They call him the Devil Earl - a scoundrel and accused murderer who grew up on the violent London streets. A proper young lady risks more than her reputation when consorting with the roguishly handsome Lucian Langdon, but Lady Catherine Mabry believes she has no choice. To protect those she loves, she would do anything - even strike a bargain with the devil himself.
Lucian desires respectability and a wife above all else, but the woman of his choosing lacks the social graces to be accepted by the aristocracy. Catherine can help Lucian gain everything he wants. But what she asks for in exchange will put their very lives in jeopardy. When danger closes in, Catherine discovers a man of immense passion and he discovers a woman of immeasurable courage. As secrets from his dark past are revealed, Lucian begins to question everything he knows to be true, including the yearnings of his own heart.
©2008 Jan Nowasky (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers
Thank you Susan Ericksen for making this audio book so enjoyable. You are the perfect voice for this series.
The Narrator sucks. I can't tell the difference between the hero and the heroine. I mean, she tried but she made the hero sound horrible!!! Plus, The story, overall, is stupid! Stupid to the very end! The love story in this book totally sucks. Actually, there really is no love story in here. Hero thinks he's in love with another woman, other woman not in love with him, and heroine is in love with hero even though he thinks he's strongly in love with the other woman. Heroine still went after him even though she knows he's in love with someone else. She went as far as sleeping with him, too. Gah!
I thought it was SUSAN DUERDAN! I would have prefer her! Anthony Ferguson is good.
DISAPPOINTMENT all the way
Don't buy! Waste of money and time!
Yes, I'd definitely recommend this book to a friend. This was my first book by Lorraine Heath, and it won't be my last. It has a very good story and a good romance. I'm so glad that this is the first in the series. I LOVE a good historical romance series!
The book reminds me a little of the Rohan series by Anne Stuart, but that might be because it had the same narrator. Although it is about a supposedly bad person finally being recognized as good by the 'ton'.
I think Susan Ericksen was perfect for this book although I think she has done a better job on other books. Sometimes I had a difficult time keeping the voices/characters straight because she didn't alter her voice enough. I've not had that problem with her narrations in the past.
Moving onto the next book in this series. I tend to listen to mostly books that are in a series and I like series best when characters reappear in each book. I hope I won't be disappointed with the next books in this series.
I thought the story was very well written. I also enjoyed the narration - I will have to look for more stories narrated by Susan Ericksen.
I was looking for a good story to while away the weekend and was in luck.
After not being able to complete several books due to poor narration, this narrator was laudable and kept my interest in the story to the end.
Worth a try!
...occasionally broadens her horizons, but generally just wants to be entertained...
I used to read a lot of these as a teenager but have since gotten caught up in other genres. I bought this during a sale to give the audible romance genre another chance after a bad choice and was well rewarded! The characters are lively and have great personalities. Susan Ericksen's reading was good, but occassionally the character's voices were not distinct enough. The story is complex enought to be interesting and the romantic bits are also fun. I would definitely listen to another book by Ms. Heath!
I really liked this book...WILL listern to this series...only complaint and not really a complaint just a mention...at times the narrator's character voices kinda sounded the same
It was a comfortable read. I smiled at times. There’s a nice long build up of the couple gradually falling in love. The conflict that kept them apart appealed to me. Lucian grew up on the streets with a gang of kids who were his family. Frannie was part of the group. Lucian and others love her like a sister. Lucian wants to get married and he believes Frannie is the one for him, but he doesn’t realize it’s sisterly love. He’s kind of stupid about his emotions that way, but it was believable confusion. It takes a long time for Catherine and Lucian to get together, but I was ok with that. Although I frequently wanted to shake Lucian to make him hurry up and realize whom he loved.
Catherine is a strong, smart, loyal, good heroine. I was pleased the author did not resort to contrived conflict devices other than the following. To enjoy this you need to suspend disbelief. In the beginning Catherine approaches Lucian asking him to kill someone for her. You need to be able to just go with it without thinking of consequences and related issues.
There are a few sex scenes that are short with not much detail. They were good for the story, but this is not for readers who want more passion and sex.
Both narrators were good. Susan Ericksen did most of the book. Antony Ferguson did a few short parts - reading from Lucian’s journal.
Genre: historical romance
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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.
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