Entertaining, Sensual and Surprising. I read this book twice because I always have a tendency to marathon listen the first time around and in some cases miss a lot.
Catherine, because she has a strong-willed personality; loves deeply and loyal to the end.
Susan Erickson is not good. You couldn't tell the difference between the male and female voices. I do want to listen through the series because of the reviews I've read, but I wish there was another narrator.
Without giving away the story, I enjoyed the way Catherine and Lucien came to the aid of Catherine's friend and what came from that. I loved the surprise Ms. Heath has in the story for her main characters. From that point on the book seemed to move fast for me.
I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)
This was a pretty good story. I liked Catherine and Lucian and their story was good. This is the first story I've read by this author and based off this I'll probably try more of her work.
Catherine is the proper daughter of a Duke but since her father's health has started failing things haven't been easy for her. Her brother fled to go "travelling" out of the country after a disagreement with their father and hasn't bothered to come back in years. Catherine has been managing alright but has worries about situations that are out of her hands.
Lucian is an Earl but feels like he's a fraud. He was found on the streets as a child (around 6 years old) with no memories of where he belonged before then and was taken in but a group of street kids. He grew up stealing to get by until he made the mistake of committing a crime in front of witnesses and getting caught. He was saved by a man claiming him as his long lost grandson and Lucian went along with it but never truly believed it.
Lucian is coming home from a gambling house late at night and is surprised to found Lady Catherine waiting to see him. They encountered each other in a memorable way years before but never spoke. Lucian thinks she's there for seduction as some "proper" women have shown up wanting to sleep with a man of such a notorious reputation. Catherine isn't there for that though and (after he steals a kiss) makes it clear she's come for different reasons. Catherine has heard the rumors about Lucian and thinks he's a bad man, someone that would do bad things without it bothering him. She's worried about a friend of hers that is threatened with imminent death but in a way that the law can't be brought in to help. Catherine asks Lucian to kill the man that's a threat to her friend but won't tell him who it is or why (in an effort to protect her friend) until he promises to do it. Lucian doesn't need the money and although he's intrigued by Catherine he's not willing to kill someone without a very good reason. They part company with no bargain struck but Lucian can't seem to put Catherine out of his mind. This is particularly bad for him considering he's intending to ask Frannie (a girl he grew up with on the streets) to marry him. When Lucian does get up the nerve to ask Frannie however; she refuses to marry him, claiming the pressures of what was expected of her as his wife (with him being an Earl) is too much for her.
Lucian is determined to get Frannie to marry him as he's been in love with her since they were kids. He ends up putting together a bargain with Catherine where she will teach Frannie all the things she needs to know to be a Lady and he in turn will kill her target for her (although planning to murder a man isn't an easy thing for him to contemplate). This ends up putting Lucian and Catherine in close contact a number of times and with her lack of supervision, Catherine goes places and sees things she really shouldn't. As she spends more time with Lucian, she start to see the man beneath the rumors and realizes not the bad man she thought he was...and maybe is even good (to an extent). To be honest, I thought the story ran a little too close to cheating for my comfort. I guess it could be considered more of a love triangle but it really wasn't when it came down to it. Lucian was never engaged to Frannie (and their relationship was more friendly than anything real) but since that was always the aim it was a bit weird for me that Lucian and Catherine came together during that time. Catherine totally fell for Lucian though and convinced that he loved Frannie more than anything, she's determined not to get in their way so Lucian could be happy. Lucian knows he has feeling for Catherine but convinces himself they don't matter because it's supposed to be Frannie (even though he doesn't want Frannie sexually). With the denial of feelings and everything that went on there is some drama and tense times when I was wondering how things would turn out. Thankfully things come together and Lucian and Catherine end the story starting their HEA.
I enjoyed this story. I liked both Catherine and Lucian and liked their story overall. My only real complaint was the almost/kind of cheating type behavior in the story. I'm planning to continue with the series. I'd recommend this book. :)
I bought this on a whim because I love Susan Ericken as a narrator and the intelligence she suffuses in all her characters. I figured anything narrated by her would at least be somewhat pleasurable. I was greatly delighted to find out that In Bed With the Devil is absolutely stunning in its own merits. Lorraine Heath creates a wonderful world in this St James series- from the drawing rooms to the aristocracy to the dark recesses of the rookery. Her writing is lovely- elegant and empathetic without being showy.
I adored Catherine and Luke because they seemed like real adults, handling the vicissitudes of the novel's plot with grace and maturity. In fact, I'm buying the whole St James series because I love all the characters so- I can wait to find out what fate has in store for Dodger, Frannie, Bill and Jim.
The only caveat I have is with Anthony Ferguson, who narrates Luke's diary entries. I couldn't stand his bits because I found his accent totally distracting. It's very mid-atlantic and not at all convincing. But as he only narrates perhaps 20 minutes in total, it does not detract from what is a wholly wonderful audiobook.
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This Story Ranks right up there with the best. I truly enjoyed In Bed with the Devil !!!
Catherine Mabry and Lucian Langdon are one of my favorite Hero and Heroin!!!!
This is the first time that I remember listening to the two and I liked there reading !!!
Yes it had my attention from the start!!!
I recommend this Book and most likely the series too. I am going to read the rest so if this book is any indication of what to expect I definitely will read/listen to the rest !!!
I love to read, the books need to be fairly complicated or interesting in their own way. I belong to a book club that selects great books.
I loved the book. The sex scenes were a bit long. the characters were fun to get to know. I liked all the characters. Well done.
Heath has written a book that is not just about love, but about honor, and friendship and a really interesting mystery. Many unique characters, and excellent descriptions in this book. Not just your quick 'steamy' regency novel. Loved this book.
...occasionally broadens her horizons, but generally just wants to be entertained...
I used to read a lot of these as a teenager but have since gotten caught up in other genres. I bought this during a sale to give the audible romance genre another chance after a bad choice and was well rewarded! The characters are lively and have great personalities. Susan Ericksen's reading was good, but occassionally the character's voices were not distinct enough. The story is complex enought to be interesting and the romantic bits are also fun. I would definitely listen to another book by Ms. Heath!
I really liked this book...WILL listern to this series...only complaint and not really a complaint just a mention...at times the narrator's character voices kinda sounded the same
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All of the elements were in balance...a good performance...a good story...likeable characters dealing with real life.
The plot kept me interested from the beginning and it was more than boy-meets-girl; they-are-attracted-to-each-other-and-spend-time-trying-to-avoid-each-other. The MH had to deal with his past and the FH had a problem of her own to solve.
I liked the way Antony Ferguson's voice was used to read the journal entry. Susan Ericksen did a great job with all of the voices and I was glad they didn't try to make the male/female discussions into dialogue.
Oh yes....and I kept the earbuds in as I took care of some weekend chores.
The characters are human...they are flawed but still likeable! That, combined with the plot, the romance and some sexy scenes (!) did add up to a great listen. Worth a credit? Well, I bought the first book during the "First of a Series" sale but used a credit to get the second book in my reading queue!