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Devil's Embrace (Devil #1)

3.78  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,959 Ratings  ·  110 Reviews
Dear Reader:

Welcome to my very first historical romance, Devil's Embrace, titled by my husband, and first published in 1982. I've updated it stylistically, edited it, trimmed it just a bit, and the art department designed a splendid new cover that magically includes some of the original art work.

Cassie Brougham and Anthony Welles, Earl of Clare, are my favorite characters
Paperback, 397 pages
Published May 1st 2000 by Signet (first published 1982)
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Oh wow, Jesus Christ on a crutch. This literary piece emphasizes and stands as a catalyst against for every arbitrary guideline by an author, that we've embraced even in the most shoddy of stories(Stormfire?).

He practically had her floor-planned since she was FIVE! And this is why, in my abject misery, I strive to discern its meaning; I knew from the very instant when she shot the hero, and didn't reload, that her usefulness and entertainment factor was at its end for me.

Generally in most bodice
Mar 12, 2016 Kyraryker rated it did not like it
Shelves: historical, series, 1700s
No, thank you.
After the gang rape I kind of fast forward through reading this :/
It did start off kind of interestingly wild, childhood love, kidnapping, and drama lama but as it approached the half way point it started to drag and the last half just wasn't interesting. Our supposed hero Anthony doesn't really make an appearance, except to kidnap and then rape the heroine, he mostly hangs around waiting for the heroine to agree to marry him. Our heroine Cassie is 18-20yrs old in the story and is
Dani "The REAL Cullens_Girl since 2002"
Aug 12, 2010 Dani "The REAL Cullens_Girl since 2002" rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: hard-core bodice-ripper readers
**comes out from under the bed**

Yes I liked this book. Yes, it was degrading, yes both the heroes in this story were complete IDIOTS. Yes, the heroine was a simpering mess and made some pretty lame choices.

That being said, I still enjoyed this book. It was degrading, unbelievable, and made me want to beat every character. Yet, I found myself not wanting to put this book down. I still think it was well written, and although a darker romance, I thoroughly enjoyed myself. IT'S FICTION. Not real-lif
Jan 31, 2015 Patricia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Rating: No Star.. Well, One. Because Goodreads sucks and won't give me no stars. :<

Edit: Since then I read some books that were even worse, buuut.. I'll let this review stand. ; )

First Thoughts:

I NEVER read a book that affected me this badly. I can read rape-scenes and a lot of stuff that might make other people feel sick. I saw and felt some of these things, too. But this book? I don't even know how to.. Wra! I seriously hate how this book makes me feel. I want to take a shower, burn my eRea
Dec 10, 2012 Emily rated it it was amazing
I unapologetically loved this book. It reminded alot of Christine Monson's "Stormfire" (which I am obsessed with). This book, like many in its genre, is not for the faint of heart. There's kidnapping, rape, gang rape, psychological abuse, stalking, etc. In fact, the hero is a psycho stalker that, if he were to live in 2012, would be on America's Most Wanted. I found Anthony to be a kind of fun-loving stalker as opposed to Sean Culhane in Stormfire who was just a serious pyscho. I mean, after he ...more
If there was ever a book where I didn't want the heroine to remain with any of the love interests in the book, it was this one. Seriously, the two men in this book were complete and total a-holes. *sigh* No redemptive qualities in either of them. Where was my fiesty ex-pirate from Gentle Rogue when I needed him? :)

Then again, I didn't particularly like the heroine, either. She was a simpering wimpy girl, and not the spitfire heroine I would have preferred, even if she shot a pistol in the book.
At first I was gonna be like,

"um, it was meh. Didn't like it all that much" *ducks back down*

but you know what...

I happened to enjoy this story very much. And I don't care.

And to all you readers who are ashamed to like this story,

because you should never be ashamed about what you enjoy to read. People will have their opinions just like you are entitled to have your own. Read whatever you want, just as long as you keep reading!

