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To Tempt the Devil (A Novel of Lord Hawkesbury's Players Book 3) Kindle Edition

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About the Author

A native of Australia, C. J. Archer has loved history and books for as long as she can remember. She worked as a librarian and technical writer until she was able to channel her twin loves by writing historical fiction. She has won and placed in numerous romance writing contests, including taking home RWAustralia’s Emerald Award in 2008 for the manuscript that would become her novel Honor Bound. Under the name Carolyn Scott, she has published contemporary short stories in several women’s magazines, including Take a Break, Women’s Day, and That’s Life. After spending her early childhood surrounded by the dramatic beauty of outback Queensland, she lives today in suburban Melbourne with her husband and their two children.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1110 KB
  • Print Length: 279 pages
  • Publisher: Montlake Romance (27 Nov. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008J2GEJC
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #64,206 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I think the problem with this book is not the writing,but the pretext. I found the historical context a bit of a mismatch to the actual story. The characters didn't fully develop as far as I am aware and I am now left with a sort of incompleteness about the whole book.

Then again I could be biased towards more action filled books with romance as a back story as opposed to the other way around. If you can get it without paying over the odds, then it's a good time waster. A literary beauty/challenge is not.
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This is the first book i’ve read by this author and as such I am coming into this series in the middle or maybe even the end I’m not sure, however, it wasn’t a massive problem and certainly didn’t effect my enjoyment of the book as a whole. The only issues I found with coming in mid-series was some of the pre-existing relationships between various secondary characters were a little confusing at first. Having said that I do find this a difficult book to rate, some elements of To Tempt the Devil I really enjoyed for example:

- A historical book not focused on the aristocracy was a huge positive
- The writing style was very good
- I liked the humour in the book, and the wit of the characters
- William Shakespeare makes an appearance!!! As an English student this made me very happy.
- I thought Rafe was a good character, but then I love hero who everyone thinks are bad but actually are real softies inside.
- I really liked the idea of the story

Unfortunately I also disliked a lot of things about the book:

- The pace was fairly fast and I felt this hindered character development
- I didn’t hate the heroine Lizzy but I definitely didn’t like her! Throughout the book she flip-flopped in her emotions and at times I just - wanted to shout at her to grow a pair. I mean really if you can run away from the law then you can certainly stop being scarred of the hero. Although she redeemed herself in the end this was a problem for me.
- I found Rafe’s brothers James a very irritating and selfish character.

Overall the positives out-weighed the negatives and I did enjoy reading this book I just didn’t love reading it.
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To Tempt The Devil is book 3 in the Lord Hawkesbury's Players series, but having not read the two previous novels that came before it, I might add that it stands fine on it's own without the other instalments. I found the book a real page turner as well as finding the male lead (Rafe) a very attractively written hero in the book. Lizzy was a strong, determined woman once she got going, but seemed a little timid at first.

She and Rafe must work together to avoid the authorities and find the man from Rafe's past responsible for framing them for murder. Set in the backdrop of London's theatre land at the time of Elizabeth I. Not only must Rafe & Lizzy fight their undeniable attraction for each other, but also the fact that she has an understanding with his younger brother James.

The language is explicit in places, sexually explicit too, if that kind of thing offends, this is probably not the book for you. I like a bit of steamy bodice ripping and the scenes were well written. Even has a cameo by my favourite playwright, William Shakespeare.

When Lizzy finds out Rafe's previous occupation, will she be able to get past it and love him for who he is really is? Read it and find out! Enough angst and romance & smoulder to keep even me, (a very jaded romance reader) happy.
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Started this very early yesterday morning after finishing another, being bedbound not much to do but read at present.
Rafe Fletcher wandered the world for years, an assassin for hire and one of Europes feared swordsmen. A fitting life for a man who beat his step-father half to death, which he hoped to attone for on his return to London. Redemption proves ellusive when he meets up with Lizzy Croft. She was just a child when he left. She remembers his brooding brother when he left. She now finds herself drawn to this handsome man, but she doesn't trust him and hadn't forgotten how dangerous a man he could be. The Master of Revels is murdered and Lizzy finds herself the prime suspect. Rafe is the only man she can trust and the only one who can protect her as they race to unmask the true killer. her heart begins to thaw to this mysterious rogue. Is loving him going to be her greaterst risk??

Took a bit of getting into and found it quite boring, really not taking much note of what I had read, not my type of book, was very disappointed in it really. Shame as on reading the synopsis looked a good book.
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Excellent easy read - good plot and plenty of action. Good ending. Would recommend reading other books by the same author.
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I would give this book 2 and half stars if I could. For me the plot was boring, characters were not interesting and their decisions did not seem realistic to me. I read the book couple of weeks ago and I have already forgotten what it was about. I would not pay to read this book.
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By Dr David Mankin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Oct. 2013
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Reserve this for the beach when you don't want anything too demanding. It's an easy read, which is good in one sense but ultimately not particularly satisfying. Strip out the historical context and this is a very straightforward story told in a very straightforward way. Romantic novels are not my normal cup of tea. So why did I read it? Because it's a genre I've not tried before. Having read this I now better understand the appeal of the genre although this particular novel would not persuade me to convert. The story is let down by the author's inability to evoke what feels like a credible and convincing historical context.
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