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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

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Quite!

I was skeptical of this book when I saw the cover and the title. And yet, I completely loved it!

I really enjoyed the main characters, and their loyal friends. The characters demonstrated qualities that I think are identifiable and admirable, which made them endearing. I did roll my eyes every now and then at the characters’ inner lustful thoughts which were sometimes too frequent, inappropriate or just happening at unusual times. For example: getting turned on while in extreme pain from a knife wound… And perhaps the middle of an important conversation about murder is not the best time to space out about, indulging in sexy thoughts. As I have not had the experience of being stabbed or discussing murder plans in the presence of an attractive man, I don't know what sorts of thoughts might pop up in those situations, but listening to them with the context being so starkly contrasting - I judge. But it's fun to judge! It should also be pointed out that the main characters (one more than the other) suffers from an acute case of denseness which turned chronic as it spanned nearly the entire book.

For all the book’s minor imperfections, I think it was very worth it and when I saw I was half-way through, I panicked that the book was not going to be long enough because I was having so much fun listening about these crazy, adorable people. I was very pleasantly surprised that there was some actual romance as well - bona fide romantic gestures, not just sex. I enjoyed the building romance and relationship. The love scenes were more romanticized than graphic, and I did not think they were overdone. The narrator did a good job, and she got into the emotions (anger/joy-laughter) more than I expected which was sometimes startling but I think added something in the intense scenes. I recommend this one.

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A Wonderful Story

Loved the relationship/love between Catherine and Luke. They both had such strong personalities. My heart broke for Luke when he finally regained his memory of how his parents had died. I loved how Catherine comforted him. The secondary characters were also very interesting and enjoyable. Will definitely be reading/listening more of Lorraine Heath. Susan Erickson was an amazing narrator.

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Decent love story.

This was a good easy read. Nothing too spectacular. Ill reccomend it. If you like romance.

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Loved this book, especially the ending

I loved how the main characters fell in love. There's action, a little bit of mystery, and a lot of romance, plus a strong female lead paired with a brooding male with a dark past. It's everything I love about romances.

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I'm Hooked!

Though I've only read one romance novel in my life and found it fun but cheesy, this book had my attention from the second I finished reading its description. I couldn't resist the story line of a gang of scoundrels, murder, love, and dark secrets from the past. From the minute it began I was instantly hooked and finished it w/in 2 days. The story was SOOO good and I was in suspense the ENTIRE time. There aren't many books that keep me hanging on every word, but this certainly was one. Without being boring, it was incredibly descriptive and enabled me to to see every word like I was watching a movie.

Until this book I have never heard of Lorraine Heath, but now I seriously cant wait to listen to all the other books in this series. Its hard to imagine the idea of loving any of them as much as I did this one, but hearing the stories of all the other scoundrels will be exciting in itself.

As far as narration, I have to say Susan Ericksen was good. She had a lot of passion and spunk, and she definitely gave personality to each character. It would have been nice to hear a bit of a change in her voice from character to character, but her attitude made up for it. Antony Ferguson's parts were rough. His accent was weird and his performance was flat, but he only spoke a few minutes here and there so it wasn't a big deal.

Even if you're not much for romance novels/cheesy sex scenes this book is absolutely worth the listen for mystery, suspense, and intrigue alone. The romance was woven in really well, which is why I didn't feel like I was listening to a dirty romance novel. Think Oliver Twist/Lies of Lock Lamora meets your favorite romantic dromedy.

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A Smart Regency Novel

Heath has written a book that is not just about love, but about honor, and friendship and a really interesting mystery. Many unique characters, and excellent descriptions in this book. Not just your quick 'steamy' regency novel. Loved this book.

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  • Roberta
  • Salzburg, Austria
  • 03-04-14

An ideal historical romance... truly enjoyable.

I used to read a lot of these as a teenager but have since gotten caught up in other genres. I bought this during a sale to give the audible romance genre another chance after a bad choice and was well rewarded! The characters are lively and have great personalities. Susan Ericksen's reading was good, but occassionally the character's voices were not distinct enough. The story is complex enought to be interesting and the romantic bits are also fun. I would definitely listen to another book by Ms. Heath!

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Well worth the time...romantic and hot!!!

I really liked this book...WILL listern to this series...only complaint and not really a complaint just a mention...at times the narrator's character voices kinda sounded the same

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  • Janice
  • Hartford, WI United States
  • 02-26-14

Wonderful balance of plot and romance!

What made the experience of listening to In Bed with the Devil the most enjoyable?

All of the elements were in balance...a good performance...a good story...likeable characters dealing with real life.

What did you like best about this story?

The plot kept me interested from the beginning and it was more than boy-meets-girl; they-are-attracted-to-each-other-and-spend-time-trying-to-avoid-each-other. The MH had to deal with his past and the FH had a problem of her own to solve.

What about Susan Ericksen and Antony Ferguson ’s performance did you like?

I liked the way Antony Ferguson's voice was used to read the journal entry. Susan Ericksen did a great job with all of the voices and I was glad they didn't try to make the male/female discussions into dialogue.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Oh yes....and I kept the earbuds in as I took care of some weekend chores.

Any additional comments?

The characters are human...they are flawed but still likeable! That, combined with the plot, the romance and some sexy scenes (!) did add up to a great listen. Worth a credit? Well, I bought the first book during the "First of a Series" sale but used a credit to get the second book in my reading queue!

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Mixed feelings

Would you try another book from Lorraine Heath and/or Susan Ericksen and Antony Ferguson ?

Yes. I would try another book from Lorraine Heath as she is a fairly competent B list romance writer. The story, without apology, copies from Dickens even while the heroine read Dickens.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Swindler. He appears to have common sense. I thought the two main characters, especially the hero, were somewhat stupid and immoral. The story kept my interest when I read it in print.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Susan Ericksen and Antony Ferguson ?

I would have used Antony Ferguson as the voice of Lucian throughout the book instead of just reading the Earl's journal. I would not use Susan again although I won't avoid the opportunity to download another Heath book if she is reading it. Susan makes a good actual narrator but the heroine sounds like a 40 year old matron and it is often difficult to tell the difference between the hero and heroine's voices when they are conversing directly. Overall his voice is too wimpy and stuffy sounding as is hers. Antony had the perfect voice and I wonder why more producers don't hire at least two actors to do male and female voices. But at least have a narrator who can do multiple voices.

Could you see In Bed with the Devil being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No

Any additional comments?

Disappointed with how the voices were rendered and felt the hero really was not intellectually believable. No spoilers, though.