Review: The Devil Takes a Bride by Julia London

The Devil Takes a Bride by Julia London
Series: The Cabot Sister (# 2)
Release Date: January 27, 2015
Publisher: Harlequin
Pages: 368
Source: book provided by the publisher for review



From powerful love to sizzling passion, Julia London always delivers an incomparable reading experience. Returning to her acclaimed Cabot Sisters series, we meet an earl who can only be tamed by one wicked lady…

A plan born of desperation…

Once the toast of society, Grace Cabot and her sisters now await the shame of losing high status and fine luxuries upon the death of the Earl of Beckington. The dire circumstances are inevitable unless, of course, Grace’s wicked plot to seduce a wealthy viscount into marriage goes off without a single hitch. But once a stolen embrace with the wrong man leads her to be discovered in the arms of Jeffrey, the Earl of Merryton, her plan takes a most unexpected—and scorching—twist.

…and altered by passion.

Governed by routine and ruled by duty, Jeffrey had no desire for a wife before he succumbed to Grace’s temptation. Though his golden-haired, in-name-only bride is the definition of disorder, he can’t resist wanting her in every way. But once her secrets meet his, society might consider their lives to be ruined beyond repair…while Jeffrey might just see it as a new beginning.


Review:  I was anxious to read The Devil Takes a Bride after having read book one of this series.  I loved the world that Ms London has created an couldn’t wait to return into the fold of the Cabot sisters.  In this story, we’re following Grace as she plans to trap a viscount into marriage, but ends up with his brother instead.

I liked Grace.  She is quite likable once you get past the whole trapping a man into marriage thing… but that was a desperate act to save her family.  She’s sunny, friendly and one of those people that just want to help others.  So when she finds herself in an unexpected marriage, she’s determined to make the best of it and break through her husband’s walls.

Jeffrey on the other hand is pretty complex.  He had a rough childhood and has a few idiosyncrasies that tend to keep him out of the public eye.  He’s quite unsure what to do with his new bride since he’s used to being alone (with the exception of a handful of servants).  Here’s where the book went a little weird for me.  I liked that Jeffrey was flawed and Ms London was dealing with mental disorder issues in this story.  But on the other hand, I was often uncomfortable when Jeffrey was in one of his episodes.   However, I think that was necessary in Jeffrey’s growth… both personally and in his marriage with Grace.

The Devil Takes a Bride is a solid read and moved the series forward.  Once I started reading, the pages kept turning.  I even found myself tearing up.  But I think that uncomfortable feeling I kept experiencing knocked my rating down just a tad.  This is somewhere between a 3 and 4 star book.  But that said, I can’t wait for the next installment of the series.





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