Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Historical Romance Review: The Devil Takes a Bride by Julia London

Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: Jan 27th 2015
Genre: Historical Romance
Rating: 4 Stars
Source: NetGalley

A plan born of desperation…

Once the toast of society, Grace Cabot and her sisters now await the shame of losing high status and fine luxuries upon the death of the Earl of Beckington. The dire circumstances are inevitable unless, of course, Grace's wicked plot to seduce a wealthy viscount into marriage goes off without a single hitch. But once a stolen embrace with the wrong man leads her to be discovered in the arms of Geoffrey, the Earl of Merryton, her plan takes a most unexpected—and scorching—twist.

…and altered by passion. 

Governed by routine and ruled by duty, Geoffrey had no desire for a wife before he succumbed to Grace's temptation. Though his golden-haired, in-name-only bride is the definition of disorder, he can't resist wanting her in every way. But once her secrets meet his, society might consider their lives to be ruined beyond repair…while Geoffrey might just see it as a new beginning.

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My Review:

     If I say anything at all about this book, I have to say BRAVO! to Julia London! It starts off a traditional historical romance but with the lady 'rogue' entrapping the lord, and then twists to a sensational story!

     Grace needs to wed to save her family from ruin, or so she thinks. Her mother is going mad due to a head injury, her stepbrother is marrying and Grace and her sister Honor (from prev book)believe they are on the verge of being homeless. 

     Grace seeks to entrap a young flirt who professed to like her. The young flirt slips her trap and his elder, stuffy brother falls into Grace's trap. Caught 'in flagrante' in each others arms, Jeffery, Lord Merryton, is almost accused of the attempted rape of Grace. Grace is horrified and feeling guilty, accepts his very proper proposal of marriage.

     Jeffery, a Lord with a sever case of OCD, a habit of counting to 8 and a high level of social anxiety, loses control when he kisses Grace. He's scared and ashamed and awfully shy. He's also a very kinky alpha hero! ;) Yes, there are slight BDSM tendencies in this novel. BDSM in a historical not to your liking, you think? What Evs!! It's HOT! There isn't much detail, it does get glossed over but we know it's happening and the sex scenes scorch!

I'm in love with this IMPERFECT COUPLE!! Neither can say they are perfect but they ARE perfect for each other! With Jefferies' eccentricities and Grace's impulsiveness they balance each other out! Grace shows Jeffery that even though he'll never be perfect by societies standards, he can still be loved for who and what he is. (What he is, is DELICIOUS!)

P.S. I wanted to smack his younger brother BADLY.

Julia London is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than thirty novels, including the Homecoming Ranch contemporary series, the Secrets of Hadley Green historical romance series, and numerous other works. She is a four-time finalist for the prestigious RITA Award for excellence in romantic fiction, and RT Bookclub award recipient for Best Historical Romance.  She lives in Austin, Texas.

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Challenges this review contributes to:
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2. Historical Romance