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The Devil's Arms

3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  154 ratings  ·  13 reviews
"We both know who you really are."

Jake's voice was harsh. So stop the charade about amnesia, Lyn. I don't want to hear any more of your lies."

The girl's eyes darkened with hurt and weariness. What did he mean? He called her "Lyn," but she didn't really know who she was or where she had come from. He said they were engaged, yet he treated her with savage antagonism. He even...more
Paperback, Harlequin Presents #286, 190 pages
Published May 1979 by Harlequin Books (first published 1978)
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Read this years ago and went back and read it again more recently. Funny how time changes things. Definitely doesn't gell with today's norms. Still enjoyed it. Nostalgia works wonders.

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See those boobs on the cover of the Harlquin Presents version? Well, my mom saw those and almost took my book from me (I was maybe 12 when I stole borrowed it from my aunt.) I had to do some fast talking. If she only knew. ROFL!!
I read this one back in the day. As I was rereading yesterday, I remembered it as I went along in a hazy sort of way. This one was very well done. Angsty amnesia story. What could be better? The hero had been engaged to the heroine but they had split up. He finds her wandering the moors and takes her in supposedly until she gets over her amnesia. But of course he falls in love with the sweet girl she is now unlike the bitch she was before. Even though he hated her before and struggled with trust...more
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Apr 29, 2014 Kay rated it 3 of 5 stars
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3 1/2 Stars ~ Waking up on the cold misty moors, Lyn finds herself in a living nightmare. She doesn't know where she is or why, and even more alarming she doesn't know who she is and anything about herself. She's relieved when a man and his dog come upon her and seeing the bloody gash on her head, the man takes her to his home and then to the hospital. After a few days, with her head wound healing, her memory still eludes her. Assuring her that her memory will return, the doctor releases her int...more
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My take:

I give this book 4 stars.

One morning Jake find's Lyn passed out in the forest (wooded area) behind his home. He is very cold to Lyn because she is former fiancée. Jake had recently broke it off with Lyn who worked in a gallery where his work was featured. "Lyn" suffered a nasty bump to her head during the night.

This was one of Charlotte's best books. This is most definitely old school harlequin romance for a number of reasons. The hero wasn't wealthy in fact I doubt if he was middle c...more
didn't like the writing style. instead of writing from the heroines or hero's pov it was written like this "the girl looked into the fireplace"
This was a pretty decent older HP. Definitely kept my interest wondering what on earth was going on (I guessed correctly, though it made quite a far-fetched story). I liked the characters pretty well, liked that the hero couldn't seem to help himself with her. Did not like the idea that the HEA included living and scrubbing the house with the hero's mother all day long in a seemingly isolated area -- and no friends seemed to stop by either, what a life! Though at least the mother was nice, I gue...more
Read way back, never reviewed but I loved this book. It was such a twist I just didn't expect what was going to happen. The hero was all kinds of heartless but from what he had been through I couldn't really fault him. I felt horribly sorry for the heroine because she was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
This was an ok story. I felt sorry for the h who was going through such a difficult time yet. I didn't get why the mother made her do chores while the H only came in to ask about dinner. No romance btw the H and h which was my real issue with the story. The h acted like a total flake and then decides she loves the H even though he keeps insulting her. And what is the deal with him constantly storming out of the room?? GROW UP!!!! No wonder he still lives with his mother.
Seems i am in for getting loads of surprises with this author,this is another wonderful amnesia emotional read,really liked how the plot kept developing as to how Lyn changed and then the twist which shocks all of them and changed many things.Completely understand Jake's bitterness and anger yet he did'nt turn his back on Lyn helped her till she will be all right plus the revenge goal on his part

Lyn what to say my heart went out to her first of all lost her memory took all punishments and cruel...more
A good book with several twists and turns. Although the hero was generally not the typical Harlequin dark and brooding, he was a nice change to the rule. He was an artist who fell in love with a girl called Lyn but then dumped her when he found out that she was sleeping with half the neighbourhood. Then enters Linda, Lyn's twin sister, although we find this at the end of the story and he falls for her instead.
I really like when Linda told to draw a nude potratit of her so she could find out whe...more
Jemma Gutierrez
One thing i LOVE about Charlotte Lamb is her lovely heroes that does everything to have the woman they love and her carefully twisted plot just to show how our hero loves our heroine. The Devil's Arms prove to be one of those.

Charlotte Lamb tortures our hero just a little bit; making him jealouse, possessive, and blind with passion- a major factor of my love. So call me badm but i love watching the hero jealous. Ive always read about those heroine getting jealous about small things and thought-...more
April Brookshire
Sometimes I wish Charlotte Lamb books had more sinister plots. I can totally see the heroine's pov when she doubts that the hero wants her for herself. It's not the best way to meet someone. The hero wasn't too mean considering the circumstances and the heroine was too pathetic most of the time.
Once again, I loved this book but read it 30 years ago. While I do reread it on occasion, it works because I remember how I felt when I read it the first time.
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Sheila Ann Mary Coates Holland
aka Sheila Holland, Sheila Coates, Charlotte Lamb, Sheila Lancaster, Victoria Woolf, Laura Hardy

Sheila Ann Mary Coates was born on 1937 in Essex, England, just before the Second World War in the East End of London. As a child, she was moved from relative to relative to escape the bombings of World War II. Sheila attended the Ursuline Convent for Girls. On leaving scho...more
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