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Tempting a Devil

Tempting a Devil

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by Samantha Kane
In Samantha Kane’s scorching tale of secrets and temptation, a woman whose only defense is seduction targets a rake who teaches her the true meaning of love.
As wealthy and beautiful as she is desperate, Harriet Mercer can have any man she wants—which makes picking the worst of the lot quite easy. By convincing the ton she is a


In Samantha Kane’s scorching tale of secrets and temptation, a woman whose only defense is seduction targets a rake who teaches her the true meaning of love.
As wealthy and beautiful as she is desperate, Harriet Mercer can have any man she wants—which makes picking the worst of the lot quite easy. By convincing the ton she is a ruined woman, Harry hopes to outwit the greedy, conniving cad blackmailing her into a loveless marriage. Roger Templeton is a rogue with a scandalous reputation, no expectations, and no shame. He is perfect for Harry’s fall from grace. Her brazen attempts at a very public seduction are delightful fodder for gossip . . . and pure torment for Roger.
With his pockets as empty as his heart, Roger is in no mood for games and decides to show Harry how foolish it is to tempt a devil. But behind her mesmerizing golden eyes, he sees something unexpected: a woman in trouble. Her scandalous behavior would be amusing if he wasn’t captivated by her lush, curvaceous beauty. Worse, every libertine bone in his body has turned traitorously noble. Only a rake would seduce her. But only a gentleman in love can save her.
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as excerpts from these Loveswept titles: The Devil’s Thief, Flirting with Disaster, and Long Simmering Spring.

Praise for Tempting a Devil

Tempting a Devil is a sexy, scandalous story that had me turning page after page, just so I could read more of the witty banter, smart dialogue and emotion that Samantha Kane puts forth.”—Lydia Dare, bestselling author of Wolfishly Yours

“Follow Samantha Kane on a sexy, sizzling romp through Regency London.”—Deb Marlowe, author of The Love List

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
With her abundant wealth and beauty, Lady Harriet Mercer can have her pick of almost any man she wants, if only she were so inclined to change her widowed status, which she is not. When a ruthless cad forces her hand by threatening to reveal a secret that could ruin her in the eyes of polite society, Harry sets out to sully her reputation just enough to change her desirability as a suitable match. She chances upon her childhood friend Roger Templeton, and Harry knows he’s the perfect man to help her. Having recently returned home after wandering aimlessly and developing a reputation as a rogue along the way, Roger is penniless, directionless, and nothing that Harry needs. When his efforts to discourage Harry serve only to provide fodder for the ton, Roger realizes that it might suit his purpose more to give in somewhat and teach his old friend a lesson. The more time the two spend together, the more Roger’s protective instincts toward Harry are aroused, but will he feel the same when he learns her secret?

Verdict Kane (The Devil’s Thief) is well versed in writing in the historical fiction genre, but while the plot in this latest offering is promising, the strength of the other elements is not substantial enough to support it. There is a marked lack of character development, particularly of the protagonists, to the extent that the reader does not get a true sense of who they are and so may not care about their outcome, good or bad. Further, scenes vary little throughout, with a tone that is at times gushingly sweet. Romance readers would be better served by a Brenda Joyce or a Johanna Lindsay novel.—Natasha Grant, New York
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Random House Publishing Group
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The Saint's Devils , #2
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Meet the Author

Samantha Kane lives in North Carolina with her husband and three children, two boys and one girl. With a master’s degree in American history, she spent seven years as a high school history teacher before becoming a full-time writer and mom.