I in no way agree with the way our main male protagonist, the earl, we
ok so I had to pick it up due to the hype.. much older man, abduction, rape and on and on... I'm glad I did though. Maybe it's because I married my husband at the ripe old age of twenty, keep in mind my dshing hero in real life is sixteen years my senior. so the age thing, while it shocked some, didn't phase me. I like a good abduction, don't mind a rape or whatever the more drama and chaos usually the better I like it but Devil's Embrace wasn't anything special, to me.

I see why the Ladies love
BJ Rose
Apr 18, 2010 BJ Rose rated it liked it
Recommended to BJ Rose by: BHB Challenge

I just finished my reread of this book, which I would not have done if not for the BHB challenge! So I knew about the abduction and rape - what a wonderful lover! (Just in case you didn't recognize it, that was sarcasm!!) - and the gang rape that comes later, and really expected those events to negate everything else. That said, I'm surprised at how much I enjoyed the rest of the book. I loved the sailing activities and descriptions, and almost-travelogue approac
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May 04, 2008 Shar rated it did not like it
Romance? More like a study of Stockholm Syndrome!

A truly disgusting and twisted story. I though the so called 'hero' was the villain until I skipped to the end.
Jan 27, 2011 Arabellavidal rated it did not like it
I did not read the entire book. Why? Because the hero was a delusional pscho! I like dark heroes but I do not like rape- that was when I stopped reading, when I realized that the author was going to have them end up together. I agree with all the reviewers that this is probably a study of the Stockholom Syndrome. It would have been a better book if the author had explored it from that point of view. What I don't understand is why, if the hero loved her from afar for that long, he never attempted ...more
Regan Walker
Mar 22, 2015 Regan Walker rated it it was amazing

This was Coulter’s first long historical romance, published in 1985, and it is a superbly written, heart stopping, action-filled story that I could not put down. Literally. I do not recommend you begin it in the evening as I did. That night I did not sleep until nearly dawn. Forget the low reviews, and set aside your 21st century sensibilities and go with what may be one of the most enthralling romances I’ve read in a long time. Certainly it’s a
Dec 09, 2015 Rhapsody rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who enjoy very dark romance
Shelves: romance, fiction
The darkest romance novel I've ever read. I'm embarrassed to say that I enjoyed it considering that the heroine is basically raped by the hero and then comes to love him (yeah right), but I guess all that smutty manga I've read has affected my brain. After reading Shinjo Mayo's work (Haou Airen mainly), this sort of book doesn't give me much pause.

Cassandra (18 years old) has been in love with her childhood friend Edward all her life, but the day before their wedding, she's kidnapped by the Ear
Sue Lyndon
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Delicious Strawberry
First and foremost, the research and writing style is tight. Ms. Coulter has done her research in what was appropriate for the time period in regards to clothes, furnishings, and what not. The dialogue also flows well - I loved the arguments between Cassie and her kidnapper.

However, what keeps this novel from reaching a 5-star is the premise of the forced bride. Cassie keeps protesting, but is taken nonetheless, and of course experiences blinding pleasure! (sarcasm) No matter how many times she
I read and loved The Duke (seriously, one of my faves from childhood, right), so, when in adulthood I took up this book (bought and frakking paid for) thinking 'Yay another Catherine Coulter Historical, Yay', imagine my consternation and downright disapprobation at what turned out to be a gruesome (if only for the squalid quality of the writing) GANG-rape scene in the middle of an already mediocre (I am feeling awfully meritorious tonight) book. I NEVER expected that, and it remains my biggest g ...more
Brenda  Britton
Aug 16, 2011 Brenda Britton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the book that got me reading romance; at first I was embarraced by the content but then I became intrigued how a man much older than the heroine could induce her to love him when she loved another man. He raped her and at first she hated him but she grew to love him even though he held her captive. Eventually she became reaquainted with the man she had loved before and found he was not what she expected. There is a scene during the book when Cassie is brutally raped by some evil men but ...more
Susan (the other Susan)
Read all you need to know about this squick-making Rape-A-Rama with overtones of pedophilia in the splendid review by Karla (Mossy Love Grotto). She 'splains things.
Jul 06, 2012 Jilly rated it it was ok
I honestly don't know what to think of this book. It sounded interesting at the time of reading and I was intrigued by the notion of Welles kidnapping Cassandra because he wanted her, but it seems like he essentially raped her. Sure he wasn't horrible of vicious about it but she didn't want him.

