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The Devil in Disguise

(Regency Rogues #1)

3.44  ·  Rating details ·  704 ratings  ·  138 reviews
Filled with espionage and intrigue, Stefanie Sloane’s witty and sexy debut is a Regency historical—the first novel in a back-to-back Regency Rogues trilogy that features seductive spies and the ladies they must protect.

Lord William Randall, the Duke of Clairemont, is a rake with little regard for society—a most unlikely suitor for Lady Lucinda Grey. But his latest assignme
Mass Market Paperback, 296 pages
Published May 24th 2011 by Ballantine Books
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3 stars – Historical/Regency Romance

I was really looking forward to this, but unfortunately it’s just an okay/average romance that didn’t meet my expectations. I liked the storyline...a notorious, devilishly sexy rake who’s really a spy in disguise uses a prized stallion to entice a rich, beautiful, willful debutante into a courtship so he can protect her from an assassin’s kidnapping plot...but I definitely had issues with the poor editing, lukewarm passion, and overall delivery.

The scene and c
Jun 02, 2011 rated it liked it
I should start out by saying that I won this book through goodreads.

Is it a romance novel...

Is it original

Is it entertaining

It isn't your typical romance novel where there are a ton of steamy sex scenes. In fact the books has quite a bit of good story line to it. You see Will is a spy slash playboy who has been assigned to keep Lucinda safe since there is an assassin out to kill her. She is a highly sought after woman and has no shortage of admirers. Her friend has been setting her up with "date
DNF at 42%, so no rating

There was nothing wrong with this book. I've read a novella by the author and really loved it, so I wanted to check out some of her books. This one just didn't work for me. I didn't hate it, it just left absolutely no impression on me, so I'm not going to rate this book seeing as it's just me and my pet-peeves that kept me from enjoying this. I'm pretty sure this would've been an "okay" book for me if had finished it but I just couldn't get into the story and ultimately a
Rose May
Jun 19, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: d-minus
Note: This review, and all my reviews, comes from my blog - Romantic Rose's Bookshelf (

Book 1 in the Regency Rouges series

The first quarter of this book, I really enjoyed. Our heroine, Lady Lucinda Grey, was sharp and pretty. She had three sarcastic, very funny aunts I was looking forward to getting to know (Bessie, Victoria, and Charlotte). Our hero, Lord William Randall, the Duke of Clairemont, is a rake of the first order – we meet him while he’s in bed
Sophie Barnes
Jan 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Lord William Randall, the Duke of Clairemont is a member of the Young Corinthians, a secret spy organization whose primary objective is to serve and protect those in distress. But his work in this line of business, requiring a cool head and focus, coupled with a harsh upbringing from a tyrannical father, has made Will's heart impenetrable.

Lady Lucinda Grey, is not only beautiful and intelligent - she has also turned away each and every one of her suitors. But when William proposes a courtship i
Apr 14, 2011 rated it liked it
Note: I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book free through the Goodreads First Reads program.

