Devil in My Arms by Samantha Kane

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One by one, the Saint’s Devils—Samantha Kane’s wicked, wonderful Regency heroes—continue to enchant the women who capture their rakish hearts.

Even though she is starving and destitute, Eleanor Enderby’s quiet beauty strikes Sir Hilary St. John speechless. He expects the woman he’s searching for to be skittish and plain. Instead he finds the picture of bravery—and willfulness—in his quarry. She gives away little, but Hil can see something is terribly amiss. And though he cannot say exactly why, he is determined not to let her come to more harm than whatever it is she has already survived.

Six months later, Eleanor believes she has finally found safety from the tyrant she risked her life to escape. Thought to be dead by society, Eleanor is ready to be reborn as someone new—someone whose life will never again be tied to the fate of one man. But her smoldering savior seems unwilling to leave her unprotected for an instant. Despite the threats he thinks he sees coming, the real dangers Eleanor faces in Hil’s arms are unmistakable: temptation, seduction, and maybe even love.

Publisher and Release Date:  Loveswept, November 2013
RHR Classifications:
Time and Setting:  Regency England
Genre: Historical Romance
Heat Level:  2
Reviewer Rating:  4 Stars

Review by Susan

Devil in My Arms, Book 3 in Samantha Kane’s The Saint’s Devils series has the sensuality of Book 1, The Devil’s Thief, along with the witty banter of Book 2, Tempting a Devil.  This time around, Kane compounds the romance with suspense as an innocent woman is accused of killing the abusive husband who claimed her dead and produced a corpse to cement that claim.  Kane ventures into the deceitful games people play to seek retribution and society’s quickness to judge when murder is involved.

The story takes place in 1819, and although Napoleon is dead, England remains threatened by the emperor’s loyal followers.  The Monarchy has employed a network of spies and investigators to locate traitors to the Crown.  Hilary St. John is one such confidante to King George.  His meeting with the king in the story seems far-fetched at first, but Kane weaves it in so well that their bond has a shred of believability to it.

Hil’s talent is to find people.  When his fellow Devil, Roger Templeton, requests his services in order to find Eleanor Enderby, the sister to Roger’s wife, Hil discovers he isn’t immune to love as he had once assumed about himself.  Hil and Eleanor let their feelings take a natural course as a succession of encounters, which Kane has perfected to an art form, brings them together.

Kane is a gifted writer when it comes to building back-stories for her characters.  The depth of their emotions spurred by traumatic experiences give them depth and they become people with whom audiences can empathise on a personal level.  As a character writer, Kane has mastered her craft beautifully; however, her ability to depict intense, life-threatening circumstances has an artificial feel to it, as is shown when Eleanor is suspected of killing her husband.  The clues are all based on speculation, nothing that would justify putting Eleanor in Newgate prison facing execution, although the dire circumstances work to push Hil to want to marry Eleanor.

Each instalment of this series touches on another side of human nature.  Kane’s Devils are individual and heir ladies are equally distinct.  Her character development is persuasive and the course which the romances take has a natural flow.  She is a writer who knows how to touch the reader’s heart.

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