A Devilish Duke on a Quest for Pleasure...
Frannie Darling was once a child of London's roughest streets, surrounded by petty thieves, pickpockets, and worse. But though she survived this harsh upbringing to become a woman of incomparable beauty, Frannie wants nothing to do with the men who lust for her, the rogues who frequent the gaming hall where she works. She can take care of herself and feels perfectly safe on her own-safe, that is, until he strides into her world, and once again it becomes a very dangerous place indeed.
To bed her but not wed her. That's what Sterling Mabry, the eighth Duke of Greystone, wants. But Frannie abhors arrogant aristocrats interested only in their own pleasure. So why then does the thought of an illicit tryst with the devilish duke leave her trembling with desire? Her willing body begs for release . . . and a wicked, wonderful surrender.
©2009, 2011 Jan Nowasky (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers
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This is really such a nice series. This book continues the story and this time its Frannie's turn. Like the others in the series this one has great plot and character development. We learn a lot more about the characters with each book.....like pealing away layers. The clarity of each character becomes more defined. This series is not very predictable so it has some interesting twists.
Ultimately, this is a great listen.
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I had low expectations on this book. Sterling (Catherine's brother) was a jerk on the first book and continued to be a jerk at the beginning of this one. Frannie was very uptight. And although I absolutely believe in love/lust at first sight sometimes it is difficult to believe. But it totally worked on this book. As only Heath can master she developed another powerful love story. Her character development continues to amaze me as both Frannie and Sterling ended up being completely different from why I was expecting at the beginning.
I suggest that you follow this series in order as you will get updates of the other couples from previous books. The epilogue was So So Sooo good! It gives you the impression the author was going to end the series with that book. It was a complete conclusion. She even said what will happen to the inspector. She apparently changed her mind because there is a fourth book with the story of Jim. All in a this was another great romantic and passionate story with excellent character development that will keep you wanting more.
Narration: Susan Ericksen did a very good. Great accents, great emotions and intensity. Definitely worth your time and credit!
I Iove the scoundrels of St James series and really wanted to hear about Frannie being the only girl. I loved how she viewed life and what she wanted for herself.
The 3rd in the Scoundrels of St. James series is the story of Frannie Darling and Sterling Mabry, Duke of Greystone, and older brother of Catherine, newly wed to Jack Dodger. Frannie is a bookkeeper at Jack's gaming hall and his childhood friend from the streets. Sterling is a real jerk -- having abandoned his sister to tour the world while their father lay ill after a stroke and making inappropriate advances towards Frannie, including offering to set her up as his mistress. As we learn more, though, it becomes clear that Sterling is deeply wounded, harboring secrets and reasons for why he feels he cannot commit his heart to anyone. Frannie, too, has secrets from her past that make her feel like she cannot ever truly give or receive love, other than to the orphans that she rescues or to the "lads" that she grew up with.
Susan Erikson does a great job narrating this story. The developing relationship between Frannie and Sterling literally brought tears to my eyes a few times. Such a great listen! Only one more left in the series... Bittersweet, indeed.
Audible addicted love mystery,lately stuck on love story. Mother of 1 Labrador and 1 perfect man. Work way too hard, and so ready to be retired
Started a little slow I thought but after the characters developed it form into a winner,the love story is awesome I loved it I request I did not start from book one
yes its a god book and i love it is so steamy
yes i have and she is good so light and interesting to lissen to
Susan Ericken was an excellent choice to narrate this story.
I plan on reading all the related books to this story.
A fan from Alexandria, Virginia
Lorraine Heath's ability to marry emotion wit story is wonderful to behold! Keeps me coming back for more!
Overall I think this was a nice addition to this series. I have to say I didn't really love the romance for the first 2/3's because it felt forced and a bit rushed. Once I was at the last 3rd however, things felt more natural. Though it was lacking in action and didn't have as steady of a pace as the first 2 books, it was still really nice to hear Frannie's side of things. Also, Lorraine Heath laced bits and pieces of what was going on with Luke and Jack throughout the story which made it feel more like a continuation of book 1 & 2 and not just a separate story all together.
Susan Ericksen's performance was good, though as I have said through this entire series, she needs to have a bit more variation in her characters, Overall, the spunk and attitude she gives to each person is great, and she was consistent with everyone's voices throughout the series, which can sometimes vary with other performers.
If you decide to listen and kind of find yourself bored or not as interested as you were in books 1 & 2 - stick with it. The ending really makes it all worth. Its a sweet story and everything Frannie does is so loving. You also get a nice glimpse into everyone's future, which always feels good.
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