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The Devil in Disguise (Regency Rogues #1)

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Filled with espionage and intrigue, Stefanie Sloane’s witty and sexy debut is a Regency historical—the first novel in a back-to-back Regency Rogues trilogy that features seductive spies and the ladies they must protect.

Lord William Randall, the Duke of Clairemont, is a rake with little regard for society—a most unlikely suitor for Lady Lucinda Grey. But his latest assignme
Mass Market Paperback, 296 pages
Published May 24th 2011 by Ballantine Books
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3 stars – Historical/Regency Romance

I was really looking forward to this, but unfortunately it’s just an okay/average romance that didn’t meet my expectations. I liked the storyline...a notorious, devilishly sexy rake who’s really a spy in disguise uses a prized stallion to entice a rich, beautiful, willful debutante into a courtship so he can protect her from an assassin’s kidnapping plot...but I definitely had issues with the poor editing, lukewarm passion, and overall delivery.

The scene and c
Aug 13, 2011 Kristin rated it liked it
I should start out by saying that I won this book through goodreads.

Is it a romance novel...

Is it original

Is it entertaining

It isn't your typical romance novel where there are a ton of steamy sex scenes. In fact the books has quite a bit of good story line to it. You see Will is a spy slash playboy who has been assigned to keep Lucinda safe since there is an assassin out to kill her. She is a highly sought after woman and has no shortage of admirers. Her friend has been setting her up with "date
Rose May
Sep 24, 2011 Rose May rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: d-minus
Note: This review, and all my reviews, comes from my blog - Romantic Rose's Bookshelf (

Book 1 in the Regency Rouges series

The first quarter of this book, I really enjoyed. Our heroine, Lady Lucinda Grey, was sharp and pretty. She had three sarcastic, very funny aunts I was looking forward to getting to know (Bessie, Victoria, and Charlotte). Our hero, Lord William Randall, the Duke of Clairemont, is a rake of the first order – we meet him while he’s in bed
Sophie Barnes
Jun 01, 2012 Sophie Barnes rated it really liked it
Lord William Randall, the Duke of Clairemont is a member of the Young Corinthians, a secret spy organization whose primary objective is to serve and protect those in distress. But his work in this line of business, requiring a cool head and focus, coupled with a harsh upbringing from a tyrannical father, has made Will's heart impenetrable.

Lady Lucinda Grey, is not only beautiful and intelligent - she has also turned away each and every one of her suitors. But when William proposes a courtship i
Mandi Schreiner
May 23, 2011 Mandi Schreiner rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
Lord William Randall works for the Young Corinthians, a British spy organization. He has cultivated his reputation into that of a rake, in the eyes of the ton, and uses that as his cover as he goes on dangerous spy missions. His latest mission however, is going to be a tricky one. They have learned that a very dangerous, and wanted man, Garenne wants to kidnap the extremely wealthy Lady Lucinda Grey. In order to protect Lucinda and capture Garenne once and for all, Will is told by his boss that ...more
May 09, 2011 Joy rated it liked it
Note: I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book free through the Goodreads First Reads program.

Our heroine, Lady Lucinda Grey is beautiful and intelligent and besieged by suitors because she is also incredibly rich. Our hero, Will, the Duke (10 points!) of Clairemont, is a rake and a spy! But that is not all, oh no, that is not all. He has received the sobriquet of "Iron Will" because he when he gets really angry he goes to the boxing ring and beats people up; also he breaks furniture. I'm
Sep 02, 2011 Rane rated it it was ok
This book just never grabbed my attention, I found myself starting to shim through the pages. While entertaining the book just never grabbed me with it falling back on plot lines done many times before with nothing very original to make it stand out in the crowd. The characters were okay and the plot to was alright, and would be a good read for anyone just to past the time with, but for the true hardcore HR readers out there this may not be their cup of tea sadly.
Feb 07, 2014 Gail rated it liked it
While purging some books at home I happened to come across the 3rd book in this series (still don't know where/how I got it), and while I'm not really getting into new-to-me authors I decided to give the series a try. I read this 1st book via the library and surprisingly enough I enjoyed it a lot, in spite of the Julia Quinn encorsement (I am NOT a JQ fan, at all, never will be). There were a couple of anachronistic moments in TDID but overall I zipped through it in three days. I have #2 on hand ...more
Sue Grimshaw
Aug 29, 2011 Sue Grimshaw rated it really liked it
enjoyed the series -- fresh new voice
Jan 04, 2012 nurmawati rated it it was ok
Shelves: hr, buku-eng

bacaan di awal tahun 2012...sungguh mengecewakan....
alur cerita lambat..chemistry nya gak dapet...
dan ce nya...berurai air mata mulu...tipe yg selalu nunggu di selamatin co...ah malesnya dakuuuu ....

