Only the passion of Michael's kiss gives her hope that theirs can be more than a marriage of convenience. A man's need With scandal shadowing his past, Michael, the Devil of Darfield, had no need for a wife. Remembering only the little hellion who made life miserable for him aboard her father's ship, he resents the agreement he made to marry her so he could save his ancestral home. Though determined to ignore her, he cannot stop thinking about his lovely violet-eyed bride. Her beauty tempts him. Milton aspired from youth to write a monumental poetic work on a historical or legendary subject—an early possibility was King Arthur—and Paradise Lost as initially projected might have taken dramatic form.
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No one before Milton, or since—with the exception of Edmund Spenser—had conceived epic narration in English on so magnificent a scale. Milton installs Adam and Eve as innocents in a paradise of flower and fruit. Their enjoyment is circumscribed by a single rule: They may eat all the fruit in the Garden except that from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The temptation and fall, and its consequences, are preceded in the poem by the rebellion of a third of the angelic host. Him the Almighty Power Hurled headlong flaming from the ethereal sky With hideous ruin and combustion down To bottomless perdition, there to dwell In adamantine chains and penal fire, Who durst defy the Omnipotent to arms.
Nine times the space that measures day and night To mortal men, he with his horrid crew Lay vanquished, rolling in the fiery gulf, … A dungeon horrible, on all sides round As one great furnace flamed, yet from those flames No light, but rather darkness visible Served only to discover sights of woe, Regions of sorrow, doleful shades, where peace And rest can never dwell, hope never comes ….
That comes later in time, if not poetic sequence.
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The Creator stipulates a unique test of fidelity: the tree laden with forbidden fruit, deathly to the touch. God dispatches Raphael and other angelic messengers to counsel Adam and Eve about the penalties of disobedience—indeed, these angels harp upon the dangers of certain kinds of inquiry. The First Parents are admonished to content themselves with information of a more practical and earthly kind:. And thus the godlike Angel answered … Such commission from above I have received, to answer thy desire Of knowledge within bounds; beyond abstain To ask, nor let thine own inventions hope Things not revealed, which the invisible King, Only omniscient, hath suppressed in night, To none communicable in Earth or Heaven: Enough is left besides to search and know.
But knowledge is as food, and needs no less Her temperance over appetite, to know In measure what the mind may well contain, Oppresses else with surfeit, and soon turns Wisdom to folly, as nourishment to wind. Thus the perils of excessive learning! And here lies the heart of the mystery, for me, as for others before me. His malicious resolve briefly falters. Eve pleads with her distrustful lord and master Adam to be permitted to work alone one morning, and Adam reluctantly grants permission—till lunchtime.
Her graceful innocence, her every air Of gesture or least action overawed His malice, and with rapine sweet bereaved His fierceness of the fierce intent it brought. That space the Evil One abstracted stood From his own evil, and for the time remained Stupidly good of enmity disarmed, Of guile, of hate, of envy, of revenge, But the hot Hell that always in him burns, Though in mid Heaven, soon ended his delight, And tortures him now more, the more he sees Of pleasure not for him ordained; then soon Fierce hate he recollects.
Satan offers arguments that, we are to assume, Adam would have seen through and dismissed. The serpent leads her to the tree of knowledge, and boastfully plucks and eats without the penalty of death. The benefits are lavish:. Queen of this Universe, do not believe Those rigid threats of death; ye shall not die: … Shall that be shut to man, which to the beast Is open? The grievance, absorbed and echoed by Eve, is that humankind should enjoy at least the same privileges as the beasts.
She believes that Michael has been in love and waiting fro her to grow up so he can marry her. The truth is Michael has never wanted to marry and certainly not to the devious hellion he remembers, but circumstances do not allow him to escape the contract he has signed with her father. So begins an inconvenient marriage. I truly enjoyed the heroines character I laughed out loud so many times, my very favorite is Abbey has been harboring hopes for marriage fueled by her father for about 10 years.
I truly enjoyed the heroines character I laughed out loud so many times, my very favorite is her pretending to know how to ride.
