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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You will NOT be disappointed with this book!
England, 1805, seventeen-year-old Devlin Kimball had been sitting in detention awaiting the arrival of his displeased parents and little sister Sarah when the dean walked in to inform him that his Aunt Augusta was en route to pick him up. His parents and four-year-old sister had "an accident". Half way to the school they had stopped at an inn to rest. The inn had caught...
Published on 14 May 2004 by Detra Fitch

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3.0 out of 5 stars a book of two halves
Brief Synopsis: Lizzie is a companion to Devlin's aunt. The only remaining family that Devlin has is his aunt after a fire killed his parents and siblings. Devlin believes that his family was murdered and has set out to bring justice to the culprits. He meets Lizzie through his aunt who sets up a matchmaking scheme to bring them together. Not as easy as it would seem as...
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You will NOT be disappointed with this book!, 14 May 2004
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Detra Fitch (USA) - See all my reviews
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England, 1805, seventeen-year-old Devlin Kimball had been sitting in detention awaiting the arrival of his displeased parents and little sister Sarah when the dean walked in to inform him that his Aunt Augusta was en route to pick him up. His parents and four-year-old sister had "an accident". Half way to the school they had stopped at an inn to rest. The inn had caught fire, killing 47 people, including his family. The Dowager Viscountess (Augusta) Strathmore did her best with Devlin, but he eventually went adventuring on the high seas, spending his rage on the elements.
London, 1817, Devlin "Devil", Lord Strathmore, had uncovered the dark truth about the fire at the inn. The fire had been deliberate! He also knew that one or more of the morally twisted gentlemen in the "Horse and Chariot Club" were to blame. Devlin vowed to learn the names of the guilty and kill them. Marriage never entered the equation. But Aunt Augusta's will changed that.
Elizabeth "Lizzie" Carlisle had been lady's companion to Augusta, who had been affectionately known to all as "Lady Ironsides". Knowing how much the old lady loved her nephew, Lizzie had tricked Devlin into visiting only weeks before the lady died. Devlin had been annoyed at Lizzie at first. But his aunt had been the only person Devlin cared for anymore and understood, after awhile, why Lizzie had done it. Both of them were shocked when the will was read. The problem for Lizzie was that she had already been through a broken heart before with Lord Alec. (The brother of Lizzie's best friend in the previous book titled "LADY OF DESIRE".) The last thing she wanted was another man in her life! The problem for Devlin was that if anyone at the club realized his actually had come to care for Lizzie, she would be in grave danger!
***** EXCELLENT! I can tell you this much more without spoiling anything and I only tell because the reader knows this from the beginning: Sarah was saved from the fire by someone, Ginny, and raised for the next twelve years in Ireland. Though Sarah recalls nothing, Ginny wishes to return Sarah to her only living relative, now that he has finished traveling. First though, Ginny must make sure Devlin is not like the men in whose company he keeps.
Author Gaelen Goley has done an incredible job writing about the Knight family. (Alec & Jacinda's family.) Readers will have glimpses into the lives of a few past characters as well. You do NOT have to read any of the previous books to thoroughly enjoy this one. The plot is strong, the writing perfect, and the story moves along at a good pace. You will not find yourself getting bored at any point. I highly recommend the entire series! *****
Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars superbly written, unique a pleasure to read, 24 Aug. 2006
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Having an English lit and History background I tend to enjoy reading Regency novels. Ms Foley is one of few writers who has managed to write superb romances with authentic and interesting heros/heroines while taking into consideration the richness,beauty and darkness of the times.

The duke first in the Knights Miiscellany series is a fabulous start and all the books that have followed have been spectacular full of intrigue and secrets, danger and suspense sensual love scenes ,touching and highly intense heros and heroines .Each and every book is unique, developing plots around various issues of the times. The Duke deals with vengence and handles the issue of rape so very well,which was so common at the time-the heroine a strong individual despite her circumstances does not give up on life and love.

