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The Devil's Love

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  2,935 ratings  ·  217 reviews
A woman's desire...

With dreams of a great romantic love, Abigail Carrington sails to England to marry the man she has loved since childhood, Michael Ingram, Marquis of Darfield. She believes her betrothed is a generous and noble man who has been longing for her. But the handsome man waiting for her at the altar is a dark, brooding stranger who rushes her into marriage, the
Paperback, 400 pages
Published November 10th 1998 by Dell
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I am a sucker for this kind of book. I love the jerky hero, strong sassy heroine, jealousy, other women, lots of misunderstandings, angst, great grovels and this book had it all. Beautifully written with a very touching story, it grabbed me right away.

This time period for historical romance isn't always a favorite of mine because they tend to not have the strong alpha hero, but more high society rakes. Well yes, Michael was the high society rake, but I just loved his arrogance and assholeness.
Preeti ♥︎ Her Bookshelves

Pirate girl routs the Devil of Darfield!
This book started out so very delightfully and I was intrigued from the word go.

It has a heart-achy angst caused by a forced moc between a really sweet and besotted h who travels across oceans (and years) holding a torch for a childhood crush, and a resentful cruel H who only remembers a bratty hellion and wants nothing to do with her. By some highly convoluted machinations engendered by her father, the H is bound by a contract to marry the h, and she was
Miss Rail
Little Abby was funny and fierce but her grown up version is the classic spineless and weak heroine that recently annoys me to no end.
Grrrrrrrrrrrr >_<
Michael is what a rake is supposed to be like but I couldn't get passed the fact he actually has sexual intercourse with his mistress while he's already married to Abby.
Even if the marriage was yet to be consumated I just didn't feel comfortable with a "hero" that cheats then, right after "the deed", coldly dumps his mistress and runs back home re
After reading all the books from Judith McNaught , I thought I wouldn't find another author that could write like her. I absolutely loved this book...

3 1/2 to 4 stars

I'm not a big fan of the "big misunderstanding" plotline or a cheating hero because of the big misunderstanding plotline. However, The Devil's Love is well written story with a likable heroine and a wonderfully groveling hero, and because of that, this book worked for me.
"Did you know," she said hoarsely, unshed tears brimming in her eyes, "that with every doubt, you broke my heart in two?" She angrily hit her chest with her first. "There is nothing left but pieces"
Because of the holly angst, 3,5 stars.
F. O.
Feb 11, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: adult, didnt-finish
Another romance novel that's not worth reading past the first love scene. I just can't keep going with a book that refers to the guy's penis as "his passion." ...more
This is the author's first book, as well as the first book of hers that I have read. I certainly plan to read her later books, as this book showed tremendous promise. I thought that the first ⅔ of the book was a solid four stars - pretty good for a debut - but the book fell apart for me after that, and I would give the final ⅓ one star.

I like arranged marriage plots, especially where at least one party is hostile. Michael, the hero, understandably resented Abby, the heroine, for her father's act
Lucy Qhuay

This book left me with a huge headache. Too much freaking drama and nowhere near as much emotion as it should have.

The heroine is tricked by her own father, travels thousands of miles to marry a guy she thinks is stupidly in love with her and whom she's stupidly in love with, is humiliated and treated like crap by the hero, ends up softening his heart, just to be humiliated and treated like crap once again.

After all this, I don't understand why she would be willing to forgive the hero. I certain
This book began with the hero and heroine as children with varying opinions of each other. The heroine, Abbey grows up loving Michael and thinking that he too loves her. Other the other hand, Micheal holds a very negative opinion of Abbey and had forgotten all about her, until he is forced to marry Abbey to cancel his family's debts. Their reunion happens to be a shocking revelation to both and here starts the snowball of angst. I actually really enjoyed the beginning. Abbey's response to Michea ...more
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cheater-hero
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Pooja (Penningtales)
I had a feeling when I first came across this book that I'd love it. And I did!
Abbey has been lead by her father, Captain Carrington, to believe Micheal, the Marquis of Darfield, has loved her for over ten years and wants to marry her. She has fallen in love with the image of her father created, treasures the gifts he sent her via her father, and dreams of marrying him. It’s only after her father’s death and she arrives in England that she learns she’s been deceived. They’ve both been deceived.
Amy~My Book Obsession~
Nov 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
This one was different from the other books I’ve read of late. It was really good and I enjoyed it very much
2 Lukewarm Stars

After having read many historical novels, I'm sad to say that this book would probably fall along the forgettable category as nothing is extraordinary about the story .. But despite of it, I was still looking forward to reading how devil the hero is, and with that title, I was assuming he was an ultimate jerk. Sadly, he was not. So naturally, I was disappointed. No tug of the heart, no stirring of my emotions... Nothing.

