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E process f their machinationsIt s got a very gothic feel to it as Juana is trapped under the spell Cutthroat of insanity and secrecy that hangs in the airf the Castillo de Beneventes Providing much An Eastern Orthodox Response to Evangelical Claims of the tension and threat especially to Juana s sensef who she really is under the stiff exterior The Claiming of the Shrew of a proper Spanish lady is the Duue s handler Felipe Trist n He s a giantf a man with flame copper hair a scarred face and an attitude that just dares a person to mess with him and walk away Is he a tool to break Juana s will Summoned or does he have a missionf his wnI have to admit that I really loved this character even though he was an emotionless and mentally abusive bastard throughout most f the story with a few exceptions One f those things a reader can t explain I like what I like He and Juana have a fierce attraction to each ther and neither is willing to admit it and it takes the two Baghdad, Mon Amour: A Journey of Exile and Return of them through murders andther dangers and complications sometimes self inflicted since this is nominally a romanceMy gripes are few since this was a beautifully engrossing book There are coincidences and conveniences throughout although Felipe Trist n s backstory comes into the plot and is revealed uite tidily towards the end a bit too HEA for my tastes Juana stupidly charges right into danger Dead Inside often though always manages to escape sometimes without aid so bully for her and he and Juana s distrustf each ther continues right until almost the very last page It was a bit annoying to still have them at loggerheads so close to the end but eh whatever There s a lot that makes up for itThe sex isn t graphic no weeping members r dewy lady petals and I thought it was made intense and smokin for it especially the first encounter between Felipe and Juana Caveat lector it s borderline rapeforced seduction Three words and a verb had me fanning myself Although there were some bodice ripper elements Denys style was unlike what is typical The Taste of Spruce Gum of pure historical romance and so it really is in a categoryf its wnIf you like verwhelming and dominating heroes plenty She Stoops to Conquer of intrigue and tension with an intriguing portraitf glorious Spain in decline then it s worth scrounging up a copy They re expensive 31 and up so try library loan It s how I got my copy and now I ve got to read about the Habsburg dynasty Ever see the lineage Slow Getting Up: A Story of NFL Survival from the Bottom of the Pile of the last Spanish Habsburg king Not a whole lotf branches in that there family treeThis book review has been provided by the No Book Left Behind Campaign A Bodice Ripper Readers Anonymous group initiative to review the un reviewed 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 Orb of dubious consent and it s very dubious So be forewarned If you hate that kindf 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 even Denys describes him as having a great deal f 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 elouence and sensuality to her prose that gives the reader the feel and ambiance f 17th century Spain I remember in the beginning Denys describes the Duue s estate Casillo Benaventes with its iron balustrades and the gaudy frescos and I felt like I had been transported there Her characters address each ther with a formality and stiffness that feels like another time period And everybody 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 f stupid things that made me shake my head and I thought she was rather rude to Tristan at first Yet that fits seeing how she s a proud young noblewoman Her character does go through a character arc and her perception definitely changes At first she truly can t stand the sight Multi-Family Therapy of Tristan and she s every bit the highborn lady I remember reading in another book about how when the Spanish ladiesf the court walked across a room it appeared as if their shirts were floating across the floor I can believe Juana does this 1 What did you think National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, 7th Edition of the plotstory line I thought the storyline was a bit like The Perilsf Pauline Juana gets in ne life threatening scrape after another This is especially true f the last half f the book which I couldn t set down Yet it s not always Tristan saving her Denys surprised me a few times because things didn t always turn ut the way you might expect She s a very unpredictable author2 What was your favoriteleast favorite part view spoilerMy favorite part was the end when Tristan and Juana finally came together and admitted their love I don t think I ve read an ending so satisfying since Pride and Prejudice It felt so good to have these two finally talk everything A History of Prophecy in Israel, Revised and Enlarged out I actually read the end twiceMy least favorite part was how the characterf Bartolome was handled Every horrible trait imaginable was handed to him Not Think good thoughts about a pussycat only is he horribly disfigured and mentally slow he s a sadistic pervert I think it s so unfair to make him notnly look monstrous but be monstrous n the inside I would have preferred if he had been handled with a little bit compassion Although for the plot to move as it did he had to be cruel hide spoiler For my comments and uotes while I read a way in depth look at my thoughts Buddy Read The Flesh and the DevilThe beginning f this was really enjoyable there was a great eerie Gothic tone that had mysteries and villains seemingly in the shadows everywhere 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 f beautiful Juana de Arrelanos eldest Realms f nightmare For the perfumed silks Sex and Lust in Tijuana: True Sex Stories of the Tjamigos of her master's bedchamber concealed the depravityf an unbalanced mind Only swift and bru.
