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

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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
Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 30th 2009 by Avon (first published June 27th 2009)
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Mar 15, 2016 Mo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

To bed her but not wed her. That's what Sterling Mabry, the eighth Duke of Greystone, wants.

Honestly, I didn't think I would like this one as much as I did. We met the Hero in a previous book and I just did not like his attitude at all! Pompous ass! But, did he win my heart over? He sure did.

“He wanted to change her past, but even as he thought it, he realized it was her very past that had shaped her into a woman who fascinated him.”

He saw Frannie and he wanted her. And as a Duke, he usu
Beanbag Love
Jan 20, 2010 Beanbag Love rated it it was amazing
*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
Juliana Philippa
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
Sarah MacLean
Jul 08, 2009 Sarah MacLean rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, historical
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.
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, this one
Mar 15, 2016 Mei rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
Like in the previous one, I didn't like the hero at the beginning!

To be honest I didn't like him in "In Bed with the Devil". He returned to claim his title from the his wanderings and pretended his that sister obey him like a dog! Ohhhh... I wanted to slap him then!

Here he's the same jerk. He sees Frannie and he wants her. Just like she were a piece of furniture! My hands were itching, let me tell you!

On the other hand I adored Frannie since we met her i the first book! She's such a sweet perso
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...
Jun 01, 2015 Chumchum_88 rated it it was amazing
I'm starting to develop a crush Ms. Heath, this series is amazing, at first I didn't realize that it's a sort of parody of Oliver Twist but now I confirmed my doubts and I really think it's amazingly nice

- I have to admit in here I didn't fall in love with any of the characters but I liked them well enough, it's just some of the ideas that are included in this book were the ones I loved.

- Since book one I really didn't like the Duke, and in the beginning of the book he didn't help, being all sno
Sep 12, 2011 Ilze rated it did not like it
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
No sé si en mi valoración general ha tenido mucho peso el hecho de leerlo en inglés. Ya he comentado que me cuesta mucho y eso, supongo, que se nota
La historia me ha parecido menos original que las dos entregas anteriores. Aún así, Frannie me ha gustado mucho, un personaje valiente, superviviente que no vive en el pasado y tan, tan dulce. Su corazón no cabe en el libro
Sterling y yo no empezamos con buen pie, lo conocemos en la primera entrega y su actitud no me cuajó, pero la autora ha sabido da
I hated this you guys. Ohmygod, except for a few instances I hated this book so much.

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Dec 07, 2013 Liv rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 28, 2015 nick rated it really liked it
My favorite in the series so far!
Jan 29, 2016 Elaine rated it really liked it
This was a sweet story. Frannie is the character in this one, the story premise isn't very original: rich duke falls for ordinary girl because her lack of artifice is refreshing. But it's very well done and I loved reading it. I was actually suprised, I liked this since I wasn't all that impressed with Frannie in the first two books. I think I was looking for more angst since Frannie was so set against the aristocrats. But still a good story. I like the concept of how you don't have to be relate ...more
Beth Simkanin
Nov 11, 2015 Beth Simkanin rated it really liked it
A Charming Historical Romance Tale with a Little Bit of Dickens

This is my first book by Lorraine Heath but I enjoyed it very much. She was able to weave two worlds together in Victorian London, both the poor "rookeries" and aristocratic society very well. The heroine, Frannie, is enchanting and has endured so much in life that I'm amazed with her optimism. She reminds of a Demelza from the Poldark series. Frannie is an orphan who grew up in the streets as a pick pocket and was rescued with her "
Nanci Loves2Read
Aug 25, 2015 Nanci Loves2Read rated it it was amazing
This book was better than 1. I loved Frannie and Sterling's story, it was beautiful and the epilogue was the best. Totally cried.
Yossra kerkeb
Jan 25, 2016 Yossra kerkeb rated it it was ok
I found this book a lot less enjoyable than the first two in the series. The series in itself revolves around a group of young people who are part of the lowest circle in the English aristocracy. Luke, Jake, Jim and Frannie all use to be thieves and pickpockets who worked for an old kidsman who either kidnapped them or found them in the streets. Now they're all grown up and have made their way into the world which is when the story begins.

This story is about Frannie who is now 30 years old a
Feb 12, 2015 Ash rated it liked it
3.5 stars
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
Poetry to Prose
Oct 03, 2009 Poetry to Prose rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 23, 2013 Mojca rated it really liked it
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
Jun 25, 2012 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 29, 2010 Ruth rated it really liked it
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.
Well that was disappointing.

This book felt so messy and weak. Over half, maybe even three-fourths, felt like filler to me. From the minute they meet, they're already in lust with one another; we know this about the both of them because we're given both of their POVs for the same scene. For the record, it made me think less of Frannie when she continued to lust for Sterling after he insulted her and her friends. I know I wouldn't continue to swoon over a man after he insulted and dismissed not ju
May 08, 2010 Michelle rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 18, 2012 Christine rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
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)
Jan 14, 2014 Maria rated it really liked it
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
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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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Other Books in the Series

Scoundrels of St. James (5 books)
  • In Bed with the Devil (Scoundrels of St. James, #1)
  • Between the Devil and Desire (Scoundrels of St. James, #2)
  • Midnight Pleasures with a Scoundrel (Scoundrels of St. James, #4)
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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.” 16 likes
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