(PDF/EBOOK) [The Flesh and the Devil]
Wild Wicked Scot (Highland Grooms, ePer fashion the hero rapes the heroine the author clearly writes this as rape with minimal Juana foggily in her mind thinking her body could be responding and with not a lot ofmotional growthconnection featuring later in the story between the two I lost their beginning chemistry The author did a fantastic job of setting the place and time there was some inserted political talk but my favorite was Juana s personal growth Juana goes from being a purposefully sheltered naive girl to a solid capable woman and the author did a wonderful job showcasing all the bumps in the road it took her to get there Officially 45 stars I loved the setting the prose the first 34ths of the whole Rather it was the last bit Black on Blonde esp Juana s overdone obstinance re the reveal of her true feelings that irked my nervesnough to round down It was rather like STORMFIRE in that the gorgeous isolated gothic ripper vibe was deflated by an unnecessarily drawn out final act But my uibbles are nit picky so don t let them stop you from tracking down a copy Overall this is an The Walters Art Museum the Art of Ancient Greece excellent read very well written atmospheric with vivid villains I love me those OTT whackadoodle aristocrats D a pair of MCs who are beyond flamboyant in their angst riddled hatesex I really loved the gloomy darkness that permeatesverything from metaphorical moodiness distrust to inadeuate candlelight dank castle corridors I also loved Felipe in all his scarred up taciturn badass glory Nom nom As with Denys other novel this has become heinously overpriced on the OOP market American Nietzsche easily going for 100 Fair warning if you should spot one at a garage sale UBS or library clearance don t hesitate Oo How can I put this book into words Haunting gothic intricate and well written should fit the bill This old bodice ripper is not politically correct nor will it beveryone s cup of tea If you have a love for the English language and gothic suspense this might be up your alleyJuana the heroine is forced to marry a young wealthy Duue who to her dismay is twisted in mind and in form The Duue is one sick puppy in ways than one Juana s peril is intricately described in Denys writing I actually felt mortal fear for her character Yet there is surprise and intrigue as she meets the dangerous yet sensuous scarred Felipe Can Juana Art, Culture, and Cuisine escape her peril and find love I won t tell you that but I will say I don t understand how this book couldver receive less than 5 stars I love this book It s one of my all time favorites I give the dge to The Silver Devil as being slightly better because that book was beautifully twisted and had memorable characters Some may prefer this book over TSD I consider both masterpieces and classics It all comes down to personal tastesThe author Teresa Denys died in a car crash in the 80 s Teresa Denys was actually Jacui Bianchi a major ditor at Mills Boon overseeing authors Penny Jordan Leigh Michaels and Emma Goldrick She obviously knew how to write Pity I can only find two books penned by her I have searched for trust me You re not likely to see talent like her again and if you happen to let me know I might owe you for finding it Whoathis romance could never be written today LOL Felipe Tristan is so dark and unscrupulous He has no ualms about going after what he wants So yes there is a boatload of dubious consent and it s very dubious So be forewarned If you hate that kind of thing you won t like this book With my penchant for bad guys though I found Tristan damn intriguing He has a nasty scar across his cheek I got the impression it was half a Glasgow grin like the Joker which
made me like him ven Denys describes him as having a great deal me like him ven Denys describes him as having a great deal menace and icy control He speaks to Juana with veiled courtesy so she s never uite sure where she stands with him Although the reader does I rather love the way Denys writes There s an louence and sensuality to her prose that gives the Reader The Feel And Ambiance Of 17th Century Spain I the feel and ambiance of 17th century Spain I in the beginning Denys describes the Duue s state Casillo Benaventes with its iron balustrades and the gaudy frescos and I felt like I had been transported there Her characters address Charting an Empire each other with a formality and stiffness that feels like another time period Andverybody is so shifty and underhanded Poor Juana de Arrelanos the heroine has been dropped into a snake pit As for the heroine I didn t mind Juana She does a couple of stupid things that made me shake my head and I thought she was rather rude to Tristan at first Yet that fits s 35 Stars Teresa Denys s writing was really really good for the first part of the book Colored Property especially in the castle She did anxcellent job of Desire and Truth evoking a creepily gothic feel with a menacing miasma ofvil schemes within schemes Even some of the very minor characters had hints of intriguing schemes their own agendas so to speak The characterization was first rate as well The supporting and minor
Characters Were Well RoundedHowever were well roundedHowever strong point is that Teresa Denysdid a very good job of showing personal growth of the very young sheltered heroine Lately I m realizing in this age of mature or independent 29 year old heroines that they often don t have room for personal growth that I The Exiles Gallery enjoy or get up to antics that are palatable to me in an 18 year old heroine than a 29 year old ape leader heroineTeresa Denys s weakness is plotting and a failure to take advantage delicious possibilities hinted at but not delivered much like chili where the cook was stinting with the spices Chili is full of hearty goodness but if the amount of spices are not right it frustrates Teresa Denys raisedxpectation repeatedly with mouth watering possibilities for the plot via some supporting and in ven very minor characters only to unexpectedly and summarily toss them aside as if they were objects that had out lived its usefulness I beg to differ She didn t get the best and fullest use of them or they were not allowed to reach their full potential to take the plot where this reader hoped it would go leaving me with a terrible case of blue balls Another weakness is that Realms of nightmare For the perfumed silks of her master's bedchamber