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The Devil's Thief

(The Saint’s Devils #1)

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  535 ratings  ·  104 reviews
The daughter of a reformed jewel thief, Julianna Harte knows a thing or two about stealth. When the foundling home she provides for finds itself in dire financial straits, Julianna is forced to do the unthinkable. In a bit of misguided Robin Hood derring-do, she slips through the window of a wealthy rake to search for a treasure she knows is there: an invaluable pearl. But ...more
Kindle Edition, 293 pages
Published November 12th 2012 by Loveswept (first published January 1st 2012)
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

The Devil’s Thief is the first book in Samantha Kane’s The Saint’s Devils series. It’s a fun, sexy, romantic story and, opening in a most unusual way, grabbed my attention from the start.
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The daughter of a reformed jewel thief, Julianna Harte knows a thing or two about stealth. When the foundling home she provides for finds itself in dire financial straits, Julianna is forced to do the unthinkable. In a bit of misguided Robin Hood derring-do, she slips through the window of a weal
Mary - Buried Under Romance
On a dark night, our hero, Alasdair Sharp, loses both his precious pearl and his heart...

This was a delightful and engaging read. Our heroine, Julianna Harte, is the daughter of a thief who recently married a baroness, making her part of the Beau Monde. She is intelligent, witty, and a fiery beauty who hides behind drab clothing to conceal her intentions from the rest of society - intentions to rob them. While attempting to steal the Stewart Pearl, she was caught and forced into a sensuous barga

*ARC provided by Random House Publishing Group via Netgalley

My rating: 2.75/5 stars
First line:“The faint, metallic screech sounded as loud as thunder in the opressive silence of the dark bedroom.”
Favourite quote:“You are the very air I breathe, the blood in my veins. All that is right in my world. If you ever do something so bloody stupid again, I will turn you over my knee and spank the living daylights out of you. ”
Song of choice: Caroline by Alex Clare

I don’t even know how to begin my review.
Annie ⚜️
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. I shouldn't like this one as much as I did but the characters were fun and laugh out loud funny at times. There was a lot of questionable ridiculousness but if you can put that aside these two were great together. Yes, the story is ridiculous and I was pretty sick of that stupid pearl about halfway through so I glossed over that bit and the excruciating detail that went on forever describing a break-in.
Aug 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This review also appears on my blog at http://www.thegoldenruleof666.blogspo...

The Devil's Thief was, hands down, one of the best romances I've ever read. There is romance, suspense, surprises, anything you could ask for in a historical romance. And I just devoured it.

First of all, I really liked the idea. It's a new one, one I haven't seen before. A lady stealing from a handsome gentleman for the sake of her orphanage and getting caught? It already sounds like a winner.

My favorite part, however
Aug 23, 2012 rated it liked it
I saw this book up on netgalley and thought it looked interesting enough to go for. I've never read a book by Samantha Kane so I wasn't sure if I would like it or not but I'm happy to report that I did enjoy it!

The main characters are Julianna Harte and Alasdair Sharpe. Julianna is the daughter of a thief and she resorts to becoming a thief herself for the night by breaking into Sharpe's rooms so she could steal a famous pearl. The pearl is a part of Sharpe's legacy though and he is keenly aware
Hannah Fielding
Aug 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A fun, sizzling, rollicking good read.

London, 1817. Julianna Harte is the daughter of a reformed high-class thief and the founder of a home for abandoned children in London who is desperate to raise funds to stop her home closing – so desperate, in fact, that she resorts to robbery. She breaks into the home of her neighbour, Alasdair Sharpe, to steal his valuable pearl, but there she meets her match in the form of Alasdair – handsome, domineering and – oh my goodness – naked. He offers a proposi
Vanessa theJeepDiva
There were so many great aspects to this book. Julianna and Alasdair have a very backwards courtship that leads to constant apologies and frequent compromising positions. They are absolutely perfect for each other. They just don’t seem to realize it. Alasdair makes a complete ass of himself on several occasions in his attempt to reacquire that which was not exactly stolen from him. Julianna also has some misplaced notions of why she has stolen the pearl. Alasdair and Julianna figuring out what t ...more
Jennifer Garcia
Jul 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
This was an ARC review.

Here is the review on My Blog

This was a wonderful historical romance that had me hooked instantly. Julianna did something she was quite familiar with but very bad at. However, it worked to her advantage. She was put in the arms of the man that she was after, and it left them with an unresolved issue.
Their chemistry is instant, and you can feel it. Although they know they have chemistry they seem to be blind to the fact there is more to their relationship than just the thin
Jul 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Julianna Harte needs money desperately for the foundling home she sponsors so, as the daughter of a reformed thief, she decides to steal her neighbors highly valuable, perfect pearl. What she does not expect it to get caught by the very naked owner! Alasdair Sharpe can't believe the cheek of this female, breaking into his bedroom to steal his pearl but he is instantly attracted to her and offers her a night in his bed for the pearl. As Julianna has had a crush on Alasdair, she ...more
Heather Book Savvy Babe
I found The Devil's Thief to be a very cute, fun read. Julianna made a daring, desperate move in trying to steal Alasdair's family pearl. She winds up immersed in a night of heat and passion and then sneaks away, with the pearl. Julianna is a bumbling thief and feels guilty as soon as she thinks her actions through. She is determined to right things with Alasdair, but making things right proves to be more dangerous than she bargained for.

