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Surrender to the Devil
     

Surrender to the Devil

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by Lorraine Heath
 

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A Devilish Duke on a Quest for Pleasure . . .

Frannie Darling was once a child of London's roughest streets, surrounded by petty thieves, pickpockets, and worse. But though she survived this harsh upbringing to become a woman of incomparable beauty, Frannie wants nothing to do with the men who lust for her, the rogues who frequent

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A Devilish Duke on a Quest for Pleasure . . .

Frannie Darling was once a child of London's roughest streets, surrounded by petty thieves, pickpockets, and worse. But though she survived this harsh upbringing to become a woman of incomparable beauty, Frannie wants nothing to do with the men who lust for her, the rogues who frequent the gaming hall where she works. She can take care of herself and feels perfectly safe on her own—safe, that is, until he strides into her world, and once again it becomes a very dangerous place indeed.

To bed her but not wed her. That's what Sterling Mabry, the eighth Duke of Greystone, wants. But Frannie abhors arrogant aristocrats interested only in their own pleasure. So why then does the thought of an illicit tryst with the devilish duke leave her trembling with desire? Her willing body begs for release . . . and a wicked, wonderful surrender.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061733994
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/30/2009
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
242,423
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Lorraine Heath always dreamed of being a writer. After graduating from the University of Texas, she wrote training manuals, press releases, articles, and computer code, but something was always missing. When she read a romance novel, she not only became hooked on the genre, but quickly realized what her writing lacked: rebels, scoundrels, and rogues. She's been writing about them ever since. Her work has been recognized with numerous industry awards, including RWA's prestigious RITA®. Her novels have appeared on the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists.

