The Devil's Thief

The Devil's Thief

by Samantha Kane

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In Samantha Kane’s sensual tale of wicked passion, a desperate woman must resort to burglary—but the beautiful thief ends up stealing the heart of a rogue.
The daughter of a reformed jewel thief, Julianna Harte knows a thing or two about stealth. When the foundling home she provides for finds itself in dire financial straits, Julianna is forced to do the unthinkable. In a bit of misguided Robin Hood derring-do, she slips through the window of a wealthy rake to search for a treasure she knows is there: an invaluable pearl. But when the towering and very naked occupant of the moonlit bedroom ambushes her with a bargain—a night in his bed in exchange for the pearl—Julianna doesn’t know if it’s masculine heat or sheer desperation that makes his terms so tempting.
Alasdair Sharpe had no intention of keeping his end of the bargain. Planning to offer his little cat burglar carte blanche instead, he promptly loses himself in the delights of unexpected pleasure. But when he awakes the next morning to find his family heirloom gone, fury quickly replaces sensual languor. Of course, Alasdair is more than willing to use seduction to reclaim his stolen pearl—and find the key to Julianna’s heart.
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as excerpts from these Loveswept titles: About Last Night, Blaze of Winter, and Lana’s Lawman.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345537911
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/12/2012
Series: Saint's Devils Series , #1
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 297
Sales rank: 210,861
File size: 2 MB

About 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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London, June 5, 1817
Chapter One
The faint, metallic screech sounded as loud as thunder in the oppressive silence of the dark bedroom. Julianna froze, silhouetted by the moonlight against the back wall, the sudden noise stealing her breath away.

“Unless you care to be shot this evening, I wouldn’t move from where you’re standing.” The deep voice was quiet but firm and it came from the shadows of the big bed.

Julianna remained still as a statue, her mind awhirl. For a moment all was silent, but then she heard the bedsheets rustle and the mattress groan. She cast her eyes toward the bed, afraid to move even an inch. She could see from the man’s outline that he was now leaning against the headboard. His arm appeared to be resting on his upraised knee, but it was too dark to tell whether or not he was actually holding a gun.

“You’re probably wondering if I do indeed have a gun,” he said nonchalantly, and Julianna had to suppress a gasp. How did he know? She closed her eyes and pursed her lips in annoyance at herself. Of course he knew. It’s what any halfway intelligent person would be thinking if they were discovered in her position.

“Let me reassure you that the answer is yes.”

His reassurance was hardly necessary, since she had already concluded that to be the case. In her experience, gentlemen were alarmingly odd, at least in most respects, so it was no surprise that this one apparently slept with a gun. Given his wild and reckless reputation, it would perhaps be more surprising if he did not.

He snorted inelegantly from the bed, which amused Julianna in spite of the dangerous situation she was in. In that moment he didn’t sound at all like the Honorable Mr. Alasdair Sharp to whom she’d recently been introduced, but very much like an annoyed schoolmaster.

“Stand up, for God’s sake,” Mr. Sharp ordered from the bed. “You look like a caricature of a thief, hunched over and creeping along the wall.”

Julianna started to straighten and she heard another rustle from the bed.

“Slowly,” Mr. Sharp admonished, and she froze again for a moment before straightening very, very slowly.
“And now you must tell me what you found so irresistible in my bedroom in the middle of the night.”

Julianna heard the amusement in his voice and it irritated her. So he found her amusing, did he?

The slight weight in the secret pocket of her shirt burned into her side like a brand as she faced him. “Let me reassure you that it was the Stewart Pearl I found irresistible,” she retorted, “and nothing else.”

As soon as she spoke she could have bitten off her tongue. Why, oh why did she always open her mouth before thinking things through? Surely he would recognize her now.

“You’re a woman,” Mr. Sharp exclaimed in shock.

Julianna closed her eyes in despair at her own foolishness. If she had kept her mouth shut, he wouldn’t have figured that out so quickly, maybe not at all. She was dressed in dark trousers and a dark shirt, her hair pinned up. In the dark she was certain she could pass for a man. The waning crescent moon outside barely gave enough light for him to see her. Even though her outburst had given away her sex, she refused to confirm it by answering him. She was light-headed with relief that he had not recognized her voice.

“I thought you looked a little short for a man,” he mused, “but I imagined that you were an apprentice thief or some such thing. It never entered my head that you might be a woman.”

Julianna had to press her lips together not to make a disparaging comment about the contents of his head, since it was clear he had no idea who she was. It wouldn’t be wise in this situation, although it was her natural inclination.

“Cat got your tongue, Miss Thief?” he asked, and Julianna shivered. She was not afraid of him—rather, she was afraid that she was losing control of the situation and of herself.

