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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.Lucian desiThey 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.Lucian desires respectability and a wife above all else, but the woman of his choosing lacks the social graces to be accepted by the aristocracy. Catherine can help Lucian gain everything he wants. But what she asks for in exchange will put their very lives in jeopardy. When danger closes in, Catherine discovers a man of immense passion and he discovers a woman of immeasurable courage. As secrets from his dark past are revealed, Lucian begins to question everything he knows to be true, including the yearnings of his own heart....

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In Bed with the Devil Reviews

  • Beatriz
    2019-05-28 09:52

    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 poco, empieza a bajar las barreras con las que siempre se protege y nos permite llegar a su verdadera naturaleza.Catherine me ha encantado, una mujer de una energía y fortaleza increíbles, capaz de arriesgarse y sacrificarse por lo que cree y por los que quiere. El único “pero” de su caracterización es que a veces me chocaba la libertad que gozaba para una mujer de la aristocracia en la época en que está ambientado el libro. Aunque se trata de justificar por la ausencia de una figura masculina en la casa (padre muy enfermo y un hermano medio desaparecido por el mundo), su comportamiento y actuar me pareció demasiado “moderno”.La trama y el misterio asociado a los orígenes de Luke están muy bien desarrollados, aunque quizá son un poquito previsibles. (view spoiler)[No me costó nada advertir que los dolores de cabeza de Luke eran una forma de bloquear sus recuerdos y descubrir que él siempre fue el verdadero conde de Claybourne (hide spoiler)]Lo dejo en 4 estrellas porque el final fue demasiado precipitado y después de todo lo que habían pasado los personajes llego a las últimas páginas y me digo “¿¿y eso es todo??”. Porque sí, desde la mitad del libro quería darle unas buenas sacudidas a Luke por ser tan obtuso y no reconocer sus verdaderos sentimientos, tanto hacia Catherine como hacia Frannie, su amiga de la infancia y con quien quería casarse. Y cuando por fin cae, todo se soluciona rápidamente y se acaba. Si la autora le hubiera dedicado unas páginas más y un poco más de tensión al desenlace….

  • edge of bubble
    2019-05-18 07:40

    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 took the romance tropes, shook her bosoms, plucked some brains, did her mojo and gave us something different! Well done lady, well done bosoms!*summary of the paragraph above in the picture format Don't go into this book, expecting a light, funny HR story. It was gloomy without actually being gloomy. *yes it makes sense. somehow in some alternate universe* There were mentions of rape, murder, abuse. Nothing too graphic but enough to make this more than just a fluffy story. The hero and heroine doesn't get to the naked vals part till the last third of the book and there is a third woman from the start. Hero loves her. Anything else I say would be too spoilery. I hate love triangles and cheating, and this here was neither.Was it an awesome work of literature? Or even the best HR I've read? Nope. Then why am I all ravey and bubbly about it? I don't know, just go with it.

  • Mo
    2019-05-17 09:31

    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 get their stories in future books.Beneath his touch, he could feel her pulse quickening, fluttering like a tiny moth that had dared to approach the flame ...Whether a sinner or a saint, he held her interest as no other man ever had.Will definitely continue with this series.He had only the light smattering of hair in the centre of his chest, and she wove her fingers through it.The rain continued to patter against the pane.... she saw a beautiful white lily ...

