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Devilish [Mass Market Paperback]

Jo Beverley
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)

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April 13 2000
At last--the book Jo Beverley fans have been waiting for! Here is the untold story of the most mysterious and seductive character in her bestselling series--the Marquess of Rothgar....

Praise for the Malloren novels...

"Wickedly, wonderfully sensual and gloriously romantic."--Mary Balogh

"[A] delicious...sensual delight."--Teresa Medeiros

"A poignant tale of forbidden love."--Romantic Times

"Hooks readers from start to finish."--Harriet Klausner

"Superb....Truly enjoyable."--Old Book Barn Gazette

"Electrifying...filled with humor, suspense, love, passion, and much more."--Gothic Journal

"Intrigue, suspense, and passion fill the pages of this high powered, explosive drama."--Rendezvous

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Setting: Georgian London, 1763
Sensuality Rating: 7

In this continuation of the Malloren saga, Jo Beverley concocts a spicy recipe with two characters who have sworn never to marry. Diana Westmount, Countess of Arradale, refuses to take a meddling husband and lose control of her fortune, her lands, and her life. Bey Malloren, the Marquess of Rothgar, carries a terrible family secret, one that prevents him from ever producing an heir. Thrown together when the king demands Rothgar escort Diana to court, however, the explosive chemistry between them melts their resolve to remain uninvolved. Unable to resist temptation, Bey and Diana's passion threatens their freedom, their very sanity. Coupled with the intricate machinations of George III's court, Bey and Diana must protect each other from themselves and their burgeoning obsession. The New York Times bestselling author Jo Beverley creates a fascinating tale of vivid historical detail and stunning sensuality. Readers cannot help but feel the lovers' internal struggles between freedom and happiness. A sure-fire hit! --Alison Trinkle

