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"~~~ *** Love Audio Books....Especially Historical Romances *** ~~ "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!
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 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!
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 very good story. I liked Olivia from the start. Jack acted like a real jerk for the first part of the story but he did grow on me and I liked him as well by the end of the story.
Olivia is the widow of a Duke with a 5 years old son who is heir to the title. She grew up being the dutiful daughter and her father married off a much older man (one of his friends) but she wasn't much more than a broodmare for the Duke to get an heir with and then pretty much ignore until his death (making her wonder if maybe she shouldn't have been so dutiful). Now she doesn't intend to re-marry unless it's for love.
Jack was born in one of the poorer sections of London. He didn't have a good life or parents that cared about him so he ended up in a group of child thieves, stealing to survive and protecting the younger kids as much as he was able. Jack got an unexpected windfall when he was younger and used it to open a "Gentleman's club" where the rich men of London can go to gamble and have contact with loose women. Jack has grown rich from his business but is always looking for ways to get more money.
When the story begins, Olivia's husband has just died. She's waiting for the reading of the will but is shocked and confused as to why the infamous Jack Dodger is there as well. The attorney makes it clear that it's a requirement of the will that they both be there. He then reads out a will that gives Jack just about all the property that isn't "entailed" as part of the titled holdings being saved for the heir, Henry, to come of age. All Jack has to do to get these riches is to agree to be guardian of Henry until he grows up of Olivia remarries. Jack isn't sure why this Duke would ask him of all people to be guardian of his son. Jack met him a few times but didn't know the man but the large amount of wealth being offered makes Jack consider the offer. Olivia is shocked and angry about the will and thinks her husband must have gone mad to do this not to mention that fact that he pretty much slighted Olivia in the will...leaving her just enough to live off of comfortably but much less than what most would consider right. Jack finds Olivia's anger fun and decides to increase his enjoyment by doing everything in his power to piss Olivia off, as if everything that's happened isn't enough and Olivia needs more stress to deal with. Jack doesn't care about anyone but himself though and goes about doing everything he can to make her life miserable.
Olivia is horrified by the fact that Jack is her son's guardian and now owns the home they live in. She wants to leave but can't "legally" take her son away because Jack's his guardian. TBH, I think Olivia's late husband should have been ashamed of himself for what he put her through (Both before and after his death) and I can totally understand her being horrified by her circumstance because Jack goes out of his way to behave like a beast to her. Olivia does realize pretty quickly that Jack might not be such a bad guardian after all (after getting rid of a secretly bad nanny and getting Henry a puppy). She starts to accept Jack more and tries to make peace but it doesn't come right away because Jack takes great pleasure in torturing her. After a while though (and an unexpected sickness), the walls come down between Jack and Olivia. They start to respect each other and the attraction that was buried is now coming out in full force for them both. They do try to resist the attraction but this doesn't succeed for long. Jack was intending to marry Olivia off so he could get out of the agreement ASAP but as they continue to see each other, those plans don't seem like such a good idea any more. As Jack and Olivia are trying to figure their relationship out there's another twist that comes in to the plot that brings a bit of danger/suspense with it. Olivia and Jack go through a bit of difficulties but come through it alright and they start their HEA.
I enjoyed this story very much. I liked how Jack and Olivia came together and was happy for them once they worked things out. In the beginning of the story, Jack's actions and attitude just pissed me off but that did stop and it was probably my main complaint about the book. Outside of Jack's early attitude I liked the book and am glad I read it. I'm planning to read the next book in the series. I'd recommend this story. Thumbs up. :)
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