Our heroine, Lady Lucinda Grey is beautiful and intelligent and besieged by suitors because she is also incredibly rich. Our hero, Will, the Duke (10 points!) of Clairemont, is a rake and a spy! But that is not all, oh no, that is not all. He has received the sobriquet of "Iron Will" because he when he gets really angry he goes to the boxing ring and beats people up; also he breaks furniture. I'm
Jan 30, 2011 rated it it was ok
This book just never grabbed my attention, I found myself starting to shim through the pages. While entertaining the book just never grabbed me with it falling back on plot lines done many times before with nothing very original to make it stand out in the crowd. The characters were okay and the plot to was alright, and would be a good read for anyone just to past the time with, but for the true hardcore HR readers out there this may not be their cup of tea sadly.
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
Slightly better than a Harlequin, but with a really absurd level of typos (the villain's name is particularly beset by misspellings) and a is-she-modern-Miss heroine, with the added difficulty that apparently everyone in the Regency period was a spy. The worst sin is a pair of characters with nothing much to like and a lack of realistic tension. A hero who acknowledges his love for the heroine but mysteriously refuses to acknowledge it to her, not for any coherent reason but just to move along t ...more
Mandi Schreiner
Jan 14, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
Lord William Randall works for the Young Corinthians, a British spy organization. He has cultivated his reputation into that of a rake, in the eyes of the ton, and uses that as his cover as he goes on dangerous spy missions. His latest mission however, is going to be a tricky one. They have learned that a very dangerous, and wanted man, Garenne wants to kidnap the extremely wealthy Lady Lucinda Grey. In order to protect Lucinda and capture Garenne once and for all, Will is told by his boss that ...more
Jan 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
I have eagerly been anticipating the debut novel of Stefanie Sloane ever since I saw the gorgeous covers for all three back to back releases and then Julia Quinn added her recommendation of her to the mix as well. And I have to say, after months of waiting, I wasn't too disappointed. Yes, this is a storyline line that has been used often before...the secret spy, Lord William Randall, the Duke of Clairemont is tasked to protect Lady Lucinda Grey and the easiest way to go about this is to pretend ...more
Wendy *Sebella Blue* Mitchell
Apr 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-read
Although one of the most sought after ladies of the ton, Lady Lucinda has no desire to trust her future to a man. She has seen the consequences of hitching your star to the marriage train and she doesn't want to take that ride. Lord William Randall is only tolerated in polite society because of his title. His flaunting of the ton's rules and morality have all but ostracized him. As a member of the Young Corinthians, Lord William has worked very hard to maintain his rakish lifestyle and to estab ...more
Ann Marie
So, I just figured out that I really like a spy theme in my historical romance reads. Therefore this book was right up my alley. I truly enjoyed the Young Corinthian’s organization and the mystery plot in this novel, although the reasoning behind the kidnapping plot could’ve been better explained and expounded on. I also liked all of the characters but I did especially like Iron Will. Truth be told, I love an alpha male who doesn’t think he deserves the heroine’s love. And Will certainly didn’t ...more
Oct 13, 2011 rated it liked it
I liked this book... the thing that bothered me is that it had SO MANY TYPO'S!!! gaaaaaa! I liked the idea of the book, and I hope that the next two that I have in the Regency Rogue series tie in to this book, using the same characters etc.. I just wish that there had been a little more care done to the finished product... I found myself with pen in hand, correcting as I went along, lining out duplicate lines, correcting the spelling... it was annoying! Hard to stay engrossed in a book when in t ...more
Ivy H
Iron Will is one hot Duke. Yep ! I haven't read anything else by this author - at least I think so - but I'm on a binge reading spree of regency novels that contain a Duke hero. Lucinda is a wonderful heroine. She's independent and strong willed without being a neurotic bitch, unlike many other heroines plus she's beautiful even if she is a bluestocking. She chooses to be single because she thinks all the guys she meets are silly and foolish. To be honest, they are stupid. There's this early sce ...more
Lover of Romance
Short Review:
I have always adored spy regency romances, it adds a bit more spice than what regular regency romances offer. Ever since I first noticed the covers of this series, its been on my list. I have heard some many great things about this series. And so since my local library has all of them, I decided I could start from the beginning of the series. So With The Devil In Disguise, we see a story that begins with Lucinda looking for a husband, and then William displays some real interest tha
Feb 07, 2014 rated it liked it
While purging some books at home I happened to come across the 3rd book in this series (still don't know where/how I got it), and while I'm not really getting into new-to-me authors I decided to give the series a try. I read this 1st book via the library and surprisingly enough I enjoyed it a lot, in spite of the Julia Quinn encorsement (I am NOT a JQ fan, at all, never will be). There were a couple of anachronistic moments in TDID but overall I zipped through it in three days. I have #2 on hand ...more
Bridgette Peterson
Apr 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
I had received an advanced copy of this book from Goodreads. This book is pretty predictable, but awesome all the same. Lucinda is funny and witty and Will is like the jerk you secretly had a crush on in high school.You know they are going to end up together, but path in which they get there makes all the difference. The story was great with not a lot of steamy sex scenes. This story is great the way it is. The author got me into the story and kept my attention there. I hardly wanted to put it d ...more
Mar 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Honestly, there were times when I was bored. During those times, I am tempted to give it only 3 stars because it has so much potential, I can't accept that it only give me just that kind of okay flow of the story. But well, fortunately, it ends so freaking well. I am hoping that the second book would be consistently good from the beginning 'till the end. Otherwise, I would not be finishing this series. ...more
Rhonda Jones
I love to read debut authors, this was recommended by Ms. Julia Quinn so I know it will be good
Jan 23, 2011 marked it as to-read
Ha! I already have this in my to-read shelf... ;)
Sep 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Lady Lucinda is a prize catch of the season (beautiful, virtuous, and very wealthy) who refuses to be caught (why turn over the control of your life to a husband?). William Randall ‘Iron Will’ is the wealthy Duke of Clairmont with a reputation as an irredeemable rake and a heart breaker. He is also a Young Corinthian, a spy for the Crown, assigned to get close to Lady Grey to protect her. One of the Young Corinthians’ major foes, Antoine Garenne, is plotting to kidnap Lady Lucinda and hold her f ...more
Lori Yvette Fernandez Lopez
Who edited this book?! There are so many mistakes and typos that distracted from a decent book. I would have given 4 stars if it weren’t for the typos. I will say that i felt like this book started in the middle of an established plot. I kept double checking to make sure I wasn’t accidentally reading book 3 in the series...
May 22, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011, 2011-may
I love historical romances! And while most historical romances have the same themes you can usually find something about the story that makes it unique and different from all of the other ones you've already read. Unfortunately, I don't think Devil in Disguise really had that "something special" that distinguishes it from all of the rest.

