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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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Not Lorraine's best

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

Yes. I've read several of Lorraine Heath's books and enjoyed them. This one was the worst one yet.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Anything by Suzanne Elizabeth Phillips which are more consistent.

How could the performance have been better?

Susan Erickson was ok but the material she had to work with was really bad.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment and disgust that I wasted the credit.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Stunning!

Any additional comments?

So glad I found this series! And to have them narrated by Susan Ericksen is a bonus. Captivating story...I'm off to buy the remaining three books.

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  • Nadina
  • Laval, QC, Canada
  • 09-24-17

my kind of Romance

loved it. Catherine is a strong heroine not afraid to sacrifice for her love. the devil is a tortured individual racked with guilt. He He loves himself to be an imposter and wishes to live a simple life with his friends. Catherine is the catalyst that allows him to discover his true self. the story and plot are well crafted the characters and their actions believable. Susan Erickson does an awesome job narrating with just the right amount of emotion and amazing voice changed depending on the character she voices. Antony Ferguson reading Luke's dairy add a nice touch. overall very enjoyable will look for more titles by this author.

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Good take on historical romance.

Good characters. nice development. enjoyed it a lot. I listened to in in just over a day. I really like the female lead.

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Excellent story and great chemistry

Lady Catherine is easy to like as a heroine. Lucian is delicious all the way around! There was great chemistry between the hero and heroine. The storyline was a little different with some twists and turns to keep you interested. I would have liked to see Luke and Lady Catherine get together romantically a bit sooner in the book, because once they do ...it gets nice and heated. Not burning hot, but plenty steamy. I can't wait for the next book....starting it today! Worth a credit!

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Great Romantic Tale

If you could sum up In Bed with the Devil in three words, what would they be?

Romance, adventure, perfect

Who was your favorite character and why?

I couldn't choose just one. The whole cast of characters are developed well, very believable and all necessary to make the plot work.

What does Susan Ericksen and Antony Ferguson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Their voices bring the story to life, I can shut my eyes and envision every scene.

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

For all practical purposes, I did. I didn't want to put it down!

Any additional comments?

I have an extensive romantic library. This is the first book I've ever given a perfect score! Well worth the credit or the purchase. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.

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Great story!

This was a great story! The characters seemed very real and authentic! I'm looking forward to the next one!

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Great Story + Great Narration = 5 Stars!

This story will hold your interest until the end.
Romance, some mystery, chemistry are all included in this read.
Narration was excellent!!!

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Pretty good start to the series :)

3.5-4 stars

This was a pretty good story. I liked Catherine and Lucian and their story was good. This is the first story I've read by this author and based off this I'll probably try more of her work.

Catherine is the proper daughter of a Duke but since her father's health has started failing things haven't been easy for her. Her brother fled to go "travelling" out of the country after a disagreement with their father and hasn't bothered to come back in years. Catherine has been managing alright but has worries about situations that are out of her hands.

Lucian is an Earl but feels like he's a fraud. He was found on the streets as a child (around 6 years old) with no memories of where he belonged before then and was taken in but a group of street kids. He grew up stealing to get by until he made the mistake of committing a crime in front of witnesses and getting caught. He was saved by a man claiming him as his long lost grandson and Lucian went along with it but never truly believed it.

Lucian is coming home from a gambling house late at night and is surprised to found Lady Catherine waiting to see him. They encountered each other in a memorable way years before but never spoke. Lucian thinks she's there for seduction as some "proper" women have shown up wanting to sleep with a man of such a notorious reputation. Catherine isn't there for that though and (after he steals a kiss) makes it clear she's come for different reasons. Catherine has heard the rumors about Lucian and thinks he's a bad man, someone that would do bad things without it bothering him. She's worried about a friend of hers that is threatened with imminent death but in a way that the law can't be brought in to help. Catherine asks Lucian to kill the man that's a threat to her friend but won't tell him who it is or why (in an effort to protect her friend) until he promises to do it. Lucian doesn't need the money and although he's intrigued by Catherine he's not willing to kill someone without a very good reason. They part company with no bargain struck but Lucian can't seem to put Catherine out of his mind. This is particularly bad for him considering he's intending to ask Frannie (a girl he grew up with on the streets) to marry him. When Lucian does get up the nerve to ask Frannie however; she refuses to marry him, claiming the pressures of what was expected of her as his wife (with him being an Earl) is too much for her.

Lucian is determined to get Frannie to marry him as he's been in love with her since they were kids. He ends up putting together a bargain with Catherine where she will teach Frannie all the things she needs to know to be a Lady and he in turn will kill her target for her (although planning to murder a man isn't an easy thing for him to contemplate). This ends up putting Lucian and Catherine in close contact a number of times and with her lack of supervision, Catherine goes places and sees things she really shouldn't. As she spends more time with Lucian, she start to see the man beneath the rumors and realizes not the bad man she thought he was...and maybe is even good (to an extent). To be honest, I thought the story ran a little too close to cheating for my comfort. I guess it could be considered more of a love triangle but it really wasn't when it came down to it. Lucian was never engaged to Frannie (and their relationship was more friendly than anything real) but since that was always the aim it was a bit weird for me that Lucian and Catherine came together during that time. Catherine totally fell for Lucian though and convinced that he loved Frannie more than anything, she's determined not to get in their way so Lucian could be happy. Lucian knows he has feeling for Catherine but convinces himself they don't matter because it's supposed to be Frannie (even though he doesn't want Frannie sexually). With the denial of feelings and everything that went on there is some drama and tense times when I was wondering how things would turn out. Thankfully things come together and Lucian and Catherine end the story starting their HEA.

I enjoyed this story. I liked both Catherine and Lucian and liked their story overall. My only real complaint was the almost/kind of cheating type behavior in the story. I'm planning to continue with the series. I'd recommend this book. :)

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A marvelous discovery!

I bought this on a whim because I love Susan Ericken as a narrator and the intelligence she suffuses in all her characters. I figured anything narrated by her would at least be somewhat pleasurable. I was greatly delighted to find out that In Bed With the Devil is absolutely stunning in its own merits. Lorraine Heath creates a wonderful world in this St James series- from the drawing rooms to the aristocracy to the dark recesses of the rookery. Her writing is lovely- elegant and empathetic without being showy.

I adored Catherine and Luke because they seemed like real adults, handling the vicissitudes of the novel's plot with grace and maturity. In fact, I'm buying the whole St James series because I love all the characters so- I can wait to find out what fate has in store for Dodger, Frannie, Bill and Jim.

The only caveat I have is with Anthony Ferguson, who narrates Luke's diary entries. I couldn't stand his bits because I found his accent totally distracting. It's very mid-atlantic and not at all convincing. But as he only narrates perhaps 20 minutes in total, it does not detract from what is a wholly wonderful audiobook.

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