I was priceless. Sleep is overrated when you are so occupied in a story:. I am surprised that I have not read anything by this author so far and will remedy that immediately by reading the next in line — Wicked Angel Jan 14, Lyuda rated it it was ok Shelves: historical-regency-period. My first try of this author, and probably my last. But that didn't happen here. I kept checking the percentages on my Kindle to see how much closer I was to being done with it. Aug 12, Susani marked it as not-interested Shelves: cheater , hero-with-ow-after-meeting.
Apr 11, Shawna rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Fans of uber angsty romance. Shelves: historical-romance , hero-recluse-loner-lonewolf , heroine-good-girl-nice , heroine-makeover , heroine-plucky-lively-feisty-spunky , hh-aristocracy-nobility-royalty , married-couples-married-convenience , reads , hero-bad-guy-ruthless-villainous , heroine-kickass-spirited-strong. Jun 16, Susan rated it it was amazing. Immediately loved the beautiful, strong-willed heroine, Abbey, and though for awhile it was hard to warm to Michael which I eventually did , it was an enjoyable process watching her win his heart.
A captivating storyline filled with a roller coaster of emotions, and an ending that will definitely require tissues. Loved, loved, loved it! Feb 03, Anne rated it liked it Shelves: stars , g-historical , 0-th-love-hate-enemies-lovers , 0-ch-alpha-possessive , 0-emotional , e3 , g-historical , er10 , f-audible-rom , 0-th-confid-betr-trust-or-cheating. Good conflicts and trust issues. But the story started a little too slow, and the audible narrator Anne Flosnik was terrible. Sep 30, Melissa rated it it was amazing.
Loved it, with a big huge happy sigh! Jul 05, Joyce rated it it was amazing Shelves: favourite , hero-redeems-himself , own-physical. Abbey arrives in England excited to see Michael, the Marquis of Darfield. Michael was her childhood crush and also the one she is arranged to marry.
According to Abbey, Michael has been waiting for her for years and sends her presents on occasion but the truth is that Michael sees Abbey as a nuisance. After an emotional episode where Abbey realizes that Michael has not been eagerly waiting for her to arr Abbey arrives in England excited to see Michael, the Marquis of Darfield. After an emotional episode where Abbey realizes that Michael has not been eagerly waiting for her to arrive and that her presents from him are actually from her own father, the two grow closer together.
Abbey is able to bring happiness to Michael with her cheery personality and the two eventually fall in love, although only Abbey admits her feelings. Problems arise when Abbey is secretly but innocently helping her cousin with money. The book is well written and the story flows smoothly. Then seeing how there were over a hundred pages left in the book, I knew conflicts were expected. It broke my heart when Michael was unable to trust Abbey and admit his love for her. Abbey is the kind of heroine that I always like; she is cheerful and innocent, yet still strong. This is one of those romances where near the end of the book the hero has to beg for forgiveness from the heroine for something unforgiveable he has done.
Jan 12, Kha Thao rated it really liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Just started reading Julie London and currently liking it. Sometimes I find her writing is a little long winded but still very good in terms of character development and plot. As for The Devil's Love, I really like it. Both the H and h have very strong characters that are well defined within the first few chapters of the book and their history is nicely introduced without boring me or distracting me from reality. Although, at first I was overly excited that it was the H standing guard at the inn Just started reading Julie London and currently liking it.
Although, at first I was overly excited that it was the H standing guard at the inn where the h spent her first night sadly disappointed that it wasn't him. About three-fourths through the book, I did end up skimming because it was starting to drag, not to say the development wasn't good, but rather that it was starting to run in circles. The whole trust, distrust, trust was starting to be boring and we weren't provided enough insight into the h's emotional uproar to fully grasp why her sudden anguish was so strong other than having a husband who cheated on you but she at that point had already realized that her husband was technically not in love with her at all.
Thus contributing to a rather anti-climatic ending as the H grovels for the h's feelings while the h, never receiving an apology for the adultery that happened, yet willingly forgave the H. The H obviously did not come to realized that cheating was what had HUGELY contributed, or should I say, was the ultimate reason why the h wanted to leave him he cheated yet blamed the wife for cheating yet he never realizes this and instead just comes to understand that he had been to rash in judging the h as a evil conspirator who was out to steal his gold.
