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In Samantha Kane’s erotic tale of secrets and temptation, a woman whose only defense is seduction targets a rake who teaches her the true meaning of love.As wealthy and beautiful as she is desperate, Harriet Mercer can have any man she wants—which makes picking the worst of the lot quite easy. By convincing the ton she is a ruined woman, Harry hopes to outwit the greedy, cIn Samantha Kane’s erotic tale of secrets and temptation, a woman whose only defense is seduction targets a rake who teaches her the true meaning of love.As wealthy and beautiful as she is desperate, Harriet Mercer can have any man she wants—which makes picking the worst of the lot quite easy. By convincing the ton she is a ruined woman, Harry hopes to outwit the greedy, conniving cad blackmailing her into a loveless marriage. Roger Templeton is a rogue with a scandalous reputation, no expectations, and no shame. He is perfect for Harry’s fall from grace. Her brazen attempts at a very public seduction are delightful fodder for gossip...and pure torment for Roger.With his pockets as empty as his heart, Roger is in no mood for games and decides to show Harry how foolish it is to tempt a devil. But behind her mesmerizing golden eyes, he sees something unexpected: a woman in trouble. Her scandalous behavior would be amusing if he wasn’t captivated by her lush, curvaceous beauty. Worse, every libertine bone in his body has turned traitorously noble. Only a rake would seduce her. But only a gentleman in love can save her.Includes a special message from the editor, as well as excerpts from these Loveswept titles: The Devil’s Thief, Flirting with Disaster, and Long Simmering Spring....

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  • Lisa
    2019-04-10 23:21

    Lady Harriet Mercer is desperate to be publicly ruined in the hopes that her blackmailer will finally leave her and her son alone. Already having a loveless marriage she has no plans to enter into another one and if her pristine reputation is ruined, the blackmailer will not accept her and keep her secret just that, a secret. When she attempts to seduce her old childhood friend, Roger Templeton, she believes she has found the perfect man. Roger is a devil and has no qualms about ruination...until it involves Harry. He finds her excuses about who is trying to kidnap her son flimsy and refuses to bed her. So let the taunting, teasing and plotting begin! The closer that Roger gets to Harry, the more he sees that something is lurking behind Harry's cheerful facade and he is determined to find out what and help her. But having been burned in the past by a woman makes him a bit leery of entering into the type of relationship Harry wants and she must find a way to show she is different than everyone thinks her to be. With the blackmailer closing in, can Harry and Roger find the path to happiness together?This is the second book I have read by Samantha Kane and it was another enjoyable experience! I really enjoy her use of subtle wit and smoking heat while dealing with true emotions and putting a fresh twist on a topic used many times before. Harry was a delightful heroine: intelligent, outspoken, practical, stubborn, shrewd and feisty and she was a perfect match for the kind-hearted, loyal, witty, handsome devil Roger. Roger is a man with no money and no real connections and sort of makes his way through life on his charming actions but Harry finally makes him realize that he has nothing to offer a woman if he is still searching for himself. I did think his reasons for trying to keep Harry at bay were a little weak and I wished he would have told her the truth but it all worked out in the end. Harry, for her part, also could have been more truthful but the truth always has a way of revealing itself in due course and it worked well for this story. Childhood friends to lovers is always a favorite storyline and it was well done in this romance and I am very eager for more from Samantha Kane who has the sizzling, smart, intriguing storytelling down! 4 starseARC provided by LoveSwept (Random House) via netgalley

  • Farrah
    2019-04-08 02:15

    Another great book the this series! Tempting a Devil was a wonderful historical romance. It was perfect, brilliant, fantastic! Loved it!Samantha Kane had a gift creating unique historical romances. This book definitely didn't lack in originality. A desperate widow trying to ruin herself with a rake that just discovered his morals in order to avoid the man who wants to trap her in a marriage (and there's a whole other story going on there). This story took me on a wild ride and I enjoyed every minute of it.Harriet was a great heroine. She was absolutely hilarious. She's a little impulsive and definitely vivacious and she tended to be a little outrageous, especially when she was trying to get somethings she wants. It led to some funny moment that had me laughing out loud. I liked that she didn't apologize for who she was, both the outrageous part of her and the part that had to endure a terrible husband for financial security, even if it led to her being seen as "Lady Mercenary." And I appreciated how determined she was to protect her little son (who was really adorable). Overall, a thoroughly likable, memorable heroine. She's definitely on my list of favorite romance heroines.Roger was just as amazing. He might have been a rake in the past, but when it comes to the woman he knew in his childhood, his long-buried morals surface, turning him into an unexpected heroine. I thought that was both really cute and somewhat aggravating on his part. Cute, because who doesn't love a gentleman? And aggravating because, seriously, you chose to scrape together scruples NOW? But, he was wonderful. So sweet and determined to protect the woman he loves. I adored him.The romance was a perfect mix of sweet and spicy. There was one hell of an attraction between them from their first meeting in the book, when they don't recognize each other yet. The sparks between them were constant and very hot when they ignited. They were also genuinely sweet together. Neither intended on love and balked from marriage. But, they fell anyway and it was so sweet to see. I thought it was adorable how, once Roger realized he loved Harriet, he was willing to literally wait years of asking her to marry him, since he knew that she had a wariness of marriage-don't worry, it doesn't take that long :) I loved seeing the other devils again. Alasdair, now happily married. Hil, who is still solving mysteries better than Sherlock Holmes. And Wiley, still ridiculously handsome and making hilariously accurate comments. I can't wait to read the next books in the series and see the other devils' stories. This series is fast becoming my favorite historical romance series.The plot was fast paced and I was hooked the entire way through. There were thrills and secrets that kept me on the edge of my seat. And the ending was brilliant. Can't wait to read more of this series!Tempting a Devil was a magnificent historical romance. I absolutely adored it! If you want a top notch historical romance, you definitely need to read this book. Absolutely perfect! *Thanks to Netgalley and Random House: Loveswept for a copy!

