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    Book Review: In Bed with the Devil by Lorraine Heath
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  • Published: Jun 27th, 2008

 

heath_devilreview.jpgReviewed by Andrea Williamson

4.75 stars

When I pick up a Lorraine Heath book, I know I’m in for a well written, emotionally satisfying story. In Bed With the Devil is exactly this . . . in spades! This is book one in Ms. Heath’s new Scoundrels of St. James series.

He is called the Devil Earl. Lucian Langdon, Earl of Claybourne, grew up differently than other members of the aristocracy–he was raised on the rough London streets. At the age of six, he was taken in by and became one of ‘Feagan’s lads’, a group of misfits trying to survive the best way they could. At fourteen, Luke was captured and accused of murder, but was spared the hangman’s noose by a gentleman who claimed that Luke was his long lost grandson and heir. Luke didn’t believe that he’s the rightful heir, but didn’t deny it and went along with the old gent. He isn’t comfortable with nor accepted into society and for those reasons he doesn’t attend social functions. That is until the night he attended a ball and saw Lady Catherine Mabry. While there, he couldn’t take his eyes off of her and was impressed that she boldly returned his gaze. Catherine was shocked, but intrigued . . . and is still intrigued five years later. It is Luke’s dangerous reputation combined with her need for help that prompts her to seek him out. She would do anything to protect those she loves–even make a deal with the devil.

I absolutely loved Luke. He is a tortured hero that I completely sympathized with. He has flaws, but it is those flaws and how he handles/reacts to them that makes him incredibly endearing. He struggles with inner demons because he believes he’s not the real earl, but says he is because he didn’t want to let down the man who saved his life–a man who truly believed Luke was the rightful earl and who took care of the rest of Feagan’s lads. Luke is fiercely loyal to his friends and vice versa. They depended upon each other for everything when they were children and are still there for each other as adults.

Catherine is a strong, willful heroine whom I admired very much. She is the sole caretaker of her ailing father, the Duke of Greystone, while her brother is off gallivanting around the continent. She is completely devoted to her friend, Winnie, Duchess of Avendale, who is abused by her husband. Her desire to help her friend and stop the abuse is what prompts her to visit Luke and beg for his help. She is fascinated by the wickedness associated with the Devil Earl, but after spending time with him soon discovers that he’s not what others perceive him to be. I like that Catherine challenges Luke at every turn and speaks her mind without being over the top.

In Bed With the Devil is a beautiful redemption story. It is darker and grittier than any of Ms. Heath’s previous books, but it needs to be to fit the feel of the story. I must say that I was captivated by the secondary characters–Winnie and the rest of Feagan’s lads–and wonder which of them will be featured in the next book in this series. This book is another keeper from Lorraine Heath that I highly recommend!

 

 

 

11 Responses to “Book Review: In Bed with the Devil by Lorraine Heath”

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  1. Gannon
    on Jun 27th, 2008
    @ 10:12 pm

    Excellent review, Andrea! I won this book over at the Romance Bandits blog, and it just came in the mail! Woohoo! Sounds like I should move it to the top of my TBR list.


  2. PJ
    on Jun 28th, 2008
    @ 5:02 am

    Great review, Andrea! In Bed with the Devil sounds like a terrific book. I’m looking forward to picking up a copy of my own!


  3. MaryKate
    on Jun 28th, 2008
    @ 5:42 am

    Terrific review, Andrea! Sounds like the book was a ton of fun!


  4. Marisa O'Neill
    on Jun 28th, 2008
    @ 5:55 am

    Hey Andrea, I love a good redemption story, it’s one of my favorite themes. I love to see how each character discovers their ability to grow and change and to reach for their goals and obtain their desires. Lorraine Heath is terrific at building characters and she’s been an auto buy for me for quite some time. Her Rogues in Texas Series is one of my all time favorites and has a permanent place on my keeper shelf. I love the way Lorraine develops her characters and I’m really looking forward to reading this one.


  5. Buffie
    on Jun 28th, 2008
    @ 5:56 am

    WOW!!! Aren’t I glad I have this in my TBR pile ๐Ÿ™‚ Great review Andrea!


  6. AndreaW
    on Jun 28th, 2008
    @ 6:50 am

    Thanks, ladies! It really is a fantastic book. I hope y’all enjoy it.

    I totally agree, Marisa. Lorraine Heath is a master at writing emotional stories filled with engaging characters. And that’s why so many of her books are keepers for me.


  7. Isabel
    on Jun 28th, 2008
    @ 11:42 am

    My kind of story! Tortured heroes, strong heroines, gritty and dark plot–the beginning of a series, I’m so in. ๐Ÿ™‚ Andrea, thank you for what I KNOW will be another perfect recommendation from you. Thanks to you I discovered LH–if it hadn’t been for you, I would’ve missed out on this super talented author.


  8. AndreaW
    on Jun 28th, 2008
    @ 5:23 pm

    Awww, you’re welcome, Isabel! I hope you enjoy this one!


  9. sandra aka vfun
    on Jun 30th, 2008
    @ 1:22 pm

    I love LH…. I was hoping on win her book on Elosia James Board…. but i lost so off the book store I go.


  10. AndreaW
    on Jun 30th, 2008
    @ 4:57 pm

    Enjoy it, Sandy!!


  11. Wilma Frana
    on Jul 1st, 2008
    @ 7:22 pm

    The book sounds really good, I’ll have to read it.

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