The Devil's Web - Web, Bk 3 Author:Mary Balogh HE'S THE ULTIMATE TEMPTATION -- AS DANGEROUS AS HE IS IRRESISTIBLE... — Sensual. Seductive. Emotional. No one stirs the heart and imagination like Mary Balogh. In this classic novel, the bestselling author weaves a spellbinding tale of two people haunted by desire, unable to resist the love that has become their m... more »ost passionate obsession....
When James Purnell walks into the London drawing room and sees Lady Madeline Raine, time stops. Once she had been his for the taking. Now she is an aloof, beautiful stranger, determined to keep the devilishly handsome nobleman from seducing her again. But after four years apart, desire reignites -- swift, hot, irresistible -- culminating in a night of reckless lovemaking. Suddenly Madeline is faced with an unbearable choice: marry with no hope of love or risk certain ruin. Her decision will have consequences she never imagined, as she makes a shocking discovery about the man she secretly loves. What she doesn't know is how far James will go to right the wrongs of the past -- and how much he's willing to risk for the woman who already owns him -- body, heart, and soul.« less
Not her best book, but still good. I believe it is part of a series. There's so much tension between the hero and heroine that it almost makes you tired. It does work out okay in the end, but I was hoping for more. If you like Balogh, it's a good read, but try the Slightly series first.
I have liked everything Mary Balogh has written. This is not an easy book but it comes across as real. James(brother of Alexandra-Edmund's wife from Gilded Web)is complicated, brooding, flawed and guilt ridden thanks to his father. His fear of love and need to punish himself by pushng people away-esp Madeline is heart wrenching. If you've ever known someone who brought out the nasty streak in yourself then you wanted to kick yourself after- you'll understand. I thought MB handled the angst very well.
This book is just painful. If you want dysfunctional relationships in a regency, this is your book. Last as part of the web series, while all are good and discuss difficult situations. This one was about abuse and lack and the inability to communicate. Tough read.