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Blue-eyed Devil [Anglais] [Broché]

Lisa Kleypas
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  • Broché: 352 pages
  • Editeur : Piatkus Books (6 mars 2008)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0749938765
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749938765
  • Dimensions du produit: 15,3 x 23,4 cm
  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 3.7 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (3 commentaires client)
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Lisa Kleypas est une écrivaine de romans d'amour américaine née en 1964. Elle commence à écrire ses propres romans pendant les vacances d'été entre ses études de sciences politiques et publie son premier roman à l'âge de 21 ans. En octobre 1998, la maison de Lisa Kleypas au Texas est inondée après des pluies torrentielles. Elle et sa famille ont tout perdu. Après l'inondation, elle achète un roman d'amour pour oublier le stress. C'est le déclic pour Lisa Kleypas, elle décide dès lors de se spécialiser dans le genre. Ses livres se placent régulièrement en tête des classements de livres à succès, se vendent à des millions d'exemplaires à travers le monde et sont traduits dans quatorze langues différentes. Lisa Kleypas réside toujours au Texas avec son mari et ses deux enfants.

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 I liked it! 27 novembre 2011
Format:Poche
Like some, I was a bit thrown off by the narration in the first person but you get used to it very fast so it doesn't take away from the story. I loved Hardy Cates and how the story moved along with Haven. I would recommend.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A devil of a book 8 mars 2011
Par Nathou VOIX VINE
Format:Poche|Achat vérifié
Par rapport à Sugar Daddy, Blue-Eyed Devil se rapproche plus du genre "historical romance" et s'attarde donc moins sur les détails de l'enfance de Haven Travis, la narratrice de ce second tome de la trilogie Travis. J'avais énormément aimé Sugar Daddy, car justement, je le trouvais différent de ce que Lisa Kleypas avait écrit jusque là, certes moins sulfureux mais malgré tout très attachant. Blue Eyed Devil n'est pas qu'une histoire d'amour cependant, et en cela il reste proche du premier opus de cette série. Le thème principale s'avère être la violence conjugale, et la douleur et les traumatismes engendrés par tant de souffrance. Non, ce n'est pas de la caricature, je pense vraiment que Lisa Kleypas a malheureusement dépeint quelque chose de très réel. La petite touche de 'romance' du livre, c'est Hardy Cates, l'ennemi juré des Travis autrefois amoureux de Liberty Cage, la narratrice de Sugar Daddy. Non, il n'est pas représenté de manière caricaturale, et une fois de plus Lisa Kleypas arrive à dépeindre un personnage avec tant d'humanité que l'on s'attache jusqu'à perdre haleine. Oui, le récit est à la première personne du singulier, mais je n'ai pas trouvé cela gênant du tout, juste différent des autres livres écrits par Kleypas, qui eux sont écrits à la troisième personne du singulier. Je n'ai mis que 4 étoiles à ce deuxième livre de la saga, car j'avoue que celui que j'ai préféré c'est bien Smooth Talking Stranger, car l'alchimie entre les personnages et le romatisme de certaines situations étaient plus parlantes, mais cela reste plus une opinion personnelle qu'un commentaire tranché et sans appel.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Bien mais tout de même une déception 2 avril 2008
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Je mets 3 étoiles au livre pour le distinguer de Sugar daddy car je trouve ce deuxième tome légèrement meilleur. Cependant je n'ai vraiment pas été transportée par l'histoire, le résumé avait l'air tellement alléchant, en plus je trouvais que Hardy était un personnage intéréssant dans le premier tome, au final il ne m'a pas laissé une grande impression.

J'ai préféré l'héroine de ce tome, Haven, à Liberty. J'ai trouvé son caractère beaucoup plus intéréssant et son histoire m'a plus intrigué. Maintenant je trouve que dans l'ensemble c'était un personnage un peu fade. Hardy est le héros type, je ne l'ai pas trouvé très intéréssant au final, j'espérais que son histoire serait meilleure.

Je trouve aussi que l'auteur est tombé dans la caricature pour pas mal de personnages, que ce soit pour les principaux ou pour les secondaires. Et puis ça fait une histoire bizarre au final si on réunit les deux tomes: Hardy qui était avec Liberty l'a laissé tombé, il revient des années plus tard et veut la récupérer mais cette dernière choisit de se marier avec Gage et là Hardy tombe amoureux de Haven, la soeur de Gage, bref restons en famille!

Ici aussi le récit à la première personne du singulier m'a un peu dérangé, la relation entre les héros n'est pas extraordinaire, sympathique mais j'ai trouvé qu'elle manquait un peu de punch, cependant je l'ai trouvé moins fade que celle de Liberty et Gage.

J'ai passé un bon moment à lire ce livre, mais je m'attendais vraiment à mieux et je regrette de l'avoir acheté en grand format, j'aurais du attendre la sortie en poche!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Kleypas does it again! 25 mars 2008
Par Sarah W - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Frankly, this review is a tad biased because I am an avid fan of Lisa Kleypas's writing. She can almost do no wrong in her books for me. Fortunately, Blue-Eyed Devil proves to be almost spot-on from start to finish.

