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In Bed with the Devil (Scoundrels of St. James #1)

4.03  ·  Rating Details ·  9,076 Ratings  ·  507 Reviews
They call him the Devil Earl—a scoundrel and accused murderer who grew up on the violent London streets. A proper young lady risks more than her reputation when consorting with the roguishly handsome Lucian Langdon, but Lady Catherine Mabry believes she has no choice. To protect those she loves, she would do anything—even strike a bargain with the devil himself.

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ebook, 384 pages
Published June 24th 2008 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published June 4th 2008)
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Apr 08, 2017 Beatriz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Buenísima. He leído otras novelas ambientadas en los bajos fondos de Londres, pero ninguna con un halo de oscuridad tan bien logrado. Quizá influye mucho la caracterización de Luke; no me costaba para nada imaginarlo bebiendo en su biblioteca, apenas iluminada, tratando de acallar sus propios demonios.

Por eso creo que uno de los principales méritos de la historia es aprender a conocer a este personaje a través de los ojos de Catherine. Él no cambia durante la novela, sino que con ella, poquito a
edge of bubble
4.53 *

Basic elements of the story are quite familiar. An orphan boy living on the street with his gang of thieves. Becoming a lord someway. Aaand years later, we have a scoundrel of such a greatness, even one dance with him will cause the ruination of the maidens. Enter the heroine, obsessively intrigued by the dark lord. Upon finding herself in a predicament, she visits his house at night and strucks a deal with him. You've read this shit umpteenth times, huh? Well, nope, you didn't! The author
Dec 26, 2014 Mo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

They call him the Devil Earl—a scoundrel and accused murderer who grew up on the violent London streets. A proper young lady risks more than her reputation when consorting with the roguishly handsome Lucian Langdon, but Lady Catherine Mabry believes she has no choice. To protect those she loves, she would do anything—even strike a bargain with the devil himself.

Don't we all love a scoundrel? Enjoyed this one. Strong heroine, which I love. Great set of secondary characters who, I am sure will
Nuria Llop
Sep 12, 2016 Nuria Llop rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: relectura
Este mes sale la tercera entrega de esta saga (por fin!) y me apetecía ponerme en situación y volver a disfrutar de esta maravillosa novela.
Un protagonista masculino que enamora hasta lo más profundo, una protagonista femenina con la que es muy fácil solidarizarse y un argumento muy bien hilado de principio a fin. Los secundarios, bien definidos, encarnan dos de los temas secundarios de la novela, como debe ser. Uno es la fuerza de la amistad verdadera. Cualquier acto es válido para ayudar a un
Jan 16, 2016 Naomi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I actually really enjoyed this book! It wasn't overly mushy with romance and the woman was assertive and headstrong which I love.
Beanbag Love
Jan 05, 2010 Beanbag Love rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I was considering ending the review there, but I can't. I have to jabber a bit. What a great reading experience this book was. Very moving, but also amusing. Held my interest the entire time.


It's the story of Luke, the Earl of Claybourne, and Catherine, daughter of the Duke of Greystone. Luke was a poor kid on the streets from the age of around six until about twelve when he killed the heir to the Earl of Claybourne. When the old earl, the victim's father, met with Luke in prison, h
Oct 25, 2015 Zoe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: keepers
Reread (probably the 10th time) 15/06/2016

I am upgrading my original 4 stars rating to 5 stars. I have reread this book many times and every time I love the story, Luke and Catherine a little more.

This book's final sentence has made such an impression on me. I usually dislike a man who talks "pretty". But Lorraine Heath created Luke, whose affections and feelings rang true, who was indeed a lost soul redeemed. I won't spoil it for anyone by writing it down here. I will only say that I am deeply
I initially wanted to give this book 5 stars, but halfway through it, I reduced my rating to 4, and now I'm giving it 3.

To be honest, I just really wanted a light read; I wasn't in the mood for heavy drama. That's why, when I read about the heroine's real reason for visiting the hero, I thought twice about continuing. I was really tempted to stop reading. But I didn't. This was just so hard to put down, and before I knew it, I was nearing the end of the book.

In Bed with the Devil is a surprisin
Written December 26, 2014

4 1/2 Stars - In all parts tasteful, charming and entertaining. A lovely historical.

I’ve been listening to a wonderful 10 hrs audibook narrated by Susan Ericksen (and in parts Antony Ferguson) these Christmas days.

'In Bed With the Devil' was not just a very amusing listening when doing xmas-stuff it was also my first historical by Lorraine Heath. There will be more.
“The price you pay for waltzing with the devil is residing in hell.”

Enjoyed, liked and next to love
Duchess Nicole
This was lovely. Everything I've come to expect from Lorraine Heath. It's always a pleasure to read one of her books. Catherine and Lucian seem to be complete opposites but find that they're really not. There is a little intrigue along with a slow burning romance. Lucian lost his memory when he was very young, and grew up on the streets, taken in along with a small group of homeless children, by a kindhearted street man. When Lucian kills a man who rapes his friend, it starts a random chain of e ...more
My first Heath novel not set in America didn't disappoint. The same strong storytelling and well-developed characters show up here in England.