  • Zoe
    2019-06-04 15:44

    Reread 25/06/2017I 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, kind and gentle. This time around I didn't even mind Frannie so much. I was thinking about reading Frannie and Sterling's story hoping that there will be more about Catherine and Luke. The last paragraph of the book still packs a punch. I love it. Reread (probably the 10th time) 15/06/2016I 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 moved, every time I finish the book and read that final paragraph, and feel as if I too, have been rescued by this love story. Original ReviewThis is a book, that made me sigh. I turned the last page and sighed. Why? Because they don't write books like this anymore. The gentle way the romance was portrayed in this book.......you just don't see it anymore in new authors. There was passion, without a doubt. But the softness, the tenderness, this is the old-school romance that made you feel warm in your heart. The writers of this new romance era like to shock readers with their crude and blatant sexual language to show us passion in the right-in-your-face way. This book has passion in the old-fashioned sense, the sex scenes are explicit but new writers, please take a lesson here for class. The sex scenes are actually there for a reason, not just to entice readers but to actually serve a purpose in the story. I am all for a good romp. But honestly, I am looking for some kind of a connection that does not largely depend on sex in my romances. Heath did that with Luke and Catherine. They were strangers who unknowingly to each other, shared a mutual attraction, then they were partners in "crime", helping each other to achieve goals which did not involve each other, then they were friends, coming to care for each other and wanting to help just because, then they were lovers, who shared passion knowing that it could only live for as long (or short) as a few days, then they were strangers again. Luke left Catherine alone because he did not know his own heart (still thinking that he wanted to marry his childhood friend Frannie) and because he wanted to preserve whatever reputation she had left. Catherine buried herself with taking care of her ailing father, chose to let Luke pursue his "happiness" with a woman he had loved since he was a boy, even (view spoiler)[ hid her pregnancy from Luke knowing that Luke would choose to marry her to do right by her.(hide spoiler)]Then came the happily ever after when the idiotic (and I say this with a loving voice) Luke finally realized his love for Frannie was a love of the youth, comfortable and familar, the kind that one grew out of as one matured, whereas his love for Catherine was all-encompassingly desperate and foreign, and you know, the kind you read about in romance novels where they get married and in real life, your worst breakup. It should be obvious that I loved Luke and Catherine as a couple. My favorite types of characters, hands down. I especially loved Catherine. This is one "tough" heroine. Please God save us all from those fake-tough heroines who throw a hissy fit when things don't go their way. Look to Catherine Mabry for a dignified and strong woman in love. Luke's "adoration" for his childhood friend Frannie, man, I wanted to throw up whenever Frannie was mentioned. I suppose you could love 2 people at the same time. I know this to be true. But I should hope it is day-and-night clear who you are "in love with". You can love a lot of people but "to be in love with someone", it should be singular, not plural. I think, if you do not know who you are in love with, then you are not in love with anybody. And Heath had this Frannie thing going on for the entire book and Luke was so blind about how he felt about Frannie, it was very frustrating. I know Frannie is supposed to be paired with Catherine's older brother Sterling. And I have long decided that I will not read the story of Sterling Mabry and Frannie Darling. And that is way before I read Luke and Catherine's story. I just did not like Frannie as a character for reasons I cannot explain. This "all her male friends doting on her" thing annoys me. I don't know what is so special about her that everyone of Feagan's boys must devote his life to protecting her. And after I read this book, I suffered from too much frustration in this book with her to want to see her happily ever after. This book may not be the hit of the month or as original as those overly sexual new romances popping out every month. But it is a gentle love story of 2 great characters, which I gratefully read with a soft smile.

  • Nuria Llop
    2019-06-03 07:44

    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 amigo, incluso si ese acto está fuera de la ley o de los principios morales. El otro, la confusión entre amor y amistad, casarse con una amiga (o amigo) porque sientes un gran afecto por ella (o él) y parece lo lógico, lo mejor, lo perfecto. Un error común de todos los tiempos que el protagonista estará a punto de cometer. El tema principal: la violencia de género. Está tratado con un perfecto equilibrio entre la crudeza y la delicadeza, demostrando así que no son necesarios largos párrafos descriptivos de esos ataques de agresividad (que lamentablemente siguen produciéndose hoy en día) para crear determinadas emociones en el lector. La autora tampoco se extiende en la crudeza que sufrían los huérfanos de esa época que acaban viviendo del robo y del timo, pero cuenta lo justo para conmovernos y para que conozcamos esas condiciones de vida que, si las describiera, convertirían la novela en un auténtico drama. La historia de amor entre los protagonistas avanza sin prisas pero sin pausa y ambos se conducen con una coherencia acorde a sus personalidades y al desarrollo de la trama, sencilla en apariencia pero con unos giros que nos mantienen en vilo hasta la última página. Los guiños a "Oliver Twist" de Dickens me han parecido el broche de oro para esta historia. La recomiendo encarecidamente a las lectoras del romántica, aunque la histórica no sea su subgénero favorito.

