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  • Posted January 3, 2014

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    Once again I¿ve tried an author who is new to me and have been t

    Once again I’ve tried an author who is new to me and have been thoroughly delighted. DEVIL IN MY ARMS is the third in a series, but is easily a stand-alone novel. I had no trouble enjoying the story without the deeper background of secondary characters that would have come from the earlier books. I will say however, having read DIMA I intend to go back to read the first two. Samantha Kane is a clever writer and I am eager to read more of her work.

    As the synopsis tells us, Eleanor has run away from her malicious and abusive husband and after a few months he has her declared dead so that he can remarry someone able to give him an heir. Until this point she had stayed hidden in out of the way places, but with the encouragement of her sister and brother-in-law she comes back to their home in London changing her identity. They tell everyone she is Elizabeth, a distant widowed cousin from the country.

    When in London she meets her brother-in-law’s good friend, Sir Hilary St. John. He is a bit different than most men of the ton. St. John is a confirmed bachelor and a bit of a rake, but mostly he is known for his intellect and ability to investigate. He is rumored to have strong connections with Prinny, so even though his background is mysterious he is a constant source of wonder and conjecture. This means whenever he attends a function, which is rare, all eyes are watching to see just what he will do and who he will speak to. When he sets his eye on “Elizabeth” and she responds in kind this presents a problem in her pursuit of being discreet with her interactions while in London so as not to catch the attention of her husband. Despite admonitions there attentions to one another is causing a stir they just can’t seem to stay away from each other and begin a passionate affair.

    St. John and Eleanor were brilliant together. Most women bore him, but he finds she has a wit and intellect that rival his own. He is fascinated when she constantly challenges him on every level and he is completely smitten. She is just as enamored of him and really is a perfect match for him in every way. SK rounds out this story with delightful secondary characters (I especially liked Wiley) and bad guys to garner any readers contempt. The story was well-written and evenly paced, keeping my attention on every page. I rate this story with 4 stars.

    *I received this ebook free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2013

    In Samantha Kane¿s Devil In My Arms, her heroine Eleanor Enderby

    In Samantha Kane’s Devil In My Arms, her heroine Eleanor Enderby is hiding with her sister and brother in law having run away from her abusive husband. Sir Hilary St. John is intrigued by Eleanor from the first moment he sees her, and once they meet again wants to protect her. Throughout the story we see the push and pull of their relationship and the dangers that surround their lives.

    Samantha Kane crafted a story full of mystery, love, passion, drama and tension, yet she was also able to keep it light and witty in many spots. The romance itself was a mix of sweet and hot and sexy. The author mixed into the story a compelling cast of characters, that had me laughing out loud with some of their interactions! Eleanor and Hilary were a perfect pairing, it was wonderful watching their wit, wisdom and banter match head to head. She was just who Hil needed! As Devil In My Arms is the third book in The Saint's Devils series, we get to reacquaint ourselves with characters from the previous two books. It was a treat to see where all of them are in their lives now. I especially loved to see how Wiley has grown and matured (I hope that one day we get to see him in his own book!)

    I absolutely recommend this book! While I do not believe you need to read the others in the series to enjoy this book, I feel you would get more out of it if you do.

    I received an ARC from Loveswept via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 5, 2013

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    Devil in My Arms is the first I have read of this author¿s work

    Devil in My Arms is the first I have read of this author’s work and my obsession with all things historic romance wouldn’t let me pass it up.  Samantha Kane has a new fan, with the plot, the characters and the exceptionally witty dialogue and word play from both the hero and heroine.  

    Not all was roses for Eleanor: long suffering of abuse at the hand of her husband for her (and isn’t it always the woman in these stories) inability to present him an heir.  Finally unable to take the abuse, she runs away, and lives in hiding, trying to stay under the radar.  She finally decides to take a chance, and appeared at her sister’s home after three months of hiding. 

    Hillary St. John is not your typical regency hero.  One of the Devils, he is a ginger (redhead) which is completely different from other male heroes of this period.  He is also erudite and quick witted, with a penchant for puzzles and an appreciation of women who speak their mind, very unlike his contemporaries. 

    There are mysteries and dangers in this story, with several roadblocks to the relationship between Hill and Eleanor, not the least of which is her refusal to enter into a situation that requires her subrogation to another, her marriage cleared her head of idealistic and romantic dreams, and her survival and safety are first in her mind.  Hill just wants her, and wants to protect and heal her wounds, although the road to this end is not a simple one. 

    There were some elements that are highly irregular in the regencies: Eleanor is a woman possessed of very modern sensibilities and attitudes, which she manages to express regularly.  The regard which Hill affords the women he encounters is more than simple politeness; he doesn’t fail to see the cleverness behind the pretty faces, or the ability of women to approach problems logically.  While the situations and obstacles presented are very appropriate to the time, the cooperation to find the culprit and the happy ending are unusual and very entertaining.  With a touch of steam to liven up the quiet moments with Hill and Eleanor, the pages just flew past.  I certainly will be purchasing the others in this series, and will be awaiting future installments. 

    I received an eGalley from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review : all conclusions are my own responsibility. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 29, 2013

    Eleanor Enderby is married to a vicious, abusive husband and she

    Eleanor Enderby is married to a vicious, abusive husband and she has tried to escape him before but this time she is determined to succeed. She makes it to her sister and brother in law's house and decides to use an assumed identity when her husband declares her dead and remarries. She is intrigued by and attracted to her brother in laws' friend, Sir Hilary St John. He has been searching for her at the behest of her sister and husband and is well known as an investigator who always solves his cases. What follows is thier unfolding romance, murder, revenge and a ticking clock to save his lady love. The writing was excellent, the dialogue and character portrayal very compelling. Ms. Kane has penned an enjoyable story.

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