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Devil's Prize Mass Market Paperback – Apr 1997

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 388 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; Reissue edition (April 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312954786
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312954789
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 2.6 x 17 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,052,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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New York Times bestselling author Kat Martin is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara where she majored in Anthropology and History. Currently residing with her Western-author husband, Larry Jay Martin, in Missoula, Montana, Kat has written over thirty bestselling novels, including Historical, Romantic Suspense, and Contemporary. Over ten million copies of her books are in print and she has been published in a dozen foreign countries. Among her many awards, Kat has won the prestigious Romantic Times Magazine Career Achievement Award. She is currently working on her next novel.

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"Martin's ... story is delightful and her character insights astute ... Martin also deftly manages the sometimes tricky task of injecting humor without compromising her characters or making them jokey."--"Publishers Weekly""" "Kat Martin will bedazzle readers with another wondrous, action-packed and sensual Regency-set romance. Skillfully spinning an enticing, spellbinding tale that brims over with passion and adventures, she sears the reader's heart once again."--"Romantic Times""" "Kat Martin is a premier historical romance author...and "Devil's Prize "enhances her first-class reputation." --"Affaire de Coeur" --This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Currently living in Missoula, Montana, Kat Martin is the bestselling author of over fifty historical and contemporary romance novels. Before she started writing in 1985, Kat was a real estate broker. During that time, she met her husband, Larry Jay Martin, also an author. Kat is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara, where she majored in anthropology and also studied history. "I love anything old," Kat says. "I love to travel and especially like to visit the places where my books are set. My husband and I often stay in out-of-the-way inns and houses built in times past. It's fun and it gives a wonderful sense of a by-gone era." --This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 30 Dec. 2007
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Wow This book has it all. The first Kat Martin book I have read but not the last!!! I loved the hero and the auction scene had me reading late... could he save her? you'll have to read it to find out. Damien is a hero you grow to love although like the heroine you wonder can you trust him I recomment this book to anyone who loves a good romance
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9 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Jan. 1999
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This is the first Kat Martin book I have read. Wow! I really enjoyed it. It like her style, I like all the action and intrigue, it kept my stomach churning. And I really enjoyed her treatment of the love story. The main characters are wonderful and the way Kat writes about love just grabs the heart. I like her style. Felt like I was right there. I wanted to get to the end, but once it ended I didn't want to be done reading about them!!!!
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6 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 April 1999
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This is defietly one of those books that you just can't put down until the last page is turned! This story makes your heart jump into your throat more than a few times. I loved it!
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 May 2003
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This book started out with promise and then rapidly became boring to the point I missed huge chunks out of the middle of the book. I have read a number of this authors' novels and found most of them very enjoyable. Her recent works show how she has improved and honed her literary skills, in comparison with her earlier books. Nevertheless, whilst I found this novel boring others found it very enjoyable. The best way to find out is to read it and see!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Lust is not Love... 24 July 2001
By Abbys - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Kat Martin is one of my favorite authors. She always knows how to weave unique and heart quenching stories, that is why I have read a lot of her works. I have also enjoyed every single one of them except for this unfortunate one. As you have read in the above Editorial Review's, the plot does have potentials. The beginning of this book was actually 'pulling' and quite interesting. Damien was also an intriguing hero. Aside from his rakish reputation, he lived a dangerous life and has many secrets. I enjoyed the way he seduces Alexa. I love his charms and the way he carry himself. The heroine however was a bit too senseless to fully like. I mean, in the beginning, she was very likable. Alexa is a very beautiful heiress. Many nobleman doted on her yet she doesn't let that get to her head. She is spunky, rebellious and supposedly intelligent and witty. Hmmm... so i don't understand how and why she ended up doing the most oafish acts. The first time she manage to get herself and Damien in trouble, I actually slammed-SHUT the book. Mind you, I do like frustrating twisters but what she did was just totally dumb and OUT OF PLACE. I decided to give the book another try the next day. Who knows she might make up for that foolishness. YEA, RIGHT~! I agree with one reviewer here who said that Alexa definitely have no sense of the danger she puts herself and her husband in. I understand she is young and a bit impulsive but my gosh, how can someone simply blurt out a serious accusation about ones husband, someone who supposedly she was already half in love with. How can someone blab-out confidential informations and to a stranger, no less! Oh, of which I might add that she doesn't even have a proper proof or first hand knowledge of the informations and accusation she was blabbering about. Ugh. Perhaps Kat Martin wanted Alexa to sound naive and patriotic at the same time but I just can't comprehend how a girl who is supposedly well educated can exhibit a lack of power to absord the tiniest idea or impression such as SAFETY. If she can't trust her husband, how can she simply trust a complete stranger? I don't get it. This is the main reason why even in the end, I still wasn't convince that there is love between both of them. Even Damien's so called LOVE to Alexa was not credible enough to leave a lasting mark on me. Their strong physical attraction, their great sexual acts and perhaps even their dangerous adventure was what kept them both together. In my opinion, their relationship was base more on lust than love. If not for the interesting beginning, the French-English-SPY plot, Damien's character and the sexual tension, I would have rated this book a 2 stars.
