Between the Devil and Desire

Between the Devil and Desire London s most notorious rogue decadent depraved forbiddenThe ladies of the ton won t stop whispering about deliciously wicked Jack Dodger once a thieving street urchin now the wealthy owner of Lond

  • Title: Between the Devil and Desire
  • Author: Lorraine Heath
  • ISBN: 9780061729409
  • Page: 358
  • Format: ebook
  • London s most notorious rogue decadent, depraved, forbiddenThe ladies of the ton 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 carnLondon s most notorious rogue decadent, depraved, forbiddenThe ladies of the ton 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 Caught between the devil and desireBut 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 heartbut her body, coveting divine release, will not let her bar him from her bed.

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    • Beatriz says:

      ¡Advertencia! Esta serie puede provocar adicción… y yo ya me confieso seguidora incondicional.Esta entrega me gustó muchísimo más que la primera. Inicia con dos personajes principales tan incompatibles como el agua y el aceite, por lo que asistir a su evolución, página tras página, es realmente delicioso.A Jack ya lo conocíamos del primer libro, en que la verdad no me cayó muy bien, tanto por su personalidad como por la responsabilidad que tuvo en los hechos que afectaron la vida de [...]

    • Shawna says:

      5 stars – Historical RomanceI loved this evocative story of two very different people from opposite social classes who form a deep, emotional connection and share an explosive passion that heals them both. It’s a poignant, romantic story with remarkable characters that stays with you long after you’ve finished reading it.Notorious, devilishly wicked rogue Jack Dodger is the rich, powerful owner of London’s most famous, exclusive gentleman’s club, but no matter how much wealth he accumu [...]

    • Duchess Nicole says:

      Jack is the bad boy of the scoundrels. He owns a gaming hell, and revels in sin and vice. He has very few morals or scruples. In fact, he starts the book out as quite the unfeeling ass hole. Olivia's husband has recently died and the resulting mess that he leaves her in is pretty wild. She and Jack Dodger are thrown together, along with her young son. The best part about this story was watching the cynical, loner man fall in love with both the proper Duchess and the precocious little boy. Lorrai [...]

    • Mo says:

      Another solid read from this author. We met Jack in the previous book and had an inkling that he had a not so nice childhood.London's most notorious rogue—decadent, depraved, forbiddenThe ladies of the ton 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 car [...]

    • Sombra says:

      Si esta serie sigue con este nivel, ninguno de los libros van a bajar de las 4 estrellas!!!Al igual que con el primer libro, la historia nos introduce en el mundo turbio de Londres como un guiño a Charles Dickens. En esta ocasión la historia trata de Jack Dodger, mejor amigo de Lucian, el protagonista de primer libro y que tiene el nivel más alto en ese grupo de amigos huérfanos.Jack es un personaje muy complejo y que me ha gustado mucho como la autora ha escrito su evolución. Con un pasado [...]

    • Lover of Romance says:

      Jack Dodger, a wealthy man who owns a prestigious gentleman's club. Having lived on the streets when he was younger, he craves wealth. So when he hears that the Duke of Lovingdon has died, but his will leaves him all his entailed wealth, if he agrees to be guardian to his son, he agrees but meets resistance with the mother, Olivia. Olivia is furious, after hearing the will and that she has no power, even as the mother of her son, to repute the offer to Jack Dodger. Jack is only doing this for th [...]

    • Beanbag Love says:

      4.5 for this one. It was as difficult to put down as "In Bed with the Devil" but I didn't love the heroine as much. Olivia, the Duchess of Lovingdon, is recently widowed. As the story opens she waits for the reading of her much older husband's will. The only other person present is notorious scoundrel, Jack Dodger, who is there at Lovingdon's request.As her husband's solicitor reads the will we know that Olivia most strongly wants the house she's been living in for herself and her son. Her son w [...]

    • Julie (jjmachshev) says:

      Reviewed for queuemyreview; book release Jan09Lorraine Heath’s books are a bit of a treat for me. Her characters are always interesting (both male AND female), the plots always have a bit of a twist, and the heat between the hero and heroine is always sizzling. “Between the Devil and Desire” lives up to all of the above and includes a subplot of heroes in rags-to-riches circumstances in her ‘Scoundrels of St James’ series.Olivia is a Duchess who prides herself on her proper behavior. S [...]

