Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Feature Review: "Charming the Devil," By Lois Grieman

By Amy Kennedy, RBTB Contributing Editor

My dad would often say, “Be brave and love each other.” Those words comforted me over the years, yet, today they take on a different meaning, and I wonder if he also meant, be brave enough to love each other.

Well, bravery is exactly what the hero and heroine need to find love in Lois Greiman’s warm, witty and sensual historical paranormal, “Charming the Devil,” third in her Witches of Mayfair trilogy. Rogan McBain, a former soldier and a mountain of a man, faces any danger as a natural protector, but a woman’s deception has him unsure with the fairer sex. Faye Nettles was abused by a father-figure and threatened by his giant henchman. Now she’s happy to hide in the safety of Lavender House, home of Les Chausettes, a coven of government witches.

Faye longs to be a full member of Les Chausettes, proving she can use her gift of sensing lies for good. So, when she’s asked to attend a ball to question McBain about the murder of a nobleman, she accepts the challenge. If only the thought of speaking to men didn’t paralyze her.

McBain never expects the faery-like beauty he defends from the unwanted advances of a “gentleman” to bash him in the face with a flower pot, nor to find her on his doorstep near dawn apologizing to him. While he doesn’t care she gave him a black eye, he does care that Faye’s come to him, and, wanting to see her again, he clumsily invites her to...a fox hunt.

Physically their differences are extreme, which makes it such a surprise that their personalities are alike. Now that Faye’s talking to McBain and not running from him, she hears truth rumbling from his lips, and sees the actions of a gentle, sensitive soul. McBain sees Faye’s bravery in her sticking up for those in need.

At another party, Faye’s accosted in a darkened library. As Faye tells herself it couldn’t have been McBain, she can’t stop herself from confronting him in the middle of the night. Even as she accuses him, she’s nearly undone by the sight of him in nothing but a plaid. Faye’s not sure if she’s overwhelmed or mesmerized by his size. Shaken by her appearance in his bedroom, McBain offers her only the truth: he would never harm her. But, now he’s determined to find out who did.

As their relationship deepens, and the investigation continues, each thinks the other has possibly killed. Yet neither gives a damn, at least not enough for it to stop them from falling in love, all the while knowing they can’t live a happily ever after together…if one of them is hanged for murder.

In “Charming the Devil,” Greiman wraps the reader in lush language as she makes us care deeply for Faye and McBain, then surprises us with laugh-out-loud moments. Greiman’s Witches of Mayfair series is enjoyed by historical and paranormal romance fans alike, but you won’t enjoy this love story unless you –

Buy the book.

Faye and Rogan had to overcome some deep-seated fears in order to love each other. What fears in your life were you willing to face in order to get what you wanted?

23 comments:

amy kennedy said...

I've been thinking about my own question. Some days it feels like I have to face dozens of fears, not, I suppose, to get what I really want, but just to get through my day. And I'm a confident woman...sheesh.

Kara said...

Sounds like a fantastic book!! I have a question though...would it be okay to read this out of order...can it stand on its own?? I really really hate reading a series out of order...but I love the review you did on this book!!

LOL...maybe that's a fear I am going to have to face to get what I want...going against my OCD tendencies and read this book!!!

Becke Davis said...

Amy - GREAT review but, darn it, now I had to go order not just one book, but all three in this series.

amy kennedy said...

Kara, it's so easy to say, "oh, yeah, you can read it on it's own," when I've read all the books in the series...that said, I would read all three books. The arcs of some of the secondary characters are key to this story. And they are all fabulous.

amy kennedy said...

Becke, thank you. You won't regret it!

Gannon Carr said...

Amy, I read and reviewed Seduced By Your Spell last year--loved it! This one is definitely on my list. :-)

jedisakora said...

Great review. I've added it to my to-read list. ^^ Something that i recently faced in order to get what i wanted was my fear of talking to someone i don't really know. Talking to someone i don't know has always made me extremely nervous and so i've kinda of always avoided it if possible. I've over come it somewhat lately in oder to get an internship at the local historic society. I'm now working there regularly and talking the president has open another volunteer job altogether as well. ^^

Melissa

amy kennedy said...

Wow Melissa/jedisakora -- that's huge. I love that facing it and moving through it has opened more possibilities.

I hate asking for things -- it sounds so stupid, but, there it is. But the more I do it, the easier it gets. I think the realization that I deserve lots of things helped me. And I don't ask so much anymore -- I do more telling.

amy kennedy said...

Hey Gannon, oh yeah, I loved Seduced by Your Spell. Her characters never fit neatly into a category -- I love that.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

yeah, ,yeah, yeah, great feature, blahblahblah, look fear in the eye and dope slap it, etc., etc. But what really needs to be remarked upon is just how pretty the boy is on the cover. sheesh. where are all your priorities? I thought I'd learned you better.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Kara? Did we know this about you? That you;re one of those serial series readers? I'm sure Amy's told you you can read these out of 'order' but that it could be fun to read them in order. Does that cover it, Ames?

