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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

A Devil’s Bargain by Emma Wildes

A Devil’s Bargain by Emma Wildes
Publisher: Siren Publishing Inc.
Genre: Historical, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short (109 pages)
Other: M/F, Sex outside
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Review by: Tiger Lily

Lady Isabelle is a pawn in a game where she doesn't even know the rules. When she finds herself in the hands of her father's worst enemy, she might just lose her very soul to a man who offers her a devil's bargain. With limited choices, she accepts Lord Devon's proposition. As captor and seducer, he steals everything from her, maybe even her heart.

He's jaded, lost, and bitter. Devon Austin knows his faults, just as much as he knows his innocence. When he exacts revenge on the daughter of an old adversary, he expects to feel freed of his burdens. Instead he finds himself captive, chained by her beauty and sensuality, caught in his own web of retaliation. When Isabelle insists he accompany her back to England to try and clear his name, he yields to the insanity, knowing if he loses her, he might be doomed to hell...

He’s not allowed home because of a crime he claims innocence of. She can’t do home because pirates raided her ship. What’s Devon going to do when Isabelle comes up for slave auction? Buy her up and offer her A Devil’s Bargain.

Ms. Wildes writes a steamy novella, packed with action and intrigue. I liked that the hero, Devon, had a rough exterior hiding his kind heart. I also liked that Isabelle wasn’t afraid to explore her sensual side with him. The addition of Thomas, the best friend, was a nice touch that added an extra measure of humanity to Devon’s rakish character. My favorite part was the moment she told him that his rakish behavior didn’t mask his civility. I gave her a lot of credit for being comfortably blunt with him. The secondary story of the murder kept the romance moving a swift clip and kept the reader engaged throughout.

If you want a steamy historical, with a tall, dark, and handsome hero and a cunning heroine, the grab a copy of A Devil’s Bargain. I give this novella 4 ½ cherries.

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