Devil in Disguise
New York Times bestseller Lisa Kleypas returns with an enthralling and steamy 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 beauty who runs a 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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
This searing romance is as smooth and smoky as a fine scotch whiskey. In 1880s London, the fiercely independent Lady Merritt Sterling is running her late husband’s shipping business when she meets whiskey distiller Keir MacRae. The hotheaded but very attractive Scotsman and the smart, noble widow are instantly attracted to each other—but before their love has a chance to grow, Keir is brutally attacked. As always in Lisa Kleypas’ long-running Ravenels series, her lovingly crafted characters and vivid storytelling transport us to Victorian England. This time, she takes us to the cobblestone streets and rowdy crowds of South London’s docks. Even with the added attraction of a dark murder-mystery plot, this irresistible romance is sweet and satisfying. We can’t wait to read more of the series!
Kleypas continues her winning streak with a thoroughly engrossing crossover between her Regency Wallflowers series and Victorian Ravenels novels. Three years after Lady Merritt Sterling's husband's death left her in charge of his shipping firm, a costly accident brings the bold, magnetic businesswoman eldest daughter of an American heiress and the Earl of Westcliff into close contact with client Keir MacRae, a strikingly handsome, rough-hewn whisky distiller. Both are surprised to find themselves so strongly and immediately drawn to someone so different. Merritt is far above Keir's touch, and Keir, from the remote Scottish island of Islay, dislikes city life and English society. Complicating their budding relationship are a series of increasingly dangerous calamities, from broken casks, to a stabbing, to a warehouse "blown to smithereens" all pieces of a deadly mystery to which a popular member of the Wallflowers family holds the key. Social differences notwithstanding, Merritt and Keir are kindred spirits: practical, grounded, and kind, they grew up well loved and loving. But losing her husband after less than two years of marriage and, pivotally, not being able to have his children broke Merritt's heart. That issue's clich d resolution is an unfortunate blemish in an otherwise delightful tale. Still, fans of both series are sure to rejoice in the tender love story.