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Silver-Tongued Devil

3.5  ·  Rating Details ·  357 Ratings  ·  42 Reviews
Renold saved her life, then made her his prisoner. Forcing Angelica into a hellish marriage for the sake of her dowry - the plantation stolen from his family. His bride would pay the price of her father's greed. But what began as an act of vengence, becomes a heedless, burning love.
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published December 1st 1996 by Severn House Publishers (first published December 30th 1995)
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3.5 stars

Renold Harden's stepfather gambled and lost the plantation that's been in the family for over 100 years to a cheatin' card sharp, and then shot himself. Renold has vowed revenge against the gambler, who has gifted the plantation to his daughter Angelica as a bride gift. Renold's plan involves compromising Angelica (with witnesses!), so that she'll be forced to marry him and he'll save the plantation for his mother and stepsister. Simple right? Uh, no, this is romance after all. Renold i
This book was utterly devious. It sucked me in to a vortex of passion, intrigue, half truths and semi-scandalous love in order to not let me go until I practically inhaled the text from the very last page!

I have not read such a good novel in a very very long time.
The attention to particular items, places, people, and all around charm of America in that age..
Or was it the glitter and horror combined in one, from Steamboat explosions to the Mardi Gras, showcasing a breathtaking and picturesque vie
Sep 16, 2011 Bekah rated it it was ok
Shelves: ebooks-read-own

I haven’t read a Jennifer Blake book in quite some time. My favorites of hers from the past are: Royal Seduction,Royal Passion, andFierce Eden. Those were published between 1983-1985 and are true bodice rippers. I love them! This one however, fell short of my expectations.

Renold Harden seeks out Angelica Carew to exact revenge against her father for stealing his family’s plantation. After saving her life, he marries her and begins his plan to destroy her father. He doesn’t expect to find A
A good story set in the world of a 19th century Louisiana plantation, with well drawn characters, however the dialogue was odd. The characters seemed to talk in riddles and it was hard to distinguish their real meaning, necessitating the characters to follow each line of dialogue with an explanation of what was really meant in between the lines. A lot of inner monologue expanding on the heroine's doubts and misinterpretations of every single action of the hero, which grew to be tedious. Neverthe ...more
Henrietta Higginbottom
This book was both a satisfying and frustrating read! Some of the prose was purple, but what a lovely shade of lavender it was!

I'll start with the frustrating points, then move on to the satisfying...

The Frustrating
This is a paraphrased version of a conversation between the hero and the heroine:

H: I have loved you from the moment I laid eyes on you!
h: ... {How I love him! But is he lying about loving me?}
h: I cannot trust you, you lied to get my inheritance!

Now imagine that conversation taking p
Robin Morse
I picked up a collection of Jennifer Blake's books on Amazon, very cheaply. I figured they would be a quick read. I was wrong about that one. I found it hard to get through this book at times, bored with the story. There are 3 more in the collection and not sure I will read them when I have so much other stuff I want to read.

I found the story boring and slow. I found the characters not at all likeable, besides maybe one of the main characters Michel. Renold was a complete jerk, and I am being n
Lisa Jo
SILVER TONGUNED DEVIL by Jennifer Blake is a historical romance that is not for the faint of heart. Strong characters, rich description and agonizing drama make this novel an eloquent, yet emotional journey.

Angelica Carew knew the expected path of her life. She was to marry the man her father had chosen and live out her days on the property granted to her as her dowry, Bonheur. Little does she know, but Renold Harden is going to do everything he can to make sure Angelica is married...not to her
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
Originally posted at: http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.c...

Along the Mississippi, in Louisiana and New Orleans in the late nineteenth century, life was not for the faint hearted. The thin veneer of society’s niceties cracks easily in the damp, steamy climate and the rough, cruel, greedy traits of humanity show through. Every one of the seven cardinal sins seems to thrive in the elite of society and in the most base of humanity.

Angelica Carew becomes a pawn in a revenge plot—a plot of which sh
Lonestar Mama
Did you come over here thinking you'd be reading a review of the fourth Sabina Kane book by Jaye Wells? Ha, nope. Barbara has that privilege, since she's read and loved the series. I'm sure you'll be reading her review soon...

