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The Devil Takes a Bride


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by NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author

Julia London

The next installment of The Cabot Sisters series


Once the toast of society, Grace Cabot and her sisters now await the shame of losing their high status—unless, of course, Grace's wicked plot to seduce a wealthy viscount into marriage goes off without a hitch.



Amherststepped cautiously over the threshold.

He looked taller than he normally seemed, which Grace attributed to the bit of light outside that framed him in the doorway. He turned his head to one side, as if he were listening for her.

Her nerves would strangle her. “Here,” she said.

His head snapped around to the sound she’d made, and in a moment of sheer panic, Grace launched her body at him. She expected him to say something, but he froze, as if she had startled him. She threw her arms around his neck; he caught her by the waist with a soft grunt, and stumbled backward to keep them from falling. Somehow, Grace found his mouth in the dark. It was much softer than she would have thought. It was lush, wet and warm, and—

And he was suddenly devouring her lips. Hungrily. Grace hadn’t expected such a powerful kiss. She couldn’t say what exactly she’d expected, but it wasn’t this. Her blood felt hot in her veins, sluicing through her. She was a pot boiling over, and she liked it. His tongue swept into her mouth, and she was rocked by the prurient sensation of it. She felt strangely free and anonymous in the dark, not like herself at all. Not a debutante with at least some sense of propriety. His kiss was stunningly arousing, and Grace pressed against him without regard for herself or her reputation, feeling the hard length of him—

He suddenly moved, and his mouth was on her décolletage, his fingers digging into the fabric of her gown. Grace thought she should stop him before this game went too far, but his hand had found her leg, was under her gown! And his fingers were tracing a burning path up her leg.

Amherstgrowled against her breast, a guttural, animal sound of desire, and Grace’s body reverberated with it. When his hand moved deeper between her thighs, Grace brazenly lifted her leg. His fingers slipped into the folds of her sex. She gasped for breath, lifting off the desk. She hardly knew herself!

 “I wasn’t sure you’d come,” she whispered into his ear.

His hesitation was so slight she wasn’t sure it was real. But he said nothing as he moved to her other breast and pressed an erection against her that both alarmed and incited her. She’d never felt a man’s desire, had never seen it. It felt mysterious and hard against her leg, and the lusty image of how it would fit inside her filled her head as a strong current of desire skated down her spine, overwhelming her senses, tingling in every patch of her skin.

Everything began to fall away. Grace forgot her deceit, or even where she was. She forgot everything but the way he was making her feel, the way her body was responding, wanting more, craving more. So when a lantern of light suddenly filled the room, she was startled and cried out.

Amherstwhirled about, spreading his cloak to cover Grace while she desperately sought to cover herself.

“My lord!” Reverend Cumberhill cried, his voice full of censure and alarm. “God in heaven, what have you done?”

Grace frantically tried to remember her part in this theater. “Please,” she said. Please what? She looked down and realized that Amherst had actually torn the bodice of her gown. She held the fabric together with her hand, and cast frantically about for her cloak.

“My lord, this cannot stand!” the reverend cried. “By God, Merryton, you have taken cruel advantage of this girl!”


Grace’s heart stopped beating. And then it started again with a painful jerk. No, no no no no—Merryton? How could she have made such a horrible, wretched mistake? It was impossible, and Grace whirled about to face the man who had driven her to wild desire—

Her heart plummeted to her toes.

She felt ill, could feel the blood rushing from her limbs, and thought she might collapse. She had not coaxed the affable and randy Lord Amherst into a compromising situation as she had planned. She had thrown herself at his brother, Lord Merryton, the most disagreeable man in England.


Society might consider their lives to be ruined beyond repair…while Jeffrey, the Earl of Merryton might just see it as a new beginning.

THE DEVIL TAKES A BRIDE by NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Julia London,
on sale January 27th , only from HQN Books.


Copyright © 2015 by Dinah Dinwiddie

The Devil Takes a Bride
by by Julia London

  • Genres: Fiction, Romance
  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: HQN Books
  • ISBN-10: 0373778902
  • ISBN-13: 9780373778904