I have yet to read a book by Anne Stuart that I have not adored and "The Devil's Waltz" is no exception. I loved the sexual tension between the two main characters - the spinsterish "Honorable Miss Annelise Kempton" and the charming "bad boy" Christian Montcalm! I loved how Annelise (small note: I fell in love with the heroine's name) wasn't your typical heroine in that she was no great beauty and was considered to be "on the shelf" by everyone, including herself. This did not cause her to shy away from society and sit timidly by. Nooo! Annelise simply accepts her lot in life. She isn't easily intimidated by Christian either and the banter between them is another strong point. Christian was simply a hero to die for - a bad boy who made no apologies for who he was.
I teared up towards the end when everything came together and that in itself made this a definite keeper for me. If Anne Stuart can write anything less than satisfying, I have yet to read it.
There are so many reasons to hate Christian Montcalm, and, yet, I still fell in love with his character. He was so evil that he should have been easy to hate. He didn't care about anyone but himself (most of the time) and he had no problem ruining the reputations and feelings of others. However, there was something redeeming about his character. He just narrowly avoids being classified as an arrogant jackass. I don't know what Stuart did to make me love this character, but I do love him. The rest of the characters and plot were just "meh" to me. It was Montcalm that made this a highly enjoyable read.
I'm surprised how much I enjoyed this book considering the fact that the hero is an absolute jerk throughout most of it. I typically despise selfish scoundrels too beautiful for their own good but this guy managed to maintain charm. Maybe it's because he never pretended to be someone else? Or maybe I kept reading to see the next loathsome thing he'd do :) Whatever, the reason he kept me turning the pages.
Interesting mix of characters - dark tale of unlikely love.
It is one of the best romances I have ever read.With tormented hero and totally lovely heroine.I would keep it!