  • Beanbag Love
    2019-05-19 11:42

    *sigh*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. *sigh*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, he recognized him as his grandson. Luke said 'yup, yup, yup' to all the old man's questions and was soon spirited home to a grand title and inheritance, a bounty he definitely doesn't think he deserves. He knows he lied to the old man in order to escape hanging. No matter how badly the man he killed deserved death, the law wasn't on Luke's side and Luke's darn sure he isn't an earl. But whether he believes it or not, our hero has inherited the earldom, is known as 'the devil earl', co-owns a gambling establishment with his best friend from his street days, Jack Dodger, and is wealthy beyond his imagination. The story is threaded through with Dickens references. Luke and his friends grew up together in a den of child thieves run by an old rascal named, you guessed it, Feagan. As much as I thought all those references would be groan-worthy, they weren't. I quickly got used to it, especially because it wasn't something Heath was just inspired by, she meant all the references to be obvious and recognizable. There are twists and turns to the story. It's got a lot of very dark undertones. There's back story of murder, rape, domestic violence, and overly harsh punishment for children. We aren't treated to any of that in a graphic way, but we do experience the aftermath with the characters and it's very movingly rendered.I feel like I'm giving a lot of five-star reviews lately and gushing more than usual, but I've been picking books by authors I haven't read based on their good reviews. So, it wasn't a surprise that I liked this book. What was a surprise was how much I loved it. Several of my friends have said it's in their TBR and I hope you all go for it. Very glad I gave Lorraine Heath a try. I enjoyed her writing very much and found tears in my eyes on reading the final words. Definitely on my keeper shelf. :D

  • Naomi
    2019-06-10 09:36

    I actually really enjoyed this book! It wasn't overly mushy with romance and the woman was assertive and headstrong which I love.

  • Daniella
    2019-06-09 11:49

    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 surprisingly deep and complex novel. It touches on sensitive topics such as rape, violence, morality and the nature of love. You would think that combining all these elements together in a single book would prove to be too much--that maybe the writer bit off more than she could chew--but to Ms. Lorraine Heath's credit, she managed to pull it off. Not flawlessly, because the book was definitely not perfect, but satisfactorily. Yes, this book treads on dangerous and risky grounds, but it's a success in the end.It managed to hold my interest up to the last chapter, and entertained me with well developed characters. Catherine is actually the saviour of this novel, for me. The quiet dignity with which she carried herself, her strength despite everything that happened--these all made the journey worth it for me, even though at times I felt hurt by the hero's indecision. And that strength was consistent throughout the novel; she wasn't strong in one moment and meek or weak-willed in another, a common fault in other historical romance novels. She actually reminded me of Alexandra from Johanna Lindsey's You Belong to Me. Both were willing to fight for what they believed in, and didn't bend for anyone. Their motto seemed to be, "I am my own woman, and if you can't handle that, then I can't be with you."Luke wasn't bad, too. Actually, he was quite lovable. As in the case of the usual bad boys or devils in HR novels, he hides a gentle and caring side beneath the pile of rumours and scandals that society has dumped on him. He fancied himself in love with Frannie, but he couldn't resist his budding feelings for Catherine. He later on realized that he had a different type of love for the two women. But that was later on in the novel, nearing the end. His indecision about his feelings really proved to be a test for me, especially when I'm particularly put off with stories where the guy loves a different girl. It was more difficult because I really loved Catherine; this fondness for her just made the hurt more painful. I cried when she cried; I was equally devastated when she got her heart broken. This book was a nice and beautiful read, but it left me wishing that somehow things were different. I wish that this novel didn't have to question my stand about what warrants murder or death. I wish that Luke didn't have to mention Frannie every damn chapter. I wish that the ending wasn't so rushed so that Luke had time to redeem himself for his indecision.And I wish that he realized his true feelings earlier and didn't take the last few chapters to do so.Despite all these, I really enjoyed the book. If you like strong heroines, then you should definitely read this!***By the way, here are my favourite quotes from the story:“He was striving to intimidate. I’m not one to be intimidated. It seemed the perfect opportunity to demonstrate that part of my character,” Catherine said.“What you demonstrated was that you are willful. No man wants a willful wife.”“Then no man shall have me, for I’ll not change to please him.”“I’m well aware that I’m not. But I’ll not spend my life cowering. That would be no life at all.”

  • Ingela
    2019-06-02 10:43

    Written December 26, 20144 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 loved...As I always do when I completely and fully imbibe an good and well written historical romances***********************************************************London 1851About the roguishly handsome man they call the Devil Earl, Lucian Langdon, Earl of Claybourne and a, so to be, proper young lady, Catherine Mabry. # He, Luce is the man who is assumed to be a evil scoundrel and is an accused murderer. The man (boy) who grew up on the violent London streets and whose life changed at thirteen. # She, Catherine first saw him at an ball just seventeen and she was astonished. He becomes the dark man in her forbidden dreams. Five years later does she need him to help her to do something awful. - Murder a man.‘Sighing, she looked out at the fog. It was like life, preventing her from seeing what was beyond reach. She wasn’t unhappy. She simply felt that something important was missing from her life.’***********************************************************Short and sweet: (I must hurry on with Christmas chores)This was a wonderful, both cute and funny, very tender romantic and well told romance (..in text by L Heath and narration by S Ericksen). Lovely characters, a hot hero and in all parts simply perfect. No complaints from me. Enjoy, read or listen!!“Have you ever wanted something so badly that you would do anything, believe anything in order to acquire it?” I LIKE - **nodding** affirmative

