The Devil To Pay

The Devil To Pay

by K. C. Bateman

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BN ID: 2940161527276
Publisher: K. C. Bateman
Publication date: 08/28/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 80,424
File size: 579 KB

About the Author

Kate Bateman (writing as K. C. Bateman) wrote her first historical romance in response to a $1 bet with her husband who rashly claimed she'd 'never finish the thing.' She gleefully proved him wrong. Her Regency and Renaissance-set tales feature her trademark feisty, intelligent heroines, wickedly inappropriate banter, and heroes you want to alternately strangle and kiss.

When not traveling to exotic locations 'for research', Kate leads a double life as a fine art appraiser and on-screen antiques expert for several TV shows in the UK, each of which has up to 2.5 million viewers. She splits her time between Illinois and her native England and writes despite three inexhaustible children and a number-loving husband who still owes her that dollar.

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The Devil To Pay 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous 12 months ago
The hero is just lovely and perfectly compliments the heroine. The plot rattles along with lots of intrigue, witty banter, and sizzling romance. A good time was had by all, including this reader.
Anonymous 12 months ago
I liked the action ,but they sure did heal fast after being wounded
Anonymous 12 months ago
Young and charming Cara di Montessori, a nobleman's daughter, must flee her ancestral home amidst one of the interfamilial feuds that define the political landscape of the Italian High Renaissance. Albeit very reluctantly, she is forced to seek the help from Alessandro "Il Diavolo" del Sarto, a cynical and unscrupulous mercenary leader. In exchange, Del Sarto demands Cara's unconditional allegiance, a pact with a devil who appears to be both a Renaissance Man with broad scholarly interests, and an oh-so handsome Machiavellian male chauvinist. Del Sarto, in his turn, comes to realise that Cara is the original Renaissance Woman; smart, strong, resourceful, and fiercely independent. And utterly irresistable. Clearly, The Devil has met his very own demon. Torn between the urge to escape his clutches, or letting herself descend into the ninth circle of hellish bliss, Cara struggles to learn the true value of her deal with this particular Devil. Just like her three previous, Regency-era historical romances, British writer K.C. Bateman's latest work resonates with authenticity, from the description of the classic tomes in Del Sarto's library to the intricate social mores and risqué Saint Agatha's nipple pastries of late-15th century Italy. This should come as no surprise given mrs. Bateman's background as an art auctioneer and antiques expert, frequently featured on popular BBC antiques shows. Having actually visited the locations she describes, she seamlessly combines historical fact with romantic fiction, and admirably succeeds in capturing the 15th-century Italian ambiance. And not one to stop writing at the undoing of the top button of a heroine's silk-embroidered chemise only to leave the rest up to the reader's imagination (or lack thereof), K.C. Bateman shows us the full, steamy experience of what a genuine lover's tale should include, right up to 'la petite mort'. But steamy scenes alone do not a good story make. Thankfully, Cara has inherited the same indomitable spirit and capacity for sharp repartee we've come to associate with the strong women characters in mrs. Bateman's novels. Alessandro del Sarto appears to be very much the product of his life as a 15th-century soldier of fortune, a cynical and secretive alpha male. But as the tale progresses, we're made privy to The Devil's inner turmoil as he's starting to realise that his lust for young Cara is merely a by-product of love, that most annoying and complicated of emotions. As a male fan of the genre, I found Alessandro's tormented train of thought utterly convincing; let's face it, we men are totally defenceless when it comes to mrs. Bateman's insights into the male psyche. A fluid writing style, intriguing storyline, adventure, authentic historical ambiance and above all, the smouldering but complex passion of Cara and Alessandro, make The Devil To Pay stand out as an exceptional, must-read historical romance. Enjoy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it! Unusual time frame and oh-so-sexy romance. Great stuff.