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The Devil's Love

3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  2,060 Ratings  ·  136 Reviews
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, the
Paperback, 400 pages
Published November 10th 1998 by Dell
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I am a sucker for this kind of book. I love the jerky hero, strong sassy heroine, jealousy, other women, lots of misunderstandings, angst, great grovels and this book had it all. Beautifully written with a very touching story, it grabbed me right away.

This time period for historical romance isn't always a favorite of mine because they tend to not have the strong alpha hero, but more high society rakes. Well yes, Michael was the high society rake, but I just loved his arrogance and assholeness.
Preeti ♥︎ (Romance She Reads)

Pirate girl routs the Devil of Darfield!
This book started out so very delightfully and I was intrigued from the word go.

It has a heart-achy angst caused by a forced moc between a really sweet and besotted h who travels across oceans (and years) holding a torch for a childhood crush, and a resentful cruel H who only remembers a bratty hellion and wants nothing to do with her. By some highly convoluted machinations engendered by her father, the H is bound by a contract to marry the h, and she was
3 1/2 to 4 stars

I'm not a big fan of the "big misunderstanding" plotline or a cheating hero because of the big misunderstanding plotline. However, The Devil's Love is well written story with a likable heroine and a wonderfully groveling hero, and because of that, this book worked for me.
Miko O.
Feb 12, 2012 Miko O. rated it did not like it
Shelves: didnt-finish, adult
Another romance novel that's not worth reading past the first love scene. I just can't keep going with a book that refers to the guy's penis as "his passion."
This is the author's first book, as well as the first book of hers that I have read. I certainly plan to read her later books, as this book showed tremendous promise. I thought that the first of the book was a solid four stars - pretty good for a debut - but the book fell apart for me after that, and I would give the final one star.

I like arranged marriage plots, especially where at least one party is hostile. Michael, the hero, understandably resented Abby, the heroine, for her father's actio
This book began with the hero and heroine as children with varying opinions of each other. The heroine, Abbey grows up loving Michael and thinking that he too loves her. Other the other hand, Micheal holds a very negative opinion of Abbey and had forgotten all about her, until he is forced to marry Abbey to cancel his family's debts. Their reunion happens to be a shocking revelation to both and here starts the snowball of angst. I actually really enjoyed the beginning. Abbey's response to Michea ...more
RomReader❤️Spoiler Giver✨
Jun 03, 2011 RomReader❤️Spoiler Giver✨ rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
Wealthy merchant-captain's daughter has been regaled by stories about Hero's love & devotion to her by her dad since she was 9. She's eager to finally wed marquis Hero, who she has not seen in 12 yrs.. She is surprised & confused, however, upon realizing that he wasn't the devoted, love-struck man she expected. Instead, Hero is more resentful of having to marry her due to a contract he signed with her father years ago and suspects heroine was part of the scheme. Despite his suspicions &a ...more
Jun 02, 2015 Carolina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2,5 en realidad
Chelsea Holder
2 Lukewarm Stars

After having read many historical novels, I'm sad to say that this book would probably fall along the forgettable category as nothing is extraordinary about the story .. But despite of it, I was still looking forward to reading how devil the hero is, and with that title, I was assuming he was an ultimate jerk. Sadly, he was not. So naturally, I was disappointed. No tug of the heart, no stirring of my emotions... Nothing.

The story appears at a snail's pace and if you've read
Sep 23, 2011 Jen rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviewed
Here's what I wrote in my notes when I was only 119 pages into it:
"No reason why he's so callous & mean. I don't really identify w/ either main character.
Nothing has yet made me want to meet Michael. Their lil squabbles grew increasingly tiresome, really.
I don't understand why Michael was so hostile, because it's not as if Abbey had anything whatsoever
to do w/ both their fathers' lies & deceit. I'm not really intrigued as to why they did it,and don't know if I care to find out.
If I was
Apr 27, 2010 Edna rated it really liked it
The Devil's Love was the first Julia London book I've read. I wish I read her work earlier because I enjoyed this novel so much. For me, the first half was 5 star worthy. The opening is one of the cutest ones I've read. I like that they knew each other when they were younger. Then when they met up again and the misunderstanding about the will of Abbey's father was pretty hilarious. The sparring was so entertaining. Abbey and Michael truly delivered in that aspect, I couldn't quit smiling. Their ...more
Oct 11, 2010 Slavena rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All HR fans
Recommended to Slavena by: Kay
Abbey has been harboring hopes for marriage fueled by her father for about 10 years. She believes that Michael has been in love and waiting fro her to grow up so he can marry her. The truth is Michael has never wanted to marry and certainly not to the devious hellion he remembers, but circumstances do not allow him to escape the contract he has signed with her father. So begins an inconvenient marriage. I truly enjoyed the heroines character I laughed out loud so many times, my very favorite is ...more
Miss Rail
Little Abby was funny and fierce but her grown up version is the classic spineless and weak heroine that recently annoys me to no end.
Grrrrrrrrrrrr >_<
Michael is what a rake is supposed to be like but I couldn't get passed the fact he actually has sexual intercourse with his mistress while he's already married to Abby.
Even if the marriage was yet to be consumated I just didn't feel comfortable with a "hero" that cheats then, right after "the deed", coldly dumps his mistress and runs back h
Sep 08, 2016 Mallory rated it it was ok
2 stars

I just did a reread of this book (that I read 10 years ago) and I have to wonder what I was thinking giving it 4 stars! I could almost get past some of the beginning, but then it happened again and I was just ugh! I finished because I wanted to see what I liked so much. It had a fairly good ending, but I just wasn't feeling most of this book.