One night of sin with the handsome rougue Alec Knight deals with the issue of gambling which was an obsession of the times the plot perfectly unravels with the bold and fearless Becky Ward his heroine and the love of his life.

They're all favourites and they ALL have a five star rating including Devil takes a Bride .

Dashing and Dark hero Devlin Kimball totally sexy and mysterious is out for vengence on the men who deliberately killed his family.Playing a dual persona he confuses society and Lizzie our Heroine in order to uncover the truth.In his role Foley uncovers the debauchery and the dark side of wealth ,power sexual interests of the times.Lizzie comes into her own story here -her presence in the earlier novels is defined as the untiltled companion of Lady Jacinda Knight and "adopted' member of the family.Lizzie is a strong- willed ,stable intelligent young lady ,who leaves the knight family ,to mend her broken heart from Alec Knights "rejection". She accepts a position as a lady's companion to the Dowager Viscountess Strathnmore.It is here that her peaceful life explodes when she meets the Dowagers wicked nephew ,Devil who takes them both on a journey of adventure ,revelations dark secrets and passion.

Brilliant ,fast , sensually breathtaking! Congratulations Ms Foley !
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3.0 out of 5 stars a book of two halves, 28 Dec. 2007
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Brief Synopsis: Lizzie is a companion to Devlin's aunt. The only remaining family that Devlin has is his aunt after a fire killed his parents and siblings. Devlin believes that his family was murdered and has set out to bring justice to the culprits. He meets Lizzie through his aunt who sets up a matchmaking scheme to bring them together. Not as easy as it would seem as Lizzie has had her heart broken not too long ago. Fate brings them all to London and Devlin must woo Lizzie, fend off Alec - her old love, and bring down a crime ring.

Characters: Lizzie - sweet, heartbroken, kind and caring but strong. Often when you make a leading lady 'sweet' she loses her backbone but Foley has given her the perfect balance. Devlin - tortured, lonely and vengeful. Again Devlin is written as a multi-faceted character, not as dark as he first seems but the sense of Lizzie and love as his saviour is powerful.

The beginning of this book is excellent. You're drawn in by likeable characters and intrigue. Devlin and Lizzie are perfectly suited and you can see the sparks on the page from the moment they meet.

Having said that somewhere along the way I felt like I was just willing the book to end. It lost its pace when the characters came together in London and the only assumption that I can make is that it was too long. Devlin has to woo Lizzie to choose him over a former love and while there are parts of it that are romantic other parts are just plain cringeworthy.

Now I expect a romance to be corny in places but I also expect good dialogue to pick up the pace and Foley failed to do this. However the interesting characters and promising plot redeem this book for me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Foley, 5 April 2010
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I've been revisiting Gaelen Foley recently having originally read the Knight Miscellany and Ascension trilogy nearly a decade ago. This was very entertaining and I enjoyed it as much as the first time, perhaps even more (as I can't really remember:)!). I do however remember dear Lizzie Carlisle, her unrequited love for fallen angel Alex and her existence (in her mind) always on the periphery of the family etc. This is a fitting story for her and she finds the perfect foil in delicious Devlin who can finally convince her of her own worth.

