The Devil You Know Author:Liz Carlyle From acclaimed author Liz Carlyle comes a spellbinding new novel in which the ton's most charming ne'er-do-well meets his match in a most unexpected fashion and discovers the true meaning of desire.... — The Devil You Know — Frederica d'Avillez is sure she will never marry. She's had a disastrous London season, and now her longtime beau has thrown... more » her over for a more eligible miss. But if Freddie can't have a husband, she's hell-bent on experiencing at least one night of unforgettable passion. Where better than in the arms of the dashing rogue Bentley "Hell-Bent" Rutledge? So what if he's a rake, scoundrel, and all-round devil?
Scandal trails in Bentley's wake and fair maidens usually steer well clear of him -- and vice versa. But when the opportunity presents itself, Bentley can't resist Freddie's exotic beauty. When their wild, reckless passion has dire consequences, Bentley is forced to choose between honor and freedom. And Freddie soon realizes that Bentley's devil-may-care fašade is just that -- for she has unwittingly unleashed his dark secrets...and secret desires.« less
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Wow, this was a good book. The writing and multiple story levels were amazing. Carlyle had a web of intricate plots going that, instead of falling into chaos, meshed quite nicely. Her writing seemed to be more sophisticated than most other romance novels and the book benefited because of it. The two lead characters were written with such depth that it was difficult not to be drawn into their lives.
The one critique I had with this book is that Carlyle introduced characters left and right with little time left for the reader to remember the role they play. This book had so many characters that I almost had trouble keeping up with the role they played in the plot.
Overall, a great read. I'm glad that I have one more book by her waiting for me at home.
A sexy, fast paced read. Can't quite tell the era, middle 1800's I think.
Hero and heroine are well matched and the hero has a dark secret which is slowly revealed throughout the book. Initially it is a more typical Have Sex, Made Baby, Gotta Get Married story. It becomes something more complex as you realize that Bentley is a very scarred individual with deep emotional issues.
The emotional tension kind of petered out for me toward the end, mostly because it was obvious what was coming but the characters were still blundering about blindly. It was a satisfactory ending, though.
Most importantly, I realized though not listed as a "series" per se, this is in fact at least book four in a set of connected stories. Other major characters clearly had had their own books in the past. The characters are connected by the Camden family - cousins link these books together. From what I can tell series order:
My False Heart
Beauty Like the Night
No True Gentleman
The Devil You Know
Wicked All Day