  • Duchess Nicole
    2019-05-27 08:32

    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 events that leads to him being mistaken for a lost lordling. Needless to say, he doesn't feel at home either with high society or on the street, nor does he feel deserving of the refined Lady Catherine. But Catherine sees the goodness in him and is also intrigued by him. She begins their relationship by using his killer reputation to save a friend in need, but ends up falling for the gentle soul that she eventually uncovers.Friendships are tested, the rest of the Scoundrels are introduced and already prove to be somewhat heroic. I'm so glad I've got a new Historical series to look forward to.

  • Jonetta
    2019-05-17 08:29

    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, their destinies are sealed. There are strong connections to Dickens' Oliver Twist, even some hints that these characters may have been the basis for the story. Lucian's closest friends are from his days in the streets of London and they strengthen and add spice to the tale. His relationship with Catherine is fraught with tension, adding layers of sizzle to their romance. The dialogue is pithy and the underlying danger and mystery are wonderful elements, making this an intriguing and delicious story. Other themes (spousal abuse, child endangerment, etc.) also add weight. I've wanted to start this series for a long time, especially since there are now two more connected series out there. It exceeded my expectations and I'm anxious to continue.

  • Sombra
    2019-05-24 09:47

    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 ambiente de un Londres que muchas autoras no suelen explorar y es el Londres cruel, pobre e injusto que muchas personas sufrieron. El Londres de las calles y las leyes beneficiosas solo para las personas de gran poder.A Lucien le introducen como un conde que es el mismísimo Diablo, pero gracias a la inesperada visita de Catherine proponiéndole un pacto digno de su nombre a cambio de su cooperación en un asesinato, se nos empieza a desvelar el verdadero Lucien, aquel que la sociedad no consigue ver por juzgar solo las apariencias y gracias a Catherine también podemos ver cómo los amigos de Lucien interaccionan y son una parte importante de su pasado, presente y futuro.A todo este, hay que añadir una historia de amor que va creciendo con el tiempo y no de forma precipitada que ha hecho que no pudiera dejar de leer para ver cómo iba a acabar todo.Si hay que ponerle el pero que ha hecho que bajara media estrella mi puntuación oficial, ha sido el final; demasiado precipitado en muchos sentidos que ha hecho que me quedara con una sensación agridulce en algunos momentos.A pesar de todo, es una novela y una serie que recomiendo. Porque si el primer libro ya te engancha, la historia de los demás personajes son igual de intrigantes.

  • Seda
    2019-06-01 13:56

    ”Kendimi göstersem bile seninle dans edemezdim.”“Nedenmiş o?”“İtibarın mahvolurdu.”“Belki başlarda öyle olurdu ama seni daha iyi tanıdıklarında herhalde öngörülü biri olarak bana oldukça hayretle yaklaşırlardı.”“Onları kazanacağıma dair ölçüsüz bir güvenin var.”“Evet var. Beni kazandın.”“Lanet kadın.” diye hırladı. Sonra ayağının üstünde dönüp uzun adımlarla uzaklaştı. Ona meydan okumaya nasıl cüret ederdi? Ne cüretle...Ne cüretle onu daha iyi bir adam olmadığına pişman ederdi? Luke resmen son sayfaya kadar saçımı başımı yoldurdu. Kafasını duvardan duvara vurmak istedim akıllanması için. ***spoiler içerir***(view spoiler)[Kitabın bitmesine 20 sayfa kalmış, Catherine’le yemediği halt kalmamış, kızı hamile bırakmış, aşkından geberiyor ama hala Frannie diyor. Bir paragrafta, bir aydan fazladır görmediği Frannie’yi neden bu kadar az, Catherine’i ise neden bu kadar çok düşündüğünü sorgularken, sonraki paragrafta hala Frannie’ye evlilik teklif etmek için bugünün uygun olacağını düşünüyor. Allah’tan Frannie akıllı da Catherine’e aşık olduğunu tokat gibi suratına çarpıyor. ”Sana bayılıyorum Frannie. Bunu biliyorsun. Her zaman bayıldım.”“Fakat Catherine’e aşıksın.”“Nereden anladın?”“Ona nasıl baktığını görebilsen. Duygularını her zaman çok iyi saklardın ama onunlayken, ona duyduğun aşk saklanacak gibi değil. Eğer senin oma baktığın gibi bir adam bana bakacak olsaydı, diyebilirim ki kral bile olsa onunla evlenirdim.”“Seni seviyorum. Frannie’ye bayılıyorum ama seni çaresizce seviyorum, Catherine. Cesur ve gözüpeksin, her köşede beni sıkıştırıyorsun. Sevdiklerin için her şeyi riske atmaya hazırsın. Fedakarlığının sınırı yok. Buna hiç layık değilim fakat benimle evlenirsen seni bundan asla pişman etmeyeceğim.”(hide spoiler)]***spoiler bitti 😃***Deli oluyorum böyle erkek karakterlere. Korkak tavuklar ☹️🤨😫😠Erkek karakterine ne kadar sövsem de kitap çok eğlenceliydi. Güzel ‘historical romance’ların nadir örneklerindendi. Hele o Catherine yok mu, bayıldım bayıldım kadına. Bütün diyalogları çok zekice yazılmıştı. Catherine’in aşkı Luke’u bile sevdirdi bana. Keşke Pegasus boynu bükük bırakmasa da seriye devam etse 😟🤔