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Surrender to the Devil 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 63 reviews.
njoireading More than 1 year ago
This is a continuation of the story of Feagan's kids; Luke and Jack have already found their loves, and now it is Frannie's turn. Sterling, a Duke and Catherine's (Luke) brother meets Frannie and desires her immediately. Frannie is tempted by his offer, but ultimately decides that she wants more than just being his lover. Circumstances continue to have them thrown together, and utimately they end up spending one precious night together. Sterling has his reasons for not wanting to get too close, and Frannie is afraid to spend any more time with him as she does not want to form any attachments. The story is well-written, engaging and I read it almost through in one sitting, well one sitting, one session on the treadmill, and then another quick sitting!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once again Heath does not disappoint. I wish more authors would focus on the characters as well as Lorraine Heath does. To many authors fill pages with silly or unbelievable plot twists when they should be evolving the relationship. Heath does a great job staying with her characters and developing the story through them. A very satisfying read.
Whit25 More than 1 year ago
Out of the nine books of Ms. Heath's I've read so far, this is my favorite! Awesome plot, hot romance and twists and turns!
harstan More than 1 year ago
She and her two friends Earl Lucien "Luke" Langdon (see IN BED WITH THE DEVIL) and club owner Jack Dodger (see BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND DESIRE) escaped London's mean streets and Feagan's den of child thieves and urchin con artists. Whereas the guys have become accustomed to Polite Society, Frannie Darling (as she calls herself because of her earliest memory of Feagan calling her that) hates the Ton; she prefers the slums of the rookeries rescuing orphans. She earns a living as Jack's bookkeeper. Earl Sterling Mabry meets and falls in love with Frannie. She is attracted to him too, but prefers to pick his pocket instead. Haughty especially when he wants something and he WANTS her, he pursues her with due diligence, but has no idea she reciprocates though she loathes the idea of loving an arrogant aristocrat. As they fall in love, they get in trouble with vile criminal elements that leave them fighting to survive, but Frannie assumes she caused the assaults somehow when Sterling conceals from his beloved he is the prime source of their danger. The latest Oliver Twist twist is a fantastic entry in a clever well written saga that stars the latest adult version of one of Feagan's child thieves and the Earl who loves his Frannie Darling. The cast once again makes this fast paced tale super fun to read as Loraine Heath provides another excellent Victorian romantic suspense that hooks audience from the moment Frannie out-arrogance the super conceited Earl. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous 3 months ago
Loved this book from beginning to end
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dont miss this excellant story
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SummerSnowFalls More than 1 year ago
Frannie Darling grew up on the rough streets on London, looked after by her "kidsman" Faegan and surrounded by her "family" of brothers - Luke, Jim, and Bill. From this family of thieves, she grows into a beautiful, independent woman managing the books at Dodger's gaming hall and using her earnings to open an orphanage for boys. She has no interest in men or lust of any fashion until she encounters Sterling Mabry, Duke of Greystone, at Luke's wedding to Sterling's sister, Catherine. Sterling is also instantly attracted to Frannie and immediately begins his pursuit of her affections. Battling a degenerative disease, Sterling must find a suitable wife and begin producing heirs as quickly as possible, but since Frannie is not part of the aristocracy, she is ineligible to be his wife. But that does not stop Sterling from wanting her. As Frannie begins to introduce Sterling to the inner-workings of the childrens' rookeries through her work at the orphanage, both must re-evaluate not only their preconceived notions of what it means to be an aristocrat but also what it means to fall in love. Frannie Darling is kind and compassionate, but her upbringing on the streets has provided a healthy does of realism when it comes to interacting with the aristocracy. This character trait serves her well at her job as book keeper at Dodger's gaming hall. Unfortunately, this realism does not appear to extend to her dealings with the rookeries she visits looking for boys to rescue with a place at her orphanage. In that respect, she is almost blind with the naive belief that she will be safe wandering the rough London streets alone. That aspect of Frannie's personality was not terribly believable - this is a woman who grew up in a rookery, understands exactly how dangerous it is there for a female, and knows that the biggest, cruelest kidsman is out there and wants her dead. And yet night after night, Frannie traverses the seedy London underbelly all alone with naught but a small knife to protect her. Noble intention, but inconsistent with Frannie's otherwise pragmatic personality. Sterling Mabry is a man on a mission to experience all the wonders of the world and file those memories away for the time when he will be unable to function without another's help. When he sees Frannie at his sister's wedding, he is both intrigued and smitten. But it took a long time to warm up to his character - probably half the book. And even then, I wasn't entirely convinced he deserved someone as kind-hearted as Frannie. Though smitten with her, Sterling has no intention of marrying Frannie. He wants to sleep with her, yes - propositions that she become his mistress - but always concedes that he must marry someone from the nobility. Throughout most of the book, this class-centered arrogance informs much of his action and thought. Thankfully, his character develops into someone who recognizes the advantages provided by his station, the injustices levied upon the poor, and how he might use his station to improve the lives of those far less fortunate than himself. The love between Frannie and Sterling leaps off the page in a such a way that really pulls at the reader's heart strings. The emotion between these two is beautiful and tender and frustrating all at the same time, which seems to be a special talent of Ms. Heath. (Brava!) Unfortunately, I did remove half a star for the following trigger warning and spoiler: Frannie was sold to a brothel at 12 and raped before being rescued. I've said before and I will say it again: I hate the rape trope in romance novels, especially when the reader is not warned that it is incorporated into the story. There are passages that would certainly trigger someone who has survived such an ordeal and I certainly did not appreciate seeing those passages in this novel. I don't like posting spoilers in my reviews, but since there are passages in this book that can trigger certain readers, I will always warn of that awful plot device. That aside, Surrender to the Devil was an enjoyable read. Entertaining, a good group of charming secondary characters, and addresses the darker, seedier sides of Victorian life in London with sensitivity. Originally posted at Plot Twist Reviews [dot] com
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very enjoyable and entertaining.
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AMAZING
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From the moment they laid eyes on each other----across a crowded room --They are practically drooling over each other. She can't stop thinking about him. Even though she doesn't like the aristocracy. Even though she's is 30 and has never had even the slightest interest in a man. Even though he insults her the first time they have a conversation. He of course can't stop thinking about her. Even though she is a former thief. Even though he thinks she is highly unsuitable for him---he is a duke after all. Even though she works as a bookkeeper in a gaming hall/brothel. It wasn't a bad story but definetley not one of LH best. It all turns out well of course but the instant falling for each other was over the top. They weren't a couple of sixteen year olds. Surely they had seen attractive people before. Read like the emotions of a couple of junior high school students.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LH writes solid G rated historicals. I do not expect chapter long love scenes like S Laurens, but when you go from a kiss to morning after...that is just lazy.
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LadyScarlet More than 1 year ago
Loved every moment reading this one. Unlike other series where previous characters just show up for a scene or two happily married with a baby, this one has previous characters very involved in the plot. While technically you could read it as a stand alone you would be missing out on a great series full of amazing characters. The romance between the Hero and Heroine was wonderful. Full of great scenes, action, and drama. Highly recommend you read the whole series. It won't disappoint.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the 3rd in this series I've read and while my reading time is limited, I can't wait to pick up and see what happens next. Once you understand the characters and their past and how those histories intermingle into their daily lives and decisions, you feel as if you know a little secret as you read through.
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