SHE WAS A FEVER RACING THROUGH HIS BLOODUntamed unpredictable utterly captivating Christina as determined to live free as the wind yet was fatally bound to the one man whose passion could imprison her forever HE BURNED LIKE A FLAME IN HER HEART A handsome privateer the banished son of a Scottish earl Kade roamed the seas thriving on danger and the intrigue of a turbulent age From her lush Caribbean paradise Christina fled to the dazzling salons of Paris But Kade had vowed to pursue her across the world to make her see that at the end of her perilous journey lay the ecstasy they were powerless to resist and a glorious destiny forged byThe Devil's Love


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    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || || Pinterest Warning Major SpoilersTHE DEVIL'S LOVE can almost be summed up by simply reciting the tropes it contains Set in the late 18th century the story is about Christina Evrion the daughter of a shipping merchant on a Caribbean island and Kade Renault the banished son of a Scottish Earl why was he banished? because he couldn't keep his hands off the wimminfolk obviously and liked to do pirate y things The hero actually encounters the heroine for the first time when she's a very young teenager when he espies her nude bathing with her half black servant He vows to tap that the next time he visits the islandMeanwhile Christina grows into the island beauty Her doting but absent father humors her and she is a lot smarter than her wicked stepmother so she basically has the run of the place and has grown into quite the wild child She has a rivalry with the other island beauty Carlotta and often steals her men away from her just to prove to herself that she canWhen Kade comes back to the island both women find him attractive but Christina wants nothing to do with him and obviously it's Christina he wants He attempts to force his attentions on her several times but is always rebuffed angrilywhich only makes him want her Her father ends up dying effectively leaving her an orphan since her stepmother Hilda wants nothing to do with her However there's a clause in the will that says that she won't control her inheritance unless she marries and Hilda who hates her is determined to marry her off to the worst people possible because she wants her step daughter to be as miserable as possible So naturally she finds the resident opportunistic gay man on the island who wants to marry Christina for her money and nothing else It's interesting because part of the reason Hilda hates Christina so much is because Christina reminds her of a cousin she was jealous of as a childa cousin that she basically watched die Also Christina's father doesn't love her says Christina's mom's name during sex and has all sorts of affairsSince Kade knows Christina wants her independence financial and otherwise from her wicked stepmother he tricks her into thinking that she is marrying him on the eve of his own execution so she can have his last name and therefore independence as a widow They propose this deal while he's being held in chains by the Spanish and the heroine taunts him sexually by giving him a serious case of blue balls and then leaving a C written in his chest hair all Zorro like Little does she know that it's all a big sham First order of business is kicking out her stepmother who vows that Christina doesn't deserve to be happySurprise surprise Kade doesn't die and goes back to his pirating waysand the first item on his list is dat booty He demands a wedding night sham marriage or no I should note that the first couple sections between the h and the H are very rapey I don't really remember what happens during the first time apart from the heroine finding it utterly unpleasant I think there's a lot of you owe me blah blah blah but the second time they actually have a physical fight where she ends up slapping him and then he decides that he's going to one up that by raping her Bodices are actually ripped while they shove each other around the room and somehow all his pants buttons are ripped offThe heroine is constantly trying to run away from the hero because she's a woman dammit and can't be tamed She's not quite on the TSTL spectrum but it's close She makes a lot of unwise decisions Like dressing in drag to steal about a ship getting captured by the Spanish and then getting lost in the middle of the desert where she ends up stepping on and then being bitten by a rattlesnake Whenever the hero gets mad at her she infuriates him by suggesting that if he doesn't like it they can just get a divorce and she constantly tries to put him into positions where he's tempted to cheat by arranging time so that he is stuck alone with Carlotta who desperately wants to seduce himThen Hilda the evil stepmother tries to shoot Christina at a party but Kade takes the bullet While he's recovering Christina decides to run away to France in order to get some medicine for the brother of her black servantfriend While there she stays with her cousins One of them Dominique is a sociopath who enjoys sleeping with women and then dumping them when they get pregnant or clingy He gambles recklessly and has no empathy at all One day he decides it would be a lark to dress up as a highwayman and scare the dickens out of his sisters by pretending to rob them when they come back from a masquerade Christina luckily knows how to sword fight though and ends up mostly whooping his ass while in drag because she dressed as a male swashbuckler for the party and Dominique is humiliated and angry when his sword knocks off her wig and he realizes that he is a she When he finds out that the girl who humiliated him is his cousin he decides to rape her in revenge Flashback to Kade who discovers that Christina has left him yet again and he immediately decides to have revenge sex with Carlotta who conveniently enough enjoys pain so he rips off her clothes and has sex with her even when she tells him to stop and after leaving all sorts of bruises on her boobs and her body it's sort of implied that he rapes her in the buttMeanwhile Dominique steals kisses from Christina and plans the rape It's implied that he's raped his sisters as well After two near rapes in which he succeeds in tearing off her clothes are all dresses made of tissue paper in this novel? and molesting her body but not actually raping her while in the garb of the highwayman of course he grows incredibly frustrated especially when Kade comes back He finally succeeds at a party by drugging her drink and then carrying her through a secret passage way through a bookcase into his bedroom and Christina finds out that he's the highwayman who tried to rape her both those times when she sees a diamond pin that the highwayman stole from her Dominique then rapes her and plots doing so many times but before he can do so he is shot in the head by one of his ex lovers who then kills herselfChristina finds Carlotta and Kade kissing tears off Carlotta's dress and then threatens to cut up her face with a broken bottle she's smashed if she doesn't leave her man alone Kade gets angry that Christina still won't admit that she loves him and spanks her because she deserves it They end up going to Scotland where Kade is now Earl following the death of his brother who inherited Time starts skipping around a lot because by this point we're nearing the end of the novel Christina gets pregnant and has twins When she sees Kade holding the babies she finally realizes she loves him and they have non rapey sex for the very first time It's so romanticnotThere's probably a lot of other stuff that I'm forgetting and a couple things like a mad scientist voodoo and half naked dancing in the woods that I just don't have time to go over This book was OTT to the max The author spends an uncomfortable amount of time describing the heroine's perfect breasts and how wonderfully or gracefully they're framed by whatever article of clothing she's wearing at the time and every time Kade appears we get to find out exactly how far he's decided to unbutton his shirt and how thick his chest hair is and how bronze his chest is Oh myyyyHonestly though purple prose aside the writing is pretty decent and Lane Harris does a good job at foreshadowing events Every action has a purpose and a lot of things come back full circle which I always appreciate in a book like this it keeps things interesting If the sex scenes hadn't been so ridiculous I might have enjoyed this than I did There's actually a passage where the hero starts preaching about how fun it is to suckle nipples and how this is something that both men and babies understand seriously wtf check out that quote on my updates And it really annoyed me that the hero keeps calling the heroine things like kitten and tiger and how a lot of words were repeated over and over again like how the heroine's turquoise eyes shot sparks or how everything sensual was described as velvetIt probably seems like I didn't like this book but I did It was a fun easy read and I enjoyed the ride I'm a bit bummed that the author seems to have written only one book though Good bodice rippers are so hard to find3 stars