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Il duca dissoluto

(Scoundrels of St. James #2)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  6,222 ratings  ·  385 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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Beatriz
Apr 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
¡Advertencia! Esta serie puede provocar adicción… y yo ya me confieso seguidora incondicional.

Esta entrega me gustó muchísimo más que la primera. Inicia con dos personajes principales tan incompatibles como el agua y el aceite, por lo que asistir a su evolución, página tras página, es realmente delicioso.

A Jack ya lo conocíamos del primer libro, en que la verdad no me cayó muy bien, tanto por su personalidad como por la responsabilidad que tuvo en los hechos que afectaron la vida de Luke. Pero e
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Shawna
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
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Mo
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 house of c
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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
Sombra
Si esta serie sigue con este nivel, ninguno de los libros van a bajar de las 4 estrellas!!!

Al igual que con el primer libro, la historia nos introduce en el mundo turbio de Londres como un guiño a Charles Dickens. En esta ocasión la historia trata de Jack Dodger, mejor amigo de Lucian, el protagonista de primer libro y que tiene el nivel más alto en ese grupo de amigos huérfanos.

Jack es un personaje muy complejo y que me ha gustado mucho como la autora ha escrito su evolución. Con un pasado trau
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Grecia Robles
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*** 4 Te Prohíbo que me gustes Jack ***

Obviamente este libro no me gustó tanto como el de Luke ese libro fue especial, una historia redonda donde los dos protagonistas me encantaron.
En cambio aquí Olivia no me gustó en gran parte del libro al principio era demasiado estirada y prejuiciosa y Jack al principio iba predispuesta con él por lo que le hizo a Luke soy muy rencorosa pero me terminó gustando mucho su personaje y sé que no la tuvo fácil.

Los secretos y plot twist fue bastante predecibl
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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
LuvGirl
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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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Alba M.
Tan pendiente dejé la reseña que hasta ahora vengo a hacerla... Confieso que cada día estoy más vaga para reseñar pero venga, allá que voy.

ARGUMENTO

Por un lado tenemos a Olivia, una mujer que acaba de quedarse viuda y con un hijo de 5 años.
Y por el otro tenemos a nuestro ya conocido Jack, otro de los niños de Feagan (creo que se escribía así, ya sabéis, los nombres y yo...) o por si no lo entendéis la pandilla de niños carteristas. Y pensaréis ¿que tienen que ver el uno con el otro? Pues eso
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Pepa
Me ha gustado mucho, quizás más que el primero
Esos dos protagonists tan opuestos, tanto en clase social como en ideas de conducta. Ese corazón de oro que tiene Jack, ese pasado. En el fondo los dos comparten una existencia prácticamente vacía.
Me encantan las novelas de tiras y aflojas, y los diálogos irónicos.

Quizás no tenga un argumento muy original, pero los dos personajes se comen la historia


Julie (jjmachshev)
Reviewed for queuemyreview.com; 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
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Nuria Llop
Sep 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: relectura
Maravillosa. Ya me fascinó cuando la leí hace algunos años y ahora me ha vuelto a dejar con esa sensación de felicidad que debería causar siempre la novela romántica. Él es un personaje tan bien construido que te atrapa desde el primer momento y de lo único que tienes ganas es de estar en el lugar de la viuda que es la protagonista de la historia. Ella encaja perfectamente en su época y en sus circunstancias, por lo que el contraste entre ambos es perfecto. La pareja por sí sola sostendría la no ...more
Lauren
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
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Claudia
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Me alegra haber reprimido mi entusiasmo y elegir dar cuatro estrellas a la primera parte pese a que me encantó porque esta me ha gustado incluso más y la he devorado; las cinco estrellas son merecidísimas. Jack es un personaje fantástico; ya me había gustado como secundario en la anterior entrega, pero aquí me ganó por completo. Tiene muchos defectos y eso lo hace aun mejor, más humano y alguien por quien es sencillo sentir empatía; su relación con Henry es hermosa y me atrevería a decir que a v ...more
Bubu
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 stay
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Mei
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,
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Océano de libros
Jack Dodger es un auténtico superviviente, vivió su niñez como ladrón y ahora regenta un exclusivo club en Londres, además se ha convertido en heredero de una fortuna y tutor del hijo del duque de Lovingdon y Olivia Stanford, una mujer que sigue las normas y que despertará en él nuevos deseos.
El segundo volumen de la serie ha sido una buena continuación, no podría decantarme por ninguno de los dos, porque Jack como personaje ha sido de lo mejorcito, tiene sus luces y sus sombras (en el primer li
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Mojca
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
Zoe
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
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ᴥ Irena ᴥ
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.
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Ursula
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
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Arantzazu
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me ha encantado. Igual más que el anterior.....que bien construye personajes esta autora. La historia sólida de principio a fin. Totalmente enamorada de Jack.....muy recomendable
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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Desi
Una historia muy bella y triste a la vez!!

Me encantó...superó al primer libro.

Jack es un maravilloso protagonista, todo atrevido, dispuesto a cualquier desafío... me encantó su personalidad y a pesar de todo por lo que tuvo que pasar... eso no lo convirtió en un mal hombre sino todo lo contrario... de verdad que me gustó este personaje y otro que se gano mi corazón fue el pequeño Henry (jajaja cuando trataba de imitar a jack)

y la historia aunque ya al comienzo tenía mis sospechas de cual era el
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Rachaelthebiliophile
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
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Kübra  Yağmur Aslanhan
Neden bilmiyorum, yayınevlerimiz historical romancelara üvey evlat muammelesi yapmaya bayılıyor. Bu nedenle devamının gelmesini beklediğim serilere bir süre önce devam etme kararı almıştım. Bu ay da bu seriyi okumayı planlıyorum.
Yazarın kalemi tam benim istediğim dozda, tek problem henüz aşık olduğum bir kitabına denk gelmedim. Ama seriden de yazardan da umudumu kesmedim.

Kitap Jack’in küçük Henry’ye vasi olmasıyla başlıyor. Ama beyefendimiz vasi olmaya pek de uygun tavırlar sergilememiş bu zaman
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Seffra
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
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.

JACK. OMG
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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)
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Scoundrels of St. James (5 books)
  • In Bed with the Devil (Scoundrels of St. James, #1)
  • Surrender to the Devil (Scoundrels of St. James, #3)
  • Midnight Pleasures with a Scoundrel (Scoundrels of St. James, #4)
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