Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Devil's Thief (the Saint's Devils #1) by Samantha Kane

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.

Type: Historical Romance, London
Series: Yes, 1st in Series
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5

Oh I loved The Devil's Thief!! You know how in some books it takes a while for them to get to the real meat of the story and for anything exciting to happen? Well, not so with this one. It jumps right on in there at the beginning with Julianna trying to swipe a priceless family pearl and getting a gun drawn on her by one very nekkid Alasdair who decided to, well, make things interesting if she really wants his pearl! And things wind up pretty damn hot and heavy... in the most delicious way <g>


Everything was a little unique with Julianna and Alasdair after that first "meet". She got her pearl in a sexy deal with Alasdair that he's really unhappy about the next morning when he realizes what he's done. And ooohhh you may want to smack him around a little with how he behaves right there at the start. Lord knows I wanted to after his reaction. It's a pretty entertaining ride as everyone tries to get the pearl back and put things to right and Alasdair brings his friends in to help search for his mystery woman.

Julianna was a great heroine even with a rather head shaking TSTL moment there at the end. I really liked her and that she went for what she wanted or needed. She's not shy at all about her desires either which was nice to see. She's a pretty hysterical thief and just terrible at it but lordy it makes you love her even more. And Alasdair, after I got over wanting to hurt him, was excellent as well. Things are really hot and spicy between them for a mainstream historical and oh my word I loved that! Kane writes some killer intimate scenes that will definitely leave you with a satisfied smile on your face.

He broke the kiss. “Julianna,” he said desperately, pressing kisses along her cheekbone and then her hairline. “Juli.” His voice was ragged. “You are the very air I breathe, the blood in my veins. All that is right in my world. If you ever do something so bloody stupid again, I will turn you over my knee and spank the living daylights out of you.”

Julianna burst into surprised laughter, but he could hear how shaky it was. “Promises, promises,” she whispered. 
As much as I enjoyed the main characters the support cast was what completely won me over. My favorite part were the guys. Alasdair, Hil (*swoon*) and Roger. They've known each other forever and it really shows. They call it like it is, knock each other around and totally have each other's backs even if they're giving each other hell the whole time. The friendship really shines through and is delightful to watch. Then there's Mr Wiley who had a fairly minor role but somehow completely won my heart. He's not entirely on the up and up but he's got spirit and just a way about him that left me wanting to know more. Really all of the secondary characters were great at that and have me really looking forward to hearing their stories.

If you enjoy fun, steamy historicals that are a little different from your usual storyline and that have both humor and heart then The Devil's Thief is one you definitely need to check out.

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46 comments:

  1. sounds like my type of book! Love a bit of humour in my books. :)

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    1. Oh me too. It can take a book from being average to spectacular when used right :)

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  2. I loved this book! This is one of the few I actually attempted to write a review for on goodreads lol

    The Devil's Thief has romance, intrigue, drama, and characters you can just fall in love with! Julianna is a character that makes you want to root for her! Alasdair is the main love interest that you want to smack some sense into in the beginning, but fall in love with him by the end.
    I just have to say my favorite character in the book was Wiley (not Mr. Wiley). He is a character I would love to see a book about in the future!

    I love a good romance book as much as the next person, but I liked the fact that this book had other aspects and didn't completely delve into nothing but steamy romance scenes. Some books I have read lately focus only on the steamy sex scenes and the like and not enough of a real story.

    Now the reason I only gave it 4 stars is because while the main two characters are noteworthy some of the supporting characters just seem to "be". At times I was at a loss on why they were there or why they held importance. I certainly look forward to filling in the holes with the rest of the series :-)

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    1. Aw that's great Penni!! So glad you enjoyed it too and that you loved Wiley!!! He and Hil were my favorites! Can't wait to read their books down the line :)

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  3. Must.
    Read.
    This.
    Book.
    Soon!!!

    Great review as always. Everytime I stop by your blog my wishlist gets bigger and bigger :D
    -Kimberly @ Turning the Pages

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    1. LOL yes you must! It was excellent :)

      And omg I so get you. My tbr pile is MASSIVE from visiting all of yall. LOL

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  4. I only wish my review of this book on Goodreads was as good as yours. I, too, loved this story and agree with you on how the secondary characters stole my heart too. Wiley for sure! I can't wait for the rest of this series to come to fruition. The only thing that I had an issue with, and it wasn't a huge issue, was I wanted more from the ending. I kind-of, sort-of, felt left standing there wanting a tad bit more. I do believe that I will get that want fulfilled with the other books. I know we'll be seeing more of Alasdair and Julianna in the next ones. This story brought me tons of laughter which I love in a book and heartwarming moments that made me sit there and sigh.

