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The Devil's Heiress (Company of Rogues #8)

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  951 Ratings  ·  46 Reviews
In The Devil's Heiress, there are fortune hunters aplenty who are not particular about the origins of the wealth Clarissa Greystone has recently inherited from the vicious nobleman. Still, she's amazed when the new Lord Deveril (a distant relation of the late, unlamented lord) sends his heir, George Hawkinville, to court her... and she's right to distrust the bold young ma ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published December 27th 2005 by Signet (first published August 7th 2001)
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Jacob Proffitt
Jul 05, 2016 Jacob Proffitt rated it did not like it
Well, this is another Jo Beverley first: my first DNF. This is a real shame as I found myself stranded on a public library long weekend and no way to actually move on to the next. So why the DNF?

To start, I felt Beverley betrayed Hawk. For two stories now, we've heard (and seen) how smart and competent he is, how he doesn't forget a detail, and how he reads people and situations to come to the correct conclusion. So I was interested as soon as I realized that his trajectory would put him in oppo
Feb 22, 2012 Ilze rated it really liked it
Shelves: jo-beverley
Very, very enjoyable!
Barbara Elsborg
Mar 10, 2012 Barbara Elsborg rated it really liked it
Second time I read this - I forgot until I was a quarter into it! I read a huge number of regency romances - and a few Victorian ones - and this does seem better than a lot of them. I actually like the predictability and the same old plot coming up time after time, what interests me is the way different authors succeed (and some don't) in making what is a very formulaic genre different and fun to read. I hadn't read the others in the series - well I don't think so, but knowing me, I might have. ...more
Someone needs to tell me why I am re-reading this again? Am I expecting a different outcome? For me, the books that follow this one are not as compelling as this culminating book!

The best thing about this book, other than its own merits, is that is elucidates previous stories and ties up all the loose "Rogue" threads. A very honest book about motivation and outcomes and a delicious couple to boot!
Feb 01, 2011 Anna rated it really liked it
Thoroughly enjoyed Clarissa'story--she got her happy ending after her misery earlier in the Company of Rogues series.
Lady of the Lake
Thank goodness I discovered audio books! It is so hard to find the time I need to sit
And read as much as I would like! With audio I never have to put a good story aside! I can get all my work done as I listen! I was such a book snob and never thought I would ever be able to use An e reader! Ha! I love my kindle and even have a nook as well! (personal preference is the Kindle) then I thought I was totally Against audio books! Never thinking it would give pleasure as reading Does! So glad I'm not
Elis Madison
We last met Clarissa Greystone as the reluctant child bride of the villain in An Unwilling Bride. Her parents had basically sold her to the pervy old phart, whose kisses made her

She was a prisoner in the evil man's house, and running out of ways to gross him out, when the Rogues and Roguettes arrived to liberate some goodies the squishy-shoed baddie had stolen. Deverill ended up "accidentally" dead

and Clarissa ended up inheriting 100k pounds (a megabuttload of money in those days). The gossips a
Own in: Three Heroes (Kindle Edition) 3.5 stars - The last half of the book is the best part with revisiting Deveril's death, Nick Delaney and the Rogues, etc. Hawk and Clarissa deserved their HEA.
May 10, 2015 Kristin rated it it was amazing
I just love her stories. Makes me want to re-read the Company of Rogues series.
Sep 15, 2015 Mackenzie rated it liked it
If readers have been following the Company of Rogues series, this is #8. We met the heroine, Miss Clarissa Greystone, back in book 2. She was basically sold by her parents to a villainous Lord Deveril. When she runs away to Beth, the future duchess of Belcraven, Beth's husband, Lucien, a member of the Rogues involves the group in covering up Deveril's murder by his ex-mistress. Because there were no known heirs, a will was forged naming Clarissa as his benefactor.

Hero George "Hawk" Hawkinville
Sep 29, 2014 Cathy rated it liked it
Another lovely historical romance from Jo Beverly. I have to say she’s one of my favourites author in this genre. I simply can’t get enough of the Company of the Rogues. I started reading the series out of order, which was a big mistake. So now I’m following the proper order and I find it marvellous how I get to revisit most of the couples.
“The Devil's Heiress” we get to read about Clarissa’s love story. She was saved by the Rogues in the second book. This story actually picks up a lot of the lo
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Beverley, Jo - 3rd (last) in Three Heroes series

