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To Tempt the Devil (A Novel of Lord Hawkesbury's Players) [Kindle Edition]

C.J. Archer
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Book Description

He’s dark and dangerous…and she can’t stay away…

Seven years have passed since Rafe Fletcher fled London. Now he has returned to make amends, only to find his brother, James, bound for debtors’ prison. Unable to clear James’s debts, Rafe does the next best thing, promising to watch over his brother’s betrothed in his absence. There’s just one problem: the shy, sweet girl he once knew has grown into an alluring young woman—one who wants absolutely nothing to do with a man like him.

Lizzy Croft isn’t fooled by Rafe’s dark good looks; she remembers all too well the hot-headed rogue he once was. But when Lizzy is framed for murder, she has no choice but to trust the man who once beat his brutish stepfather half to death, the man whose recent past is shrouded in mystery—the man who is slowly, inexorably winning her heart. Loving him would be the greatest risk of all…

Editorial Reviews


"To Tempt the Devil is a rip-roaring romantic adventure that will keep you turning the pages into the wee hours." —Anna Campbell, author of Seven Nights in a Rogue's Bed

About the Author

A native of Australia, C. J. Archer has loved history and books for as long as she can remember. She worked as a librarian and technical writer until she was able to channel her twin loves by writing historical fiction. She has won and placed in numerous romance writing contests, including taking home RWAustralia’s Emerald Award in 2008 for the manuscript that would become her novel Honor Bound. Under the name Carolyn Scott, she has published contemporary short stories in several women’s magazines, including Take a Break, Women’s Day, and That’s Life. After spending her early childhood surrounded by the dramatic beauty of outback Queensland, she lives today in suburban Melbourne with her husband and their two children.

Product Details

  • File Size: 558 KB
  • Print Length: 279 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1612187153
  • Publisher: Montlake Romance (November 27, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008J2GEJC
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,038 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Looking for an Elizabethan Adventure November 27, 2012
I'm super excited to share this book this morning for a couple of reason: First, I finished it last night and second it came out today. I know cutting it a little short here. However, the main point is I finished the story. YAY!!!!!

Anyways, I don't know how many of you have read any of the Lord Hawkesbury's Players books, but they are pretty interesting read. If you are looking for something set in the Elizabethan time, you've found it with these books.

So, To Tempt the Devil is about the adventures of Elizabeth Croft (Lizzy) and Rafe Fletcher. Rafe has come back to London to start a new life. When Rafe returns he finds his younger brother in a pickle. James asks Rafe to look after Lizzy while he is away. Somehow Lizzy and Rafe end up in serious trouble and have to go into hiding.

Overall, I liked this story. To be honest, you can start by reading this book and catch up with the other two books at another time. The great thing about To Tempt the Devil can be a stand alone story. However, I have read the other two books and enjoyed them. Plus, you do see characters from the other books in To Tempt the Devil.

The main characters are fun to read about. I love how Lizzy is thought as a shy girl, who starts to blossom once she gets to know Rafe. I think Rafe really brings out her true self. Rafe is a true treasure. Here is what I mean, he's the type of guy who will stick up for you when you need someone to defend you. A true hero, even if he has made a couple mistake in his life. And who can forget players they add a touch of humor to a serious situation.

So, if you are looking for a Elizabethan romance with action, murder and mystery look no further than To Tempt the Devil. So, I hope you have a wonderful day and I will talk to you later.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't keep my attention December 1, 2012
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The setting of this novel is one of my favorite eras. I was sad that it didn't quite live up to what I love about a historical. The characters fell flat for me. The struggling seamstress. The two brothers--one weak one strong. The cast of theatrical characters and the spies as well were there.

Everything I love about a historical romance, but I couldn't fall in love with any of them. I kept putting this book down to read other books. It was hard to want to read.

I liked the premise of the theater troups. I like the premise of the hero with a past who doesn't want to hurt his brother. All in all the heroine fell flat for me. I would read more by this author to see if this was just a case of "not my cuppa" That happens. The writing itself was decent.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not one I will be recommending January 30, 2013
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For the first 2/3rds of the book I liked it. Had enough going on to be entertaining. Then it just went so far downhill I read the rest with a grimace and debated whether is was even worth my time. Lizzy does something that is completely out of character or at least not developed enough to make it believable. Overall not written well. I would not recommend this to someone even to pass the time...harsh, but reality.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Can read as a stand alone November 29, 2012
TO TEMPT THE DEVIL is the third storyline (November 2012 release) in CJ Archer's Lord Hawkesbury's Players series. The Hawkesbury Players series focuses on the players and behind the scenes members of an acting company in Elizabethan England. Although this is the third novel in the series and many of the players were established in the first two storylines, it can be read as a standalone without too much difficulty.

