AKA The Geeky Blogger
Read from April 09 to 14, 2013
Listened/Read for fun (Audible/Kindle)
Overall Rating: 4.50
Story Rating: 4.50
Character Rating: 4.50
Audio Rating: 4.25 (Not part of the overall rating)
First thought when finished: I cried! Seriously full on crocodile tears!
Story Thoughts: You know when you start a book and think “no way am I going to buy this story”? That was me in the beginning of In Bed With the Devil. By then end, I was totally sold and rooting very hard for the HEA. Seriously, Lorraine pretty much pulls off the impossible–she wrote a love story that started off with the guy really wanting to marry someone else. I cried, yelled, screamed, and maybe called a few names while listening. Just really fantastic all around!
Character Thoughts: Lucian and Catherine were very well suited for each other. They both bring things to the table that brings out the best in the other. I love when characters kind of “click” together to form a whole relationship. Add to that, the cast of fantastic characters surrounding them and this is just one wonderfully written character driven story. That is my favorite kind of historical romance.
Narrated By Susan Ericksen, Antony Ferguson / Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
I love when audiobooks have two narrators and both Susan and Antony did a fantastic job. They had very similar pacing styles which made their narration work!
Final Thoughts: If you are a historical romance fan, I highly recommend this series!
Imagine Feagan's tribe from Oliver Twist growing up and becoming respectable adults. This is Lorraine Heath's clever premise, and it works quite well in this book, featuring "Oliver" (here known as Lucien Langdon, the Earl of Claybourne). He's an anguished hero who falls in love with a most proper daughter of a duke. There's love, sex, a little adventure, and a bit of a mystery.
The narration of the audiobook by Susan Ericksen was very good. She handled all of the characters quite well. Antony Ferguson read several entries from the earl's journal, and I would love to hear him do an entire book.
I enjoyed this story. The characters were likable and came to life thanks to the narrators. Excellent performance!
I am a retired Army Sergeant who loves to listen and read book!
The story was great - did not want to stop listening ! Can't wait to start the next book.
I'm a huge fan of Historical Romance and have recently found how enjoyable audio books can be.
I was not impressed by Susan Ericksen narration. Quite often I wasn't sure if she was speaking the voice of someone or if it was narration - the tone seemed to be too similar throughout. There was either a very slight or no clear distinction between the male and female characters. The main characters, Catherine and Luke, had very similar tones to the point I couldn't always tell who was speaking. The tone/accent from the side characters (I guess I would say the lower class) were very good but that's the only time she really changed her tone or accent. Susan Erickson's voice itself is not unpleasant but I would have preferred more distinction between characters. This was only my 2nd audio book - the first was narrated by a Sarah Coomes and I was very pleased with her changes in voices, her English accent was really pleasant and loved her Scottish brogue. I could always tell her who was speaking and the voices of each character was the same throughout the story. As to the story itself... I am a huge fan of historical romance and read them often. I found the story to be unique and enjoyable but I thought it included way too much narration and not enough from the characters themselves. I prefer the characters themselves to tell the story rather than read narration.
More distinct tones/accents between the characters.
Sarah Coomes. Antony Ferguson had such as small speaking part that it's difficult to really comment. His voice was pleasant..
It was a unique and interesting story and it kept my interest. I can see how so many love this book. For me personally, I prefer a story to be told through the characters with more dialect and less narration.
When I saw the two names, I assumed the main two characters would be voiced by Susan Erickson and Antony Ferguson. It would had been helpful to know that his speaking parts were only for the diary and prolong and the epilogue. I'm new to audio so this may be common knowledge to others but it wasn't to me.
HATE spoilers! Enjoy HOT, sexy books w/a plot. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. Books outside HOT genre = books given to me to review
Most-The mystery surrounding Lucien Langdon upbringing.
Least-Romance scenes were boring
Yes, the story and narrator were well matched
I purchased this based on Audible Chat recommendation. I'm not a fan of historical romance-prefer contemporary-so this was an o.k. book. No great thumbs up or down based on my usual 'likes'.
This book was perfectly fine. There was nothing really wrong with it, but nothing exceptional about it. It was worth the credit and I might even listen to it again if I don't have anything new to listen to.
Compared to some I've given 5 Stars, because they were entertaining, I would rate "In Bed With The Devil" 10 Stars.
It was compelling with it's unique story, great cast of characters, and superb narration.
It has so much going for it, I don't want to give anything more away than has already been said....you deserve to be able to enjoy it to the fullest, as you marvel at the unexpected.
Delicious Guilty Pleasures
can't say yet, haven't finished the story
can't say yet, haven't finished the story.
I'm only partway through the story, but already seriously hooked. I don't believe the author has missed a single cliche so far, yet still the story engages. The hero is the mysterious bad boy, the heroine the well-bred woman who defies convention. So yeah, the theme has been done to death - and yet -- Ms Heath spins her web, and the narrators enchant so that I'm hopelessly and delightfully ensnared. Definitely a keeper. Knowing it is the first of a series is like savoring the first course of what promises to be a lovely feast.