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Surrender to the Devil (Scoundrels of St. James #3)

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  2,425 ratings  ·  146 reviews
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
Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 30th 2009 by Avon (first published June 27th 2009)
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Beanbag Love
*lies prone on the floor in breathless rapture*

Okay, that's a little over the top. But this is a very romantic book, so it seems fitting.

This is the third installment of Heath's "Scoundrels of St. James" series and it's chock full of romancy goodness.

To be honest, though, I wasn't sure I was going to get into it. Our hero, Sterling (he appeared briefly in the first book, "In Bed with the Devil"), comes off as a real jerk. He was introduced in the earlier book as a bit of a stiff and continues t
Lisa Kay
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★★★★☆ (This is a review of the audiobook.) I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about Susan Ericksen reading another book to me except one of the In Death series by Nora Roberts. However, once I let go of that, I really enjoyed her narration. Her diction is perfect and, as an amateur linguist, she can pull off both men’s and women’s voices smoothly. She has a delightful way of delivering children’s voices, too. Nevertheless, thi
One of the best historical romances I've read this year!!

Surrender to the Devil is the third book in Lorraine Heath's The Scoundrels of St. James series (and overlaps time-wise with the second book, Between the Devil and Desire). I wasn't sure that I was going to like it and IMO the summary written for the book doesn't do it justice: Frannie and Sterling are so much more complicated than the lust-driven characters they are described as!

I ended up *loving* this book and definitely recommend it t
Sarah MacLean
I am in love with Feagan's lads...every single one of them. And I'll confess, I'd hoped that Frannie would end up with Jim...or the lovely Bill, who I've lusted after since the beginning of the series...but I'm so very happy that she's landed herself a duke. so. very. happy.

Now, Lorraine, I know you're writing Jim next...but please please please tell me that Bill is going to have the best love story of all time. Because he so deserves it.
Jo ★The Book Sloth★
5 Stars

I've been contemplating writing a review on this book for a while now and I just keep postponing it. So it's become quite obvious to me that I won't be writing one, at least not until I re-read it.

I'll just say that Frannie proved to be way more interesting than I thought she would and that this book was my favorite in the series so far.

BR with Aly.

(Well almost... I may have been a bit late on this one. I blame the TV Shows.)
Aly is so frigging bored
1st read: April 2013
The whole book was sigh-worthy.

The book talking :D

Me after finishing the book.

2nd read: August 2014
Buddy read with Jo
The epilogue managed to make me cry again...
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 use
Sep 12, 2011 Ilze rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: dnf
I really dislike novels where the opening scene describes the main characters only as falling instantly in lust with one another (with the attendant physical symptoms), like this one does. OK, I should qualify that - I really dislike novels with a boring opening scene where the only thing that happens is the main characters' falling instantly in lust with one another.

I also disliked the behaviour of Frannie's "protectors", who basically act like gangsters, beating up the hero in his own house du
I hated this you guys. Ohmygod, except for a few instances I hated this book so much.

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Hael Villareal
This is the best of romance book I have read. I think what had captured me the most is the ending where Frannie had written her thoughts about her life with Sterling. It was so bittersweet that it almost made me tear.

To say, the start would might give you an impression that Sterling is a bit of a jerk and if you read most of the Scoundrels of St. James series it would make you feel as if Frannie wasn't the reserved Frannie in the past. However as I go deeply into the story I was able to ignore
Surrender to the Devil This was yet another great historical romance by the masterful Lorraine Heath (if you want to know what I love her books, read by review for Between the Devil and Desire), but while I loved the slow-growing bond between Frannie and Sterling, and their characters separately, I just didn't find this one as "engaging" as the previous two books in the series.

I guess it had all to do with the fact the hero wasn't one of the Feagan's lads, and though Sterling was "dark and brood
I just adored this book and the epilogue made me cry. Frequently i find epilogues that take place while looking over 20+ years of life as sappy and they put me off. Not this one though, loved it. Sterling might well be on my list of favorite HR Heroes, I know Luke (from In Bed with the Devil) is on that list as well.

This whole series has been masterfully written. I hadn't read anything by LH before starting this series and I think I now have to add her to my list of favorite authors. I'd reco
This is quite a bit more romantic than the previous two books and Lorraine Heath handles it beautifully in a non-icky way. You really have no idea whether it will end in marriage or not, but the story held my attention throughout, and sensitively, and realistically, covered the full range of emotions. I especially loved how the story used the characters from the previous books, but augmented them subtley without dwelling on them Loved it.
Frannie Darling is one of Fegan's kids that grew up on the streets. She went through a horrible ordeal as a child and through the years Dodger, Clayboure and Swinder have protected her. She is my favorite of the bunch. She is a little naive and innocent, but not in a unworldly kind of way. She just grew up in the rookeries so she knew nothing else. I thought it was so funny when she would confide to Dodger about personal things. To her it was quite normal. After all she and the 3 of them use to ...more
Lover of Romance
Frannie Darling, having grown up on the streets with the Feagan boys, she stays away from men after a terrible incident that caused them all grief. Now she does the books for the Gentleman's club, she is also taking children off of the streets and placing them in a safe environment, most of them working for a devil of a man Sykes, who is ruthless with those that defy him. Knowing what these children have to go through, she builds a home for these children, where they have food, a roof over their ...more
This book worked for me because the author took a few tired romantic story elements and then failed to trip over the usual pitfalls. It was a fast read, a light but engaging story.

