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Accidental re read The story opens with the heroine aiming a gun at the hero and demanding the diamond he took when he married her 8 years before and then left her within hours The cascading issues for the heroine view spoiler Her father committed suicide since his business collapsed after the loss of the diamond for collateral.The heroine went to work in a jewelry store that was robbed when she was six month pregnant She was beaten resulting in the loss of her daughter and her fertility Her fiance left her.Now the jewelry store owner has cancer and the heroine is desperate for money So she robs the hero and makes him hand cuff himself to the bed while she escapes.She also upset the hero didn t recognize her and she still has hang ups about being overweight when she was 18.The hero tracks her down because of a GPS device on the necklace and forces her to marry him for six months in retaliation for the PTSD he suffered by being handcuffed Seems he was in the gorilla forces in Argentina and had been handcuffed and tortured Now he s rich, rich, rich and he s helping out his fellow orphans The story really slows down when the heroine goes to Argentina and starts thinking of the hero as this great, misunderstood guy There are some gloppy family scenes with his sister A sub plot with a 16 year old single mom being killed in a car accident and the heroine bonding with the newborn she had left behind The hero won t let her adopt the kid because their marriage is temporary.The heroine leaves because she loves him Hero follows a few months later Let s adopt the kid HEA hide spoiler Had a lot of potential for angst and love but somehow just missed the mark for me To much seemed to happen too soon I guess I didn t like the hero very well and felt that his atrocious actions in the past were not adequately made up for There was story that fit neatly into the small HP format. Did not finish, read 40% The writing style rubbed me wrong I was not enjoying it.WRITING STYLE The writing style was emotional exaggeration contradictory feelings within the moment It was too back and forth for me It didn t feel logical It wasn t real enough I don t know what to call this It s not purple prose, but it s something purple Some examples follow from pages 66 to 74.He should be offended, and yet he was mostly amused He should still be angry, but everything was going his way and that pleased him She flashed him a look of pure loathing It was rather like a kitten trying to imitate a tiger She simply couldn t pull it off.She said Why do you have to be nice He said I can cease this niceness if it pleases you Oh no, she said I want to see how long you can keep it up Marcos looked so cold, so remote and cruel that she wondered He was so brutal beneath that layer of charm He said I would not stop his treatment She stared at him It was the last thing she d expected Marcos had a human side.She intended to honor the agreement Francesca did not go back on her word once it was given She had integrity, no matter what he believed about her Then she told him she would wear the necklace Disbelief crossed his handsome face You just stated you would not Most adamantly Francesca shrugged.Now maybe some readers will delight in this But it does not appeal to me.PLOT The plot is one of those overused Heroine steals something to pay medical bills for someone close When things go wrong she promises to do anything if Marcos will pay those bills I don t mind books with similar plots if other things are done well Do something interesting or unique with it But that was not done here I felt let down.DATA Narrative mode 3rd person Book length 186 pages Swearing language mild Sexual content probably some Setting current day Washington, D.C and Argentina Copyright 2010 Genre contemporary romance. WOW wonderful intense emotional second chance at love story,liked the way story develops with tensions drama passion and love blossoms between them,loved both Francesca Marco both have suffered so much in the past and have their own issues which makes them reluctant to accept their love for each other but Marco takes the leap towards HEA,the way he convinces Francesca is sweetThe sudden marriage announcement by Marco confused me,would have liked of an insight on Marco s thoughts and feelings as to why Marco made that deal of 3 months MOC Overall a very good readRecommend it Wow What a goodread I blasted through this book while waiting on our youngest to fall asleep, and it was worth the discomfort of sitting on the floor.The only thing that kept this book from being 5 stars for me was the extremely sudden proposal of re marriage on the part of the hero Oh, well Other than that, there was passion, emotion, drama, and some painful real life issues that earned than the usual syrupy sweet ending. The story begins, rather violently, with the hero Marcos being held at gunpoint in his hotel room by a thief attempting to steal his family heirloom El Coraz n del Diablo, a necklace with a large and valuable yellow diamond pendant The situation causes painful memories of Marcos s past experiences of brutal warfare What Marcos doesn t realise is that the thief is Francesca, the heroine and the girl he married eight years previously in order to reclaim the diamond, which had fallen into her fathers hands by deceit Marcos had left as soon as Francesca had given him the diamond Francesca has stolen the diamond back in order to be able to sell it and pay for medical treatment for a dear friend and for revenge against Marcos Francesca has lived a difficult life in the eight years since she married including being disowned by her family and a brutal attack and miscarriage When Marcos tracks her and the diamond down there is a fierce confrontation between them Marcos insists on them re marrying in order to stop any further claims over ownership to the diamond He is also determined to seduce Francesca, something he never got to do before, and make