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Devil Takes A Bride (Knight Miscellany Book 5) Kindle Edition
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In the quiet English countryside, far from the intrigues of London, Lizzie Carlisle slowly mends her broken heart, devoting herself to her new position as lady's companion to the Dowager Viscountess Strathmore-- until her peaceful life is turned upside down by a visit from "Devil" Strathmore, the old woman's untamed nephew--a dangerously handsome man whose wicked reputation hides a tortured soul.
Devlin Kimball, Lord Strathmore, has spent years adventuring on the high seas, struggling to make his peace with the tragedy that claimed the lives of his family. But now he has uncovered the dark truth behind the so-called accident and swears retribution. He has no intention of taking a bride--until his eccentric aunt's will forces he and Lizzie together, and Devlin finds his path to vengeance blocked by the stubborn but oh-so-tempting Miss Carlisle. Her passionate nature rivals his own. But disillusioned once by love, Lizzie will accept nothing less than his true devotion. . . . --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
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- ASIN : B000GCFWFA
- Publisher : Ballantine Books (April 25, 2006)
- Publication date : April 25, 2006
- Language : English
- File size : 2356 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 480 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0804119759
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #271,343 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The writing: While the writing in the first half was exquisite. It bordered on purple prose, but it was still vivid and clever. The second half was ridiculous, laughable even, and read like a high school creative writing student who thought that EVERY noun needed an adjective and EVERY verb and adverb, even the most unimportant of nouns and verbs, and the adj and adv didn’t add to the description, just emptily placed with words like “beautiful” and “wonderful” that don’t tell us anything. One reviewer already mentioned how ridiculous the writing became in the second half of the book, especially with the paragraph that compares the hero to a cougar, a Mohawk warrior, a Nile croc, a Bengal tiger, a wolf, and a demon literally in the same sentence. ONE sentence. This is the kind of writing you see from grade school writers not professionals.
The characters: The bad guy characterizations were a bit odd. Instead of seeming like bad guys, they seemed a bit feeble minded, a bit slow giant, if you will. And one of them was a real confusion because his character kept changing throughout the book, not as in developing, but as in his profile sheet got swapped with other “bad guy” profiles. At some points he seemed to like little girls and was made out to be a crafty villain and other points he was a simple-minded oaf who preferred grown women and was even in love with one. I continuously had to ask myself, “Wait, who is this again?” because even though the name stayed the same, the character profile didn’t.
As with the bad guys, the heroine seemed to have multiple personalities. Again, it felt as though the book started with clear-cut character profiles, but somehow the profiles got mixed up and confused (or else a different writer took over, or the book was completed years after being started). The heroine we meet at the beginning is NOT the same character we meet several chapters later. I loved the heroine in the beginning of the book, but several chapters in, she transformed into a whore, throwing herself at a man she didn't know or even like. Several chapters after that she changed into a mischievous and giggly girl who loves to gossip and party. Every few chapters, her personality would change drastically, as though she were a different character. None of these match the person we meet at the beginning who has a clearly defined character profile and sounds like a great heroine.
There is a great deal of confusion with the ages of the “children” in the book and the way the school for girls is run. First, why was a teacher able to have male visitors at the school whenever she liked and able to spend weekends at ton balls? Second, what sort of woman invites men to come to her room at night while living in a school where young girls reside in surrounding rooms? The greatest confusion was with the ages of the “children.” In this book, there are several “children” who are 16. 16 is not a child at that time. Many 16 year olds are making their debut and marrying. But all scenes of these grown 16 year old women are made out to be as though they're under 10. They're described as being “childlike,” complete with pigtails, mud-play, dressing up pets to play make-believe, etc. They are treated like children even being spoiled with candies, (“Would you like some candy, little girl” says one of the villains). They are referred to as children and act like children. These were adult women for the time period. These 16 year olds are throughout the book and part of the plot points, but all because they are only children. I was pulling my hair out because everything except the mention of age made it sound as though they were about 7 years old, when these were very definitely adult women for that time period.
