The Devil’s Delilah (Regency Noblemen #2) by Loretta Chase

Synopsis from Goodreads:
Hot-tempered and unpredictable, Delilah Desmond was indeed the devil’s daughter.
“Devil” Desmond, to be exact, society’s most infamous rogue who had just completed his scandalous memoirs. A great many dreaded the tell-all publication, including his daughter, for it meant certain social ruin. No gentleman of the ton would offer for a lady with such a checkered lineage!

Determined to suppress the manuscript, Delilah enlisted the aid of bookish Jack Langdon, whose rumpled brown hair and poetic grey eyes hid a passionate heart beating most wildly for one spirited young lady in particular. Meanwhile, as other determined thieves vowed to steal the tell-all book themselves, Delilah saw her simple larceny growing more complex by the hour….

There's a white woman with dark hair dressed in a white, voluminous dress sitting on or leaning against a settee. She's wearing elbow-high gloves. Her face from chin up is cut from the picture. The cover reads: The Devil's Delilah, New York Times Best Selling Author, Loretta Chase.There are some expectations that come with reading a Loretta Chase novel. Good characters, good writing, and an occasional witty line but also an iffy plot. It’s too bad that this book focuses on the plot build around Devil Desmond’s memoirs at the expense of the characters. And this is coming from a plot girl.

The first half of the book is dedicated to Jack Langdon, the dull bookworm, who is somewhat an exceptional hero. He’s not the the type to whisk his intended to Gretna Green or lure her between the bushes and away from the chaperones, though he’s not above stealing the occasional kiss and offering heartfelt apologies later—right before he steals another kiss. But he devious and worms his way into Delilah’s heart and thoughts.

The problem is I’m not quite sure what Jack sees in Delilah. His infatuation is too superficial and focused on her beauty rather than her magnificent linguistic skills. There’s a monologue where he explains himself towards the end but it’s hardly as memorable as all the things he does for Delilah that show exactly why she’d fall for him.

Speaking of Delilah. She’s another wonderful Loretta Chase heroine. She’s headstrong, opinionated, and highly spirited woman. Yes, I just typed up a clichéd list, but the difference is in the writing. Delilah gets her chance in the second half of the book and her irrational behaviour starts to make sense. Not much, but some.

Another strong voice in the book is the Devil Desmond himself. He’s supposed to be a notorious rake from years back but by the time the reader is introduced to him, he’s merely a devoted, although an unconventional parent. He’s the paragon of what many romance authors hope to write—and fail miserably—as a scoundrel redeemed by love. And he’s merely a secondary character.

As I said, the book is build around searching, finding, and stealing the Devil Desmond’s memoirs. It offers a wonderful excuse for Jack and Delilah to keep meeting each other but it also limits the depths of their discussions. Instead of taking a moment or two to show the young couple to do more than quip at each other, Chase brushes the in depth philosophical discussions aside as mere distractions from THE dilemma of an inconvenient expose book.

That makes this a strong three star meh-read but I’m rounding up the rating because of the ending.

Now, I wonder what Anachronist would think about this.

This entry was posted in book review, historical, rameau, read in 2013, romance and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

9 Responses to The Devil’s Delilah (Regency Noblemen #2) by Loretta Chase

  1. Anachronist reporting for duty 😉
    I remember reading that one and it was approximately ‘a strong meh’ as well – I didn’t even bother with a review. I agree that Devil Desmond kind of stole the show from his headstrong daugher and her admirer but I admit I liked poor Jack better than you.

  2. blodeueddb says:

    I was just about to say that I am sure Ana would not have fallen for it 😉

  3. heidenkind says:

    The last Loretta Chase novel I read was Silk is for Seduction. After that I was DONE.

    • I remember reading your review of that one, with the three Moirai seamstresses and a hot mess of a plot – I loved your analysis so much! It’s so sad when an author is getting worse instead of getting better. I wonder what’s happened?

      • heidenkind says:

        Maybe it’s the editors or she’s just not that interested in romance anymore? It seems like a lot of the good romance authors from the late ’90s and early aughts have burnt out.

  4. It seems like a lot of the good romance authors from the late ’90s and early aughts have burnt out.

    I’ve noticed it as well – it seems very difficult, after a while, to create something new and fresh in that genre. The authors either recycle the same ideas like forever, losing the readers and the steam, or they switch to another genre completely.

  5. xaurianx says:

    Okay, not a book for me …

Comments are closed.