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Devilish (Mallorens & Friends #5)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  1,560 Ratings  ·  71 Reviews
Two of the strongest wills in England clash when Lord Rothgar is commanded by the king to escort the fiercely independent Diana Westmount, the Countess of Arradale, to London. Though Rothgar, tortured by a tragic secret, has become a master at resisting temptation, Diana proves a challenge to his steely resolve. Then his icy self-control melts in a moment of peril -- and a ...more
Paperback, 372 pages
Published April 1st 2000 by Signet (first published 2000)
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Jacob Proffitt
Jun 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was prepared for this story to be problematic. I wish I could remember where I heard that, but it being the only one of the series I can't get at the library (because they don't have a copy) was further confirmation. And it's a crying shame, but not nearly as bad as I had braced for.

Thanks to (recent) regular reading of Jennifer Crusie's blog, I actually diagnosed the problem pretty early—something I wouldn't have known to recognize even a year ago. While her advice is to writers (with an emph
Elis Madison
Next up among the Malloren clan is the super-controlling and usually patronizing Beowolf, Earl of Rothgar (I just love JoBev's names). We're told he's handsome in a devilish sort of way (hence the title).

OK, this is probably more what the author had in mind…

Someone has been trying to kill Rothgar, setting him up to fight in duels, etc., and he thinks it has to do with his work for the king. George isn't all that clear on the best strategic decisions with regard to the French, and Bey has been t
Sarah Z
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2 stars. To be fair, I have to mention I hate starting in the middle of a series. It was a complete accident when I bought this book and didn't realize it was the 5th book about the Mallorens. That being said, it was very hard for me to get into it. It can be read alone, but I really wish I knew the stories of the previous characters. Another problem probably affecting my rating is that I went on vacation in the middle of reading it and lost interest. However, I might have only raised it one sta ...more
Jun 18, 2015 rated it did not like it

God, this was so boring I honestly stopped giving a hoot after 100 pages. This was my first Jo Beverley book, and I honestly didn't like her writing. It just seemed too rough and disjointed that it grated on my nerves every time I had to read something like:
One of the other ladies, Mrs. Knowlsworth, broke off what she was saying to pay attention to a young girl who had run up with a complaint of some sort.
A dancing child—her cousin Sukey’s second, she thought—tumbled and was picked up and soothe
I didn't like this story as much as the previous books in the series. This story, Rothgar and Diana's story, had a lot to live up to because Rothgar's amazing character was developed over the previous four books allowing readers to really know him well. It was easy to see how Diana could love Rothgar, but the reasons for his attraction to her were not so clearly portrayed. Still it is a wonderful story with amazing characters and lots of action. Definitely worth reading.
Sep 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
I first read this in 2010, but I didn't remember a single thing about it. So I was looking forward to finally getting (again, technically I suppose) Rothgar's story. He's my favorite of the series (as if I haven't mentioned that enough already, but he is!), and one of my favorite HR heroes of all of any that I've read. He's just that good, which is definitely all due to the author's skills. I also liked Diana pretty well in her appearances in Secrets of the Night, she was intriguing, with her be ...more
Devilish marks the end of my current Malloren re-read and it was such a treat. The original five Malloren books have held up well and this is such a satisfying wrap-up for the core family members.

Bey, oh, Bey. Rothgar is such a fantastic character. I love how his presence and influence was a red thread throughout the books and how he finally got his own happy ending. Jo Beverly did such a fantastic job at maintaining the presence of the éminence noire while revealing his more human side. Rothgar
Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have waffled over to rate this a 3 or a 4. I care for Rothgar and Diana and think they are a great match, but this book just didn't pull me into the story the way all of JoBevs others did. I'll end it with a 3.5 and say disappointed .
Feb 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
4 solid stars

This was what I kept hoping the other books in this series would turn into! 5th time's the charm. ;-) This book is not for those that have yet to read any of the other books, though; I skipped the 4th and the 5th, and was a little out of place.

