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Il duca dissoluto

(Scoundrels of St. James #2)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  6,846 ratings  ·  459 reviews
Inghilterra, 1851 - Dopo essere emerso dalla dura infanzia nei bassifondi, Jack Dodger è diventato il ricco e dissoluto proprietario del club per gentiluomini più esclusivo di Londra, e da allora non c'è piacere di cui non abbia goduto. Così, il fatto che venga nominato unico erede di tutti i beni del Duca di Lovingdon, che conosceva appena, getta nella disperazione la gio ...more
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Published August 19th 2016 by HarperCollins Italia (first published December 30th 2008)
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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
Mar 11, 2016 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 hous
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
Melanie A.
Audio: 4 STARS!
Story: 4 STARS!

I loved how solid the premise was and the epilogue was AMAZING.
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 06, 2010 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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~**Anna**~ A Romance Reader
Loved it!!!! This series so far is amazing! Highly recommend it if you like Historical Romance.
Oct 17, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hr, 2-stars
From the blurb:
London's most notorious rogue—decadent, depraved, forbidden...
Oh, Jack Dodger, I've had such high hopes for you. That description above alone...But then, you had some big shoes to fill. Why is it again that Lisa Kleypas' characters Derek Craven and Sebastian, Lord St. Vincent are so popular again? Or think of Dain from Lord of Scoundrels. Ah yeah, there was enough naughtiness and wickedness in them that I, as the reader knew, that - despite their redemption - they'd always sta
Julie (jjmachshev)
Reviewed for; 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
Between the Devil and Desire
4 Stars

As the owner of a gaming hell, Jack Dodger is the last person one would entrust with the care of a small child. Yet, he not only inherits the late Duke of Lovingdon's fortune, but is named guardian to his young son. Olivia Stanford, the boy's mother, is not amused that a debauched scoundrel is living in her home and is not shy about voicing her opinion. The only problem is her incomprehensible attraction to the rogue...

While the plot twists are obvious from mi
Jacqueline's Reads
5 This is what I am talking about Stars

It’s very hard for me to find a historical romance book that I can give 5 stars. There has to be a little bit of everything to make it great.

Between the Devil and Desire just sucked me in. It was simply a good story.

First off, I love a single mama book and you throw in a widow well that’s full on if you ask me.

Olivia was amazing Heroine. She did her duty and married for the sake of the family. She liked her husband but didn’t love him. Now she’s a widow wi
Mar 17, 2015 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,
Oct 26, 2015 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
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
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

4.5 Stars

Another wonderful story by Lorraine Heath. This Scoundrels of St. James series is getting a bit better with each book.

I knew I would love Jack. After meeting him in the first book there was something about him that caught my heart.

His sweet Olivia or Livy as Jack lovingly called her was fabulous. Try as she might there was no protecting her heart when it came to Jack.

And kind little Henry. What a dear boy he was. He too stole my heart. ❤

There were a few heavyhearted parts and my heart b
Megan (BookWifeReviews)
So no. I did not like this book at all. I've had the book for awhile. I got it right after I finished the last book in the series because I loved that one so much and I was so excited to learn more about Jack. But god I hated Olivia. She was your typical woman of the ton. She followed the rules to a T. Everything everyone did was improper and everything she did was perfect. I hated the banter between Jack and Olivia. They poked at each other and I understand that it was meant to be humorous but ...more
A very solid 3.5 stars!
I enjoyed this story and liked the heroine, Olivia. She resisted our naughty hero, Jack, for quite a while because she felt it was the right thing to do, especially as she was determined to put her son's future first. Nice change that the heroine doesn't jump into bed with hero in the first 50 pages!
There was still plenty of passion and sexual tension (probably because of this) and I thought the way Jack related to her son was very sweet.
Jack was pretty mean to her in the
Sana Ajaz
May 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh Jack🖤🖤
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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Jul 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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.
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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5 stars!

WOW. I loved this story so much! I loved the characters and the plot.

Yes, I was SOOOOOOO NOT EXCITED about certain THINGS in this book but I felt that even with those events, this story flourished. These characters, they were a force on their own. They stay with you until you pull you back in after putting it down for a bit. I couldn't stop.

Olivia, she was a bit of prude and so snobbish but that was due to her upbringing and it totally made sense. I actually came to love her.

3.5* and spoilers ahead

Jack Dodger was a runaway and pickpocket, for most of his life he'd believed that his beloved mother had sold him to a gent where he was sexually abused and ran away. He became another of Feagan's kids now known as Dodger. While on the streets in trying to help Luke they were caught and sent to prison where he voluntarily took sexual abuse in Luke's stead. Even though he's had a reversal of fortunes and grew to become a wealthy man due to the success of his club, because o
Angie Elle
Jan 08, 2013 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.

(view spoiler)
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
Aly is so frigging bored
2nd Read: August 2014
Buddy read with Jo

1st read: 2013

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
3.5 Pleased Stars

Jack Dodger made this book for me, quick on his feet and with his fingers, Jack has spent years believing his beloved mother sold him (view spoiler), after the third night Jack ran away, becoming a pickpocket under the tutelage of Feagan (the man he sees as a father figure) – for me this book has flashes of scenes/events/characters from Oliver Twist.

In adulthood Jack is now a devilishly wicked rogue. Rich and powerful, he is the owner o
Lori McD
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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
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
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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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