concealed the depravity of an unbalanced mind Only swift and bru. More than a bodice ripper this classic set in 17th century Spain is a KeeperThis was my second by Denys and it s another stunningly dramatic story set in 17th century Spain and a very worthy read It tells the story of beautiful Juana de Arrelanos ldest daughter of a successful merchant who betroths her to the mysterious Bartolom Duue de Valenzuela to gain a title But Juana s heart belongs to her childhood sweetheart Jaime de Nueva and she naively hopes to persuade the Duue to let her leave when he learns she is unwillingWhen she arrives at the sprawling Childerley edifice that is Castillo Benaventes she realizes all is not as it should be She is not greeted by her intended but rather by his manipulating uncle who assures her all is well and the scornful mercenary Felipe Tristan the Duue s protector Behind Felipe s scarred visage are many secrets among them his attraction to Juana A treacherous plot is underway to use Juana to assure an heir for the family no matter her intended the Duue is not capable of siring one for he is an idiot deformed in body and depraved in soul When Juana discovers this she is desperate to get out of the coming marriage but her attempts are uickly thwarted In one brutal stroke Felipe takes away her options leaving her trappedThis was Denys first book and it s amazing As story of redemption and discovery it is rich with intrigue and passion Her writing is superb her characters well drawn and the plot intricate The tension remains until the verynd Juana is a courageous young woman whose unwilling response to Felipe reveals she is not the docile daughter others believe her to be And always Felipe the strong Cultural Excursions enigmatic foreign mercenary scarred in body and soul is there in the background pulling the strings I felt like I was living in Spain walking alongside Juana as shexperienced the horror of the plans laid out for her all the while dealing with the obstacles in her path and fighting the passion Felipe has awakened in herIt s a superbly written page turner that kept me reading late into the night Sadly Teresa Denys died suddenly in an auto accident in the late 80s and the world of romance was deprived of a great talent Her only other novel THE SILVER DEVIL is another keeper I highly recommend them both What a strange Cruelty and Laughter experience This is my second and last Teresa Denys book I knew what toxpect after The Silver Devil pretty much anything That s Cop Knowledge exactly what I got Only this time we re in Habsburg Spain and it s on the decline Those who are familiar with the Habsburg line and its interesting genealogy will know what toxpect Things are rather rotten And this is where The Flesh and the Devil shines horrible and beautiful Alas it moves on from there To morph it into something that s recognisably romance I guess Except it doesn t sit comfortably with what came before It s not that it s bad it s that it isn t as great Still The Flesh and the Devil is a fascinating read It s sad that Teresa Denys didn t get to write books I kind of pat myself on the back for taking on this book in part Spanish from a poor Kindle translation It was ven becoming in
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Due To My Only Passable Spanish I to my only passable Spanish I far meaning or perhaps read into the already wondrous sentiment through repeated readingKarla Willow and several other ladies in my circle already gave such glorious reviews of this book so I will skip the introduction and say I simply adore this book It s rich apprehensive prose heightened the abject misery Denys provided us The gothic aura she conveyed was much as a veil clinging to verything and Class and Conformity everyone like crisp linens upon antiue furniture within a sealed mansion Magnifico Sometimes I revisit chapters where Juana isxposed to sheer terror and it still gives me tingles Denys s ability to weave such a gruesome tapestry of beautiful profanity is genuinely Descartes and His Contemporaries enigmatic Invisioned a living act of Dante s Inferno s writhing agony with Kate Bush Stevie Nicks pirouetting swanning through the morbidity Such dark and delightfully tenebrous tastesJuana graduated from an overly sensitive chit to a truly strong heroine by the High Tide at Midnight ending and I was SO thrilled by that coming to fruition I did find it difficult to believe that the Duue was born with a penchant for vulgarity and perverse tastes though And I honestly consider Tristan s only reason for keeping him alive for as long as he did was because he held a trump card a useful idiot I also considered that Tristan somehow viewed his own scarred self as tantamount to the Duue s and it wasn t until his affection or fascination with Juana came into the picture that his distinction became clarified to him I do know though that gaping maw and Glasgow jaw will haunt me for years to come and the monstrosity that he unleashed on defenseless animals and the sadistic appeal he gleaned from the suffering of dying womenThis book was truly fast paced and kept menthralled as soon as i was able to recover from as I was able to recover from bout of tottering another followed up to tear down any hopes of recovery or becoming contented in its predictability Never happened I will out right admit it I was frightened pleasantly so It has to be in the top ten best written books I ve Education and Equality ever read I wish she had written than than those two we have to treasure For my comments and uotes while I read a way in depth look at my thoughts Buddy Read The Flesh and the DevilThe beginning of this was reallynjoyable there was a great Deceptive Beauties eerie Gothic tone that had mysteries and villains seemingly in the shadowsverywhere with our young xtremely sheltered heroine Juana betrothed to a lunatic Unfortunately the mysteries and villains get wrapped up perfectly uickly and a lot of things happen disappointingly off screen The middle introduces new villains but again dealt with pretty uickly and from there things kind of meander into an unceremoniously mellow with added too perfect bow moment nding The romantic relationship between the leads started off with some heat spark and burn as they clashed but then in Bodice Rip. The Duue's wealth and rank could supply Juana with pleasures beyond her wildest dreams and suffering that she could only glimpse in the.