begini ceritanya ...
lady lucinda ini cantiiiiiik sekali...kaya sekaliiii...
trus dia selalu nolak suitor yang mau melamar dia...why ? soalnya dia sama 3 org bibi nya yg eksentrik pengen bikin apa tuh...pembibitan kuda acuan unggulan....

co nya..Lord William Randall, the Duke of Clairemont dan sering ju
Wendy *Sebella Blue* Mitchell
Apr 26, 2011 Wendy *Sebella Blue* Mitchell rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-read
Although one of the most sought after ladies of the ton, Lady Lucinda has no desire to trust her future to a man. She has seen the consequences of hitching your star to the marriage train and she doesn't want to take that ride. Lord William Randall is only tolerated in polite society because of his title. His flaunting of the ton's rules and morality have all but ostracized him. As a member of the Young Corinthians, Lord William has worked very hard to maintain his rakish lifestyle and to estab ...more
Oct 15, 2011 Terree rated it liked it
I liked this book... the thing that bothered me is that it had SO MANY TYPO'S!!! gaaaaaa! I liked the idea of the book, and I hope that the next two that I have in the Regency Rogue series tie in to this book, using the same characters etc.. I just wish that there had been a little more care done to the finished product... I found myself with pen in hand, correcting as I went along, lining out duplicate lines, correcting the spelling... it was annoying! Hard to stay engrossed in a book when in t ...more
May 29, 2011 Lisa rated it really liked it
I have eagerly been anticipating the debut novel of Stefanie Sloane ever since I saw the gorgeous covers for all three back to back releases and then Julia Quinn added her recommendation of her to the mix as well. And I have to say, after months of waiting, I wasn't too disappointed. Yes, this is a storyline line that has been used often before...the secret spy, Lord William Randall, the Duke of Clairemont is tasked to protect Lady Lucinda Grey and the easiest way to go about this is to pretend ...more
Ann Marie
So, I just figured out that I really like a spy theme in my historical romance reads. Therefore this book was right up my alley. I truly enjoyed the Young Corinthian’s organization and the mystery plot in this novel, although the reasoning behind the kidnapping plot could’ve been better explained and expounded on. I also liked all of the characters but I did especially like Iron Will. Truth be told, I love an alpha male who doesn’t think he deserves the heroine’s love. And Will certainly didn’t ...more
Lover of Romance
Short Review:
I have always adored spy regency romances, it adds a bit more spice than what regular regency romances offer. Ever since I first noticed the covers of this series, its been on my list. I have heard some many great things about this series. And so since my local library has all of them, I decided I could start from the beginning of the series. So With The Devil In Disguise, we see a story that begins with Lucinda looking for a husband, and then William displays some real interest tha
Mar 11, 2015 Greselley rated it really liked it
Honestly, there were times when I was bored. During those times, I am tempted to give it only 3 stars because it has so much potential, I can't accept that it only give me just that kind of okay flow of the story. But well, fortunately, it ends so freaking well. I am hoping that the second book would be consistently good from the beginning 'till the end. Otherwise, I would not be finishing this series.
Bridgette Peterson
Jun 10, 2011 Bridgette Peterson rated it really liked it
I had received an advanced copy of this book from Goodreads. This book is pretty predictable, but awesome all the same. Lucinda is funny and witty and Will is like the jerk you secretly had a crush on in high school.You know they are going to end up together, but path in which they get there makes all the difference. The story was great with not a lot of steamy sex scenes. This story is great the way it is. The author got me into the story and kept my attention there. I hardly wanted to put it d ...more
Aug 04, 2014 Sara rated it it was ok
This book was so promising in the beginning, but it got so BORING. The characters were well defined at the beginning, but the author appears to have lost her way. The heroine, considered to be a smart lady and a paragon of virtue at the beginning, becomes too stupid to live by the last third of the book. Stupid heroines are the one thing I can NOT tolerate in a romance, so I sort of skimmed through the rest to finish it and see how it ended. The editing in this book was painfully bad, too - SO m ...more
Rhonda Jones
I love to read debut authors, this was recommended by Ms. Julia Quinn so I know it will be good
Mar 29, 2011 Annie marked it as to-read
Shelves: historical
Ha! I already have this in my to-read shelf... ;)
At first glance, this book is your typical regency romance novel. However, the author has added the spy angle and it added so much more to the story.

