Devil's Kiss (The Hellraisers, #1)
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Devil's Kiss (The Hellraisers #1)

3.31 of 5 stars 3.31  ·  rating details  ·  470 ratings  ·  104 reviews
Zoe Archer follows up her beloved 'Blades of the Rose' series with a dark paranormal series about five men who make a deal with the Devil. In exchange for their souls, they each receive a power of sorts - but love is their only chance at redemption and saving themselves from Hell.
Mass Market Paperback, 355 pages
Published December 1st 2011 by Zebra (first published January 1st 2011)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
Devil's Kiss is the first in the Hellraisers historical paranormal romance series by Zoe Archer, and she has created an interesting world and an intriguing storyline that will keep me coming back to this series.

I loved how immersive this story was. I felt like I was in the Georgian period, where anything goes, if you have the money, power and status to make your own rules. With this background, the character have validity and their choices and motivations make sense. Whit is a hero that really...more
Mimi Smith
2 stars

Whit has been a gambling man all his life. And it had ended up being the only thing that makes him feel. He and his 4 friends have named themselves Hellchasers, for they are rich, powerful successful and...bored. Bored with life, vices, everything, they only want the unattainable. So, when they stumble upon a mystery crate in ancient ruins(which they, of course, open. Pandora, anyone?), and unleash...something and are offered what they want the most in the world, they don't hesitate, not...more
Angela Carr (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Review also posted at UTC BOOK BLOG

I'm going to be honest here and say that even if I've heard talks about Zoe Archer before, I never took the chance and read up on her or her books. After reading the blurb for this book I jumped at the opportunity to read it and gave it a chance. I am glad that I did as I've found another series to follow. :D

The Hellraisers are definitely a good addition to the PNR world. This group of outcasts has made their mark in the 18th century doing as they pleased and...more
Laura the Highland Hussy

3.75 flames

This Historical Paranormal Romance starts off with a bang. From the first sentence ”The gypsy girl cheated.” I was hooked. Whit (James Sherbourne Earl of Whitney) is out at the Rom encampment with his mates, gambling (and losing), while they are doing much the same. These 5 men, self-proclaimed Hellraisers, are bored, and only want more. Doesn’t matter that they are wealthy, or handsome, they just want more.

When they are informed of an ancient R...more
All Things Urban Fantasy
I've always been a sucker for a reformed rake, and Zoe Archer's Hellraisers series gives a dark, delicious twist to the trope. I also love it when an author successfully flirts with how dark a character can get without turning readers against them, and Whit’s early treatment of Zora definitely treads that line.

There were times when Whit’s assurances to Zora were almost too perfect, but on the whole, I enjoyed Archer’s playful dialogue and homage to historical romance. My suspended disbelief was...more
Striking out lately with paranormal romance I thought ‘Devil’s Kiss’ by Zoe Archer might be just what I needed. A little taste of something new - and I was right. Archer crafted some unique lore and put together a great start of series that has me excited to read more. The Hellraisers are a group of men in the 1700s that are of a wealthy persuasion and have the tendency to get a bit rowdy. Prone to gamble, drinking and women, the boys are always two steps away from danger. Boredom has led them t...more

I'm, in two minds on my choice of this book. On the one hand I loved it, on the other I read the blurb and expected a Romani girl redeeming a rogue in 1700's London.

The Hellraisers make a deal with the devil in the second chapter. He admits to being the devil and simply prefers being known by Mr. Holliday. They are not foolish young men, they are grown men who fall suprisingly fast for temptation.

Zora was with her band of gypsy fleecing the Gorgio in cards and entertaining them with card tri...more
Won this from Team Sheltie Blog.
Thanks, Karen! =)

Zoe Archer is my auto-buy author. Love her Blades of The Rose series...

Release date : December,6th

=___=" (at last I can buy this together with Immortal Rider)
Paranormal Haven
3.5 stars

Lord Whitney, or Whit, is a member of the Hellraisers. The Hellraisers are a self-proclaimed group of men up to no good. For fun they decide to visit a gypsy group. While Whit gambles, and flirts with a gypsy girl named Zora, his companions learn of an old Roman ruin. They all decide to give the ruin a look, and end up unlocking a great evil that threatens their souls.

The story takes place in 1762, and does a great job of showing it off. The story sets all around England visiting Londo...more
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Devil’s Kiss is the first book in Zoe Archer’s newest series, The Hellraisers. I read the blurb for this book and assumed the series would be about five gentlemen friends in the late 1700’s who happen to enjoy life a little too much. I figured that each book would focus on how one friend finds love and happiness yet would still include the other friends. I love books like that. But once I started reading Devil’s Kiss, I realised that there is so...more
I have mixed feelings about DEVIL’S KISS upon my finishing it. Although I certainly wouldn’t call it a bad book, there was just something missing in it for me.

