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In Bed with the Devil

(Scoundrels of St. James #1)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  14,053 ratings  ·  1,041 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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Paperback, 371 pages
Published June 24th 2008 by Avon (first published June 4th 2008)
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Giorgia Reads
Sep 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 stars

This one was a very nice surprise.

The plot intrigued me and the story didn’t disappoint. Even so, the thing I liked most about this were the characters. Not only are the protagonists very likeable but the side characters were also such an assortment of personalities and they really stood out.

The dialogue was intelligent, witty and funny at times. It really painted a picture as to whom the characters really are.

Another thing I appreciated was the female lead. Whenever I see heroines d
Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
5 Devil Earl Stars

In bed with the Devil was my very first book by Lorraine Heath and I wonder why it took so long for me to give her a try. I absolutely loved this book. This book captured my interest from the first chapter and I couldn't put it down. I not only fell in love with Lucian and Catherine, but the secondary characters too. James, Winnie, Jack, Frannie, William and Sterling were all so intriguing and I can't wait to learn more about each of them.

The chemistry and connection b
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
Oct 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-stars
3.5 stars

“The price you pay for waltzing with the devil is residing in hell.”

This was sweet and really enjoyable. I enjoyed the witty fun dialogue a lot. Catherine, the heroine, was the star of this book. She’s a TRUE strong fierce heroine and not one who changes once she is with a man. My only complain is that the hero’s indecision about his feelings really dragged. I kept hoping that he would make up his mind and realise who he truly love, but it took him so long! Like till the end of the
Oct 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: keepers
Reread 25/06/2017

I have not been reading for a while and this book popped into my head today for no reasons at all. I reread it and could not describe how this story connects with me on so many levels. This is my favorite book from Lorraine Heath. I love both characters, how they were individually and how they were together. I think Luke is the archetype of my kind of hero: a man who truly was in need of acceptance, and Catherine the archetype of my kind of heroine: level-headed, responsible, ki
Crystal Cook
Apr 24, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2022
A masterful story and a swoony romance. Absolutely loved this one.

Full thoughts in my next vlog 4/25
Dec 26, 2014 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 s
4.5 stars

Another Lorraine Heath down and a great start to a new series! This has one of my favorite tropes where the heroine is actually helping the hero get the woman he loves. Katherine approaches Luke and asks him to kill someone for her because she has heard of his reputation for having killed someone in his past. Luke wants nothing to do with Katherine, but he sees an opportunity for her to help his future wife become a lady and integrated into society before he marries her. So they strike
Beanbag Love
Jan 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing

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
Jun 18, 2015 rated it liked it
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
Jan 04, 2022 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!

“She was the one he looked forward to talking to each evening. She was the one whose smile made his heart beat a little faster. She was the one he wanted to explore—not only every curve of her body but every facet of her mind. She fascinated, tempted, and beguiled him as he’d never before been fascinated, tempted, or beguiled. He told himself it was because she was new while Frannie was familiar—yet Catherine didn’t feel new. She never had. From the first moment he’d spotted her at tha
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
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I actually really enjoyed this book! It wasn't overly mushy with romance and the woman was assertive and headstrong which I love. ...more
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
Melanie A.
Aug 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Audio: 2 STARS
Story: 4 STARS!
"The price you pay for waltzing with the devil is residing in hell."
Another winner by Lorraine Heath!

She risked more than just her reputation with him; she risked her heart.
Okay, yes, I'm oversimplifying things a bit. . . or a lot, because the plot was actually quite complex, but the quote above encapsulates the part of the story that I enjoyed the most.

I really loved the heroine, Catherine.
"I'm not very skilled at being bidda
Oct 07, 2021 rated it really liked it

Have you ever wanted something so badly that you would do anything, believe anything in order to acquire it?

As the introduction into a series, I really enjoyed this one. With our scoundrel falling into a rather Dickens-like childhood. He went from riches to rags then rags to riches. A strong heroine in this one, who I felt was really more the star of the book than Luke was. He was not as strong a male character as I would have liked. He did have quite a lot to over-come, but I didn't
ren ♡
In Bed with the Devil was an enthralling read that captured my attention every step of the way. And it turns out, this wasn't actually my first Lorraine Heath book! It came as a pleasant surprise to find out that Heath also writes under the pen name Jade Parker who wrote one of my all time favorite YA pirate romances, To Catch a Pirate. Although, I read it as a teen, it's always stayed with me for some reason.

Anyway, back to the book... I found Catherine to be a very likeable heroine. She's inte
Well written and intriguing, but not enough for me.

I’ve picked up In bed with the devil before and I’ve put it down every time after the third or fourth chapter. This time i was determined to finish it. In bed with the devil is no way a bad book, but it just didn’t do it for me.

My issue with this book is, was and will always be, Frannie. Frannie is not our heroine. Not yet at least, our heroine is Catherine.
Frannie instead is the woman, our hero, Luke has loved since he was a child (vi
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
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
Merry Jewelhound
Very enjoyable start to the series. This book was written in 2008 so has been reviewed many times. I found the first 1/3 book a bit slow laying out the plot but when it hit its stride was fast moving and entertaining. Loose ends are tied up and the storyline comes together. Enjoyed how they took care of the one who shall not be named....till later in the story lol!
Jenn (The Book Refuge)
This was excellent! Slow going, slow burning, but so beautiful. Lorraine Heath always knows how to pull me in.

TW: death of a parent. Abusive marriage. Violence against children.

4.5/5 stars.
Carol Cork *Young at Heart Oldie*
I originally read this series about ten years ago and it has remained one of my top favourite series ever since. I have re-read it a number of times but never written reviews for the books, and so I’m doing another re-read and writing reviews.


This was the first series I read by Lorraine Heath and it established her as one of my favourite Historical Romance authors. Over the years, she has continued to captivate me with her beautifully written and deeply emotional love stories. Re-reading t
Julie (jjmachshev)
Jun 27, 2008 rated it really liked it
Reviewed for queuemyreview.com; 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
shaira ✨
yes, so what if he's the devil, rick? at least the devil has a job. at least he's active in the community. 🤷🏽‍♀️

esp when said job entails stealing hearts. more specifically, my heart. ain’t gonna complain tho, claybourne can steal any part of me. any time he likes. yes sir, this shop is open for you 25/7 💅

urgh i adored this story so friKKINGG much. idk how to catalogue my thoughts rn bc i’m in a state of euphoria post-read. am i even making any sense? probably not. if there’s an actual term for
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".
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: re-read, lovelovelove
1st read in 2019: 5 stars
2nd read in 2020: 4.5 stars
3rd read in 2022: 4 stars

Review (2022)

I was missing Lorraine Heath’s old writing and decided to reread some of her older books. I remember fondly of her Scoundrels series and In the Devil’s bed is the first book.

As usual, Heath’s writing is short and sweet, with not overly complicated plots and writing. I do love the paragraphs are separated every few sentences, making it easy for readers to digest and read them. The words she used to write ar
Oct 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: hr, 2-stars
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
~**Anna**~ A Romance Reader
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!!!

Luke and Catherine are so perfect for each other. I love both of them so much! I don’t know what took me so long to read this book but I am so happy I finally did.

Can’t wait to start Jack’s story tonight!
Umaiya ❄️Ramblings of a Scattered Mind❄️
I swear the nearer the end came, the surlier I became.
And to think, I started out thinking this was gonna be a waste of time.

There was nothing particularly weepy about it so I don't why I was so emotional to see it end. Just so much feels.

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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

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  • 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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