I know, I know, 18th century where adultery was ok for men, but still he could have acknowledge the facts instead of having it lost along the way even though fear of cheating and mis-trust was the main driving force for the breach between the H and h. Jul 14, Thenia rated it really liked it Shelves: reviewed , , standalone , historical-romance. A bad situation viewed from two very different points and people. I liked Michael and found his reactions understandable, considering the situation he finds himself in.
While I liked Abbey for the biggest part of the book, her behavior after the duel confused me. What kind of stupid reaction is that? I get why she might be disappointed in his lack of trust in her but I found h A bad situation viewed from two very different points and people.
I get why she might be disappointed in his lack of trust in her but I found her reaction extreme and unwarranted, especially at that point in their relationship. He admits his mistakes and she reacts by shutting him out and pushing him away, when he finally admits he wants to be closer to her? Immature and idiotic at best! Jul 12, Elle rated it really liked it. After reading a couple otherwise very compelling books that nevertheless made my teeth grind because they hit on all my romance pet peeves, finally a refreshing change! She actually has a bit of self-restraint.
She still loves him even after he hurts her, but she has the good sense to back off and protect Ahhhh! She still loves him even after he hurts her, but she has the good sense to back off and protect herself. He has to face the hurt he causes and convince her that he will change before she's ready to let herself trust him again. May 05, Marjorie rated it liked it Shelves: romance.
While I liked this book, I felt like it was pages too long, especially where they each do stupid things to make the other one unhappy and then try to woo each other back. Abigail Carrington has loved a dream of Michael Darfield, but she doesn't know until after she marries him that her father blackmailed Michael into the marriage. May 22, Sha Mslvoe rated it it was amazing Shelves: on-nook , historical-romance , keepers. I could not resist The Devil's Love. Jul 10, Copper78 rated it really liked it Shelves: historical.
I'm being generous and rounding up 3. But i really wanted to rip the hero's balls off at certain points of this book. He was needlessly cold at points and let's not forget that he does cheat on the heroine and never apologizes for it. The heroine tries to bring it up at times and he literally never even acknowledges that it happened.
But he did sleep with his mistress once after he marries the heroine. He had not yet slept with the heroine, but he ha I'm being generous and rounding up 3.
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He had not yet slept with the heroine, but he had kissed her. And he came home from the mistress after smexing her and kissed the heroine again! Now I went into this book knowing this would happen, but I thought he would repent or grovel and that he would at least pay for it in some way. So I could get over the one last break up sex thing, but not the fact that he went on as if it never happened and then literally threatened to KILL the heroine if she ever did the same.
TO GET. Also, thee heroine had a few moments of being TSTL, but that's pretty standard for this genre and overall I did like her.
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I just thought she should have made Michael grovel more, instead of blaming herself I mean she literally jumped in front of a sword to save Michael's life and he never said thank you. He said he was sorry for being a dick but I didn't feel he suffered enough and he certainly didn't apologize for being a cheating sleaze ball. A Love Story to the Core I tend to read the lowest review ratings first before purchasing a book. I oftentimes stop at the three star reviews and make a decision to buy or not.
Not really. Does A Love Story to the Core I tend to read the lowest review ratings first before purchasing a book. Does the plot seem original and unique? Not so much. And yet with this book and author, I took a chance. I thought it was worth experiencing the emotional highs and lows for myself and I am glad I did. The essence was the emotional journey of the love story and not just the electrifying intense physical attraction found in most romance books. I was about to just give 4 or 4. I may also try another book from Julia London. Sep 05, Daron rated it did not like it Shelves: romance , historical-romance , dark , dnf.
DNF On the outset I was intrigued by this book. The writing was Nothing anyone did made sense. The heroine's father somehow managed to legally obligate the hero into marrying the heroine. He then proceeded to brainwash her over the next decade to believe that the hero really did love her and wanted to marry her. So, the heroine convinced herself she was in love with this m DNF On the outset I was intrigued by this book.
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So, the heroine convinced herself she was in love with this made she hadn't seen since she was 9. Even though it would ruin his family so he knew he HAD to marry her. And then she marries him because she's too stubborn to let him have his way? Yes, you are correct. Nothing makes sense.