The story line: First half of story is quite good, a page-turner, but around the time that the hero kidnaps the heroine, the whole story becomes outlandish and absurd. The story line itself veers way off course, and suddenly instead of a story of revenge and intrigue we have a comedy of heroines riding ponies across the country in night rails, average-looking bluestocking spinsters attending balls and turning into young vivacious beauties that turn the heads of every titled male in the room all in a snap of a finger, titled men rolling on the ground fighting over school teachers on school grounds, and rakes climbing into second floor windows of schoolhouses to kidnap teachers. Ridiculous. I had to put the book down for awhile after that and talk myself into returning to it in hopes it improved.
The history (or lack thereof): The dialogue was a nightmare from start to finish. Everything, and I mean everything, was MODERN AMERICAN SLANG. Nothing resembled British verbiage, much less aristocratic or historical language. Everything was "Hey! What's up?" "Nuttin. You?" All I could hear when they spoke was one of those American teen comedies where all of the teens are trying to get laid at a party. Not the image you want when reading a historical romance. The behaviors are also modern. While the writer seems to have researched the time period, modern actions that would never have been accepted at that time kept cropping up, like being at a party and hanging on your date's arm with your arm looped through his as the two of you socialize throughout the evening. This would have been an awkward thing to do even for a betrothed couple, but a single young lady doing this with a known rake? The same two people holding hands at a party, kissing each other in front of others, disappearing into shadows to make out, getting caught in embrace often while whispering about sex….how is any of this appropriate for a regency-period story? This is all modern American teenage behavior. Even the older generations were referred to as "pensioners," a very modern term that has no place in the historical setting. The ending was more akin to the Wild West than regency England. An earl and a baron go running around town with sawed-off shotguns and rifles shooting up the place and everyone in their way. Ridiculous! One of the joys of reading historical romances is seeing how a romance would bud within the constraints and social rules at the time. When authors throw the rules out the window to make up their own, there's no point in the story being historical any more. I'm not reading it for the fashion and horse-drawn carriages. I'm reading it for the historical romance, so make it historical! And for the love of all things holy, why does everyone call each other “sweeting”? I developed a twitch every time I saw that word, which was nigh every page. At first it seems just a word used by the hero, which was fine, but before long, everyone in the book was using it with everyone else, be it a sister or a young girl or someone they're courting, or even a total stranger.
Lizzie Carlisle is at a loss, her best friend Jacinda has found her marital bliss and Lizzie feels very third wheelish. Her entire life she has been the common ward of an uncommon family. Her deepest desire was to finally get Lord Alec to notice her, to love her and to sweep her off her feet. That way finally making her part of the wondrous Knight family. But Alec's atrocious actions and final betrayal made Lizzie take stock and realize he would never see her as anything other than his Bits..
Devlin Kimball, *sigh* the cad, Devlin otherwise referred to as Devil (yep another devil but still not quite The Devil.. we all know who claims that title *winks at Carmen*) has run from his past for well over a decade. After a playful prank leads to the death of his family, Devil is destroyed.. One adoring aunt, accepted that he must grieve on his terms set him up and sent him on his way. He is finally home and determined to find revenge for the family he adored. Unfortunately (or fortunately) for him Lizzie expects something else.
This story is wonderful, Devil wants revenge and all Lizzie wants is for him to take the time to love the family he has left. To stand by the aunt who has always stood by him. After sending him a note telling Devil that she is on her deathbed he rushes to their side, only to discover Lizzie's machinations an aunt who is alive and kicking and the love of his life.
Yeah, sounds too easy doesn't it? *grins* well we all know that Ms Foley is not known for her "easy" story lines.. and this one has plenty. Secrets and sorrow aplenty. At times you even feel for some of the villains, as they are also victims of their time. But they make choices that destroy rather than uplift and you know that the will continue on their paths of destruction. (Teasing enough?)
Devil and Lizzie not only face his past but hers.. yep the Knight family stands true to their Lizzie and she must face them as well as her heart to realize where she belongs.. and who her true family is. Lizzie is a character so many of us identify with as she always feels like she is on the outside looking in until one day reality strikes and her world is completely turned around..
Excellent Story, Most excellent author
Top reviews from other countries
Very enjoyable and a fitting addition to this fabulous series of books!