There was just something about James Sherbourne Earl of Whitney and Gypsy Zora Grey that seemed different. They went through many phases together and some parts you saw the growth and then some parts I felt you were just expected to accept. For example, Zora wouldn’t sleep with Whit and then when they reach his Earl house she requests one...more
Melanie Adkins
James Sherbourne, Earl of Whitney was bored. His gaming left him empty and his fellow Hellraisers were feeling the same way. They were told by servants of a gypsy camp on the property of one of the Hellraisers, Bram, and decided to go investigate. While there, Whit met a beautiful gypsy woman who took his breath away. He wanted her in every way.
Things take an interesting turn when one of the gypsy men tells the Hellraisers about a ruin located on the property. Immediately the men decide to chec...more
Another great series from Zoe Archer. The concept to the story is quite simple, 5 friends, as close as brothers, unwittingly release the devil from his imprisonment. The grateful Devil gives each man his heart desires at the cost of each man's soul.

For Whit, his gift was the ability to control odds (chance). Whit's character is a lost risk taker, always upping the bet in order to feel the rush. He has ignored everything else in his life, his estates, his sister, and most other responsibilities.

DEVIL'S KISS by Zoe Archer is not to miss beginning to the "Hellraisers" series.What a fast paced,action paced story of the "Hellraisers". A paranormal historical romance that will have you bitting your nails,and setting on the edge of your seat. With a bit of magic,passion,desires,adventure,and pleasure. This is the story of James Sherbourne,Earl of Whitney and Zora Grey. If you could have your every wish, would you give up the love of your life? Sherbourne,and four of his closest friends consi...more
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Publisher: Kensington
Publish Date: Dec 6th
How I got this book: From the publisher


1762. James Sherbourne, Earl of Whitney, is a gambling man. Not for the money. But for the thrill, the danger—and the company: Whit has become one of the infamous Hellraisers, losing himself in the chase for adventure and pleasure with his four closest friends.

Which is how Whit finds himself in a gypsy encampment, betting against...more
Riley Banks
I was completely enamored by this book in the beginning. I loved the details the author had gone into to set the scene as the late 1700s. I loved the language she’d chosen, especially when she described Whit as sharply elegant as a rapier. The author had such a way with words that it really conveyed certain scenes clearly in my mind. Here were some of my favorites:

For a moment, he simply knelt there like a pagan about to perform a holy ritual, his gaze on her devouring, possessive.

The terror fr...more
Nick Nicholas
Raising the Devil, making a pact, getting a gift in the form of a power and dealing with the consequences of it, and then there is the relationship with Zora and Whit, the primary heroine/hero. It is all building up to a steamy romance and an epic battle resulting in eternal damnation or salvation complete with ghosts, demons and hellish, devilish creatures. It's a classic good/light vs evil/dark battle! It's a great story and I think you'll enjoy it.
This is the first book in the Hellraiser series by Zoe Archer. Devil's Kiss is "Whit's" story. He and his four best friends are known as "The Hellraisers" in London, because of their Party, Get Drunk, Gamble, and Have-Sex-with-a-different- woman- every night, lifestyle. While partying the night away at Gypsy Camp, the Hellraisers find a Roman Ruin and inside it find The Devil. The Devil gives them each their heart's desire in exchange for their soul - of course. Zora, a beautiful Gypsy woman, be...more
I love when a book screams my name and I'm not disappointed that I bought it! Set in the past, this book tells the story of a gypsy girl named Zora and Lord James (Whit), the Earl of Whitney. Whit is part of a group of friends that call themselves Hellraisers. Each friend is of high society, and likes to make mischief and mayhem. When they stumble upon a gypsy camp, and Whit finds Zora, who is to read his tarot cards. There, an instant connection forms between the two. Soon afterwards the group...more
"Devil's Kiss" is a creative and unique story set in the18th century. Whit is a nobleman who with his band if compadres are known as the "hellraisers." Each possesses a vice that Congolese their every thought and since they are rich they have the funds to seek debauchery of every sort. In Whit's case his five of choice is gambling.

On night the hellraisers visit a gypsy camp where they drink and partake of every vice immaginable. Whit gambles but cannot seem to discern the trickery used by Zora,...more
3.5 stars
You want everything you have dreamed of? Are you ready to do the deal of your life? Think again!

“Devil’s Kiss” by Zoe Archer is the first book in a paranormal historical romance series and it was a good book. I enjoyed it but I think that something was missing.