Haven Travis has grown up within the lap of luxury in her wealthy Texas home. She has tried hard to make a life for herself outside of that ritzy existence, trying to prove herself as a woman and an individual. She has fallen in love with Nick, a man her father, Churchill, does not approve in the least. But love is often blind, and in this case, love is hiding a very dangerous heart.

Against her family's wishes, Haven marries Nick. That is when the horror truly begins. Nick lacks no compunction in bending Haven to his will. Early chapters in Blue-Eyed Devil focus on that abuse: verbal, emotional, and yes, some very hard to read scenes of physical abuse. Kleypas brings you into this situation, showing you the terror Haven faces as she tries not to set Nick off. Haven has courage and she makes it out. She is now determined to forge a new future for herself, and that is where, unknowingly, love knocks again. This time, in the form of the wealthy Hardy Cates.

Hardy may be the devil to the Travis family, but to Haven, he is everything wonderful, and dangerous, in a man. She fights her attraction to him and in the process learns many new things about herself, and about love's difficult path. The danger is not over yet for Haven; she has many painful demons to battle before her happily-ever-after can start.

Despite its title, Blue-Eyed Devil is truly the triumphant story of Haven. She is a wonderful character. She is forced to face several hard realities but she does it with determination, with strength, and with resolve. Her journey is not an easy one by any means. I think Kleypas truly created a character to admire in this book. Haven may have grown up in wealth, but wealth could not protect her from everything. It is only love, family, and her own resiliency that help her keep moving forward.

Hardy is sexy, he is a charmer, and a bit of a rogue. Just the man Haven needed but not to feel complete, not to feel like a woman again. She needed Hardy for his friendship, for the desire he rekindled in her, and for the sense of peace she finds with him. Their relationship is on the one hand pure struggle as there are a lot of obstacles to overcome. It just makes their ending that much sweeter, but also realistic. Don't be fooled, Kleypas does not gloss over Haven's emotional wellbeing. This is a character who is a fighter and she comes out on top.

Blue-Eyed Devil impressed me from page one to the very end. Yes, I am a Lisa Kleypas admirer, I readily admit that. Her writing always touches a chord with me. But don't take my word on it. Give Haven and Hardy a chance. Female empowerment and the importance of love are themes Kleypas explores with depth, humility, and passion.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Kleypas's second contemporary is just as stunning as the first 3 avril 2008
Par K. Hinton - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Haven Travis grew up in the shadow of her family's wealth and notoriety as old Texas money. Determined to prove that she wasn't the bourgeois beauty queen that people expected her to be, Haven attended Wellesley and fell in love with a boy named Nick from the wrong side of the tracks. When her father told her he would disown her if she chose to marry Nick, she was fine with it. Their love would keep them together. Haven and Nick elope to the Florida Keys and then begin their marriage, only it's nowhere near as idealistic as Haven had imagined. Before she realizes, Nick is berating her father for disowning her, Haven for her appearance and inability to iron his shirts properly, and when his verbal and emotional abuse turn physical, she knows she has to do something to get away--before she's stuck forever...

Hardy Cates is a Texas roughneck who has clawed his way to the top of the oil industry. A self-made millionaire, Hardy is no friend of the Travis family after swindling Haven's brother Gage Travis in a business deal. But when his old friend Liberty decides to marry Gage, Hardy can't pass up the opportunity to crash her wedding. When he sees Haven, he finds himself enthralled by her beauty, inflamed by her passionate nature, and desperate to find out more. When Haven elopes, two long years pass before Hardy runs into her again. But when he does, he realizes all the old emotion is still there, and the flames have been fanned over the years. Hardy is determined that he'll have Haven Travis, whether she likes it or not.

Blue-Eyed Devil is the sequel to Kleypas's first contemporary novel, Sugar Daddy. I loved that book. Loved it. Stayed up all night and was nearly late to work the next day I loved it so much. So I was skeptical about a sequel, because at the end of Sugar Daddy Hardy Cates had left a bad taste in my mouth. I needn't have worried. There are few authors who can pull emotion out of me like Lisa Kleypas.

First of all, the character of Haven Travis a well-drawn, well thought out, carefully executed heroine. It would be easy to dislike someone who was born with a silver spoon in her mouth and determined to reject it. And having an abusive husband when you know she has the resources to get herself out of it could have made Haven come off as someone who enjoyed being a victim. But that's not how it was. My heart bled for the abuse that Haven endured and I cried when she finally worked up the nerve to leave Nick. I was broken for her and could completely understand how she wouldn't be ready for another relationship anytime soon--nor should she be.

Then enter Hardy Cates, a man who I knew had it in him to be a white knight, but who hadn't displayed those characteristics at the end of Sugar Daddy. And from the way he took care of her, from the very beginning, the way he tried so hard to put the broken pieces of Haven Travis back together again, I fell in love. I don't even know why I doubted it. Lisa Kleypas has rarely done me wrong, and after finishing this books I can't even remember which ones I didn't like.