From the beginning, Alasdair and Julianna have a sizzling
Sue Grimshaw
Aug 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
About the book:
In Samantha Kane’s sensual tale of wicked passion, a desperate woman must resort to burglary—but the beautiful thief ends up stealing the heart of a rogue.

The daughter of a reformed jewel thief, Julianna Harte knows a thing or two about stealth. When the foundling home she provides for finds itself in dire financial straits, Julianna is forced to do the unthinkable. In a bit of misguided Robin Hood derring-do, she slips through the window of a wealthy rake to search for a treasure
Sep 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
Julianna Harte is a woman with a problem. She is behind in rent payments for her children’s home, and she desperately requires money. Her solution is to steal the Stewart pearl from Alasdair Sharp and sell it to fund her home. Unfortunately, things don’t go to plan when Alasdair catches her in the act. She speaks without thinking, and once he learns she’s a woman he’s intrigued by his thief in the night. Julianna negotiates with him—her virginity in exchange for the pearl, and when Alasdair wake ...more
Dec 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
In this regency romance, our leading lady, Julianna is desperate enough to steal a valuable family heirloom, a rare pearl, from one of London's biggest rakes in order to feed the children in an orphanage she secretly runs. She steals into Alasdair's bedroom in the night, gets caught, has a gun pointed at her, cuts a deal with the 'gentleman'...Okay, fade to black here...;) and slips away before dawn.

What follows is a game of cat and mouse, with the tension between Julianna and Alasdair at a boil
Nov 27, 2012 rated it really liked it

The book started with Julianne being caught stealing the Pearl which belong to Alistair Sharp. Then he tried to trick her to spend the night in bed in exchange for the Pearl. Next morning, he wake up alone in bed and with a missing family heirloom.Julianne sold the Pearl to a notorious Blackman. Alistair, wants to get his revenge & the Pearl. But the attraction between them & the sizzling hot smexy (as in H-O-T!!!),it will leave him with two choices.. to lose the invaluable Pearl or to
Sandra R
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well this was a really fun book. Fabulous writing and an interesting story and kept me reading to the end. No picking up and putting down this story! Lots of steamy scenes that were really nicely done. I loved the fun and snappy dialogue and the H/h - only now and then did it seem a teensy bit modern.

I thought this author did a great job with the English historical details. Except for a couple of American terms :- calling trousers 'pants'; footpath ' sidewalk'; etc. Also the H/h were buying appl
Oct 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Notes: Read the eARC via Net Galley

My synopsis:
"Unless you care to be shot this evening, I wouldn't move from where you're standing." The deep voice was quiet but firm and it came from the shadows of the big bed...

"...tell me what you found so irresistible in my bedroom in the middle of the night."

"Let me assure you that it was the Stewart Pearl I found irresistible," she retorted, "and nothing else."...

"You're a Woman," Mr. Sharp exclaimed in shock...

"I'll give you the pearl, my dear."..
Aug 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fv
Alasdair and Julianna
3.5 stars

Full review on Fiction Vixen Book Reviews

When Alasdair Sharpe wakes up with a thief in his bedroom the first thing he does is reach for his gun. The second thing he does is proposition the thief? Well, yes because the thief is a woman and he is very intrigued.

Julianna Harte is desperate. She needs money to pay the rent on the foundling house she is responsible for. She cannot go to her father because she doesn’t want it to seem like she can’t handle the small amou
Holly Full Moon Bites Book Reviews
May have slight spoilers.

In author Samantha Kane’s new novel The Devil's Thief we meet Lady Julianna Harte. Julianna is the provider of a foundling home and behind on the rent. In the hopes of gaining the back-owed rent money she decides to take up the past family business and steal her wealthy neighbor’s family heirloom: the renowned Stewart Pearl.

When she is caught pretty much red-handed by the owner of said pearl, Alasdair Sharpe, she does not know what to do, and not just because he is naked
Nov 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Originally published at Reading Reality

Midnight burglars either have to be very, very good, or very, very lucky. Julianna turns out to be a little bit of both, and neither.

She also seems to have forgotten that some, maybe most, of her father's skill rested on his ability to charm the petticoats off a number of his marks. Julianna gets off easy in one aspect of her first foray into the family business--her first mark isn't wearing anything at all.

