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IN BED WITH THE DEVIL
LORRAINE HEATH
ISBN#: 978-0-06-135557-8
June 2008
Avon
10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022
Mass Market Paperback
$6.99
384 Pages
Historical Romance
Rating: 4 Cups

Lady Catherine Mabry is unmarried for a reason. She is too opinionated and strong-willed for the gentlemen of the Ton. She has had to be strong since her father’s stroke, and she has not heard from her brother in a year. Someone also has to be strong for her friend Winnie, whose abusive husband may kill her one day.

Lucian Langdon, Earl of Claybourne, was literally plucked from the gallows by the man who thought that Luke was his long lost grandson. He has doubts about that, but not about his love for his long time friend Frannie, whom he hopes to marry.

Things have become desperate for Catherine’s friend Winnie and she is determined to do something about it. The Earl of Claybourne has already committed one murder according to gossip; hopefully she will be able to convince him to another. The Devil Earl has a bargain for her in return, but does she wish to sell her soul to the devil?

This story has it all; strong characters, a great plot, an intriguing mystery, and a passionate love story. Luke is a tragic hero who does not believe that he deserves any of the benefits he has received. Catherine is a strong woman with almost too much responsibility that she bears without complaint. The other characters, particularly Feagan’s protégées, are very vivid characters straight out of Oliver Twist. In fact, Luke’s life appears to parallel Oliver’s very closely, and the others are what Fagin’s children would be like if given another chance by a wealthy patron. I liked that Catherine was reading the story to her invalid father for much of the story. Her and Luke’s love story is a very passionate one with great love scenes. This story is a page-turner from the first page until the last.

Maura
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