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    1. Ahhhh so glad yall are all enjoying this one too!! I love hearing that :) And Wiley <3 Yep total heart stealer! So glad we'll see more of him down the line!

      Yeah I get what you're saying about the end. I'm hoping with it being a multi-book series it'll all get fleshed out and filled in along the way just how we'd like :)

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  5. I have a couple of Samantha's books, just haven't had a chance to read them yet. The craziest meeting was Mason and Jessica in Beloved Vampire by Joey W Hill. Jessica was dying and managed to find Mason's first wife's tomb to die at. Mason, at first, was upset with her for disturbing his wife's resting place. He had to give her the third mark to save her life. I'd call that a little crazy way to meet.

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    1. Oh yeah that sounds a bit crazy! I have Joey W Hill on my 2013 "gotta finally read em" list :)

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  6. Great review; I'll definitely need to read this! It seems that I've read a book or two where the hero and heroine meet while she is committing a burglary, though I couldn't say which books (bad memory!). Not sure about strange/crazy first meets, but I've read at least a couple where they first meet when he has mistakenly ended up in her bed!

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    1. LOL JMC I have that same problem. My memory just runs away from me some days. I think this was the first female thief I've read. I've been trying to figure out others but not even getting a real flicker there.

      Oh my word. Yep that's a crazy meet. Love the humor some of those meets can bring into the story :)

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  7. ^^ this one seems quite funny too
    thank you a lot for the discovery ( so many already^^)

    happy holidays

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    1. It had a lot of funny points throughout. I'll definitely be getting the rest of the series as it comes out :)

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  8. they found the other person in the bathroom on the floor drunk in tooth and nail by mary calmes
    kaholgate at ymail dot com

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  9. Oh, this sounds like my kinda book! I'm always happy to find new authors!

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    1. She's one of my pretty local ones too! Love that :)

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  10. Really need to pick up some Samantha reading. I always like this kind of heroine. And a smile or two never goes amiss. lisakhutson at cox. net

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    1. Ooo hope you enjoy her. I've got more of Sam's books on my 2013 reading list :) Can't wait! I always love a good book that makes me smile :)

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  11. Hmm this sounds good, I do enjoy female thieves in books. For instance, the Sam Jellicoe books by Suzanne Enoch.

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    1. I'm gonna have to check that one out Aurian! I've not read too many female thieves that I can recall but I did enjoy it :)

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  12. Great review. I've read The Devil's Thief and I really liked it too. I love humor in a story, but I've never read a story quite like Alasdair and Julianna's. :D

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    1. LOL neither had I Barbara! It was so much fun to discover something a little new :) Glad you enjoyed them!

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  13. I read The Devil's Thief and LOVED it! The characters were easy to love, the story was fun and the dialogue was witty and sharp. I am looking forward to the rest of this series.
    kitcat76(at)hotmail.com

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    1. Yes!!! Love hearing that Cathy! I'm really looking forward to the rest of the series too :)

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  14. this look likes the kind of story I would enjoy - I hope it comes out in print!

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  15. I like this review, I'm going to order this book then :)

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  16. Thanks for sharing the review. I agree this was a wonderful and easy to enjoy story...

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  17. You had me at "Female Thief." I love to see female characters out of their element in historical romance. They'll either take to it like ducks or fail hilariously. I KNOW I added this book a while back to my TBR list but I'll double check just in case.

    Adria
    Breath of Life Reviews

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    1. LOL I really enjoyed it myself. I haven't read too many female thieves yet but hopefully will find some others.

      Hope you love this one!

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  18. great review...this looks like a book I'd love to read! Adding to my list!

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  19. The strangest one that comes to mind, is the shifter hero being treated by the vetenarian heroine, =) Love this, i just wished it was possible to buy from Sweden =/

    Happy New Year!
    //Linda

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    1. Oh bummer. I hope yall are able to buy it soon!


      LOL oh that is quite the set up! Love that :)

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  20. Nice review. Another one for the TBR pile.

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  21. Sounds great, I really want to read The Devil's Thief!

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  22. This really sounds good. I love how it seems to cut right into the action.

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  23. I believe I have read this book....and loved it! They negotiate a lot but he gives so much to show her the love he has. Great review!

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  24. Hi Samantha!

    I craziest "meeting" of a hero and heroine I ever read was in the first "histroical" romance I read - Don Quixote by Cervantes - and the meeting of Don Quixote and Dulcinea! I still thank my High School English teacher for making us "non-believers" to read it!

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  25. Loved the The Devil's Thief!!!

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