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To Tempt The Devil

(Lord Hawkesbury's Players #3)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  245 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
He’s dark and dangerous…and she can’t stay away…

Seven years have passed since Rafe Fletcher fled London. Now he has returned to make amends, only to find his brother, James, bound for debtors’ prison. Unable to clear James’s debts, Rafe does the next best thing, promising to watch over his brother’s betrothed in his absence. There’s just one problem: the shy, sweet girl he
Kindle Edition, 279 pages
Published November 27th 2012 by Montlake Romance
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Sarah Mac
To Tempt the Devil isn't a Harlequin Historical, but it might as well be. The pacing, the plot, & the sweet-faced irreverence all smack of HQN. (Don't get me wrong; I like HQN Historicals.) The background might not be especially deep, but there's enough detail to give a sense of the general era; meanwhile, the characters are given period-appropriate things to do within that frame (though they don't speak in Shakespearean dialect -- oh noes! :P). As with HQN, the shorter length makes for stea ...more
Even though it's been only a little under two weeks and I've already forgotten the characters' names (um....I'll get back to you on that....), this was fun in the way Harlequin Historicals are fun. You know you're getting the plain vanilla ice cream with none of those tasty little bean flecks, but sometimes the stuff at McDonald's will do just fine in a pinch. This was like that.

The mystery aspect wasn't as complex as I'd have liked, namely because in the last quarter of the book the heroine was
L.R.W. Lee
Nov 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars!

This was another enjoyable read from C. J. Archer. Just the right amount of action and intrigue with romance.
Oct 28, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was a good novel, although not overly spectacular. It was an easy read, and the storyline was interesting enough to keep suspense for the reader until the end.
The love interest that developed between Lizzy and Rafe was intriging, especially as Lizzy finds herself falling in love with a man that she is afraid of. It was difficult for Rafe to proove to Lizzy that he was not the man his reputation would cast him as, and that Lizzy can trust him entirely. Of course trust is a two-way street, an
Very run of the mill historical romance. The writing was not exceptionally clever and the romance was paint by numbers. The obstacle to overcome was very much manufactured by both parties and there are some much simpler solutions than the less than legal ones employed.

Lizzie was a nice girl, interesting but very Mary Sue. Rage was not nearly the brute/devil that he was supposed to be, except when needed by the plot. I was left a little cold by (view spoiler)
A 99p purchase that was worth just that amount. This is a low three.

What did I like here? The idea of a series of historical romances all set within the orbit of a group of Elizabethan players, with each book following a different main character. There was also ACTION and DISGUISES. Bonus points for showing off that you know phrases like "tiring house" and "hue and cry".

What didn't I like? Another reviewer here has summed it up perfectly. The romance itself is paint-by-numbers (you could get fai
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great read

As usual, it grabs you and won't let go. Not usually my kind of book, I am addicted to the stories.
Sandra R
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A - I loved that this was set in Elizabethan London - not many books are
B - I really enjoyed the adventure
C - The slow burn of the romance was excellent - as was the end conclusion of the romance
D - Well written
E - Really liked that the h/h were poor and 'normal' people (as opposed to a Duke and a Lady)
F - Great descriptions of the clothes and the food of around 1600 and I felt I was really reading about that time
G - Stand alone story - although they knew/were related to the characters from the
Sandy S
TO TEMPT THE DEVIL is the third storyline (November 2012 release) in CJ Archer’s Lord Hawkesbury’s Players series. The Hawkesbury Players series focuses on the players and behind the scenes members of an acting company in Elizabethan England. Although this is the third novel in the series and many of the players were established in the first two storylines, it can be read as a standalone without too much difficulty. To Tempt the Devil is a romantic suspense novel with a mystery to be solved.

Virginia Campbell
Lovers of historical romance will enjoy a refreshing change of setting in author C.J. Archer's "Lord Hawkesbury's Players" series, which takes place in Elizabethan Era England. In "To Tempt the Devil", Rafe Fletcher looks forward to returning to London and beginning a new phase in his life. Rafe had left his home and family behind seven years ago after his mother's death, and after a fight with his step-father had left the older man almost dead. At first Rafe worked as mercenary, but later he be ...more
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I'm super excited to share this book this morning for a couple of reason: First, I finished it last night and second it came out today. I know cutting it a little short here. However, the main point is I finished the story. YAY!!!!!

