Title: Between The Devil and Desire
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Lorraine Heath
Publisher: Harper Collins e-books, 2009
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from amazon.com:
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.
Lorraine Heath can write a historical romance, no contest. This was well written, characters were well developed and the sexual tension was heating up my Kindle. Our hero Jack (another owner of a gambling hall- I seem to be on a gambling hall hero kick this week) was a hero with a tortured past, he overcame obstacles to become wealthy but he still had a reputation as a debauched upstart. He was ripe for redemption and our heroine Olivia was the initially very reluctant woman to redeem him. Or perhaps I should say that she was the impetus for Jack to redeem himself. Although the secrets that abound in this book are easy to figure out, it is still fun to read along and see if our guesses will match up with the author’s. This was a predictable read but still very enjoyable.