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
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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!
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 pretty good story. I liked Catherine and Lucian and their story was good. This is the first story I've read by this author and based off this I'll probably try more of her work.
Catherine is the proper daughter of a Duke but since her father's health has started failing things haven't been easy for her. Her brother fled to go "travelling" out of the country after a disagreement with their father and hasn't bothered to come back in years. Catherine has been managing alright but has worries about situations that are out of her hands.
Lucian is an Earl but feels like he's a fraud. He was found on the streets as a child (around 6 years old) with no memories of where he belonged before then and was taken in but a group of street kids. He grew up stealing to get by until he made the mistake of committing a crime in front of witnesses and getting caught. He was saved by a man claiming him as his long lost grandson and Lucian went along with it but never truly believed it.
Lucian is coming home from a gambling house late at night and is surprised to found Lady Catherine waiting to see him. They encountered each other in a memorable way years before but never spoke. Lucian thinks she's there for seduction as some "proper" women have shown up wanting to sleep with a man of such a notorious reputation. Catherine isn't there for that though and (after he steals a kiss) makes it clear she's come for different reasons. Catherine has heard the rumors about Lucian and thinks he's a bad man, someone that would do bad things without it bothering him. She's worried about a friend of hers that is threatened with imminent death but in a way that the law can't be brought in to help. Catherine asks Lucian to kill the man that's a threat to her friend but won't tell him who it is or why (in an effort to protect her friend) until he promises to do it. Lucian doesn't need the money and although he's intrigued by Catherine he's not willing to kill someone without a very good reason. They part company with no bargain struck but Lucian can't seem to put Catherine out of his mind. This is particularly bad for him considering he's intending to ask Frannie (a girl he grew up with on the streets) to marry him. When Lucian does get up the nerve to ask Frannie however; she refuses to marry him, claiming the pressures of what was expected of her as his wife (with him being an Earl) is too much for her.
Lucian is determined to get Frannie to marry him as he's been in love with her since they were kids. He ends up putting together a bargain with Catherine where she will teach Frannie all the things she needs to know to be a Lady and he in turn will kill her target for her (although planning to murder a man isn't an easy thing for him to contemplate). This ends up putting Lucian and Catherine in close contact a number of times and with her lack of supervision, Catherine goes places and sees things she really shouldn't. As she spends more time with Lucian, she start to see the man beneath the rumors and realizes not the bad man she thought he was...and maybe is even good (to an extent). To be honest, I thought the story ran a little too close to cheating for my comfort. I guess it could be considered more of a love triangle but it really wasn't when it came down to it. Lucian was never engaged to Frannie (and their relationship was more friendly than anything real) but since that was always the aim it was a bit weird for me that Lucian and Catherine came together during that time. Catherine totally fell for Lucian though and convinced that he loved Frannie more than anything, she's determined not to get in their way so Lucian could be happy. Lucian knows he has feeling for Catherine but convinces himself they don't matter because it's supposed to be Frannie (even though he doesn't want Frannie sexually). With the denial of feelings and everything that went on there is some drama and tense times when I was wondering how things would turn out. Thankfully things come together and Lucian and Catherine end the story starting their HEA.
I enjoyed this story. I liked both Catherine and Lucian and liked their story overall. My only real complaint was the almost/kind of cheating type behavior in the story. I'm planning to continue with the series. I'd recommend this book. :)
I bought this on a whim because I love Susan Ericken as a narrator and the intelligence she suffuses in all her characters. I figured anything narrated by her would at least be somewhat pleasurable. I was greatly delighted to find out that In Bed With the Devil is absolutely stunning in its own merits. Lorraine Heath creates a wonderful world in this St James series- from the drawing rooms to the aristocracy to the dark recesses of the rookery. Her writing is lovely- elegant and empathetic without being showy.
I adored Catherine and Luke because they seemed like real adults, handling the vicissitudes of the novel's plot with grace and maturity. In fact, I'm buying the whole St James series because I love all the characters so- I can wait to find out what fate has in store for Dodger, Frannie, Bill and Jim.
The only caveat I have is with Anthony Ferguson, who narrates Luke's diary entries. I couldn't stand his bits because I found his accent totally distracting. It's very mid-atlantic and not at all convincing. But as he only narrates perhaps 20 minutes in total, it does not detract from what is a wholly wonderful audiobook.
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This Story Ranks right up there with the best. I truly enjoyed In Bed with the Devil !!!
Catherine Mabry and Lucian Langdon are one of my favorite Hero and Heroin!!!!
This is the first time that I remember listening to the two and I liked there reading !!!
Yes it had my attention from the start!!!
I recommend this Book and most likely the series too. I am going to read the rest so if this book is any indication of what to expect I definitely will read/listen to the rest !!!
I loved the book. The sex scenes were a bit long. the characters were fun to get to know. I liked all the characters. Well done.
Heath has written a book that is not just about love, but about honor, and friendship and a really interesting mystery. Many unique characters, and excellent descriptions in this book. Not just your quick 'steamy' regency novel. Loved this book.
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