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The Devil You Know (Rutledge Family, Book 3) (edition 2003)

by Liz Carlyle

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Title:The Devil You Know (Rutledge Family, Book 3)
Authors:Liz Carlyle
Info:Pocket Star (2003), Edition: Reprint, Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
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Rating:****
Tags:Good all around romance. England, 1800's

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I have waited a long time to finally understand why Bentham Rutledge has been so angry with Cam, Earl Treyhern. I will say that I was more than a little shocked when I found out what had been going on. I will warn those that find abuse hard to take you might want to avoid this story. The subject doesn't come up until the last few chapters of the book. There aren’t many details just a discussion between Cam and Bentley. I have to say that Cam’s first wife and his father were two of the most evil people I have read about in some time. I have no use for those that prey on children. They are beyond redemption and should be punished harshly for taking the innocence and security from a child. I am surprised that Bentley turned out to be such a good person. He had little adult supervision growing up. When his father should have protected him all the father did was tell Bentley how proud he was that he was a man of whom he could be proud. I have enjoyed reading about Bentley’s exploits in the previous books and I was very glad that he finally found someone that would love him and make him happy. I am also glad that he and Cam started healing the rift that had formed between them.

Frederica d'Avillez was a little hard to take in the beginning of the book. She comes off as a spoiled child that is determined to make those that have hurt her pay no matter the cost. I will admit as the story goes on she does show a good deal of wisdom and intelligence. She is very impulsive and she has a nasty temper though and both cause more problems than she can handle. She does come around after she calms down but that just means that there is more damage that needs to be fixed. I also think that things might have gone a little better if some of the people around her had given her more of the history of the Rutledge family. There are more skeletons in that family closet that it can hold. It was nice to know that she did find and home and a family of her own.

I applaud Ms. Carlyle for tackling the issue of child abuse and PTSD, for Bentley suffers from both. It is hard to read but I am sure there was a great deal of abuse going on during this time period. This is another well written and plotted story that many are going to enjoy. There are several very funny passages as well as some that will require more than a few tissues. There are also some very steamy love scenes that ad just the right amount of spice to the story. I was very pleased with the book and look forward to future books by Ms. Carlyle. ( )
  LadyIsis | Mar 17, 2014 |
Heavy on emotions. More character study than plot driven. An interesting historical. Worth the read. ( )
  lesmel | Jul 12, 2013 |
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  romsfuulynn | Apr 28, 2013 |
My hopes for The Devil You Know were set too high because of the great reviews I had read here and in Amazon. However, I had only read one book by Carlyle so far, My False Heart, and I wasn't impressed with her style. It turns out I was right to be wary after all; the book had so much potential but finally it did not deliver, not for me at least. The premises were interesting: The hero, Bentley, and the heroine, Frederika=Freddie, spent a night of passion which results in her pregnancy. When Bentley finds out he does the honorable thing and demands that she marry him. Freddie is hesitant since Bentley is a known rake and afraid he'll make a terrible husband and father but in the end she accepts. Shortly after the marriage they depart for Bentley's country house, owned by his brother, Lord Treyhern. As soon as they arrive there, it becomes obvious to Freddie that the relationship between Bentley and his brother is strained to say the least. Also, the usually carefree, frivolous Bentley starts having depression spells that he refuses to explain to his wife. Although the passion and attraction between them becomes stronger every day, Bentley refuses to trust her with his secrets and that is a cause of arguments between them. Will Freddie break through Bentley's defenses and cure him from his troubles? Because if she can't, there probably won't be any future for the two of them.My impression is that Bentley Rutledge's character is very close to that of Sebastian St Vincent from A Devil In Winter: a very handsome, charming rake who has slept with more women than he can count but with a gold heart underneath. Certainly, this should be a good omen, since I love DIW.However, there are a few problems with this book: Many important parts of Bentley's past are described in previous books and are here only briefly mentioned, which leaves the reader who hasn't read the previous books in a confused state. His character is not fully developed, especially his rakinesh(!); instead the reader of TDYK meets a sweet, caring but deeply hurt young man but she's told that he was a famous and even dangerous rake. Also, my worst peeve, is that Bentley talked and acted in a way a man never would; he was just too sweet and romantic to be believable, and IMO, his attitude was that of a lovestruck teenager and not that of a man. Of course, my peeve is probably many a reader's best aspect of the story:)The number of secondary characters and pets(!) is overwhelming; readers who have not read Carlyle's previous books, will be lost in her universe, and the use of unsual and/or jawbreaking names for most of them, didn't make them particularly memorable. People who want to fully appreciate this one, should at least read Beauty Like The Night and No True Gentleman (I haven't) for an insight at Bentley's past, since he's the star in this one; Freddie is more or less supportive cast.And finally, I strongly believe that Carlyle is too prone on melodrama in order to create angst in her books. I love angst in my romance novels, I adore it, but somehow both in this one and in My False Heart, it seems forced and fake and somewhat over the top.All things considered, the plot was interesting, Bentley's actions justified after his big secret was revealed. Also the story picked pace in the last 100-150 pages and Bentley's character became more consistent. I'm sure that less cynic or younger readers, will fully appreciate the romance and sweetness of it anyway; however, reading her previous books before this one is highly recommended.Since I have another book by Carlyle in my TBR, Never Romance A Rake, I decided to read that one before I reach a final verdict about how I feel for her style. I'm feeling though that she's too flowery and melodramatic for my tastes. ( )
  faniP | Aug 24, 2012 |
You won't find more well-developed characters anywhere. Liz's lush style captivated me from the beginning, and I adore her characters, especially the intelligent and strong-willed women. ( )
  SabrinaJeffries | Mar 9, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 074343787X, Mass Market Paperback)

From New York Times bestselling author Liz Carlyle comes a spellbinding new novel in which the ton’s most charming ne’er-do-well meets his match in a most unexpected fashion and discovers the true meaning of desire....

Frederica d’Avillez is sure she will never marry. She’s had a disastrous London season, and now her longtime beau has thrown her over for a more eligible miss. But if Freddie can’t have a husband, she’s hell-bent on experiencing at least one night of unforgettable passion. Where better than in the arms of the dashing rogue Bentley “Hell-Bent” Rutledge? So what if he’s a rake, scoundrel, and all-round devil?

Scandal trails in Bentley’s wake and fair maidens usually steer well clear of him—and vice versa. But when the opportunity presents itself, Bentley can’t resist Freddie’s exotic beauty. When their wild, reckless passion has dire consequences, Bentley is forced to choose between honor and freedom. And Freddie soon realizes that Bentley’s devil-may-care faÇade is just that—for she has unwittingly unleashed his dark secrets...and secret desires.

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