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Devil's Kiss (The Hellraisers) [Kindle Edition]

Zoe Archer
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Book Description

A Handsome Devil

1762. James Sherbourne, Earl of Whitney, is a gambling man. Not for the money. But for the thrill, the danger--and the company: Whit has become one of the infamous Hellraisers, losing himself in the chase for adventure and pleasure with his four closest friends.

Which was how Whit found himself in a gypsy encampment, betting against a lovely Romani girl. Zora Grey's smoky voice and sharp tongue entrance Whit nearly as much as her clever hands--watching them handle cards inspires thoughts of another kind...

Zora can't explain her attraction to the careless blue-eyed Whit. She also can't stop him and his Hellraisers from a fiendish curse: the power to grant their own hearts' desires, to chase their pleasures from the merely debauched to the truly diabolical. And if Zora can't save Whit, she still has to escape him. . .

Praise for Zoë Archer and Her Novels

“Archer's nimbly written characters inhabit a world that's at once both elegant and earthy--a most excellent feat." --Shana Abé

“A grand mistress of the historical paranormal." --Romantic Times



Product Details

  • File Size: 657 KB
  • Print Length: 369 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1420122274
  • Publisher: Zebra Books; Original edition (December 6, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005G023MW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #245,553 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Danger magic and one awesome fiesty heroine! December 6, 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In Zoe Archer's new series she takes us to the year 1762 and introduces us to five friends, known as the Hellraisers, for their relentless pursuit of adventure and life's pleasures.

James Sherbourne, Earl of Whitney (Whit) meets a gypsy beauty named Zora at her family camp. They have an instant connection. Zora doesn't usually believe in superstitions but she has a heavy sense of foreboding as Whit leaves her camp with his friends to tour a local ruin that evening.

Zora's intuition is correct and she arrives too late to stop the longtime friends from entering a deal with the devil himself. Whit's vice is gambling. In his exchange with the devil, Whit receives the gift to control the odds unaware of just how high the cost.

"For you, my dear Lord Whitney, I shall grant you the ability to control the odds. You can make them good or bad, as you require."

Once the bargain has been sealed, Whit and Zora are tied to each other. Whit is pleased that his deal also won him his fiery gypsy but Zora will not give in to the man, no matter how attractive, until he turns his back on the devil and regains his soul.

I can't even tell you how much I loved Zora. She has got to be one of my favorite heroines in a long time. She's beautiful, confident and intelligent but most of all she has values that she will not compromise. Even in the heat of lust. You go girl!

Whit was passionate, and I loved how much he respected Zora and treated her as an equal although he didn't really stand out for me. Their declarations for each other also seemed a bit much at times.

One thing that didn't work for me is the setting. This is more a reflection of my reading preferences, not about the writing itself.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good premise, disappointing story May 15, 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Whit and Zora come from opposite side of the spectrum. Whit is a wealthy and noble-born gentleman whereas Zora is a Gypsy. The only thing they have in common is that they're both gamblers. Whit is in it for the thrill and Zora, for the money. While facing off, he makes a proposition with her to spend the night together. While intrigued, Zora refuses the offer. Soon after, Whit and his friends decide to ride to a secluded and haunted place where they encounter the devil. The devil grants them their heart's deepest desire in exhange for a small token they possess. Zora tries to save Whit and his friends but, unfortunately, arrives too late. The devil, amused at her tactics to defeat him, offers her as a gift to the men and Whit accepts.

I'll admit that this story had promise. The beginning was very interesting and the chemistry between the characters palpable. However, midway through the book, Zora's attempts at escape, Whit's fight with his conscience, and the chase just got too exasperating. I found myself thinking "we get it. Now move on with the rest of the story" often.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Loser for a hero... December 29, 2011
By JRD
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I felt that this author has alot going for her - too bad her hero characters are losers. The "Hellraisers" are a bunch of shallow men with no remorse or depth at all. The whole way that they all became "cursed" just shows that they lack any discretion or common sense. The main male character in this book (James) doesn't seem to be reformed at the end, just suddenly aware that there actually are consequences for his actions. What's funny though is that Zoe Archer is a good writer - I just don't like her characters.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Taken By Surprise! January 17, 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Striking out lately with paranormal romance I thought `Devil's Kiss' by Zoe Archer might be just what I needed. A little taste of something new - and I was right. Archer crafted some unique lore and put together a great start of series that has me excited to read more. The Hellraisers are a group of men in the 1700s that are of a wealthy persuasion and have the tendency to get a bit rowdy. Prone to gamble, drinking and women, the boys are always two steps away from danger. Boredom has led them to a gypsy encampment, gambling and drinking the night away, the gypsies more than willing to entertain the five men for a bit of coin. Whit, our handsome hero isn't used to being distracted from the game - but the gorgeous gypsy girl, Zora Grey is quite distracting.