Five friends made a deal with the devil and their dreams came true. But what happens when the dreams became nightmares? Whit, the earl of Whitney, made a deal: he now has the gift of control the odds unaware of just how high the...more
Dark Faerie Tales
Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Never make a deal with the Devil.

Opening Sentence: The Gypsy girl cheated.

The Review:

If heaven and hell do exist, would you make a deal with the Devil if it meant having a hold on your wildest desires?

In a scary look into the minds of man, this novel shines a spotlight on the human condition complete with the insecurities, greed, lust and desires of five ne’er do wells known as the Hellraisers. A name given to them by society, and boy have t...more
Caroline The HEA Lover
(This review was originally published on Book Lovers Inc)

Much like the hero, I took a gamble with this new series. I’ve read and enjoyed Zoe’s writing before and I had to read the first book in her new series. It was a gamble because the pact with the devil theme has never been a favorite theme of mine.

Zoe Archer never does things like the others, so it’s not a surprise that her heroine is not your usual Lady. Zora is a Rom, she’s been telling Gorgios‘ fortune for money, telling them exactly wha...more
Beth Dawkins

Lord Whitney, or Whit, is a member of the Hellraisers. The Hellraisers are a self-proclaimed group of men up to no good. For fun they decide to visit a gypsy group. While Whit gambles, and flirts with a gypsy girl named Zora, his companions learn of an old Roman ruin. They all decide to give the ruin a look, and end up unlocking a great evil that threatens their souls.

The story takes place in 1762, and does a great job of showing it off. The story sets all around England visiting London, Oxfo...more
This was certainly different from what I'm used to with historical romances. Points for that. Usually in these books the H/h are separated by The Big Misunderstanding; a problem that could have been easily solved ages and pages earlier if someone had just bothered to talk. Here, though, the separation is caused by something much more valid and formidable: he done sold his soul to the Devil! If that's not a deal breaker I don't know what is.

Gypsy girl Zora was my favorite character. She was the s...more
I usually like some Historical books, but this one I really wasn't feeling. There was barely any humour or any smiling moments. I hardly even remember what happened during the book, and I only finished it last night. That's how memorable this book is. The character's were dull; they were boring. The whole concept of the story was rushed, although during reading is seemed to be dragging, but that's only because I wanted to hurry and finish the damn thing. The sexual words frustrated me; they were...more
Marquetta (LoveToReadForFun)
Devil's Kiss is the first book in the Hellraisers series. Whit is a privileged man who has more than enough. He has a passion for gambling and taking risk. When Whit and his friends make a deal with the Devil, they can't believe their luck. They are finally getting what they want the most. And for Whit that is the ability to control the odds. And as a bonus, sexy gypsy Zora is now bound to a playing card and is in Whit's possession. Whit has been fascinated by the gypsy since she beat him in piq...more
I liked this story, but I didn’t love it. I really wanted to love it because I’ve really enjoyed Zoe Archer’s other books, but there was just something about the hero, Lord Whitney (Whit) that I had a hard time liking. He is pretty unlikable, being very self-centered and selfish and he and his friends bring all the trouble on themselves. He even kidnaps the heroine, Zora, and keeps her prisoner in the beginning of the book. Once he realized that what he was doing was wrong and they started worki...more
Kathy Jund
Being an unattached titled aristocrat answering to no one, free to indulge in nothing other than one’s own desires should make one feel fulfilled. However, travelling everywhere to experience the next great thrill may also find one in a sorry state of boredom. Sadly, for James Sherbourne, Earl of Whitney this is the case. James lives to gamble, the higher the stakes the better, the more he loses the better he feels. It is only money after all As if it is not bad enough that James lives to deal h...more
Interesting premise (the four titular gentlemen having bartered their souls for gifts of their hearts' desire), but the plot was a little thin. I felt like it was leavened with a HEAPING pile of sexytimes in order to round out the book.
The hero, Whit, desires to be a Master Gambler. It was hard to sympathize or empathize with him as I find gambling to be a waste of time. He got another freebie from "Mr. Holliday" (the Devil): Zora, the Romany woman he desires in his bed. The scenes were he has...more
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BTS Book Club: Devil's Kiss (The Hellraisers, #1) by Zoe Archer (March) 14 9 Mar 14, 2012 07:02PM  
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Zoe Archer is an award-winning romance author who thinks there's nothing sexier than a man in tall boots and a waistcoat. As a child, she never dreamed about being the rescued princess, but wanted to kick butt right beside the hero. She now applies her master's degrees in Literature and Fiction to creating butt-kicking heroines and heroes in tall boots. She is the author of the acclaimed BLADES OF...more
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