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
This was the first book I've read by this author, but I was impressed with the way she wrote. The descriptions were very good without being overblown or flowery. I enjoyed the way she allowed the characters to grow, and the way the relationship progressed.
Bentley Rutledge is a rake, a rogue, and an out-and-out blackguard. Scandal trails in his wake, and fair maidens steer well clear of him. Frederica dAvillez knows better than to trifle with Hell-Bent, but her youthful heart has been crushed by a fickle suitor, and she burns to throw caution to the wind. Who better to burn with than that handsome, hell-bound scoundrel all the ladies whisper about?
Unfortunately, Rutledge is far from the carefree charmer he pretends to be. And when Freddies impulsive decision has dire consequences, Rutledge forces her to choose between the devil and her freedom. Soon, an innocent young woman is battling the dark undercurrents of Bentleys life, struggling against an evil so poignant and painful, it could undermine even the deepest devotion. No one believes this impetuous marriage has a prayer...except Freddie.
I enjoyed this book. Very surprise ending for me. There are alot of characters in this book and if you have read her previous books then you can follow their roles and relationship better. I would recommend reading Beauty like the night, A women of virture and No true gentleman-they are good books and give you some insight into Bentley's manner. Enjoy!!