He shoved the covers aside and rose from the bed, and Julianna almost squeaked in alarm. He was naked. The pale moonlight flowing through the open window fell across the floor at an angle, and as he stood next to the bed, the light shone on his very naked body, illuminating him from his flat stomach to his bare feet.

His face was still covered in shadow, but Julianna remembered it from the many times she had seen him leaving his house and walking down the street, not to mention the party she had attended the other night. Mr. Sharp was a descendent of the Stewarts, all right: tall, handsome, with a high forehead and spectacular blue eyes. He looked just as the eyewitness accounts had described Bonnie Prince Charlie. She should have known from his firm, pointed chin that he wouldn’t be an easy mark. But she’d been distracted by his silky blond curls and those eyes, not to mention the width of his shoulders. Oh, yes, and, more important, the Stewart Pearl. At the party she had barely been able to take her eyes off the famous pearl, which sat in solitary splendor in a glass case surrounded by candelabra—gleaming, pale, and round and begging to be stolen.

“So you want my pearl, do you?” he asked, his voice smooth and suggestive.

Julianna’s gaze darted up to his shadowed face, but she could see nothing. The anger and amusement in his voice, however, had been replaced by something else.  Something that made her distinctly nervous, considering that he was naked and she was caught.

He slowly moved toward her. As he approached, she saw that he was indeed holding a pistol. She wasn’t all that knowledgeable about guns, but at that moment her primary concern was that the gun might contain a bullet, and she really did not care to be shot this evening. When he stopped in front of her, Julianna couldn’t take her eyes away from the gun.

She was so intent on the pistol, she was startled when she felt his finger under her chin, urging her gaze upward. She met his eyes and a measure of her fear must have shown on her face.

“I don’t need this, do I?” he murmured, lowering the pistol. Julianna vehemently shook her head. He smiled at her response, and then released the trigger gently. He leaned over and set the gun down on a nearby table. Julianna was so relieved, she leaned back against the wall, her knees weak.

“Why do you want my pearl?” he asked quietly. He reached out and gently brushed a fallen lock of hair off her cheek, his finger trailing along from her forehead to her jaw.

He was so close and so unguarded, and a dozen scenarios of how she could escape this unfortunate situation flashed through Julianna’s mind. But each one ended in violence, and she found herself strangely unwilling to attack him. He had put the gun down, as foolish as that might have been, which represented a modicum of trust that she did not want to betray.  The truth was, her odds of escaping were fairly slim. The only feasible exit was the window, and it was too far away to make it there without being caught. And if she ran, this odd truce would surely be at an end.

“I need the money.” She surprised herself by answering his question. Although surely the answer should have been obvious to him. Why else would someone steal something?