Rothgar was the story I found myself impatient for after reading the first two in the series; he was complex, a bit alpha, but closed off from the romantic sensibilities of his siblings... until now. We get to peel away the layers of his onion
Pamela Shropshire
Jun 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ah, Bey and Diana's story! I've really enjoyed Rothgar throughout the series - highly intelligent, protective of his family, diabolical sense of humor. You just knew there was more beneath the surface, and in this one, we get to see it at last.

Diana is a countess, a title she inherited from the father, the Earl of Arradale, which was extremely rare for a female. She is also an excellent shot and a passable fencer, as well as being an avid reader. Ergo, she is the perfect foil for Rothgar.

The onl
Lynne Tull
Feb 15, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: georgian-romance
This is the one I have been waiting for ... the Duke falls! I have to say he was portrayed every bit as a Duke and he fell to a woman who was an Earl in her own right. She was portrayed every bit as an Earl. However, her life long close friendship with her cousin and the wife of Brand, the brother of the Duke, did not ring true to me. I did find the book tedious at times, but I was finally glad to get his story. I would have liked to have more closure about his mother and baby sister. It did not ...more
Annabel Joseph
Jul 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I wanted to love this as much as Tempting Fortune, but I didn't...quite. Still, it's a five star book for me. These Mallorens are spectacular. I fell for Bryght hard in TF and so it was a real pleasure to see the Marquess his brother was every bit as sexy and compelling. I suppose the only thing I didn't like about this book is that Bey and Diana were apart a little more than I would have preferred. Also, Diana came close to my "strong woman" limit. I like em sorta strong but not too strong caus ...more
Mary Craven
May 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Need to get out to weed the flower beds, but it is too hot, so I'll read instead. Another in the Malloren series. I have to say I love a man who appreciates an brave, intelligent and independent woman. Jo Beverley deserves every accolade she has received. Wonderful story with characters you come to love and care about. Her books will remain on my book shelves to be treasured (and reread) as beloved friends.
I was exasperate because the characters are not behaving in a way corresponding to the time IMO and because for two intelligent people with heavy responsibilities they spend way too much time behaving like lovestruck and angsty teenagers and making silly decisions. I went to 40% of the book before deciding to stop.
May 17, 2009 rated it it was ok
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Jun 10, 2008 rated it liked it
More Mallorens. I sped through this but had a couple problems with it. One of the perils and its aftermath just squicked me out, and I have no idea how the hero and heroine ended up together. A whole piece of the hero's internal dialog was either missing or so subtle I missed it, because I didn't understand his transformation.
Jan 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Wow, wow, wow! Finally a real keeper for me from Jo Beverley. Brilliant depiction of the Georgian period, which was so different from the Regency just 50 years later. And a beautiful love story. One thing I really appreciate is that Jo Beverley never writes down to her readers in this book - she expects a fairly high level of reading comprehension and understanding of classical history!
Nov 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The rest of Beverley's Malloren series is basically an appertif for this book. She manages to make the 18th century look hot (neat trick, given the lack of bathing), and her characters unapologetically free-thinkng and independent. A real treat.
Oct 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Virginia Tican
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
A re~read for me. It is still good, still entertaining. Rothgar and Diana are both strong personalities yet a perfect fit. Both alphas in their own milieu still they complement each other. Ms. Beverly really did a good job on their story. There is even a certain nobility in D'Eon. The characters come~off as very credible and very relatable so all in all, I finished it with a well satisfied sigh.
Zara West
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: regency, romances
My very favorite Jo Beverly romance.
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I miss Jo Beverley. Re-reading her Malloren World / Georgian Romances! Excellent Escapism! Very Good Reads.
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
Desde el principio de la serie estaba deseando leer a Bey ;-)
Sep 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
เลมนีอานฉบับแปลชือ คูทระนง เปนหนังสือเกาทีซือมาดองไวนานมาก สนุุกคะ แตตองอานเลมกอนหนามาสักเลมสองเลมกอน เพราะพระเอกเรืองนีมีบทบาทมากในซีรีสนีตังแตแรก อานจบแลวเลยอยากหาเลมหนึงมาอาน (อานมัลโลเรน เลม 2-3 ไปแลว) เลมนีเลมหา เบย โรธการเปนพีชายใหญของตระกูลมัลโลเรน เคยดูแลชวยเหลือนองๆ มาตลอดตังแตเลม 1-4 แลว ตานีถึงเรืองของเขาบาง มีความรูสึกคลายๆ แอช จากซีรีสดารคฮันเตอร ทีเปนตัวละครแบบพระรองตัวยืนทีเดนมากๆ มาหลายเลมจนกระทังมีเลมของตัวเอง ตัวละครประกอบจากเลมเกาๆ กเลยเยอะหนอย
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Jul 13, 2015 rated it liked it
This is the first book that I have read of the series. It was not ideal to start with this book considering the hero and heroine met in previous books. Besides for this obvious error in choice of reading this book first, the book itself felt incomplete. The reasons for the villain to be the villain was not explained in any other way that he must be insane. I wonder what turned him insane? What was his motivation for doing what he did?
It was frustrating also that the hero completely changed his
Oct 31, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: have-in-digtal
I so wanted this to be 5 stars.

