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The Irish Devil (Devil #1)

3.58  ·  Rating Details ·  704 Ratings  ·  55 Reviews
An erotic adventure that will leave readers breathless and begging for more, "The Irish Devil is a charming and captivating tale from an engaging new writer. Only sixteen when she discovers that her mother is a spy for the South during the Civil War, Viola Ross desperately tries to conceal her family's dark secret by marrying the one man in town who knows--Edward Ross, a d ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by Brava (first published August 1st 2004)
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
3 generous stars because I felt bad for William.

Gosh, I really wanted to like this book.

Have you ever felt a sneeze coming on…you know, the first little itch in your sinus so you start doing the Bewitched twitchy thing with your nose to make the itch go away? But that doesn’t work and pretty soon the itch becomes a tickle/itch, but still no sneeze. Before you know it you’ve got the palm of your hand smushing your nose all over your face trying to get rid of the annoying tickle/itch and you want
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I love hot love scenes as much as the next girl but when it's all the book is based on, it becomes tedious. I blame myself of course, I knew I was reading an erotica and kept on reading, so there. I got pulled in by the theme since I can't resist the heroine mistress theme but this was not a romantic read to me.

I'm not a big fan of erotica's to begin with because the plots are usually just pages and pages of sex filled scenes and you know, I want to read a romance not a sexmance. Okay, even if
Laurie Garrison
I really wanted to like this book, but I just didn’t feel the romance build up between the hero and heroine that I like. The biggest reason the sex just over powered the storyline. I like erotic, but in these longer novels sometime it’s just too much reading page after page of sex, the characters story just gets put aside. This book also didn’t read like an historical romance to me either it felt to modern times with the wording. The sweetheart calling just got on my last nerves, along with thin ...more
Rough and ready Western frontier romance that's heavy on the steam and light on everything else. And that's a shame, too, because the plot had lots of potential and the story could have been elevated to "great" status if the author spent as much time describing the motivations and actions of the characters as she did discussing the dew. And I'm not talking about Mountain Dew.

Despite these drawbacks, I enjoyed this story, and I look forward to the next few books in the series!
Jan 06, 2009 Eviltwinjen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Let me just start by saying that this is not, by any stretch of the imagination, a good book. It is porn, pure and simple. But, so enjoyable! It totally satisfied as a guilty pleasure, having everything I secretly love in a romance--saintly, meek heroines, tough-but-sensitive heroes, a little light B&D, and almost no conflict whatsoever. Perfection, especially for lazy vacation days! Also, Whiteside writes hot, kinky sex scenes. Lots of them! This is an "erotic romance" for sure, which means ...more
Dec 13, 2009 Nelleke rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Badly written, waferthin story, characters not fleshed out, too much sex.
Bronwyn Rykiert
I read this book because of a challenge I was in where I had to read a book with Irish or Luck in the title.

I enjoyed the story, as it had everything in that I enjoy in a good book - romance, sex and a story with a bit of angst (if you know what I mean) but there was someting lacking that does not make it a 5 star read.

Viola Lindsey, married Edward Ross because he blackmailed her but because of the marriage her family disowned her (something Edward had not expected) and they went west to mine go
Aug 14, 2010 April rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Free Kindle download. I'd heard of the popular author, so I actually got down to reading this right away. I was disappointed, though. I was hoping for something remarkable for the genre, something that would transcend the stereotypical, but the characters were so two-dimensional, it was hard for me to like the book much. The heroine is so pure and so downtrodden, born of the best families and so beautiful so that she was coveted by the evil rancher. And of course, the hero is the epitome of all ...more
Barbara ★
I did not like this book at all. For a man enamored of Viola, Donavan certainly jumped at the chance to have a willing concubine when she was in desperate straits. I found his behavior dishonorable and disgraceful - making a whore of an honorable lady. Yeah yeah, he protected her from her enemies and he married her in the end - big deal - he's still a swine. I don't enjoy books where the heroine falls for the rapist or kidnapper (not that Donovan is either but you get the point.) I just don't fi ...more
Lighthearted and enjoyable kindle freebie here. I found this story to be surprisingly sweet and fluffy for its genre. And, the real shocker, the lead characters IMO were actually decently developed, not completely one dimensional. There are several minor issues I had with the writing, such as lots of repetitive phrasing and actions and some nonsensical sentence structures but ultimately with this genre, it's hard to be too highly critical as I rarely have any expectations from the get go.
Sorcha Mowbray
OMG! I think I melted last night from the heat pouring off my blackberry while I read this. Wow! I am normally not a fan of westerns, but for William Donovan I might change my mind. Holy cowboy Batman! I want one! He is heart stoppingly sensual and his aim is to please his lady. What more can a girl ask for. :D
Laura Beth
May 29, 2014 Laura Beth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: braincandy
Can I give it 6 stars? I love this book and I do not like historical westerns. I just love the story and the characters and the plot and I just love it. I was surprised to see how low everyone else rated this book. For me, I don't give out 5 stars often, only for books that I will read again, and this is one that I read over and over because I just enjoy the interaction and the love scenes.
Sep 12, 2011 Kara rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-books-2011
No plot to speak of and way too much time with bedroom endeavors.
I only have 3 words to describe this book- trashy beach! Just laugh.... I am not even at the beach!
Nov 25, 2013 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this a few years. Ago enjoyed it
Heather (Let's-Go-Pens-We're-Gonna-Take-This-One)
This book was soooo dirty. The story was awful.
Jun 13, 2010 Jackie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Horrible. Pornographic cheesy western
Jane Stewart
2.5 stars, ordinary story, no new ideas, nothing really grabbed me.

