- File Size: 1295 KB
- Print Length: 369 pages
- Publisher: Zebra; Original edition (December 6, 2011)
- Publication Date: December 6, 2011
- Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005G023MW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #695,226 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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James Sherbourne, Earl of Whitney (Whit) meets a gypsy beauty named Zora at her family camp. They have an instant connection. Zora doesn't usually believe in superstitions but she has a heavy sense of foreboding as Whit leaves her camp with his friends to tour a local ruin that evening.
Zora's intuition is correct and she arrives too late to stop the longtime friends from entering a deal with the devil himself. Whit's vice is gambling. In his exchange with the devil, Whit receives the gift to control the odds unaware of just how high the cost.
"For you, my dear Lord Whitney, I shall grant you the ability to control the odds. You can make them good or bad, as you require."
Once the bargain has been sealed, Whit and Zora are tied to each other. Whit is pleased that his deal also won him his fiery gypsy but Zora will not give in to the man, no matter how attractive, until he turns his back on the devil and regains his soul.
I can't even tell you how much I loved Zora. She has got to be one of my favorite heroines in a long time. She's beautiful, confident and intelligent but most of all she has values that she will not compromise. Even in the heat of lust. You go girl!
Whit was passionate, and I loved how much he respected Zora and treated her as an equal although he didn't really stand out for me. Their declarations for each other also seemed a bit much at times.
One thing that didn't work for me is the setting. This is more a reflection of my reading preferences, not about the writing itself.Read more ›
I'll admit that this story had promise. The beginning was very interesting and the chemistry between the characters palpable. However, midway through the book, Zora's attempts at escape, Whit's fight with his conscience, and the chase just got too exasperating. I found myself thinking "we get it. Now move on with the rest of the story" often.
Author: Zoe Archer
Standalone or Series: Book 1 in The Hellraisers series
Genre: Paranormal romance
Basic Blurb: Archer follows her beloved Blades of the Rose series with a dark paranormal series about five men, the Hellraisers, who make a deal with the devil. In exchange for their souls, they each receive a power of sorts . . . but love is their only chance at redemption and saving themselves from hell.
I was completely enamored by this book in the beginning. I loved the details the author had gone into to set the scene as the late 1700s. I loved the language she'd chosen, especially when she described Whit as sharply elegant as a rapier. The author had such a way with words that it really conveyed certain scenes clearly in my mind. Here were some of my favorites:
For a moment, he simply knelt there like a pagan about to perform a holy ritual, his gaze on her devouring, possessive.
The terror frosted around his heart, piercing that muscle with spikes of ice.
She prayed that he was not so far gone, that the muscles of his conscience had not withered after probable years of disuse...
Then there was Zora, the heroine of the story, and a feisty gypsy woman who refused to be shackled by the rules of her society. I remember smiling as soon as she was introduced as a gypsy woman, as my nickname is actually gypsy girl (even though I don't have an ounce of gypsy blood).
I was intrigued by Whit (whose real name is James Sherbourne, Earl of Whitney) and the whole concept of these friends who were little more than naughty boys who refused to grow up.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I couldn't put it down!
Really good action from beginning to end. I highly recommend it. You won't be disappointed.
I've read quite a few books by this author and thought they were amazing. This book is definitely an exception! Read morePublished 23 months ago by Asyouwish
I read these books out of order so ended up reading Devil's Kiss last and now that I have it all makes so much more sense. Read morePublished on July 7, 2014 by Kainoa's mom
I love when a book screams my name and I'm not disappointed that I bought it! Set in the past, this book tells the story of a gypsy girl named Zora and Lord James (Whit), the Earl... Read morePublished on May 21, 2014 by Holly
There was no chemistry between the two characters. It was so boring, I can't even get up the energy to write a review about it.Published on March 27, 2014 by V. Ramirez
I started with the Roses series and am now hooked on the Hellraisers. Archer crafts unique storylines with intriguing characters. This series promises to be a winner.Published on October 17, 2013 by Cat Lady
It started ok but started getting worse with every page. I got the book for free and tried to finish it but coulnd'tPublished on September 29, 2013 by Grgr
I think Archer may be making her way on to my favorite author's list. This was a solid start to her new series. Read morePublished on September 18, 2013 by Mandy
The book is in new condition. I have not had a chance to read it yet, but look forward to soon.Published on May 13, 2013 by Cecilia Rodriguez