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The Devil to Pay

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  65 ratings  ·  32 reviews
Italy, 1492.
A ruthless mercenary skilled in the art of conquest.
An heiress who refuses to be tamed.
The Devil’s own bargain . . .

Cara di Montessori has a price upon her head. Her traitorous uncle has murdered her father and seized her home. Her only hope of survival, and of regaining her birthright, is an alliance with her childhood nemesis, the infamous mercenary Il Dia
Kindle Edition, 340 pages
Published August 28th 2018 by K.C. Bateman
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Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've given this a B+ at AAR, so that's 4.5 stars

K.C. Bateman made an impactful entry into the historical romance genre in 2016 with To Steal a Heart, a Napoleonic Era romantic adventure featuring a former acrobat-turned-informant and a sexy spy, which I loved and rated a DIK.  The other books in her Secrets and Spies trilogy were similarly enjoyable, and I’ve been eagerly waiting for a new book from her.  The Devil to Pay is that book, and I pounced on it immediately, delighted to discover tha
Overall, I found this book to be quite the page turner and just flat out fun to read. Nearly every chapter ends in a way that I had difficulty putting it down.

Set in 15th century Italy, the novel starts with an injured heroine trying to make her way to the hero/anti-hero/nemesis, who has a long-standing friendship with her newly assassinated father. Cara and Alessandro have an edgy history together, but the flashbacks offer just enough back story to let readers know that the two main characters
Barbara Rogers
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Series: None – Stand Alone
Publication Date: 8/28/18

WARNING! Preparation is required to read this book. Be sure your eyeglasses are clean (if you wear them), your fingers are limber (for flipping those pages), you’ve visited the necessary and a snack tray is beside your chair. Why? Well, you won’t be able to put the book down once you pick it up! It is intelligently and superbly written, the characters are wonderful, the humor will keep you smiling, the excitement oozes off each page and the roma
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
Well, darn it anyway. I was so looking forward to this HR. After all, it takes place in Italy in 1492, far removed from the overused Regency or Victorian eras I usually find. Unfortunately, the author only pays lip service to the time, with mentions of historical figures such as some of the Borgias and Medici and Sforza and more storming of castles than you'll find in the 1800s.

Other than that, the main plot is just a romance that could have taken place at any time and anywhere. And it's of the
Frankie Reviews
am in absolute love this book (Or should that be, I am in absolute love with Il Diavolo?) I haven’t read an historical set during the Italian Renaissance in years, now after reading The Devil to Pay it has just reminded me of how much I love stories set during this era. This was also the first book I have read by K.C Bateman, and what a wonderful introduction into this author’s work. From the quality of this I will certainly been looking to read more by this author.

Cara di Montessori is running
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I think I have stumbled onto a treasure. This was my first book to read by K. C. Bateman. I loved it. It is set in Medieval Italy - a place I have given little thought to. I absolutely loved it. I particularly enjoyed the humor in it. It has everything a romance junkie would want - romance, tension, adventure and humor. I can’t wait to read more of Bateman’s books. I won this ARC in a contest and I am so glad that I did.
Aug 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I would definitely send a pigeon or a courier with my digits on a scroll to Sandro. He could correspond with me any day.
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Young and charming Cara di Montessori, a nobleman's daughter, must flee her ancestral home amidst one of the interfamilial feuds that define the political landscape of the Italian High Renaissance. Albeit very reluctantly, she is forced to seek the help from Alessandro "Il Diavolo" del Sarto, a cynical and unscrupulous mercenary leader.
In exchange, Del Sarto demands Cara's unconditional allegiance, a pact with a devil who appears to be both a Renaissance Man with broad scholarly interests, and
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Italian men are hard to resist as it is but an Italian man from 1492 is a thing of beauty that no-one can resist. The back and forth dialog really stands out in this book. Ms. Bateman has a knack for writing characters that lure you into their world. Every chapter held new and exciting things in the lives of Cara and Alessandro. Who could best who? Their slow seduction dance rivets you to the pages of this story. Even the secondary characters had an interesting tale (I would have loved more of t ...more
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
KC Bateman is an author whose name has rapidly become synonymous with first-rate historical romance. Where this writer stands out is in her ability not be mired down by facts but to seamlessly blend them into her work with her superb storytelling.

Set in Renaissance Italy The Devil to Pay steps away from the standard time periods that dominate the historical romance genre and introduces readers to a wonderful new experience. Ms. Bateman’s venture into writing a book that veers away from familiar
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
If historical inaccuracies are a deal breaker for you, I suggest you either not read this book, or read my review carefully. I am a stickler for historical details, and yet after a startling mistake at 6% into the book, I debated whether to keep on reading, and I did because I was already madly in love with Alessandro and Cara. I give the book 4 stars, and I admit I even surprised myself with that rating! The reason being that THE DEVIL TO PAY possesses that most elusive quality: genuine charm. ...more
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Italy, 1492. A ruthless mercenary skilled in the art of conquest. An heiress who refuses to be tamed. The Devil’s own bargain . Cara di Montessori has a price upon her head. Her traitorous uncle has murdered her father and seized her home. Her only hope of survival, and of regaining her birthright, is an alliance with her childhood nemesis, the infamous mercenary Il Diavolo. The most irritating—and seductive—man Cara’s ever met.
Sometimes you start a book & by the time you’ve read a couple of
Aug 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
Renaissance set romance?
Mercenary Hero?
Snarky Heroine?