Lucian Langdon, known unaffectionately as the Devil Earl, is shunned by society because of his murky ancestry and dubious past. Lady Catherine Mabry seems to be the only one in their high circles who's not intimidated by him or feels threatened by society's disapproval of her acceptance of him. When she approaches him for help with an outrageous task, the
4,5 estrellas en realidad, pero me ha gustado tanto y me ha enamorado tanto Lucien que soy generosa y le pongo el 5.

No sé cómo he podido dejar esta serie por tanto tiempo cogiendo polvo en la estantería; bueno sí lo sé, no sabía lo que me estaba perdiendo.

En la cama con el diablo puede parecer un libro más de romántica, pero me ha encantado el trasfondo que la autora le ha dado a la trama y el carácter de los personajes, tanto principales como secundarios, al igual que la ambientación; ese ambie
Julie (jjmachshev)
Reviewed for; book release Aug08

Yes, I’m still on the historical spree. One or two more and I’ll swap genres for a bit to keep my brain fresh! Lorraine Heath turns up the heat in her latest Victorian era romance, “In Bed with the Devil”. At first I wondered if this would be a combination historical, paranormal story because of the title; however, the devil in said title refers to the Devil Earl, an Earl guilty of murder yet not charged with his crime. How delicious! Devout hist
Helena _Triz
Dec 08, 2016 Helena _Triz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A mi? Gustarme este libro? Qué vaaa... solo diré que lo he empezado por la tarde y a las once de la noche ya lo había terminado!! Hacia mucho que no leía romance histórico y la verdad es que lo he disfrutado muchísimo! Un libro divertido, dulce y adorable. Me han encantado los protagonistas, son tan entrañables
Lo bueno de tener mala memoria es que relees libros y los disfrutas igual.
Quizás ahora le he encontrado un final demasiado precipitado y una protagonista demasiado "moderna". Pero igual que en el momento de mi primera lectura me ha parecido una novela fresca, tierna con un amor que va creciendo poco a poco (de los que yo disfruto).Solo por eso le vuelvo a dar 5 estrellas, que últimamente no hay muchas novelas de esas.
Unos protagonistas que me han gustado mucho con unos secundarios que se merecen
"When you love a  man, you will do anything to gain his favor."

"Even allow him to beat you?"

This did not work out. At all.

I read this while spending Xmas with the family. I didn't have much time to read, but I fit it in. I read my brothers some of the passages annnnnddd....Snortmas of 2014. There may have been beer and eggnog involved so, it may not have been as funny as we were making it out to be. Oliver Twist? More like Oliver shoves his dong in a haughty dame. Tra-la-la-la-la-la-LA.

The ch
Lover of Romance
Catherine Mabry is desperate, after finding out that her closest friend is being abused, she is at her wits end. Her friend has no choice but to bear the abuse and put a smile on her face, but Catherine has different ideas about getting rid of this tormentor. She goes to the "Devil Earl" Lucian Langdon who is rumored to have killed, so she knows that he is the perfect person on the job. However when she sneaks into his residence but after sharing a sensual embrace, things start to heat up betwee ...more
Jo ★The Book Sloth★
4 Scandalising Stars

BR with Aly, who was pestering me about beginning this and now is probably not even halfway through!

This is my disapproving face Missy(I love this word)!

I liked the book. Katherine was fearless and Luke very intriguing. I'm too bored to write a full review though. I can't wait to read more about these scoundrels!

My only complaint is that the sex scenes are way too heavy on the "lovey, dovey" stuff and way too light on the "hot".
Apr 02, 2017 Natalia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mini-club-abril
4.5, y no le doy 5, porque a mí Lucian (Luke) me ha dado ganas de darle, varias veces, dos sopapos.

Ahora bien, me alegro de haber descubierto a esta escritora. Me gusta con la facilidad con la que he podido leer todo el libro. Me ha gustado algo que, además me ha sorprendido, y es que ha cogido los personajes de Oliver Twist de Charles Dickens, y los ha "adaptado" en esta serie de chicos huérfanos. Me gusta ese guiño que hace. También me ha gustado ese ambiente del Londres poco conocido por las
Brittany B.
Jun 11, 2012 Brittany B. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lisa Kleypas, Eloisa James and Julia Quinn fans.
Recommended to Brittany B. by: Alkyoni
I once put this book aside, thinking it was boring. Then I teased my dear friend for recommending it....
But I was so wrong that I can't imagine what I should do to make it up to her!!!

This is my second Lorraine Heath book, the first one was The Outlaw and the Lady and I wasn't impressed. But this book is FANTASTIC!! The story had me engrossed, and the romance could not be better.
This book gave me butterflies in my stomach and made my heart pitter-patter on quiet a few occasions. I was left with
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Jul 10, 2016 ᴥ Irena ᴥ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I am confused. Considering this story has one of the tropes I really hate, I shouldn't have loved it this much. I seem to like how Lorraine Heath writes her characters and the problems they face. This is her second book I've read and it definitely won't be the last. As I said before, I only started reading historical romances three or four years ago, so I am glad I have so many books and authors to discover.

