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Lisa Kleypas recently posted the following on her Facebook page:

“Dear Friends,
I am so thrilled to share some news about my next book: A contemporary romance titled “Brown-Eyed Girl,” and the hero is . . . JOE TRAVIS! I just couldn’t get the ideas for the story out of my head, and my wonderful editor let me set aside my work-in-progress so I could concentrate fully on Brown-Eyed Girl. I’ll have an excerpt here and on my website later today if you’d like to sneak a peek.”

Now, if like me, you’re a huge fan of the Travis series, you’ll be super excited by this news. There are no details yet of when the book will be published but I will keep you posted.

Now if you’d like a peek at Joe’s story, just click the link below…

https://www.facebook.com/notes/lisa-kleypas/a-peek-at-joes-story-/655689317791695

 

 

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TRAVIS SERIES BOOK 3

HE’S ONE SMOOTH TALKER…
A billionaire playboy, and all-around ladies’ man, Jack Travis has a reputation as big as the state of Texas. He drives too fast, lives too hard, and loves too many women to count.

SHE’S ALL BUSINESS…
In her advice column, and her love life, Ella Varner is always practical. So when she’s left holding her reckless sister’s baby, she decides to ask Jack Travis to take a paternity test.

THE TIME FOR TALKING IS OVER….
Ella is instantly struck by Jack’s bold good looks and easy charm—but she’s not falling for his sweet talk. This big sexy tomcat needs to take responsibility for his actions, and Ella’s making him stick to his word. Now if she can only ignore the unspoken attraction that smolders between them…

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This is the third book in Lisa Kleypas’s contemporary Travis family series. I was immediately drawn into this captivating story with its richly drawn characters and I know it will definitely find a place on my keeper shelf.

When she first meets Jack, I think Ella feels threatened by him because she is suddenly confronted with the type of male she has always disliked but feels a definite attraction to him:

The scent of him, fresh like cedar and clean earth, sent pleasure signals to my brain.

Unlike the relationship she has with Dane, Ella knows that any relationship with Jack would require total commitment, something she feels incapable of:

“I have attachment problems. It’s hard for me to be close to people.”

When she tells Jack that she doesn’t believe in marriage and doesn’t want a family, I believe she is simply mirroring Dane’s views and, of course, her own childhood experiences would definitely prejudice any opinions she may have on the subject. Meeting Jack makes her think, for the first time, about what she really wants from life.

Despite her reservations about Jack, she has no such reservations about making a commitment to Luke. She realises, for the first time, that here is someone who is totally dependent on her:

Luke, in his small and innocent way, had broken down my defences.

I love the tender scenes between Ella and Luke. They are never overly sentimental but nevertheless, reveal the growing love Ella feels for Luke. I also adore the one-sided conversations Ella has with him:

“Are you thinking it over?” I asked him. “Or are you working on another dirty diaper?”

What can I say about Jack? One word comes to mind–perfect. I couldn’t understand why it took Ella so long to realise that he was worth grabbing and keeping! After all, he is handsome, charming, considerate, confident, handy at DIY, knows how to change a diaper, a great lover (not surprising as he’s had plenty of practice but as they say, practice makes perfect, so I won’t hold that against him) and, did I forget to mention, he’s also wealthy.

Jack’s staple diet of girlfriends consists of beautiful shallow women and so when he first sees Ella in his office, I think he finds her such a complete contrast to those women and this is what initially attracts him to her. I am sure his dates don’t wear jeans, a shirt and flat shoes and there certainly wouldn’t be a baby in the picture. Jack obviously admires her for putting her life on hold to look after her sister’s baby and I was impressed with the way he offered practical and emotional support when she really needed it.

Jack’s possessiveness did irritate me when he demands that Dane stay in a hotel rather than Ella’s apartment and insists she doesn’t have sex with Dane! However, I was pleased to see Ella take a stand here when she tells him to back off.

There is tremendous sexual chemistry between Jack and Ella and the love scenes are very HOT. Ms Kleypas amazes me because she has the ability to write loves scenes which sometimes verge on the erotic without ever being crude.

I think it would be natural for Ella and Haven to become friends because they have both had painful experiences to overcome, Haven with her abusive marriage and Ella with her traumatic childhood. It was also nice to have the glimpses of Haven and Hardy together.

