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The Devil's Due (Ballad Romances) Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 2001


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Product Details

  • Series: Ballad Romances
  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra (October 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821770101
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821770108
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,325,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Blown off course on his way to the Azores, Gray Sinclair anchors in a cove off the Scottish coast. While in town, he is seen kneeling over a woman and is accused of her murder by Bonnie MacTavish. Gray escapes and takes Bonnie along as a prisoner, unaware that she has actually helped him flee. They fight like crazy, but no one has ever touched Gray's soul so deeply. Although his father and brothers were loving, his emotionally abusive mother deeply scarred him, and he doesn't recognize the gem he has in Bonnie until it's almost too late. Even after the adventure he shares with her on the high seas, he tries to give her up. Although George's tale takes place around 1880, it has the flavor of an earlier swashbuckler with its threat of pirates and machinations of an isolated Scottish clan, but no matter: it's a winner, with one of romance's feistiest heroines and most alluringly brooding heroes. Patty Engelmann
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Each book was unique.
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This is a wonderful story of the power of love and trust.
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Bravo again Ms. George.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kelley Hartsell VINE VOICE on October 1, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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Gray Sinclair is a ship captain on a mission. He is on a quest for a mythological gemstone, the "Sacred Heart," a rare flawless red diamond. His brother is on the brink of losing the family estate and Gray believes finding this diamond will save them all from ruin. He never expected to find himself tried and condemned to death in a small Scottish town, for a murder he did not commit!

Bonnie MacTavish is the sole witness to the gruesome death of her friend. She found Gray crouched over the body, bloody knife in hand, concluding he is the killer. In spite of that, she wanted Gay to receive a fair trial. When he is convicted in the farce, her doubts of his guilt begin to surface, leading her to the decision to help him escape.

Gray doesn't need her help though, and makes good on his escape, taking Bonnie with him. She is furious over her kidnapping and vows to make his life miserable until she can make her bid for freedom. Things change while they are at sea, however. Bonnie begins to see a whole different side of Gray, one of compassion, and she realizes he is not capable of brutally murdering anyone.

As Gray continues on his quest for the stone, he and Bonnie grow closer, but he carries additional emotional burdens he is afraid to tell her about. He believes that if she knows the truth about him, and his family, that she would be unable to care for him. Will Gray complete his quest for his own personal Grail? Will Bonnie manage to break through Gray's personal barriers to reach his heart and the love he denies himself?

This was a novel full of adventure and passion. Ms. George gain proves her skill at penning a tale to tug at the heartstrings. Gray and Bonnie are full of personality that leaps off the pages.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sue on February 27, 2002
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I've read all the books in Ms. George's "Devil" series and have liked them equally. I thought I would end up reading 3 books that were identical, but this series was far from that. Each book was unique. In THE DEVIL'S DUE, Ms.George takes us on an high seas adventure, with Gray Sinclair being the beleaugered, tortured treasure hunter searching for a rare red diamond known as the sacred heart. Bonnie is Ms. George's usual high spirited heroine who takes no guff and could give a darn about the way a woman is "supposed" to act. I must admit, the ending took me by surprise (no peeking now!). Original and different, which is exactly what I've come to expect from this author.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gemma on January 17, 2006
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From the back cover:

Gray Sinclair has spent a lifetime doing exactly as he pleases--and women are one of the things that please him most. But a fiery Scottish lass is determined to show him that indulgence has a price, and it's time that this handsome libertine pay...

With four protective older brothers, Bonnie MacTavish has had little experience with romance, but she has no intention of being seduced by a black-hearted English scoundrel whose devilishly wicked smile tempts Bonnie to forget he's been charged with murder. Yet when Gray's shrewd determination provides him with the means of escape from his cell--taking Bonnie with him--she learns that this charming outlander cannot be the murderer her brothers believe him to be. Gray is no ordinary pirate, but rather an extraordinary and haunted man--one who deserves her help. If one she can convince him that the greatest adventure is love...

And my review:

First of all, although this book is part of a series, it also worked as a stand-alone. I hadn't read any of the other books in the series, and I never felt lost.

However, if you're looking for a keep-you-up-all-night, can't-put-it-down book, then I don't think this is the book for you. It is just another average read, though at least both the hero and the heroine were likeable, which many writers don't seem to be able to manage. The hero was swoon-worthy without being a domineering jerk, and the heroine was feisty without being annoying or mean. Also, this was a captive / captor romance that doesn't stray into abuse. If you're like me, you're probably disgusted by books that have the hero raping the heroine, as if this is something romantic or forgiveable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By V. Stokes on February 14, 2006
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Melanie George is one of my most favorite authors and she never disapoints ever I first found Devil may care in the library and read it and after that knew I needed to own them myself although it was very hard to find them because I didnt know at the time they were out of print a backstep when you get a book from the library. I eventually found them all at a place called Half Price Books (go there if you cant find a book its usually there but be careful not always) and I bought the devil series which is the best and of course some of her others like Naughty or nice and pleasure seekers get them all any book written my Melanie George will be the best read you ever have believe me and I know I love to read enjoy her you will. She is absolutely 5 stars, but if there were more she would have infinite stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By O. Blaylock on August 23, 2002
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This is a wonderful story of the power of love and trust. Bonnie is not afraid of the Devil himself, in this case Gray. She is attracted to him and is convinced that is not a killer. ...This is a definite keeper.
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