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The Silver Devil Mass Market Paperback – May 12, 1984

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (May 12, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345289927
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345289926
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 4.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,269,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jill A. Alters on April 2, 2001
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This book tops my list of all-time favorite romances. Simply put, there's no other book like it. Certainly there's never been another hero remotely like Domenico. The story is about a Duke (Duke = King), somewhat uneasy on his throne, who sees a peasant girl in a window, buys her from her brother and forces her to become his mistress. But that short synopsis doesn't do justice to the intensity and complexity of the story, which weaves you through the politics of Renaissance Italy through the eyes of a woman who's more used to cleaning kitchens than consorting with noblemen, or the richness of the writing and characters.
Domenico, the Duke, is a remarkably complicated man. How many heroes have there been who would have a man horribly tortured because he was afraid the man had stolen his mistress's affections, have a man's legs broken because the other man was taller than him or who is clearly bisexual? Raised from birth in an atmosphere of distrust, obsequiousness and betrayal, he comes to us a man who has had most of the worst facets of his character rewarded throughout his life. There is a decidedly cruel streak in Domenico, and yet he's amazingly attractive - to both the men and women in the story, and to the readers. One might say he exudes sex appeal.
Be warned, this is a dark story - with a happy ending, of course. It's a cult classic that deserves more readership. It breaks my heart that we'll never see another story from Denys, but I thank her for writing a book I've enjoyed reading over and over through the years.
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I have a soft spot for bodice rippers and extremely alpha males. I have red almost every book with an extremely alpha male from various writters.

Mrs Teresa Denys has achived one of the most likeable "unlikable" heros in the romance history.The book, narrates the story of Domineco aka "The Silver Devil" and Felicia. The writting style is in first-person through Felicia.

Domenico is the Duke of Cabria, an imaginery dukedom, set in Italy, that has been seperated from the Vatican. The hero....Ahhh!I could talk about him for hours. He is so refreshing, than any other that i have red before.

Domenico, sees Felicia, through a window. He pays her brother to buy her and make her his mistress. He is arrogant, self - absorbed,narkissus,baleful,jealous to a point that kills a courtier which he has apointed for his mistress, just because he thinks that she grows fond of him and also bisexual.And his pride,OMG, his pride is something that i have never met in any other hero.

He is soooo self absorbed, that he signs a letter to his mistress, not with his name but with the word "Cabria". Can you believe this guy? And much, much more...

You are reading this review and you might think why i praise the hero. Because with her writting, Mrs Teresa Denys has done the unexpected. He is in my top three favorite heroes of all time.

Enough with the alpha males that turn to butter when the heroine or anyone that are fond of, is near them. Half of the groveling scenes in those books are so cheesy and expected that i can't even stand them.

Domenico is an italian ruler in middle-age Italy. I think that this is how Maciaveli, imagined "The Prince". Also, the book has one of the strongest groveling scenes that you can meet in a romance.
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Forgive this review's suckiness. I'm a writer but for some reason I can't write reviews. This book is the most wonderful love story I've ever read! It completely destroys me and renews me when I read it. I will spend the rest of my days trying to write a novel even half as good. It makes me want to claw my heart from my chest but in a good way. There will never be another book this wonderful to me,I'm nearly certain of that. Domenico is so glorious and petulant and violent and tender that he is absolutely the best hero I've ever read. Reading this for the second time and its just as wonderful. I find myself parceling it out so that it won't end, like someone at a feast that is so tiny but each bite brings them closer to an empty plate. Please read this book as it will profoundly change your life possibly as it did mine.
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I have read this book so many times over the past 15 years that I know every single line, every single character on a first name basis, just everything! If you are interested in reading this book, it's truly a modern day work of fiction. Writing a book like that in the late 1970's had to have been shocking to Ms. Denys' readers. If she were to put it back into print today, and with the right kind of publicity, she would be a major author. I know that this is wishful thinking, but hopefully she will write again someday. This book is an EXCELLENT choice. If it was made into a film, it would put the other Rennaissance period movies (the Oscar winning ones included) to SHAME! Enjoy!
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Not only is this not your average romance, it takes the bodice ripper to a whole new level. I should have been horrified with the violence, the cruelty of the Duke, but like everyone in this novel, you can't help but be drawn to him. Poster child for ruthless Machiavellian kingship of the Renaissance, he makes Ceaser Borgia look like a rookie. Denys has a wonderful way of writing that draws you in from the first sentence. Gone is your world, you can see and taste the smokey atmosphere of a Italian tavern. Modern sensibilities evaporate with the glittering costumes and never ending betrayal of the Medici like court. Loved this book, and I have read it many times over. It never ceases to capture me and hold me until the end.
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