Book Review

‘As the Devil Dares’ by Anna Harrington

atdd ahSTORY: 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.

REVIEW: This is the third book in Capturing the Carlisle’s series, which is about three Carlisle brothers, rakes all, who become respectable after a family tragedy. This is the happily after story of the middle brother Robert whose character we’ve encountered earlier and whose character is the most complex of the three.

As I said before, Ms. Harrington never fails to draw me into the settings of her stories. She has done so in this telling as well. It’s her characters that sometimes I find a bit off-putting and silly. However, in this particular story, I thought she’d shown me a bit more of them and I found the strange “courting” of these two very believable and entertaining.

I was happy to feel the sparks between Mariah and Robert and not just “see” them as in Sebastian’s story. Out of all three books I’ve read, this one is my favorite.

Melanie for b2b

Gift ARC provided by the publisher

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