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Devil's Bargain (The Regency Rags to Riches Series, Book 2) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B009NNTOIY
- Publisher : ePublishing Works! (October 5, 2012)
- Publication date : October 5, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 2299 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 268 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #187,809 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I eagerly anticipate reading the rest of the series, and anything else the ingenious Jade Lee has to offer-
Overall, the story is disturbing. It's difficult to root for the hero and heroine to get to their happily ever after, because the situation the young beauty finds herself in is unsavory at best. The characters all seem so unredeemable that it's difficult to see them as anything more.
Lynette, a penniless parson's daughter, finds herself in a desperate situation. After her father's death, her only option seems to be to follow the rest of her family to her uncle's estate, where they will undoubtedly be unwelcome and Lynette married off to some disgusting ally of her uncle. A member of her father's congregation discretely gives her the name of a Baroness who can help her meet and snare a wealthy husband. Resigned that anything is better than living with her uncle, Lynette sets off to London to meet with the Baroness.
But instead of being under the Baroness's wing, she discovers the one really calling the shots is a devil of a man, the Viscount Marlock. He takes control of Lynette's life, training her in all the ways to attract a wealthy, older husband. In exchange for his expertise and introductions, he will keep a portion of her bridal price. Basically, he is running a wife-for-sale operation catering to London's powerful elite. This is the man we are supposed to cheer on as he wins Lynette's heart. Right.
Lynette's "training" includes some rather racy, highly steamy, and unusual scenes, well outside the usual Regency era fare. I didn't know whether to cringe or keep reading.
In the end, I cared enough for Lynette that I kept reading so that I could get to the part where she would be happy. Eventually, she is. It's just the getting there that wasn't so great.
Top reviews from other countries
My only negative really is that somewhere in the middle of the book the author starts using pants and trousers intermittently and that threw me off for a few minutes as its the one thing that irritates me from a lot of American authors writing on the regency period. I still don't know what item of clothing she meant in this book as pants and trousers are two different items of clothing in the UK!! Even with this drawback, I'd gladly recommend the book. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
Graphic enjoyed it just the same