NOTE: The prequel of this book is SWEET VENGEANCE. Story of Rayne and Jo, brother/sister-in-law of Alexa. They were pretty much involved all throughout this book that they have piqued my interest. Had I known this book has a prequel, I would have read it first. Yes, I haven't read S.V yet but I believe I will once I get a chance. This unfortunate experience with Devil's Prize definitely didn't discourage me from reading more of Kat Martin works. I still believe she is a gifted and a talented writer. To be honest, this book isn't too bad. But it's not up to Kat Martin's usual style and standard either. Well, try this one anyway... who knows, u might like it more than I have.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
I wanted to give this book a 3, but......... 18 May 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I really, really wanted to give Devil's Prize a 3 or higher. I was really anticipating reading Rayne's (Sweet Vengeance) sister's story. Alexandra/Alex/Alexa seemed very headstrong, if not intelligent in Sweet Vengeance. So, why when she gets her own story in Devil's Prize, does she act like a complete ninny?
The plot of this book is fueled by revenge. Damien Falon seeks Alexa out to avenge the death of his brother Peter. He believes that Peter's unrequited love for Alexa is what caused his death. After "winning" a night with Alexa, Damien compromises her, but he ends up married to her instead. Later on, Damien realizes that Alexa was not responsible for his brother's death, as he assumed, but by then he has laid a horrible ground for mistrust between his young bride and himself.
Alexa is impetuous in this book. Whether she is doing this to hide her grief at Peter's death or Ms. Martin is showing us through Alexa's actions how immature the heroine is, we may never know. I felt that Alexa's immaturity and mistrust is what caused Damien and she a lot of heartache and pain throughout the book.
We find out early that Alexa isn't responsible for Peter's death (although the "real" reason he died isn't revealed until the epilogue), and Damien tries to make amends. Still, she holds onto this mistrust, while claiming to fall in love with Damien. Her mistrust leads her to believe that her husband is a spy for the French, and, again, we see how her mistrust for Damien leads him into peril, danger, and harm. It seems like every time she struggled with her "love" for Damien, she ends up doing something stupid to contradict that.
I wanted the story of Alexa and Damien to work. There are some explosive and passionate love scenes in the book. But, I kept screaming in the back of my mind that Damien deserved better than Alexa!! And, when Alexa was getting herself into trouble, I kept praying that Rayne would appear to help her!!
Alexa does redeem herself toward the end of the book, but by then I was already so peeved at her, I didn't care. I only wish that Alexa had been more of a heroine instead of impulsive and immature. And if she hadn't betrayed Damien so many times, I would have believed she loved him.
Devil's Prize rates a 5 for Kat Martin; 4 for the sensuality, 5 for Damien, and Maybe a 1 for Alexa.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
An irritating heroine 15 Feb. 2001
By Elizabeth Robinson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Alexa has no sense of the danger that she is getting herself and her husband into, with her constant questioning of his integrity and naive and untrained efforts to spy for the English. I finally couldn't take her anymore and dumped the book; give me a smarter heroine than this one every time! The sex is hot, but you probably already guessed that.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Been a long time, since I've read one this good! 13 Jan. 2007
By J. Brennan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Move over Rosemary Rogers, to me this was a Steve and Ginny story and very well done indeed. One of my all time favorite couples were the tortured Steve and Ginny. They loved each other deeply but managed to have difficulties with trust, but were so passionate when they were together. Damiena and Alexa were exactly the same. They really truly loved each other. Yes, of course it was lust at first. Often lust comes first and then the couple gets to know one another and lust becomes love. Damien went after Alexa for all the wrong reasons. But what was so remarkable is he forgave her right away when he realized he was just totally wrong about her. And he set out to make the best of things, which was difficult do to, with his history. He really had no business taking a wife, but he did and he really did love Alexa deeply. It showed over and over again because he was willing to forgive some of her actions, understanding so much about how it is difficult to trust. And it is so important to understand how young Alexa was. How is such a young person able to really understand spying for ones country and how impossible a life like that can be. She just went on instinct and honor and at first she had it all wrong about Damien. But when he finally was honest with her it was still a challenge to believe. But over and over again this couple would put themselves into peril for each other and it was just so romantic and real. I cannot say enough about this book. I love to find books like this that you can truly get into such an emotional roller coaster ride of a story with lots of passion. And this was five stars and more!! I guess if you want your characters totally black and white with no shades of grey then perhaps Damien and Alexa are not your couple but to me they were what romance novels are all about!!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
My absolute favorite of the Kat Martin collection... 3 Nov. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I've read 7 of Martin's books...and this one is my absolute favorite! Damien is absolutely gorgeous (I'm sure from Martin's exquisite details) and Alexa is just wonderful! I have yet to read Gypsy Lord (my mom told me to save the best for last) but I'm looking very forward to it!
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