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Monday, February 27, 2017

Quote-Tastic: Devil in Spring



Hosted by Herding Cats and Burning Soup, Quote-tastic is a weekly Monday meme that gives readers a chance to share their favorite book quotes. So settle back, share your favorite quotes and help me add to my TBR mountain, er, have fun?

This week's quote: Comes from Devil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas. I just adore Lisa’s historical romances, she’s one of the best. This year I finally made time to read her current series, The Ravenels and fell in love with Pandora Ravenel. She’s quirky, quick to respond, and just a barrel of laughs. I managed to narrow it down to three quick quotes that made me smile and love Pandora all the more.

This one is when Gabriel informs Pandora’s family what happened at the ball (Which doesn’t cause anyone to fly into a rage because they knows only Pandora would get caught that way) and why Pandora and he have to marry. Pandora is “politely” letting Gabriel know where she stands on that decision and why a marriage between them wouldn’t work as she tears up his calling card in front of him and her family.
     “Pandora,” Lady Berwick exclaimed balefully as the flakes of paper stock fluttered downward.
     Both Pandora and Gabriel ignored her. As their gazes caught and held, the rest of the room seemed to disappear.
      “Look you,” Pandora told him in a businesslike tone, “marriage is not on the table.”
     Look you? Look you? Gabriel was simultaneously amused and outraged. Was she really speaking to him as if he were an errand boy?
     “I’ve never wanted to marry,” Pandora continued. “Anyone who knows me will tell you that. When I was little, I never liked the stories about princesses waiting to be rescued. I never wished on falling stars, or pulled the petals off daisies while reciting ‘he loves me, he loves me not.’ At my brother’s wedding, they handed out slivers of wedding cake to all the unmarried girls and said if we put it under our pillows, we would dream of our future husbands. I ate my cake instead. Every crumb. I’ve made plans for my life that don’t involve becoming anyone’s wife.”


And this one is just a quick scene that shows the affection between the Challon siblings. Pandora has just burst into tears because she’s realized that the plans she had for herself are changing and she actually wants to marry Gabriel. Him being a man, is totally confused as to why she’s crying but he comforts her anyway as he asks his older sister Phoebe why Pandora is crying.
     Gabriel stared at her with alarm, fumbling in his coat pocket for a handkerchief. “No, no . . . you weren’t supposed to . . . my God, Pandora, don’t do that. What is it?” He mopped at her face until she took the handkerchief from him and blew her nose, her shoulders shaking. As he continued to hover and ask worried questions, Phoebe left the piano and came to them.
     Keeping Pandora folded deeply in his embrace, Gabriel cast a distracted glance at his sister. “I don’t know what’s wrong,” he muttered.
     Phoebe shook her head and reached up to ruffle his hair fondly. “Nothing’s wrong, lunkhead. You came into her life like a lightning strike. Anyone would feel a bit scorched.”


And the last one comes just after Gabriel and Pandora have married and they’re on their way to the Isle of Wight for their honeymoon.

      “I’ll try to keep you entertained,” Gabriel said dryly. He moved to stand at her back, his hands gripping the rail on either side of hers. “Spending a few days together will help us ease into our new life. Marriage will be a considerable change, especially for you.” He lowered his mouth close to her ear. “You’ll be living in an unfamiliar house, with an unfamiliar man—who’ll be doing very unfamiliar things to your body.”
      “Where will you be?” Pandora asked, and barely restrained a yelp as he nipped at her earlobe.







Book Blurb:
An eccentric wallflower . . .
Most debutantes dream of finding a husband. Lady Pandora Ravenel has different plans. The ambitious young beauty would much rather stay at home and plot out her new board game business than take part in the London Season. But one night at a glittering society ball, she’s ensnared in a scandal with a wickedly handsome stranger.

A cynical rake . . .
After years of evading marital traps with ease, Gabriel, Lord St. Vincent, has finally been caught by a rebellious girl who couldn’t be less suitable. In fact, she wants nothing to do with him. But Gabriel finds the high-spirited Pandora irresistible. He’ll do whatever it takes to possess her, even if their marriage of convenience turns out to be the devil’s own bargain.

A perilous plot . . .
After succumbing to Gabriel’s skilled and sensuous persuasion, Pandora agrees to become his bride. But soon she discovers that her entrepreneurial endeavors have accidentally involved her in a dangerous conspiracy—and only her husband can keep her safe. As Gabriel protects her from their unknown adversaries, they realize their devil’s bargain may just turn out to be a match made in heaven . . .




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