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Devilish (Mallorens & Friends #5)

4.03  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,321 Ratings  ·  58 Reviews
Two of the strongest wills in England clash when Lord Rothgar is commanded by the king to escort the fiercely independent Diana Westmount, the Countess of Arradale, to London. Though Rothgar, tortured by a tragic secret, has become a master at resisting temptation, Diana proves a challenge to his steely resolve. Then his icy self-control melts in a moment of peril -- and a ...more
Paperback, 372 pages
Published April 1st 2000 by Signet (first published 2000)
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Elis Madison
Next up among the Malloren clan is the super-controlling and usually patronizing Beowolf, Earl of Rothgar (I just love JoBev's names). We're told he's handsome in a devilish sort of way (hence the title).

OK, this is probably more what the author had in mind…

Someone has been trying to kill Rothgar, setting him up to fight in duels, etc., and he thinks it has to do with his work for the king. George isn't all that clear on the best strategic decisions with regard to the French, and Bey has been t
I didn't like this story as much as the previous books in the series. This story, Rothgar and Diana's story, had a lot to live up to because Rothgar's amazing character was developed over the previous four books allowing readers to really know him well. It was easy to see how Diana could love Rothgar, but the reasons for his attraction to her were not so clearly portrayed. Still it is a wonderful story with amazing characters and lots of action. Definitely worth reading.
Mar 25, 2016 Kit★ rated it really liked it
I first read this in 2010, but I didn't remember a single thing about it. So I was looking forward to finally getting (again, technically I suppose) Rothgar's story. He's my favorite of the series (as if I haven't mentioned that enough already, but he is!), and one of my favorite HR heroes of all of any that I've read. He's just that good, which is definitely all due to the author's skills. I also liked Diana pretty well in her appearances in Secrets of the Night, she was intriguing, with her be ...more
Jun 29, 2015 Daniella rated it did not like it

God, this was so boring I honestly stopped giving a hoot after 100 pages. This was my first Jo Beverley book, and I honestly didn't like her writing. It just seemed too rough and disjointed that it grated on my nerves every time I had to read something like:
One of the other ladies, Mrs. Knowlsworth, broke off what she was saying to pay attention to a young girl who had run up with a complaint of some sort.
A dancing child—her cousin Sukey’s second, she thought—tumbled and was picked up and soothe
Nov 12, 2014 JLC rated it liked it
Sorry, I'm not a fan of Diana. I think Bey got short-changed a good heroine. This story was a great "could-have-been", but it just didn't deliver. I think Diana's character was the main reason. Plus, I didn't feel "passion" between these 2 like I normally do with JB's couples.
Feb 20, 2011 Aimee rated it really liked it
4 solid stars

This was what I kept hoping the other books in this series would turn into! 5th time's the charm. ;-) This book is not for those that have yet to read any of the other books, though; I skipped the 4th and the 5th, and was a little out of place.