There were a lot of erotic sex scenes with bondage and current day sex toys. Don’t look for historical accuracy. That is not the purpose of this book. Other than the sex scenes, the plot and events were predictable and similar to a typical romance novel. It was ok, but I wasn’t surprised or delighted.

Story brief: Viola came from a wealthy family. Her father disowned her when she married Edward. Edward brought her to a small minin
Kristi Hudecek-Ashwill
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Jan 28, 2009 Ladiibbug rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Western Historical Erotica Fans
#1 Devil - Western Historical romance/erotica

Well written, as far as authenticity, characters, intriguing and interesting main and sub-plots. Set in Arizona in approximately 1870, this small mining town is a rough and dangerous place. Apache Indian attacks are a constant threat, as is the harsh environment.

Viola is a launderess, a widow, fighting off the marriage proposals of a the wealthy mine owner. William Donovan is a freight contractor who ends up protecting Viola from the mine owner's incr
It was okay. I enjoyed the characters but the drama in the story was kind of silly.... nothing major, the bad guy was just stupid. If he was going to do what he was going to do in the end he could have just done it long ago, but then yea if he did there wouldn't have been a story... lol

I did like the two main characters William and Viola... she was adorably cute when William taught her all he knew about sex... but he was a little sicko... at any event they were made for each other and their love
Sep 22, 2007 Hailey rated it it was ok
Picked this book from the bookshelf of the house my family was vacationing in (mostly because the word 'Irish' is in the title) and am glad I did. Mostly because I wouldn't be able to pick it up from a bookstore shelf without furtively glancing around to check who saw me. The plot was average, but it was the descriptive writing that kept my attention. Definitely not one to buy, but if you're ever on vacation and see the book on a shelf, pick it up.
Dec 02, 2011 Tracey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, devil, e-book
This used to be one of my all time favorite romance series. But rereading it years later has not been kind to this story for me. The characters were boring and the erotic scenes made me laugh instead of hot and bothered. I still enjoyed the romance but I was glad when I finished this book. I was tempted to reread the rest of the series but I think I'll just leave that to fond memories.
Sep 14, 2012 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW!! One of thee BEST historical romances I've read in a really long time; with a twist of really hot and spicy sex!!! I thoroughly enjoyed the storyline, the plot, the setting and of course the scorching sex scenes!!! a Must read if you love cowboys...with a hint of Irish....and if you dont love will after reading this!!!
The first in the Devil series by Diane Whiteside. Viola Ross is a widow and in need of protection. She goes to William Donovan and offers herself up to be his mistress.

My first book by this author and quite a steamy little thing too. I enjoyed it. Some elements were out of my normal comfort zone and a few extra steamy scenes I could have lived without but I still liked it.
May 25, 2014 Stacy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hold on to your hats. Diane jumps in and explores depths that are not for the faint of heart (so to speak). I personally LOVED this book the best. D-A-M-N. I'd give this 10 stars if they were available.
Jun 07, 2010 Iris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, romance, erotica, 2010
As far as romance novels go this was excellent! The plot was a bit trite (and you totally have to ignore the outrageously outdated gender dynamics) but there were some amazingly steamy scenes. Usually romance novels are very tame, this one definitely isn't.
BBMoreB ~
Oct 20, 2011 BBMoreB ~ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book surprised me! Well Done!
Jul 22, 2016 Amir rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story itself is not so strong however enjoyed so much the love scenes very well written with extreme level of details to make I fantasize it in ur mind.
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