The Devil Takes a Bride [NOOK Book]

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Publishers Weekly calls the Cabot Sisters the free-spirited, well-intentioned and irrepressibly exuberant bad girls of high society! 

A plan born of desperation… 

Once the toast of society, Grace Cabot and her sisters now await the shame of losing high status and fine luxuries upon the death of the Earl of Beckington. The dire circumstances are inevitable unless, of course, Grace's wicked plot to seduce a wealthy viscount into ...

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The Devil Takes a Bride

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Overview


Publishers Weekly calls the Cabot Sisters the free-spirited, well-intentioned and irrepressibly exuberant bad girls of high society! 

A plan born of desperation… 

Once the toast of society, Grace Cabot and her sisters now await the shame of losing high status and fine luxuries upon the death of the Earl of Beckington. The dire circumstances are inevitable unless, of course, Grace's wicked plot to seduce a wealthy viscount into marriage goes off without a single hitch. But once a stolen embrace with the wrong man leads her to be discovered in the arms of Jeffrey, the Earl of Merryton, her plan takes a most unexpected—and scorching—twist. 

…and altered by passion 

Governed by routine and ruled by duty, Jeffrey had no desire for a wife before he succumbed to Grace's temptation. Though his golden-haired, in-name-only bride is the definition of disorder, he can't resist wanting her in every way. But once her secrets meet his, society might consider their lives to be ruined beyond repair…while Jeffrey might just see it as a new beginning.


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
06/23/2014
Propriety, perfection, and order must yield both to practicality and chaos in the face of the Cabot sisters (introduced in The Trouble with Honor), London’s free-spirited, well-intentioned, and irrepressibly exuberant bad girls of high society. Second sister Grace, hoping to arrange her own marriage before her mother’s madness becomes common knowledge, tries to lure the attractive Lord Amherst into a compromising situation, but mistakenly catches his taciturn brother, Jeffrey Donovan, Lord of Merryton. Isolated at a sparse, regimented estate with a husband who barely speaks to her, faces away from her when they are intimate, and has a strange obsession with the number eight, Grace puts her energies toward flowers, unruly puppies, and figuring out Jeffrey’s secrets while earning his trust. London’s writing bubbles with high emotion as she describes sexual enthusiasm, personal grief, and familial warmth. Her blend of playful humor and sincerity imbues her heroines with incredible appeal, and readers will delight as their unconventional tactics create rambling paths to happiness. (Feb.)
From the Publisher
"Julia London writes vibrant, emotional stories and sexy, richly-drawn characters."--New York Times Bestselling author Madeline Hunter

"London knows how to keep pages turning." -Publishers Weekly

"The Last Debutante is another successful merger of witty writing and passionate romance that gracefully delivers everything romance readers could want." – Booklist

"...London's story is satisfying as it builds on the excellent chemistry of the leads, gracefully unfolding with the perfect amount of tension."- Publishers Weekly review of The Revenge of Lord Eberlin

"Exceptionally entertaining...sinfully sexy." - Booklist on The Dangers of Deceiving a Viscount

"As London explores the intricate, authentic-feeling relationships blossoming among the players, her masterful ability to bring characters to life makes this romance entirely absorbing."- Publishers Weekly on The Dangers of Deceiving a Viscount

"London's love story is tense and tender, held aloft by endearing, dynamic characters."- Publishers Weekly review of The Perils of Pursuing a Prince

Kirkus Reviews
2014-11-20
A desperate young woman tries to trap a charming rogue into marriage but accidentally traps his severe and proper older brother instead. London (Return to Homecoming Ranch, 2014, etc.) returns with the second installment of her Cabot Sisters series. Grace Cabot and her sister Honor are desperate to marry now that their stepfather has died and their stepbrother is approaching his own marriage. If they don't, their mother's madness will become common knowledge and there will be no hope of a husband for either sister—or for their two younger sisters still in the schoolroom. Grace decides her best bet is Lord Amherst, who has been one of her favorite flirts for two years and will make a tolerably amusing husband. But when Grace orchestrates a scene where she will be caught kissing Lord Amherst by the local vicar, she accidentally lures his older brother Jeffrey, the Earl of Merryton, instead. While Jeffrey and Grace both struggle in a new marriage to a stranger, Grace becomes increasingly aware that Jeffrey suffers from some torment. He finally reveals that he is ashamed of his own vivid erotic fantasies. He has learned to control his base desires by maintaining perfect symmetry and order and by an obsession with the number eight. Grace naturally helps him overcome the worst of his mental health problems, even as she herself grows to love his austere and quiet country home. The book's premise is courageous. It's not easy to make a hero like Jeffrey with obsessive-compulsive tendencies into a sympathetic character. The heroine is less successful, beginning the book as a self-centered flibbertigibbet and ending as a boringly dutiful wife. Strong prose and adventurous sex scenes make the book worth reading.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781460336656
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 1/27/2015
  • Series: Cabot Stepsisters , #2
  • Sold by: HARLEQUIN
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 84
  • File size: 584 KB

Meet the Author


Julia London is the NYT, USA Today and Publisher's Weekly bestselling author of historical romance, contemporary romance, and women's fiction with strong romantic elements.  Previous series include the Secrets of Hadley Green and Homecoming Ranch.  She is a six-time finalist for the RITA Award of excellence in romantic fiction, and the recipient of RT Bookclub's Best Historical Novel.  She lives in Austin, Texas


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  • Posted January 29, 2015

    In this second installment we are introduced another Cabot siste

    In this second installment we are introduced another Cabot sister.  Grace is determined to save her family and unfortunately it means
    trapping Lord Amherst into marriage, but the best laid plans don't always work.  

