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The Devil You Know

(Rutledge Family #3)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  2,657 ratings  ·  129 reviews
Frederica d'Avillez is sure she will never marry. She's had a disastrous London season, and now her longtime beau has thrown her over for a more eligible miss. But if Freddie can't have a husband, she's hell-bent on experiencing at least one night of unforgettable passion. Where better than in the arms of the dashing rogue Bentley "Hell-Bent" Rutledge? So what if he's a ra ...more
Paperback, 407 pages
Published April 22nd 2003 by Pocket Star
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Feb 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Regency Romance & Liz Carlyle
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The Devil You Know is quite possibly the most truly romantic book I have ever read. It is a poignant story of love in the face of seemingly impossible odds, redemption, and facing the pain of the past so that recovery can begin. There is so much to love about this book, I hardly know where to start. The beautiful romance of the hero and heroine began as a beautiful friendship, yet it was a somewhat different friendship than what has been present in some of Liz Carl
Fani *loves angst*
My hopes for The Devil You Know were set too high because of the great reviews I had read here and in Amazon. However, I had only read one book by Carlyle so far, My False Heart, and I wasn't impressed with her style.

It turns out I was right to be wary after all; the book had so much potential but finally it did not deliver, not for me at least. The premises were interesting: The hero, Bentley, and the heroine, Frederika=Freddie, spent a night of passion which results in her pregnancy. When Ben
Jun 18, 2015 rated it liked it
The Devil You Know is not something that you read for pleasure, because I felt so many things while reading the novel--pain, agony, shock, frustration--and pleasure was definitely not one of them. I'm putting this out in the open right now: this is not a happy story (at least not my idea of happy). The angst here is so intense that it seemed over-the-top already.

It is devastatingly dark, and so overwhelmingly realistic, that it will make you cry. God knows I cried enough while reading it.

Jun 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. I first read this book years ago but had pretty much forgotten everything except that it's about the redemption of Bentley Rutledge, the younger brother/bad boy/sexy rake who's a side character in some of the other books in the series. So it was kind of like reading a whole new book for me.

I loved Bentley. In spite of his many failings, he is at heart a kind man, and kindness is a quality that I value very highly. It doesn't hurt that he's physically sexy and appealing as well. Altho
Oct 02, 2015 rated it liked it
I generally enjoy books from Liz Carlyle, however, there are some that I liked more than this one.

Abandoned by her beloved for another woman, Freddie spends a passionate night with a long-time friend of the family - Bentely, a well-known lecher and a rake. When it turns out that she is pregnant, she is in trouble. Driven by complicated feelings, Bentley marries her and they go to his family estate together. Soon, it turns out that the rake may be a better husband than she expected and that he is
Aug 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This entire series was very good and Bentley's book was no exception. He and Freddie made a fantastic couple. You knew throughout the book that there was something a bit off with Bentley, but he hid it so well. Then we started figuring it out that he had a secret that was going to possibly tear the family apart.

Meanwhile, he keeps a cool distance from his new wife, but he can't keep his distance or his hands to himself in the bedroom. Those scenes were very hot! This was a great ending to the t
Feb 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, romance, historical
This is one of the best historical romance I've read in years. It's also the first book I've read in months that I simply couldn't put down; I read it straight through late into the night. The writing, dialogue and setting are all nearly flawless, and I loved the Hero and Heroine, though secondary characters could have been better developed. Much, if not most, of the book reads from Bentley's perspective, which I greatly enjoyed and made for some exceedingly hot sex scenes. At this point I'm a b ...more
May 22, 2014 rated it did not like it
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Liz Carlyle is one of my favorite new authors - I enjoyed this one as much as the previous one I read by her - The Devil to Pay (MacLachlan Family, #1) by Liz Carlyle . She has a great writing style - everything flows very well, the story development and characters. Only problem with this one - tons and tons of names. Didn't realize it was the third in a series and you really need to know the history between everyone. So I was somewhat lost.