    • Pepa says:

      Me ha gustado mucho, quizás más que el primeroEsos dos protagonists tan opuestos, tanto en clase social como en ideas de conducta. Ese corazón de oro que tiene Jack, ese pasado. En el fondo los dos comparten una existencia prácticamente vacía.Me encantan las novelas de tiras y aflojas, y los diálogos irónicos.Quizás no tenga un argumento muy original, pero los dos personajes se comen la historia

    • Nuria Llop says:

      Maravillosa. Ya me fascinó cuando la leí hace algunos años y ahora me ha vuelto a dejar con esa sensación de felicidad que debería causar siempre la novela romántica. Él es un personaje tan bien construido que te atrapa desde el primer momento y de lo único que tienes ganas es de estar en el lugar de la viuda que es la protagonista de la historia. Ella encaja perfectamente en su época y en sus circunstancias, por lo que el contraste entre ambos es perfecto. La pareja por sí sola sosten [...]

    • Bubu says:

      From the blurb:London's most notorious rogue—decadent, depraved, forbiddenOh, Jack Dodger, I've had such high hopes for you. That description above aloneBut then, you had some big shoes to fill. Why is it again that Lisa Kleypas' characters Derek Craven and Sebastian, Lord St. Vincent are so popular again? Or think of Dain from Lord of Scoundrels. Ah yeah, there was enough naughtiness and wickedness in them that I, as the reader knew, that - despite their redemption - they'd always stay a litt [...]

    • LuvGirl says:

      **********SPOILER ALERT*********This was such an un-enjoyable disturbing book to read! First of all, the romance between the leads had no chemistry what. So. ever! It was rather dull. The whole plot was implausible and way too over the top. In what part of 1800 England would a past criminal and thief with the letter T branded on his thumb live with a Lady without there being an uproar? And in what Bizarro world would it turn out that in the end what should happen but that the heroine’s dead hu [...]

    • Mojca says:

      Between the Devil and Desire Jack Dodger grew up on the streets. His mother sold him when he was only five and only luck and determination saved him. He escaped only to be found by Feagan, a kidsman, training children to pick pockets and survive on the streets. When he was ten, he saved his friend, Luke, now known as the Earl of Claybourne (In Bed With the Devil) from a bad predicament in prison, earning his eternal friendshipAnd "permanent" sojourn in Luke's grandfather's house, education and a [...]

    • Mei says:

      Poor Jack I knew since the first book that he has suffered greatly Poor boy I hate (view spoiler)[pedophiles (hide spoiler)]!!!I admired him for his courage and his overcoming everything that happened to him. Obviously that left scars on his body and soul, but I loved that he was so tender with Olivia and Henry.He was also fun and his teasing Olivia made me laugh. And she was so easy to tease! LOLOlivia, at the beginning, was like an example of women from that era: straitlaced, proper, snob, col [...]

    • Zoe says:

      I am not certain how I feel about this book. On one hand, great writing. Lorraine Heath writes beautifully. I loved the letter Lovingdon wrote to Jack at the end of the story. Such eloquence. On the other hand, I do not feel like that I know Jack and Olivia at all. I can hardly imagine them, no mental pictures, no personalities, despite Heath's outstanding proses. I can only conclude that I have no emotional connection to either character, which pretty much killed the book for me. Thankfully, Lu [...]

    • ᴥ Irena ᴥ says:

      I loved the characters. Their story starts with a bang. Between the Devil and Desire is a wonderful love story. It has a darker side, but neither the romance nor the darker side of the story overwhelms it. Everything has its place and none of it is used just to be there.Another thing I loved is that Olivia's late husband wasn't a monster. The resolution of the late Duke's choice for his son's guardian and Jack's past might not be for everyone, but it suits his character and this story perfectly. [...]

    • Ursula says:

      A very solid 3.5 stars!I enjoyed this story and liked the heroine, Olivia. She resisted our naughty hero, Jack, for quite a while because she felt it was the right thing to do, especially as she was determined to put her son's future first. Nice change that the heroine doesn't jump into bed with hero in the first 50 pages!There was still plenty of passion and sexual tension (probably because of this) and I thought the way Jack related to her son was very sweet. Jack was pretty mean to her in the [...]

    • Arantzazu says:

      Me ha encantado. Igual más que el anteriorque bien construye personajes esta autora. La historia sólida de principio a fin. Totalmente enamorada de Jack.y recomendable

    • Jo ★The Book Sloth★ says:

      3.5 StarsI admit I was a bit disappointed in this book. Not that I didn't like it. I did. It's just that I had higher expectations.Jack was by far the most intriquing of the Scoundrels in the first book in the series. In this one though I didn't have much love for him. He beaved like a jerk to a recently widowed woman without any care just because it amused him. Yes, in the end everything worked well, and he did grow on me but the beginning was rocky.Olivia was nice. There is no other word reall [...]

