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Devils & Rye

(Top Shelf #4)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  296 ratings  ·  135 reviews
Forbidden fruit tastes the sweetest.

It had been years since I had seen her.
Years since I last saw those eyes with pure, raw innocence.
So much time had passed since I lusted after what I knew I should resist.

But she was so right.
And I was so wrong.

To claim her as mine was breaking the rules. Boundaries should not be broken. But temptation weakens my resolve.
With the pull of
Kindle Edition, 306 pages
Published March 27th 2018
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Eve Recinella (Between The Bookends)


description~WRITING - PLOT - PACE~
So where do I start? Sigh...OK, so I enjoyed this one for the most part but as this series goes on I am left feeling like I need MORE from these stories and these characters. They are just way too short to feel fully developed and the heroes that when first introduced seemed like they were going to be these twisted f-cked up alpha men have gotten weaker each book. I do really love this author's writing, and this one was marginally better than the last, but something was
Natalie The Biblioholic
There’s a secret organization that grants favors, but not without something in return. Names are drawn and trials are endured. Makayla’s name has been chosen and she needs to be protected because her father has no intention of giving her up. That’s where Alec fits in - protector and seducer combined. Makayla has lived a pretty sheltered life and never really got to sample a true taste of freedom, but she’s a know-it-all. No one can tell her what to do. Rather than stay in the safety of someone w ...more
Bex (Beckie Bookworm)
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Release Date-27/3/18

So I enjoyed this instalment in the series, I loved that it featured an age-gap romance.
I've got to admit I am a sucker for this trope.
Mainly because I have been in this type of relationship for the last 23 years myself (20 years age gap for us)
So I was really looking forward to Devils &Rye to see what it had to bring to the table for this series.
It was very much swings and roundabouts for me.
I enjoyed the first half of this book much more than
Shabby  -BookBistroBlog
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
.....And another one gets enticed!
The men of Spiked Roses drink Expensive Liquor and indulge in Expensive Pleasures. It's Alec's turn now. His tastes for Aged Rye and Kinky sex makes it an exhilarating read

Only he's Uncle Alec now. What with his best friend and ex business partner, Rhett's daughter, Makayla, coming in his club, seeking refuge. She's not aware of it but the Iron Colts of Brotherhood have usurped her life. Both her father's and her life has been decided, the verdict writte
Kathy West
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! That’s all I can say about this book.

This book made me tense in my seat. It made me cry. I had to put it down a few times and then come back to it a few minutes later. The ride this book takes you on is totally worth it!

This book was more than I could have asked for.

Alec is one of the owning members of the Spiked Rose. When an old friend send his daughter to work there, Alec is asked to watch over her.

Makayla is excited for this new opportunity she has been given. After living a very shelte
Philomena Callan Cheekypee
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: loved-it
Devils & Rye is book four in the Top Shelf series. As these books are so good I do recommend you read them all :)

When Alec is asked and agrees to take care of an old friends daughter, Makayla, he doesn’t know what he’s let himself in for.

I enjoyed this read and read it in one sitting. It wasn’t my favourite of the series but I still enjoyed it. If you enjoy a Insta love read then you’ll enjoy this story.
I’m thoroughly enjoying this authors books and am looking forward to what else she has
I didn't think anyone could knock Kenneth off my fave alpha in this series, but Alec certainly did. He was everything I wanted in a character. I love Alta draws you into the dark world of Spiked Roses and leaves you begging for more once you've turned the last page. This series keeps getting better, hotter, and just more delicious with every tantalizing sip!
Janine - The World Was Hers for the Reading
Makayla has been sheltered for most of her life. She’s finally ready to be on her own nd has her first job as a hostess at Spiked Roses, thanks to her connection with one of the owners. Before her new life even has a chance to begin, however, the past catches up with her and she is whisked away to to keep her safe from a threat that could end her life.

Alec has known Makayla since she was a child, so when his old friend and business partner reaches out to him to protect her, he has no choice but
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Devils & Rye is a bit different than the rest of the past books.
This one is an almost immediate lust/love relationship between Alec and Makayla.
There’s also an added taboo element in this one that I loved!
I loved Alec.
He’s a strong sexy level headed man.
He also is commanding and domineering in his business and his bedroom.
I didn’t really care for Makayla like I did the other heroines in the previous books.
I did try to keep in mind her age and her being sheltered all her life.
But her actio
April Symes
Devils & Rye by Alta Hensley is 4TH book in the Top Shelf Series. This is the story of Alec and Makayla. This can be read as a standalone but if you haven’t read the other books in this series, give them a whirl and give them a read.
Alec is part owner in the Gentleman's Club called Spiked Roses. The book gives the backstory on how Spiked Roses got started. Alec’s best friend and ex business partner, Rhett has sent his 20 year old daughter Makayla to his best friend Alec to keep her safe. Mak
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-books-2018
This series just gets better and better!
Devils & Rye by Alta Hensley is book 4 in the Top Shelf series. And this series is A MUST READ!!!

