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
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!
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I wasn't happy at first about Jack Dodger being the focus in book two of this series and the first I'd say half hour I found the ridiculous behavior from the two main characters annoying, but as you get to know the characters you truly enjoy the unfolding of this complex character Jack Dodger.
The poor man has been through much - you truly ache for him as you discover his pains.
For Olivia (Livi), you understand how she transitions.
I'm not big on explicit sex scenes in books, but recognize this is a romance. However in this book the intimacy was necessary to understand really the unfolding of the characters, both Olivia and Jack. She was repressed. He was protecting himself.
My favorite scene was when he becomes overly turned on by Olivia (not a sex scene just early in their attraction) and he goes to Dodgers and denies his carnal appetite. It is the beginning of him becoming the man he had always been without knowing it.
Truly a nice story - not very realistic that a Duchess would be with him but you love the story all the same.
The little boy Henry grows in importance and that doll makes you cry with joy.
I loved this book! Jack is my fav from all of faegans lads. This book made me laugh out loud, cry get mad so many emotions dont miss it.
Really enjoyed this series, and loved the narrators. I had never heard them before this series, and they were excellent. Worth your credits for this series...
Love to read!
I don't have any real complaints about this book. The story was generally very good. It wasn't the most exciting book and had a few sections that got a tiny bit boring, but not to the point that I thought about not finishing it. I like the characters and the story line, but I probably won't get another book in the series. I prefer a little more excitement.
The narration was good. It shows that there are two narrators, but the second narrator is only used when reading a letter. I don't think it was necessary for the performance of the book, but it didn't really detract from it.
Romance with twist!
When he finds out that her son is his half brother.
Love hearing the different voices to distinguish characters.
No, though very sad in parts.
as with the first book in this series, I found the narration way too slow. Once I changed the setting to 1 1/2 x , it was perfect!
Totally addicted to Audible.
You cannot help but fall in love with Jack Dodger. Then add in a very proper lady and an adorable little boy and his puppy, and you get a most delightful story. I am sure I will listen to this book and this series again and again over the years.
I liked it! I liked the "Oliver Twist" character references with Dodger, Franny, Fagan. I have enjoyed books 1and 2 so far and plan to read Franny's book soon.
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