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Sweet as the Devil (Berkley Sensation) [Mass Market Paperback]

Susan Johnson

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 327 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Sensation; Reissue edition (Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 042524041X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425240410
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 10.5 x 16.8 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 336,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: 3.2 out of 5 stars  9 reviews
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A satisfactory read with a pleasant ending! 3 Mar 2011
By I. Cespedes - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
*Note: Read and reviewed for The Season for Romance.

Miss Sofia Eastleigh had made a name for herself throughout London for not only being a great beauty, but a great artist. She was hired to paint the portrait of a London socialite when she encountered the irresistible James Blackwood. James had been visiting Sofia's client at the time, who also happened to be his lover. They momentarily took notice of each other and cataloged how tempting the other was. However, it wasn't until later that their paths would cross again and they would truly be tempted.

James Blackwood, although no stranger to sin or pleasure, took his job seriously and was damn good at it. He was in charge of the guard that protected Prince Ernst of Dalmia. The Prince lost his son and only heir and so in the hopes of protecting his interests, he placed James in charge of locating and protecting his long lost daughter, Sofia.

James knows exactly who murdered the princes' son and is now after his land. He also knows that Sofia's life will be in danger as soon as it's discovered that the prince does in fact have another heir. He has no choice but to get Sofia out of London and across the Scottish border where she will be safest. Sofia on the other hand is not happy about this turn of events. Her father never played an active role in her life and now he wants her to carry the burden of being his endangered heir and despite how incredibly attracted to James she is, he has made it abundantly clear that he is only there to protect her. Sofia then decides that the only way to make this trip tolerable is to make sure that she changes James' mind about the nature of their relationship.

In all the historical romances that I've read, Sofia is the most progressive heroine that I've come across. She was raised in a bohemian type of environment where people are much more open about intimate relations and it's not considered improper for a woman to be too independent or to have more than one lover. Even so, I was a bit taken aback by how forward her character was. The development of the relationship between Sofia and James was instigated by her and was entirely sexual...for the most part. James was a typical rake so his reaction and actions were expected. It was Sofia who surprised me most.

There were things about this book that I enjoyed and things that I had a little trouble with. I enjoyed the development of the relationship between Sofia and James. What started off as a sexual relationship progressed to a relationship with emotional value and meaning. During the course of the book, the act of sex turned into an act of love making. In addition, the plot was interesting and Johnson gave us some very dramatic and suspenseful scenes that punctuated the danger that Sofia and James faced.

Being an erotic romance, I understand that the reason for the explicitness and I had no trouble with that. Where I did have trouble was with some of the sexual situations that the characters found themselves in. Within the context of the setting, some of those situations seemed unlikely. The other area that I felt could have used a little more polishing was the language. At times, I felt that the dialogue was too modern for the 19th century.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars heated Victorian romance 5 Mar 2011
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In 1893, Scottish Baron James Blackwood is a lover of renown, but takes his day job seriously as a guard protecting the Duchy of Dalmia Prince Ernst. When someone assassinates the heir to Dalmia, Prince Rupert, James swears he will find the traitor who killed his friend.

Instead Ernst asks him to keep safe his other offspring, Sofia Eastleigh. James recently met Sofia during one of his trysts, but resisted the temptation of seducing her; which now that he knows who she is he is grateful for his self control. However, Sofia and James are shocked by their desire for one another as both have always controlled their passions. As they fall in love during several gender skirmishes, a predator stalks Ernst's offspring.

The latest "as" heated Victorian romance (see Gorgeous as Sin and Sexy as Hell) is a fun erotic thriller. The boudoir scenes are scintillating; slow and steamy while overwhelming the prime plot of exposing the killer. Still fans of Susan Johnson will appreciate the escapades of the devil and the daughter especially in the bedroom (and a few other places).

Harriet Klausner
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you have read this author's books, this book will feel familiar. 3 Mar 2011
By Bookaholics Reviewer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Sweet as the Devil by Susan Johnson
Historical Romance -March 1st, 2011
4 stars

Lovers of Susan Johnson's writing style will love this new addition to her lush historical romances.

In this story, Sofia is a free spirited artist with a hidden past that she is unaware of. She first meets the dashing hero, Jamie while being summoned to paint the portrait of his current flame. Sofia is stunned by his blatant sexuality and wishes he is her lover instead.

While Jamie is attracted to Sofia, he is busy with his current and very demanding lover and knows he will be returning to Scotland soon. But fate takes a hand when Jamie soon finds himself sent as a bodyguard to protect Sofia. The passion between them flares into endless, decadent days and nights. But Sofia's life is in danger and Jamie realizes he must not become too distracted by her allure.

If you have read this author's books, this book will feel familiar. Her brand of lush even hedonistic sensuality flies off the page. As usual, the author's hero is a man who can satisfy any woman and is wanted by them all due to his legendary sexual prowess. I liked that Sofia is confident in her sexuality and chooses her own lovers. As such, they are well matched. While erotic, this book is not as sexually adventurous as the author's earliest historical romances. However, it is quicker to read since her earlier works were also more historically detailed.

Luxurious, lush and descendant this is a book to read on cold night.

Reviewed by Steph from the Bookaholics Romance Book Club
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 stars! Bruton Street series, book 3 of 4. Four handsome, hot alpha male bachelor friends find love in the 1890's. 13 Feb 2013
By Avid Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the Bruton Street series, courtesy Susan Johnson. Each book can be read as a stand-alone, but I recommend reading them as a set in chronological order as the H/h from previous books will be reappearing.

1. Gorgeous as sin - Fitz's and Rosalind's story - year 1891
2. Sexy as hell - Osmond's and Isolde's story - year 1892
3. Sweet as the devil - Jamie's and Sofia's story - year 1893
4. Seductive as flame - Alec's and Zelda's story - year 1894


Hero: James, Baron aka Jamie/Scotish guard/$$$/dark hair/green eyes
Heroine: Sofia Eastleigh/23 years old/daughter of a Prince/artist/blond hair/blue eyes

Jamie, Baron Blackwood has been assigned with protecting the illegitimate daughter of the Prince Ernst of Dalmia. Jamie is determined not to end up in bed with Sofia. But Sofia is feisty and she has other ideas. This is my least favorite book in series, but it's still and 4-star read. I recommend reading it as part of the series.

Hero rating: 4 stars
Heroine rating: 3.5 stars
Sex scenes rating: 4 stars
Sex scenes frequency: 4 stars
Storyline concept rating: 3.5 stars
Storytelling skills rating: 5 stars
Story ending rating: 4 stars
Overall rating: 4 stars

Would I recommend this series: Yes.
Would I re-read this series: Probably not.
Would I read future books by this author: Yes.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting but lacking passion 25 July 2011
By Elizabeth Stockholm - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
As always, Susan Johnson does historical romance like no other. Her facts and details are amazing. I loved the idea, the conversations were hot and delightfully full of tension, but the love scenes fell totally flat. No originality and no fire. Also *spoiler alert* the fact that she got pregnant seemed a lame device (although been used before), and that they would both go from conscienceless libertines to doting parents seemed kind of ridiculous. Not everybody wants a baby right away. I love many of Susan Johnson's books, and I have several I read over and over. This is will not be one of them.
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