In the meantime, Jennifer Blake's Silver-Tongued Devil is an old book outfitted with a fancy new cover and was re-released at the beginning of this month. It was originally published in 1995, and is truly an old-school "bodice ripper" novel. Jennifer Blake is one of those c
Caitlin Peterson
Did you come over here thinking you'd be reading a review of the fourth Sabina Kane book by Jaye Wells? Ha, nope. Barbara has that privilege, since she's read and loved the series. I'm sure you'll be reading her review soon...

In the meantime, Jennifer Blake's Silver-Tongued Devil is an old book outfitted with a fancy new cover and was re-released at the beginning of this month. It was originally published in 1995, and is truly an old-school "bodice ripper" novel. Jennifer Blake is one of those c
Silver-Tongued Devil is an acquired taste. It feels a little strange at the beginning, but the more you read the more you like it.

The story The heroine's, Angelica's, father is a gambler and has won Bonheur in a game of cards. Bonheur is a house and plantation that belonged to the hero's stepfather. The hero, Renold, loved him as a father and when he kills himself because he lost his fortune, the hero swears to avenge his death. It seems that Angelica's father cheated at cards, which only made t
Linda Banche
Dec 17, 2011 Linda Banche rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lies and the tangles they engender abound in SILVER-TONGUED DEVIL by Jennifer Blake, a tale of revenge in antebellum Louisiana.

Injured in a steamboat explosion, Angelica awakens in an unfamiliar bedroom to find herself married to Renold, a man she barely knows. With her father and betrothed dead in the same disaster, she must depend on this stranger. But questions abound. She can't remember a wedding, and is her silver-tongued "husband" as kind-hearted as he appears?

With her trademark use of acc
May 08, 2013 tacitus rated it liked it
The story moves somewhat slowly at first, but overall I think the plot is rather clever. The hero is compelling and the author does a remarkable job really letting you know who he is. By the middle of the book, you'll know him so well that you'll be able to predict his reactions, which is a mark of really good character development. Still, there are areas where I was just...well...confused.

For instance, everyone is acting as if Mr. Carew has a legitimate claim to the plantation,
Nov 15, 2013 Brenda rated it it was amazing
Renold Harden will stop at nothing until he gets what he wants. His heart’s desire is his family’s beloved plantation, Bonheur. Desperate to get Bonheur back after Angelica Carew’s father won the beautiful plantation in a card game, Renold marries Angelica so he can get to Bonheur. What he doesn’t count on is that he falls in love with his wife who’s smart enough to question if he may have ulterior motives. Now the challenge is how can he convince her that his love for her is true? How can he wi ...more
SILVER -TONGUED DEVIL by Jennifer Blake is a wonderful historical romance set in 19th century New Orleans and Louisiana.“Silver-Tongued Devil” is the story of Angelica Carew and Renold Harden. It is full of emotion,romance,secrets,lies,Louisiana customs,passion,sweet sensuality,gambling,doubt,mistrust,revenge,betrayal,and love. “Silver-Tongued Devil” is not only rich in details,but has strong characters and a Louisiana plantation.Ms. Blake has done a wonderful job on this historical romance. I e ...more
Hoping to exact revenge, Renold Harden, a supposed rogue, seeks out Angelica, the daughter of the man who stole his family’s plantation in hopes of winning her love. An accident forces Renold to change his plans and he ends up saving Angelica’s life before he can marry her in a ceremony she won’t remember.
Renold is extremely jealous and is constantly snapping at anyone who happens to be anywhere near Angelica. The chemistry between Renold and Angelica is felt right away but, like another reader
Steph Arndt
Apr 25, 2013 Steph Arndt rated it liked it
This was the first book I have read by Jennifer Blake and it has made me intrigued. Silver Tongued Devil was the first book in a 4 part book collection I purchased for my Kindle. Where as it was not like the romance I was used to and took me a bit out of my comfort zone, I did find it hard to put down.