As for that trope I mentioned, it's not cheating. I don't think even writing I like co
Oct 15, 2016 Bubu rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hr
2.5 stars

Let's keep this sweet and short. There's nothing devilish about the hero. Typical Lorraine-Heath-style hero: nice and easily forgotten. The heroine was okay. The plot a little too contrived. (view spoiler) And this is the super-short-short-short-short version of i
Sep 07, 2013 Chandra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series-book-1
Story Rating 3.5 Stars
Character Rating 3.5 Stars
Romance Rating 3 Stars
Heat Level 2 Stars
Overall Rating 3 Stars

I went back and forth on the rating of this book, and ended with a solid 3-stars, because I just didn't love it. It was good, but not great. I just felt there was something missing from the story and from the characters..

In fact, I felt most of the story was about this...

What I didn't like...
How much Luke loved Fannie, Frannie..whatever her name was. He looooved this chick right? Wanted
Dorsey aka ❤️ Wrath Lover Reviews  ❤️
May 19, 2013 Dorsey aka ❤️ Wrath Lover Reviews ❤️ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical Romance Fans
Shelves: audio_books
First off I have to say other than Highlander novels I'm not a huge fan of Historical Romances however; I loved this book!

This was my first read by Lorraine Heath and it kept me completely interested from beginning to end. The storyline, dialogue, and characters were fantastic, Looking forward to the rest of the series.

• Susan Erickson was the narriator and she was fabulous!
Jane Stewart
Feb 26, 2014 Jane Stewart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good quality historical romance. I enjoyed this.

It was a comfortable read. I smiled at times. There’s a nice long build up of the couple gradually falling in love. The conflict that kept them apart appealed to me. Lucian grew up on the streets with a gang of kids who were his family. Frannie was part of the group. Lucian and others love her like a sister. Lucian wants to get married and he believes Frannie is the one for him, but he doesn’t realize it’s sisterly love. He’s kind of stupid about h
Oct 09, 2012 D.G. marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
I started this in audio but the prologue sounded so ridiculous that I almost burst a lung laughing. I mean really! Who can take a beginning like this seriously?

I often study the portrait of my father hanging above the massive fireplace in the grand library of my London residence and catalogue the similarities of our appearance.

The hair - black as the soot that lined the inside of a chimney.

The eyes - the shade of pewter that brought a fair price from fences.

The nose - a slender, knife-like shap
Mar 14, 2016 Gio rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Lady Wesley
Aug 27, 2013 Lady Wesley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amz-rev, listened, aud-rev
Imagine Feagan's tribe from Oliver Twist growing up and becoming respectable adults. This is Lorraine Heath's clever premise, and it works quite well in this book, featuring "Oliver" (here known as Lucien Langdon, the Earl of Claybourne). He's an anguished hero who falls in love with a most proper daughter of a duke. There's love, sex, a little adventure, and a bit of a mystery.

The narration of the audiobook by Susan Ericksen was very good. She handled all of the characters quite well. Antony F
Entretenido y bien escrito, creo que pudo haberme gustado más pero ahora mismo no disfruto mucho de la lectura, así que creo que soy yo y no el libro.
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  • England's Perfect Hero (Lessons in Love, #3)
  • Rough Wrangler, Tender Kisses
  • A Necessary Husband (Necessary, #1)
  • Surrender A Dream
  • And Then He Kissed Her (Girl Bachelors, #1)
  • The Education of Mrs. Brimley (Chambers Trilogy, #1)
  • Midnight's Wild Passion
  • Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke's Heart (Love By Numbers, #3)
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  • Because You're Mine (Capital Theatre, #2)
  • Taken by Desire
  • How the Marquess Was Won (Pennyroyal Green, #6)
  • Notorious Pleasures (Maiden Lane, #2)
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  • The Last Hellion (Scoundrels, #4)
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Also writes Young Adult under Rachel Hawthorne, Jade Parker, and with her son as J.A. London)

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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Other Books in the Series

Scoundrels of St. James (5 books)
  • Between the Devil and Desire (Scoundrels of St. James, #2)
  • Surrender to the Devil (Scoundrels of St. James, #3)
  • Midnight Pleasures with a Scoundrel (Scoundrels of St. James, #4)
  • The Last Wicked Scoundrel (Scoundrels of St. James, #5)

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“You don't care what people think," he said.

She couldn't tell from the way he emphasized the words if he was asking a question or making an observation. Still, she felt obliged to answer.
"Of course I care. To a certain extent we all care, but we can't care to the point that we live in fear of others' opinion, that we allow them to change who we are. We must be willing to stand up and defend what represents the very core of our being. Otherwise what is the purpose of individuality? We'd be nothing but imitations of each other, and I daresay we'd all be rather boring.”
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