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Devilish (Mallorens & Friends #5)

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  1,140 ratings  ·  47 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
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
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.
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!
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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.
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.
เล่มนี้อ่านฉบับแปลชื่อ คู่ทระนง เป็นหนังสือเก่าที่ซื้อมาดองไว้นานมาก สนุุกค่ะ แต่ต้องอ่านเล่มก่อนหน้ามาสักเล่มสองเล่มก่อน เพราะพระเอกเรื่องนี้มีบทบาทมากในซีรี่ส์นี้ตั้งแต่แรก อ่านจบแล้วเลยอยากหาเล่มหนึ่งมาอ่าน (อ่านมัลโลเรน เล่ม 2-3 ไปแล้ว) เล่มนี้เล่มห้า เบย์ โรธการ์เป็นพี่ชายใหญ่ของตระกูลมัลโลเรน เคยดูแลช่วยเหลือน้องๆ มาตลอดตั้งแต่เล่ม 1-4 แล้ว ตานี้ถึงเรื่องของเขาบ้าง มีความรู้สึกคล้ายๆ แอช จากซีรี่ส์ดาร์คฮันเตอร์ ที่เป็นตัวละครแบบพระรองตัวยืนที่เด่นมากๆ มาหลายเล่มจนกระทั่งมีเล่มของตัวเอง ตัว ...more
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
Lynne Tull
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
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
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
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
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
Annabel Joseph
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
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
Marjorie Ihssen
Another one of her best!
ค่อนข้างเสียดายที่ไม่ได้อ่านเล่มก่อน ๆ หน้านี้มาก่อน
เลยไม่ค่อยเห็นด้านร้าย ๆ ของพระเอกเท่าไหร่นัก
เล่มนี้เปิดมา พระเอกก็สนใจนางเอกอยู่แล้ว
คิดว่าถ้าอ่านเล่มอื่นมาก่อนหน้า น่าจะรู้จักพระเอกได้มากกว่านี้

ส่วนนางเอก เล่มนี้ไม่ค่อยเปรี้ยวซ่าเท่าไหร่

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This is Rothgar's story. It's a good one. Lots of intrigue and spy stuff and adventure, and a good love story too.
I liked this book on its own, but after reading the others in the series I was slightly disappointed. I wish there was more Bey/Rothgar in it. I wanted to know more about him after reading the the other books, in fact I was dying to know more of him. Maybe I had too high of expectations of his story and that was hard to live up to. I still liked it though and it is worth the read.
Jo Beverley is one of my all-time favorite authors; with Devilish being one of her best stories. It is part of a series about a powerful English Lord and his brothers and sisters. Every one of the series tells a wonderful love story set in period with accuracy. I have enjoyed reading them all several times; I highly recommend you not miss them.
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.
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.
A good conclusion to the main Malloren story arc. I liked the understated romance, the way it's written really reflects Rothgar's contained character. You have to read between the lines and interpret some of dialogues and actions to get the most out of this powerful romance between two very strong characters.
Andrea Malarkey
A beautiful tale of the depth of love that can make us face our darkest fears and most horrifying memories and come out stronger and better than we went in.
I loved this book. The characterization was wonderful, and made you truly feel for their struggles.
Mary Lauer
Ah, Rothgar. So interesting to see him lose his amazing control over his love for Diana. He needed a strong woman, and he got one, yay! (Unlike the Barbara Cartland model where she would have written him his own 17-year-old virgin.)
Lord Rose
Loved Rothgar. Diana was pretty cool, too. (This was the first book in the Malloren series I read, though, and Rothgar's full name is not mentioned even once in the entire book. I found this slightly odd, to say the least.)
Michele Lovegood
This is my favorite Romance novel of all time. I absolutely loved the pull between Bey and Diana. I loved the intrigue, the story, but mostly, their attempts to deny their attraction to each other.
Slightly unique read. Still a romance novel by standards but it was a very mature look on love etc. And a bit deep in terms of perspective. Enjoyable read and both characters are likable.
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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)
  • My Lady Notorious (Malloren, #1)
  • 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)
  • The Secret Wedding (Malloren, #9)
  • The Secret Duke (Malloren, #10)
  • An Unlikely Countess (Malloren #11)
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