The main couple - Freddie and Bentley - are great together - friends to lovers. They knew each other forev
Sabrina Jeffries
Dec 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
You won't find more well-developed characters anywhere. Liz's lush style captivated me from the beginning, and I adore her characters, especially the intelligent and strong-willed women. ...more
Nov 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
"Better the devil you know than the devil you don't." With these words, Freddie is reconciled to marry Bentley "Hell-Bent" Rutledge after she becomes pregnant following a passionate night together.

Normally I am not that big on romances where the heroine becomes pregnant early on or the couple weds now and falls in love later, but this story just did it for me. Of course, Carlyle is a superb writer, and the story just flows from the page like so much magic. Purely lovely.
Dec 19, 2011 rated it liked it
I've always believed that men are different from the ladies. Men don't plan elaborate weddings nor imagine clouds in the sky romantic moments nor stress out if their beloved is thinking about them right at that second. So when marriage does get on their brains, it happens quickly and they are almost immediately ready, so if you are that lucky girl that passes by when the moment is right... much like a Taxi that has its available light suddenly light up on top... a man 'BING' is ready to become a ...more
Frederica d'Avillez is young, high-tempered and upset that her long-time beau ditched her. Still, there were perhaps wiser courses of actions open to her than an impulsive one-night stand with Bentley Rutledge, a family friend, a gorgeous charmer, and a totally unpredictable, carefree rake. To his credit, Bentley writes her a proper proposal of marriage before he leaves, but it's misplaced and Frederica never gets it, assuming the one-night stand was the beginning and the end. Only she finds her ...more
Jan 21, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
If you've read one historical romance featuring Dark Secrets and Tragic Pasts you've read them all, and such was the case with this one. There was nothing outright wrong with it, the writing was decent and the characters were fairly pleasant if not very deep (since they spent a great deal of time acting like numpties to fill the dictates of the story), but the plot was so very meh.

I liked the first chapter or two where the innocent girl pretty much seduces the devilish rake and then forthrightl
Jan 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
I have been waiting for Bentley's story since he was introduced! What an interesting, complex, fascinating character. I loved his contradictions - the ultimate bad boy with a heart of gold. His past trauma made sense of his later actions, as did his confusion and reluctance to understand what happened.

Pairing up Bentley with Freddie, who we met in Carlyle's first novel My False Heart was a stroke of linking genius. I loved seeing Freddie all grown up and standing up for herself. Her compassion
Nov 07, 2010 rated it it was ok
Hero was not believable for me. The author kept telling me he was this bad boy rake but all I got was lovesick/tortured soul. The heroine I know was supposed to be good intentioned and weary of marriage to Bentley but I felt she came across as sanctimonious. She kept telling him how she needed him be and things he needed to do to be good enough to be w/her. I have to say I did enjoy the first few chapters but then it went steadily downhill. Basically skimmed the last 1/2 of the book.
I loved Bentley... He was such a tortured hero.. His secret is awful and heartbreaking, and although he's never wanted a woman for himself before, he refuses to give Freddie up. I loved Freddie who didn't take any sh** from Bentley, and who pushes him until she figures out his secret.. 5* ...more
Feb 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
There really needs to be a grade between Liked it and Really Liked it :) but I did, I really did, liked it!
Frederica d'Avillez is positive she's never going to get married. She's illegitimate and didn't "take" in her first season. Now, her safety option, Johnny, has informed her that he's marrying his cousin.
Bentley Rutledge is positive he's never going to get married. He's mad and bad and a womanizer. Besides, he doesn't want to.
But when Freddie, a girl he's only noticed is a woman, comes home upset when he's just come in drunk, he can't stop her advances. He tries several times (despite saying he'
Jan 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Historical Romance Fans
#1 Devil trilogy

Oh, the pure reading bliss and deep contentment of a Liz Carlyle book!

