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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2004

    ANOTHER FABULOUS BOOK

    It¿s hard to explain just why Liz Carlyle¿s writing captivates me so. Is it the finely drawn characters with their complex emotions? The incredibly hot men and strong women who feel intensely and obsessively? The way she makes 19th century England come alive with smell and sound? The beautiful prose, or the way there isn¿t a superfluous chapter or scene to be found? Maybe it¿s the tension that radiates from each book. Maybe it¿s because her stories are just a bit darker, a bit more suspenseful and a lot more seductive than most other romance novels? I¿m not sure, all I know is that ALL of her novels have grabbed me in a way most others can¿t, no matter how much I enjoy them. THE DEVIL TO PAY is no exception. The storyline seems simple, but the story is not. Sidonie Saint-Godard, sister of the fascinating George Kemble whom we know from previous novels, teaches deportment by day but isn¿t quite as respectable as she outwardly seems. As the Black Angel she takes revenge on less than honorable men who¿ve hurt women in one way or another. When she sees how the Devil of Duke street, Devellyn, casts off yet another one of his mistresses who live across the stree from her, she decides he will be her next victim. When the Black Angel leaves him tied naked to the bed in a seedy bar, Devellyn is livid. He vows he¿ll find Ruby Black and take what she cheated him out of. In the meantime, he is forced to take up residence in his former mistress¿s house and meets his neighbor, the lovely French widow Sidonie. While he is still obsessed with earthy Ruby, he becomes fascinated by feisty Sidonie. Sidonie is equally intrigued by Dev and soon starts to realize she might have made a mistake¿ There are so many elements in this story I loved, but I¿ll try to keep it simple. Aleric, the Devil Duke is my favorite kind of hero ¿ a seriously tormented, big, brawny man. He is convinced his soul is ¿just a shade from black¿, and with good reason. This doesn¿t keep him from being honest about his feelings though. And he feels deeply. He¿s a complex character who¿s both cynical to the marrow and yet surprisingly open. Sidonie/Ruby is a strong, independent woman with a mind of her own. She knows what she wants and acts without hesitation. Like Devellyn she has demons of her own that have shaped her. Both Dev and Sid/Ruby were real persons to me. Fleshed out, with substance. I completely understood Dev¿s fascination, or obsession, with Ruby from the minute she opened her mouth. I thought they were perfect for each other. While this is an intense and sexy read, there are lots of laugh-out-loud moments. I was giggling when Sid and Aleric first ¿officially¿ met, I laughed out loud at their second conversation and the scene when they got together after that was just plain hilarious. I won¿t get into what else made me sputter, but you¿ll know when you read it *eg*. Buy this book, turn off the phones and ignore your offspring. Enjoy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2014

    Loved it

    Aleric was a scoundral but so human. Loved it. Loved Sidonie. Great book....BUT very pricy for a Nook book. I paid more for this digital book...and it is years old...than I would have a paperback in the store. Same on you Barnes & Noble

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2013

    Juicy Story

    Interesting plot, endearing characters and well paced. If you enjoy historical romance this book is a must read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2013

    This is my favorite book.  I love that she has a secret life at

    This is my favorite book.  I love that she has a secret life at night righting all the wrongs, but having a blast doing it.  You won't be able to put it down.  The sex is really hot.  All the secondary character are great fun and you never know what crazy thing is going to happen next.  It a cat and mouse tail with hot romance.   This is book you'll want to read again.

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  • Posted December 14, 2009

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    Pretty Good!

    I may be judging this book/author a little harshly because I just got through reading the best book ever (Kingdom of Dreams by Judith McNaught) but I still thought it was good. I really enjoyed the plot; just thought it needed a little something extra to be a really good book. However, any book where the heroine is getting back at the arrogant males of her city deserves at least four stars no matter what. I'll probably try another book by this author to see if I was just being a little judgmental but overall a nice and relaxing read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2005

    Funny and different!

    Laugh-out-loud-funny! I laughed on the bus while I was reading this and then I had to explain, 'Sorry. Funny book.' It was embarrassing, but worth it. Besides being funny (in situation and dialogue), it was also a well-written historical, atypical in its characters. We got BOTH a rough-around-the-edges hero AND heroine, which you hardly ever see, especially in a historical. Great, fun read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2005

    NASTY!

    THE HERO HERE IS THE NASTIEST-MOST SELF-INDULGENT DRUNK-WOMANIZER-RAKE-SCOUNDRAL THAT EVER CREPT ACROSS THE THE PAGES OF A ROMANCE BOOK. BUT WAIT! DO NOT DISPAIR--HE GETS HIS DUE AND HOW HE GETS IT (MORE THAN ONCE) WILL MAKE YOU LAUGH OUT LOUD. OF COURSE-HE WILL BE REDEEMED BY YOU KNOW WHO-AND THE HEROINE IS NO MOTHER TERESA HERSELF. LIKES ATTRACT AND THEY SURELY DO.

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