The Devil's Love Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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A woman's desire...
With dreams of a great romantic love, Abigail Carrington sails to England to marry the man she has loved since childhood, Michael Ingram, Marquis of Darfield. She believes her betrothed is a generous and noble man who has been longing for her. But the handsome man waiting for her at the altar is a dark, brooding stranger who rushes her into marriage, then abandons her at his country estate. Only the passion of Michael's kiss gives her hope that theirs can be more than a marriage of convenience.
A man's need...
With scandal shadowing his past, Michael, the Devil of Darfield, had no need for a wife. Remembering only the little hellion who made life miserable for him aboard her father's ship, he resents the agreement he made to marry her so he could save his ancestral home. Though determined to ignore her, he cannot stop thinking about his lovely violet-eyed bride. Her beauty tempts him. Her charm bedevils him. He tries to drive her away until he almost loses her. Then he vows to regain her love - before it is too late...
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|Listening Length||12 hours and 59 minutes|
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|Audible.com Release Date||May 06, 2014|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #56,808 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#149 in Action & Adventure Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
#486 in Regency Romance
#2,550 in Action & Adventure Romance (Books)
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First of all, the heroine, Abigail Carrington, was a dream. She was beautiful, feisty and most importantly, she was gifted with a wonderfully generous soul. Her mother died when she was young resulting in her father taking her along as he traversed the oceans on his shipping expeditions. At some point, Abbey desperately needed a woman to take her in hand, so her father decided to kick his little beauty off his ship and send her to school, resulting in Abby living a very unusual life until she ultimately settled with her aunt and cousins in America. Since Michael Ingram worked for her father in his business, she had known him from an early age.
From the time she was a little girl, her father told her that one day she would marry Michael Ingram. He then proceeded to manipulate Abbey's entire life by using her future marriage to Michael in order to get her to comply with his desires, continually telling Abbey that Michael loved her and one day Michael would send for her and marry her - when in fact, Michael never gave Abbey a second thought once she left her father's ship. In Michael's mind, Abbey was simply the little bratty daughter of his former boss. Abbey had no idea that her father and Michael had some business dealings involving a loan which Mr. Carrington had made to Michael.
There was a reason for the duplicitous and deceptive scheme perpetrated by Abbey's father in his business dealings with Michael. What Michael thought was a straightforward loan from Mr. Carrington to Michael ultimately became so complicated I won't begin to try and explain it because it never made sense to me. All one need know is pertinent details of the loan were set forth by Michael's unscrupulous father and Abbey's father. Therefore, Michael never realized one stipulation of the loan left him with no other option except to marry Abbey. When he learns this fact, he is livid.
So, what we have is a young woman who has prepared her entire life to be the wife of Michael Ingram. The same Michael who is now rich in his own right, having successfully built a shipping business, then worked toward rebuilding the family estate after his father passed and left him the title of the Marquis of Darfield. To say he's a hardened young man due to the hardships of his past might be putting it a bit mildly. When Abbey arrives from America, thinking to join the man for whom she's spent years preparing herself, she is in for the shock of her life.
Prepare yourself to dislike Michael for his treatment of Abbey. If your reaction is anything like mine, you'll be distressed for our sweet Abbey, you'll want to hammer Michael, then you'll hope they can work everything out. Once, it appears they have fallen in love and the Big Misunderstanding occurs, you may want to bring out your hammer again. This part was difficult. There are some sad times in store for both Abbey and Michael, but the fact Michael does have a period of suffering (which in my opinion he deserved) helps even out the storyline. Wow, do I sound revengeful? Perhaps, but I was tired of Abbey having to be a doormat, first by her father and later by Michael when in fact, she did have a strong backbone and she was a truly admirable young woman.
This book has a flavor of some of the older romance novels, where the heroes were, if anything, given carte blanche by the authors to be more heavy handed in their dealings with the women in their lives - not in a physical manner but still a measure of "I am the King of the Hill and never forget you are my Underling." Since I've made the foregoing statement, you may wonder why the four stars?? I felt that Michael redeemed himself and truly repented of his overtly domineering and hateful actions. I suspect many readers will disagree with me, but I really enjoyed this book.
The heroine and hero’s love story may be reminiscent of the typical formula for a good historical romance but it does not detract from the fact that the story was enough to make you want to turn the page and find out how they get to their happy ever after and finish the book. The essence was the emotional journey of the love story and not just the electrifying intense physical attraction found in most romance books. I was about to just give 4 or 4.5 stars but I really liked the epilogue so I gave the final rating of 5. I may also try another book from Julia London.
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The writing was so emotional I even shed a tear a couple of times.
I will definitely be buying more of this elk from this author.