The Devil Takes a Bride grabbed my attention from the very beginning. It had me wondering about the heroine’s plan to marry the man she wants and the consequences that came after a sexual encounter before they were married. How was she and her new groom, a man she’d never met before, going to live with the scandal she caused in the 1810, England due to fact that during that time in Great Britain there were many strict rules in place on how a female should behave in “polite society” and within their own social class?
Furthermore, during that time in the England if you disgraced yourself you were not the only one effected by your actions. Your actions also touched the lives of your immediate family and the rest of your family including your cousins, your second-cousins, and so on in the family. The rest of your family could never get back into “polite society” unless they disowned that person by turning their back on that person and totally ignoring them in the outside world.
The flow and pace of this book follows along at a good pace. The heroine of this book, Grace, acted very believable in my opinion and so did the hero, Geoffrey. The author had them slowly get to know each other which even when they performed their marital duties in the beginning of the story they acted a little stilted. But that soon changed between them and the rest of the sex scenes were hot.
There is some conflict in the story and it pushes the story along to about the halfway point in this book. The dialogue between the people in the book was written with an American accent so if you are looking for a British slang such as “bloody hell” you won’t find it in this book.
How do you live and marry a man you do not know except for a sexual encounter that happened in darkened shop in broad daylight hours? This is what both the main characters have to learn to deal with after the sexual encounter in the shop and being found by society.
Overall this was a great read that historical romance fans will want to pick up now.
From powerful love to sizzling passion, Julia London always delivers an incomparable Regency reading experience. Returning to her acclaimed Cabot Stepsisters series, we meet an earl who can only be tamed by one wicked lady…
A plan born of desperation…
Once the toast of society, Grace Cabot and her sisters now await the shame of losing high status and fine luxuries upon the death of the Earl of Beckington. The dire circumstances are inevitable unless, of course, Grace's wicked plot to seduce a wealthy viscount into marriage goes off without a single hitch. But once a stolen embrace with the wrong man leads her to be discovered in the arms of Jeffrey, the Earl of Merryton, her plan takes a most unexpected—and scorching—twist.
…and altered by passion.
Governed by routine and ruled by duty, Jeffrey had no desire for a wife before he succumbed to Grace's temptation. Though his golden-haired, in-name-only bride is the definition of disorder, he can't resist wanting her in every way. But once her secrets meet his, society might consider their lives to be ruined beyond repair…while Jeffrey might just see it as a new beginning.