  • Jill
    2019-04-02 03:12

    I liked this book- its characters were great and the plot was engaging. I loved the way Samantha Kane painted the heroine - she was gorgeous, seductive, independent and mischievous. I enjoyed hearing how she effected other men and the Hero with her sexuality and playfulness. I wanted her to have that power because, as the reader, we knew her back story and inner thoughts so we knew that she did not experience and enjoy her life as that woman, but she rather took advantage of it to protect her family and her freedom.I thought the hero was very sexy and I love the insight we were given into his attempts at resisting the heroine's blatant advances. Their banter was rich and his outward attitude was so entertaining in contrast with what was happening in his head and unconscious mind. His evolution was so endearing, I just wanted to give him a cheer every time he resisted his compulsion to push her away.The story was unique and very interesting although I found the conclusion a little flat. I'm not sure why. It wasn't any one thing per say, but just that I wanted a little more grandeur for their future. I also thought that there could have been a lot more sizzle to this story and half expected it after reading the brother's in arms series. Hence 4 instead of 5 stars.

  • Camy
    2019-03-25 00:19

    A fun, flirty historical romance. Very sensual love scenes between two people trying to deny they're in love, and also some suspense to keep the story flowing.I really liked the heroine. She's spunky, she has sass, and she's doing the best she can with the limited knowledge and experience she has. Her love for her child is also warm and affectionate.I didn't quite care for the hero as much as I wanted to. I usually really like rake heroes, but this one seemed a bit flat to me. Sometimes he seemed downright prudish, which seemed a bit weird, characterization-wise. On a whole, he's got a good sense of humor, he doesn't take himself too seriously, and he's nursing a very real hurt that was dealt to him that makes him understandable in how he interacts the heroine. His friends are quite fun, too, and make me want to meet them all.Great ending to a fun, light book.Thanks to Loveswept and Netgalley for the e-ARC of this book.

  • Yazmin
    2019-04-11 05:56

    4.5 StarsIn Tempting a Devil by Samantha Kane, Harriet Mercer must find a man to ruin her reputation if she is to keep her freedom and independence as a widow with complete control of her now deceased husband’s money until her son turns of age. But she must hurry or she will be forced to marry Faircloth against her will.While out escaping the party, Roger Templeton hears a woman in the garden arguing with a man to lay his hands off her. But he knows that the people that venture there go there for a specific reason and if she went there to begin with then she can figure it out. Read More...

  • twelvejan [Alexandria]
    2019-04-24 23:56

    Eh. Not even worth the 99 cents I paid for. It started out strong but then it got a lil boring.

  • Nightwitch
    2019-04-08 05:52

    The book wasn't a terrible read, but plot-wise, I was absolutely infuriated by the fact that (view spoiler)[the heroine knew who the bad guy was all along, but refused to tell the hero because Reasons. (hide spoiler)] That kind of wilful stupidity just drives me nuts. Kane is great with characterization and dialogue but the plots in this series have been, well, unimpressive.

