London's most notorious rogue - decadent, depraved, forbidden:
The ladies of the town won't stop whispering about deliciously wicked Jack Dodger - once a thieving street urchin, now the wealthy owner of London's most exclusive gentleman's club. There's no pleasure he hasn't enjoyed, no debauchery the handsome scoundrel won't provide for the lords who flock to his house of carnal intrigue.
London's most virtuous lady - honorable, uncorrupted, and all too human:
Olivia, Duchess of Lovingdon, would never associate with such a rogue. So when Jack is named sole heir to the duke's personal possessions, the beautiful, well-bred lady is outraged. Now, Olivia is forced to share her beloved home with this despicable man.
But Olivia's icy disdain is no match for Jack's dangerous charm. His touch awakens desire. His kiss demands surrender. She will struggle to bar Jack from her heart....but her body, coveting divine release, will not let her bar him from her bed.
©2009 Jan Nowasky (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers
Never judge a book by its movie
Oliver Twist on Steroids ( ok that's 4 words)
The relationship between Jack Dodger an the Duchess' son Henry. ( it's so sweet)
Consider Yourself one of the Family!!
Listening to book 3 can't wait to get to book 4.
I love books! Audiobooks take stories to the next level. I'm obsessed with Audible and will try to rate all of my books. Happy Listening! ;)
This book had great plot points! All that I thought would happen ended up being completely different by the end of the book. I love how Lorraine Heath slowly develops attraction into powerful love. And her characters grow and change so much throughout the story. It was a journey into healing your heart and finding happiness. I highly recommend this four star historical romance.
Narration: Susan Ericksen is consistently good. She's great with historical romances. Good accents, marked differences between characters and added emotions to the story. I don't particularly like male narrators but Antony Ferguson did a good job as well. His narration was minimal (only for some journal entries) and for me it was like a cherry on top of your sundae... A sweet addition.
"HOPEFUL ROMANTIC" ~~ ( 5 = Excellent, 4 = Very Good, 3 = Good, 2 = Poor, 1 = Awful ) ~~ Reviews should never contain "spoilers" ;-)
I enjoyed this second book in the series. The characters continue from book one and are so well developed I found myself totally involved....again. It is really difficult to stop listening mostly because of the hardships they've endured and how they overcome them. The love story just develops naturally....not something far-fetched or predictable. I highly recommend this series.
Wasn't sure how I could like Jack after the first story, but wow, loved this one even more. Really become involved with this group of adults who grew up with such hardships. As the secrets from their childhood are revealed, very skillfully, and their adult lives remain so intertwined, I find myself wishing there was a story for all of them. As with the first one, enjoyed the time period in which this occurs. I like the way rules of society are questioned, and the way the author brings in so many aspects of life outside of aristocracy. Could not stop listening to this one. The plot twists kept me from turning it off, in spite of not getting other stuff done! Can't wait for to listen to the rest in this series.
Love the 2nd installment in the Scoundrels of St. James series! This story is about the relationship between Jack Dodger (borrowed from the Artful Dodger in Dickens' Oliver Twist) and Olivia, the Duchess of Lovingdon. When Olivia's older husband dies, everyone is stunned when he places known scoundrel and owner of the infamous gaming hall, Jack Dodger, as he guardian of their young son. No one, including Jack, is aware of any connection between them and he does not seem to be particularly well suited to raising a young Duke. Olivia, of course, is horrified, and becomes more so when Jack insists on moving into the home that she shares with her young son. He seems to delight in tormenting her.
This story is fun, fast paced, and interesting and the romance is steamy, but not vulgar. I loved Susan Erikson's narration and really enjoyed learning more about the characters that appeared in the first novel. I cannot wait to listen to the next book. Five stars, indeed!
I love this series and this was a fabulous book. The characters are fun and it's an easy read/listen. The narrator does an excellent job.
I bought this book because I was able to get the whole "Scoundrels of St. James" series during one of Audible's sales. Well, in light of how good this book was, I definitely feel that I got a great bargain. If you started with book 1--In Bed with the Devil--you'll likely go into this book thinking how unlikely it is that Jack Dodger will fall in love. But, Susan Ericksen pulls it off successfully--making the reader become completely enchanted with this love story.
The first part of each chapter is a journal entry, and they're just as interesting here are they were in the first book. But the part that will make you smile the most are the adorable portions written from the perspective of Olivia's young son, Henry.
Even though this book is a sequal, it can stand alone. It's not completely necessary for you to have read book 1. I also thought the narration of this book was quite good. There are a few dialogues in which it's difficult to differentiate between the voices of the different characters, but I wouldn't let that keep you from purchasing this book.
If you have listened to Heath's first book of this series, "In Bed with the Devil" then you know of Jack, but you really don't know Jack! This book made me fall head over heels for Jack and I really felt for him. After listening to this book, I am beginning to understand that the Scoundrel's are better men than most of the aristocrats will ever be! Looking foward to book three!
Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.
Much like the first book in this series I thought the narration was a little too boring. (no real differences with male/female voices) Despite my lack of interest in the narrator I really did enjoy this book. It's a decent romance and I really have no complaints about the overall story. If you liked the first book or enjoy historical romance then you will enjoy this one too. Overall it was worth a credit, but I'm glad I got it on sale instead.
I am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot.
Jack is a mystery, AND dangerously delicious, AND savvy AND uniquely stylish…
I could just keep going, but the gist is that I think Jack is really appealing. So, after listening to about 20%, I skipped to about midway to jump to the nitty gritty of his relationship to the lovely duchess Olivia. Even though I got immediate gratification, it was nice to slowly listen to the complete book again.
Out of Feagan's lads, Jack is the most secretive and cunning of the bunch and yet he plays a vital role in the previous books as he helps his friends when they're in trouble (I've read the 1st book & 3rd book already).
One of the aspects I loved about this book is that the reader is invited to enter the labyrinth of psychological presses and motives that move the Leads forward. Jack is complicated because his life has been complicated. This book reveals the traumatic events that are responsible for creating the dichotomous person that Jack is. He is so giving, and takes boys off of the streets by providing them with employment and protects them. Yet, the other side of the coin (pun intended :-), is that Jack invests too much value in the absolute love and need for money, and lots of it.
So when Jack is named sole heir to a duke's personal possessions, and is appointed the guardian of the young, Duke Henry (I believe he's 4 or 5 years old), the beautiful, and well-bred lady Olivia (Henry's mother) is outraged. Olivia is forced to accept Jack into her home as the overseer of her most prized possession, her beloved son Henry.
The romance between Olivia and Jack is nicely paced. It was so touching when they both finally come together…the moments of indulgent romance are great. Both Olivia and Jack grow personally in this book and fulfill a need for intimacy, trust and healing in each other. The cat and mouse games they play were so cute and funny at the beginning of their relationship. And, the moments in which they bear their souls to one another was just so touching.
As always…I loved the camaraderie between the gang (Jack, Luke, Jim, Bill and Frannie). I especially enjoyed Jack's conversations with Frannie (I'm such a Frannie fan) and I felt as though he understood and "saw" her more clearly than the rest of Feagan's lad did. I thought his close relationship to Feagan was really nice and sentimental. Jack still looked out and cared for Feagan.
There are many shocking details and surprises in this book. There are heavy themes that are tragic and dark. Yet, perhaps the greatest theme is how life can sometimes balance the tragedies of childhood, by unlocking the weightiest and mot beautiful gift of all…..LOVE. And, Olivia and Jack most certainly find it.
I thought the narrator was good. Enjoyed her performance.
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