    Lord Merryton is not going to let his brother cause yet another scandal, so he follows him as his brother ducks out to meet the lady.  When
     he looses sight of him and enters the dark tea shop looking for him he does not expect to be tackled by a lady.  But as he gets caught up
     in the moment, little does he know that he is now creating a scandal of his own.

    Grace is horrified when the lights are turned on and she is discovered in Lord Merryton's embrace.  As they are forced to marry in order to
    avoid scandal, they must learn how to make a marriage work.  

    Jeffrey has dark desires, but as he falls more and more under Grace's spell he finds that it is her that he thinks of instead. He finds himself
    going out of his way to make her happy, even at his own discomfort. But can she accept him with all his secrets, or will she run.

    Grace wants to make her marriage work, if she can just reach her husband.  As he hides his feelings and desires from her she continues
    to batter the walls he has built around himself. The only thing that she worries about is can he accept that her mother is mad. Or will the
    scandal be to much.

    Great read, that can be read as a stand alone novel.  The characters draw you in, especially Jeffrey.  You see and feel his suffering.  I
    highly recommend this book.

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  • Posted January 28, 2015

    Different.......................... And that's saying a lot for

    Different..........................
    And that's saying a lot for this type of book.  For a change it's the hero not the villain who has a few kinks in his sex outlook.   Fortunately the heroine isn't faint hearted.  

     I thought the brother Lord Amherst character was confusing and childish.  One minute it was showing  him as a selfish and  shallow and the next a devoted and caring father.  It cost the story a star.
    It's an easy read.  About 250 pages.

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  • Posted January 28, 2015

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    Cabot Sisters Book Two Grace is determined to fix her family

    Cabot Sisters Book Two




    Grace is determined to fix her family's problems by trapping the charming Lord Amherst into marriage. She catches the wrong brother, however, when Lord Merryton stumbles into the tea house she had planned to meet John in. Jeffrey is a completely different sort of man. He is ruled by the number eight and must keep complete order to stay sane.




    If you're looking for a sexy, deep historical, this is the book for you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2015

    A must read..

    This was a very good book..it was a different book not the same old typycal historiccal romance. This was about dealing with ocd, and in our time it would be called sex addiction and sexual fantasy ' s . she did a great job with this book dealing with the emotions and the embarrassment thinking you're mad..also had lots of hot steamy romance..a must read.

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  • Posted January 27, 2015

    A heartbreaking hero and a determined heroine Grace Cabot ne

    A heartbreaking hero and a determined heroine




    Grace Cabot needs to wed and needs to wed fast.  If word gets out that her mother is going mad, no one would want to marry the Cabot girls.  So she concocts a scheme to trap Lord Amherst in a compromising situation and her problems will be solved.  Only it’s not Lord Amherst that meets her in the darkened tea room...




    Jeffrey, the Earl of Merryton, will do anything to keep his family name scandal free.  On the outside he seems very proper and everything has to be perfect.  Only on the inside, Jeffrey is anything but perfect.  He suffers from OCD and counts on the number 8 to keep order in his head.  In addition, his thoughts often stray to lustful, kinky images.  So when it is he who is caught with Grace in the tea shop instead of his brother, he does the proper thing and marries her.




    This is book 2 of the Cabot sisters but can definitely be read as a stand alone.  I really enjoyed reading about Grace and Jeffrey.  To be honest, in the beginning I wasn’t quite sure if I was going to like Jeffrey.  But he grew on me as he did Grace.  She never gave up on him and it was interesting to see their story unfold.  Once they start being honest with one another, they realize that this forced marriage can work.  It was a nice change to read a story where the hero had issues that were beyond his control and how he had to deal with these demons on a daily basis.  Julia London did a wonderful job weaving their story and I’m sure any romancer reader would take Grace and Jeffrey into their hearts.

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  • Posted January 27, 2015

    In an attempt to save her mother and sisters from certain ruin,

    In an attempt to save her mother and sisters from certain ruin, Grace Cabot decides to throw herself at a man so only she would be ruined. Unfortunately, her plan goes awry and she throws herself at the wrong man; Jeffrey, the Earl of Merryton.




    Jeffrey, who was anything but merry, liked things a certain way, order and routine were paramount in his household. Until Grace moves in like a whirlwind, tearing through his life and his heart. Can he trust her enough to tell her his secret? A secret that can set them both free.




    I completely understood Jeffrey. I was right there with him when Grace did something to disrupt the flow of things. I know exactly how he felt. Grace is a fun character, she's something of a bad girl trapped in a good girls body. Great plot and the story flowed very nicely. I wholeheartedly recommend this book.

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