  • Bree T
    2019-04-10 05:11

    Harriet Mercer is a widow but she’s wealthy and beautiful and if she were so inclined, she could have any pick of eligible men as her next husband. Married off to a much older man by her father at a young age, Harriet’s first experience with marriage has definitely not made her at all inclined to try it again. Harriet is being blackmailed by a man who wants to marry her for her considerable fortune and the only way she feels she can escape this fate is to blacken her name among the ton so badly that no one will be able to marry her and stay an acceptable part of society. She needs to convince the man blackmailing her that she’s not worth it, no matter how much money her late husband has left her.Harriet’s childhood friend Roger Templeton is a rogue, a rake with no prospects. After witnessing (and then rescuing her from) Harriet’s attempts at a public seduction, Roger finds himself her very next target. Harry decides that Roger is the perfect man to execute her fall from grace and what’s better is that she knows him so it won’t be too difficult for her. What she doesn’t count on is Roger’s steadfast refusal to enter into a physical affair with her, despite her very best efforts at chasing him down publicly.Roger isn’t known as a Devil for nothing but suddenly he finds himself uncomfortably noble when it comes to Harry and her honor. But as the danger from the blackmailer increases, Roger realises that he’d do anything to protect Harry. Even change his life for her.Historical romance continues to be my poison at the moment. I didn’t realise when I requested this one from NetGalley that it was the second in a series but ultimately I don’t think it matters. Although the couple from the first book do appear, it’s quite brief and you don’t really need to know their story to read this one. I would like to read it through, because it did sound pretty interesting!Harry and Roger were childhood friends, or as much as a 10 year old girl and a 15 year old boy could be in that she followed him everywhere and he was constantly getting her out of scrapes. She dreamed of maybe marrying him when they grew up but Roger went back to school and disappeared and Harry’s father married her off to a very rich older man. She’s now widowed after what seemed a very unhappy marriage and there’s a notorious man who clearly has some information on her that is using it to blackmail her. Harry is attempting to pay him off but what he really wants is to marry her and control her substantial fortune, left to her by her late husband to manage until her very young son comes of age and can inherit properly.Harry’s masterminded plan to get out of having to marry her blackmailer is to utterly ruin her reputation, make her such an unattractive prospect as a wife that there’s no way her blackmailer’s family could ever condone their marrying. Considering Harry doesn’t ever want to marry again after her first experience, it’s a pretty genius plan – nothing ruins a lady’s reputation so much as ‘loose behaviour’ and double standards so she tries luring men outside at gatherings in order to seduce them. Her first attempt is interrupted by Roger – neither of them know who the other is as it’s been some years since they’ve seen each other. Harry has had second thoughts about her seduction attempt but her victim is none too pleased to be given the pointy end of a sharp stick until Roger intervenes on her behalf. There’s an immediate attraction between them, which becomes a little awkward when Roger figures out who she is. It’s obvious to him that he can’t just ruin his childhood friend Harry and he had better be in possession of all of his self-control around her. Harry definitely wants to be ruined, both because it would help her and also because Roger is the first man who has ever actually made her want to be intimate with him. It takes some time before the reader finds out just how odd and degrading Harry’s marriage must have been and the effect that would’ve had on her self-esteem and self-worth.I did quite enjoy this story although at times I do feel like both Harry and Roger overcomplicated things for themselves. For example, Roger becomes aware that someone is attempting to hurt Harry and is sending her letters and Harry of course, knows who it is and why. Instead of telling Roger, she keeps it to herself which means that Roger wastes time trying to find out who it is and why they’d want to hurt her. Harry might’ve been embarrassed but it would’ve made things a hell of a lot easier and probably prevented some things from happening if she’d just been up front about her predicament. It sort of dragged things out a bit longer in that several people confronted her blackmailer and believed it over and then it wasn’t over. I was surprised that Harry was so cavalier about things, especially after there was an obvious display of willingness to use her son against her. You’d have thought she’d have done much more to secure her house and protect herself and her boy but she seemed to think that her little game of having an affair would work, even after it was made clear that it wouldn’t. I do think she was a little naive and underestimated how much the blackmailer needed her fortune.A fun read and I’d like to catch up on the first one and then read the third one which is out later this month.

  • Nina
    2019-04-09 01:14

    Great book as was the one before but I am most excited to read Hillary's book.

  • Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)
    2019-04-16 01:54

    My Rating... 4 stars: Enjoyed - strongly recommend (A-)Originally posted at That's What I'm Talking AboutReview copy provided by NetGalleyRoger Templeton, a rake known as one of the Saint’s Devils, is leaving a party when he overhears a woman attempting to remove herself from a man's unwanted advances. He rescues her, only to find himself being seduced by this beautiful temptress. However, he soon realizes she is his childhood friend, Harriet (Harry) Stanley. He quickly back-pedals and attempts to help his long ago friend before she becomes the focus of ugly gossip.On the other hand, Harry is determined to be ruined. Enjoying the freedom that comes to a widow, she does not want to marry anyone, let alone the unpleasant Mr. Faircloth, and she feels that sullying her reputation will end his obstinate pursuit. Unfortunately for Roger, she is determined he will be the one to do it. Nothing is quite as it seems in Ms. Kane’s wonderful Tempting a Devil. Right from the start of the book, the reader understands that there is more going on to the entire situation than meets the eye. Ms. Kane does a wonderful job revealing information a little at a time, leaving the reader hanging on every chapter. While some of the “twists” are more obvious, others are not, which makes the entire story very enjoyable. As childhood friends, Harry and Roger shared a good-natured youth - even though he had a few years on her. Through dialogue and flashbacks, we learn that Roger took to protecting Harry and viewed her as a little sister - an image he has to work to erase as he meets up with her years later. Their past playfulness translates wonderfully to adult banter and flirtations. Harry is relentless in her pursuit of Roger, which in and of itself is quite fun.The real romance begins once Roger gives into his desires and allows Harry to “catch him.” I adore how hard he works to give her the attention and romance she deserves after living through a horrible first marriage, while also trying to preserve her standing in society. It was such fun knowing the pair were working against one another in this matter. And while I mostly enjoyed the banner and fun between Harry and Roger, I was continuously fearful that things would turn south quickly because of the many secrets she was keeping from him. She was using him terribly, and after a while, it started taking the fun out of their blossoming relationship.I love how feisty and head-strong Harry is. She knows she's not made the most socially popular or acceptable choices in her life, but she doesn't apologize for being who she is. She is very modern in a time when it's not always okay to be that way. And Roger is so adorable and love-struck. Even when he cannot admit it to himself. He is honorable and trustworthy. He is romantic. I look forward to seeing what becomes of him down the road. Side characters Hil and Wiley are equally wonderful. Once again providing humor, and at times needed insight. Ms. Kane is developing both characters, and the results are marvelous. The only thing for me that disrupted the flow for me was my own concerns over Harry continuing to lie to Roger, but in the end it didn't matter. He knew she was lying, and he let her, knowing she needed to take her time and come to the truth in her own way. In the end, Tempting a Devil is an exciting romance, that is both fun and sweet. The overall story, as well as the love affair, was well laid out, even with the few minor “issues” I had. I loved Harry - her strength and determination outshine any character flaws. I recommend this wonderful historical for some entertaining summer reading.

