Elysia Demarices was living a comfortable and pleasant life with her family until the day her parents died in a carriage accident. The very next day, she received the news that her brother, while in the military, was pronounced missing in action and presumed dead. In the midst of all the heartbreak, Elysia must sell the estate and all her belongings to pay off the family debt and move in with her only surviving relative, her aunt.
Life for Elysia only goes downhill from there as her aunt treats her worse than the lowliest servant and she is given more work than the three maids combined. To add salt to the wound, she is told that she is to be married off to an unpleasant old man. Instead of accepting her terrible fate, Elysia chooses to run away and find employment in London. Through a set of confusing circumstances, she is forced to wed a man she despises en route to the city.
Lord Alex Trevegne, the Marque of St. Fleur, has quite the reputation. The seductively dark and handsome man has a way with the ladies and is rumoured to be the Devil himself. He has stolen many wives away from their husbands, and barely knows a lady for a fortnight before tossing her aside like dirty laundry. On his way to London after his latest liaison, Lord Alex finds himself in a compromising position with a green-eyed vixen. Rather than let her have the upper hand, he forces her into a marriage regardless of the fact that he feels nothing but disdain for the lady.
Devil’s Desire was originally published in 1975 and picked up by a new publisher in 2010. Normally, I don’t much care for the books labeled as romance novels, but this one was quite intriguing. I enjoyed that fact that both Alysia and Alex were arrogant, stubborn, and unwilling to compromise no matter the situation. The unplanned marriage was an interesting twist and it kept me sitting on the edge of my seat.
I loved watching the story unfold and I couldn’t wait to see if or when the two characters would finally crumble and admit how they felt. I think you’d have to be slightly interested in romance novels to end up in the appropriate aisle, but if you find yourself meandering in that direction, Devil’s Desire is a definite must read.
Jessa lives in Utah with her husband, 2 sons, 2 cats, and 2 dogs. She goes to school full time as an English major with a focus in creative writing. She likes anime and reads books and plays video games in her moments of spare time.
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