When Alec receives a letter from his old business partner to protect his daughter, Makayla he agrees to hire the innocent young woman. But circumstances change and Alec needs to get Makayla out of harms way.

Uncle Alec as Makayla knows him is 20 years older then her. Yet being together in a secluded cabin has made her have feelings unknown to her.

Alec and
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Devils & Rye by Alta Hensley is book Four in the Top Shelf Series. This is the story of Alec and Makayla. I haven't yet read the other books but feel this can easily be a standalone book.
Alec is part owner in the Gentleman's Club called Spiked Roses but he once was a business partner with Rhett back home. But when danger threaten Rhett left and started a new life and business that became Spiked Roses. Rhett chose to stay behind and they remained friends but now in the present day Rhett has
Erika PBookHavenBookBlog
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved this series to pieces, each character strongly alpha, and this was no question one of my favorites. The innocence of the female lead, the older man falling helplessly, and as always the action and danger intermingled with the romance. I was held transfixed as I devoured and will lovingly remember each member of the Spiked Roses Club for a long time to come! I thank the Author for providing a copy to review!

~~~Erika, Book Haven Book Blog
Rebecca Whaley
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
OMG! I loved it! Some parts were a little shocking but I couldn't stop reading. I was totally drawn in and loved every second of it. This series just gets better and better. Alec is awesome! Dark and dangerous and oh so hot! So intriguing and full of dark delights. You'll definitely want this book!
Mar 27, 2018 rated it liked it

This isn't my first time reading a book by this author and I know it won't be the last. But.... I don't know what to say about this book. I liked the first 40% and then it went downhill. The detail within the story was really good but the characters were utterly annoying more MacKayla than Alec. I might be in the minority but I have to go by what I feel...

I know characters do dumb things but MacKayla just had me shaking my head half the time. Alec's feelings went from not wanting MacKayla
Meredith Wilson
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
In Devils & Rye, we meet Alec, who is one of the owners of Spiked Roses. He is surprised when he receives a letter from his old friend Rhett, asking him to watch over his daughter Makayla. It turns out, the past has finally caught up to him. The Iron Colt Brotherhood, a secret society of rich men, has drawn Makayla's name for their yearly ritual. She will be one of six women who are to be sold to the highest bidder as slaves. They are to do as their master commands and for these women, they ...more
Kathy Heare Watts

Once again, Ms. Alta Hensley has penned a story that is spine-tingling, on-the-edge-of-your-seat, I can’t look, but I can’t look away page-turning tale. There is a unique cast of characters, some you will hate, some will have you hot and bothered, and some, you just aren’t sure about. The characters and situations are explicated detailed. The story is not for those who want wine and roses with a sweet storyline. The story is
Alta Hensley. Oh Alta. What can I say about Alta Hensley that I haven't already said before? She writes books that are dark, delicious, and go down smooth. For me, it's like the very, very best dark chocolate, rich, tasty, and almost black. And I'll take that kind of chocolate any day.

Devils & Rye brings us back to Spiked Roses, the premier gentlemen's club in New Orleans. You can go there to have a nice drink and look at the pretty girls, go there and get friendly with the pretty girls, or
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Totes my goats...

Before I dive in, I am going to do it - I'm flipping going to say it! Even though I sound like a broken record I have to be honest with you comrades... here be the disclaimer, though if you don't read this series, I will still say you are missing out on the jilling inspiration. Just putting to you straight. But alas, be aware that if you do pick up the Top Shelf Series (which I recommend you do) is a dark romance. It is jammed packed with mouth watering taboo, sexual experimenta
Lacrymosa Quiñones
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
So much happened with this book so much personal emotions and not all of them good. I honestly do no like writing "bad" reviews or ones that can come off as negative but let me explain as best as I could without it being either. First the book started with a boom, like here is danger let's find a way around it, the chemistry with the main characters was almost instantaneously. Which is fine it's a book it happens, but then one of the characters goes off and does the (what I call) "dumb horror mo ...more
Read.Review.Repeat Blog
"Devils & Rye was a little different from the first three books and I've read them all. This one was a little difficult to get into. Some parts had me turning the page as fast as I could, but others left me scratching my head. The insta-love usually doesn't bother me, but Makayla went from calling him Uncle to wanting him sexually immediately. It felt rushed and a little unnatural, even for a book. Overall, this book was ok. I kept waiting for the story to pick up, but it never happened. I f ...more