her want him back Well, what a story I have tried to keep the description above as brief as possible as I really don t want to spoil it too much Throughout this book there are so many secrets and revelations that I couldn t wait to turn each page It was a real roller coaster of emotions, I kept going from being on the edge of my seat to feeling heartbroken This book was dark with a capital D The characters were really well developed, both held scars from the past and were each struggling to live their lives and deal with these at the same time Marcos was so complex, I didn t like him at first, in fact I m still not sure if I liked him but he was a true Alpha male deliciously tortured yet incredibly caring and dedicated to making the world a better place The Journey the characters went on was amazing, they had both been to hell and back and you know what, reading this I felt like I had been right there with them, and this made the HEA extremely satisfying The writing is flawless, how Lynn Raye Harris managed to contain this to 185 pages I ll never know I cannot praise this book enough, I just don t have the words Lynn, thank you for writing this book.A must read.Originally posted at .Download Epub ☢ The Devil's Heart ♹ Francesca D Oro Was Just Eighteen When Darkly Sexy Marcos Navarre Swept Her Up The Aisle Then Fled Before The Ink On The Marriage License Had Dried Marcos Might Have Given Francesca A Jewel For Her Finger, But He Stole Another The Devil S Heart, A Dazzling Yellow Diamond He Believed Belonged To His FamilyYears Later, Francesca, No Longer So Youthfully Naive, Is Determined To Reclaim The Precious Gem But She S Forgotten That Marcos Lives Up To The Treasure S Name And Dealing With The Devil Is Always Dangerous Thank you Goodreads First Reads I ll get back to you.Okay, so I ve now finished the book It was pretty good I could not decide whether to give it three stars or four I ll be honest, though I sat down and read this book the whole way through, so that should count for something It was a nice distraction from my work I loved the first chapter It instantly sucked you in Here we have a strong, undeniably masculine character He knows what he wants He is ruthless VERY attractive And yet, he s at the wrong end of a gun clutched by although he doesn t know it his old nemesis I m a sucker for that kind of stuff The pacing of the novel was pretty decent there wasn t any unnecessary clutter I am also glad that Ms Harris took the time to develop the characters, especially since this is a short novel I do feel that perhaps Navarre s past could have been developed a little We know he lived on the streets and was tortured at one point, but some of the details were still a little murky for me Frankie also had quite the history, but that was much clearer I liked that she was so committed to saving Jacques.The only problem I really encountered with this novel was in its length Frankly, the book is short it s only 190 pages While I did say the pacing was good, the shortness of the novel did make some scenes appear rushed This could be a prerequisite for this type of novel, though But I know I speak for a lot of readers when I say that I would not have minded at least another 100 pages All in all, there aren t really any problems with this book The author is very talented It s a fast paced, completely self indulgent book Happy endings all around Which is good Who wants to read a depressing story And if I read it in one sitting, you know it s worth your time.Thanks Ms Harris for signing my copy I completely wasn t expecting it Francesca D Oro and Marcos Navarre have a past together, and it s not a happy one When Francesca was 18, her and Marcos had gotten married Unfortunately he ran off on her and took a rare yellow diamond from her family that he believed belonged to his family Now that Francesca is older and wiser, she decides it s time to reclaim the yellow diamond and that means facing Marcos once The Devil s Heart is a story of a damaged woman and a damaged man who learn to come to terms with the terrible events of their pasts and move on to start living in the present together It s about living in the today rather than being trapped in the yesterday The addition of a theme of that depth was enjoyable for me It turned the typical Harlequin Romance formula into something much easier to connect to, something intricate but accessible The characters started out distant to me, but as the story progressed they became human With every passing chapter, the author revealed something new and often tragic about the characters pasts The layers were peeled back to unveil characters that were genuinely likeable My only complaint with the characters is that I would have liked to delve a little deeper into their back stories, especially with regards to Marcos He definitely remained a bit of a mystery, a very sexy mystery.I liked the settings in this book The author described the beauty of Buenos Aires but also described some of it s flaws like the homeless youth The settings cemented the story for me It made it feel authentic and real.The Devil s Heart is a short book at only 185 pages, so it would make a perfect weekend read I recommend it to those looking for a fast, fun, sexy, happily ever after read Won as a Goodreads First Read I liked this book much better than I expected to Instead of a hero who is unreasonable, arrogant, and used to always getting his own way, I found a hero who had a difficult background to overcome and is somewhat vulnerable because of it he is still an alpha male but one with a heart and soul Instead of a heroine who is a pushover or a vamp, I found a heroine who is uncertain of her own worth and is fiercely loyal to those she loves The two of them together are practically combustible, and I really liked seeing them grow to truly care for each other This one will go on my keeper shelf.Won on Goodreads First Reads 3 1 2011 Waiting for the book to arrive Received the book on 3 5 wow, that s fast