Need anymore be said? Probably not. By this point you’ve already bought the book, and surely you’re already halfway into devouring what is not your typical renaissance romance.
But if you haven’t and you’re not I will expand on why I REALLY LIKED THIS BOOK.

What the blurb doesn’t tell you about is K.C Bateman’s writing style. The dialogue is witty, the banter snarky, the history and background well researched and the action scene
Sissy's Romance Book Review
The Devil to Pay by K.C. Bateman is the story of Cara di Montessori and Alessandro del Sarto.
Cara 'Uncle' Lorenzo killer her father and now is out to kill her so that he can have possession of Castelleon. Cara escaped the massacre and traveled to find Alessandro who has worked with her father and is a killer for hire. Cara just wants to avenger her father's death and to get her home back with its people. But she hasn't seen Alessandro for about six years when she was 16 years old and he kissed
Lori Quick
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Devil to Pay by K.C. Bateman was a fun to read story with a HEA ending. Those are always my favorite. I don't think there has been any story that I have read of Ms Bateman that I have not liked. This story is full of intrigue, assassins, races across country, attempted murder, love. I definitely recommend this book. I did receive an ARC and have volunteered my review.
Peggy Martin
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved It !

This book kept me so entertained and never knowing what either Cara or Alessandro we’re going to do next ! I couldn’t put it down till I finished it . One of the The best book I’ve read lately
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed Cara and Sandro's story. Set in Renaissance Italy, it has romance, humor, and intrigue. I received an ARC from the author.
DNF @ 33%

This was a disappointment. I’d heard great things about Bateman and this was set in Renaissance Italy, a period I love and that hardly any romance novels are set in, plus it was set up some tropes I love, but it just did not work for me.

The real issue for me was the heroine. I knew going in that Cara was going to be a tomboy. I don’t really care for tomboy heroines especially ones who entirely eschew all feminine habits, run all over the place in trousers, and can fence like a champion
Kathy Cohen
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Compared to the author's Napoleonic era novels, this one is a disappointment. Set in late Renaissance Italy, the heroine seeks out a condotierre to help her regain her castle from her murderous uncle. Frankly, I am tired of twenty-something heroines who act like nine year olds. The first 3/4 of the book is dithering around--the heroine escapes, the hero rescues her, etc., but the action picks up at the end.
Regan Walker
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Strong Hero Tames Feisty Heroine, Italian Style

Set in Italy in 1492, this is the story of Cara di Montessori whose uncle murdered her father and seized her castle. In his dying breath, her father told her to go to the infamous mercenary, Il Diavolo. Cara has known him since she was a child and is attracted to his strong male magnetism.

Alessandro del Sarto (Il Diavolo) knows he must marry to secure the peace he desires but none of the ladies presented to him hold his interest. Enter Cara with her
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
WOW! From start to finish KC Bateman writes a thrilling romance. Cara is running from her murderous Uncle. Her father's half brother wants her home Castelleon and if he can control her, he wants her for his son (her cousin)...Creepy!! She goes to the only place she knows she will be safe! To the Devil, Alessandro del Sarto aka Il Diavolo! He is a mercenary, assassin, a tactical master; however, he was also friend to her father! She also has loved him since she was 16. She asks for his help and h ...more
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I won this book from a goodreads giveaway.

I love discovering new authors and I am very picky about what kind of historical romances I like. This book sucked me in within the first couple chapters and I didn’t want to put it down. The two main characters have such a unique relationship compared to other historical romance books and they made it a book that was so exciting to read. I laughed, cried, and was sitting on the edge of my seat in some chapters. Also this book is very well written and ea
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Italian Renaissance -Feisty Heroine

This is a new author to me and I decided to give a try on Renaissance Italy. I normally read Recency set historical romance and I was not disappointed in this story. (Disclaimer as i have been to Italy and fell in love with it, returning this year, so i wanted to read about it.). The angst between the independent heroine and mercenary hero was a great read. The historical figures interspersed in the story were fun to see. I have found a new author to read!
Holly L'Heureux
This book was good, not the cheesiest romance novel but the writing was very good. I struggled a little bit to get invested in it. The characters were not as relatable as I would have wanted them to be. That being said, I am really glad i won this novel on Goodreads. I do not think that I would have not read it otherwise.
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the first time I've read one o Ms. Batemans books and I really enjoyed it. The story of Cara and Alessandro is a wild one. Danger followed Cara every where she went so she goes to "Il Diavolo" for help. She eventually falls for him after quite a struggle between them and they marry but that is struggle too. I won't tell you more because I want you to read this book. Itt's worth it!
Dec 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Hard book to rate/review... I am reminded that I really dislike when main characters are at odds for most of the book, and that's the case here. I appreciated the change of scenery (Renaissance Italy).
Josie Wright
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won the kindle edition of this book in a Goodreads giveaway and had a hard time putting it down!
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book! Although there were a couple glaring grammatical errors, the book was well-written. The plot was fantastic; every chapter ended on a page-turner! Absolutely a must-read!!
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

More to come.
Sam Glasbrenner
I won the kindle edition of this book in a Goodreads giveaway and cannot wait to read it!
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Kate Bateman (writing as K. C. Bateman) wrote her first historical romance in response to a $1 bet with her husband who rashly claimed she'd 'never finish the thing.' She gleefully proved him wrong. Her Regency and Renaissance-era romances all feature her trademark feisty, intelligent heroines, wickedly inappropriate banter, and heroes you want to both strangle and kiss.

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