  • Julie (jjmachshev)
    2019-05-26 09:49

    Reviewed for queuemyreview.com; book release Aug08Yes, 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 historical romance readers are aware that the peerage could get away with pretty much anything, but murder? I was quickly pulled into the book as I was hungry to learn the Devil Earl’s story. Lucian is the Devil Earl. He doesn’t believe he’s the rightful Earl, but he’s not about to step aside either. He’s well aware of his black reputation amongst the ton, but even he is surprised when he receives a visit from a lone ‘Lady’ late one evening. He’s not so much surprised by the visit, but rather by her request…Lady Mabry wants to hire him to kill someone! How scandalous for anyone to say anything to his face, much less a titled lady! He’s intrigued by her and decides to make a devil’s bargain (horrible pun I know): Lady M will provide lessons for the woman he loves, Frannie, and make her feel more at home in society. Once her training is complete, he will then do away with Lady M’s target. Unfortunately, the more time he spends with Lady M, Catherine, the closer the two become and the once the antagonism is gone, all that’s left is the fire.Catherine, Lady M, is a strong woman. She’s pretty sure that’s why she’s still unmarried. Well, that and because she hasn’t found someone she’s willing to marry. She is currently taking care of her terminally ill father and their estates while her brother has been off gallivanting for years after arguing with her father. When her longtime best friend’s husband becomes even more violent and begins to beat her severely, Catherine decides to hire the Devil Earl to do away with him. Pretty bold, eh? All she knows of Lucian is the gossip and stories that appear in the scandal sheets. When she agrees to tutor his intended, Catherine and Lucian are forced to spend time together and she discovers that his fierce demeanor hides a protective and generous soul. Pretty soon, Catherine will have to choose…her reputation or her friendship with Lucian.Even though I’ve read several books utilizing different pieces of Ms Heath’s plot, I hadn’t read one that intertwined all of them in quite the same way. And even though I knew what the ending would be, she did a good job of maintaining the suspense via her unfolding plot actions and there were a few surprises. There’s quite a bit of artistic ‘borrowing’ from “Oliver Twist”, which only added to my enjoyment and did provide quite a bit of humor in a plot that at times was very dark. The love scenes were steamy and yet still tasteful, the urgency and time constraints in their relationship was almost palpable. And maybe most importantly, I finished the book with a smile on my face.“In Bed with the Devil” provided me with a couple of hours of escapist reading. I don’t expect I would particularly want to reread this one, but I certainly don’t regret the time I spent in Lorraine Heath’s world either. If you’ve ever read “Oliver Twist” and tried to imagine a truly happy ending, you should pick this book up. I think you’ll be happy with the author’s take on an old favorite.Til next timeJJ

  • Pepa
    2019-06-03 15:45

    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 su propia historia, Lucian es de esos protagonistas que directamente me conquistan y ella está siempre a la altura. Valiente y con arrojo.

