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 enLady 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. Originally Garenne had been thought dead but now they know that he is loose and on the prowl. Will is charged with protecting Grey and to do that he must get close to her. Will knows that Grey would never consider him a suitor so he appeals to her intellectually side by bargaining something she wants.
What starts as a purely business arrangement turns into two people unable to resist each other. With the mix of danger and romance rolled up, The Devil in Disguise is a fast-paced read. Thrown into the mix is a whole spy organization that gives The Devil in Disguise an air of mystery that will keep you reading. Of course you do have the typical nuances of a romance read with the main characters denying their love to each other and then coming together with fierce passion only to find one has betrayed the other. But it wouldn’t be a historical romance otherwise, right?...more
This story takes us into the world of the Draculia. Draculia bear the mark of Lucifer. They have been chosen specifically by Lucifer and will be calleThis story takes us into the world of the Draculia. Draculia bear the mark of Lucifer. They have been chosen specifically by Lucifer and will be called upon when they are needed. All of the Draculias are a result of Vlad Tepes's desire to rule Romania with an iron fist. This story centers around Voss and Angelica.
Dimitri, the Earl of Corvindale (Draculia) has just become the guardian of his friend, Chas Woodmore, sisters. Chas is a human (and a vampire hunter). Two of the sisters have the gift of sight. The youngest sister, Sonia, decided to go into the convent and the other sister, Angelica, has embraced this ability and uses it to help others. She is able to see when a person is going to die. This is most valuable to certain vampires, one of which is Voss (good guy...kind of) and Cezar Moldavi (bad vamp).
Angelica has lived her entire life with the knowledge of when people will die. She is very strong because of it and feels that she was blessed with this. She actually doesn't even notice Voss first (what a hit to his ego) but instead notices his friend because she had seen his friend die in her dream (which she has never had before, she usually has to touch an article to see her vision) and she wanted to warn him. When she does finally notice Voss, she is intrigued. She wants to know his secrets.
Voss, Lord Dewhurst (a Draculia also) has returned after being away in the America's to maintain the illusion that he is the heir of the elder Lord Dewhurst returning to claim his inheritance. Unfortunately one of the many downsides to being immortal is this relocating nearly every three decades along with all the lies and halftruths. Voss is a man of information. His entire pre-Draculia life was in collecting and using information and now that he is immortal it is even more vital to know certain things about other immortals. One of things he has made his goal to figure out is every Draculia's Asthenia (vulnerability). Each Draculia has one thing that causes them great pain and great weakness. Voss's is hyssop and Dimitri's is rubies (interesting, huh). From what I understood the first thing that a newly made Draculia sees after waking up is what their weakness will be.
Voss and Dimitri have a tumultuous past. Dimitri has sworn off all the delights of what being Draculia encompasses and Voss embraces it. Dimitri and Voss had a run in nearly hundred years ago and Dimitri has not forgiven him for it at all. Voss must get his hands on Angelica. When he does, he knows he is in trouble. He wants more then to use her for her abilities, he wants to possess her fully. He knows that he can't do this to her and must walk away or he will only hurt her (very unusual for him).
Moldavi has no such qualms. He kidnaps her and tortures her trying to get her to use her powers to help him. Voss steps in and saves her but he also nearly destroys her because he gives in to his urges with her. Dimitri is furious and forbids Voss to ever see her again. But Voss has just found the secret on a way to be with Angelica without destroying her and can't wait to get back to her!
Some very unique twists to the typical vampire love story. Angelica is a very forward blunt woman for her time and her older sisters ability to get under Dimitri's skin is just hilarious! In my opinion it was okay. When I finished nothing made me think WOW but it also wasn't disappointing. I love historical and I love paranormal books so this was a nice mixture of both. I am looking forward to reading Dimitri's story in the next book....more