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Tempting a Devil (Loveswept) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In Samantha Kane's Tempting a Devil, her heroine Harriet Mercer is on a mission to show the Ton she is a "ruined woman." She sets her eyes on Roger Templeton, an old childhood friend and a notorious rake to accomplish this undertaking. Throughout the book we see the results of Harriet's pursuit of Roger, and we find out the reason behind her desire to be ruined. Samantha Kane was able to successfully create a storyline that was fast paced and had some twists and turns along the way, yet was also able to remain light and witty in many spots. The romance itself, was a mix of sweet and innocence 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! Her heroine, Harriet was strong, feisty, witty, spunky and independent. Her hero Roger was loyal, stubborn, humorous and gorgeous! This is the first book that I have read by Samantha Kane, but it will not be my last -- in fact, I enjoyed her writing so much that as soon as I am done writing this I am going to buy (and read!) the first book in this series, The Devil's Thief. I definitely recommend Tempting a Devil! I received an ARC from Loveswept via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
ornerylibrarian More than 1 year ago
Roger Templeton has not seen Harriet (Harry) Stanley for fifteen years and when he does meet her again she is far different from the little girl of his memory. Harriet is a voluptuous beauty who idolized Roger when she was a young girl because he was always rescuing her from her misadventures. She needs Roger to rescue her one more time as she is a wealthy widow with a small son and seeks escape from a nasty villain who is trying to blackmail her into marriage. These characters were well written and had a nicely rounded out background story. A devilish tale.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book 2 of the devils series is just as good as the first. Lots of sexual tension and turmoil. Well done. 284 pages
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Witty, fun Regency romance!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This, in my opinion, should be on the 99cent shelf. Good Lord, this story RAMBLED on and on and on and on... And not a very satisfying conclusion. Sure, happy ending, but not satisfying for the avid reader.
celticmaggie More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. It was a fast read because I couldn't put it down. Samantha did a lot of creativity to write this plot line and develop her characters. Harriet, or Harry as she liked to be called was a great damsel in distress. Roger so wanted to be a true rake but couldn't when he was near Harry his favorite childhood friend. Then there was Sir Hillary who tried to keep everyone on the right path. She also developed a truly demonic villain in Faircloth. I don't give spoilers so you will need to read this story to love it as much as I do. It will go straight into my re-read pile.
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Guest Reviewer/Kimberly & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog Having read Samantha Kane’s THE DEVIL’S THIEF at the end of 2012, I was so eager to to read the second book in her series TEMPTING A DEVIL. This series is not your ordinary Regency Romance, these books are sizzling and provocative. In TEMPTING A DEVIL, we meet Harriet Mercer, who after marrying up, but to an older and uncaring man, contentedly becomes a widow several years later. Harriet has a beautiful son from her disastrous marriage albeit not in the traditional way, and will do anything to protect him. Since her arrival in London, she has been plagued by the unlikable Mr. Faircloth, who wants to marry Harriet in order to possess who wealth. Harriet decides on a plan to thwart Faircloth efforts. Since Faircloth’s father would only accept a bride with a stellar reputation, Harriet has concocted a scheme to diminish hers. She wants a lover to ruin her reputation, but also to learn from because Harriet’s marriage was a desolate misadventure that left her wanting. Enter indomitable Rogue, Roger Templeton, a man with a less than stellar reputation. He lives day to day and by the kindness of friends and the generosity of his conquests. Roger and Harriet were childhood friends, long separated by the time he spies her attempting to seduce a man at a party. Before he realizes that it is his childhood friend, he is attracted to the beauty and desires her for his extracurricular activities. When Harriet sees Roger as the perfect Rogue for her purposes, Roger is uncertain he wants to fulfill her needs. As tempting as Harriet is to Roger, and vice-versa, they are not meant to be. Roger is the ultimate rogue with no means to live and Harriet wants never to be tied down in an unhappy marriage again. When Roger thwarts a would-be kidnapping of Harriet’s son, he finds a few reasons to have Harriet in his sights and those luscious curves and her sultry beauty have him falling. He harbors some animosity that Harriet marry for money, not knowing the circumstances, nor did he know that Lord Mercer could not father his own child so he had Mr. Faircloth do the deed. Getting Faircloth out of her life without forever damaging those around her part of the charm of this great story. TEMPTING A DEVIL by Samantha Kane is a great follow-up in the Saint’s Devils series. Ms Kane’s interesting cast of characters add to the allure of the story. Roger Templeton, although the rogue, shows a side to him that no one expects, especially where his childhood friend is concerned. Harriet has overcome great adversity in her short life, become a loving mother and a force to be reckoned with. I hope you all give Samantha Kane’s, Saint’s Devils series a go. TEMPTING A DEVIL is a compelling read. *Review provided by publisher.
Anonymous 15 days ago
Great read, hard to put down!
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I doubt that you will ever get to read how much I appreciate and thank you for simply putting in how many pages and letting us know that this book does not stand alone.The later was a deal breaker for me-something l wouldn't have known had it not been for you!!This would be great if everyone did this for each other.
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Hoping to ruin her reputation, now that's a twist! good story!
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ToryMichaels More than 1 year ago
I'd never read anything by Ms. Kane, so decided to give this a try, since it fell in one of my favorite genres (historical romances). Overall, I have to say it was a decent book. Harriet (Harry) has a plan to avoid getting forced into marriage with a man who could ruin her with the town (it's not a spoiler to admit that the villain fathered Harry's child because Harry's husband, Lord Mercer, was incapable since it comes out in the first few chapters). The villain wants Harry because she's got Lord Mercer's entire fortune and his family is demanding he find a well-bred and well-reputationed woman to settle down with. Harry, in an effort to avoid that, wants to ruin herself by having an affair despite a distaste for the bedroom thanks to said villain's sex. When she tries to lure a man, distaste for her potential lover maeks her change her mind, which the man doesn't like and she runs into Roger, who she promptly tries to seduce and he willingly goes along...until they discover they're old childhood friends. As time passes, Roger resists temptation, at first because it would be a come down in the world since it would be abhorent for a man to marry for money (because he'd be a fortune hunter), and then for a very brief time, because he thinks she married for money/status, and that doesn't sit well either. This had a very unusual ending to my mind, because of the choice Roger makes in order to make himself feel worthy/acceptable as a mate for Harry, and as part of his attempt to woo her once she realizes she's afraid of being married again. That's probably why I end up liking it more than simply dismissing it as a meh, mediocre book. They deal with the villain in a most satisfactory way, though I thought the actual "dealing with" was a bit overdramatic with what nearly happens (two things) to Harry in the process, buuuut the villain definitely got what was coming to him. So yay Harry and Roger! There was a nice secondary cast of characters, some of whom I sincerely hope get their own books later on. So - new author to me, Samantha Kane, will definitely go on my list of "check out her books" list, but not at the top. A 3-star read for me.