Frannie Darling grew up on the streets, an accomplished pickpocket by the age of 12, when she was brutally raped. After that, her fortunes changed (see "In Bed with the Devil" for details). Now, at 30, she and her four friends from the streets have all done well for themselves, and she uses her fortune to help remove o
Lisa - (Aussie Girl)
Another solid effort by Lorraine Heath - the third book in the very readable Scoundrels of St James Series starring everyone's favourite ex-street gal Frannie Darling and the not so immediately likable, Sterling Mabry, Duke of Greystone. What could a Duke and a girl previously from the poor Streets of Victorian London have in common... love, what else!

I kinda like the heroes from Feagan's Lads more (Jack Dodger is my favourite) but still an enjoyable read.

★★★☆ (3.5 stars)
The third book in Lorraine Heath's sensual Scoundrels of St. James series.

Finally! We get Frannie Darling’s story after meeting her as Luke’s first love in the first book in the series, In Bed with the Devil and Jack Dodger’s bookkeeper in Between the Devil and Desire. Frannie is the female thief who grew up with both Luke and Jack in the rookeries of London’s mean streets, the one they all protect and fuss over. Frannie was also the one they were all a little in love with, especially Jim Swindl
This was AWESOME. I recommend this book to everyone that love a good love story about damaged people. Sigh. Who isn't a little damaged? It is a bit like being the first to throw the stone.
I read this series in order and this is the third and in my opinion the best. Great story telling, it maybe that I invested in the other characters (Feagan's children) and they now feel like my friends and neighbors (Even if this happens in 1851) I won't spoil anyone with the details because you really want to
Frannie Darling grew up on the rough streets on London, looked after by her "kidsman" Faegan and surrounded by her "family" of brothers - Luke, Jim, and Bill. From this family of thieves, she grows into a beautiful, independent woman managing the books at Dodger's gaming hall and using her earnings to open an orphanage for boys. She has no interest in men or lust of any fashion until she encounters Sterling Mabry, Duke of Greystone, at Luke's wedding to Sterling's sister, Catherine. Sterling is ...more
Zel Polev
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It's been a long time since I last read Jack's story since I couldn't find an ebook for the book 3. I'm ecstatic when a friend send me an epub for this one! HONESTLY, I'm bothered when I left with no choice but to give up reading this series. Why, I really adore these Scoundrels of St. James. I find Sterling mysterious even when he was first introduced in book 1. I'm more than happy that he did have his own story but I didn't really expect it would be with Fannie. I think she did also find him l ...more
Angela Noviana
Suka sama karakter Frannie dan Sterling.
Belum lagi ending yang amat sangat menyentuh sampai bikin mata berkaca-kaca.
Aku sudah baca keempat seri buku ini, dan Surrender to The Devil adalah yang paling bagus =)
Klik di sini untuk lihat reviewku.
The epilogue I would give 5 stars - absolutely loved the epilogue - it was so thorough. But I can't base the entire book just on the ending (can I?). Still a solid 4 star read - Frannie and Sterling were believable together - they came from different worlds but together they evened each other out. Sort of like a Cinderella story!
The third in the series.

The series is inspired by Oliver Twist book and its cast of characters finding their individual ways and becoming respectable, at least some of them, as adults.

This is the story of Frannie Darling, (view spoiler)

I really liked Sterling but his big reveal wasn't worth all the hoopla. Frannie was a "saint like" character, she was too perfect and didn't have enough spunk, not my kind of gal. I could see them as lovers.
Deborah Camp
Gosh, this was a good book! I loved the heroine so much and the hero really grew on me. It was exciting, romantic, interesting, and touching. What a great back story for these "Scoundrel" books -- the characters were the inspiration for Charles Dickens! Wish I'd thought of that! Such fun. Lorraine Heath is an excellent writer. Her love scenes are sublime...just the right mixture of romance and erotica. She sets the scenes well, too, making you feel the atmosphere and see the rooms and country. I ...more
Kimberly Graham
4.5 stars for this beautiful story. I didn't realize it was the third book in a series, but this wonderful story can stand alone.
Frannie Darling was quite absolutely a darling and the Duke was, to say, hunky and very likable. Loved it!
I love this narrator….And she does a great job with this book. I 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® durin
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“Life is a journey, Frannie darling," Feagan had once told me. "Choose well those with whom you travel."
As always, I've followed Feagan's counsel.”
“It’s difficult when you love
someone whom you know on some level is wicked.”
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