From Publishers Weekly

Beverley (Secrets of the Night) will delight readers with the fifth installment in her series of historical romance novels centered around the Mallorens, a dashing, aristocratic English family. Bey Malloren, the Marquess of Rothgar (who was introduced previously in the series), finds his match in the forward-thinking, sharpshooting Diana Westmount, Countess of Arradale. The wealthy heroine has voluntarily relinquished a future as wife and mother in order to keep control of her money and fully realize her power and rank in 18th-century Yorkshire. When King George III learns of her desire to take a seat in Parliament, he orders her to London with the intention of forcing her into wedlock with an appropriate suitor. Diana finds a traveling companion and unlikely ally in the powerful "Dark Marquess," and her resolve against family life falters. Though Rothgar is mightily attracted to Diana, he has sworn off marriage for fear of passing the curse of his mother's murderous insanity to his own children. The romantic tug-of-war is set against a lively backdrop of international intrigue, although an assassination subplot plays out unevenly. The love story fails to burn bright with emotion, but the intelligence and large-scale appeal of Beverley's characters ensure a satisfying escape.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic in the Romantic Genre Aug. 24 2003
By Thea
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have just finished reading this book for the second time. The first time was 3 years ago, when it came out. I didn't know it was part of a series then, but nevertheless, enjoyed it. Recently, I picked up "My Lady Notorious" and "Tempting Fortune", and of course, I had to re-visit "Devilish". I enjoyed it even more than the first time, if that is possible.
Rothgar is one of the most compelling heroes I have ever found, and Diana was clearly, his perfect mate. The story was heart wrenching, deep, dark and passionate, filled with longing and unfulfilled and consuming desire.
I do have some complains, though. Some other reviewers have mentioned this, and I join them in the opinion that the book needed at least one more love scene or at least more kisses and passionate interludes. The court intrigues were interesting, but should not take precedence over the love story.
Another thing is, I'm confused about Bey's age. In previous books it was stablished that he was about 36 (in my Lady Notorious is said that he is 12 years older than 24 year old Cyn, and in Tempting Fortune he is 6 years older than Bryght), by that math, in this book he should be 37 or 38 years old, since almost 2 years have passed since Cyn's story, however, in this book there is a part in which Diana sees a picture of him and Bryght as children, Bryght is a toddler and Bey is a 5 year old boy, therefore, Rothgar could not be more than 4 years older than Bryght. I know this is not a big deal and in no way takes away from the story, but it is a detail I noticed and confused me.
I also struggled a little with the duel scene at the beginning of the book. I really detest violence and killing.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Surrender at last! June 30 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Finally Rothgar meets his match in Book 5 of the Malloren Series.
Taking Diana Westmount, the Countess of Arradale, to London under the command of the King. Rothgar who has fought demons with the murder of his baby sister by his mother, has controlled himself in the effort to not carry on the insanity bloodlines he believes runs through him. However, he is unable to resist Diana, a strong female character almost unheard of Georgian England at this time.
Diana, the cousin of Rosamunde (Book 4 ï¿ SECRETS OF THE NIGHT) is introduced in Book 4, while we have known Rothgar from Book 1. He is the force behind the Malloren Family and to read the story that goes with the man finally is great fun.
This book might be classified as an anti-climax in some respects. Now, Jo Beverley is a masterful writer and all her books are outstanding. DEVILISH however was an almost dreaded read. Could this be that the reader places Rothgar on a pedestal like a hovering mother, and disapproves of all matches? Could this be because it seems to signify the end of the Malloren series? Not to worryï¿Jo Beverley will release WINTER OF FIRE this fall to the relief of many fans Iï¿m sure.
If you like spicy Georgian-era romances, there is no one who writes these better than Jo Beverley. Strong advisement is to start with Book 1 though, not Book 5.
Long live the Mallorens!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Sizzling Malloren of Them All! June 13 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was a fantastic, mature, intellegent story. Bey and Diana were a perfect match. It was erotic, sensual, and seductive. Don't miss out on this one. Rothgar is to die for! And, if I was a guy, I would say Diana was to die for! I love these straight forward kind of characters. No game playing. Jo Beverley has proven to be and excellent author who writes at a level that a mature woman can enjoy. THANKS!
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4.0 out of 5 stars not enough for Bey June 5 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was slightly disappointed. After reading all the little bits about Bey in the previous books I guess I built myself up for something more. I liked Diana, she was one of the best heroines in the Malloren books. She recognized the time to be frugal with her unconventional character which represents a true to life heroine. And given her aversion to taking a lover prior to Bey her willingness to be with him was believable. But as for Bey, I liked him, but I was expecting something a little more ruthless or maybe just more aloof. He fell so easily for Diana. But I still rate the book high because Beverley had everything add up: the amelioration of the family burden for Bey, the King's insistance on a marriage for Diana, Bey's protective character. I think the biggest let down was the fact that Bey was cool even when Diana had been kidnapped and abused so badly. I just felt like his control should have slipped a little more prior to the capitulation. But it was still a great read and held me the whole time.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I think I expected too much... May 14 2003
By Jojo
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Hmmm... well, I think I have myself built up so much for Rothgar's story that I expected way too much. If you've read the first books of this series, you probably know what I mean... I REALLY had myself built up for this story! Rothgar himself was a prime example of the male of our species.... the story let me down. It was a pretty romance - but the romance could have been done in half the pages. There was way too much 'he thought about her..... she thought about him....' - it got really old. It moved at a snails pace due to this fact. The plots in the other books had more depth and moved much faster.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Somethings missing...
After collecting all and reading each book in it's successive orders, I was intrigued by Rothgar and could not wait to read his tale. Read more
Published on March 15 2003 by K. Lee
3.0 out of 5 stars I wanted so to like it!
Let me just say I am not an avowed fan of romance novels, and this one reinforced my prejudice against them. Read more
Published on March 9 2003 by A. Murrill
3.0 out of 5 stars Rothgar Worth the Wait, but JB's story too PRETENTIOUS
Rothgar and Diana were a good match, the chemistry between them just fine. It was a well-written plot for two intelligent people. Read more
Published on Dec 11 2002
2.0 out of 5 stars A little bland
Rothogar's book was not quite what I expected. In the other books he's very dark, compelling, and mysterious. In this book it felt like something was missing. Read more
Published on Nov. 5 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Very moving and thoughtful
I waited until I had obtained all of the Malloren books before starting the series. Each member of this family (particularly the men) had my heart beating so fast and I just... Read more
Published on March 4 2002 by M. Rondeau
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent romance
The heroine actually has some power in this Georgian novel, and she wants to keep it -- but if she does, her responsibilities will keep her from the hero. Read more
Published on Dec 1 2001 by booklovermom
5.0 out of 5 stars BEAUTIFUL!
Wow this is one great book! Ont that will keep you up all night trying to finish it! Great! One of Beverly's best works! Read more
Published on Nov. 9 2001 by "sitara867"
5.0 out of 5 stars A definite keeper !! A pleasure!
Yes, I agree...you must read at least one of the previous Malloren stories to fully understand and appreciate this book. Read more
Published on Sept. 30 2001 by C. Muhlbach
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