Author: Julia London
Length: 368 pages
Release Date: January 27, 2015
Rating: 5 Stars
From powerful love to sizzling passion, Julia London always delivers an incomparable reading experience. Returning to her acclaimed Cabot Sisters series, we meet an earl who can only be tamed by one wicked lady…
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. -Goodreads
The story of Grace Cabot is one filled with desire, sex, and secrets...ohhh the secrets!
Grace Cabot is desperate.
Desperate to find a husband.
Desperate to cover the shame of having a mother who is slowing growing more and more senile as the days pass.
Desperate to turn the hand of fortune back to that of favor for herself, and all she loves.
Desperate enough to...
Geoffery, Earl of Merryton is also desperate.
Desperate to maintain his tenuous hold on the order that his tortured psyche demands.
Desperate to rid himself of the carnal visions and thoughts plaguing the hours of every day.
Desperate to protect the honor of title and name from any hint of scandal.
Desperate enough to...
This, the second installment in the Cabot Sisters series, is a much darker take on Regency romance.
Exploring topics such as: OCD, bondage and fetish play, and senility; The Devil Takes a Bride, is a surprisingly thought provoking read.
Grace Cabot proves to be a bold and courageous player in this romantic drama. Not only does she resort to drastic, albeit bungled measures, but she stands firm in her resolve to make the best of the less than desirable outcome.
Geoffery, Earl of Merryton, is much more than a pretty face and deep pockets. A tortured soul, hiding from life within the confines of his own mind. This leading man just happens to be where all of the action is.
The need to count to eight is just one of the many compulsions and pervasive thoughts which haunt the young earl. His daily fight with all of his idiosyncratic behavior, all consuming, leaving no room for joy, normalcy, or love.
This is an excellent romance, alive with a strong yet tender female lead and a wounded, yet sympathetic leading man.
The pacing of the story is constant, after a very explosive start!
Unlike most romances of its ilk however, this storyline is much more sex and fetish than romantic wooing,
The heat level of this novel is set to a very scintillating SCORCH.
Not to worry though.
There is plenty of romance and "happily ever after" to be had as the read progresses.
Speaking of "happily ever afters," this one is all about self love.
Or should I say, "Learning to love and accept one's self so that one might love and accept another."