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The Demon Lover

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When Kate Collison, to help her ailing father, completes his portrait of the powerful Baron de Centeville, her only thought is to be a dutiful daughter. But when the Baron presents her to Parisian society as the painter, Kate finds herself basking in the recognition . . . until she discovers that the Baron has plans for her shocking plans that will change her life unless ...more
Paperback, Large Print, 305 pages
Published July 1st 1999 (first published 1982)
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Oct 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Victoria Holt (aka the amazing Eleanor Alice Burford) mostly wrote gothic mysteries. Her books usually have an intrepid heroine, a mysterious murder, and dark lover. The heroine falls in love and solves the murder, usually in that order.

This book is a little different though. Holt strays from her usual gothic formula into bodice ripper territory here, which made me do a happy dance. You should have seen me while I was reading the first half. I was grinning from ear to ear. Other Holt fans weren
-"It's not exactly a handsome face, is it? Not exactly a kind face. There's cruelty in it... and all those unpleasant characteristics which alas you have discovered."

-"It's a portrait of you, Baron, not of Prince Charming."

-"Ah, you would have to get Bertrand to pose for that. As this is to go to my fiancee, I think I shall call it 'The Demon Lover.' Do you think that appropriate?"

-"Perhaps," I said as coolly as I could. "But you would know best about that."

The Demon Lover, by Victoria Holt.

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Regan Walker
Gripping Story of a Tumultuous Love, a Bodice-Ripper set in England and France in the late 1800s

Set mostly in France in the late Victorian period, this tells the story of Kate Collison, of the famous (fictional) Collison family of brilliant painters of miniatures, each artist signing the portraits “KC.” In each generation, the next son had taken up the art to astound patrons in England and in Europe. Unfortunately, Kate’s mother, the daughter of a duke, gave Kate’s father, Kendal Collison, only
Nov 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
This is tough one for me to rate or describe. First, it did not feel like Victoria Holt to me - can't quite put my finger on why. The tone was a bit different and it just didn't pull me in at first. A lot of telling instead of showing to begin with. And then I was shocked by the major incident in the first third of the book primarily because I assumed all her books were squeaky clean for the most part. Although explicit details were left out it was thematically explicit. I was so upset by what h ...more
I went searching for something along the same lines as The Silver Devil when I stumbled across this old gothic romance. I thought what the heck I'll give it a try.

I finished it, but barely, and I'll explain why.

Now like I said I went searching for this type of book with the alpha male who is ruthless and slightly sadistic so I didn't mind the beginning and what the Baron did to Kate so much as what I'm sure some reviewers would have.

But I didn't like how things turned out for either of them. I
Eta: I had to go from 3 to 4 stars because I've found myself rereading parts of this and it has really made an impression. Still full of rage inducing wtf'ery and not exactly romance.

The writing was good/engaging and I liked the heroine, but I never really bought that the Baron wanted her / loved her. I was really torn on the rating, because it did keep me reading and I loved the heroine.


Kate was engaged to the Baron's cousin,
Rating: 3 1/2 stars

Oh, Rollo, how much do I hate thee? Let me count the ways...

It's been a long time since I despised a character. Rollo gets brownie points and pie for my hatred of him. He is no hero. The fact that he is Kate's love interest is disgusting and incomprehensible. Ms. Holt did a fantastic job of character development. For him, at least.

As for Kate, the way she was depicted, there is NO way she would have ever fallen in love with this scumbag. She would have used him for his help, N
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Victoria Holt is the book equivalent of a bag of Bernie Bott's Every Flavor Beans. On the one hand, you could find yourself with the crisp tartness of green apple, the sweet but satisfying blueberry, or the odd but intriguing black pepper. On the other hand, you could just as easily find yourself with one of the earwax or vomit flavors. And this book, THE DEMON LOVER, is definitely vomit flavored.


Kate Collison comes fr
Kate Collison’s father, a famous miniaturist, is slowly losing his sight, so his daughter agrees to paint the portrait of Baron de Ceteville for him. All hush-hush, of course, because of course women don’t possess the same talent as men.
But the Baron discovers the ruse and, lover of art as he is, agrees to pay their fee, and arranges for Kate to paint his fiancée’s portrait as well, presenting her to the Parisian society, cementing Kate’s reputation as a miniaturist. But the Baron has other plan
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