Rafe Fletcher returns to his boyhood home after seven years only to discover his younger half-brother James is facing a imprisonment for not paying his debts. Unable to secure a source of income, James leaves on his own accord but not before asking Rafe to look after the beautiful Lizzy Croft. Lizzy and James had an agreement, of sorts, to marry out of duty and love, but the love for each other was innocent and pure.

Rafe has always been attracted to Lizzy but knowing his brother was `betrothed' to Lizzy made it more difficult-she was forbidden. But Rafe's life has been hard. As a hired assassin he carries many secrets and one has caught up with him at home. To protect himself as well as his friends, Rafe must hunt down the man he once thought was dead.

Lizzy works as a seamstress with the Lord Hawkesbury Players, but her income and livelihood are threatened when a personal vendetta between the Troupe owner and sponsor hangs over the actors and their friends. The ensemble of actors is close, with each supporting the others. Lizzy takes it upon herself to face the man responsible for the possible demise of the company, but her heartfelt plea for understanding will find both she and Rafe on the run for a murder they did not commit.

Rafe and Lizzy's attraction to one another is forbidden.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This was fun-a deft balance of romance and suspense November 2, 2012
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I'm a fan of historical romances, and many writers sprinkle in some suspense or intrigue to set their stories apart from the standard boy-meets-girl-chases-girl-gets-girl formula. All too often the suspense element--usually a mystery or misunderstanding--is awkwardly woven in. This writer does a fine job of building the characters and their relationships, and shaping the changes in those relationships. Each are not what they seem to be, and have to change in order to resolve their differences. Weakest of the characters is James, and his transformation from a whiny, self-absorbed wimpy sort to a magnanimous young man is not quite believable. But then we don't see much of him in this story.

Would I buy this work? Proabably not, but only because it is not my usual choice of era. Don't make that mistake. Check this book out. The produmt description does not do the story justince. It's a lovely departure from regency romps, and the characters are not your usual heroes and heroines. They're much more credible.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoy
"To tempt the devil" , C J Archer,s tale is fun, fast easy read. I still have several books in this series to read and enjoyed all books. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mary Enright
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun from beginning to end!
Loved the story it got me laughing and hoping for the brothers. The acting troupe brought a lightness to the story.
Published 1 month ago by Kimberly A. Moore
3.0 out of 5 stars Liked It But Confusing
If you're from the U.S. and don't have a whole lot of knowledge about England, you'll be pretty lost like I was. I enjoyed it and finished it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by CaptainChaos
4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting from the beginning to the end!!
When you start reading this book you will not stop until finishing. Very entertaining, exciting and easy to read. Excellent for trips.
Published 4 months ago by Naikar
4.0 out of 5 stars To tempt the devil
Love the series! C j archer continues the Lord he's series with another good story line. Hope there's more to come.
Published 4 months ago by Lorraine Sniadajewski
4.0 out of 5 stars Steamy
It was a really good story. It was the typical steamy romance novel. So if you enjoy those, you will enjoy this one.
Published 9 months ago by amanda
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
Quite the enchanting story with lots of intrigue and drama to keep you reading more. Lastly there is a love story mixed in.
Published 12 months ago by Janel Silva
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. After buying it and reading it a month later I could not stop reading it. It was funny and an enjoyable read
Published 15 months ago by Shearbear
4.0 out of 5 stars Very fun!
London, 1598. Rafe Fletcher has come home after seven long years as a foreign mercenary. Forced to leave home as a young man after beating his stepfather half to death, he has... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Cynthia McArthur
3.0 out of 5 stars Best scenes were backstage
Love the theater community and references to Shakespeare and his contemporaries. The love story itself was not really for me. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Shawna J. Hansen
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More About the Author

C.J. Archer has loved history and books for as long as she can remember and feels fortunate that she found a way to combine the two with her writing. Under her other name of Carolyn Scott, she has published contemporary short stories in women's magazines, and she also writes romantic mystery novels under this name.

She has at various times worked as a librarian, IT support person and technical writer but in her heart has always been a fiction writer. She has won and placed in romance writing contests including winning RWAustralia's Emerald Award in 2008 for the manuscript that went on to be released under the title HONOR BOUND. C.J. spent her early childhood in the dramatic beauty of outback Queensland, Australia, but now lives in suburban Melbourne with her husband and two children.

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