    • Seffra says:

      5 stars!WOW. I loved this story so much! I loved the characters and the plot. Yes, I was SOOOOOOO NOT EXCITED about certain THINGS in this book but I felt that even with those events, this story flourished. These characters, they were a force on their own. They stay with you until you pull you back in after putting it down for a bit. I couldn't stop.Olivia, she was a bit of prude and so snobbish but that was due to her upbringing and it totally made sense. I actually came to love her. JACK. OMG [...]

    • Angie Elle says:

      I hate to simply gush in a review, but I'm afraid I won't be able to do much more than that in this one. This book was amazing.I absolutely loved Jack. So many of his comments had me in stitches. And as with the first in this series, the background and camaraderie between the characters in these books is so intriguing.(view spoiler)[I liked how it was Jack who knew that Henry was being mistreated by his nanny, and that he dismissed her immediately when the little boy admitted it. His rapport wit [...]

    • Irina says:

      I should have listened to my inner voice and allowed some time before jumping into the sequence straight away. As it is, I found it similar in its structure and development, but lacking the spark the first book has had. To be honest, I've straggled to finish it. When I start skipping the sex scenes, especially the highly anticipated ones, I know I'm reaching my limit. Yet, the ending had saved it for me. LH wraps up her books nicely. Her storytelling has always some moral in it. And I've come to [...]

    • Keri says:

      Jack's book was an absolute fabulous read. The ultimate historical playboy; a regular purveyor of sin. So what the heck could the Duke of Lovingdon have been thinking when he made Jack the guardian of the Duke's son? Well let's not forget Olivia the Duchess and she has a few choice words and thoughts about Jack. Well what comes out of her mouth is quite a bit different then what is going on in her head. You know the thoughts about full male lips and wide, broad shouldersose thoughts. At first Ja [...]

    • Lea's Audiobooks Hensley says:

      I was surprised - I haven't enjoyed Heath's European historicals all that much although I loved her Westerns back in the day. Fortunately, listeners at our Romance Audiobooks group recommended Between the Devil and Desire highly and I gave it a try. It was wonderful - loved the edgy hero. Susan Ericksen's narration was excellent as well. A definite relisten for me!

    • Nani says:

      Otro granuja más para el bote.He de decir que, Olivia me ha estropeado un poco el libro. Sé que se ha comportado cómo se comportaría alguien que ha sido educado con prejuicios, como una persona de la aristocracia, pero me ha podido esas frases criticonas, de marisabidilla, pre juiciosas que solo pretendían herir a Jack. Lo mejor de todo, es como el pedazo de hombre que estaba a su lado, le ha hecho abrir los ojos (se merecía una buenas dosis de realismo) y ver a las personas por lo que son [...]

    • Kimberly Carrington-Fox says:

      Realmente son 3'5 pero ésta será de las pocas veces en las que redondee al alza únicamente por un motivo: Jack Dodger. Si pudiera le daría hasta mis gafas (pero a ver dónde voy sin ver ni un pijo XD). Ya os contaré en la reseña!

    • Ally says:

      4 days (in all, 4.1 hours)! for a historical romance, and it wasn't like I was studying or doing anything constructive, meanwhile. the only thing I'm left thinking is, why did I even waste my 4 hours, when I knew what was going to happen exactly since Jack Dodger was named the beneficiary, and it was confirmed only a few pages later, when Ms Olivia told of how the Duke won't sleep with her after begetting the heir cause he'd always been in love with someone else. :/ seriously, am I the only one [...]

    • Brittany B. says:

      Because I so adored book 1, this book was a disappointment. There was so much potential for a great story.Unfortunately, the heroine is extremely prudish to the point of being downright unlikable, or at least beyond frustrating. The first book had such an outstanding heroine, and she outshined this heroine completely.My other issue was the overuse of the devil references, especially in the bedroom There were also a few purple prose phrases in the bedroom that had me rolling my eyes. However, the [...]

    • Kat says:

      Jack's story didn't quite have the emotional impact that Luke's did.until the epilogue. That just about killed me. I didn't care much for Olivia until the middle of the book, but ended up really liking her. I liked Jack's relationship with her son. And I do love me a bad boy, so I couldn't help but love Jack!

    • nick says:

      3.5/5OK so I loved the romance so much, but the twist at the end made me feel very icky about their whole relationship. It took away from my enjoyment of the novel, sadly.Heath is a good writer though and I'll be reading the rest of the books in the series.

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