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Ning chemistry The author did a fantastic job of setting the place and time there was some inserted political talk but my favorite was Juana s personal growth Juana goes from being a purposefully sheltered naive girl to a solid capable woman and the author did a wonderful job showcasing all the bumps in the road it took her to get there Officially 45 stars I loved the setting the prose the first 34ths of the whole Rather it was the last bit sp Juana s overdone obstinance re the reveal of her true feelings that irked my nerves Indianomix enough to round down It was rather like STORMFIRE in that the gorgeous isolated gothic ripper vibe was deflated by an unnecessarily drawn out final act But my uibbles are nit picky so don t let them stop you from tracking down a copy O How can I put this book into words Haunting gothic intricate and well written should fit the bill This old bodice ripper is not politically correct nor will it beveryone s cup of 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 one sick puppy in ways than 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 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 of dubious consent and it s very dubious So be forewarned If you hate that kind of 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 ven Denys describes him as having a great deal of 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 louence and sensuality to her prose that gives the reader the feel and ambiance of 17th century Spain I remember in the beginning Denys describes the Duue s Doglands estate Casillo Benaventes with its iron balustrades and the gaudy frescos and I felt like I had been transported there Her characters addressach other with a formality and stiffness that feels like another time period And Riveted (Iron Seas, 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 of 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 of Tristan and she svery bit the highborn lady I remember reading in another book about how when the Spanish ladies of 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 of the plotstory line I thought the storyline was a bit like The Perils of Pauline Juana gets in one life threatening scrape after another This is An Officer and a Spy especially true of the last half of 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 out the way you mightxpect She s a very unpredictable author2 What was your favoriteleast favorite part view spoilerMy favorite part was the Fates (Fates, end when Tristan and Juana finally came together and admitted their love I don t think I ve read annding so satisfying since Pride and Prejudice It felt so good to have these two finally talk Recipe for Temptation (Madewood Brothers, everything out I actually read thend twiceMy least favorite part was how the character of Bartolome was handled Every horrible trait imaginable was handed to him Not only is he horribly disfigured and mentally slow he s a sadistic pervert I think it s so unfair to make him not only look monstrous but be monstrous on 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 35 Stars Teresa Denys s writing was really really good for the first part of the book specially in the castle She did an xcellent job of OBaby evoking a creepily gothic feel with a menacing miasma ofvil schemes within schemes Even some of the very minor characters had hints of intriguing schemes their own 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 of showing personal growth of the very young sheltered heroine Lately I m realizing in this age of mature or independent 29 year old heroines that they often don t have room for personal growth that I Nerds enjoy or get up to antics that are palatable to me in an 18 year old heroine than a 29 year old ape leader heroineTeresa D Kindness is a painless thing to give andasy a sop to those you do not need Friendship and kindness have nought to do with this For a moment the look in his Zack (Areion Fury MC eyes as brilliant as anagle s in the harsh inscrutability of his face terrified her I am not kind to the air I breathe nor the food I Shadow on the Crown (The Emma of Normandy Trilogy, eat nor to you The Flesh and the Devil is only one of two novels written by Teresa Denys pen name of Jacueline Bianchi an immensely talented writer andditor whose life was unfortunately cut short tragically decades agoIt is therefore hard for me not to compare it to Denys other novel The Silver Devil a similarly dark gothic historical fiction centered around anahemforceful courtship shall we say between an unrepentantly rakish hedonistic Duke of the Italian Renaissance and the lowly yet proud tavern wench that he ravishes on a whimIn The Flesh and the Devil the tables are turned The heroine Juana is a member of the Spanish upper classes betrothed to a mysterious Spanish Duke with seemingly royal connections and therefore untouchable The hero Felipe is not only a mere servant but an outcast a foreigner who had to flee England under religious persecution and who now must now ply his trade as hired mercenary or thug to po. Realms of nightmare For the perfumed silks of her master's bedchamber concealed the depravity of an unbalanced mind Only swift and bru.