Heroes will make or break a romance for me, and while the Hero in Devil in Disguise has promise, he doesn't really live up to the potential that the story held.
Jan 31, 2019 rated it did not like it
This was one of the worst regency romance books I've ever read and the editing was atrocious. It deserves less than 0.5 stars. ...more
Shawna Renteria
Mar 13, 2017 rated it liked it
I don't know what happened, I was very interested in the beginning then the pacing seemed to slow down a bit. It seemed to me that the action was too slow to come and the relationship came to fast, almost unbelievable. The book was good and I will continue on with the series, maybe even give this book a second read maybe I just wasn't in the mood for it. I didn't hate it, but didn't love it either. ...more
Mar 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Time Period/Regency Romance Fans
First I must say thank to you GoodReads FirstReads program and Harper Collins for the ARC!!!!!

I have to start out by saying that this is not the typical book I read. I never thought I would be a fan of Regecny Romance novels/time period romance novels. I am more of a Paranormal/Urban Fantasy fan. When I entered the giveaway I thought the book sounded interesting enough...I only enter the ones for books I truly want to read. Then I was informed I won a ARC but I still had my reservations as to if
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Started off really well and both of the main characters seemed strong and interesting, but the author almost seemed to lose her way a few chapters in, and the characters became flat and boring.
Oct 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I reviewed this book for Romance Reader At Heart website.


I adored the heroine in DEVIL IN DISGUISE, Lady Lucinda Grey. She's not just beautiful, independent, and wealthy--she's smart and she's sharp!

At the ripe `old' age of twenty-six, she's firmly `on the shelf', and that doesn't bother her much. For that matter, she's not much keen on love or marriage and has a dream to expand her horse breeding program. She lives with her three aunts, who are known to the ton
Sara ♥
Jul 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, historical, 2011
Okay, Lady Lucinda Gray has had some really BAD examples of marriage in her family, and she's REALLY not convinced that marriage is for her. And she's turned down almost every eligible bachelor in London.

William Randall, DUKE of Clairemont, is a spy who has NO intention of settling down. His parents' marriage was HORRIBLE. His dad was a SUPREMELY EVIL guy (emotionally and physically abusive, threatening, flaunting mistresses in his wife's face, etc.)... A REALLY good looking man, but a wolf in s
Caroline The HEA Lover
(this review as originally posted on Book Lovers Inc)

The Devil in Disguise is the 1st book in the Regency Rogues series. Now the title of the series and the title of the book led me to believe that our hero would be a rogue, a bad man, a devil who the heroine would reform. Yes I know, I shouldn't have expectations based on a title. Now don't get me wrong I enjoyed reading this book, but I wasn't swept away.

William is the Duke of Clairemont, he is also part of the Young Corinthians. He's a spy an
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