  • Kimberly Rocha~ Book Obsessed Chicks
    2019-03-24 23:14

    Having read Samantha Kane's THE DEVIL'S THIEF at the end of 2012, I was so eager to to read the second book in her series TEMPTING A DEVIL. This series is not your ordinary Regency Romance, these books are sizzling and provocative.In TEMPTING A DEVIL, we meet Harriet Mercer, who after marrying up, but to an older and uncaring man, contentedly becomes a widow several years later. Harriet has a beautiful son from her disastrous marriage albeit not in the traditional way, and will do anything to protect him. Since her arrival in London, she has been plagued by the unlikable Mr. Faircloth, who wants to marry Harriet in order to possess who wealth. Harriet decides on a plan to thwart Faircloth efforts. Since Faircloth's father would only accept a bride with a stellar reputation, Harriet has concocted a scheme to diminish hers. She wants a lover to ruin her reputation, but also to learn from because Harriet's marriage was a desolate misadventure that left her wanting.Enter indomitable Rogue, Roger Templeton, a man with a less than stellar reputation. He lives day to day and by the kindness of friends and the generosity of his conquests. Roger and Harriet were childhood friends, long separated by the time he spies her attempting to seduce a man at a party. Before he realizes that it is his childhood friend, he is attracted to the beauty and desires her for his extracurricular activities. When Harriet sees Roger as the perfect Rogue for her purposes, Roger is uncertain he wants to fulfill her needs. As tempting as Harriet is to Roger, and vice-versa, they are not meant to be. Roger is the ultimate rogue with no means to live and Harriet wants never to be tied down in an unhappy marriage again. When Roger thwarts a would-be kidnapping of Harriet's son, he finds a few reasons to have Harriet in his sights and those luscious curves and her sultry beauty have him falling. He harbors some animosity that Harriet marry for money, not knowing the circumstances, nor did he know that Lord Mercer could not father his own child so he had Mr. Faircloth do the deed. Getting Faircloth out of her life without forever damaging those around her part of the charm of this great story.TEMPTING A DEVIL by Samantha Kane is a great follow-up in the Saint's Devils series. Ms Kane's interesting cast of characters add to the allure of the story. Roger Templeton, although the rogue, shows a side to him that no one expects, especially where his childhood friend is concerned. Harriet has overcome great adversity in her short life, become a loving mother and a force to be reckoned with. I hope you all give Samantha Kane's, Saint's Devils series a go. TEMPTING A DEVIL is a compelling read.~ KIMBERLY ~

  • Grace Fonseca
    2019-04-07 06:09

    Utterly a delightful surprise to read. Roger and Harriet/Harry are two complete opposites in a lot of ways. Harry finds herself in a situation that requires the services of a man, or more so ever a rake. From the moment that Roger and Harry see each other, there seems to be an attraction for both of them, but Roger is fighting it.One of the things that I like about Roger, our hero is that he is seemingly running away from Harry’s attentions. It’s a great inversion of the hero chasing the heroine. It’s the heroine chasing the hero. Plus it’s quite the interesting situation for our heroine. Our heroine is being blackmailed by someone who she was intimate with in the past. This person is the father of her child, Mercy who society believes was her late husband’s. Harriet gets this crazy scheme in her head to find a rake to ruin her. She feels like this is her only option to save herself from having to marry the vile Faircloth. Faircloth really is such a prick and in a situation that would make Harry a slave.So when Roger come along it seems like an ideal situation for her. Yet nothing is ever easy as Roger is trying really hard not to give in to his desires for Harry as his own past colors his views regarding woman and the way they use men. Roger and Harry know that they each have something that the other wants, but are not sure. Although the thing that was interesting as Roger helps her and they start to have some very passionate moments between the two of them. In some ways it’s the start of an awakening for Harry. Harry’s marriage wasn’t all that great as her husband was much older than her. So she didn’t get to experience many things that were pleasurable.Nothing is ever easy for our couple of course. They of course are the talk of the ton. So there are plenty of incidents that happen. Roger and Mercy seem to get along very well, which was very nice to see. Lots of unexpected twists and turns happen. I really love how Roger and Harry make mistakes, but talk about them and admit that neither of them are saints. When Harry and Roger make love, it’s one of the most sexiest scenes I’ve ever read. I think that Roger and Harry really start to fall in love with each other. They come to rely and depend on each other. Plus I love how Roger decides to transform his life and do something. He wants to be a man that can be someone that Harry would be proud to be seen with. Also Harry learns that sometimes taking a risk is worth the gamble.A wonderful lovely historical book.