Anyways, I don't know how many of you have read any of the Lord Hawkesbury's Players books, but they are pretty interesting read. If you are looking for something set in the Elizabethan time, you've found it with these book
This is the first book i’ve read by this author and as such I am coming into this series in the middle or maybe even the end I’m not sure, however, it wasn’t a massive problem and certainly didn’t effect my enjoyment of the book as a whole. The only issues I found with coming in mid-series was some of the pre-existing relationships between various secondary characters were a little confusing at first. Having said that I do find this a difficult book to rate, some elements of To Tempt the Devil I ...more
Lizzy Croft has a job mending and making costumes for the local theater company and has an agreement to marry her best friend and neighbor, James, eventually. When the future of the theater company becomes uncertain, she tries to convince James to marry her sooner rather than later. But, James refuses. He has some things to take care of that he’d like to keep secret from Lizzy. So he leaves town with the promise to be back as soon as he can. He also leaves her in the care of his older brother, R ...more
Cynthia Mcarthur
May 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
London, 1598. Rafe Fletcher has come home after seven long years as a foreign mercenary. Forced to leave home as a young man after beating his stepfather half to death, he has returned to his younger brother James’ pitiful words, “I am going to prison.” Rafe now feels responsible to not only clear his brother’s debt while he is in debtor’s prison, but also to look out for his brother’s lovely fiancé, Lizzy.

Lizzy remembers Rafe as dark, dangerous and brooding and doesn’t trust him as far as she c
Angela Smith
Nov 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To Tempt The Devil is book 3 in the Lord Hawkesbury's Players series, but having not read the two previous novels that came before it, I might add that it stands fine on it's own without the other instalments. I found the book a real page turner as well as finding the male lead (Rafe) a very attractively written hero in the book. Lizzy was a strong, determined woman once she got going, but seemed a little timid at first.

She and Rafe must work together to avoid the authorities and find the man fr
Tracy Emro
Ummm....did I miss a book in this series? I saw that this book was about Lizzy (the sister of the heroine in the previous book) but fully expected to find out what happened with Lily and Hawkesbury - since the first 2 books centered on her brothers (heroes from the first two books) finding out who "violated" their sister Lily and left her with child and unwed. We find out it was Hawkesbury and that they love each other but he is being blackmailed and can't marry her - that's what we know at the ...more
Feb 20, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, romance
Great setting (Elizabethan England) and NOT amongst royals/nobility. Heroine Lizzy is the manager (in practice, if not in name) of the tiring house at the Rose theatre in London, acting as costume mistress and prop coordiator for Lord Hawksbury's Players. Hero is former (?) assassin Rafe Fletcher, who returns to London after 8 years away, only to find his brother heading to debtors prison in Marshalsea and his neighbor Lizzy all grown up and looking FINE. Complicating matters is that Lizzy has " ...more
Shawna Hansen
Apr 18, 2013 rated it liked it
Love the theater community and references to Shakespeare and his contemporaries. The love story itself was not really for me. Lizzy was quite afraid of Rafe and she was right to feel that way. He was a better guy than she remembered, but it was hard for me as a reader to overcome the initial suspicion that both Rafe and James were not all that great for Lizzy. My favorite sections were when Lizzy was backstage working on costumes. Loved that.
Monty Cupcake ☠ Queen of Bloodshed ☠
I loved the first book in this series! Haven't read the second, but this one was lackluster. I liked it, I just hate love triangles. I wish they could be banned from books. Still a good book & well written, just didn't grab me like the first one.
Feb 11, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Slow start, improved in the middle, but not crazy good. Ending was good but fell flat.
Linda Burns
Mar 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good series. Loved the characters in this trilogy.
Candace Grant
Jan 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
The perfect beach book.

A great book for relaxing on a beautiful day, in the sun, with the waves crashing in the distance and the smell of tropical flowers on the breeze.
Nov 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
was a good read - full of romance, mystery and intrigue. I liked the inclusion of William Shakespear as a character
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Feb 25, 2015 08:23AM  
  • Romancing the Rumrunner
  • The Devil of Whiskey Row
  • When a Lord Needs a Lady
  • Conduct Unbecoming of a Gentleman
  • Lily's Leap
  • Dangerous Decisions
  • The Queen of Sparta
  • Take My Heart
  • Into the Light (Sutton Family, #2)
  • The Earl with the Secret Tattoo (House of Brady, #1.5)
  • Duke of Deception
  • Before the Dawn
  • His Contract Bride (Banks Brothers Bride, #1)
  • Celtic Storms (Celtic Steel, #1)
  • A Beautiful Heist (Agency of Burglary & Theft, #1)
  • More Than a Duke (The Heart of a Duke, #2)
  • Lavender Vows (The Medieval Herb Garden, #1)
  • Lady Sophia's Rescue
C.J. Archer has loved history and books for as long as she can remember and feels fortunate that she found a way to combine the two. She spent her early childhood in the dramatic beauty of outback Queensland, Australia, but now lives in suburban Melbourne with her husband, two children and a mischievous black & white cat named Coco.

While she has written historical romance in the past, she now

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