In The Devil's Heiress, there are fortune hunters aplenty who are not particular about the origins of the wealth Clarissa Greystone (who was rescued from marriage to the unspeakable Lord Deveril in An Unwilling Bride) has recently inherited from the vicious nobleman. Still, she's amazed when the new Lord Deveril (a distant relation of the late, unlamented lord) sends his heir, George Hawkinville, to court her...and she's righ
Apr 16, 2008 _inbetween_ rated it liked it
Well. I loved the first part of it. It's much like Hazard, but the first part seemed even more delightful, with the "plain" virgin so keen on compromising the dashing fortune hunter, in clear-headed thoughts, words and actions. The change from plainness to beauty is once again from one chapter to the other, which is both annoying and better than have her use paint and other cheap gimmicks. Annoying because the crucial point when he changes his initial opinion of her is again completely avoided, ...more
Delacey Von Busse
Jan 03, 2016 Delacey Von Busse rated it really liked it
The H/h are not Rogues, but there are several involved in this story. This book is also important to the story line started in book 1 and 2. I liked both main characters and I think their dilemma's were well written and though out. I do think that most of the characters put too much stock in thinking that Clarissa would be upset being Lady Devilin, where her issue was the MAN who used to be Lord Devilin. Other than that I liked the book, the love story and the extra surprising happy ending.
Nov 21, 2014 Gail rated it really liked it
This is the one with the third "George," the one who was a quartermaster in the Napoleonic wars, and is good at solving mysteries. The story ties back into an earlier one of the Rogues, but I'm not sure which one. Hawk needs money and he can either marry a rich heiress or figure out how she got the money his father should have inherited. I liked it a lot.
Feb 10, 2014 Sonja rated it liked it
Good story, though I felt like I had read it before... maybe just several like it...
It did move along at a good pace, and I didn't get bored or bogged down at any one point, but it just didn't 'stand out'.

If you're looking for a light romance, then this is the one for you!
Jul 04, 2011 Kate rated it liked it
Finally one of my Heyer-readalikes is a little bit like a Heyer, with a definitely purloined plot (handsome rich man pursues rich plain girl who mysteriously inherited a large fortune from a previous fiance; he thinks she must be a Schemer but is confused to find himself falling in love with her; something makes her desperate to compromise him into marrying her and naturally they are both in love but that only makes them unwilling to marry; lots of careening about the country) and a tame-ish sex ...more
Mar 19, 2015 penelopewanders rated it really liked it
I probably would have read this quite a while ago, but got bogged down in trying to figure out where it fit with the various series by Beverley. This time I just ignored that issue and read it on a trip. I do like Beverley's books - some of them are a bit more brutal than the stories with other romance writers (aside from contemporary suspense/thriller romance types), but this story writer does tell a good tale. I find it interesting that the main villain in this piece is a woman... and feel alm ...more
Nancy Crayton
I loved this story. It had everything. Wonderful hero and heroine. Adventure, great supporting characters, familiar characters and truly despicable villains.
Mar 09, 2016 Julie rated it liked it
Note to self: found on bookshelf, so must've been read. Book available at e-library; paperback donated.
Tabetha Waite
Oct 08, 2015 Tabetha Waite rated it did not like it
Ummm, no. Good idea, but rather choppy read for me. The attraction wasn't there and the big reveal at the end wasn't very climatic. Got rather boring.
Oct 05, 2014 Marianne rated it liked it
Fun story. Dashing knight in shining armor, and they lived happily ever after, while saving the old family estate. Everybody is happy.
Robin (RBBR)
Also connects to Three Heroes Trilogy
Patricia Burroughs
Another Beverley winner!
May 03, 2015 Allison rated it really liked it
Okay the Three Heroes trilogy redeemed itself with this one, probably because it brought all the Rogues into the story this time.
Nov 01, 2013 Marianne rated it liked it
Shelves: regency, own-paper
I'm seriously beginning to believe that Jo Beverly can't write a book I don't like. Having said that, this is not my favorite Rogue. The problem was that I believed that Beverly would never write a heroine who was a murderer or a forger, so it was irritating not knowing what really happened because why the suspense?

Oh, but the love affair was nice. Beverly's people treat each other so well, and are usually such good people at heart. Maybe they do a bad thing or two, but they are decent. I love
Apr 02, 2015 Janice rated it it was ok
Quick, easy read full of familiar characters. Nice to see the Rogues together.
Annabel Joseph
Dec 30, 2010 Annabel Joseph rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
You know, I love Jo Beverley enough to marry her, but I could not finish this one. Could not make it halfway through. Still giving her three stars because I love her enough to marry her. I'll forgive her this one since she wrote the Malloren books which I would give ten stars if I could. So it all averages out. SKIP THIS ONE! Read the Malloren series!!
May 05, 2012 Cary rated it liked it
I kept thinking that I had read this before and it is entirely possible that that is the case! But it must have been before I was introduced to Goodreads. Anyways I liked the story but wish that I had read closer to when I had finished the last Rogues book so that I could remember the charaters better. One sexual encounter but it would be easily skipped.
♆ BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
Finally we get to this story after the short story in Dragon's bride. I was a bit disappointed in this story too. Hawk isn't how I liked it. He turns out okay at the end, but still, I don't like his original motives. I'm not sure if it's because I read this series back to back but I'm not as enamoured of this as I am Malloren.
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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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Company of Rogues (1 - 10 of 17 books)
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  • An Unwilling Bride (Company of Rogues, #2)
  • Christmas Angel (Company of Rogues, #3)
  • Forbidden (Company of Rogues, #4)
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  • The Dragon's Bride (Three Heroes, #2; Company of Rogues, #7)
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