  • Eva
    2019-03-25 03:54

    I got this book from Netgalley for an honest review.Can you have a girl crush on a book character? If yes, I have one! Roger is a gentleman but a rouge – he likes his affairs. He doesn’t go for every woman because he doesn’t want any bonds. He is looking for somebody new. Usually he sleeps with a woman and walks away because he has a background story. One night he wanders through the gardens at a party and hears a couple talking, a woman saying that she doesn’t want something. Walks towards these people and after a few moments the man is heading off and the woman – luscious curves. After a few moments he remembers her – she’s Harry. The girl who always was behind him when he was a teenage boy. The girl who always got into trouble and needed rescue. Harry, a young widow with a small son, also has her secrets, some she doesn’t want to tell. Her late husband didn’t allow her to live in London, he was an old rich one her dad sold her to (more or less). Now that she is independent and rich she doesn’t plan on losing this independence again. But there is somebody who wants to force her into marriage to get her money and he knows something that is risky for Harry. But she knows that there is a possibility …. She needs to be ruined in public because the man’s father wouldn’t allow him to get married to somebody without a proper status in the ton. So she tries everything. Without telling Roger about her plan she tries to talk him into an affair … +Honestly? I absolutely loved the book. Harry is a very lovely character, one you really have to love because she isn’t perfect and she has secrets, lots of them. She is independent but she knows that she is in love with Roger since she’s a young girl. She doesn’t know a lot about his family or anything like that but she knows that he is the one that may help her. But of course things are different, their relationship is different from when they were 10 years old. She’s different. She bloomed. She knows how to show off her body. How to irritate Roger with her curves – I loved the descriptions of her dresses and the way he sees them. Adorable. It’s the 2nd book of the “The Saint’s Devils” series by Samantha Kane. I haven’t read the 1st and 3rd one yet but I am pretty sure that I will. I really hope that the other heroines are like Harry. I felt a connection towards her and that rarely happens in this way. Those scenes with her boy were cute, the way Roger changes his life to fit into the suitable profile of a gentleman who would be able to marry a rich woman with a title. Rating: 5 Stars

  • Landslide
    2019-04-12 23:20

    *I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*The second book in the series is focused on Roger Templeton who, on the previous book, had already hinted at not being the unconscious rake he appears to be. The story takes place a few months after Alaisdar and Julianna's wedding, when Roger inadvertently interrupts an amorous affair and ends up saving the dame who has meanwhile changed her mind. The dame in question is Harriet who, despite having changed her mind about the gentleman she was with, seems determined to have an affair that night and Roger is just the man to do it! But as they are getting “acquainted”, they realize they have known each other their whole life... Roger and Harry grew up together, with Harry always following Roger, determined to do everything he did and Roger getting her away from the messes she gotten herself into.However, they haven't seen each other in 15 years, ever since Roger left to study. And Harry's life has not been an easy one since then. But now she finally has the life she wants, she's a widow, rich and free to live her life with her son. That's if she succeds in hopelessly tainting her reputation, therefore ruining the plans of the scoundrel who is blackmailing her into marrying him. That's where Roger fits in her plan, if only she can convince him to have an affair with her...The scenes where Roger is chased and harassed by Harry and behaves like a damsel are hilarious. But a man can only take so much and Harry is obviously not indifferent to him, so Roger agrees to an affair with her, but on his terms. After all, none of them is interested in love or marriage, right?This was my favorite book in the series, maybe because Roger was my favorite devil. His protection of Harry, not only of her physical wellbeing but also of her reputation, his fondness of her child and his dispair for believing himself not worthy of her, he's definately my kind of hero!Once again Sir Hilary and Wiley are instrumental in helping the couple get their happy ending and assuring the villain has his punishment. I have only one thing to point out, and that's the fact that Alasdair and Julianna aren't practically on the story (because they're on their honeymoon). I would have liked to see the three devils in action once again, but I suppose it allowed Wiley to have more protagonism.A final note for the cover, which I love, and that, like the one of the previous book, represents the main couple perfectly.

  • BookMaven
    2019-04-14 23:22

    You are all grown up now! Or are you?Harriet Stanley Mercer has a problem and she believes that becoming a ruined woman will solve it. While endeavoring to be ruined, she gets cold feet, and starts to fight off the man she has picked to ruin her. Roger Templeton was just taking a walk in the garden of his host and hostess when he hears this scuffle. He reluctantly decides to see what the problem is, when he discovers the victim is none other than a childhood friend from home. Roger has not seen this gorgeous siren since he was fifteen. and she nine. During their childhood association, he was always having to rescue her. Will he be able to now that they are grown?The plot of this story is very light on the mystery introduced and heavy on the "Should I have sex with that woman?" on his part, and "I can't wait to see him nude." on her part. For this reader, it just seemed very juvenile. Both the H and the h had much sexual experience before this, so it did not ring true that these parties would be so inept at seduction and dalliance. It brought frustration and boredom.The hero seems to have no self-esteem. Who wants a hero like that? Boring! For a majority of the book, the Hero even runs from an affair with the heroine. The heroine did not play well in the time period of the book. Her aggressive and reckless manner would have not been tolerated in that time period. Once again, an author that tries to write contemporary characters in an historical setting. The entire mystery revolves around the heroine's child, but the author does not ever develop this child as a character. Most of the characters are little more than cardboard figures for the back drop of the great sex debate.I have read two novels by Ms. Kane. This author has a talent for good dialogue, and she has great plot ideas, but she spends little time developing the plot she introduces. I understand that Samantha Kane is a writer of erotica. as well as historical romance. Therein lies the problem for this reader. It is this reader's preference to read love-fueled, steamy sex, not the sex mechanics for lust sake of immature and insecure adults. Boring.Samantha Kane is definitely a talented writer, but her light on the plot writing is just not for me.

