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Surrender to the Devil | [Lorraine Heath]

Surrender to the Devil

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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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    DARA "Beautiful" Niagara Falls, NY USA 07-08-13
    DARA "Beautiful" Niagara Falls, NY USA 07-08-13 Member Since 2011

    ~~~"HOPEFUL ROMANTIC"~~~ ***Love All Romances.....Especially Detailed Historical Type*** ~~ "Reviews Should Never Contain Spoilers"~~

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    "Very Sweet Continuation"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    SIMARA Bayamon, Puerto Rico 10-31-12
    SIMARA Bayamon, Puerto Rico 10-31-12 Member Since 2011

    I love books! Audiobooks take stories to the next level. I'm obsessed with Audible and will try to rate all of my books. Happy Listening! ;)

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    "A four stars historical romance"

    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!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Angela Richmond, CA, United States 03-30-12
    Angela Richmond, CA, United States 03-30-12 Member Since 2010
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    "CAPTIVATING"
    What did you love best about Surrender to the Devil?

    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.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Page & Andy Lie Pacifica, CA USA 01-30-13
    Page & Andy Lie Pacifica, CA USA 01-30-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Finally, Frannie's story!"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rita Tampa, FL, United States 08-05-12
    Rita Tampa, FL, United States 08-05-12 Member Since 2012

    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

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    "Absolutely classics"

    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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Vivi copenhagen, Denmark 03-26-12
    Vivi copenhagen, Denmark 03-26-12 Member Since 2012
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    "a lovely book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes its a god book and i love it is so steamy


    Have you listened to any of Susan Ericksen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    yes i have and she is good so light and interesting to lissen to


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marvette JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States 03-17-12
    Marvette JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States 03-17-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent Book!!"

    Susan Ericken was an excellent choice to narrate this story.
    I plan on reading all the related books to this story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ashley SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States 12-05-13
    Ashley SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States 12-05-13 Member Since 2013

    I have a real crazy in love relationship with books!!!

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    "Don't let the title fool ya..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book was exciting, sweet, touching, steamy, and interesting. So yeah, I would definitely recommend it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like that the characters were flawed. Seriously no one was perfect and they all had some issues here or there that showed the fact that they were human. You know romance novels do not always show us the flaws.


    Have you listened to any of Susan Ericksen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I cannot recall ever listening to Susan Ericksen. Now I could be wrong, but if so it doesn't matter because she knocked this one out the park!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Probably when Sterling finally told Franny the truth. Or maybe when Franny told him the truth.


    Any additional comments?

    I was initially against this book because I did not like the title. Something about having that word in the title creeps me out. Yes, childish I know but hey we all need a shrink from time to time hahaha. Anyway I definitely recommend this book and I would recommend it even at regular price! So there you have it folks...it is a definite score!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy United States 11-22-13
    Wendy United States 11-22-13 Member Since 2012

    Bookstore hobby-jobber, mom, gardener and former copywriter. Eclectic taste in books and audits.

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    "Sadly lacking"
    Any additional comments?

    The story had promise as we follow Franny Darling's life. However, the plot plodded with altogether too much angst and too little progression. I suffered through 2/3 of the book before deciding I was bored, frustrated and unable to continue to listen. A complete disappointment since I liked the first books in the series.
    Normally, I love Susan Ericksen's narration but this one was poorly edited with character switches and conversations blurry. It also matched the the sloooow plot but could not be corrected by speeding up the recording.
    Save your money and credits - and teeth gritting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer United States 09-22-13
    Amazon Customer United States 09-22-13 Member Since 2010

    AKA The Geeky Blogger

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    "Frannie Darling found Love :)"

    Read from April 19 to 21, 2013

    Read/Listened for Fun (Paperback/Kindle/Audio)
    Overall Rating: 4.00
    Story Rating: 3.75
    Character Rating: 4.25

    Audio Rating: 4.25 (not part of the overall rating)

    First thought after finishing: Frannie Darling deserved love and I am so glad she finally found it!

    Story Thoughts: I knew that Frannie’s story would be a tough read. Her back story is heartbreaking and her plight for the orphaned children is heart-string pulling. I adored her part of the story and was really happy when she found love. It took a bit for to get into the romance between Frannie and Sterling but that all clicked about half way through the story. This was another fantastic addition to this series.

    Character Thoughts:Frannie was the “scoundrel” that I was most looking forward too! She is a fantastic leading lady and has a wonderful heart. Her back story is heartbreaking but she over came it all. Sterling took a bit too like. Seriously, his attitude and I did not quite mesh. Though as Frannie fell in love so did I! I love when characters make me love them even though I am opposed

    Audio Thoughts:

    Narrated By Susan Ericksen /Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins

    I wasn’t sure if I would like switching over to one narrator but Susan did a fantastic job. She was FRANNIE! I don’t think anyone else would be as good at getting her emotion and cadence. It just worked!

    Final Thoughts: I need to get the last in this series soon!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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