Werful noblemen who need someone to do their dirty dealings There is however absolutely nothing subservient about him despite his huge class difference with Juana In fact the nigmatic scarred menacing Felipe seems to command than to serve to the heroine s consternation The Flesh and the Devil has the same somber lugubrious gothic mood as The Silver Devil The romance if you can call it that is a battle of wills than a courtship Denys has once again a meticulous sense of the period The stifling customs the gaping class differences and the ruthless politics all take the reader in a time machine back to sixteenth century Spain Add to that the lyrical beauty and highly visual writing of the author and at times you can t seem to put down the bookUnfortunately the novel also has some of the annoying tropes of traditional bodice rippers including many TSTL moments from both main characters the reuired tortured past justifying hero s present motional iciness he was betrayed by a woman in the past GASP Now he will trust no woman cartoonish psycho villains who create some very tedious fifth and sixth Act obstacles to the long awaited reunification of h and H and some very cheesy plot contrivances including the leventh hour discovery that view spoilerthis no name low class servant who destroyed the serene class structure of rigid Sixteenth century Spain when he kidnapped and married a Duke s betrothed is actually a wealthy and titled heir to a prominent English barony Really The ntire plot is about Juana overcoming the stupid prejudices and snobbery that have been brainwashed into her by her lders and falling in love with the man that Felipe is rather than the class he represents So at the nd I would have loved an HEA where they both leave the societal shackles behind and sail away to the New World with nothing but the clothes on their back their love and Felipe s sword to pave the way Instead Felipe suddenly turning into Baron Phillip and then returning to the very country that he and his family fled under penalty of death was contrary to Losing My Virginity and Other Dumb Ideas everything the novel was seemingly striving towards Can t help but think maybe that was someonelse s The Magic Rolling Pin editorial decision instead of the writer s original vision hide spoiler Wow what a weird and beautiful book Myxpectations were pretty high because it s so rare as is Denys only other novel The Silver Devil and they were met for the most part The premise is pretty simple Girl is sold off into marriage to a faceless duke and danger and passion occur in the most unexpected ways with love and hatred being Indecent... Exposure (Indecent, eual motivesWhat I loved most was Denysconomy of 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 on the repetitious the heroanti hero Felipe Trist n is described as speaking tonelessly or unemotionally a lot but often it was used to great ffect to describe a cast of 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 overtaxed and ruled by a social class unworthy of the responsibilityIn the middle of this is Juana de Arrelanos a merchant s daughter who is ripped away from her sweetheart to marry the Duue de Valenzuela While not of 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 ually determined that the marriage will or will not in the case of His Majesty Philip IV happen and they don t much care what happens to the bride in the process of their machinationsIt s got a very gothic feel to it as Juana is trapped under the spell of insanity and secrecy that hangs in the air of the Castillo de Beneventes Providing much of the tension and threat Garden Bouquets and Beyond especially to Juana s sense of who she really is under the stiffxterior of a proper Spanish lady is the Duue s handler Felipe Trist n He s a giant of 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 or does he have a mission of his ownI have to admit that I really loved this character The Unseen Wonder even though he was anmotionless and mentally abusive bastard throughout most of the story with a few The Management Bible exceptions One of those things a reader can txplain I like what I like He and Juana have a fierce attraction to Zu schnell each other and neither is willing to admit it and it takes the two of them through murders and other dangers and complications sometimes self inflicted since this is nominally a romanceMy gripes are few since this was a beautifullyngrossing book There are coincidences and conveniences throughout although Felipe Trist n s backstory comes into the plot and is revealed uite tidily towards the Sleepless (Bird of Stone, end a bit too HEA for my tastes Juana stupidly charges right into danger often though always manages toscape sometimes without aid so bully for her and he and Juana s distrust of ach other continues right until almost the very last page It was a bit annoying to still have them at loggerheads so close to the nd but h whatever There s a lot that makes up for itThe sex isn t graphic no weeping members or dewy lady petals and I thought it was made intense and smokin for it specially the first ncounter 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 lements Denys style was unlike what is typical of pure historical romance and so it really is in a category of its ownIf you like overwhelming and dominating heroes plenty of intrigue and tension with an intriguing portrait of glorious Spain in decline then it s worth scrounging up a copy They re Yummy Supper 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 of the last Spanish Habsburg king Not a whole lot of 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. Tal action by scar faced Felipe the arrogant protector could conjure herscape but his protection she finds demands humiliating paymen.