  • Tory Michaels
    2019-03-26 02:06

    I'd never read anything by Ms. Kane, so decided to give this a try, since it fell in one of my favorite genres (historical romances). Overall, I have to say it was a decent book. Harriet (Harry) has a plan to avoid getting forced into marriage with a man who could ruin her with the town (it's not a spoiler to admit that the villain fathered Harry's child because Harry's husband, Lord Mercer, was incapable since it comes out in the first few chapters). The villain wants Harry because she's got Lord Mercer's entire fortune and his family is demanding he find a well-bred and well-reputationed woman to settle down with. Harry, in an effort to avoid that, wants to ruin herself by having an affair despite a distaste for the bedroom thanks to said villain's sex.When she tries to lure a man, distaste for her potential lover maeks her change her mind, which the man doesn't like and she runs into Roger, who she promptly tries to seduce and he willingly goes along...until they discover they're old childhood friends.As time passes, Roger resists temptation, at first because it would be a come down in the world since it would be abhorent for a man to marry for money (because he'd be a fortune hunter), and then for a very brief time, because he thinks she married for money/status, and that doesn't sit well either.This had a very unusual ending to my mind, because of the choice Roger makes in order to make himself feel worthy/acceptable as a mate for Harry, and as part of his attempt to woo her once she realizes she's afraid of being married again. That's probably why I end up liking it more than simply dismissing it as a meh, mediocre book.They deal with the villain in a most satisfactory way, though I thought the actual "dealing with" was a bit overdramatic with what nearly happens (two things) to Harry in the process, buuuut the villain definitely got what was coming to him. So yay Harry and Roger!There was a nice secondary cast of characters, some of whom I sincerely hope get their own books later on.So - new author to me, Samantha Kane, will definitely go on my list of "check out her books" list, but not at the top. A 3-star read for me.

  • Jane Hunt
    2019-04-13 05:59

    Tempting a Devil - Samantha Kane'Tempting a Devil' is the first of 'The Saint's Devils' books I have read. This story does stand alone but to maximize your enjoyment read 'The Devil's Thief' the first book in the series too.I love the heroine Harriet Mercer or 'Harry.Subjected to the worst of arranged marriages she survives and matures into an independent woman. The cost of this transformation isn't revealed until later. Difficult choices allowed Harry to maintain her hard-fought independence and the well-being of her child whom she adores.It is the outcome of these decisions which are explored in the story and ensure Harry is not the usual Regency heroine.Roger Templeton is a rake whose reformation into gentleman is too quick for my taste. A chance meeting with Harry forces him to examine and change his way of life but a few scenes of the devilish rake before this process began would have increased my enjoyment.Secondary characters Hil and Wiley are interesting and support the main characters well. The villain's character is well-developed and he is easy to visualize. The author explores the unsavory themes,common in Regency England with sensitivity. The humorous thread stops it becoming too dark.The plot is complex but not complicated. The pace of the book ensures an easy read. The heat level of this book is varied and appropriate for the genre. The sensual scenes are well written. More historical detail would have enhanced the story.I will definitely read the first book in the series and the subsequent ones and I recommend 'Tempting a Devil' to lovers of fast paced, sensual Regency romance.ARC courtesy of Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Samantha Kane

  • MelodyMay (What I'm Reading)
    2019-04-22 02:18

    Posted on What I'm ReadingA few days ago, I finished Tempting a Devil by Samantha Kane. When I started reading this story I was on the fence about it. After all I enjoyed I enjoyed the first book in The Saint's Devil. However, it took me a little while to get into the story, but it did grab me towards the end.Well, Harriet Mercer (Harry) grew up with Roger Templeton. Roger saw her more as a pest, but they were friends. As they grew up, they lost contact with one another until one faithful night, where Roger comes to Harry's rescue. Believe me Harry definitely needs help, but she also needs to keep her secret away from Roger. Grant it has been years since they have seen each other, you never know what might Roger might do if he knew the whole truth.As I said, I did have a bit of trouble getting into the story. I think a lot has to do with the fact that Harry had to chase Roger into complying into her plans. Roger is a bit leery at first, but on some level wants to help Harry. After all, he use to do it all the time. The turning point for me was when Roger accepts the fact he needs to help Harry no matter what. Part of Rogers problem is he was burned by one woman and is afraid to get burn by another, even if he once new the girl. However, this story wouldn't be complete without a madman. Boy is he mad. Overall, I did enjoyed the story. I actually was please to see the story to pickup a bit. Yes, Harry was a bit manipulative, but the girl had her reason. I actually like the emanate danger I felt as the story start to pickup. So, if you are looking friends to lovers story with a dash of danger, you might enjoy Tempting a Devil.Copy provided by Random House via NetGalley

  • Vanessa theJeepDiva
    2019-04-17 06:21

    I just absolutely adored Harry and Roger. They make a great couple, but they are just as incredible as individuals. Harriet is trying to be an independent woman in a time when that was just not done. I say trying, yet she really was succeeding. She had a plan. She knew exactly how to get what she wants. What she wants is the man blackmailing her out of her life. The best way to do this is the ruin her name. She has no desire to remarry so what harm can a ruined reputation cause. She sees Roger as the perfect means to her end and the chase is on. Harry proceeds to spend an incredible amount of time Tempting a Devil. The tempting and the chasing make for a very sweet romance with a sensual dose of heat. There were so many times I almost felt sorry for Roger. As a man he of course knows how to handle any situation. Harry keeps him on his toes as she is always doing the unexpected. Roger sees that her behavior is going to make her the target of gossip and he is doing his best to stop her from ruining her name, not realizing that that is exactly what she is trying to do. Roger has the reputation that could easily shame Harry, but he is gentleman enough to try to protect her from the scandal even though she tempts him in ways he never thought possible. This made them such a fun couple to read as they bumble their way to the fated happily ever after.The Saint’s Devils series has the most fascinating group of secondary characters. I still can’t wait to get my hands on Hil’s book. I do hope we readers get to see more Wiley in that one. In my opinion both books in this series work just fine as a stand-alone. Favorite quote, Roger to Harriet: “I love the feel of you loving the way I feel.”

