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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!
Yes. I would try another book from Lorraine Heath as she is a fairly competent B list romance writer. The story, without apology, copies from Dickens even while the heroine read Dickens.
Swindler. He appears to have common sense. I thought the two main characters, especially the hero, were somewhat stupid and immoral. The story kept my interest when I read it in print.
I would have used Antony Ferguson as the voice of Lucian throughout the book instead of just reading the Earl's journal. I would not use Susan again although I won't avoid the opportunity to download another Heath book if she is reading it. Susan makes a good actual narrator but the heroine sounds like a 40 year old matron and it is often difficult to tell the difference between the hero and heroine's voices when they are conversing directly. Overall his voice is too wimpy and stuffy sounding as is hers. Antony had the perfect voice and I wonder why more producers don't hire at least two actors to do male and female voices. But at least have a narrator who can do multiple voices.
Disappointed with how the voices were rendered and felt the hero really was not intellectually believable. No spoilers, though.
It would have been better if Luc found out that he loves Catherine around about the middle of the story and sets about proving it to her rather than found out that he loves her at about the end of the story and she just accepts his feelings..what the? what about all his spouting off about loving the other woman up until the end where he almost asked Frannie to marry him then suddenly realize he didn't really love her romantically but as a sister? Sorry to the other readers...I might have spoiled it for them.. but wouldn't you rather know this part rather than waste hours of your time only to find out it's not a satisfactory read? Sorry again! I was so mad when I read the last chapters! Ugh! I wasted time with this?
I am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot.
This series appeals to me because the characters are compelling, their backstories are touching and it's as though they ALL have a well of emotions deep inside that only love can delve in, to heal what is broken.
This is the same for all of Feagon's lads, (Luke, Jack, Jim, and Bill) even the only lady in the group, who is Frannie Darling (btw, I read her book first). But, don't allow that aspect to fool you into thinking this is a cookie-cutter series, because it's not. Heath creates characters who are psychologically complex, and you just can't help but fall in love with them. You want them to desperately find the answers they seek to heal their pasts traumas.
This is Luke's book, and what a book it is! Lucius "Luke" Langdon's life was disrupted when he witnessed the murder of his parents and by the help of a boy (Jack--one of Feagon's lads), he escapes with his life, the clothes on his back, and muddled memories of his origins. Forward to the present, and Luke is fully positioned in at the helm of his station, as he is currently the Earl of Claybourne…..the "Devil Earl," due to his scandalous reputation.
There is a lot of mystery that surrounds Luke's life as well as guilt that he personally struggles with. Luke questions whether he is the rightful earl of his estates. I believe it is because of this reason that he clings so desperately to Frannie Darling (who I adore by the way) who he has loved since he was a child living in the rookeries. Frannie represents "the familiar" and is a comfort to him, so in his adulthood he seeks to make her his wife. The kicker is that that Frannie does not want to marry Luke, but because she also feels a strong connection to him and will not hurt him, she goes along with his plan to teach her to learn to be a proper lady of society.
I love the comfort level between the group when they are together. They all have these crazy skills, and as a group they sync together and work like magic.
Well, let me tell you, Lady Catherine Mabry is no frail miss, nor is she a push over. She is part of the aristocracy and is a perfect match for Luke. Lady Catherine approaches Luke with an indecent proposal (but not the kind you might assume) And, even though the request is offensive, Luke is almost humored by it. Luke decides to make an agreement that Catherine must tutor Frannie to feel comfortable enough to mingle with the aristocracy, ask she will agree to be his wife.
With the time that Catherine and Luke spend together, they realize this sizzling chemistry and attraction between the two that cannot be ignored, denied nor tamed. The funny thing is that Frannie encourages it.
The only thing that drove me nuts is that Luke was pretty stubborn in his determination to marry Frannie, despite the growing attraction and need for Catherine. Yet, I thought this was consistent with his character. He tends to be a man of his word, and somewhat singular of mind--for whatever that's worth (when he's banging Catherine while intending to marry Frannie ????? What the??). In addition, I also had to remind myself that he is not the greatest when dealing with his own psychological needs. I suppose that means he's not the most introspective and honest with himself. Luke has dormant memories and I loved how it all came out like a flood, and Catherine was the one who was there to help him through it all.
Even though this read is not bitterly angsty….it is definitely emotionally weighty. You can't help but care about each one of the gang---Luke, Catherine, Frannie, Jack, Jim, and even Bill. I can't wait to read everyone's touching story……
BTW, Susan Erikson did a good job as narrator. But, oh how I loved the inserts of Antony Ferguson….wow…very nice indeed..
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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!
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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!
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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.