The Devil's Thief is a romance, and a comedy for t
Kimberly Rocha~ Book Obsessed Chicks

Sneaking into her neighbor's bedroom to steal his famous Stewart Pearl, Julianna Harte gets caught red handed by the handsome Alasdair Sharp. When Alasdair bargains with the thief he can barely see in the darkness of his abode, the Stewart Pearl for a night in his bed, Julianna does the unthinkable. In the light of day, Alasdair awakens to an empty bed and the pearl of course gone. Alasdair, having no intention of allowing his family's treasure to disappear since he really did not mean to give t
Melody  May (What I'm Reading)
also on

Ok, I started this charming book on Monday and I was able to finish it today. I would probably have finished The Devil's Thief yesterday, but you know how life can get you. Anyways, let me share what's this is about and what I thought of the book.

It's amazing how life influences can impact, for instance Julianna Harte grew up with a father who stole to accommodate for his family. However, living pretty much day to day didn't help Julianna feel secure. Now t
Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)
My Rating: 4 stars: Enjoyed - strongly recommend (A-)
Full Review:

The Devil’s Thief, is a highly amusing historical romance filled with wit, fun, danger and love. The story is rich with enjoyable characters and an amusing plot. The characters provided the driving force behind the storyline. Julianna is a strong woman who can fit within society's boundaries on the outside, but is "modern" on the inside. I love that Alasdair respects and admires that part of
Oct 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
Julianna Harte is the daughter of a successful thief of a father who finally married a wealthy woman and gave up his ways. But living that life growing up with her Dad she's learned a thing or two, and she's not afraid to put those skills to use to get what she needs. Which is to steal the priceless pearl of Alasdair Sharpe. If she can get her hands on it to sell, then she'll have enough money to pay the back rent on the home for abandoned children that she's helped start. What she doesn't count ...more
Jan 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was lucky enough to get a review copy from NetGalley thanks to the publisher. I love fun and sexy historical romances, and Samantha Kane totally delivered.

When Julianna Harte slips into Alasdair Sharp’s bedroom window to steal a priceless pearl, she has no idea how fast her life will change. First she is caught by Alasdair and bargains with him for the pearl. One night in his bed and she gets to take possession of the pearl. Neither Alasdair nor Julianna realize how much that one night will co
Dec 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
I have been a fan of Samantha Kane’s Brothers in Arms series for years. As a matter of fact, she may be the author that introduced me to the joys of a menage relationship (reading about it people, not living it!) I love her books, so I was excited to have the chance of reviewing her first book for a mainstream publisher. I was also nervous because I was afraid her style would be changed because the book was intended for a different audience.

I shouldn't have worried.

The Devil’s Thief is a straig
Nov 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Miss Juianna Harte sneaks into her neighbor, Mr. Alasdair Sharpe's, window with the express intent of stealing The Stewart Pearl...she doesn't realize she's actually stepping into a sticky sticky web that will only pull her tighter in. When Alasdair proposes a trade ~ a night in his bed for the pearl, she hops on it. She's sponsoring a Foundling home, and is behind on the rent...she has no other choice, does? And of course, it doesn't help that she's very attracted to Mr. Alasdair Sharpe and he' ...more
Nov 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley-books
*I won this ARC on Herding Cats and Burning Soup blog and received it from Random House through NetGalley.*

I have really enjoyed all the characters in The Devil's Thief. I will definitely be following the rest of this series.

Alasdair and Julianna caught me up with their first meeting when she was caught stealing his pearl. She steals it for funds to help pay rent on the foundling home she helps to run. He catches her in his bedroom and offers a deal. The pearl for a night in his bed. He has no i
Bronwyn Stuart
Aug 31, 2012 rated it liked it
This is going to be a 'let me start by saying' kind of post. I grabbed the ARC for this one off Netgalley after seeing it was the best book someone had ever read. Ever.

So let me start by saying, I love Samantha Kane's voice. She has a great premise here and I'm jealous I didn't come up with it. Starting off with a smoking gun, literally, great move. What I didn't like was that the hero didn't have to work for anything. He was a bastard through much of the book and to us he had some redeeming qu
Jan 31, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014-books
THE DEVIL’S THIEF is not even close to being high up on my top favorite historical romances to read.

For one, there was not even an attempt to write with historical dialogue. 21st century language dominated this book with only a few proper titles being thrown in here and there with a few other instances. Honestly, there were times when I was able to forget I was reading a book about London in 1817.

Another thing was the secondary characters. I guess I didn’t fully grasp their significant when th
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Samantha Kane lives in North Carolina with her husband and three children, two boys and one girl. With a master’s degree in American history, she spent seven years as a high school history teacher before becoming a full-time writer and mom.


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The Saint’s Devils (3 books)
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