Very enjoyable and a fitting addition to this fabulous series of books!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Synopsis (from the back of the book), 15 Dec. 2005
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Lisa Lafosse "cursinglady" (East-Flanders, Belgium) - See all my reviews
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Celebrated storyteller Gaelen Foley brings her craft to new heights with Devil Takes A Bride, the seductive tale of a man bent on revenge and the beauty who teaches him to love again.
In the quiet English countryside, far from the intrigues of London, Lizzie Carlisle slowly mends her broken heart, devoting herself to her new position as lady's companion to the Dowager Viscountess Strathmore - until her peaceful life is turned upside down by a visit from "Devil" Strathmore, the old woman's untamed nephew - a dangerously handsome man whose wicked reputation hides a tortured soul.
Devlin Kimball, Lord Strathmore, has spent years adventuring on the high seas, struggling to make his peace with the tragedy that claimed the lives of his family. But now he has uncovered the dark truth behind the so-called accident and swears retribution. He has no intention of talking a bride - until his eccentric aunt's will forces him and Lizzie together, and Devlin finds his path to vengeance blocked by the stubborn but oh-so-tempting Miss Carlisle. Her passionate nature rivals his own, but disillusioned once by love, Lizzie will accept nothing less than his true devotion...
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read, 25 April 2004
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Lizzie Carlisle, who appears in the other books in the Knight series asJacinda Knight's (Lady of Desire) companion, has taken a break from theKnight family after a humiliating experience with Jacinda's brother Alec. As a lady's companion to the Dowager Viscountess Strathmore, Lizzieencounters her nephew Devlin 'Devil Strathmore'. Devlin has struggled todeal with the deaths of his family & his efforts to uncover the truth andseek vengeance are jeopardised by his Aunt's will. The will decrees thatDevlin and Lizzie must marry in order for Devlin to inherit. Lizzie isdrawn in to the dangerous cat and mouse game Devlin is enmeshed in withhis family’s killers. A good read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars fabulous, 11 Jun. 2008
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This review is from: Devil Takes a Bride (Knights Miscellany 5) (Paperback)
this is the 5th book in the knight series, following the marriage of jacinda to her billy lizzie has taken herself to the country. but things are not so quiet in the country as her employers nephew turns up and turns her life upside down. add in a revenge plot and a long lost sister there is plenty of excitement in the story. the passion between dvlin and lizzie is just devine!!
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Heroin who is real! And Likeably, 4 July 2004
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Sabrina Dorgan "beenadorgan" (Ireland) - See all my reviews
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Gaelen has hit another winner in this book. I enjoy a well written Romance novel and I'm one of those people who hates characters who are stereotypical and shallow, that is not what you get with this book. You find that the heroin, Lizzie Carlisle, is a woman that you'd like to know yourself. She's a real person and her reactions to people and situations are realistic unlike other romance heroin's who wander though their books making poor choices and frustrating their readers. The novels hero, Devlin Kimball, is the sort of man that any women who fall for, he's funny and charming but not perfect, which makes him all the better. Gaelen manages to make her characters flawed enough to be real and not to much so that you can still like them. The storyline is plausible, while being interesting and you find yourself feeling attached to the characters and hoping that they succeed in finding happiness.
All in all I loved this book and the ones before it. The Knight family members are all unique and impossible not to like. Anyone who enjoys a good romance novel would be hard pushed to find fault in this book. It's sweet and funny and full of romance that leaves you with that happy fuzzy feeling inside when you reach the last page. Read it, you won't regret it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read, 4 May 2013
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Great read the story moves along and you struggle to put the book down, when you do you soon pick it up again.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Regency Romance, 22 April 2005
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3 peers of the realm chase down the mistress of one of them and the young male lover of the other. A viscount tries to intervene and protect them at an inn and accidently is shot. Instead of anyone in the 'packed inn' being able to help, the peers have enough time to throw everyone out, create tales to suit everyone, and burn down the inn. Farfetched? You decide.
This leaves us with an orphaned young viscount, Devlin, who remains under the tutelage of his aunt for awhile before being sent away on the high seas to burn away his bitterness at having lost his family.
Lizzie, the sort of forgotten second cousin figure, works as companion to the aunt and therefore comes into contact with Devlin. Immediately, there are sparks and within a few days, heavy petting ensues, etc. etc..
Anyway, there's revenge, lust, depravity (lots of it) and more but my biggest problem with this book was the standard of English that was used. It truly ruined my ability to enjoy this book and there were moments when I wanted to.
With slang such as 'hey', 'thanks', and lingo that I'm sure wasn't invented until circa 1950 in america, this book could have taken place anywhere, anytime. There was very little connection with the regency period itself. Nothing was described in detail, such as clothing, carriages, balls, buildings and there was not one reference to anything historical.
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