Blue-Eyed Devil is romantic, engaging, and dazzlingly well written. I've said it before and I'll say again that if all of Kleypas's contemporaries are going to be this stunningly emotional and well told then I can't fault her for going this route. Before enjoying Blue-Eyed Devil, I'd recommend reading Sugar Daddy, but just know that each is also fantastic on its own. And while you're waiting for her next contemporary, a couple of my favorite Kleypas historicals are Someone to Watch Over Me (Bow Street, Book 1) and Suddenly You.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Would have been 5 stars, BUT.... 3 avril 2008
Par mbg_bookworm - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
I love Lisa Kleypas' books and really enjoyed this book, but several things kept me from giving it 5 stars.

***SPOILER ALERT***

I kept waiting for Haven to stick up for herself! If not with her abusive husband, then at least with her so-called "boss". Especially since Haven had all the power in that relationship--all she would have had to have done was hinted that she was going to quit and tell her brother why on the way out the door and Vanessa would have been kissing her feet and begging her to stay.

Why didn't she use her brain and be creative? Doormats are not attractive and they just invite continued abuse.

And believe me, if my abusive ex-husband came back into town and was stalking and threatening me, I'd make sure to carry a can of mace, a sharp knife and a cell phone on my person AT ALL TIMES!!!! (As well as at least fill out a restraining order! If worse comes to worse, I at least would want people to know who killed me when my dead body shows up in a field somewhere.)

I'd have enjoyed this book MUCH better if Haven wasn't such a wimp and would have saved herself occasionally instead of waiting for others to do it for her.

I love Lisa Kleypas's books, but I wish we could cross Haven's personality with some of Linda Howard's strong women characters who TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES!
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 first of many 13 janvier 2012
Par pb_reader - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
This was my first Lisa Kleypas book, and it's great! I would have read Sugar Daddy first, but this was a gift. I'd recommend starting with Sugar Daddy, so you can learn some of the characters you meet in Blue Eyed Devil.

The story is told from the first person POV of Haven Travis. While that's not typically my favorite POV, it really worked for this story. Haven's first relationship in the story is incredibly difficult and far too common. I like how well Ms. Kleypas told her story. It made me root for Haven the whole time. Her strength is inspiring, and she's a terrific heroine.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Kleypas Soars With Another Sexy Texas Saga 22 juin 2008
Par Lily Bart - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
There's nothing steamier in romance than a privileged miss with a cool and cultivated exterior who's got a secret craving for rugged men from the wrong side of the tracks.

Haven Travis is a different kind of romance heroine. As a modern feminist, and a graduate of the prestigious Wellesley College (author Lisa kleypas' real alma mater) she's at first reluctant to admit how attracted she is to rugged and blue-eyed Hardy Cates. But after a bad marriage and some intensive therapy cause her to rethink her priorities, she takes the incredibly brave decision to give love a try with a man who is definitely not of her background.

Of course, it helps that Hardy Cates is a man on the rise -- worth millions, shrewd and aggressive, he takes on Houston's old guard with the same self-confidence that he uses to make Haven shed her prim, cool facade and to gradually loosne up all of her inhibitions in bed!

This exciting contemporary romance is sexy, touching, and even funny in places. There were only a couple of minor thematic issues I would have liked to see clarified or handled differently.

Haven's "feminism" is never really developed in a way to engage the reader. She says she was the type of little girl who always wanted tool kits and not dolls, but as an adult she never shows the slightest sign of savvy or guts or know-how in any technical field. When she gets stuck in an elevator, all she can seem to do is grab her cell phone and scream for Hardy to come and rescue her! As Shakespeare once said so eloquently, feminism should be made of sterner stuff. Haven always reacts to danger by looking for a big strong man to turn to. This would be fine in a Victorian historical, and Kleypas has written some very good ones. But it is not a feminist attitude. Lisa Kleypas seems to want her heroine to be called a feminist without having to do any of the nasty, dirty stuff feminists have to do, like stand up for themselves or do gunky boy stuff with tools.

Hardy Cates is also not fleshed out as much as he could have been. Lisa Kleypas is so in love with the idea of powerful, "ruthless" men, but she tends to be very squeamish about describing the business world honestly. There are no Willy Lomans, no decent men who believe in the system only to be shattered by the rise of the rich and ruthless. Only Horatio Alger stories of hard-driving heroes who beat the system without having to hurt anyone in the process.

If Hardy is really "ruthless," what rules does he break? Is there blood on his hands, or only oil? How exactly does a welder with no education at all rise to become a multi-millionaire while still having time for a sexy social life and lost of four hour workouts at the gym?

Lisa Kleypas is a brilliant writer at the crossroads of her career. Part of her wants to be taken seriously as a writer, which is why she's getting her feet wet in weighty topics like feminism and domestic abuse. But part of her still wants the easy fantasy of hitting the jackpot, marrying the rich guy with the big muscles, and living happily ever after. There are conflicts here that could make for great literature, but they need to be explored more honestly than they are in BLUE EYED DEVIL.
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