Rothgar was the story I found myself impatient for after reading the first two in the series; he was complex, a bit alpha, but closed off from the romantic sensibilities of his siblings... until now. We get to peel away the layers of his onion
Lynne Tull
Sep 29, 2015 Lynne Tull rated it liked it
Shelves: georgian-romance
This is the one I have been waiting for ... the Duke falls! I have to say he was portrayed every bit as a Duke and he fell to a woman who was an Earl in her own right. She was portrayed every bit as an Earl. However, her life long close friendship with her cousin and the wife of Brand, the brother of the Duke, did not ring true to me. I did find the book tedious at times, but I was finally glad to get his story. I would have liked to have more closure about his mother and baby sister. It did not ...more
Jul 13, 2015 Caisa rated it liked it
This is the first book that I have read of the series. It was not ideal to start with this book considering the hero and heroine met in previous books. Besides for this obvious error in choice of reading this book first, the book itself felt incomplete. The reasons for the villain to be the villain was not explained in any other way that he must be insane. I wonder what turned him insane? What was his motivation for doing what he did?
It was frustrating also that the hero completely changed his
Oct 19, 2014 Mancho283 rated it liked it
Mary Craven
May 30, 2015 Mary Craven rated it it was amazing
Need to get out to weed the flower beds, but it is too hot, so I'll read instead. Another in the Malloren series. I have to say I love a man who appreciates an brave, intelligent and independent woman. Jo Beverley deserves every accolade she has received. Wonderful story with characters you come to love and care about. Her books will remain on my book shelves to be treasured (and reread) as beloved friends.
Jan 09, 2011 Ilze rated it it was amazing
Wow, wow, wow! Finally a real keeper for me from Jo Beverley. Brilliant depiction of the Georgian period, which was so different from the Regency just 50 years later. And a beautiful love story. One thing I really appreciate is that Jo Beverley never writes down to her readers in this book - she expects a fairly high level of reading comprehension and understanding of classical history!
Jun 10, 2008 Karen rated it liked it
More Mallorens. I sped through this but had a couple problems with it. One of the perils and its aftermath just squicked me out, and I have no idea how the hero and heroine ended up together. A whole piece of the hero's internal dialog was either missing or so subtle I missed it, because I didn't understand his transformation.
May 17, 2009 Joy rated it it was ok
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I was exasperate because the characters are not behaving in a way corresponding to the time IMO and because for two intelligent people with heavy responsibilities they spend way too much time behaving like lovestruck and angsty teenagers and making silly decisions. I went to 40% of the book before deciding to stop.
Nov 08, 2011 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
The rest of Beverley's Malloren series is basically an appertif for this book. She manages to make the 18th century look hot (neat trick, given the lack of bathing), and her characters unapologetically free-thinkng and independent. A real treat.
Dec 04, 2015 Katja rated it really liked it
Bey and Diana get their book. 4.5 stars.

I felt that in the aftermath of a certain climactic scene (avoiding spoilers) the author failed Diana by not giving her a more decisive victory over her enemy. She is from the line of Ironhand warriors, for crying out loud!

Yet, overall, both characters get to be their powerful, competent, independent selves.

AND Jo Beverley gives the reader so many wonderful tidbits of historical information, pieces of daily life that help a modern reader get a better sens
Barbara Rogers
Sep 29, 2015 Barbara Rogers rated it it was amazing
Great read. Through the first 4 Malloren books you saw Rothgar as icy, controlled, exacting and strong willed - but you also felt there was much more to him than that. Well -- this book shows the 'more'.

Rothgar met Lady Arradale a year earlier when she was involved in some mischief involving his brother Brand. She is as strong willed as he is -- and beautiful, brave and intelligent as well.

If you add in French spies and assassination plots you have a plot for a good book -- You certainly have i
Sep 28, 2011 Srisurang rated it really liked it
เลมนีอานฉบับแปลชือ คูทระนง เปนหนังสือเกาทีซือมาดองไวนานมาก สนุุกคะ แตตองอานเลมกอนหนามาสักเลมสองเลมกอน เพราะพระเอกเรืองนีมีบทบาทมากในซีรีสนีตังแตแรก อานจบแลวเลยอยากหาเลมหนึงมาอาน (อานมัลโลเรน เลม 2-3 ไปแลว) เลมนีเลมหา เบย โรธการเปนพีชายใหญของตระกูลมัลโลเรน เคยดูแลชวยเหลือนองๆ มาตลอดตังแตเลม 1-4 แลว ตานีถึงเรืองของเขาบาง มีความรูสึกคลายๆ แอช จากซีรีสดารคฮันเตอร ทีเปนตัวละครแบบพระรองตัวยืนทีเดนมากๆ มาหลายเลมจนกระทังมีเลมของตัวเอง ตัวละครประกอบจากเลมเกาๆ กเลยเยอะหนอย
เราไมไดตามหนังสือชุดนีตลอด แลวแต
Dec 04, 2013 Tristen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: have-in-digtal
I so wanted this to be 5 stars.

Alas while all of the story was fascinating and exciting there was also the chemistry carried over from their previous meetings, something was lacking.