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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 of beautiful Juana de Arrelanos ldest daughter of 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 difice 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 of siring one for he is an idiot deformed in body and depraved in soul When Juana discovers this she is desperate to get out of the coming marriage but her attempts are uickly thwarted In one brutal stroke Felipe takes away her options leaving her trappedThis was Denys first book and it s amazing As story of 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 Deep Listening end Juana is a courageous young woman whose unwilling response to Felipe reveals she is not the docile daughter others believe her to be And always Felipe the strongnigmatic 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 xperienced the horror of the plans laid out for her all the while dealing with the 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 world of romance was deprived of a great talent Her only other novel THE SILVER DEVIL is another keeper I highly recommend them both What a strange xperience This is my second and last Teresa Denys book I knew what to Evolution, Me Other Freaks of Nature expect after The Silver Devil pretty much anything That sxactly what I got Only this time we re in Habsburg Spain and it s on the decline Those who are familiar with the Habsburg line and its interesting genealogy will know what to xpect Things are rather rotten And this is where The Flesh and the Devil shines horrible and beautiful Alas it moves on 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 books I kind of pat myself on the back for taking on this book in part Spanish from a poor Kindle translation It was ven becoming in that format for some peculiar reason I can t rightly name Maybe due to my only passable Spanish I ingested far meaning or perhaps read into the already wondrous sentiment through repeated readingKarla Willow and several other ladies in my circle already gave such glorious reviews of 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 Trajan everything andveryone like crisp linens upon antiue furniture within a sealed mansion Magnifico Sometimes I revisit chapters where Juana is Bunnys Book Club Goes to School exposed to sheer terror and it still gives me tingles Denys s ability to weave such a gruesome tapestry of beautiful profanity is genuinelynigmatic I The Peculiar Pig envisioned a living act of 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 overly sensitive chit to a truly strong heroine by thending 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 only 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 own scarred self as tantamount to the Duue s and it wasn t until his affection or 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 on defenseless animals and the sadistic appeal he gleaned from the suffering of dying womenThis book was truly fast paced and kept me Cherry Ingram enthralled as soon as I was able to recover from one bout of tottering another followed up to tear down any hopes of recovery or becoming contented in its predictability Never happened I will out right admit it I was frightened pleasantly so It has to be in the top ten best written books I vever read I wish she had written than than those two we have to treasure For my comments and uotes while I read a way in depth look at my thoughts Buddy Read The Flesh and the DevilThe beginning of this was really The Mermaids Shoes enjoyable there was a greaterie Gothic tone that had mysteries and villains seemingly in the shadows Untameable Rogue (Bennett everywhere with our youngxtremely sheltered heroine Juana betrothed to a lunatic Unfortunately the mysteries and villains get wrapped up perfectly uickly and a lot of things happen disappointingly off screen The middle introduces new villains but again dealt with pretty uickly and from there things kind of meander into an unceremoniously mellow with added too perfect bow moment The McKettrick Way (McKettricks, ending The romantic relationship between the leads started off with some heat spark and burn as they clashed but then in Bodice Ripper fashion the hero rapes the heroine the author clearly writes this as rape with minimal Juana foggily in her mind thinking her body could be responding and with not a lot ofmotional growthconnection featuring later in the story between the two I lost their begin. The Duue's wealth and rank could supply Juana with pleasures beyond her wildest dreams and suffering that she could only glimpse in the.

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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

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