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The Devil to Pay Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jun 2008
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Connie Brockway award-winning author of My Pleasure Sweep-you-off-your-feet romance!
Publishers Weekly Carlyle delivers great suspense...sensual scenes.
About the Author
During her frequent travels through England, Liz Carlyle always packs her pearls, her dancing slippers, and her whalebone corset, confident in the belief that eventually she will receive an invitation to a ball or a rout. Alas, none has been forthcoming. While waiting, however, she has managed to learn where all the damp, dark alleys and low public houses can be found.
Liz hopes she has brought just a little of the nineteenth century alive for the reader in her popular novels, which include the trilogy of One Little Sin, Two Little Lies, and Three Little Secrets, as well as The Devil You Know, A Deal With the Devil, and The Devil to Pay. Please visit her at LizCarlyle.com, especially if you're giving a ball.
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Sidonie Saint-Godard, sister of the fascinating George Kemble whom we know from previous novels, teaches deportment by day but isn't quite as respectable as she outwardly seems.
As the Black Angel she takes revenge on less than honorable men who've hurt women in one way or another.
When she sees how the Devil of Duke street, Devellyn, casts off yet another one of his mistresses who live across the stree from her, she decides he will be her next victim.
When the Black Angel leaves him tied naked to the bed in a seedy bar, Devellyn is livid. He vows he'll find Ruby Black and take what she cheated him out of.
In the meantime, he is forced to take up residence in his former mistress's house and meets his neighbor, the lovely French widow Sidonie. While he is still obsessed with earthy Ruby, he becomes fascinated by feisty Sidonie.
Sidonie is equally intrigued by Dev and soon starts to realize she might have made a mistake...
There are so many elements in this story I loved, but I'll try to keep it simple.
Aleric, the Devil Duke is my favorite kind of hero - a seriously tormented, big, brawny man. He is convinced his soul is "just a shade from black", and with good reason. This doesn't keep him from being honest about his feelings though. And he feels deeply. He's a complex character who's both cynical to the marrow and yet surprisingly open.
Sidonie/Ruby is a strong, independent woman with a mind of her own. She knows what she wants and acts without hesitation. Like Devellyn she has demons of her own that have shaped her.
Both Dev and Sid/Ruby were real persons to me. Fleshed out, with substance. I completely understood Dev's fascination, or obsession, with Ruby from the minute she opened her mouth. I thought they were perfect for each other.
While this is an intense and sexy read, there are lots of laugh-out-loud moments. I was giggling when Sid and Aleric first "officially" met, I laughed out loud at their second conversation and the scene when they got together after that was just plain hilarious. I won't get into what else made me sputter, but you'll know when you read it *eg*.
It's hard to explain just why Liz Carlyle's writing captivates me so. Is it the finely drawn characters with their complex emotions? The incredibly hot men and strong women who feel intensely and obsessively? The way she makes 19th century England come alive with smell and sound? The beautiful prose, or the way there isn't a superfluous chapter or scene to be found?
Maybe it's the tension that radiates from each book. Maybe it's because her stories are just a bit darker, a bit more suspenseful and a lot more seductive than most other romance novels?
I'm not sure, all I know is that ALL of her novels have grabbed me in a way most others can't, no matter how much I enjoy them.
THE DEVIL TO PAY is no exception!!
Sidonie Saint-Godard is a righter of wrongs in the guise of her alta-ego Ruby, the Black Angel. She humiliates and robs ton 'gentlemen' who have done their women folk wrong. So, for example a young arrogant lord who gets his palour maid pregnant and then dismisses her without help, gets drugged, humiliated and robbed of his jewels which then go to the palour maid to aid her.
However, Sidonie makes a mistake when she thinks the Marquess of Devellyn cruelly and heartlessly discards and evicts his mistresses one after the other. In fact the mistresses get fed up with him and depart. Thinking he needs to learn a lesson for discarding yet another poor mistress, Sidonie picks on Devellyn for her 'Black Angel' treatment.
As Devellyn's town house is being renovated, he has to move to the house in which he usually houses his current mistress. It just happens to be across the street from Sidonie's house and Devellyn is fascinated by her.
This is a witty,funny and yet typically of Carlyle's books, a dark read. I loved the character of Devellyn, a rake who is fed up with his lifestyle yet doesn't know how to change it until he meets the fascinating Ruby/Sidonie.
Carlyle's books are so much more than mere historical romances. I've now read the lot and am waiting for her to write more.
This is the first ever Kindle e-book I've ever had, and have been so pleased with the Kindle. It feels really strange to pick up a book again! Therefore it was lovely to start off my career as a Kindle reader with one of my favourite authors, Liz Carlyle and The Devil to Pay.
Especially as it was the story of George Kemble's sister Sidonie Saint-Goddard and her Aleric, Marquess of Devellyn.
A fabulous story of lover conquering the social layers and respectability, and thankfully winning.
Both of the characters, and supporting cast were truly believable and heat-warming, and nothing annoyed me at all on any level! Especially good to get lots of lovely background revealed on George.
A 4 Star read.
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