Rumors of a cursed ruin and talk of evil get the Hellraisers interested to go exploring in their inebriated state and abandoning their gypsy company. But, Zora is determined to prevent them from doing harm - yet, she's too late and the men have made their deal. Now, it's a race against the clock to convince Whit that his deal was a deal with the devil - and he needs to break it or he risks more than just his soul.

A tortured hero, a willful heroine and a unique and very plot driven storyline made `Devil's Kiss' an awesome paranormal romance. I'm now smitten with Zoe Archer and hope to read more from her. Some down points did rise up in the story in the guys behavior at how easily they sold their souls and how hard it was to logically get through to Whit. But, I've never been offered my souls desire or had a vice like Whit has, so I guess I can't judge. But, it did lead to some WTFs with the behavior. But, once the pursuit to save the soul swept into full swing it was on and I completely enjoyed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
I read these books out of order so ended up reading Devil's Kiss last and now that I have it all makes so much more sense. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kainoa's mom
4.0 out of 5 stars It called to me and I wasn't disapointed!
I love when a book screams my name and I'm not disappointed that I bought it! Set in the past, this book tells the story of a gypsy girl named Zora and Lord James (Whit), the Earl... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Holly
1.0 out of 5 stars If you want to be bored...
There was no chemistry between the two characters. It was so boring, I can't even get up the energy to write a review about it.
Published 5 months ago by V. Ramirez
4.0 out of 5 stars Great new series from Archer
I started with the Roses series and am now hooked on the Hellraisers. Archer crafts unique storylines with intriguing characters. This series promises to be a winner.
Published 10 months ago by Cat Lady
1.0 out of 5 stars weak and boring
It started ok but started getting worse with every page. I got the book for free and tried to finish it but coulnd't
Published 11 months ago by Grgr
5.0 out of 5 stars Immersive Story
I think Archer may be making her way on to my favorite author's list. This was a solid start to her new series. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mandy
3.0 out of 5 stars Great start, acceptable finish but the middle was a bit blah.
Book review for The Devil's Kiss

Author: Zoe Archer
Standalone or Series: Book 1 in The Hellraisers series
Genre: Paranormal romance

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Published 13 months ago by Riley Banks
5.0 out of 5 stars Part of a trilogy
The book is in new condition. I have not had a chance to read it yet, but look forward to soon.
Published 15 months ago by Cecilia Rodriguez
5.0 out of 5 stars UNBELIEVABLE
LOVED THE SERIES AND HOPE THERE IS MORE...DIFFERENT AND GETS YOU INVOLVED IT ...HARD TO PUT DOWN..WILL BE WATCHING FOR MORE
Published 16 months ago by Glenda Ford-Stasik
4.0 out of 5 stars Devilishly Delightful
I was extremely captivated with the characters and the story line quickly enchanted me. The men that call themselves ' The Hellraisers' are devilishly delightful! Read more
Published 16 months ago by Cathy DeFour
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More About the Author

Zoe Archer is an award-winning romance author who thinks there's nothing sexier than a man in tall boots and a waistcoat. As a child, she never dreamed about being the rescued princess, but wanted to kick butt right beside the hero. She now applies her master's degrees in Literature and Fiction to creating butt-kicking heroines and heroes in tall boots. She is the author of the acclaimed BLADES OF THE ROSE series and the paranormal historical romance series, THE HELLRAISERS. She and her husband, fellow romance author Nico Rosso, trade off writing the books in the steampunk romance series THE ETHER CHRONICLES. June 2013 will see the launch of her new gritty Victorian romance series, NEMESIS, UNLIMITED for St. Martin's Press. Zoe and Nico live in Los Angeles. Please visit her on the Web at http://www.zoearcherbooks.com/

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