Posted by: Jennifer | July 10, 2009

Surrender to the Devil – Lorraine Heath

Heath, Lorraine. Surrender to the Devil. (New York: Avon, 2009). ISBN – 9780061733994.

Main Characters: Frannie Darling and Sterling Mabry, the Duke of Greystone

Related Works: This book 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 Lady Catherine Mabry and Lucian Langdon, Earl of Claybourne
  • Between the Devil and Desire – story of Jack Dodger and Olivia, Duchess of Lovingdon
  • Surrender to the Devil – story of Frannie Darline and Sterling Mabry, the Duke of Greystone
  • Midnight Pleasures with a Scoundrel – story of Eleanor Watkins and Inspector James Swindler

Description from Book:

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.

My Thoughts:

I thought this was a very fitting story for Frannie – who has been a prominent character in this series by Lorraine Heath. She was the glue who held all of Feagan’s lads together – especially Luke, Jack and James. And although she has been in the previous two works, I thought she was a rather distant character. We didn’t really get to see her perspective. We only knew her from the perspectives of Luke and Jack. It was quite nice to get to know Frannie.

Sterling was also an interesting character – one that, I think, complemented Frannie nicely. They both needed each other in order for them to feel as if they belonged to something to someone. Each kept themselves a bit apart from those around them and longed to be able to truly be themselves.

I am quite looking forward to James’ story – and to meeting the woman who will replace Frannie in his affections.

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