Alas while all of the story was fascinating and exciting there was also the chemistry carried over from their previous meetings, something was lacking.

Since Diana and Bey's first clashes are introduced in the previous story this book is an extension of that book. It is assumed everyone realizes Rothgar is a world to himself, being able to make the impossible happen and surrounded by barriers. This book seems to show that he requires Diana to show his fragility, he
Sep 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: period-romance
Definitely the strongest one of this series I've read so far. Rothgar has been a pivotal figure in all the preceding ones so it was great to get his story finally. And it was well-done, with a strong female counterpart to a difficult romantic hero and a believable obstacle to their happiness.
On a side note, this period, the late 18th century, is difficult for romantic male leads. If the writer accurately describes the way they dressed and acted, at least the nobility, they tend to come across t
Aug 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
Honestly, while I enjoyed it, I was hoping for more scandalous behavior. I don't know. I guess I'm spoiled by the previous books (especially the first book).
I really liked both the H/h and the only detractor was the King and Queen. They were a little annoying.
Rothgar, or Bey, is a really nice guy. Unlike what most eldest brother story, he was not this crazy alpha. He was quite modern which made him a sweetheart to 21st century readers. It only made him hotter that he was good with kids. Diana
Apr 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
After reading, and re-reading, I think that this may be my favorite Jo Beverley. The clash of wills, and the blending of wills while the two main characters, who by now are very well developed (a convenience reserved for people who have been threading their way through a series of books). Rothgar is my favorite hero, the man that all other heroes are judged. Diana is also a very strong character, but it is the interaction of the two that makes their story wonderful. This story contains tension, ...more
Jun 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Una storia d'amore unica con due personaggi veramente alla pari sul piano intellettuale e non solo. Diano e Rotghar sono le due facce della stessa medaglia e la Beverley non poteva trovare una compagna migliore per l'eminenza grigia della corte di Re Giorgio. Questo è un libro che a ogni rilettura mi incanta sempre. L'ho ripreso in mano dopo aver saputo della morte dell'autrice ed è un'opera che a 16 di distanza dalla sua uscita mantiene intatto tutto il suo charme. In Italia è uscito con il tit ...more
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Mary Josephine Dunn was born 22 September 1947 in Lancashire, England, UK. At the age of eleven she went to an all-girls boarding school, Layton Hill Convent, Blackpool. At sixteen, she wrote her first romance, with a medieval setting, completed in installments in an exercise book. From 1966 to 1970, she obtained a degree in English history from Keele University in Staffordshire, where she met her ...more
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