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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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!
"HOPEFUL ROMANTIC" ~~ ( 5 = Excellent, 4 = Very Good, 3 = Good, 2 = Poor, 1 = Awful ) ~~ Reviews should never contain "spoilers" ;-)
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.
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.
I am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot.
There are less than a handful of book series that have been emotionally compelling and have made an indelible mark upon my heart…..and even though this is the 1st book in the series that I have read, I know (in my gut) that this will be counted among those I treasure.
The romance between Frannie Darling and Sterling Mabry, the eighth Duke of Greystone reeled me in right away, and it all has to do with the way this book is written….it's beautifully written. The writing is quite powerful. Heath uses metaphors, analogies and descriptions that are vivid and float off of the pages evoking deep emotions between the characters, in regard to both the challenges and triumphs of their life.
THE LOVE STORY:
Sterling can't keep his gaze off of Frannie. He is absolutely drawn to her and keenly aware of her presence (even before meeting her personally). Frannie, feels his attention and when they both finally meet the experience is completely visceral. It's all about the breathing, the excited thrill of momentum and being touched in a way that expresses a deep hunger, and a promise of things to come.
It all started with one night, as propositioned by Sterling. Sterling who arrived from traveling various continents, presents as a mystery. He wants Frannie, but can only give her one night as he feels the plans for his life are cemented, in part due to his station as a duke, but also because of a secret that will inevitably come out that will cause others to reject him completely.
Sterling is such a delicious hero. Frannie describes him as "courageous, determined and intriguing." AND, he has a dragon tattoo across his back and shoulder!--Talk about being way too sexy for his era!
Sterling is attracted by Frannie's beauty, but also by the mixture of her innocence and street smarts. She intrigues him like no other. I like how he studies her and learns what is important to her. Sterling commented that she "has so much compassion, with no bitterness" (after getting to know her and her life story).
When Frannie & Sterling are together is as though they are incubated in the happiness of their own bubble. Their love is an unselfish bond that includes an even amount of giving and receiving.
"She felt as though her body was the world and he was traveling across it, sampling every aspect."
Sterling was just so sweet and tender with Frannie. When he found out about how she was brutally raped at the age of 12 years, he makes sure to go at a pace sensitive to Frannie's needs. And, believe me Frannie feels a strong need for this man. He is the only man who has awakened her appetite for passion. Frannie is such a loving, compassionate, beautiful woman (inside & out) that you can't help but feel triumph in her love of Sterling.
As you can imagine, this romance outgrows the constrictions placed by society, it outgrows his own fear of his secret and it outgrows even the time they spend apart. To Sterling it comes to a point that nothing, not even his title is as important as she is. There is a part where he risks his own life for her…..OMG, this is just a beautiful romance…I could go on and on!!!
FAGAN LADS (AMAZING!!!):
I loved how Frannie is so cherished and loved by the "Fagan lads" who are the boys she grew up with in the rookeries of London who are now very successful adult men. Luke, Jack, Jim and even Bill, the physician, are a powerful shield of protection for her. I love how they were so opposed to Sterling's advances to Frannie & stepped in right away! They truly acted like a overprotective brothers. Sterling finally earns their trust, but oh the journey! LOL I love how they come together after Sterling is set to marry Frannie & they approach him formally wanting to provide a dowry for Frannie. When she objects, their response is, "It is necessary because you don't go to him with nothing." OMG..that part was awesome, especially when the surprise about how much money she actually has comes out---Awesome moment!!!
I can't wait to read Luke, Jack and Jim's books. It's like a feeling of Christmas, with so many gifts awaiting to be opened!
There are a lot of touching moments in the book….like poor Jim & his unrequited love for Frannie (poor guy, but can't wait to read his book!), Little Peter (OMG..what a precious boy), Nancy (Frannie's childhood friend from the rookeries), and CHARLS DICKENS (OMG…his inclusion was such an awesome element), and lastly…Frannie's dad…wow, made me tear up.
Narrator: I really liked Susan Erickson. I think she did a great job in bringing the characters to life.
I have a real crazy in love relationship with books!!!
This book was exciting, sweet, touching, steamy, and interesting. So yeah, I would definitely recommend it.
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.
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!
Probably when Sterling finally told Franny the truth. Or maybe when Franny told him the truth.
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!!!
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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.
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