When playing a game of wits, never ever go up against the woman they call the Hellion . . .
LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD...
Whether it's business or pleasure, Lord Robert Carlisle never backs down from a dare. But finding a husband for scandalous Mariah Winslow? It's one challenge he instantly regrets accepting. Even with all his connections---and rakish charms---Robert will have to use every trick in the book to marry off a woman with no dowry and no sense of decorum...no matter how stunningly beautiful she is.
Mariah Winslow has no intention of being a pawn in Lord Robert's game. She knows he agreed to play matchmaker only to secure a partnership in her father's shipping company, a partnership that's rightfully hers. For now, though, she'll dress for the elegant balls he throws and dance with the eligible bachelors he chooses. But she won't be outwitted by the devil himself---no matter how tempting and irresistible she finds him.
I have been a fan of Anna's books since I read Dukes are Forever (The Secret Life of Scoundrels Book 1). Three years ago and have followed all the characters, through there own books ever since.
So when the opportunity arose that I was given the chance to review As The Devil Dares, I wasn't going to turn it down.
Out of all the Carlisle books. This book I could relate too the most, because my mum passed away when I was young. In the book Mariah was a little girl, I wasn't that young I was in my late teens, but I do remember the guilt and anger that comes with the grief. But everyone deals with the loss of a loved one, in different ways.
So let me tell you about this wonderful book. Mariah desperately wants to run her father's shipping business, but her father has different plans for Mariah and her sister Evelyn, because when her mother was dying her father made a promise that Mariah would become a proper lady. Now for this to happen Mariah needs to have a season, well she has six of them and coming into her seventh and Evelyn has had five, but no offers have come forward for either of them.
But because Mariah is such a strong and feisty woman, she and her sister have caused a lot of trouble, nothing serious just mischief, like driving a phaeton on St Jame's Street, so in society Mariah is called the hellion. But underneath Mariah has a warm and loving heart, who loved being at Gatewell School, because that is where she feels closest to her mother, but she also loves her father and sister.
But she also feels that since her mother's death, there is a distance between her father and herself. Because when she was a little girl, she was always with her father in the shipping office, either playing on the floor, and when she was older her father gave her some jobs to do.
So it comes as a complete surprise when her father introduces her to Robert Carlisle, who is the man that is tasked with finding Mariah a suitable husband and for this Robert hopes to be a partner with Henry Winslow. So Robert has to get the help of his mother, to help Mariah get the best invitations and the best gowns.
So what can I say about Robert, well he is a lovable rake, which I've already said is carrying a lot of guilt. As with Mariah, Robert loves his family dearly and this shows when he climbs a tree for his niece Clara, to save her kitten Daisy.
For me this book definitely pulled at the heart strings, I loved the humour and I cried along with Robert and Mariah.
I will give this book 5/5 stars. This book is available to buy from Amazon on 6th March.
I received this complementary copy in return for a honest review.