by Jade Lee

July 2004
ISBN: 0-8439-5372-1
Reviewer Graphic Button Leisure Books
Mass Market Paperback

When Lynetteís father suddenly passes away, leaving her and her family destitute and at the mercy of a penny-pinching uncle, she takes it upon herself to try and help them out. A member of her fatherís congregation suggests to Lynette that she go see the Baroness Huntley, who is notorious for her ability to find rich husbands for young women with no dowry and no title...young women like Lynette. However, when she meets the Baroness it is obvious that it is not going to be in the least bit how she expected things to be.

Adrian Grant, Viscount Marlock, is the owner of a title, but not the fortune to go with it, however, he has come up with a way that will allow him to recover what his family had lost. And if all goes well, Lynette will be the last of the Marlock brides. He never expected to find himself finding someone like Lynette ... a woman that he truly admires and could fall in love with.

Jade Leeís, Devilís Bargain was a departure romance read for me. Most of the historical romances I have read have not been as edgy and gritty as this one. Frankly, the hero did not appeal to me at all and I found that Lynette was too good for him. Not even in the end, when the reader is treated to a nice happily-ever-after ending, was I able to fully accept him. With that said, the heroine, Lynette, is wonderful. She is strong, intelligent, loyal, and willing to do whatever she needs to do in order to help her family. She is also a woman who truly understand the meaning of the word honor and keeps her word. This is a beautifully written character that made reading this book worth my while. Overall, if you fancy emotional rather than humorous historical romances Devilís Bargain certainly would be a good option for you.

Reviewed in September 2004 by Mireya.

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