From the quirky chapter headings "In Which We Commence Our Tale of Woe", to dissolving into her expertly crafted historicals, to the amusing author bio on the inside back covers " ... Liz Carlyle always packs her pearls, her dancing slippers, and her whalebone corset, confident in the belief that eventually she will receive an invitation to a ball or to a rout."

Liz opens her "Devil" trilogy with Miss Frederica
Feb 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: e-book, romance-histo
I might have to try it again some time, as I'm not sure I gave a full chance to this book.
The beginning seemed fairly complicated, with rather too many characters especially in Frederica's motley family. I thought some came from previous books in the series, but it did not seem so, as the previous 2 were about the hero's brother and sister.
There were a few moments with too much hints of what had happened in previous books for me to be able to say that this specific book can really be read on it
Desiree M ~*~*~ LiveReadCollect
3-3.5 stars. First Liz Carlyle I've read.

I really enjoyed the first 200 pages. It was a solid 4 stars up until then. After the two got married I lost interest in the story. It was still ok but I wasn't as invested as I was with the first half.

One thing that bugged me was that there was a good amount of characters and information from previous books that wasn't explained in this one. There were relationships between people and why they react to them the way they do that wasn't explained in a ea
Dec 23, 2007 rated it really liked it
it was a very good read.
Regarding Portugal the feeling you have is that she really knows what she is talking about, it wasn't much but it was so refreshing that she got everything right. Oh and when they mention the portuguese temper I thought it was so funny :-)
Now the main thing is that I found it interesting and I wanted to know more. And now I still want to know more about the other characters... Please tell me Zoe and Ariane have their story too!

Erika Walls
Oct 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone... hella good!
I loved this book and had a really hard time putting it down I stayed up till 3 am reading it from start to finish. Wow ! Loved it!
I want a copy of this book if anyone is willing to sell theirs it's just one of those that i randomly chose from the library and was really hesitant to return it.
Danette Steward
Feb 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: carlyle-liz
I liked this story. The hero is emotionally tortured. You won't find out exactly why until the end. It's a story you'll remember. I recommend this book. ...more
May 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
It was okay at first but things seems to be falling apart after they got married.........

I wanted to give it a 1 star but because I did like the first part I can't really say that I hate it...
there are a lot of inconsistency in the book, it seems the author just throw a load of f**k up s**t to make it as tragic as assessment is that it just full of drama and not even a good one. A lot of things are cut up and paste from different angles....

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Jun 01, 2019 rated it really liked it

OUR HERO is a tormented soul who hasn't let go of the past. He's an angry boy trapped in a man's body who seeks his own ruination and also salvation at the same time. Ruination comes from his past while salvation comes in the form of a beautiful child woman he has known almost her entire life. One kiss long ago brings us to the present where more ki
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This was a story worth making a movie with. The plot was woven so seamlessly that when I started reading it I just cannot put it down. And when I did read it I had to make sure I was not disturbed or distracted because each page is crucial (for me at least). I will give a hint of the storyline but I will try not to give spoilers because the book really is worth reading.

The hero is a handsome, devil may care rogue/rake. He also has a heavily burdened past that affects his current outl
Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hard book to review... It's engrossing, well written, and hero and heroine are likable and you understand their motivations even if you don't agree with their actions. The heroine is young but grew up very quickly and showed good instincts. The hero has a real reason to be traumatized, and it's a heartbreaking one. I also have a soft spot for (view spoiler) and marriage-on-the-rocks stories.

So chalk me up as a fan, as my rating indicates, and a fan of Liz Carlyle i
3.5 stars

I felt so gut wrenched at times reading this.

I love flawed characters in a book - it is so satisfying seeing real characteristics on people in books as it gives the story a boost in my books. I liked this book but I didn't love it. It had a bit too much self-pity, misunderstandings, bad timing, (self-)doubt, tragedy, abuse, etc.
It was way too much to pack in a single book. I usually love some of these things spread out over a series where the author can develop each issue and resolve
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