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Don't Bargain with the Devil (School For Heiresses #5)

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The future of Charlotte Harris’s finishing school is in jeopardy when a charming Spaniard - world-famous magician Diego Montalvo - arrives to turn the bordering estate into a scandalous pleasure garden. Valiantly ignoring his wicked flirtations, outspoken Lucinda Seton vows to derail his plans and save the school, unaware that Diego’s true mission is to spirit the long-los ...more
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ATron
I'm going to say 2.5* on this one for me... which says a lot because I'm a notorious easy 4* review. I don't know, I found myself at page 326 of 384 and still didn't feel terribly invested in this H/h. The author may not have employed the dreaded BIG MISUNDERSTANDING, but the book seemed rife with a lot of little misunderstandings and/or miscommunication/lack of good communication regarding feelings... At 95% complete (yep, a kindle read), the H/h were STILL trying to determine if there was to b ...more
Julie (jjmachshev)
Jul 27, 2009 Julie (jjmachshev) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-reads
"Don't Bargain With the Devil" is the sixth book in Sabrina Jeffries 'School for Heiresses' series. This time we get the story of Lucinda, one of the former students but now stepping in as a teacher to help out the owner. This is a tale filled with Jeffries' humor, sensuality, and the search for a missing heiress.

Lucinda Seton is furious, hurt and furious. The man she thought was going to propose DID come up with a proposal...but not for marriage! Well, she'll show him! Her Spanish blood doesn't
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Nisha
Feb 26, 2010 Nisha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the author's note. It made me reimagine Diego as Rodrigo Santoro. yummy.

Anyway, I was a bit skeptical about starting book 5, mostly because it had an atypical cast (foreigners, I can't believe I could have been that prejudiced) with the typical SJ rogue-takes-virgin-under-misconception story. Well, thank god I was willing to read this so I can finally read Mrs. Harris' story.

Lucy Seton, is half-Spanish - which is a nice change to have some new flavor into HR. Usually, it's only limited to
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Juliana Philippa
Don't Bargain with the Devil is a wonderful read - I rushed out to buy it this afternoon and didn't put it down until I had finished! If you haven't read all (or any) of the other "School for Heiresses" books don't worry because this book can be read alone - though many of the characters from previous ones do reappear, so that's something to look forward to if you have. I myself only read the first book, Never Seduce a Scoundrel, yesterday and am looking forward to catching up on the other ones ...more
Elena
Apr 16, 2011 Elena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think Sabrina Jeffries can now officially be added to the extremely short list of my favorite romance authors. This book was pretty awesome. Non-English hero in a Regency romance? Not a single bit of the book set in London? An obstacle to the main characters being together that wasn't just stubbornness or miscommunication (an obstacle that honestly left me wondering how on earth they would manage to work it out with neither making major sacrifices)? The heroine making a conscious and clear-hea ...more
Shelly
Feb 02, 2016 Shelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
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Lexie
Mar 29, 2016 Lexie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I originally began this I wasn't so certain I'd like Lucy. She seemed too impulsive and reckless in her feelings. Then also her 'love' was such a jerk I worried for her common sense. It's one thing if the man is a jerk to the heroine, but is secretly doing so for her own good, or out of a twisted sense of revenge or because he was hurt in the past--pretty much any reason would assauge my irritation, but for money? Really? I was ready to thwap him upside the head!

Luckily the jerk wasn't the
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Netha
May 26, 2011 Netha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
School for Heiresses, book 5

salah 1 daya tarik membaca series ini adl ceritanya yg tidak berputar2, bahasa yg mudah dimengerti, emosi yg selalu dapat, chemistry yg bagus diantara tokoh utama juga tak lupa korespondensi diantara Charlotte Harris, owner & Headmistress School & her late husbands cousin, michael, orang yg memberikannya dana untuk mendirikan skul.
juga tak lupa "adegan" nya yg hehehhehee menyegarkan tp bukan berarti sepanjang novel ceritanya begitu lhoooo
ga kok.........

ini mem
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Heather
Jan 09, 2015 Heather rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bored-now
The unhappy truth is that Georgette Heyer has completely ruined my ability to read other regencies. In the past, I would have read this book and I wouldn't have thought it was good, exactly, but I would have thought it was fun and finished it. And now I just can't. My little finger has more historical accuracy that DBwtD -- although I would like to point out that it does feature a headless heroine on the cover, so at the very least I can add it to my collection.

