Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Demon’s Bride-Zoe Archer

Demon’s Bride

Zoe Archer

Zebra, May 1 2012, $6.99

ISBN: 9781420122282

He was raised in poverty; scorned by those who looked down at him. Leopold Bailey vowed to do anything to become affluent and influential so that he can strike back at those who belittled him when he was a nonentity. He made a pact with the devil that enables him to foresee the future. This advantage led his becoming affluent and influential.

In 1763, to the Ton, even to the impoverish aristocrats, Leo remains a commoner beneath them. He knows the only ticket to the ballrooms is an aristocratic bride. He chooses bookworm Anne Hartfield, daughter of an impoverished baron; she accepts as she knows that with no dowry he is her only marital offer. Both are stunned when they begin to fall in love with each other. However, Lord Whitney, once a Hellraiser, warns Anne that Leo sold his soul into damnation and only she can redeem him.

The second Hellraisers' paranormal Georgian romance is a terrific paradoxical Faustian thriller starring a bad boy hero who sold himself to the devil and the caring female who prays she can rescue his soul through his heart. Though the premise is similar to Devil’s Kiss, the heroine’s reserve personality is different than her extroverted Romany predecessor so she refreshes the fast-paced storyline from her opening marriage to a stranger to the final confrontation as once again love may not be enough to save his soul.

Harriet Klausner

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