Kindness is a painless thing to give and easy a sop to those you do not need Friendship and kindness have nought to do with this For a moment the look in his eyes as brilliant as an eagle s in the harsh inscrutability f his face terrified her I am not kind to the air I breathe nor the food I eat nor to you The Flesh and the Devil is nly Tea for Ruby onef two novels written by Teresa Denys pen name The Life of Saint Philip Neri of Jacueline Bianchi an immensely talented writer and editor whose life was unfortunately cut short tragically decades agoIt is therefore hard for me not to compare it to Denysther novel The Silver Devil a similarly dark gothic historical fiction centered around anahemforceful courtship shall we say between an unrepentantly rakish hedonistic Duke f the Italian Renaissance and the lowly yet proud tavern wench that he ra How can I put this book into words Haunting gothic intricate and well written should fit the bill This ld bodice ripper is not politically correct nor will it be everyone s cup f 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 ne sick puppy in ways than I only Like the Fingers of the Guy I Hate, Vol. 1 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 escape her peril and find love I won t tell you that but I will say I don t understand how this book could ever receive less than 5 stars I love this book It sne The Whistle Pig of my all time favorites I give the edge to The Silver Devil as being slightly better because that book was beautifully twisted and had memorable characters Some may prefer this bookver 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 editor at Mills Boon verseeing authors Penny Jordan Leigh Michaels and Emma Goldrick She bviously knew how to write Pity I can nly find two books penned by her I have I kind f pat myself Church Planting Is for Wimps: How God Uses Messed-Up People to Plant Ordinary Churches That Do Extraordinary Things on the back for takingn this book in part Spanish from a poor Kindle translation It was even becoming in that format for some peculiar reason I can t rightly name Maybe due to my A Stepdaughter In Heat only passable Spanish I ingested far meaningr perhaps read into the already wondrous sentiment through repeated readingKarla Willow and several ther ladies in my circle already gave such glorious reviews f 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 everything and everyone like crisp linens upon antiue furniture within a sealed mansion Magnifico Sometimes I revisit chapters where Juana is exposed to sheer terror and it still gives me tingles Denys s ability to weave such a gruesome tapestry Rufus of beautiful profanity is genuinely enigmatic I envisioned a living actf 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 verly sensitive chit to a truly strong heroine by the 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 nly 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 You Are a Miserable Excuse for a Hero!: Book One in the Just Make a Choice! Series own scarred self as tantamount to the Duue s and it wasn t until his affectionr 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 n defenseless animals and the sadistic appeal he gleaned from the suffering f dying womenThis book was truly fast paced and kept me enthralled as soon as I was able to recover from Women and Social Work: Towards a Woman-Centered Practice one boutf tottering another followed up to tear down any hopes f recovery r becoming contented in its predictability Never happened I will The Cowboys out right admit it I was frightened pleasantly so It has to be in the top ten best written books I ve ever read I wish she had written than than those two we have to treasure Wow what a weird and beautiful book My expectations were pretty high because it s so rare as is Denysnly Sins of Treachery other novel The Silver Devil and they were met for the most part The premise is pretty simple Girl is soldff into marriage to a faceless duke and danger and passion ccur in the most unexpected ways with love and hatred being eual motivesWhat I loved most was Denys economy f language She manages to convey the dilapidated and rotting Spanish nobility and all its various parasites with vivid characters that are described with sharp brushstrokes Sometimes it can verge My Grandfather's Prison: A Story of Death and Deceit in 1940s Kansas City on the repetitious the heroanti hero Felipe Trist n is described as speaking tonelesslyr unemotionally a lot but ften it was used to great effect to describe a cast f characters from a nightmarish Goya family portrait There are in bred royal by blows indebted countesses turned procurers greedy uncles lustful and conniving aunts and peasants who will do anything to survive in a kingdom vertaxed and ruled by a social class unworthy f the responsibilityIn the middle f this is Juana de Arrelanos a merchant s daughter who is ripped away from her sweetheart to marry the Duue de Valenzuela While not f the nobility she is imperious with the standing that her family s money gives her and is determined that this marriage nonsense will not go through Unfortunately there are parties that are eually determined that the marriage will Papi's Gift or will not in the casef His Majesty Philip IV happen and they don t much care what happens to the bride in th. The Duue's wealth and rank could supply Juana with pleasures beyond her wildest dreams and suffering that she could nly glimpse in the.
