One of Amazon’s Best Romances of 2017!
“A romance that Kathleen Woodiwiss herself would be proud to have written.” -Booklist (starred)
Katharine Ashe continues her lush and sensual Devil’s Duke series with a sweeping story of unbreakable love
Six years ago, when Lady Amarantha Vale was an innocent in a foreign land and Gabriel Hume was a young naval officer, they met . . . and played with fire.
Now Gabriel is the dark lord known to society as the Devil’s Duke, a notorious recluse hidden away in a castle in the Highlands. Only Amarantha knows the truth about him, and she won’t be intimidated. He is the one man who can give her the answers she needs.
But Gabriel cannot let her learn his darkest secret. So begins a game of wit and desire that proves seduction is more satisfying—and much more wicked—the second time around…
“This is historical romance at its best.”
—All About Romance
“Likable lovers, witty dialogue, intriguing supporting characters, and a zippy pace result in a lively page-turner.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
“Unusually complex, and delightfully so… [this] romance will win over historical fiction readers from all corners.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))
“Lushly written… A romance that Kathleen Woodiwiss herself would be proud to have written.” (Booklist (starred review))
“Classic sweeping romance reminiscent of Beauty and the Beast.” (RT Book Reviews (top pick))
“In its sensuality and brilliant evocation of history, this book is extraordinary and powerful.” (Thavolia Glymph, author of Out of the House of Bondage)
Top customer reviews
What a wonderful story and so beautifully told! Two people come together at the wrong time and need to move forward to find the love that is waiting for them to share. This has got to be one of the most romantic books I’ve read in years. This author is right up there with the greats for me, Lisa Kleypas, Mary Balough, Johanna Lindsey ,Victoria Holt and more. I’ll give you one passage and challenge you to not feel the romance , you’ll find it’s impossible to not be moved by this language.
“His palm cupped her cheek and her breaths stopped. His hand was so large, so strong, yet it held her gently…………..He touched her there, on her lip, stroking,barely a caress. It tore the air from her lungs.She struggled for more air, with a gasp then with a long sigh. He caressed again and she was liquid, fire. Her heavy eyelids closed and she felt him everywhere, across her lips and in the deep core of her where she ached so fiercely now. She wanted him to touch her and touch her and never cease. “Wait for me.” she heard him whisper. “Dinna marry him.” The raw heat of his words came against her brow. “Wait for me.” Her throat had closed entirely. She nodded. Abruptly he released her…… She opened her eyes and she was alone. ”
That partial passage should beg for you to want to know more, hear more, feel more. Believe me when I say you will not be disappointed with this book, it’s a romance story that is not to be missed.
10 stars for the most sexy speak by a hero in all my years of reading. Fascinated by the Devil’s Duke from the time he came on the scene, I couldn’t wait for his book to be completed. Amarantha was also the absolute best heroine in many ways. From the time Gabriel met her, he was on his way to having his life turned upside down.
Unfortunately, Amarantha was betrothed to another man, then she was intentionally deceived by Gabriel’s cousin which resulted in Gabriel and Amarantha being separated for five long years. Although both Gabriel and Amarantha were laboring under some misconceptions, it soon becomes obvious that Amarantha’s beliefs have penetrated so deeply into her soul, she’s dead set against ever trusting another man.
To Gabriel’s credit, he’s a much more simple person in his approach to life. He has, as we later learn, loads of stamina when it comes to getting what he wants and he’s determined that no lady will do for him except Amarantha – the “Wild One.”
I will keep my review simple and state – this is one of the sexiest romance novels I’ve ever read. However, there were so many superfluous characters, I actually got confused. I’m a little embarrassed to confess that although I’ve read it twice in in two days – toward the end, when the name “Alice” is mentioned, I could not recall who she was and still can’t. I would have given this book 5 stars hands down, except for the confusion in the storyline – in part due to the number of supporting characters and their goings on which had minor plots trailing off into the wild blue yonder for which I couldn’t give a rip. But my biggest frustration by far and why I re-read the book was to try and get some clarity regarding the issues below.
Ms. Ashe is too vague about some of the happenings in the past. What happened to Gabriel when he ran away and his cousin had to rescue him on the docks? This is never explained. Issues related to his older brother are also referenced, but no real explanation except for the fact, he apparently struck a maid. Then, when Amarantha desperately wants an answer as to whether or not he deceived and used her for his own fun and games when they first met, he will not explain exactly what was in his mind. This has tormented her throughout the years. When he finally does let her know his mind and heart and dedication toward her since the time they met, it isn’t until the very end of the book. Then there are Gabriel’s feelings about his evil past in his youth. What did that entail? The only revealing part is that he had the reputation of being a libertine. Also, how could Gabriel not beat the tar out of Jonas when he learns that he was the reason Amarantha married Preacher Garland instead of waiting for him? Both Amarantha and Gabriel allow him a place in their lives even though they both come to realize he’s the reason for their five year long separation during which time Amarantha suffered in a loveless marriage? I have some other items I could bring up, but I want to bring this to a close. One star removed due to these vague parts of the storyline.