of her abuse. Hardy knows something
is wrong and is determined to find out what and protect Haven -- and Nick's return just may give him his chance. (St. Martin's, Mar., 384 pp., $19.95)

Reviewed By: Susan Mobley

Publisher: St. Martin's

Published: March 2008

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4.5 Stars

Average Rating: 4.5 Stars
(1 ratings)

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Blue-Eyed Devil

Submitted by Robin in PA on January 23, 2011 - 12:35pm.

After marrying a man her family didn't approve of, Haven Travis is determined to make her marriage work. But it soon turns into an abusive relationship and Haven is lucky to escape with her life. Haven moves back to her Houston and begins to heal with the help of her family and therapy. Hardy Cates is a self-made millionaire from the wrong side of the tracks. He is also an enemy of the Travis family. When Hardy and Haven meet, sparks fly, but Haven is determined to stay out of a relationship and guard her heart.

Wow, I loved this book. Haven's abusive marriage was very believable. Her husband works on her self-confidence, breaking it down to make her believe that she is responsible for all of their marriage woes. Hardy is the perfect man for her. He is the type who doesn't take "no" for an answer, but he understands Haven and knows that she needs to make her own decisions about their relationship. My rating: 5 Stars.