By: K.C. Bateman
Publication Date: August 28, 2018
Publisher: K.C. Bateman
Author Website: http://www.kcbateman.com
KC Bateman is an author whose name has rapidly become synonymous with first-rate historical romance. Where this writer stands out is in her ability not be mired down by facts but to seamlessly blend them into her work with her superb storytelling.
Set in Renaissance Italy The Devil to Pay steps away from the standard time periods that dominate the historical romance genre and introduces readers to a wonderful new experience. Ms. Bateman’s venture into writing a book that veers away from familiar reader territory was not only daring but successful. An incredible amount of research and detail brought this historical period to life giving this author’s characters a rich backdrop to play out their story.
Ms. Bateman demonstrates that intrigue and romance are an irresistible combination as her leads, Alessandro and Cara, navigated deadly plots and their reluctant hearts. Fearsome and fearful battled for top billing in this love story as the exposure of perceived emotional vulnerabilities ultimately proved to be her characters greatest strength.
This work was full of smoldering showdowns that will keep readers in a constant state of anticipation. Cara was an expertly devised heroine who while not typical of her time was believable as she dealt with the consequences of her differences. Alessandro demonstrated that he was a Renaissance hero in the enlightened way he approached his life carrying over to how he handled his attraction to Cara as their relationship developed. Great banter, heart racing action and sexy nuances gave this work a sophistication that readers have come to expect from author’s exceptional writing. An endearing supporting cast enhanced this story without taking over the leads spotlight. The Devil to Pay firmly secures K.C. Bateman as a must read historical romance writer!
*I was given an advanced copy. All opinions expressed are my own.*