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Devil Takes a Bride review Î 3 · In the uiet 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 Strath— until her peaceful life is turned upside down by a visit from “Devil” Strath the old woman’s untamed nepheA dangerously handsome man whose wicked reputation hides a tortured soulDevlin Kimball Lord Strath 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. Reviewed for THC ReviewsOh my goodness Devil Takes a Bride is one of the best books I've read in uite some time Gaelen Foley has done it again with yet another engrossing installment in the Knight Miscellany series Devil Takes a Bride has now become my favorite book in the series to date and that's no easy task since all of them have rated 4 5 stars for me Ms Foley is masterful at painting word pictures that make me feel like I'm right there and part of the story It was much like watching a movie playing out in my head complete with slow motion action scenes I think she is able to make me see all of these things so vividly in my mind's eye because of the richness in her characterizations and the detailed descriptions of the settings and actions and I definitely consider her to be an incredibly talented author to do this Devil Takes a Bride is a near perfect novel with thoroughly likable main characters dastardly villains suspense sweet and sensuous romance and an action packed ending and to top it all off everything flowed together with the smoothness of an ocean current I didn't find a single plot hole and if there were any to be found I was simply too absorbed in this amazing story to notice The best thing about it was that there was nary a misunderstanding or TSTL moment to be found Devlin and Lizzie are both described as having above average intelligence and they both actually put their brains to good use There were a number of times that danger problems or mysteries arose in which a weaker author probably would have taken the easy way out by allowing the characters to be clueless and act stupidly in spite of their intelligence but every time Dev and Lizzie always put two and two together to figure things out and make good solid choices I cannot tell you how utterly refreshing this is and it made me respect both the characters and the author a whole lot For me Devlin was the epitome of the romantic hero He is described as having long dark hair a tanned and well muscled body and he even sports a piratical gold earring Dev is the perfect blend of proper English gentleman and exotic savage gained from his years of adventuring around the globe Outwardly he is charming and intelligent but within his gorgeous body he harbors a dark tormented soul and an unuenchable thirst for revenge borne from the tragic murder of his family twelve years earlier He has vowed never to love again because all he knows of love is the pain of loss Still Devlin can't help but care if somewhat reluctantly for his aged Aunt Augusta who was his lifeline after his parents deaths for his valet and best friend Ben and most of all for Lizzie He sees in Lizzie a kindred spirit who understands him in a way no one else does except Aunt Augusta and Ben Devlin is without a doubt a thoroughly masculine alpha male but he isn't afraid to exhibit just enough vulnerability to also make him thoroughly human which is a combination I can never resistI relate to Lizzie so much because she is a lot like me with a just little less fear and a little spunk I adored her all throughout the first four books when she was just a shy bookish companion to Jacinda Knight but in Devil Takes a Bride Lizzie definitely comes into her own She has always been rather invisible caught between two classes and never really belonging to either but in this book she earns all the love and attention she so richly deserves What's even better is that Dev and Alec realized how much she merited her moment in the spotlight every bit as much as I did I have to say that in those earlier books in the series I had really liked Lizzie with Alec In my opinion they made a great couple and I thought that for sure they would end up together eventually I was rather sad when Alec hurt Lizzie so badly at the end of book #4 but Dev turned out to be far than just a consolation prize Until reading her book I don't think I would have guessed the kind of passionate spirit Li

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He has no intention of taking a bride until his eccentric aunt’s will forces he 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 devoti. Gaelen Foley is an author who inspires so much ambivalence in me While reading one of her books I will move from disgust to disbelief to resignation to pleasure to frustration and Some parts of her books are really good Then the heroine does a doormat or TSTL move and I think it's all over red rover I read on and lo The hero stops being a dick long enough for me to start to like him and I am engaged again That pretty much summed up my feelings about this one #5 from the Knight Miscellany strange name seriesI initially really didn't like the hero Devlin He was so consumed with his plan to avenge the deaths of his family that he had lost all self respect and basically saw the whole thing as a suicide mission Of course he reluctantly falls in love with Lizzie the fairly bland character we met previously in the series and starts to discover a new lust for life and well a whole lot of just lust tooThe story was a good one and GF manages to create uite a complex plot with great characterisations especially of the villains who are defs a ghastly bunch of nobs Their lifestyle would probably have killed them eventually anyway but Devlin desperately wanted to hasten their demiseI found it hard to accept the fact that Devlin couldn't let go of his need for revenge until I realised that he saw himself as somehow responsible for the deaths of his parents and sister and was on a massive guilt tripLizzie seemed a bit too good to be true initially and she annoyed me but then she loved Dev and was always prepared to give him a chance to explain himself and try to be a better person That is actually a very admirable uality So many HR's feed off mistrustful MCs to generate the big Misunderstanding that drives the angst in the relationship Sometimes it is actually pleasant to find MCs who really try to believe the best in each other and work together to overcome their obstacles rather than creating even bigger ones by always jumping to the worst possible conclusions Sure if to turns out he WAS unfaithful kick him to the kerb Hard But let's wait and see if there is another explanationThere was a very dramatic and violent climax to the story lots of blood and stuff but I loved how the two women held their own in the end proving to be just as resourceful courageous and strong as the men I have now read Lord of Ice and Lady of Desire in this series too It took a while but I did end up liking Damien from Lord of Ice Jacinda' vapid silliness just drove me nuts in Lady of Desire People rave about The Duke but a few have slammed the hero's disgusting sexist treatment of the heroine who is apparently a courtesan which is never a trope I like so I may not get to that one I think Lucien in Lord of Fire sounds like a bit of a pig too but maybe GF can turn these guys around into men I actually like She may well struggle to do that for Alec in One Night of Sin She has however succeeded in doing that for me so far Devil takes a Bride was bloody good read well worth the 4 stars

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Devil Takes a BrideIn the uiet 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 Strath until her peaceful life is turned upside down by a visit from “Devil” Strath the old woman’s untamed nephew. 45 Stars — loved this one Wonderful pacing and story telling The hero and heroine were perfectly matched It didn’t feel like one or the other had an unfair advantage which is difficult to believe considering all that happens in this novel The best in the series to date for meBuddy read with Loriidae in the HRBC as we near the end of this series challenge for this year