Heath, Lorraine. Between the Devil and Desire. (New York: Avon, 2009). ISBN – 9780061355646.
Main Characters: Jack Dodger and Olivia, Duchess of Lovingdon
Related Works: This is part of Lorraine Heath’s Scoundrels of St. James series. Books in the series include the following:
- In Bed with the Devil– story of Lucian Langdon and Catherine Mabry
- Between the Devil and Desire– story of Jack Dodger and Olivia, Duchess of Lovingdon
Description from book:
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 carnal intrigue.
London’s most virtuous lady – honorable, uncorrupted, and all too human
Olivia, Duchess of Lovingdon, would never associate with such a rogue. So when Jack is named sole heir to the duke’s personal possessions, the beautiful, well-bred lady is outraged. Now, Olivia is forced to share her beloved home with this despicable man.
Caught between the devil and desire
But Olivia’s icy disdain is no match for Jack’s dangerous charm. His touch awakens desire. His kiss demands surrender. She will struggle to bar Jack from her heart . . . but her body, coveting divine release, will not let her bar him from her bed.
Jack Dodger is one of Feagan’s band of thieves that we were introduced to in Lorraine Heath’s book, In Bed with the Devil. Due to an anonymous benefactor, and the help fo Lucian Langdon, the Earl of Claybourne, Jack became a successful businessman. Regardless of how well he has done in his life, Jack is still rather shocked when he learns that the late Duke of Lovingdon made Jack a beneficiary. Jack has been left all of the Duke’s unentailed possessions and guardianship of the duke’s young son. The duke’s widow, Olivia, is also shocked by the turn of events. While Jack is consumed with the need to find out why the late Duke included him in the will, he is unwilling to shirk his new responsibilities. He immediately moves into his new London home with Olivia and the young duke. The sparks fly between Jack and Olivia – who have very different perspectives on life. Yet, Jack is good for both Olivia and her son, Henry. I love the scene where Jack takes Henry to get a puppy. It was very cute.
I definitely enjoyed this book. It was a fun read. I will say that they mystery surrounding Jack and the late Duke of Lovingdon was not very difficult to figure out. I figured it out at the beginning. Fortunately, knowing this did not take away from the rest of the story. I will say that I am hoping that Frannie’s story will be next. I have been intrigued by her since we met her – and can’t wait to read her story.
Read first January 2009