In short: a girl is orphaned in Sp
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Angela Noviana
Aku shock sama cover GPU untuk historical romance ini. Biasanya sudah identik dengan warna cokelat tua, sekarang cover-nya full gambar. Waktu nyari novel ini gak ketemu tadinya gara-gara perubahan barunya. Aku cukup menyukai cover baru yang didesain oleh Mas Marcel A.W. Aku juga suka pembatas bukunya, gak kaku :)

Semoga ke depannya GPU terus meningkatkan kualitas cover agar lebih baik dan tentunya cover yang bagus juga memancing pembaca untuk membeli. Hahahahahaha...

Lucinda Seton, seorang anak ko
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Carrie Hinkel-Gill
I usually like Sabrina Jeffries' stories, but this one was difficult. Yes, it had banter that made me laugh, however part of the action was a problem for me.

While I almost never spoil parts of a story for readers, I don't have much of a choice this time if I am to be clear why I am not a fan of this story.

Here it goes: if a man I trusted lied to me, drugged me, kidnapped me, and put me on a boat to a foreign country against my wishes, I'd want to kill him not sleep with him.

I just couldn't be
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thuy
May 16, 2015 thuy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the sixth book in the school for heiresses series by Sabrina Jeffries. Lucinda is a former student now teaching at her alma mater. Diego Montalvo is a notorious rake and womanizer who moves in next door to the finishing school. He is there to determined whether or not the residence will make a good pleasure garden. Lucinda and the school's headmistress are firmly against a pleasure garden, which the believe would be distracting and dangerous to the ladies attending the school. Little do ...more
Virginia Paige
Apr 17, 2016 Virginia Paige rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
Only read through the letters between Mrs. Harris and Cousin Michael. Had a hard time liking the character of Lucy as she seemed so young in the previous book and we were now expected to believe her to be a more mature, likable character her. I get that this school was/is a finishing school but with Anthony wanting to put his niece in the school, I got the feeling that the girls were all between the ages of 16-18, yet when this title starts out, we see Lucy as a "teacher", although it doesn't ap ...more
ies
Feb 24, 2015 ies rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Selama baca gw coba menghilangkan bayangan si Diego nya berkumis kwkwkw

kisah hidupnya Lucy ini complicated banget, bpk angkatnya taunya bapak kandungnya yg ngehamilin ibunya pas lagi perang di Spayol trs ibunya malah nikah sama temen bapaknya dan mati dlm perang. Lucy di adopsi bapak kandungnya tp ttp kaga mau ngakuin die bapak kandungnya, trs si kakeknya yg berusaha nyari die... dan Diego yg awalnya di suruh cari die dgn imbalan estat nya dan jatuh cinta beneran padahal die kaga percaya cinta.
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Virginia
Although I occasionally felt as if I'd read this book before (as well as wanted to throttle Lucy Seton), I did enjoy the story. I think the reason the story felt so familiar is because I've read so many books from this series. Good read!
June
Good story, good characters, good kidnapping. What more can you ask for. Oh yeah with a handsome dark Spanish hero with a lot to lose for the woman he loves.
Tonileg
Almost last book in the School for Heiresses series which I am forcing myself to read so that I can get to Mrs. Harris's love story and find out who 'cousin Micheal' is in Wed Him Before You Bed Him.
Historical English romance with a mysterious Spaniard who moves next to the school in order to find a missing Spanish heiress who he thinks is a recent graduate, Lucy Setton. We meet her father in the third book set in Scotland so I assume that he is also Scottish which would make for a really good l
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Christine
[original review posted on my blog the happily ever after.. in 2009.]

I jumped in on this series with this fifth installment of The School for Heiresses series without having read the first four books. I was told it could be read as a stand alone, which turns out is indeed true. I had no problem figuring out the details surrounding the series story arc and while there were a few references to characters and couples who obviously starred in previous novels, it was easy enough to fill in the blanks
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นีเปนหนังสือทีหยิบขึนมาอานแบบไมคาดหวังอะไรทังสิน สวนหนึงเพราะเราเคยพยายามอานเรืองนีมาแลวรอบนึง แตกไมเวิรค จนตองวางลงไปกอน แถมหลังจากเรืองนีออกขายแลว แมกซอานงานเขียนของซาบรินา เจฟฟรียเรืองตอ ๆ มาอีกสามเลม และผิดหวังทังสามเลม

ดังนันเราจึงเตรียมใจผิดหวังเตมทีเลยคะ แตกเปนอีกครังทีตองผิดหวัง นันเพราะเราไมผิดหวัง (อานแลวงงไหมเนีย) เรืองนีสนุกกวาทีคิดเยอะเลย



Don't Bargain with the devil ของซาบรินา เจฟฟรีย

เรืองนีเปนเลมหาในชุด The School of Heiresses เพือประหยัดเวลา แมกซกอปปีขอความของตัวเองมาเพืออธิบายแบค
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D.L.
Jan 06, 2010 D.L. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I place Sabrina Jeffries on the second tier of my favorite authors list: her books may not be my top picks, but I can always rely on them to give me a fluffy but satisfying read. Don’t Bargain with the Devil was both fluffy, satisfying, and a good set up for the next book in the series involving Charlotte Harris and cousin Michael.