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The Devil's Thief: A Loveswept Historical Romance 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The beginning starts off good, towards the middle I lost interest in it. Its way too drawn out.
LaLilAngel01 More than 1 year ago
This was my first time attempting to read this author, and I am anything but impressed. This book is poorly written. I am left with the feeling that I am trying to read a slapped together book from a author who is attempting to write her first book. Now I am not certain this is her first book, that is just my impression as the reader. The storyline is butchered from the start, no real build up of action. It had such promise, but it just didn't live up anywhere to my expectations. I've read over 1000 historical romance novels and I can get into almost any of these style books, however, this was one of maybe 5 books I have ever not wanted to finish..... The "lovers" have a completely backwards romance (what shy, virgin woman who lived in this era would sneak into a handsome rake's room on her first attempt to steal when she is so untrained in the field of theiving, unarmed, and unprepared with what to do with the item after she steals it?), with the hero nearly raping the young woman he was "in love" with because he was angry with her over something thought that she had done (which she hadn't). The love scenes don't flow and they appear like the author is stumbling through how to write them. This story was butchered from words used in the book to the way the author chose to present her charactors. I was just left wanting so much more out of this story, but it wasn't there. I won't waste my time reading this author's future books. I suggest you save your time reading this book, because, believe me when I say this book leaves you wanting.....from wanting a real author to rewrite this story (it had so much potential, it is just poorly written), to wanting your time back you wasted trying to muddle through reading this book!
Penni-Freels More than 1 year ago
The Devil's Thief has romance, intrigue, drama, and characters you can just fall in love with! Julianna is a character that makes you want to root for her! Alasdair is the main love interest that you want to smack some sense into in the beginning, but fall in love with him by the end. I just have to say my favorite character in the book was Wiley (not Mr. Wiley). He is a character I would love to see a book about in the future! I love a good romance book as much as the next person, but I liked the fact that this book had other aspects and didn't completely delve into nothing but steamy romance scenes. Some books I have read lately focus only on the steamy sex scenes and the like and not enough of a real story. Now the reason I only gave it 4 stars is because while the main two characters are noteworthy some of the supporting characters just seem to "be". At times I was at a loss on why they were there or why they held importance. I certainly look forward to filling in the holes with the rest of the series :-) All in all this book is a great read and I will definitely be recommending it to my friends!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very cute enjoyable read! Will definitely read the other books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun, witty, sexy, a pure delight!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read, hard to put down!
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Loved the female lead not so much the male - couldn't understand what she saw in him. Strong story line.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Alasdair and Julianna's story was quite entertaining and full of sexual tension. Well written. We are introduced to the three devils in this first book and I look forward to reading their sexy stories in this series. 284 pages
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Witty, fun regency romance!
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Wonderful read funny romantic and thoroughly great read
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celticmaggie More than 1 year ago
I enjoy reading Samantha' s books. She writes her stories with just the right amount of humor, danger and love. She always develops the best characters. I enjoy watching her hero,Alasdair,who thinks he has everything under control find out he doesn't have a clue. Then there is the heroine,Julianna,who literally steals his heart when she steals his remarkable pearl. Next comes all the twists of everyone trying to do what they think is the best for someone else. I liked this book and couldn't stop reading it. I hope you try it and love it  as much as I do!
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This was disgustingly cute. I was giggling at the cheesiness throughout the entire thing. First book I've read from this author, and I will continue reading her books.
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Enjoyed reading this book , I will read more books from this author
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
THE DEVIL'S THIEF by Samantha Kane is a sizzling historical romance. #1 in "The Saint's Devils"set in 1818 London. A passionate filled,sensual tale of thievery,deception,romance and love.Oh did I say it was fast paced and filled with passion? When next door neighbor,Julianna Harte steals Alasdair Sharpe's precious family heirloom,what follows is a bit of humor,and lots of passion as they try to find and retrieve the treasured heirloom. But is a heirloom more important than the possible love of your life? You will have to read "The Devil's Thief" to find out for sure. An enjoyable read from beginning to end. Received for an honest review from Net Galley and the publisher. RATING: 4 HEAT RATING: HOT REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction Reviews
ElaineReads More than 1 year ago
Title:   * The Devil’s Thief Author: Samantha Kane Series: The Saint’s Devils, #1 Genre: Historical Romance Publisher: Loveswept Format: ebook Date/Year: November 12, 2012 Reviewed by: ElaineReads *This book was provided to me by the publisher for review. My Musings:  I have been a fan of Samantha Kane’s Brothers in Arms series for years.  As a matter of fact, she may be the author that introduced me to the joys of a menage relationship (reading about it people, not living it!)  I love her books, so I was excited to have the chance of reviewing her first book for a mainstream publisher.  I was also nervous because I was afraid her style would be changed because the book was intended for a different audience. I shouldn’t have worried.  The Devil’s Thief is a straight historical romance.  There is no sexual kink involved, but the sex scenes are still hot.  More importantly, the relationship between Julianna and Alasdair is heart warming.  They got off to such a bad start and they have so many problems to overcome, you really, really want them to work things out. Julianna is the more likeable of the two characters.  After her unconventional upbringing, she is determined to help other children who have no one to care for them.  That is why she turns to thievery. She does not have the money to keep her foundling home afloat. Alasdair, however, is a rake and an immature one at that.  Although the heirloom belongs to his side of the family, he only really wants it to spite his cousin.  That is until Julianna steals it.  Fortunately, Alasdair realizes he must grow up if he is going to win Julianna and regain the heirloom.  More importantly, he realizes that Julianna is what he really cares about, not the heirloom.  He finally understands which is the true “pearl of great value.” There are a number of characters introduced in this book who I am sure will have their own stories soon.  The next book in the series, Tempting the Devil, is about Alasdair’s friend Roger.  It will be released in July of 2013 and I cannot wait. Ratings:  Overall: 4.5 Sensuality level: 3
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susan_frances More than 1 year ago
When Julianna Harte is caught stealing the Stewart Pearl by its owner Alasdair Sharp, she tells him her name is Juliet.  In turn, he places himself in the role of Romeo in her game, a game which will cost them their hearts in Samantha Kane’s romantic tale The Devil’s Thief.  Set in 1817 in London, England, the story has an air of sophistication tempered by the lusty carnal needs of two characters whose attraction sets their emotions aflame. From beginning to end, the novel keeps the reader entranced by the evolving stages of the storyline and the growth of the characters who change from self-serving yelps to mature individuals held accountable for their actions.  The reader follows the path paved by the characters becoming aware of their predicaments as they continue down the wrong track.  Shots of epiphanies cause the characters to rethink their actions setting them onto the right course where happiness awaits them. It’s a love story whose appeal never dwindles because the mistakes Julianna and Alasdair make are human ones.  It’s an old cliché that people can only learn what is right for them by making mistakes.  For Alasdair and Julianna, the cliché holds true and makes a strong impact on the reader.