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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Star (January 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743470044
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743470049
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,044,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Sensual and suspenseful, the newest entry in Carlyle's Regency-era Devil series (following A Deal with the Devil) contains plenty of heated romance and an engaging heroine who lives two lives. By day, Sidonie Saint-Godard is a respectable young widow, but at night she becomes the seductive Black Angel, robbing wealthy men who mistreat women. Sidonie, the illegitimate daughter of an aristocrat, is painfully aware of the plight of unwed mothers and believes she can right society's wrongs by robbing vain men to help the women they harm. Her successful run falters when she targets the marquess of Devellyn, the notorious Devil of Duke Street. Disguised as a lusty street trollop, Sidonie seduces Devellyn, but the encounter kindles real passion, which complicates matters when Sidonie learns that she stole not only items of monetary worth from Devellyn but also something of sentimental value. Tension escalates sharply as Sidonie, realizing that Devellyn is in a vengeful rage, unwisely risks returning his items. Other revenge seekers close in on Sidonie until Devellyn's proposal becomes the only solution to guarantee her safety and reputation. A few contrived plot twists bring about a satisfying denouement, but this is a small flaw in an otherwise lively and absorbing romance.
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Review

Connie Brockway award-winning author of My Pleasure Sweep-you-off-your-feet romance!

Publishers Weekly Carlyle delivers great suspense...sensual scenes.

More About the Author

During her frequent travels to London, Liz always packs her pearls, her dancing slippers, and her whalebone corset, confident in the belief that eventually she will receive an invitation to a ball or a rout. Alas, none has been forthcoming. While waiting, however, she has managed to learn where all the damp, dark alleys and low public houses can be found.



When Liz isn't living in the 19th century, she resides in Cary, North Carolina with her husband, a corporate attorney, and their four very fine felines.

Customer Reviews

The secondary characters are enjoyable as well.
D. Lane
Infrequently do I love a book enough to finish it through to the very end, so I had to cut loose with 5 stars.
Karen Mercury
Ms. Carlyle is a very talented writer and weaves a compelling plot, filled with rich characters and dialogue.
Elizabeth Wish

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By ellejir on January 8, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I will admit that I was a little bit leery of the plot-line of this book because it sounded somewhat contrived (widowed gentlewoman masquerades as dockside prostitute/woman of loose virtue in order to rob rich, upperclass men targeted because they have exploited weaker women), but the story in Liz Carlyle's hands is *very* well done and the characterizations excellent!

The heroine, Sidonie Saint-Godard, is refreshingly unusual and very well-drawn. Sidonie's motivation for her dangerous behavior is complex and rooted in her resentment of her powerful father's treatment of her mother. She is a very independent, intelligent and imaginative woman, but she is far from perfect. Sidonie is a risk-junkie and driven by demons from her past--some of which she does not even acknowledge to herself. She is headed for trouble when she selects the cynical and dissolute Marquess of Devellyn, Aleric Hilliard, as her next target.

The Marquess is called "The Devil of Duke Street" (but don't hold that against him--he is a much less hackneyed character than that name might suggest to historical romance aficionados.) He is a wealthy, dissolute rake, but he is not the standard-variety polished, charming "romance novel" rogue. Aleric is a man *literally* wasting his life on drinking, gambling and meaningless relationships--thereby punishing himself and his father for mistakes made in the past. He is very rough around the edges but he has a good heart, as Sidonie comes to realize only *after* she has victimized him. Aleric finds himself becoming obsessed with both Sidonie, his elegant widowed neighbor, and her alter-ego, the Black Angel, without realizing that the women are one in the same (somewhat similar to the theme of Connie Brockway's excellent "All Through the Night".
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Bookiemonster on December 27, 2004
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It's hard to explain just why Liz Carlyle's writing captivates me so. Is it the finely drawn characters with their complex emotions? The incredibly hot men and strong women who feel intensely and obsessively? The way she makes 19th century England come alive with smell and sound? The beautiful prose, or the way there isn't a superfluous chapter or scene to be found?

Maybe it's the tension that radiates from each book. Maybe it's because her stories are just a bit darker, a bit more suspenseful and a lot more seductive than most other romance novels?

I'm not sure, all I know is that ALL of her novels have grabbed me in a way most others can't, no matter how much I enjoy them.

THE DEVIL TO PAY is no exception!!

The storyline seems simple, but the story is not.

Sidonie Saint-Godard, sister of the fascinating George Kemble whom we know from previous novels, teaches deportment by day but isn't quite as respectable as she outwardly seems.

As the Black Angel she takes revenge on less than honorable men who've hurt women in one way or another.

When she sees how the Devil of Duke street, Devellyn, casts off yet another one of his mistresses who live across the stree from her, she decides he will be her next victim.

When the Black Angel leaves him tied naked to the bed in a seedy bar, Devellyn is livid. He vows he'll find Ruby Black and take what she cheated him out of.

In the meantime, he is forced to take up residence in his former mistress's house and meets his neighbor, the lovely French widow Sidonie. While he is still obsessed with earthy Ruby, he becomes fascinated by feisty Sidonie.

Sidonie is equally intrigued by Dev and soon starts to realize she might have made a mistake...
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By tregatt on December 26, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Everyone knows that the Black Angel (so named because of a tattoo located on her left breast) has an agenda: to take from the blue-blooded rakish cads and to give to the women (discarded mistresses, raped housemaids, etc) they have wronged. Many of the "gentlemen" she has robbed have sworn to bring her down, but so far none have had any success. It is almost as if no one in London's great underworld knows who the Black Angel is. And then Black Angel decides to take down the Marquess of Devellyn, unwittingly setting in motion a series of events she never anticipated. For Devellyn is unlike her other marks. To begin with he's not the cad she thought he was, and then there is the fact that she is rather attracted to him. In the greater scheme of things, the Black Angel's feelings for the Marquess of Devellyn shouldn't matter, for a thief and a lord are unlikely to mix socially. But the Black Angel is actually a lady; a lady moreover who has recently acquired Devellyn as a neighbour -- a neigbour who seems quite intent on getting to know her intimately. And while Sidonie Saint-Godard (her identity is revealed in the plot synopsis on the backcover) quite enjoys the attentions, part of worries about what will happen if Devellyn ever discovers who her alter-ego is. And part of her cannot help but be jealous by Devellyn's obsession with the Black Angel...

If you're looking for a compelling read, complete with two angst filled principal characters and a few highly sensual love scenes, "The Devil to Pay" has your name on it. Well written and briskly paced, this was a fast and completely absorbing read.
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