Initially, I enjoyed the passionate sparring between Diego and Lucinda. They have an instant, fiery connection that made me root for them from the beginning. However,
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Cathy
Este foi o 5º livro que li de Sabrina Jeffries. No entanto, devo confessar que a autora me parece ter um padrão que segue praticamente em todos os livros que li. Um personagem feminino(PF) forte, inteligente e determinado, que não pretende essencialmente o casamento com o personagem masculino (PM) principal. E, este último, é sempre arrogante, sedutor, desconfiado com a noção de "amor", e com um trauma pessoal anterior (esta parte chateia-me um pouco).
A evolução da história parece-me no geral se
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Joan
I bought this book off the clearance shelf at the Borders. And until page 195, I couldn't imagine why it had been there. This book had me from the very beginning: adorable, but spunky heroine? Check. Slightly rakish hero with an accent? Double check.

(view spoiler)
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Mey Buentipo
Jan 31, 2013 Mey Buentipo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The fifth book. It started slow for me and as the story progresses I got tired of the secrets and lies that heroine has to endure. For hero's character something is lacking. Why is it every time a hero sees a heroine they fall for her easily. I got tired of the same scenario of every HR book I read. It is the same for heroine who is supposed to be heartbroken from her previous love. I just wanted a different feeling when an h/h meet. Well inspite that, the story progressed well. I think the hero ...more
Haley Osborn
Mar 30, 2016 Haley Osborn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was really impressed with this book! First, Diego is a magician. You don't get that often in a hero for historical romance. Its refreshing as well as intruging and enjoyable. It really helped make the story more entertaining to read becuase it was so different from other hero characteristics I've read before. The story itself was well written, plotted, characterized and more. There were times I got a little frustrated with Lucy for her quick ability to doubt Diego's actions, although at times ...more
Hany Grace
Jun 09, 2016 Hany Grace rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i enjoyed it . my first time reading a book with a hero who is a magician . i thought i wouldn't like it but i thought wrong . gash i love the twist in the story (yeah like the song xD) . the events were shocking and if you're not really paying attention , you might miss a thing ! i really love it , hope you'll love it like i do :D
Hany Zala Dragneel
i enjoyed it . my first time reading a book with a hero who is a magician . i thought i wouldn't like it but i thought wrong . gash i love the twist in the story (yeah like the song xD) . the events were shocking and if you're not really paying attention , you might miss a thing ! i really love it , hope you'll love it like i do :D
Fanny Roswita Ria
Hahahaha,,ini salah satu buku yang menurut gw takdirnya sang penulis mempermainkan cerita sang hero dan heroine. Walo agak belibet waktu tahu yang sebenarnya di ending cerita. Gondok lihat kakek sang heroine yang manipulator ulung sampai sang hero ikut apa aja yg diminta sang kakek

#happyreading
Melody Black
Mar 03, 2016 Melody Black rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED this book. It kept me hooked, made me upset, and happy all at the same time. Well written. Couldn't believe that Diego was a magician. When I had first read that on the back of the book I thought this wasn't going to be good as I hoped. Glad I was wrong!
Jennifer
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chanceofbooks
Jul 16, 2009 chanceofbooks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know what it is with me and foreign heroes. I feel bad that I seem to have some sort of bias against continental heroes in historicals. However, I do and that took away from a tiny bit of my enjoyment here. I loved, loved, loved this heroine, and this wasn't quite the backstory or the hero I was expecting for her. But, it was a very fun romp. It was delightful to see a take-charge heroine, especially given some of the plot twists here. I wasn't entirely satisfied with the ending, but it ...more
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Sabrina Jeffries is the NYT bestselling author of over 50 novels and works of short fiction (some written under the pseudonyms Deborah Martin and Deborah Nicholas). Whatever time not spent writing in a coffee-fueled haze of dreams and madness is spent traveling with her husband and adult autistic son or indulging in one of her passions—jigsaw puzzles, chocolate, and music. With over 8 million book ...more
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