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Between the Devil and Desire

By: Lorraine Heath
Narrated by: Susan Ericksen,Antony Ferguson
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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.

©2009 Jan Nowasky (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers

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Wonderful addition to the series

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.


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I can't believe I liked it

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.

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It's sick how good this series is

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.

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Heath does it again! Devilishly good!

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.

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The first historical romance I've really enjoyed

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.

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Mixed Feelings - But Still Worth The Listen!

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.

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even better than the first

Wasn't sure how I could like Jack after the first story, but wow, loved this one even more. Really become involved with this group of adults who grew up with such hardships. As the secrets from their childhood are revealed, very skillfully, and their adult lives remain so intertwined, I find myself wishing there was a story for all of them. As with the first one, enjoyed the time period in which this occurs. I like the way rules of society are questioned, and the way the author brings in so many aspects of life outside of aristocracy. Could not stop listening to this one. The plot twists kept me from turning it off, in spite of not getting other stuff done! Can't wait for to listen to the rest in this series.

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Great, fun story!

Love the 2nd installment in the Scoundrels of St. James series! This story is about the relationship between Jack Dodger (borrowed from the Artful Dodger in Dickens' Oliver Twist) and Olivia, the Duchess of Lovingdon. When Olivia's older husband dies, everyone is stunned when he places known scoundrel and owner of the infamous gaming hall, Jack Dodger, as he guardian of their young son. No one, including Jack, is aware of any connection between them and he does not seem to be particularly well suited to raising a young Duke. Olivia, of course, is horrified, and becomes more so when Jack insists on moving into the home that she shares with her young son. He seems to delight in tormenting her.
This story is fun, fast paced, and interesting and the romance is steamy, but not vulgar. I loved Susan Erikson's narration and really enjoyed learning more about the characters that appeared in the first novel. I cannot wait to listen to the next book. Five stars, indeed!

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Loved it

I love this series and this was a fabulous book. The characters are fun and it's an easy read/listen. The narrator does an excellent job.

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Jack Dodger is One Scoundrel You'll Love

I bought this book because I was able to get the whole "Scoundrels of St. James" series during one of Audible's sales. Well, in light of how good this book was, I definitely feel that I got a great bargain. If you started with book 1--In Bed with the Devil--you'll likely go into this book thinking how unlikely it is that Jack Dodger will fall in love. But, Susan Ericksen pulls it off successfully--making the reader become completely enchanted with this love story.

The first part of each chapter is a journal entry, and they're just as interesting here are they were in the first book. But the part that will make you smile the most are the adorable portions written from the perspective of Olivia's young son, Henry.

Even though this book is a sequal, it can stand alone. It's not completely necessary for you to have read book 1. I also thought the narration of this book was quite good. There are a few dialogues in which it's difficult to differentiate between the voices of the different characters, but I wouldn't let that keep you from purchasing this book.

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