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They call him the Devil Earl - a scoundrel and accused murderer who grew up on the violent London streets....
They are England's most eligible bachelors, with the most scandalous reputations....
After six unsuccessful seasons, Miss Minerva Dodger chooses spinsterhood over fortune-hungry suitors....
When Elizabeth Hotchkiss stumbles upon a copy of How to Marry a Marquis in her employer's library, she's convinced someone is playing a cruel joke....
The enthrallingly romantic story of Sebastian, who fled to battle, and his return to London, a hardened soldier....
The Inferno Club, a scandalous gathering of wealthy libertines and highborn rakehells devoted to their wicked pleasures. Or so they are known to London society....
The Duke of Ashbury's to-do list is short and anything but sweet: brooding, glowering, menacing London ne'er-do-wells by night. Now there's a new item on the list. He needs an heir....
Known throughout for his prowess in the bedroom, Morgan Lyons, the eighth Earl of Westcliffe, cannot forgive an unpardonable affront to his honor.....
Infamous for his wild, sensual needs, Lazarus Huntington, Lord Caire, is searching for a savage killer in St. Giles, London's most notorious slum....
Dorian Blackwell, the Blackheart of Ben More, is a ruthless villain. Scarred and hard-hearted, Dorian is one of Victorian London's wealthiest, most influential men....
The gossips whisper that the new Duke of Murdoch is a brute, a murderer, and even worse - a Scot. They say he should never be trusted alone with a woman....
The last thing Victoria Barrett, the Viscountess Waters, has any interest in is romance. When the only man she's ever loved was killed, she endured an arranged marriage to a cruel man....
Henry Collins, Viscount Blackwell, is far too intrigued by Mary to let her go so easily. He's drawn to her sharp mind, her indomitable spirit, and the fiery way in which she dismisses him....
When Sophie lands her philandering brother-in-law backside first in a goldfish pond in front of all society, she becomes the target of very public aristocratic scorn....
Alaric has never met a woman he wanted for his own...until he meets Willa. He's never lost a battle....
Titus St. John, Duke of Kendal, is known as the Forbidden Duke, a mysterious, intimidating figure who enters society just once each year at his stepmother's ball....
The wild and charismatic Duke of Abernathe is the kind of friend anyone would wish to have. But he has full-throatedly declared he will never marry and no one understands why....
Hugh Philemon Ancaster, seventh Duke of Ripley, will never win prizes for virtue. But even he draws the line at running off with his best friend's bride....
London's most notorious rogue - decadent, depraved, forbidden:
The ladies of the town won't stop whispering about deliciously wicked Jack Dodger - once a thieving street urchin, now the wealthy owner of London's most exclusive gentleman's club. There's no pleasure he hasn't enjoyed, no debauchery the handsome scoundrel won't provide for the lords who flock to his house of carnal intrigue.
London's most virtuous lady - honorable, uncorrupted, and all too human:
Olivia, Duchess of Lovingdon, would never associate with such a rogue. So when Jack is named sole heir to the duke's personal possessions, the beautiful, well-bred lady is outraged. Now, Olivia is forced to share her beloved home with this despicable man.
But Olivia's icy disdain is no match for Jack's dangerous charm. His touch awakens desire. His kiss demands surrender. She will struggle to bar Jack from her heart....but her body, coveting divine release, will not let her bar him from her bed.
I enjoyed this second book in the series. The characters continue from book one and are so well developed I found myself totally involved....again. It is really difficult to stop listening mostly because of the hardships they've endured and how they overcome them. The love story just develops naturally....not something far-fetched or predictable. I highly recommend this series.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful
STORY (historical romance) - I like contemporary romances much better than historical ones, but this one is actually pretty good. It has the usual issue -- someone from the upper class falls for someone from the lower -- but this book has a lot of other stuff going on that makes it much better. Olivia is an English Dutchess whose husband has just died, and Jack is a scoundrel. They've been thrown together in a most unusual way, and they end up living in the same house and Jack is appointed to be guardian for Olivia's son.
Needless to say, they end up having the hots for each other. I subtracted a star from this book primarily because I got sick and tired of them constantly thinking about each other and trying to analyze their feelings and what they should do about them. Enough!!!! But nevertheless, the story is good and their feelings for each other become genuine. The author has a talent for writing very hot scenes in a unique way that has great tenderness and also maintains an element of class.
PERFORMANCE - I love Susan Ericksen from the In Death series, and she continues to deliver. Her voice lends itself to portray men and women nicely, and her natural English accent is lovely. She doesn't distinguish much between characters but does some pretty good cockney accents and the voice of a young boy.
OVERALL - This is Book 2 in the series, but it's the first I've listened to. I can't comment on its relation to the rest of the series, but it can stand completely on its own. There's no profanity, but there is lots of thinking about sex and also some pretty explicit sexual acts. Recommended for mature females only. Definitely not for guys.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
If you could sum up Between the Devil and Desire in three words, what would they be?