And btw, after reading this feature, i had to pick up my copy of this and start reading it when, really, i should be doing other things... Grieman is so damn funny in real life and is able to write a witty book w/out her novels having that 'hey, look at me, I'm being funny!' tone about them. make sense? my husband, male perspective guy, even has read one of her rom suspenses and thought it was hilarious. and sexy. and i don't think there even waws any real sex in it. go figure.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Melissa, you ROCK! How 'bout you! That is so awesome. Before you know it, you'll be just like me, knocking your head against all kinds of walls and being perfectly content to hear "NO! What, are you kidding me?" at every turn. Well, except you'll be hearing more yes. And see, there you are doing something in your field, right? Very wicked cool that you had the goal and made it happen by staring down any concerns you'd had. :)

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

seriously, amy, good work. i couldn't not pick up the book after I read this.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Hi, Gannon! I hear you folks at TheRomanceDish.com have some great news to tell!

amy kennedy said...

Michelle, he is seriously gorgeous, but he's not large enough...on the cover. Could I have him in the life-size model? Yes, thank you.

Pamela Keener said...

Thanks for the review. I am intrigued and now must check out this series *wink*.

I remember 30+ years ago being a cadet in the State Police Academy.
I was doing reasonably well in the academic portion but was failing miserably in the physical portion. This was 1978 & I had never run in my life. I could do umpteen situps but running, high jumps, pull ups and boxing were going to be the death of me especially those darn pull ups. I'd literally cry buckets because I couldn't do it but that pushed me on to just do it. After 16 weeks I had to do 2 pull ups in order to go home for the weekend yet I couldn't do one. That Sunday night before the next PT exam where I now had to do 3 pull ups I went to the bar and lo and behold instead of just hanging there I did 3. I was so stunned I thought it was a fluke. The next morning I agonized if I could pull it off I didn't even tell my roomate about my success. There were about 30 cadets in my platoon and I was the next to the last one in line. I wish I could have seen the surprise on Sgt Sparks face as I went up to the bar and completed my task. His only response, of course, was why didn't you do 2 so you could go home. When the 6 months of training was over I completed all the physical tasks and Sgt Sparks told me I did a great job. By then I disliked him that much that I just shook my head thanks. Without his pushing me and saying I couldn't do it and me proving that I could who knows what I would have done. That exercise showed me that I am capable of anything I would ever want to accomplish.
Love & Hugs,
Pam

PJ said...

Wonderful review, Amy! I love this series and can't wait to pick up a copy of Charming the Devil. McBain sounds like a hero I could fall head over heels in love with.

I've faced a few fears in my life but with each one that I overcame I became a little stronger, a little more confident, a little more prepared to face the next fear that came along.

PJ said...

Hi, Gannon! I hear you folks at TheRomanceDish.com have some great news to tell!

Michelle, are you talking about tonight?

amy kennedy said...

Pam, what a great story, and it's telling that even though you couldn't stand him (Sgt) you understood he's the one who motivated you.

Alright PJ, Gannon and Michelle. What gives...

PJ -- I wish this series would go on, I want a story line for Cur.

PJ said...

Michelle's response to Gannon reminded me of a fear that I'm working to overcome today. The ladies of TheRomanceDish.com (Gannon, Andrea, Buffie and me) will be appearing on the Reader's Entertainment Radio show at blogtalkradio.com today at 6:00pm (Eastern).

We're thrilled and excited for this opportunity but I'm a radio show virgin and admit to being just a wee bit nervous. Okay, okay! A lot nervous! I have this fear that either my brain will freeze (which is why I have notes) or that I'll lose my place and start rambling (which I have a tendency to do when I'm nervous). You can help me not make a fool of myself by calling in with questions during the show. Too much dead air makes PJ a very chatty lady. ;-)

Call in at 646-200-4071 or stop by http://tinyurl.com/yh579mf to listen to the show or chat on the live chat board. You can also come back an hour after the show and download the podcast.

Thanks for the shout-out, Michelle!

Gannon Carr said...

Thanks, Michelle! I'm with PJ, the butterflies have taken up residence in my stomach already! I'm hoping I don't ramble either--it's a real possibility. ;-)

Hope to see/hear some of the Bellas there!

amy kennedy said...

You guys! That is soooo cool. I would so call in, but I work until 6:15, and I don't think the library patrons would appreciate it, but I'll definately download it later.

PJ said...

Amy, you can listen to the entire show by clicking on the blogtalkradio widget at The Romance Dish.

We had a blast but listening back after the show was a little weird, I have to say. I never realized I said the word "um" quite so much! lol! Going to have to work on that.