  • Kai
    2019-04-22 23:55

    Tempting a Devil is starts off with Roger Templeton rescuing Lady Harriet (Harry) Mercer from a compromising position. Little did he know that it was someone from his past all grown up. Harry was trying to cause a scandal that would deemed her as unmarried material to her blackmailer to save her son and her from ever marrying again. For Harry, after finding out that that Roger Templeton one of the Saint's Devils, she plotted to used Roger to cause a scandal. What better way than to be associate with a rake and rogue to be dubbed not acceptable marriage material. However Roger is thwarting her plan at every turns of turning her down and even when her son is threatened. Her pride was more important than her son safety which contradicted her objective.Tempting a Devil is quite predictable. Harry has always admired Roger and followed him around when she was little. Roger has always protected Harry before he left to finish schooling. Roger has always known that being a second son, he wasn't entitled to anything except to make his own fortune. Roger may be a rake and rogue but he does care for Harry and try to keep her out of trouble. Roger and Harry are entertaining characters on how bantered with each other. This is a story is quite simple and similar to the boy/girl next door storyline. I love the characters. However some of the thing that Harry does are just plain stupid. At the same times, she doesn't have or make any friends that she could trust whereas Roger has friends who have his back. I received this book from the publisher via NetGallery for an honest review.

  • Vânia Nunes
    2019-04-20 00:58

    Witch Apprentice.A widow who must save the inheritance she received from her husband and be able to raise her son without interference, has a daring plan to get rid of a destructive marriage in sight: to seduce a scoundrel, to marry him for convenience and thus rid from the claws of Faircloth.Target: an old childhood friend, Roger Templeton, handsome and broke. And his reputation as a libertine was also not the best. But at least she knew him for many years and, even without telling him what was her plan, she knew she could have him as an ally later on.Roger finds himself tempted before that curvaceous beauty, and at first he does not remember that Harriet was Harry, that young girl that followed him everywhere. She was beautiful and now, somehow, he senses that she is in danger, but does not share with him her concerns.Determined to get into her game and find out her secret, Roger did not know that he would fall in love for that warrior. The path crosses both an adventure filled with untrustworthy people, blackmail, lies, but also emotions never felt by both, and which may lead them to a path of no return.Samantha seasons her novel with lots of pepper and filled with funny scenes and engaging adventure. A historical romance to fall in love.5 STARS!!!

  • Brooke
    2019-04-21 23:52

    This is book 2 in the The Saint's Devils series. The gist: Harriet (Harry) is a widow with a young son. Roger is a notorious rake and Devil. They knew each other as children and then lost touch. They become reacquainted with Harry's return to London after her husband's death. Harry is on a mission to muddy her reputation in an attempt to make herself an undesirable marriage prospect for an unsavory fellow who is after her money. Roger is the perfect candidate for her ruination. During all the madness that is her life and the perilous situation she has found herself in, she realizes that true love is absolutely possible and a marriage based on such wouldn't be the prison of the one she escaped with the death of her elderly husband.Harry was a breath of fresh air - adorably naive and hilariously determined. Roger continued to be delightfully witty and occasionally dense. Both of them were beyond lovable and you can't help but want the best for them! As is typical of the other books in the series, the supporting characters were an absolute delight as well. (Well, with the exception of Faircloth, of course!)As with the rest of the series, this story was captivating, hilarious, and deliciously sensual. If you're a fan of historical romance and you like a little something more to the story, then you can't go wrong with this series!

  • Debi
    2019-04-24 05:52

    ARC courtesy of Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Tempting A Devil is #2 in series The Saints Devils series by Samantha Kane. I have not read the first book, but this one stands alone with no issue. Lady Harriet Mercer has come to London. Married off to a wealthy older man, she's lived like a prisoner in the country estate until his death. She's come to experience a new life with her son, but has run afoul of a man determined to marry her for her money. "Harry" decides the best course of action is to make herself undesirable marriage material. She'll ruin her reputation to keep her independence.Roger Templeton comes to the aid of a woman trying to resist a man's advances. He comes face to face with a childhood friend that has blossomed into a beautiful woman and is now a widow above his station. He resists her advances to become her lover. Roger and his friends try to help Harry foil a plot to steal her son, but she's not telling the whole story. I had a lot of books on the TBR pile, but I could not put this one down. Great mix of romance and mystery. Likeable characters with a nice HEA. I will Samantha Kane on my authors to read list.