Will, the Duke of Clairemont, is a spy with The Young Corinthians. He has been assigned to save Lady Lucinda from a kidnapping plot. As with most matters of the heart, things are not as easy as he planned.

I really enjoyed the spy angle to this book as well as the romance portion of it. I would definitely recommend this book to all the romance love
Jun 28, 2011 SidneyKay rated it liked it
Shelves: romance-regency
Spal Chek, Sple Cheek, Spill Cka, Spell Check!

I’m going to make this quick and hopefully painless – authors turn your spell check on! Pay attention to those red squiggly lines under the words…they will find thing! Things such as: welcom which is welcome, soo which is soon, Groin which is groin and Lday Northrophad which is Lady Northrup. Authors, if your publisher company does not seem to know what an editor or copy editor is, take it upon yourself to get one! It is always a shame when a promisi
Megan Lavey-Heaton
Jun 26, 2011 Megan Lavey-Heaton rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, first-reads
I received this book as a "First Reads." This is the first book in Stefanie Sloane's "Regency Rogues" series. It's funny how there's an endorsement from Julia Quinn on the cover of the book, because I kept thinking wistfully of "The Duke and I" as I read.

Sloane succeeds in creating two leads - The Duke of Clairmont and Lady Lucinda Grey - that I like a lot. She also succeeds in creating a hilarious supporting cast in the form of Lucinda's aunts, whom I really hope make return appearances later i
Feb 20, 2012 Amanda rated it liked it
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Andie Z
I received a free copy of this book through the Goodreads First Reads program.

Originally posted on my blog, From A to Z.

Yes, sometimes I read romance novels. They’re a bit of a guilty pleasure of mine and I’m not afraid to admit it. And while The Devil in Disguise may not be the best romance novel available, I had a lot of fun reading it.

For a romance novel, there isn’t actually a lot of sex in The Devil in Disguise, which kind of threw me off at first and made me think I wasn’t enjoying it (bec
Caroline The HEA Lover
(this review as originally posted on Book Lovers Inc)

The Devil in Disguise is the 1st book in the Regency Rogues series. Now the title of the series and the title of the book led me to believe that our hero would be a rogue, a bad man, a devil who the heroine would reform. Yes I know, I shouldn't have expectations based on a title. Now don't get me wrong I enjoyed reading this book, but I wasn't swept away.

William is the Duke of Clairemont, he is also part of the Young Corinthians. He's a spy an
Mary Frances
May 10, 2011 Mary Frances rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy of this book through Goodreads First Read program. Big thanks to Goodreads!
The lovely Lady Lucinda has had no problems in the past refusing marriage proposals from every eligible bachelor of the ton until Iron Will sets his sights on her. Little does she know of the real danger that lurks in society and Will’s undercover assignment to protect her from it.
First I must say that I enjoyed that aspect of the secret Corinthian elite spy organization cons
Apr 30, 2011 Xia rated it really liked it
I won an arc of this book from Goodreads First Reads program. Thank you Goodreads.

Lady Lucinda Grey is one of the most sought after ladies of the ton. But when her life is threatened, Lord William Randall, the Duke of Clairemont, is assigned to protect her from a kidnapping plot. Will bargains his stallion in exchange for the opportunity to court Lucinda. He is immediately drawn to Lucinda, for she is a beautiful woman. But as he gets to know her, sees that she is intelligent, funny, strong, and
May 26, 2011 Booklover1335 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011, 2011-may
I love historical romances! And while most historical romances have the same themes you can usually find something about the story that makes it unique and different from all of the other ones you've already read. Unfortunately, I don't think Devil in Disguise really had that "something special" that distinguishes it from all of the rest.

Heroes will make or break a romance for me, and while the Hero in Devil in Disguise has promise, he doesn't really live up to the potential that the story held.
May 25, 2011 Kelsey rated it really liked it
Lady Lucinda Grey vows never to marry. She loves her freedom and since she was left with a very nice size fortune from her deceased father, she can enjoy that freedom and not conform to what her “duty” would be. Unbeknownst to her, she has been targeted by Garenne. Garenne is a psychopath and has been hired to kidnap Grey.

Lord William Randall has built his reputation as a rake. This disguise lets him gather information for the Young Corinthians, a spy organization, without raising suspicions. Or
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“Of course I want to bed her. A man would have to be dead and buried not to. No, I want to talk to her. I like talking to her. Dammit, the bedding part is natural. Wanting to spend time with her outside the bedchamber is not.” 5 likes
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