The story appears at a snail's pace and if you've read
May 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
2 stars

I just did a reread of this book (that I read 10 years ago) and I have to wonder what I was thinking giving it 4 stars! I could almost get past some of the beginning, but then it happened again and I was just ugh! I finished because I wanted to see what I liked so much. It had a fairly good ending, but I just wasn't feeling most of this book.

I love Julia London, but this book will not be read by me again :(

And for my safety gang- Not safe! Just trust me and skip this one :/
Dec 02, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviewed
Here's what I wrote in my notes when I was only 119 pages into it:
"No reason why he's so callous & mean. I don't really identify w/ either main character.
Nothing has yet made me want to meet Michael. Their lil squabbles grew increasingly tiresome, really.
I don't understand why Michael was so hostile, because it's not as if Abbey had anything whatsoever
to do w/ both their fathers' lies & deceit. I'm not really intrigued as to why they did it,and don't know if I care to find out.
If I was arguing
Apr 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
The Devil's Love was the first Julia London book I've read. I wish I read her work earlier because I enjoyed this novel so much. For me, the first half was 5 star worthy. The opening is one of the cutest ones I've read. I like that they knew each other when they were younger. Then when they met up again and the misunderstanding about the will of Abbey's father was pretty hilarious. The sparring was so entertaining. Abbey and Michael truly delivered in that aspect, I couldn't quit smiling. Their ...more
Oct 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Abbey and Michael knew each other when they were younger. He didn't care for this little "hellion" back then. Years pass without seeing each other. Throughout these years, Abbey's father fabricated a betrothal between Michael & Abbey. She lives these years believing this and loving the persona of a man her father created. When her father dies, his will states for these two to marry. Michael is upset but he must marry her to cancel his family's debt while Abbey is blissfully unaware of his negati ...more
Oct 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All HR fans
Recommended to Slavena by: Kay
Abbey has been harboring hopes for marriage fueled by her father for about 10 years. She believes that Michael has been in love and waiting fro her to grow up so he can marry her. The truth is Michael has never wanted to marry and certainly not to the devious hellion he remembers, but circumstances do not allow him to escape the contract he has signed with her father. So begins an inconvenient marriage. I truly enjoyed the heroines character I laughed out loud so many times, my very favorite is ...more
Jan 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
My first try of this author, and probably my last.

I don't mind recycled/formula romance plots, provided that the author can breathe new life into them. But that didn't happen here. I kept checking the percentages on my Kindle to see how much closer I was to being done with it.
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
Hmm I'm going to call it at 2.5 stars.

I started reading this book because it's a marriage of convenience plot, which is my favorite trope, ever.

Then I kept reading because the hero was such an ass for the first 20 percent that I couldn't wait for the "groveling" section of the book. Also, the heroine started out pretty compelling and wonderful-- she was spirited and capable, not a whiner.

Unfortunately the groveling section wasn't very good because by the time we got to that stage, the heroine h
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
About a year ago I started reading Julia London, specifically The Highland Grooms. I find between books in this series, I want more from this author, so I chose an earlier release of hers from 2009, “The Devil’s Love”. Omg, I couldn’t get enough of this story. Immediately loved the beautiful, strong-willed heroine, Abbey, and though for awhile it was hard to warm to Michael (which I eventually did), it was an enjoyable process watching her win his heart. A captivating storyline filled with a rol ...more
2,5 stars.

Good conflicts and trust issues. Drama. But the story started a little too slow, and the audible narrator Anne Flosnik was terrible. Her v/f letters sounded like b, for example the word ’wife’ sounded ’wibe’ and ’herself’ like ’herselb’.
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved it, with a big huge happy sigh!
Jul 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Abbey arrives in England excited to see Michael, the Marquis of Darfield. Michael was her childhood crush and also the one she is arranged to marry. According to Abbey, Michael has been waiting for her for years and sends her presents on occasion but the truth is that Michael sees Abbey as a nuisance. Abbey jumps into Michael’s life with eagerness but Michael is determined to push Abbey away. After an emotional episode where Abbey realizes that Michael has not been eagerly waiting for her to arr ...more
Kha Thao
Jan 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Jul 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
A bad situation viewed from two very different points and people.

I liked Michael and found his reactions understandable, considering the situation he finds himself in. While I liked Abbey for the biggest part of the book, her behavior after the duel confused me. (view spoiler)
Jul 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Ahhhh! After reading a couple otherwise very compelling books that nevertheless made my teeth grind because they hit on all my romance pet peeves, finally a refreshing change! (view spoiler) ...more
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Julia London is the New York Times and USA Today best selling author of more than two dozen romantic fiction novels. She is the author of the popular historical romance series, the Cabot Sisters, including The Trouble with Honor, The Devil Takes a Bride, and The Scoundrel and the Debutante. She is also the author of several contemporary romances, including Homecoming Ranch, Return to Homecoming ...more

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