  • Brigid
    2019-06-12 12:45

    "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 cheese. Oh my....the CHEESE. So much cheese in this novel."Oh, papa, I've done something terribly silly. I've fallen in love with someone, and he loves another. The strange thing is, as much as it hurts, I only want him to be happy. Choking noises.Why is romance always about sacrifice? I get very annoyed when the heroine is the "I always do the right thing even when it's dangerous" type. I don't get that. For one: often they do rash things that end up with them doing something stupid, like flinging your hand out to protect the hero from a bunch of bandits.Even though I have misgivings about this book, I still really loved Heath's writing. I think she's a good writer. I just think this particular novel rubbed me the wrong way. I'll continue to search for a book of hers that I'll love.FOR SHAME:I had many many problems with this novel, but the big one that made this a one star instead of a two star is the heroine shaming her friend. She shames her friend again and again for not standing up to her husband. Ordinarily I would like people to stand up to their abuser. But if you have never been an abusive victim you don't fucking get to voice your opinion. You've never been in that person's shoes. You don't know shit about what it's like to be a rape victim, an abuse victim, or a domestic abuse victim. You can't say what you would have done because you've never been there. The heroine saying that she's stronger than Winnie and is sure she would stand up to her abuser is total crap. She's never been a victim. Never. Ever. Do this. No one has the right to do this. This is despicable, heinous, and disgusting. From the moment she asserted that she's better than her friend because she wasn't as weak made me hate her from then on. I can never ever get past this.Sure, her friend could have handled it better. Or I’d like to think in this modern day any woman would. But women were treated differently back then. This notion that Regency was a progressive time for women is not necessarily true. In some regards that may be true, but when it comes to marriage during that time women were seen as property. Men could abuse their wives and that is the case here. But women during this time were raised and taught to obey and serve their husbands in all ways. Her friend was historically accurate for the time. While there were a lot of really cool proto-feminist women during this time, that does not include all women. But to say that you would do differently when you’ve never been in an abusive relationship like that is idiotic.Oliver Twist the Aristocrat:I really hate it when romances have to make the hero into this perfect ideal of a man. There are certain things I like. For example, making sure there's no way they are in any way cheating. But, why can't he be evil? What's wrong with that? It would have been so much more interesting had he not been a stand up citizen instead of a cheesy sap.The novel drew on the cliché that the hero was without morals in the beginning. Then by the end those very things that made him immoral weren’t acutally true. You have this guy. He’s a murderer (not a spoiler). He stole a title that didn’t belong to him (again not a spoiler) . He’s without any morals. Right. Then the author uses her godlike powers and BAM! Heroine arrives at doorstep. The fall in love. You know the deal. Turns out he didn’t kill that guy willy nilly. He deserved it for being a sadistic fuck. Oh and then SHAZAM! He has memories that prove he’s the rightful heir. NO. I hate this trope. I hate it when the author has to make the hero into a guy who is no short of perfect when it regards his past. They have to remake him into something honorable. Why can’t he have bad shit in his past. Why does it have to be reworked or explained so you make him into this honorable hero? Can’t he have a shitty past and have the heroine forgive him of that past?Just Forget it.SMEX:So…..this being a romance I guess I’m not spoiling it by saying they have sex? SHMEX. I skimmed it.She peaked. He thrusts. She rocked. He climaxed. She escalated. Snerk.My problem with this is that when they have sex, there’s a little bit of a chance that they cheated. Frannie is the woman he wants to marry, but she doesn’t want to marry him. Frannie worries about the aristocratic society and being accepted into since she’s not one of them. He convinces her to learn about how to be one of them. Okay. That’s the setup to what I’m about to tell you. Frannie clearly doesn’t want to marry him and hasn’t said yes. But she hasn’t said no either. She’s still deciding whether she wants to marry him. Catherine and Luke have sex even despite the fact that Luke intends to marry Frannie. Many. Many. Times. And the cherry: Frannie decides she doesn’t want to marry him by telling him that he loves another. She decides for him. And then three paragraphs later, he decides to marry Catherine because hey he’s no longer gonna marry Frannie. SECOND BEST IT IS.And that was so not a spoiler. It's a romance novel people! We already know they are going to end up with each other and that there's going to be sex. Get off my back.The hero is the protag: WHEEEE!My last problem is that this seemed like it was Luke’s romance instead of Luke and Catherine’s story. It was like he was the protagonist and Catherine was just the love interest. She was like a side character.This just didn't work out.TRIGGER WARNING:(view spoiler)[For those who are victims of rape or abuse please note that this could be a huge trigger for you. There are scenes where Catherine finds Winnie in need of medical help because of the abuse of her husband. You never see him beating her, but just the descriptions of what the doctor tells Catherine could be a trigger. 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  • Lover of Romance
    2019-05-17 14:56

