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The Devil in Disguise: A Regency Rogues Novel Mass Market Paperback – May 24 2011

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Original edition (May 24 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345517393
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345517395
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.2 x 17.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,162,267 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Smart, sensuous, and sparkling with wit . . . spectacular.”—Julia Quinn

“Captivating . . . With her fresh, original voice, Stefanie Sloane will charm her way into readers’ hearts.”—Susan Wiggs

About the Author

A native Northwesterner with the pale skin to prove it, Stefanie Sloane credits her parents’ eclectic reading habits—not to mention their decision to live in the middle of nowhere—for her love of books. A childhood spent lost in the pages of countless novels led Stefanie to college, where she majored in English. No one was more surprised than Stefanie when she actually put her degree to use and landed a job in’s editorial department. She spent more than five years reading for a living before retiring to concentrate on her own stories. Stefanie Sloane lives with her family in Seattle.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa2a492dc) out of 5 stars 46 reviews
27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2567b58) out of 5 stars Nice start to the series March 26 2011
By Book and Dog Lover - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback Vine Customer Review of Free Product
Lady Lucinda Grey is the wealthiest woman in England. She's 26 years old and therefore, "on the shelf", extremely beautiful, and has no interest in marriage as she doesn't believe in love. Instead of love and marriage, Lucinda is more interested in helping her aunts (known as "The Furies" because they have quite the personalities) with their horse breeding program.

William Randall ("Iron Will"), the Duke of Claremont, is not interested in his ducal responsibilities as he has family issues (his father was a tyrant and his mother did nothing to help). So instead, he's a spy for England for the Young Corinthians group. His "cover" is to be a rogue/rake. His new assignment is to protect Lady Lucinda. It seems that an evil man named Garenne is intent on kidnapping Lady Lucinda for France. To make sure that doesn't happen, Will decides he'll court Lady Lucinda so that he can stay close to her.

Lady Lucinda has no interest in being courted. To get her interest, he tempts her with his horse. He'll give her his horse, one that Lady Lucinda wants very badly for the breeding program, if he can court her for 3 months. If, at the end of 3 months, Lady Lucinda won't marry him, she can have his horse.

What follows is Will trying to protect Lucinda while trying not to lose his heart (as of course, he doesn't believe in love or marriage either), while Lucinda fights her feelings for Will. Will also needs to deal with his family.

Though the plot isn't too original, I thought it was a well-written first novel, and I look forward to reading the next book in the series (This is the first in a series with the heroes all spies for the Young Corinthians group). I enjoyed it, though I would have enjoyed an ending that didn't seem so rushed - I would have liked even a few more pages. If the "heat" of a book matters to you, sensuality-wise, I would rate this as warm.
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2aee3cc) out of 5 stars The majority of the book is good, but I found the ending terribly disappointing April 20 2011
By Charly T. Anchor - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback Vine Customer Review of Free Product
Warning: This review might contain what some people consider SPOILERS.

Rating: 6/10

- There's a fair amount of intrigue along with the romance, and I wasn't able to predict much of the storyline, which was a welcome change for me.
- Sloane does a good job of conveying Will's and Lucinda's disgust with societal customs without making either one seem overly cynical or unapproachable.
- There are quite a few little amusing moments. One of my favorites early on occurs when Will arrives at a party and the crowd parts before him, at which point he mutters, "I am apparently Moses."
- Both Lucinda and Will have servants and friends/family who I liked very much. I enjoyed the scenes when the two are apart almost as much as the scenes in which Lucinda and Will are together.

- The ending (by that, I mean the final 30 pages or so) fell terribly flat for me. The final confrontation with the villain is anti-climactic, there are several plot points wrapped up too neatly in a brief "here's what happened on this and this and this account" epilogue, and the romance wraps up too quickly with very little expansion upon the long-awaited emotional confession of one of the characters.
- There are a lot of little mentions of Lucinda's and Will's desire for each other, but there's not much payoff throughout the book. It contains two intimate scenes, neither of which had much of an effect on me, and I was very disappointed not to see them make love again at the end of the story, when they're happily together for good.

