Review: The Devil's Thief by Samantha Kane

Thursday, December 20

Title: The Devil's Thief*
Author: Samantha Kane
Series: The Saint's Devils #1
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Loveswept
Format: E-book
Date/Year:  November 12, 2012
Reviewed by: ElaineReads

*This book was provided to the reviewer by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Summary from the publisher:

The daughter of a reformed jewel thief, Julianna Harte knows a thing or two about stealth. When the foundling home she provides for finds itself in dire financial straits, Julianna is forced to do the unthinkable. In a bit of misguided Robin Hood derring-do, she slips through the window of a wealthy rake to search for a treasure she knows is there: an invaluable pearl. But when the towering and very naked occupant of the moonlit bedroom ambushes her with a bargain—a night in his bed in exchange for the pearl—Julianna doesn’t know if it’s masculine heat or sheer desperation that makes his terms so tempting.

Alasdair Sharpe had no intention of keeping his end of the bargain. Planning to offer his little cat burglar carte blanche instead, he promptly loses himself in the delights of unexpected pleasure. But when he awakes the next morning to find his family heirloom gone, fury quickly replaces sensual languor. Of course, Alasdair is more than willing to use seduction to reclaim his stolen pearl—and find the key to Julianna’s heart.


My Musings:

I have been a fan of Samantha Kane’s Brothers in Arms series for years.  As a matter of fact, she may be the author that introduced me to the joys of a menage relationship (reading about it people, not living it!)  I love her books, so I was excited to have the chance of reviewing her first book for a mainstream publisher.  I was also nervous because I was afraid her style would be changed because the book was intended for a different audience.

I shouldn’t have worried.

The Devil’s Thief is a straight historical romance.  There is no sexual kink involved, but the sex scenes are still hot.  More importantly, the relationship between Julianna and Alasdair is heart warming.  They got off to such a bad start and they have so many problems to overcome, you really, really want them to work things out.

Julianna is the more likeable of the two characters.  After her unconventional upbringing, she is determined to help other children who have no one to care for them.  That is why she turns to thievery. She does not have the money to keep her foundling home afloat.

Alasdair, however, is a rake and an immature one at that.  Although the heirloom belongs to his side of the family, he only really wants it to spite his cousin.  That is until Julianna steals it.  Fortunately, Alasdair realizes he must grow up if he is going to win Julianna and regain the heirloom.  More importantly, he realizes that Julianna is what he really cares about, not the heirloom.  He finally understands which is the true “pearl of great value.”

There are a number of characters introduced in this book who I am sure will have their own stories soon.  The next book in the series, Tempting the Devil, is about Alasdair’s friend Roger.  It will be released in July of 2013 and I cannot wait.

Ratings:

Overall:  4.5 stars
Sensuality level:  3

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