  • Jill S (Love Affair With Fiction)
    2019-04-08 07:11

    In Samantha Kane's Tempting a Devil, her heroine Harriet Mercer is on a mission to show the Ton she is a "ruined woman." She sets her eyes on Roger Templeton, an old childhood friend and a notorious rake to accomplish this undertaking. Throughout the book we see the results of Harriet's pursuit of Roger, and we find out the reason behind her desire to be ruined.Samantha Kane was able to successfully create a storyline that was fast paced and had some twists and turns along the way, yet was also able to remain light and witty in many spots. The romance itself, was a mix of sweet and innocence and hot and sexy. The author mixed into the story a compelling cast of characters, that had me laughing out loud with some of their interactions! Her heroine, Harriet was strong, feisty, witty, spunky and independent. Her hero Roger was loyal, stubborn, humorous and gorgeous!This is the first book that I have read by Samantha Kane, but it will not be my last -- in fact, I enjoyed her writing so much that as soon as I am done writing this I am going to buy (and read!) the first book in this series, The Devil's Thief. I definitely recommend Tempting a Devil!I received an ARC from Loveswept via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

  • The Lusty Literate
    2019-04-22 23:08

    There are pockets of passion in Tempting a Devil that are VERY hot. Roger's desire, barely leashed, is toe-curling fun. His refusal to consummate the "affair" inspires delivery of creative and delicious alternative erotic experiences. Roger is wildly sensual, charmingly tender and sweetly respectful of sexually naive Harriet. Equally enjoyable is witnessing Harriet's sexual liberation. She grows bold and assertive as her body and spirit are awakened.I was hoping for a little more scoundrel in Roger's character. He is touted as a devil and a ruthless rake. We have to take his word for it because in this story, almost from the start, despite reactive gruffness and discontent with events, he chooses to be a chivalrous, honor-bound gentleman. I would have loved to have seen more of Roger's devilish side before he chose to reform.This is a breezy afternoon read. The romance isn't overly dramatic nor the mystery too involved that you can't put the book down. The steamy bits however... you'll want to read those juicy scenes with undivided attention. ARC courtesy of Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Lauren
    2019-04-10 01:03

    2.5 StarsI got this book because I was under the impression that his was an erotic historical romance, when,to me, it was nothing of the sort. This was said about the author: “one of historical romance’s most erotic and sensuous authors.” There were not a lot of love scenes, and the ones they did have were completely nondescriptive. To me, it read like a tame Harlequin. The story was OK. Kind of predictable. I wanted to smack Roger when his rationale was that Harry wanted marriage because she said she didn't want marriage. And I was completely fed up with him when he got mad after he learned the circumstances of Harry's marriage. Even after she explained that she had nowhere to go and what would have happened to her had she refused. And Harry was too apologetic. She had to do what age had to do for herself and her future, so screw Roger and his offended sensibilities.

  • Shannon The Romance Addict!
    2019-04-14 00:05

    Roger Templeton the rake and Harriet Mercer the wannabe ruined lady...Harriet Mercer is on a mission to get ruined it dosen't matter by who. So How hard can it be? After her first try was unsuccessful and interrupted by her long lost almost forgotten friend. Harriet turns her sights on him. Roger Templeton is a notorious rake. How hard could it be to accomplish being ruined with his reputation? This book is about Harriet's pursuit of Roger with single mindedness. Though the story we learn more about both of them, like why she need to be ruined in the eyes of the Ton. The villain wants to marry "Harry" because she's got Lord Mercer's entire fortune. He is blackmailing her with a terrible secret. Read this Book and find out How Roger and "Harry" can come to defeat this wicked villain and find True Lasting love in the process.

  • Amy Alvis
    2019-04-15 07:21

    Originally reviewed for: Historical Romance Lover blogWhile taking a leisurely stroll in the garden at a London Party, Roger Templeton comes across a woman whom he thinks needs his help extricating herself from an improper situation. He soon finds himself in the arms of the beautiful woman who for some reason seems familiar to him.He soon learns that the woman in his arms is none other than his childhood friend, Harriet "Harry" Mercer. Harry is trying to ruin herself, unbeknown to Roger, so that she will not be forced to marry the man that is blackmailing her. Harry is trying her best to get compromised by Roger while Roger's patience is wearing thin trying to do the honorable thing.I loved the secondary characters in this story and can't wait to read their books!

  • Tracy Emro
    2019-04-03 05:01

    Very good, but I liked the first book betterI really liked Harry and Roger's story. It wasn't exactly what I was expecting, but it was still very good. The only thing I didn't really like was the fact that Harry kept so many secrets from Roger. I really tried to see it from her point of view - but I just couldn't accept her reasoning. Roger was just wonderful. I loved watching him trying to resist Harry. It was truly the best part of the book. This book is part of a series, but could easily be read as a stand alone. However, the first book is excellent and you should read it!One last thing - someone please tell me Harry's son was not really named Mercy - please let that be a nickname! Mercy, Lord Mercer? Really?

  • Kirsten Lenius
    2019-04-03 06:55

    Lady Harriet Mercer is in a difficult situation and the only way that she can think of to protect both her young son and herself is to engage in a relationship with the most wicked rake that she can find, so that the folk of the Ton will think she is beyond the pale.She gets more than she bargained for when she accidentally encounters her childhood friend, Roger Templeton. He has the required reputation, but his own thoughts on the matter may interfere with her plans.This was a nicely written Regency period romance. It has some very warm romantic scenes and a good deal of suspense. The author has also provided us with some interesting characters that make you want to know more about them and what will happen in the next story.A good read.