Here we go again! Historical romance, anyone?? This is also called “the publicist/marketing person sends Sarah an eARC and apparently she can’t say no”. Soooo, here we are again. Let’s discuss The Devil in Her Bed by Kerrigan Byrne.
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
He lives in secret service to the Crown—a man of duty, deception, and an undeniable attraction to a woman who threatens to tear his whole world apart.
They call him the Devil of Dorset. He stands alone, a man of undeniable power. Moving in and out of shadows, back alleys and ballrooms, he is unstoppable and one of the Crown’s most dangerous weapons. However, when he sets his sights on the undeniably beautiful Countess of Mont Claire, Francesca Cavendish, he doesn’t realize that he has met a match like no other.
TRUE LOVE WEARS NO DISGUISE
Francesca is a countess by day and stalks her prey—those responsible for the death of her family—by night. What she does not expect is to be thrown into the path of the devil himself, the Earl of Devlin. She has secrets of her own and he seems determined to lay them bare. Can her heart survive finding the love of her life and losing him when all is revealed?
Ok, let’s start with the good, shall we?
The backstory in this could not be better! Like…honestly, it’s perfect. Her being the servant’s kid and him being a boy they brought in from who-knows-what life. And the attack on the house and them saving each other. FUCK. That is some good shit right there. And the more we learn about their past as they get to know each other in the present, the better is gets!
THEY FIGHT EACH OTHER!! Maybe I’m reading the wrong historical romance books but that never happens. Like a for real physical fight. Granted, they don’t exactly who each other are, but still. A BRAWL!
I also love the banter between these pre-discovery of who they are to each other. It’s some good shit. Like everyone thinks she is sleeping with everyone and anyone and he’s in disguise as at least two different people, but DAMN, the banter is good and sexy and fun.
THEY MEET WHERE THEY FIRST MET EACH OTHER. Do I need to say more?? They are hurt and sad and heartbroken and want justice and they meet back where it all started and it wasn’t planned. They just both end up there. Once again, that is some good shit!
Ok, time for the inevitable. Let’s talk about what I didn’t love.
I wish lying/lying by omission as a plot device was retired indefinitely. I hate it. Throw it into a black hole, please and thank you. I am not the most trusting person in the world so when a character does this it immediately takes me out of a story because I feel betrayed for the character who is being lied to.
Chandler’s Reaction to Lies
Ok, yes. This makes me a hypocrite but I’m led by emotions. Sue me. I also wasn’t in love with his reaction to learning the truth. Francesca/Pippa clearly lied to him because she wasn’t sure he was still the honorable boy she once knew and because, HELLO, she is killing people! How does she know she can trust him with that information. Dude, needs to take a day to drink his emotional heart out and then use his brain for a minute.
Should she have lied? No, but COME ON, MY DUDE. It’s kind of understandable in this instance.
He does come to this realization in the end and some other wonderful, smart, and adult realizations that I loved, but his initial reaction had be side-eyeing him.
Overall, I thought The Devil in Her Bed was fine but I didn’t love it. There was some skimming involved near the end. I am giving it 3 out of 5 stars.
If you tend to love books like this, please don’t let this deter you. This could be your new fave!
The Devil in Her Bed by Kerrigan Byrne releases on March 9, 2021
Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Paperbacks for the free eARC in exchange for my honest review!
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