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Between the Devil and Desire (Scoundrels of St. James #2)

4.03  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,641 Ratings  ·  271 Reviews
London's most notorious rogue—decadent, depraved, forbidden

The 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
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ebook, 384 pages
Published October 6th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published 2008)
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Shawna
5 stars – Historical Romance

I 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 accumulates, he
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Mo
Mar 14, 2016 Mo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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, forbidden...

The 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 c
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Duchess Nicole
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 ...more
Lover of Romance
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 ...more
Beanbag Love
Jan 08, 2010 Beanbag Love rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Julie (jjmachshev)
Reviewed for queuemyreview.com; book release Jan09

Lorraine 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. She was
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LuvGirl
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Mojca
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 friendship...And "permanent" sojourn in Luke's grandfather's house, education an ...more
Mei
Mar 19, 2015 Mei rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
Poor Jack... I knew since the first book that he has suffered greatly... Poor boy... I hate (view 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! LOL

Olivia, at the beginning, was like an example of women from that era: straitlaced, proper,
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⊱ Irena ⊰

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.
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Jo ★The Book Sloth★
3.5 Stars

I 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
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Irina
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
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Zoe
Oct 26, 2015 Zoe rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Keri
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 shoulders....those thoughts. At fi ...more
Angie Elle
Sep 21, 2014 Angie Elle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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.

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Pepa
Me ha gustado mucho, quizás más que el primero
Esos 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


Lea's Audiobooks Hensley
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 Goodreads 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!
Brittany B.
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,
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nick
Aug 26, 2015 nick rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

3.5/5

OK 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.
Isa Lavinia


actual rating: 3.5 stars

tw: child abuse, pedophilia

I just recently discovered Lorraine Heath and I LOVE her writing style and her characters!
They're all so practical, so devoid of needless drama, it's refreshing!

Let me start with what I loved about this story.
The characters were perfectly fleshed out, completely developed. They felt real, they acted like actual people, I was honestly rooting for them.

Very straightforward communication between the characters. There was no drama as you usually s
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Ally
Feb 01, 2016 Ally rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Chumchum_88
Loved Jack, and the touch of a single parent theme is melting ^^

- Jack was wonderful, of course I had my doubts about him since the first book, since no one seemed t trust him fully even the Feagan's Lads didn't except for Luke and we have see what that had turned into. However unlike the heroine I didn't base judgments n him from what I heard about him, I was just curious about him. I was slightly annoyed with the heroine till half way through the book, she was so judgmental ALWAYS thinking the
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sraxe
I've only read the first in the spin-off/sequel series, so I'm not sure if it can be said for the others, but this book you definitely have to read before When the Duke Was Wicked from the Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James. While reading, there was no mystery or surprise because I already knew the secret that kept the plot going. Maybe it's a good thing because I might've rated this book even higher if I hadn't known prior to going in.

That secret...oh man, even though I knew of the Lovingdon con
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Becca
Feb 19, 2015 Becca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second installment in the Scoundrels of St. James series was even darker than the first, but still very compelling.

I read this one quickly, but did not enjoy it quite as much as In Bed with the Devil. The story and the mystery were intriguing, but I thought the romance was not as strong.

In this story, Jack Dodger, the gentlemen's club owner, inherits all of the unentailed properties of the late Duke of Lovingdon, including the home of Olivia, widowed Duchess of Lovingdon, and her five year o
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zHaNe
Oct 10, 2011 zHaNe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The second book of the series.

Jack Dodger is the owner of the famous and exclusive gambling house in London.
He was once the leader of a band of street urchins known as Feagan's lads. But a twist of fate carried them out of the streets and placed them among the nobility.

Jack was 5 years old when his mother sold him to a gentleman who later abused him sexually. He managed to escape the gent's house and landed among street urchins. He picked pockets and was never caught except that one time when he
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Kajol
3.8 stars..

I'm greatly disappointed. To be fair, this book doesn't deserve more than 3 stars if you focus on the story, but I loved Jack, and everything that had to do with him including his past and his character- both of which were described stunnigly. It's only because of him that I give this book such a high rating, and I feel like I should reveal how disappointed and dejected I felt after reading this novel. I'd expected better from Lorraine Heath. But I'm still quite happy because she sc
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Aly is so frigging bored
2nd Read: August 2014
Buddy read with Jo


1st read: 2013
SPOILER-Y Quote :D

Still, he couldn’t imagine his house without her in it. Couldn’t imagine not hearing the echo of her sharp steps as she strode through the hallways to confront him about one matter or another. Couldn’t imagine the scent of her perfume not wafting from her bedchamber into his via the dressing room, couldn’t imagine it not being on the pillow next to his. Couldn’t imagine silence at meals, laughter unheard, smiles unseen.
He, wh
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Elaine
Jan 29, 2016 Elaine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
It started very slowly but after the first fifty pages I fell in love with Jack!I wasn't very fond of Olivia at first but she grew on me later. The ending was a little dissapointing. I would have been happier if the author didn't choose that man as Dodger's father. It felt wrong and it lowered my rating. I probably won't read this again because it was so twisted and I have a hard time reading about characters who have been abused but it was still a good book.
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BJ Rose
Feb 28, 2009 BJ Rose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: a-regency
At the beginning of the book, Dodger is not a very likeable person, but as we learn more about his childhood, we understand much of the WHY of his actions and attitudes, and that's there a lot to like in who he has become. At first, I was disappointed that Ms. Heath appeared to use the same 'lost-heir' storyline, until I realized it wasn't the same at all.
Mitzi
Sep 16, 2012 Mitzi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anne Stuart Rohan Audio Book Lovers
Just realized this is book 2...but I'm hooked so I'll just have to listen to them out of order. Loving the narrator!!! Damn, I wish I had bought all 4 in this series when they were on sale! Loved it!!!
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Lorraine Heath has always had a soft spot for emotional love stories. No doubt because growing up, watching movies with her mom, she was taught that the best movies "won't half make you cry."

She is the daughter of a British beauty (her mom won second place in a beauty contest sponsored by Max Factor during
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