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The Devil in Disguise (Regency Rogues Novel) (Regency Rogues Novels) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jun 2011
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"Smart, sensuous, and sparkling with wit . . . spectacular."--Julia Quinn"Captivating . . . With her fresh, original voice, Stefanie Sloane will charm her way into readers' hearts."--Susan Wiggs
About the Author
A native Northwesterner with the pale skin to prove it, Stefanie Sloane credits her parents' eclectic reading habits--not to mention their decision to live in the middle of nowhere--for her love of books. A childhood spent lost in the pages of countless novels led Stefanie to college, where she majored in English. No one was more surprised than Stefanie when she actually put her degree to use and landed a job in Amazon.com's editorial department. She spent more than five years reading for a living before retiring to concentrate on her own stories. Stefanie Sloane lives with her family in Seattle.
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Review originally posted at Romancing the Book
Review: So this book is Stefanie Sloane's debut and also the start of her Regency Rogues series featuring a bunch of English spies. Since I'm a huge fan of Regency romance and series, this book should have been right up my alley. But I think it fell a little short for me, but all in all a solid debut.
Will and Lucinda aren't your typical Regency leading players. Will is more interested in his spy work than his role as a Duke in English society. And Lucinda, a wealthy woman in her own right also doesn't particularly care for society and really just wants to concentrate on her horse breeding program. But when Lucinda's life in threatened, Will is assigned to protect her... and what better way than to court her. Of course, Lucinda doesn't want to be courted so Will basically bribes her with his prized horse. OK... I'm on board. Seems like a pretty solid and interesting plot up to this point.
But then we are introduced to the evil villain, Garenne (or is it Garrene or Gareene? Unfortunately all these spellings were used in the book). I didn't care for him as the bad guy. His motives and well, just him, were unbelievable. Then when it came to wrapping up the story, it was too short and neat to be satisfying.
And speaking of satisfying, the romance was on the light side. Don't get me wrong, we know Will and Lucinda are falling for each other, but really all you get is the tension and never the payoff which is expected in romance novels these days. And when we do get to "the payoff", the scenes don't flow and left me unsatisfied. I'd rather the action have stayed behind closed doors than to have it be lackluster.
So, I liked the basic plot and most of the characters, but what really pushed my buttons was the errors in story. The editing was horrible in places. I mean, come on, how did "riding havit" or "Hrace" slip through spell check? And as I pointed out earlier, the villain's name was misspelled several times. These aren't things you'd expect to see from a major publishing house and the editor in me cringed each time I came across one.
The book had potential, but ended up being just a middle of the road read for me. I am curious enough about the series and Ms Sloane as an author to move on to the next book in the series.
William Randall ("Iron Will"), the Duke of Claremont, is not interested in his ducal responsibilities as he has family issues (his father was a tyrant and his mother did nothing to help). So instead, he's a spy for England for the Young Corinthians group. His "cover" is to be a rogue/rake. His new assignment is to protect Lady Lucinda. It seems that an evil man named Garenne is intent on kidnapping Lady Lucinda for France. To make sure that doesn't happen, Will decides he'll court Lady Lucinda so that he can stay close to her.
Lady Lucinda has no interest in being courted. To get her interest, he tempts her with his horse. He'll give her his horse, one that Lady Lucinda wants very badly for the breeding program, if he can court her for 3 months. If, at the end of 3 months, Lady Lucinda won't marry him, she can have his horse.
What follows is Will trying to protect Lucinda while trying not to lose his heart (as of course, he doesn't believe in love or marriage either), while Lucinda fights her feelings for Will. Will also needs to deal with his family.
Though the plot isn't too original, I thought it was a well-written first novel, and I look forward to reading the next book in the series (This is the first in a series with the heroes all spies for the Young Corinthians group). I enjoyed it, though I would have enjoyed an ending that didn't seem so rushed - I would have liked even a few more pages. If the "heat" of a book matters to you, sensuality-wise, I would rate this as warm.