    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 between the two. Lucian is curious by this woman's proposition which has nothing to do with satin sheets and heated nights of passion, but to kill someone, whom he has no idea who this man is or what he has done to deserve such a thing. However he makes a deal with her, one that she won't be able to refuse. Lucian desires the one woman he has loved all of his life to be his wife, but he needs someone to teach her to be a Earls wife and to be accepted into society, and Catherine is the perfect tutor for the job. But as things progress, dark secrets will come to life as well as a deep desire that both these two will discover, one where will help them down the precarious road of love and need.I have just loved this series, its a favorite of mine by Lorraine Heath. In Bed With The Devil is the first installment of the Scoundrels Of St James series. We have Lucian who was found at a young boy by a man called Feagen and showed him the ropes of the streets which included pick pocketing and stealing. However his grandfather found him and he learned how to become the Earl which is his heritage as well. However he has never had much interest in Society then he meets the beautiful creature Catherine who comes to him with a dangerous proposition. But what he learns is that he is falling in love with a woman he has only known a short time, alot more than the one woman he has vowed to marry. This love story is definitely filled with mystery and conflict and a heated passion that we see grows between these two characters. The interaction between these two are very amusing at time, but connect for the reader. In Bed with the Devil is a engaging read that will swirl you among a deep mystery of secrets, witty interaction, and a love story that will tie up knots in you and leaving you purely satisfied. Lorraine Heath surely delivers!!!

  • Helena _Triz
    2019-05-25 08:51

    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

  • Umaiya ⚡A Far Off Memory⚡
    2019-06-10 15:32

    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.

  • Jo ★The Book Sloth★
    2019-06-04 12:47

    4 Scandalising StarsBR 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".

  • Nani
    2019-06-12 12:41

    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 lectoras, un Londres de los bajos fondos. He descubierto que, cada vez me gusta más ese toque de realismo en las novelas históricas, tanto baile, paseo por Hyde Park, etc..., creo que me ha superado por un rato. Ya se me pasará, y volveré a disfrutarlo tanto como antes (lo disfruto ehh, solo que ahora disfruto más de esos toques realistas).Lucian (Luke) es adorable, pretende engañar a todo el mundo, dando esa imagen de diablo, creído, que le da igual todo excepto el mismo. Pero hijo, que mal se te da engañar a la gente, o al menos a los que te quieren y a Catherine, que te ha calado casi desde el principio. Catherine Mabry me ha encantado, sorprendido su valentía. En ningún momento se ha engañado así misma, sabiendo que Lucian (Luke) no era para ella. Sabía que estaba enamorado de otra mujer ( mira que he sufrido con este temita, que de ostias les daba, sobre todo a Luke) y por eso, no se podía hacer ilusiones. Ha intentado disfrutar el tiempo que tendría que pasar con él y ya. Puede parecer una mujer "moderna", y es posible que sea así, pero para mí me ha parecido otra mujer más de su época, que hacía frente a un padre enfermo, a un hermano que hacia mutis, a una sociedad tremendamente injusta, y se enfrentaba a ello con inteligencia, valentía, paciencia y muchísimo amor.He disfrutado de ese amor cocido a fuego lento, sin prisa pero sin pausa. Como han ido descubriendo poco a poco, algo más uno del otro. Me ha gustado como nos ha ido presentando a todos los protagonistas de los libros siguientes. Cómo te ha ido abriendo boca, para que tengas ganas de seguir leyendo los siguientes libros (cosa que me pasa a mí, claro). Y también me ha gustado como deja caer cosillas, por ahí, como que no quiere la cosa, para que tu ( osea yo) incrédula, caigas como mosca en la miel).Ahí voy ahora, a seguir leyendo otro más. Estoy buscando a Jack, ;).P.D. Mi cruzada contra las traducciones absurdas de los títulos. ¡Bravo! No han puesto algo tipo "amar profundamente en el sosticio de verano" por ejemplo. Y la portada fetén ;).

  • Gema
    2019-05-16 12:32

    Simplemente maravilloso, de los mejores protagonistas que me he encontrado con secundarios de lujo de los que espero leer más maravillas proximamente. Catherine y Luke tendrán un huequito en el top shelf de mi corazón.

  • VeroRinconin
    2019-06-02 10:34

    ♥.♥ Me gustó mucho.Me encantó. Me CHACHI-ENCANTÓ!!!!! Pongame uno de cada oiga!!!! Una historia de enaguas que parece una más pero que en el fondo es diferente, quizás sea la autora que supo darle el toque adecuado para que no se pierda entre tanta novela de este género.

  • Kimberly Carrington-Fox
    2019-06-15 11:29

    😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍Y esto es lo que de momento os puedo contar

  • Bubu
    2019-06-05 15:47

    2.5 starsLet'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)[What are the chances that the man who kills the hero's parents also happens to be the same eeevvvviiiiiiil person who - years later - is the reason for the hero and his friends to be rescued from the rookeries. (hide spoiler)] And this is the super-short-short-short-short version of it.