Liz ~ Liz's Reading Life
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Makayla Knox thought her life was finally getting started after years of life in the gilded cage her father kept her in. Getting to reconnect with someone from her past is just welcomed plus. But the last thing she expected was the danger that would threaten her life and that of her father.

Alec Shelton walked away from the life he grew up in and never expected to be thrust back into it again. But when his past comes knocking on his door, he'll do what is necessary for his friend and the woman th
Donna Louise
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
ByDonna Lon March 27, 2018
Format: Kindle Edition
This book will tear your emotions apart in every way possible.Its dark,raw,
brutal and oozes with forbidden arousal.It was beautiful in its brutality,with
just enough hope for a happy ever after. I felt a mix of emotions while reading
this story.It portrays a dark,shadowy world where death and human deprevity
still exsists and thrives.Alec dark past catches up with him,his best friend asks
him to protect and keep safe his daughter.Twenty year old,Makayl
Melanie Marnell
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Iron Colt Brotherhood is an antiquated, sadistic society that has been in existence for multiple generations in the South. Both Alec and Rhett have been members through their family connections but Alec walked away years ago. Now, Rhett has to pay the piper for all the favors he called in when his beloved wife, Minka, became ill. He needs to shelter his daughter Mikayla and keep her from having to go through a degrading, painful and what could be fatal ritual. Instead he chooses to sacrifice him ...more
Michelle Austin
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it

Devils & Rye was a good 4 star read.
There is an age group between MaKayla and Alex which I didn’t mind at all.

My emotions were all over with this book as well.
MaKayla is sent to work at the Spiked Rose and Alec has been asked to watch over her. This is the first time that MaKayla has been able to do something on her own and she is excited.

When MaKayla’s safety becomes a concern, Alec has to take her somewhere safe. What they didn’t expect was the ins
Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 Brotherhood Stars

Darkness comes in different forms when you least expect it. It takes you by surprise.

This edition was different than the others, but make no mistake it still holds true with the dark, twisted, mind numbing Top Shelf tradition. Devils & Rye takes you out of Spiked Roses, but into a Brotherhood of the unknown.

"This storm was going to be epic and we were about to enter the eye of the hurricane."

Makayla and Alec have known one another for a time, but now McKayla's life is
Lisa Gonzales
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Devils & Rye By Alta Hensley is suspenseful, dark, steamy, & dangerous, you have its specks of taboo & lets just say TONS of SEXY, HOT, scenes. You have people who will say this book is too much for them, which of course this isn't for everyone. If you want the wine and dine and fall in love sweetly storyline, you came to the wrong place.. This is hot steamy over the top, have some liquor on the side because lets just say your mouth will be savoring every scene..

Alec is this one of
Sarah Reads "Reading in Sarah's Corner"
This is book 4 of the Top Shelf Series by Alta Hensley. Each one of the books gives us a glimpse of one of the owners of the Spiked Rose. These men are powerful, hot as hell and take what they want. Each one has a past laced with mystery and something that they are running from or trying to forget. Alec is no different.

Alec is trying to outrun the Iron Colts Brotherhood and protect his best friend’s little girl Makayla Knox. Only Makayla isn't a child any longer is has turned into a beautiful y
SBee Reviews
Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Review Rating: 4.0 out of 5 stars

“Another exciting and engaging read from this series!”

I received an Advance Reader Copy for DEVILS & RYE (Top Shelf, Book #4) written by Alta Hensley and voluntarily reviewed this book. A desperate plea to help protect the daughter of an old business partner pulls Alec right back into a dark and twisted past he had left behind long ago. Makayla has no one else she can rely on but her Uncle Alec, only she is no longer the little girl he remembers…at all. Hidin
Sassy Southern
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Alec Sheldon has started an exclusive club in New Orleans called Spiked Roses. He hopes to have left his past behind him but when he receives a letter from his former business partner and best friend, Rhett Knox, asking him to watch his daughter Makayla, he knows he can’t say no.
Alec must now protect Makayla against a powerful club which may end up in the death of her father. Will Makayla listen to Alec and respect his need to keep her safe or will she try and save her dad, knowing that it may c
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