Since Diana and Bey's first clashes are introduced in the previous story this book is an extension of that book. It is assumed everyone realizes Rothgar is a world to himself, being able to make the impossible happen and surrounded by barriers. This book seems to show that he requires Diana to show his fragility, he
Aug 11, 2009 Nisha rated it really liked it
Honestly, while I enjoyed it, I was hoping for more scandalous behavior. I don't know. I guess I'm spoiled by the previous books (especially the first book).
I really liked both the H/h and the only detractor was the King and Queen. They were a little annoying.
Rothgar, or Bey, is a really nice guy. Unlike what most eldest brother story, he was not this crazy alpha. He was quite modern which made him a sweetheart to 21st century readers. It only made him hotter that he was good with kids. Diana
Mary Ruth (TheReadingRuth)
Dec 27, 2014 Mary Ruth (TheReadingRuth) rated it it was amazing
When I finished Secrets of the Night, I didn't let a second pass and directly proceeded to Devilish. Since book 1, I'm really interested with Bey. Loved him, even. I was interested with his story given his traumatic experience as a kid. I was also curious with the female who had the capability of melting his stern heart. Enter Diana. Her character was an answer to my question on what would happen if an earl/duke/marquis and his wife died and had only one daughter to inherit the title and the lan ...more
Sep 17, 2013 Spanglemaker9 rated it really liked it
Shelves: period-romance
Definitely the strongest one of this series I've read so far. Rothgar has been a pivotal figure in all the preceding ones so it was great to get his story finally. And it was well-done, with a strong female counterpart to a difficult romantic hero and a believable obstacle to their happiness.
On a side note, this period, the late 18th century, is difficult for romantic male leads. If the writer accurately describes the way they dressed and acted, at least the nobility, they tend to come across t
Jun 17, 2014 Patricia rated it it was amazing
After reading, and re-reading, I think that this may be my favorite Jo Beverley. The clash of wills, and the blending of wills while the two main characters, who by now are very well developed (a convenience reserved for people who have been threading their way through a series of books). Rothgar is my favorite hero, the man that all other heroes are judged. Diana is also a very strong character, but it is the interaction of the two that makes their story wonderful. This story contains tension, ...more
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What was Diana thinking that a woman can take the power only given to a man? Crazy woman needs to be seen by a doctor. Perhaps she has hysteria. She needs to have a hysterectomy. Odd how hysteria is a Latin based word which does denote womb. And yet it is equated to funny/crazy. Hmm, remove the funny crazy from a woman through a hysterectomy was the trend back in the day...

I digress. This book was okay for me because the premise is a bit aggravating even though it is tongue in cheek. Well, women
Dec 18, 2015 Jean rated it it was amazing
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Annabel Joseph
Oct 18, 2010 Annabel Joseph rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
I wanted to love this as much as Tempting Fortune, but I didn't...quite. Still, it's a five star book for me. These Mallorens are spectacular. I fell for Bryght hard in TF and so it was a real pleasure to see the Marquess his brother was every bit as sexy and compelling. I suppose the only thing I didn't like about this book is that Bey and Diana were apart a little more than I would have preferred. Also, Diana came close to my "strong woman" limit. I like em sorta strong but not too strong caus ...more
Jugene Reyes
Aug 25, 2012 Jugene Reyes rated it it was amazing
My curiosity with Rothgar’s character through the previous four books was too heightened that I forgot he is human too. Perhaps too human that he shaped himself in discipline and perfection. But anything can happen when an equal is involved especially an opposite gender. This love story will make you admire Rothgar’s strong will and Diana’s persistence of a love worth risking everything for… I loved the individual Malloren books but this one has a special tug in my heart because of the emotions ...more
Mar 25, 2016 Allison rated it really liked it
I think this was my favorite so far of the Mallorens series.
Marjorie Ihssen
Another one of her best!
Nov 01, 2012 Ning rated it really liked it
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Mary Josephine Dunn was born 22 September 1947 in Lancashire, England, UK. At the age of eleven she went to an all-girls boarding school, Layton Hill Convent, Blackpool. At sixteen, she wrote her first romance, with a medieval setting, completed in installments in an exercise book. From 1966 to 1970, she obtained a degree in English history from Keele University in Staffordshire, where she met her ...more
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Mallorens & Friends (1 - 10 of 13 books)
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  • Tempting Fortune (Malloren, #2)
  • Something Wicked (Malloren, #3)
  • Secrets Of The Night (Malloren, #4)
  • Winter Fire (Malloren, #6)
  • A Most Unsuitable Man (Malloren, #7)
  • A Lady's Secret (Malloren, #8)
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