  • Brittany B.
    2019-05-28 13:59

    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 a wonderfully giddy "book high. " (Does anyone else experience that feeling? It is like a drug, and probably the reason Im so addicted to reading. :))Recommended for fans of Lisa Kleypas and Julia Quinn. Oh I adored the chemistry that exists between the characters. Heath does an amazing job building anticipation, for even the slightest touch. And there is definitely some steam to the couples first encounter in the bedroom, though it's not vulgar at all. Just perfect!!! Incidentally, It is a super fun listen, for audiobook fans. (Susan Erickson is perfect).Alkyoni , thank you for the rec! I really enjoyed this one!!

  • ᴥ Irena ᴥ
    2019-06-16 08:42

    3.5I 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 could make me enjoy that particular trope. In Bed with the Devil has a triangle of sorts. I'm not calling it a love triangle since it isn't really one. That could be the main reason why I could get over it easily. None of the characters involved in it is bad so you can't hate anyone (except the truly despicable ones, of course), although I didn't quite understand Frannie's reasoning. I'm guessing her story will tell me more.

  • Ursula
    2019-06-04 11:53

    I have been re-reading some Lorraine Heath books and this was one I really enjoyed.The heroine, Catherine, is beautiful, intelligent and strong. The hero, Luke, is tortured but basically a decent man. And gorgeous, of course. There is a good backstory, a nasty, wife-beating villain (actually two, but the first is already dead when we meet Luke for the first time) and an interesting range of characters. The miserable life of children born into the rookeries of London is given a Dickensian treatment and it is a nice change to see some of this instead of just the aristocratic high life of the ruling classes.This is a good series, and I probably like this, the first book, the best, mainly because the characterisation is so strong. It was especially lovely to see Luke and Catherine prepared to sacrifice their love for the benefit of other people, and they did this with such dignity and decency, it was very moving. Catherine's devotion to her father and Luke's loyalty to Frannie, a girl with whom he spent his childhood, showed what fundamentally good people they were, and Luke's rakish and bitter façade hid a very vulnerable and sensitive man.And it was a pleasure to read an HR where the protagonists actually behaved in a mature way, especially the hero!There was lots of passion, loyalty, commitment and courage. Well worth reading :)

  • Chandra
    2019-05-22 09:40

    Story Rating 3.5 StarsCharacter Rating 3.5 Stars Romance Rating 3 StarsHeat Level 2 StarsOverall Rating 3 StarsI 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 to marry her, make her happy, etc etc...but it was clearly more of a brother/sister love than it was husband/wife love. But, he didn't realize it until towards the end of the book, and I never felt that he [Luke] let Catherine know he loved her more and in a different way. Sure, he told her once, but I'm fairly certain Catherine would always feel second-place to the other chick. I know I thought she was...And I didn't like it. Lust with Luke and Catherine, yes. Soul-mate love, no.Boo.Oh! and what happened in the conversation Jack had with Fran-cakes? (view spoiler)[When he asked if she would tell Luke the real reason she wouldn't marry him. What was the reason?(hide spoiler)]What happened there?! So annoying...What I did like...Catherine looking out for her friend Winnie. She put herself in the arrangement with Luke, knowing she might ruin herself and her reputation, all to help her friend. Not only that, but in doing so, she was able to save her friend and help Luke out as well. She was just top-notch. I liked her character. Oh, and I loved Jack...reading his book now. He was a great character! Catherine and Jack should have gotten together. Me-Ow.Anyway...here's my casting for Luke...["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Jane Stewart
    2019-05-28 15:32

    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 his emotions that way, but it was believable confusion. It takes a long time for Catherine and Lucian to get together, but I was ok with that. Although I frequently wanted to shake Lucian to make him hurry up and realize whom he loved.Catherine is a strong, smart, loyal, good heroine. I was pleased the author did not resort to contrived conflict devices other than the following. To enjoy this you need to suspend disbelief. In the beginning Catherine approaches Lucian asking him to kill someone for her. You need to be able to just go with it without thinking of consequences and related issues.There are a few sex scenes that are short with not much detail. They were good for the story, but this is not for readers who want more passion and sex.AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR:Both narrators were good. Susan Ericksen did most of the book. Antony Ferguson did a few short parts - reading from Lucian’s journal.DATA:Narrative mode: 3rd person. Unabridged audiobook length: 10 hrs and 2 mins. Swearing language: mild. Sexual language: none to mild. Number of sex scenes: 5. Setting: 1851 England. Book copyright: 2008. Genre: historical romance.