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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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Pleasantly surprised

I wasn't sure I'd like this but, I was looking for a light read. It was a light read but was full bodied so to speak. The characters were fleshed out and the story was full and complete. The author took something that could have been pure fluff and really created a full and entertaining story. I liked the characters. And the reader did an excellent job. She's done other books I've read and she never disappoints.

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  • Fee
  • Sheffield, AL, United States
  • 01-13-13

slow

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Well spent? I can't yes but it wasn't awful just SLOW literally and figuratively. I had to increase the narration speed and found myself trying to ”encourage development” lol (Imagine someone yelling at the television set during a football game!) Frustrating but keeps you listening WITH increased speed, unless my app is defective.

What did you like best about this story?

The end

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Speech was so slow I increased narraron x2 (w/o any distortion) just to sound normal. I just removed a book from my cart because it had the same narrator. <br/><br/>The whole series has the SAME problem with sluggish narration.

Was Surrender to the Devil worth the listening time?

depends on the listener. It had likeable characters, though irritating and predictable there's ”fun” along the way. I put up with the narration so that says a lot for the story.

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  • ben
  • Coquitlam, BC, Canada
  • 01-09-13

Great little series

I actually enjoyed this series very much. The reader was simply excellent, and added to the enjoyment. Nice light listen, but very much enjoyed!!

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  • Elaine
  • Albemarle, NC, United States
  • 09-09-12

What a great series!

This is the third book in the series and I have enjoyed each of them. The characters in these books have all overcome sad circumstances but they display a wealth of wonderful traits and try to make the world a better place. I think this adds something to these books that cannot be found in the normal historical romance. This book in particular is the story of a strong, caring woman who made good in the world. It left me feeling good and very satisfied.

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Loved This Story!

If you've listened to the previous books in this series and enjoyed them, you're doubtless to enjoy this one also. You're going to be so happy to get to know Franny better. Similarly to book 1 & 2, the journal entries continue to add something special to this audiobook.
If you haven't listened to the previous books, I would recommend doing so. I think you'll still enjoy the book, but there are definitely some references you won't understand without starting with book one.

FYI: This book isn't exactly a sequel. It seems to be happening at the same time as the first two books.

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  • CSK
  • Herndon, PA, United States
  • 06-27-12

Great Great Great Story

Just as good, if not better, than the previous books in the series. As I listen to them, I am beginning to get a feel for the narrator. She still isn't as smooth to listen to as the likes of Simon Prebble, but they are still worth the listen.

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  • Miriam
  • Venice, Fl, United States
  • 05-09-12

love these Lorraine Heath audio books!

Would you listen to Surrender to the Devil again? Why?

yes, it was a great knowing all the characters better.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Surrender to the Devil?

The suspense as each one of Fallons kids do their best

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

Her suspensful voice is great and you really visualize all the happenings...

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

yes

Any additional comments?

Audible.com is a great way to download books at a reduced price. The best way I have found all is so clear and just great! I really appreciate being a member of the....

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  • J-9
  • Cary, NC, United States
  • 04-21-12

Nice love story!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Surrender to the Devil?

When Frannie was beaten and found by the Duke. It was very sad that she had to be beaten very badly again; however, she was a strong character and recovered quickly.

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

A good narrator, like Susan Ericksen, always helps me form a picture in my mind of what each character looks like. Since these characters appear in several different books, a good narrator will maintain that same voice and accent through the different books and Ms. Ericksen definitely maintained the character voices.

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

Just about. I've listened to the 4 books in the series in about 5 days!

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed this book and I loved the characters. The only issue I have with this particular book is that the Duke is determined to marry into the nobility, but in the end he asks Frannie to marry him without a lot of inner reflection. Frannie doesn't want to marry into the nobility, but she too seems to decide to marry with little inner conflict or reflection. I just thought that a little bit more of how each character came to the decision that marrying outside their social class wouldn't be the end of the world should have been discussed.<br/><br/>Other than that - a great book! I'll listen to this series over and over again!<br/>

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  • Yvette
  • GILBERT, AZ, United States
  • 12-05-13

A beautiful story..captured my heart!

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.


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