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
This is a new author for me. I love Lorraine Heath, but I love Susan Ericksen more, I brought this series because of the narrator and I'm glad I did. Each one is as good as or better than the one before. These heroes are hard and rough and they have reason to be, they don't forget were they came from and they give a hand up to those who are were they use to be.
This was a book I had been eying for a while. The description interested me enough to keep looking at it but not enough to purchase. I finally made the order when the book went on sale. Again it sat in my library for a couple of months before I downloaded it when I knew I had no other option for a book to listen to. I can't say enough how glad I am to have listened to it! There was some amazing chemistry between the two main characters as well as an interesting story. I read and listen to so many books that it feels like there aren't too many characters and stories that really pull me in but wow, this one really did. I can't wait to get the rest of the series.
This is the story of the "Devil Earl" Lucien Langdon, Lord Claybourne, and Lady Catherine Maybry. With much borrowed from Dickens' Oliver Twist, Lucien (or Luke) was plucked from the streets by a man claiming to be his grandfather, saving him from a life of crime and poverty. His origins, however, are not so clear. Is he the Old Gent's grandson, the rightful heir? Is he a scoundrel and a murderer just posing as aristocracy? Can he help Lady Catherine with her plan to murder her best friend's abusive husband? Should he?
I will confess that I almost quit this story a few times, but I am so glad that I didn't! It takes a while to warm up, but once it does, it is so worth it! The relationship between Luke and Lady Catherine is so touching and the story really drew me in. I love that this is the first of four in a series. I will listen to them all!
I have never read the print version, but I did like the performance since she made the voices very distinct.
Then Came You. It had simliar time settings and had the girls trying to hide something.
Yes, I liked having a different narrator for the letters. Only thing that would have made it better is if he would have voiced him throughout the entire book since that's the voice that is introduced in the very begining.
Towards the end I didn't want to stop listening.
Of course the Earl! He was so mysterious and such a decent man I couldn't help falling in love as well!
Susan gives a great perfrmance. I love her accent and anunciation on every word. She brings characters to life with various pitches. Anthony reads the journal of the Earl which is very nice hearing a mans voice while listening to a mans thoughts
poet. coffeeshop-dinergirl. waffle lover.
The narration by Susan Ericksen and Antony Ferguson helped move the story along without distraction - a key component to enjoyment of audiobooks.
Lady Catherine - her willful nature and willingness to experience a world she is not entirely used to.
I enjoyed the journal entries read by Antony Ferguson - it offered a nice change from the rhythm of Susn Ericksen's voice.
Yes - I was glad I started listening at the beginning of a weekend.
A wonderful story, though the cover may put a few people off. Give it a chance!
Camden Smith owns DREAMFly Marketing, a full service marketing firm located in Southwest Florida. She regularly reviews books and is an avid reader as well as audible client. Favorite books are mysterious romances or those stories about personal growth.
There are so many twists and turns. What a great story. Catherine and Fannie's respect for one another and understanding for who was in what role without the Duke understanding even his own destiny is just romantic.
This is a romance novel without the silly, crazy, hot sex pieces. It does have heat but this is truly an organic romance story. I can't wait for story 2 although less excited about Jack's story and wish story #2 focused on the continuation of the life of the characters in book number one.
I really enjoyed this book the narrator is great and the story was suspensefull and romantic dont miss it.
I actually just wanted a light read, to do while "doing other things" so I picked out this series, and it surprised me. I actually loved the author (one I had never read before) and enjoyed the 3 books in the series.
Clever, witty, sexy and fun - and surprising. totally an enjoyable read - then had to follow the series - loved it!
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