VERDICT: SUPERB, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

RATING: STELLAR ★★★★★

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TRAVIS SERIES BOOK 2

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 mind.

MEET 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.

WATCH THE SPARKS FLY….Filled 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.

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As a huge fan of Lisa Kleypas’ historical romances, I was curious to know how her contemporary novels would compare. I was disappointed by Sugar Daddy, the first book in the Travis series and started reading the second book, Blue Eyed Devil, with some trepidation but found that Ms Kleypas had crafted a wonderful book with unforgettable characters in Haven and Hardy.

The book is written entirely from Haven’s point of view and I do have mixed feelings about this. On the positive side, it enabled me to connect with Haven’s character on a much deeper level and when she describes her thoughts and feelings during her abusive marriage, it seemed so real, almost as if I was there. I also gained an understanding of how victims of an abusive relationship are affected both emotionally and physically. Haven’s words say it all:

“I wanted never to be hit or yelled at again. I wanted to be called by my real name. I wanted my body to belong to me. I wanted all the things that anyone deserved by virtue of being human. Including love.”

On the negative side, once Haven meets Hardy again, I was wishing that I could hear Hardy’s thoughts and reactions as well. I just think this would have added an extra dimension to the story but this is just a small gripe.

Haven’s conflicting reactions to Hardy are natural considering all she has been through. His physical size and strength alone terrify her – “this guy could kill a normal person with a swipe of his hand.” But she can’t help feeling an overwhelming attraction towards him.

I am rather fond of heroes who are self-made men and Hardy certainly fits this description. He knew his options in the small town of Welcome were limited and he was ambitious enough to want to leave and determined enough to make it happen.

That said, on the surface Hardy appears to be the usual romantic hero – gorgeous, charming, intelligent and a great lover but he is far more complex than appears. We learn that he has not completely escaped from his past and the scene in which he tells Haven about his past is very moving and shows that Hardy has had demons of his own to conquer. I loved that they needed each other equally to conquer their personal insecurities.

There is tremendous chemistry between Hardy and Haven and the love scenes are sensually written.

I really like Todd, Haven’s best friend and confidante. He provides some lovely touches of humour:

“Haven, don’t ask me to define the boundaries of normal. You know how I was raised. My father once stuck strands of his own pubic hair onto a painting and sold it for a million dollars.”

“Oh? Tell me you haven’t imagined sitting on his lap.” Todd grinned as I flushed. “You know what it is you smell on him, Haven? Testosterone. It’s leaking out of his pores.”

There are lots of lovely gems like these.

I have to mention Vanessa Flint, the boss from hell, and how I cheered when Jack finally told her to “Pack your things.”

VERDICT: SUPERB, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

RATING: STELLAR ★★★★★

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TRAVIS SERIES BOOK 1

Lisa Kleypas has enthralled millions of readers with her powerfully seductive novels. Now she delivers a story featuring her most unforgettable characters yet….

SHE’S FROM THE WRONG SIDE OF THE TRACKS
Liberty Jones has dreams and determination that will take her far away from Welcome, Texas—-if she can keep her wild heart from ruling her mind. Hardy Cates sees Liberty as completely off-limits. His own ambitions are bigger than Welcome, and Liberty Jones is a complication he doesn’t need. But something magical and potent draws them to each other, in a dangerous attraction that is stronger than both of them.

HE’S THE ONE MAN SHE CAN’T HAVE
When Hardy leaves town to pursue his plans, Liberty finds herself alone with a young sister to raise. Soon Liberty finds herself under the spell of a billionaire tycoon—-a Sugar Daddy, one might say. But the relationship goes deeper than people think, and Liberty begins to discover secrets about her own family’s past.

WILL THEY FIND THEIR HEARTS’ DESIRES OR WILL HEARTBREAK TEAR THEM APART?
Two men. One woman. A choice that can make her or break her. A woman you’ll root for every step of the way. A love story you’ll never forget.

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I’m a huge Lisa Kleypas fan but I was really disappointed with her first contemporary novel.

I enjoyed the first part of this book very much and really became absorbed in the characters of Liberty and Hardy. But I found the second half rather disappointing because I couldn’t seem to connect with Gage. For me there wasn’t enough page time given to him to really develop his character fully. I just didn’t feel that spark between him and Liberty.

VERDICT: ENJOYABLE

RATING: ★★★

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