Aughter f 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 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 f siring ne for he is an idiot deformed in body and depraved in soul When Juana discovers this she is desperate to get ut f the coming marriage but her attempts are uickly thwarted In ne brutal stroke Felipe takes away her ptions leaving her trappedThis was Denys first book and it s amazing As story f 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 very end Juana is a courageous young woman whose unwilling response to Felipe reveals she is not the docile daughter thers believe her to be And always Felipe the strong 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 she experienced the horror The First Socialist Society: A History of the Soviet Union from Within of the plans laidut for her all the while dealing with the The Coming Revolution in Youth Ministry 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 worldf romance was deprived File Under: Arson of a great talent Hernly Wicked Sense other novel THE SILVER DEVIL is another keeper I highly recommend them both 35 Stars Teresa Denys s writing was really really good for the first partf the book especially in the castle She did an excellent job f evoking a creepily gothic feel with a menacing miasma f evil schemes within schemes Even some Powerless Against You of the very minor characters had hintsf intriguing schemes their wn agendas so to speak The characterization was first rate as well The supporting and minor characters were well roundedHowever another strong point is that Teresa Denysdid a very good job f showing personal growth f the very young sheltered heroine Lately I m realizing in this age f mature Dobys Lessons (Brats in Training or independent 29 yearld heroines that they The Texan Meets His Match often don t have room for personal growth that I enjoyr get up to antics that are palatable to me in an 18 year ld heroine than a 29 year ld 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 f hearty goodness but if the amount f spices are not right it frustrates Teresa Denys raised expectation repeatedly with mouth watering possibilities for the plot via some supporting and in even very minor characters The Heretic's Handbook (Kindle Single) only to unexpectedly and summarily toss them aside as if they werebjects that had Blue Guide New York out lived its usefulness I beg to differ She didn t get the best and fullest usef them r 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 f blue balls Another weakness is that I had a hard time seeing why the MCs were together in the first place They certainly had no idea why they were together While they did have strong chemistry Teresa Denys did not drop little hints Monsieur de Saint-George: Virtuoso, Swordsman, Revolutionary: A Legendary Life Rediscovered or clues to the readerf an emotional connection Garden of The Gods or the growthf ne They were partners in crime but I couldn t see a connection based n much besides those two thingsThis second and final book The Fruits of Graft: Great Depressions Then and Now of Teresa Denys showed a very strong promise as an HR with good writing plot detailf the time and place If she had not died I would have concluded by saying that I look forward to reading from her and watching her realize the promise that she demonstrated in this book Officially 45 stars I loved the setting the prose the first 34ths f the whole Rather it was the last bit esp Juana s verdone Musical Mathematics: On the Art and Science of Acoustic Instruments obstinance re the revealf her true feelings that irked my nerves enough to round down It was rather like STORMFIRE in that the gorgeous isolated gothic ripper vibe was deflated by an unnecessarily drawn Goig 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 excellent read very well written atmospheric with vivid villains I love me those OTT whackadoodle aristocrats D a pairf MCs who are beyond flamboyant in their angst riddled hatesex I really loved the gloomy darkness that permeates everything 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 Where Alligators Sleep other novel this has become heinouslyverpriced Saraswati Park on the OOP market easily going for 100 Fair warning if you should spotne at a garage sale UBS Ten Weeks with Chinese Bandits or library clearance don t hesitate Oo What a strange experience This is my second and last Teresa Denys book I knew what to expect after The Silver Devil pretty much anything That s exactly what I got Only this time we re in Habsburg Spain and it sn the decline Those who are familiar with the Habsburg line and its interesting genealogy will know what to expect Things are rather rotten And this is where The Flesh and the Devil shines horrible and beautiful Alas it moves n 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 book. Tal action by scar faced Felipe the arrogant protector could conjure her escape but his protection she finds demands humiliating paymen.
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Denys was Jacui Bianchi a major editor at Mills & Boon overseeing such authors as Penny Jordan Leigh Michaels and Emma Goldrick She died suddenly apparently in a car crash in 1987 or 1988