Overall comments: I liked this book pretty well right up until the conclusion, which gave me the impression that the author was in a hurry to wrap things up. In fact, I was so disappointed in the various things that felt unfinished to me that I doubt I'll ever read the story again.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa253ffcc) out of 5 stars Really 3 1/2 Stars June 6 2011
By jerseygirldownsouth - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback Vine Customer Review of Free Product
For much of this book I was sure I was going to rate it at least a four-star read. Though I didn't end up there, I am glad I read this and plan to read the next books in the series. This was a strong debut. Still, a few things kept me from the higher rating.

On the plus side, I liked the two main characters very much. Will and Lucinda make a good pair, and I enjoyed their interactions and banter. Lucinda was strong, yet clearly good-hearted and loving. Will, though plagued with some baggage, was not overly brooding, nor did he turn into someone mean when grappling with his issues.

I also like the secondary characters and the potential promise they have for ensuing books.

In addition, the writing was very solid and I appreciated the humor, irony and downright sarcasm in certain parts of the book - especially during characters' internal monologues and their snappy conversations.

Even the plot - the peril in which our heroine was placed - was interesting and plausible.

In terms of what lowered the rating - it was the dawning realization of what was NOT going to happen as I neared the end of the book.


Besides a few passionate kisses, there was only one love scene between our hero/heroine. That in and of itself is not the main issue. In some ways, that is in keeping with the time period since it was not supposed to be easy for a young woman to find herself alone with a reputed rake. However, the single scene was handled in such a perfunctory manner that it was incredibly disappointing. I believed in the special bond the H/h were developing. I understood why they had drawn each other out in ways that no one else ever had. I would have LOVED to see that play out in their first intimate moments - but there was precious little of that.

In addition, there was a decent build-up with regards to the villain, but the final resolution of that scenario also felt perfunctory - as did the very brief epilogue.

Finally, sometimes it felt as if I was reading the second (or later) book in a series rather than the first. I would have liked a bit more of the back-story regarding the Young Corinthians, Lord Carmichael, how Will became involved, etc. Also, I found myself wishing there had been an earlier book where we could have seen the story/courtship of Lucinda's friend Amelia and her now-husband Northrop.

This was not a long book. I can't help thinking that even 10-20 additional pages would have fleshed certain aspects out just enough to elevate the overall experience.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa25e36cc) out of 5 stars Too many typos June 25 2011
By Aislinn - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The story was good. I would have enjoyed reading it except I kept getting brought up short by all the errors that should have been caught and corrected by an editor. There are typos aplenty. If you can get past that you'll probably enjoy the book. This was my first purchase of one of her books and it makes me leary to buy another.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa251b42c) out of 5 stars Confusing & Contrived April 14 2011
By Cheri Anne - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback Vine Customer Review of Free Product
I would have enjoyed this story more if it wasn't so confusing to follow the characters' thoughts and intentions which changed so often,sometimes even on the same page. One example-the hero doesn't want to tell his superior that he has feelings for the heroine that might interfere with his ability to protect her. But on a previous page, he had already brought this to the superior's attention. I couldn't tell what the hero was thinking or intending because his thoughts were not consistent.It seems as if he wants to marry her,(he tells her so) but then later it is as if he never intended to stay with her. In the one love scene, there is barely any foreplay and it's almost as if she was not a virgin.(But she was.)There was no mention of maidenhead or pain/blood and I think they were standing up. The first time? Really? That love scene gets a 1/2 star. The dialog didn't reflect what the story would then tell. Example:Lucinda meets the angry ex-mistess who warns that Lucinda won't be able to tame Will. Lucinda responds,"We shall see." Will then concludes from that encounter that Lucinda can hold her own against the ex, as if she had said something clever and cutting.
I don't recommend the book. It's not awful, just confusing and inconsistent.

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