• Silver-Tongued Devil

  • Portland Devils, Book 1
  • By: Rosalind James
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (1,023 ratings)

1 title per month from Audible’s entire catalog of best sellers, and new releases.
Access a growing selection of included Audible Originals, audiobooks and podcasts.
You will get an email reminder before your trial ends.
Your Premium Plus plan is $14.95 a month after 30 day trial. Cancel anytime.
Buy for $24.95

Buy for $24.95

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

Blake Orbison's pro football career with the Portland Devils may have come crashing to an end, but not calling the signals anymore just gives him more time to devote to his business enterprises, including the latest and greatest: the opening of the Wild Horse Resort in scenic north Idaho. And that other one, too. Blake's on the marriage track now, and he's got a game plan. But when he runs into a trespasser leaping from his shoreline boulders into his lake, what's a good ol' boy to do but strip down and join her?

Dakota Savage is nobody's temporary diversion, least of all the man responsible for her family's semi-desperate circumstances. Some people may think she has a piercing too many, but she's had more than enough of being called trash in this town. She's come home to Wild Horse to run her stepfather's painting business, and any extra time she has goes into creating her stained glass. An overpaid, entitled, infuriating NFL quarterback is no part of her life plan, no matter how sweet he talks. No matter how slow he smiles. No matter what.

©2016 Rosalind James (P)2016 Rosalind James

What listeners say about Silver-Tongued Devil

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    595
  • 4 Stars
    287
  • 3 Stars
    112
  • 2 Stars
    17
  • 1 Stars
    12
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    600
  • 4 Stars
    235
  • 3 Stars
    83
  • 2 Stars
    15
  • 1 Stars
    10
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    538
  • 4 Stars
    268
  • 3 Stars
    106
  • 2 Stars
    19
  • 1 Stars
    9

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

A GOOD LISTEN.. AS OPPOSITES ATTRACT & REACT

Well ex football star Blake Orbison isn't just a silver tongued devil.. he's a dirty talker too and, because of a knee injury which ended his lucrative NFL football career, he's now got marriage on his mind and is looking for something quite specific from his bride-to-be. But, when the rich businessman crosses paths with Dakota Savage a few times at his yet to be opened Wild Horse Resort, he finds that the pull in her direction is very hard to ignore. However, Dakota is everything that's not on his wish list for his future bride and he figures that his burning attraction will eventually fizzle out when they get physical.. how wrong he was.

Dakota has returned to small town Idaho to take over her step Dad's failing painting business due to his work related injury while painting the new resort.. a debilitating injury which he didn't get help with or compensated for. They're now quite poor and Dakota also does beautiful and sometimes erotic stained glass artwork which she tries to sell. She's the town's pariah who is still suffering emotional scars from something that happened to her years previously which wrongly earned her the reputation of being easy.. and anybody's. It's given her a bit of an inferiority complex riddled with self-doubt and a mistrust of men, their intent.. and their true feelings. But when she meets a stranger while swimming in a private lake she's intrigued and attracted to him.. until she puts her glasses on and sees it's none other than her enemy - the famous Blake Orbison - owner of the new resort. This starts a push/pull slow-burn relationship as these two simmer and dance around attraction, sexual desire, complications and their deepest truest feelings.

An enjoyable dual POV slow-build romance that drew me right in as each of the characters battle prejudice of one sort or another which causes angst, a mystery and deadly drama.. but together they saved each other. There's sexy times, good character development, varied nasty and nice secondary characters, strong family values and a bit of a mystery. These two headstrong badasses didn't want to be drawn to each other and fought hard against it.. but resistance, they eventually found out, was futile. Tanya Eby never fails to deliver a great performance which made this listen even more enjoyable.

Worth a credit? Yes a good solid contemporary romance.

15 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

That Blake is a smooth Southern dude!

I really enjoy this new series from Rosalind James. She writes entertaining, smart heroines, and decent, sexy guys that are believable. The narrator easily switches between male/female and isn't distracting. She is very relaxing to listen to after work. I highly recommend this for commuters!! However, Dakota's stepdad may make you cry. This story was so engaging and I really can't wait for the next book in the series.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.

11 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Great Story! Lots of Details!

My first Rosalind James story, and this new to me author captivated me with the level of details she used in each scene. Her writing is very descriptive, vivid, and made it easy to visualize the back drop, the characters and their mannerisms. Both the plot and characters were well developed; however, due to the abundance of details, this story's on the longer side, and some scenes were dragged out, but overall, it was a satisfying story.