My biggest issue with the book was her seeming love for Edward, her fiance. It would have been easier, I think, to know that Cassandra didn't want to marry him than to believe she loved him and that Antho
Jun 25, 2010 Rebecca rated it did not like it
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umm.. i really don know what to say..

hero d novel ini kaya psikopat gila.. anthony, jatuh cinta ama ibunya heroine-cassandra.. tp krn ia ga berhasil ngedapetin ibunya, maka ia memutuskan utk mjd kan cassandra sby calon istrinya d masa depan.. yaiks,, cassandra masi berumur 5 th pas itu..!!

after years passed by,, trnyata cassandra jatuh cinta ama her childhood friends - edward, n they decided to marry.. sehari sblom the wedding, si anthony menculik cassandra..

dalam penculikan ini, si anthony berk
Anne Dirty Girls' Good Books
Apr 10, 2012 Anne Dirty Girls' Good Books rated it did not like it
Shelves: hall-of-shame
I had to write this review to try to warn people away from this book. I wish I could forget some of the awful things I read in it.
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Nov 02, 2015 Clackie rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015

What is it with me and bodice-rippers with sea captains?
This heroine endured a lot of violence though (and not in an entertaining story kind of way, more of a hard to read kind of way) and the whole spurned ex-lover meddling in the relationship was done TWICE this time. I'm getting kinda sick of that trope, it's so predictable. I still enjoyed it though.
Johanna Panko
Sep 17, 2013 Johanna Panko rated it really liked it
Aptly named book from where I stand, he forced her into a relationship he wanted through rape and control. Then spoke about love in the next. She was all set to marry a man she was infatuated with when he steals her and takes what was her right to give, then makes her hate herself by making her enjoy it. I'm clueless over that part, was it because she was so innocent? I had originally thought it was hard for a woman to be raped and achieve orgasm. Then he doesn't keep her safe and she endures ra ...more
Jun 09, 2014 Mo added it
For a time back in the 80’s & 90’s, my reading material of choice was frequently bodice rippers, historical fiction, and regency romances with a few contemporary best sellers thrown in for good measure. Most of them were pretty steamy (blush) &/or overly romantic, but I read them during a time in my life when I found myself as a single parent, and these books fit the bill. I found them to be highly entertaining.

I recently donated a slew of them, but I wanted to catalog them all the same
Jul 12, 2010 Maria rated it it was ok
This is a true boddice ripper first published in 1982. Anthony Welles, Earl of Clare, kidnaps Cassandra Brougham on the day before her wedding. He takes her to Genoa, Italy in effort to convince her to be his wife. Soap opera adventures commence.

Why I picked up this book: It was listed on Amazon's rape and pregnancy thread.

Why I finished it: The same reason you watch a train wreck. Sheer horror!
Nov 07, 2014 Shauna rated it it was amazing
when I first read it it filled me up and made me whole as a horny teen, today it will forever haunt me for the stockier vibes I have only recently seen come to light. So instead of focusing on the now my vote of 5 stars is for the past. Enjoy if you are horny.
Nov 30, 2014 Lafanda rated it did not like it
Some spoilers ahead.

Definitely some Stockholm Syndrome going on here. I don't like the hero. He started off really bad and ended bad. I'm sorry, but you can't build a relationship on kidnapping, rape, and being held hostage. The heroine wasn't as bad as the guy. She attempted to get away from her captor and was eventually successful, but by the end of the book she still ended up with the guy, so I'm not too sure if I like her much better.

I don't like the way they ended the book. [Spoiler] - Yo
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