Oliver Twist on Steroids ( ok that's 4 words)
What did you like best about this story?
The relationship between Jack Dodger an the Duchess' son Henry. ( it's so sweet)
If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
Consider Yourself one of the Family!!
Any additional comments?
Listening to book 3 can't wait to get to book 4.
7 of 9 people found this review helpful
Since I'm now in love with the world Lorraine Heath has built for the Scoundrels of St James, I will say I'm pleased with this listen. As far as the female lead, I have to say I wasn't much for her. I didn't really feel the spark between her and Jack like I did with Catherine and Luke in the first book, and I feel like Jack deserved a better woman. As far as Jacks story, WOW!! He may end up being my favorite scoundrel out of them all, and that's a big step for me since I was pretty upset with him for decisions he made regarding Luke in the last book.
Narration was good, but as I felt with the first book, there needs to me more variation between characters voices. Jacks kind of sounds like Luke, Luke kind of sounds like Graves, Catherine and Olivia are similar... Aside from that, no one can ever accuse Susan Ericksen of not bringing spunk and personality to each character. Antony Ferguson is still a weird choice, but as in the last book he only speaks for a few minutes here and there.
Stick with this one, even if you're not loving it as much as the first. Both Jacks story and how you see him by the end is really wonderful.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Much like the first book in this series I thought the narration was a little too boring. (no real differences with male/female voices) Despite my lack of interest in the narrator I really did enjoy this book. It's a decent romance and I really have no complaints about the overall story. If you liked the first book or enjoy historical romance then you will enjoy this one too. Overall it was worth a credit, but I'm glad I got it on sale instead.
8 of 12 people found this review helpful
This book had great plot points! All that I thought would happen ended up being completely different by the end of the book. I love how Lorraine Heath slowly develops attraction into powerful love. And her characters grow and change so much throughout the story. It was a journey into healing your heart and finding happiness. I highly recommend this four star historical romance.
Narration: Susan Ericksen is consistently good. She's great with historical romances. Good accents, marked differences between characters and added emotions to the story. I don't particularly like male narrators but Antony Ferguson did a good job as well. His narration was minimal (only for some journal entries) and for me it was like a cherry on top of your sundae... A sweet addition.
6 of 9 people found this review helpful
After I had finished “In Bed with the Devil” I immediately purchased this book. Although I had loved the first, I wasn’t sure how I would feel about this story which focuses on Jack, the character I probably identified with the least because of his fixation on money. With these two books, Lorraine Heath is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors, as she has such a talent for writing dynamic, adorable characters who have such chemistry. When things went awry, I felt the same dismay and hurt the characters were feeling, and when they were happy, I felt like I was right there with them. As the little family was coming together, the relationship that Jack and Henry had was so precious, I couldn’t help but beam and found myself saying “awww” on more than one occasion. As much as I like children, sometimes when they make appearances in romance novels they can be sort of irritating or overlooked, but in this instance I think the inclusion of Henry’s character added a deeper level and parental love that perhaps give this book a slight edge over the first. The passion and tension between the two main characters made for some steamy and wonderfully intense scenes. The journey and growth that the characters progressed through was truly an entertaining and heart-warming experience. In the beginning, Jack was a bit (a lot) of a jerk, but as his more genuine and endearing qualities slowly shone through more and more, it was a very satisfying evolution. In the first book I sort of looked up to Catherine for being so confident and outspoken, and here I felt less of an attachment for Olivia, although I felt a great deal of sympathy for her situation/lack of power even in parenting and providing for her own child because of the will’s provisions. But I did like Olivia, even if I didn’t agree much with her value on propriety, she did care for her son and was able to see the good qualities in Jack. Again, Susan Ericksen did a great job as narrator in bringing personality to the characters, even if some voices weren’t that varied – her voice for Henry was child-like and adorable. I hate that this book is over, but it was an addicting 11 hours well-spent!
I enjoy these historical romance books except for the narration. I do not enjoy Susan Ericksen, I wish this would have been a true dual narration. Antiony Ferguson who I enjoy listening to only read the male chapter. I was hoping for all male dialogue. I would have enjoyed the book so much better than. I have stopped buying audible like I use to for this soul purpose. I do not like females trying to sound male.
It's been soooo long since I read read and enjoyed everything about this book- Great story, conflict, heros and heroines!! Get it. You will love it.
Would you listen to Between the Devil and Desire again? Why?
Absolutely YES I will listen to this one again. I love the character Jack
What other book might you compare Between the Devil and Desire to and why?
In Bed with the Devil - 1st in this series
Have you listened to any of Susan Ericksen and Antony Ferguson ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
yes, very good performances
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The reading of the letter from the original Duke and outside the church at Jack's wedding
Any additional comments?
Loved the fact that Olivia kept finding out that she rushed judgement on Jack