Silver-Tongued Devil has a little of everything drama, chemistry, sexual tension, mild suspense, humor, and a little danger. The majority of the drama comes from the push / pull relationship between Blake and Dakota. Blake's a rich ex-NFL player who was forced into early retirement due to an injury. He's changed his focus in life, and has thrown himself into his business endeavors, but feels its time to start searching for a wife. Blake thinks he knows the type of women he would like to marry; however, after meeting Dakota he longs for something different. His character had charisma, was down to earth and just an all around likeable guy. Dakota's character was more complex, strong, smart, independent, and I loved her devotion to her stepfather. Unfortunately, her past collided with her future. The secondary characters were great and well developed. While they didn't have their own POV's, they had a strong presence in the story. I especially loved Russell, Dakota's stepdad. 

Rosalind did an excellent job developing the relationship between Blake and Dakota. It wasn't instant, forced or rushed. In the beginning, Dakota doesn't even like Blake but the more time she spends around him, the more she realizes she was wrong about him. The chemistry and sexual tension between them was flirty, sweet, and hot, which made the sex scenes steamier and more erotic. 

The narration was really good! Tanya Eby is a great narrator; however, it took me awhile to adjust to her voice and narrating style. She did an excellent job with the female characters, and I absolutely loved how she portrayed the older male character Russell; however, I didn't care for Blake's voice. His character sounded too old. I think this would have been perfect if it was a dual narrated story. We hear a lot of Blake's POV and I felt he deserved his own voice.

Silver Tongue Devil is a vivid sweet romance with excellent plot and character development. At times, the romance bordered on too sweet, and at other times the story could be long winded. It was still a great story, and I do look forward to listening to other audios by Rosalind. Trigger warning; sexual assault. Another awesome KU/whispersync deal! 

10 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

More, More, More

Any additional comments?

The first book in this new series by Rosalind James just has me asking for more, more, more. Not a fan of small town romances, this one is set apart because it's not nirvana where everybody is "quirky" and perfect. Real life intervenes with regularity and I found myself falling deeper into the story and could not put the book down until I was finished.

Sexy ex-football star is looking for the perfect, sweet wife so he can feel like a grown-up, but meeting the unlikeliest of partners and falling hard puts all his plans at risk. Watching Blake and Dakota discover what they really want and how they can really have it is a treat and I can't wait to see what this series has in store for us in the future.

Highly recommend this book if you like a fun romance with sexy characters who both have minds of their own.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.

8 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Another Great Listen from Rosalind James

Any additional comments?

Rosalind James once again proves that she is the queen of writing romances with heart, character and underlying messages while stressing the value of family, character and sense of one’s own self worth. For fans of Rosalind James, Silver-Tongued Devil is reliably enjoyable and heart warming filled with a wide cast of characters beginning with the insecure, emotionally scarred Dakota Savage (great name) and former NFL star quarterback Blake Orbison, who seems to have it all but is still floundering a bit to find his footing in life after a knee injury has prematurely ended his football career. For readers new to Ms. James, this book will have them scampering to find her previous books. For what it’s worth, for those readers, I recommend starting with Just This Once, Escape to New Zealand. 

This book includes not only the expected romance, but a small mystery which lends more dimension and darkness to the book. Of the secondary characters, I was especially fond of Dakota’s stepfather, Russell Matthews, a man who had taken some wrong terms earlier in life but who turned his life around. He has strong character and hard-earned wisdom. I’m not as big a fan of her friend Evan, who while a good man, looks out for Dakota’s best interests so carefully as to be as demeaning to her as her detractors. Just as in real life, there are some less likable characters for balance and depth, though some of these are very one dimensional.

Tanya Eby is an excellent narrator. I have listened to many other books that she has narrated, so it took me a few minutes to “orient” my ears to her reading a new book outside of the series I am familiar with. Once done, I very much enjoyed her reading of this book. She does a great job. 

I recommend this book for those readers who enjoy a romance that has some depth and shading and, of course, fans of Rosalind James. Her writing style is quite distinctive.

I was given a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. The opinions stated are solely my own.

7 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

A Silver-Tounged Delight

The first in the Portland Devils Series, Silver-Tongued Devil is a story about new beginnings. It starts off with preparing a new resort to open with an unlikely CEO, a former pro-football player, and a young local woman trying to stay one-step ahead of her misperceived reputation. In a way, they are both outsiders -- he is new to town and doesn't know the way of the locals, whereas she is the not-quite-daughter of the former town drunk. No matter which way you look at it, perceptions and reputations often fail to meet any semblance of accuracy. Despite this, Blake, the resort owner, and Dakota, the plucky local woman who works at painting his resort and is a glass artist, meet through awkward circumstances. New to town, Blake doesn't get caught up in the local drama, and sees Dakota through non-judgemental eyes, appreciating both her and her art.

Funniest part? The description of the water weed in the swimsuit. I literally laughed out loud at the mental image.

Hoping for next? Evan's story. Those strong silent types have a lot going on beneath the surface.