Renold was the the perfect mix of gentlemen and bastard. An alpha male combination I am helpless to fall for. My only qualm with the the book was Angelica; her constant second guessing became anno
Apr 10, 2012 Mar rated it really liked it
This was a good read. Anything by Jennifer Blake is guaranteed to be good. I like the immediate attraction between the two main characters. Renold believes the heroine's family stole a plantation from his family... he seeks the heroine out, placing himself in position to be of assistance to her. Thus begins the plot of revenge heavily laced with seduction. The cat and mouse if fairly intriguing. There's misunderstsanding and inuendo to keep you guessing - are they falling in love? who's playing ...more
Dec 28, 2016 Jules rated it it was ok
I love a good romance novel and while this one had some good points, I found it kind of tedious.
He's a liar, but I love him.
I want revenge, but I love her.
Duel, duel, duel.
The beginning was promising but towards the middle and the end, well I just wanted it to end so I could start another book.

Also, sometimes I really wish there was another option for women than, I might as well stay married to this manipulative handsome jerk because there's really no other alternative... Sigh
Cindy Woods
Needs meditating badly

This could be a decent book but for the typos and grammatical is a travesty! The story is exceptionally difficult to follow due to this. It is teeming with errors. It muddied the storyline. The book ends abruptly with little explanation. This is not one I would recommend until a good edit job has been done and several holes in the story rewritten and/or filled in.
Seriously Reviewed
Ho-De-Doe! This was one of those reads that just drug me into the story so deep that I felt like I was right there in the thick of EVERYTHING :)

Vivid, touching and a knock-out, Ms Blake has a lot to be proud of with this one. A thrill to read and a pleasure to enjoy, this tale was not what I was so much more :) *SNAPS* Ms Blake, I think I love you :)
Apr 17, 2012 4rocks rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to 4rocks by: got at library
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Mar 14, 2015 Ama rated it liked it
Shelves: own-ebook
Easy read. Didn't captivate me 100% but was still interesting enough to complete. Some times tedious to read. Relationship between Hero and Heroine was good yet both doubtful people who had trust issues. Although they come to love each other feels as though those issues (especially on the hero's part) are never dealt with.
Apr 06, 2013 Kimberly rated it it was ok
I got this title for free. I read it recently and it was okay. The ending was the best part. In parts of the book, I got lost or fell asleep. It can be very descriptive and I read before bed so that might be part of my problem. Overall, it was good and well written. It is the typical romance novel. I have no qualms with it.
Helm Ehmy Ilarde
Feb 01, 2013 Helm Ehmy Ilarde rated it it was amazing
I truly loved the story. I like how the characters play with words and how they see through the surface of the other. The way Blake composed how the two protagonists par with each other is just brilliant. I hope I can read something like the characters in her other stories as well. It's truly mind-boggling! 5 out of 5 from me.
Kristina Bannon
Sep 06, 2015 Kristina Bannon rated it did not like it
Not sure I understood the characters. I actually didn't like Renold and I really didn't understand Angelica sometimes. I thought the dialogue was a little too biting to be charming and often it was just plain mean spirited without being addressed later. I did like the research for the timeframe and I did learn from that about the time, culture and daily life.
Penny Blank
Jan 30, 2016 Penny Blank rated it it was ok
Too much thinking and wondering between the hero and heroine and not enough honest dialogue between the two. I used to read Jennifer Blake years ago and thought I would revisit her books but I was disappointed
Jan 24, 2016 Trisha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was good, Angelical and her father venture on a steam boat that blows up and she is saved by the handsome man talking to her on deck. She ends up with him after many twists and turns of crime and treachery
Pragati Bidkar
Jan 14, 2016 Pragati Bidkar rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
I love Jennifer Blake's books. Silver Tongued Devil was no different. We have a troubled hero who will do anything to seek revenge for his family. The story is good, the Louisiana setting interesting and romantic, and also I love the historical aspect of the book.

Mar 04, 2012 Joanne rated it liked it
Angelica is with her father and fiancé Lauerance on the way to their new home that her father had won in a poker game. The step-son who grew pup on the vast plantation is there to stop them by devising a plan in which he all marry Angelica and become the owner but he ends up in love with her.
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Mar 22, 2015 12:21PM  
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Jennifer Blake has been called a “pioneer of the romance genre”, and an “icon of the romance industry.” A New York Times and international best selling author since 1977, she is a charter member of Romance Writers of America, member of the RWA Hall of Fame, and recipient of the RWA Lifetime Achievement Rita. She holds numerous other honors, including two “Maggi
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