I love Julia London, but this book will not be read by me again :(

And for my safety gang- Not safe! Just trust me and skip this one :/
Jan 23, 2016 Marie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bintang 5

Sungguh membaca buku ini membuat emosiku teraduk aduk antara mendamba, benci, kesal, dan sedih.
Walau karakter heronya masih mengunjungi simpanannya (aku anggap wajar saja) saat sang hero masih belum memiliki perasaan suka pada karakter heroine. Malah yg ada perasaan benci karena terperangkap dalam pernikahan yg telah diatur dengan sangat licik oleh kedua orangtua mereka.

Kisah dimulai diatas sebuah kapal laut. Seorang bocah permpuan 9 tahun yg kotor dan kasar, Abbey memerintah Michael (s
Sep 11, 2011 Fiary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
’Jika mama-mu tidak pernah pergi, aku tidak akan pernah menunggunya. Jika aku tidak menunggunya, Manis, aku mungkin akan melupakan alasan aku menunggunya’ – Michael Ingram (hal. 633)

The Devil’s Love adalah novel HR pertama Julia London dari Rogues of Regent Streets Series, dengan romantisme yang indah, cinta yang lembut dan humor yang menyegarkan. Jadi buku ini memang layak dinanti kisahnya dan dikoleksi

Michael Ingram, pria yang sangat tampan dikenal sebagai sosok misterius, anti sosial, dengan
Jul 18, 2011 Sakura rated it it was amazing
Abbey arrives in England excited to see Michael, the Marquis of Darfield. Michael was her childhood crush and also the one she is arranged to marry. According to Abbey, Michael has been waiting for her for years and sends her presents on occasion but the truth is that Michael sees Abbey as a nuisance. Abbey jumps into Michael’s life with eagerness but Michael is determined to push Abbey away. After an emotional episode where Abbey realizes that Michael has not been eagerly waiting for her to arr ...more
Kha Thao
Jan 12, 2014 Kha Thao rated it really liked it
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Janet Gaspar
Reseña completa en mi blog

Michael es un noble caído en la ruina que parte al mar en busca de fortuna, ahí conoce a Abigail, una chiquilla vestida de pirata que se la vive atormentándolo, Michael sinceramente la odia, pero con su candor infantil ella está enamorada de él, claro que su burbuja de amor se revienta cuando su padre decide que un barco no es sitio para una niña y la interna en un colegio. Los años pasan y Abigail de pronto recibe la noticia d
Oct 04, 2010 Kay rated it really liked it
Abbey and Michael knew each other when they were younger. He didn't care for this little "hellion" back then. Years pass without seeing each other. Throughout these years, Abbey's father fabricated a betrothal between Michael & Abbey. She lives these years believing this and loving the persona of a man her father created. When her father dies, his will states for these two to marry. Michael is upset but he must marry her to cancel his family's debt while Abbey is blissfully unaware of his ne ...more
Jul 14, 2012 Thenia rated it really liked it
A bad situation viewed from two very different points and people.

I liked Michael and found his reactions understandable, considering the situation he finds himself in. While I liked Abbey for the biggest part of the book, her behavior after the duel confused me. (view spoiler)
Aug 12, 2011 Elle rated it really liked it
Ahhhh! After reading a couple otherwise very compelling books that nevertheless made my teeth grind because they hit on all my romance pet peeves, finally a refreshing change! (view spoiler) ...more
May 05, 2015 Marjorie rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
While I liked this book, I felt like it was 100 pages too long, especially where they each do stupid things to make the other one unhappy and then try to woo each other back. Abigail Carrington has loved a dream of Michael Darfield, but she doesn't know until after she marries him that her father blackmailed Michael into the marriage.
Sha Mslvoe ♥♥♥
I could not resist The Devil's Love. It's so fabulous ...more
Jun 19, 2012 Shawna rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of uber angsty romance
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5 stars – Historical/Regency Romance
Susan Ross
This book started out as a five and then it tanked. Abbey's cousin's nefarious plot with Michael's nemesis to steal Abbey (the heroine)'s dowry from our hero, Michael ruined it for me. It made no sense. Abbey keeps secrets from her husband but expects his full trust. The cousin, who supposedly loves Abbey, doesn't care that he's ruining her life. There's a big flaw in the cousin's (and villain's) plan but nobody either gets it or divulges it. It made no sense and totally ruined the book for me. ...more
Sandra Patiño
Dec 20, 2016 Sandra Patiño rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un clásico total del género, muy recomendable!!!!!
Oleta Blaylock
Sep 27, 2013 Oleta Blaylock rated it really liked it
I read this book a number of years ago and I enjoyed it then for the most part. I also think that this is one of the stories that have made me avoid “the big misunderstanding” plot line. I have always believed that if you really love someone that you believe them and trust them. Unfortunately most of these plot lines revolve around that premise. Now most of the stories are not the usual plot. This book revolves around the blackmail of Michael Ingram and the deceptions of Abigail “Abby” Carringto ...more
Amanda Ryan
Redonk Nutshell: Affianced strangers are forced to reassess their perceptions of one another when the date of their wedding finally rolls around

I had previously read and very much enjoyed Julia London's The Year of Living Scandalously, so I didn't hesitate to pick up this book upon reading the synopsis. Michael & Abigail first meet on Abigail's father's ship when she is but a child, and a feisty child at that. She shadows Michael, borderline harassing him, until he pushes her away by more or
Aug 28, 2012 Ange rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If I would have stopped reading this book at 70% I would have probably given it 5 stars. However, the conflict introduced around that last part annoyed me so SO much that I cannot in good judgement give this book more than 3 stars which makes me sad.

The book actually started out pretty good.

Abbey, the female lead has got to be one of my favorite female leads in a book EVER. She's the opposite of all the damsels in distress in other books (up to 70% of the book at least.)

She's wild, fearless, kn
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