The Devil Takes a Bride (The Cabot Sisters, 2) Mass Market Paperback – January 27, 2015
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- ASIN : 0373778902
- Publisher : HQN; Original edition (January 27, 2015)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 368 pages
- Item Weight : 6.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.21 x 0.94 x 6.58 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #878,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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After a long stretch of reading rather unremarkable books and abandoning many of them midway through, it was a literary treat to find a story that kept my undivided attention and gave me hours of pleasure. I loved the Hero of this book, tortured as he was. Ms. London did a remarkable job of making me feel his pain, as trite as that may sound. He hadn't been in the war, but rather was tormented by his obsessive thoughts and painful rituals he devised to gain some relief; such as counting, dividing and multiplying by eights. His internal torment manifested itself outwardly by making him taciturn, unnaturally quiet, rigid and miserable. His every moment was spent in internal struggle to keep his thoughts from becoming public, or otherwise losing control. He was truly tortured.
He was also extremely handsome, wealthy and a powerful Earl. He chose to live at his country estate in solitary, Spartan surroundings and thus managed to survive with his secrets (for the most part) unknown to the world. He had the reputation for being the most miserable man in England - but at least no one knew the truth that lay behind his misery.
Then, in a single evening, his carefully controlled existence comes to a shattering end. Talk about being in the wrong place at the wrong time - he certainly was. Grace Cabot, hoping to ensnare his brother John into marrying her, is caught with his brother Jeffrey instead. To the horror of all concerned, they are forced by the threat of a horrific scandal to marry - suddenly and without warning.
Thus begins the lovely, if somewhat painful, story of a marriage begun under the worst possible embarrassing circumstances. It is told so well that I found myself cringing for both of them as they attempt in their own ways to move forward with their lives. Grace is, unwittingly, the perfect wife for an imperfect man. While he desperately needs uniformity, she sows cheerful chaos, making them both unhappy. But, the story doesn't end here, it just keeps getting better.
The movement towards the HEA is slow, with setbacks, but I found it to be a simply wonderful evolution. In bits and starts, one step forward, one step back they come to know each other, care for each other, and fall in love with each other. I loved every chapter! Because I so enjoyed this book, I'm going back to read the first book in this series - the story of Grace's older sister. I only hope it's half as good as I found this book to be. It was one of those books you HATE to see end.
The only thing that I did not like in the story was the hero's sexy fantasies about OW. While they were brief and much less after the hero and heroine got together, but he still had them. The only one I want a hero to be thinking about naked and having smex with his the heroine. For example, in this book after they were married the hero imagined a friend's wife getting it on with her maid. Just no.
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Jeffrey Donovan, the Earl of Merryton is rarely seen in society. He has an anxiety issue (something unknown in Regency England), that started when he was a child, after his father's strict and often ruthless upbringing. He often has to count or tap out the number eight, and has thoughts in his head that he believes are not pure. He has acted out these thoughts on willing women before, but knows he cannot inflict this on his young, innocent bride. But when he takes his wife to bed, he doesn't know how to control himself and Grace doesn't understand why he treats her thus. She apologises several times, much to his annoyance, but it doesn't stop his behaviour. He also doesn't want to be around her too often, for fear that he could hurt her. But Grace is determined to find out more about her husband, and soon picks up on things, including his counting/tapping. Jeffrey is beginning to unravel the longer he is with his wife, but as they grow to care for one another, Grace has a hard time owning up to her own problems in her family, namely her 'mad' mother, who nowadays we would know her madness is in fact dementia.
This is a beautiful story, and the first I have read by the author. It was Jeffrey's 'condition' that lured me into wanting to read this book, just like a Jennifer Ashley book did with her autistic hero. My only bug bear was the way Amherst's role was carried out. He was apparently aware of Grace's designs, which is why he didn't meet her at the tearoom. But he had a secret, despite the author making you believe he was just an inconsiderate rake, and redeems him in the end. The way it was carried out didn't make sense to me, and seemed out of character. But I ignored it, and consider this book to be a keeper.
Jeffrey has had a very difficult childhood and believes himself to be mad. He needs rigid order to help maintain some semblance of sanity and keep his mind from straying to thoughts he considers to be sexually depraved in the extreme. When he finds himself married to Grace his world is turned upside down but it isn't long before he grows to love her.
As for Grace, well once she's broken through Jeffrey's ordered exterior she can't help but be captivated by the man behind the mask.
This book will not suit some. There are a lot of sexual references and let's face it, a lot of sex too. The sexual references are not clean and neatly tied up but messy and possibly shocking to some, however they fit this book and they are in context.
Julia London has addressed some challenging topics in this book, creating talking points about things that we as a society too often sweep under the carpet. At the same time she has written a love story that is touching and that I found myself thinking about more and more as I progressed through the book.
I will be rereading this book, and soon. I enjoyed it very much but it challenged me to think as well and that is a rare thing with a romance novel these days. Well worth reading!