Tanya Eby is a fantastic performer and Blake's little drawl is too charming. 😉

I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own

7 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

love the new series

I'm a huge fan of Rosalind James. I've enjoyed every book she has written and this is absolutely no exception. The book captures you from the beginning and keeps you right until the end. The main characters, Dakota and Blake are real people with real issues. They're far from perfect and that makes them more appealing. This is the first of this series and I can't wait for the second book. The narrator is also really good! She does all the voices really well and I will listen to her again.
 "I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.”

6 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

Dakota Kicks Ass

Dakota is the strongest, most engrossing female character RJ has ever created. Although I enjoyed some books in her NE series - the ones in which men were not hitting women - I found the majority of her heroines too passive. I just can't relate to violent, domineering men or weak, submissive women with no self respect or personal boundaries.

Dakota was so refreshing, not wallowing in self-pity over her painful childhood but determined to support her family & friends while still pursuing her dreams. Dakota was not a pathetic damsel in distress, waiting for a man to save her. In spite of natural fears and insecurities, Dakota did not fall apart in a crisis, run from a confrontation, or whine.

At first I didn't like Blake with his "I want to marry a sweet little doormat" plan. Gradually, Blake won me over with his southern manners, generous heart and sense of humor. Note: aggressive controlling assholes may be portrayed as romantic heroes in recent popular fiction but violent jerks usually become abusive husbands and fathers.

It was also refreshing that their relationship developed gradually, not instantly having sex or falling madly in love. Blake learned to respect and appreciate Dakota's strength & determination, while she discovered that he was not an arrogant, entitled playboy. There was one creepy moment when Blake talked about tying her to his bed, as if a rape survivor would enjoy feeling physically vulnerable and overpowered. Not cool.

Fortunately, the author created an interesting supporting cast to balance out the romance.I loved Blake's sassy assistant, who didn't take any shit from her boss. Her appearances were short and sporadic but very entertaining. Dakota's adopted (not legally but emotionally) dad Russell was intriguing and unique, a flawed man who learned from his mistakes and loved unconditionally.

Since RJ is an incredibly talented writer with a wonderful sense of humor, I am hopeful that this new series will feature amazing, assertive women who expect their men to be loving, mature and non-violent.

5 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Interrupted Plans

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Blake has a plan after his football career abruptly ends - build a resort and marry a nice proper lady to help him grow up. Enter Dakota, a little wild, devoted to her family, and a budding talented stained glass artist. Everything Blake is not looking for, but is drawn to like a bee to honey.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Dakota is a wonderful character. Not perfect with her glasses and troubled past; but lovable with her devotion to her family, doing what is right, and not falling easily for Blake's silver-tongue.

Have you listened to any of Tanya Eby’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Tanya is definitely one of the better narrators. I enjoyed that she tried to give each of the characters their own voice and presence.

Any additional comments?


I was given a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. The opinions stated are solely my own.

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Simmering and entertaining!

Any additional comments?

I am fan of Rosalind James and I liked this first book of a new series. It took me a few chapters to latch onto the story, but once I did, I was hooked.

I didn't find this story to be much about football at all. There are no play by plays, no talk of practice or being in the locker room. It is a romance and a well written one.

This story revolves around Dakota Savage and former NFL star quarterback Blake Orbison. Dakota has returned home to care for her stepfather and take his place in a painting business. She is also and artist and her glass work is a very interesting addition to the story.

There is an extra touch of drama and mystery that I didn't expect, but found intriguing and I feel it moved the story beyond your typical romance.

Blake is a recently retired football player with His sudden retirement due to an injury. Dakota had a horrible experience as a teenager and much of the small bitter town can't seem to grow out of high school. Consequently, they both carry a bit of baggage and there are quite a few misunderstandings, yet their attraction shines through all of them.

As with all of James' books, the side characters are wonderful. Russ, Dakota's step father, is a wonderful, strong character. Her best friend and business partner Evan, although not my favorite, was still compelling and a great addition to the book.

I bought the book and wanted to listen to it as well. I listened all the way through! The narration was very well done. There were times when I felt that Blake lost his southern accent and also when I couldn't tell the narrative voice from Dakota's. For instance, I would think Dakota was speaking when actually it was general narration. All and all her voice was very pleasant and I think she did a great job with inflection and tone.

I requested a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts here are my own.

4 people found this helpful

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Izzy
  • Izzy
  • 04-03-18

Another winner.

Book one of two in the Portland Devils series, and I am keeping fingers crossed there will be more. This is another wonderful story from Rosalind James. Dakota and Blake are two of my favourite characters from Ms James’ books, and Tanya Eby brings them to life with her excellent narration. I have a soft spot for a man with a southern drawl, and Tanya Eby’s narration of Blake is amazing. As is the norm with the author’s books, this is about so much more than the developing relationship between Blake and Dakota - although that alone is worth reading and listening to. Dakota’s stepfather Russell is also an important character in the book. I’ve read and listened to this many times now, and Russell’s story, and his interactions with Dakota, are so heartwarming, they have me in tears. I know I’ll enjoy this audiobook many more times in the future.