Title: The Devil’s Thief (The Saint’s Devils series, book #1)
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Samantha Kane
Publisher: Loveswept, Nov 2012
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from amazon.com:
The daughter of a reformed jewel thief, Julianna Harte knows a thing or two about stealth. When the foundling home she provides for finds itself in dire financial straits, Julianna is forced to do the unthinkable. In a bit of misguided Robin Hood derring-do, she slips through the window of a wealthy rake to search for a treasure she knows is there: an invaluable pearl. But when the towering and very naked occupant of the moonlit bedroom ambushes her with a bargain—a night in his bed in exchange for the pearl—Julianna doesn’t know if it’s masculine heat or sheer desperation that makes his terms so tempting.
Alasdair Sharpe had no intention of keeping his end of the bargain. Planning to offer his little cat burglar carte blanche instead, he promptly loses himself in the delights of unexpected pleasure. But when he awakes the next morning to find his family heirloom gone, fury quickly replaces sensual languor. Of course, Alasdair is more than willing to use seduction to reclaim his stolen pearl—and find the key to Julianna’s heart.
Not mentioned in the description blurb are the other members of The Saint’s Devils.
“The Saint’s Devils are a group of rakes that have been friends since their school days. Their unofficial leader is Sir Hilary St John, a brilliant, hedonistic Sherlock Holmes character who helps his friends solve mysteries surrounding their heroine in each book…” from Samantha Kane.US the author’s website.
The other member besides Alisdair and Hilary is Roger Templeton. Because Julianna causes them so much trouble by stealing the pearl they band together to help Alisdair recover the pearl. At times it does seem that Hilary St. John is the only member of the team that has a brain. Roger is usually drunk and Alisdair is really dim witted. Julianna is naïve, not so innocent since handing over her virginity to Alisdair, and routinely makes dangerous forays into the underbelly of London. Wiley, a charismatic minor criminal offers most of the sanity in the story of the pearl’s recovery.
This book is a rather lighthearted read, very sexy, at times laugh out loud funny and at times silly. I recommend it to those who want a light, easy going read with some steamy sex scenes.