- Series: A Candlelight ecstasy romance
- Paperback: 217 pages
- Publisher: Corgi (1983)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0552122289
- ISBN-13: 978-0552122283
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,008,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bargain with the devil (A Candlelight ecstasy romance) Paperback – Import, 1983
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Hunter Manning was zeroing in on Stacey Ryland's beautiful "blonde" sister-in-law. Her brother's marriage was new, and he was under pressure taking over the family business, so it left his new wife wide-open for Hunter to target. He has come to Arizona, to extract revenge for his father's death. Stacey's powerful and greedy father forced out Manning's father in a leveraged buyout, and within a year Manning's father was dead. Manning blamed Ryland. Now fourteen years later, the time has come to extract vengeance. He has decided to seduce Stacey's sister-in-law, so distract her brother from business, thus can bring the Ryland empire down.
Only, Hunter did not count on Stacey. She derails Hunter's plan by offering herself as payment for his vengeance. She convinces him, why bother with the sister-in-law when you can go after the daughter. Her offer is to pretend they are having an affair, but Hunter makes a counter offer of marriage. He wants a "Ryland woman he can make into a Manning woman". What she does not tell him is there is no love loss between Stacey and her father, and Hunter marrying her will not hurt her father as Hunter imagines.Read more ›
The premise of the book is that the hero, Hunter, is out to revenge himself upon the heroine's family for a decades-old business deal involving their fathers. Rather than get his revenge through shrewd business tactics or something along those lines, Hunter decides that the best way to make the Ryan patriarch pay is to seduce the heroine's brother's brainless and self-centered wife. The idea being that the brother will be so devastated and distracted by his wife's infidelity that he'll let the company, of which he's now in charge, go straight down the tubes. It's one of the most idiotic plans I've ever seen in a book. But even more idiotic is when the heronie, Stacy, witnesses Hunter working the wife over with his "irresistible" charms and jumps in to offer herself in the wife's place. She convinces Hunter that his revenge will be all the sweeter if he lays claim to a full-blooded Ryan daughter rather than just a daughter-in-law.
Hunter agrees and immediately shifts his revenge plans to include "turning a Ryan woman into a Manning woman." He insists that they get married, not just have an affair, because it'll make his revenge all that much more devastating to her father. Stacy somehow feels that she's got no alternative but to agree to marriage. She couldn't, say, tell her brother and his wife what Hunter was up to or anything like that.Read more ›