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Between the Devil and Desire
The Scoundrels of St. James

by Lorraine Heath

      Olivia Standord, Dutchess of Covington, meets Jack Dodger at the reading of her deceased husband's will—one that places Dodger in charge of all her husband's worldly goods, provided Jack assumes guardianship of Olivia's son, Henry, and serves as his protector until the boy reaches majority, or until Olivia remarries and her new husband accepts that guardianship. Olivia is reasonably upset, for she had expected Henry, now 5, to inherit the estate, and not a man society considers a criminal.

Jack "the Artful" Dodger doesn't need the money and has no idea why Olivia's husband named him as the guardian. He feels something is amiss and intends to discover the truth. When he meets the young son, Henry, he realizes the boy is fearful. When young, Jack was hardened by life on the streets and decides to help Henry become more self-assured.

Olivia was forced into a loveless marriage—the sole purpose of which was for her to bear an heir. Once accomplished, her husband avoided any intimacy. Since then, Olivia finds love through her son—until the devil, Jack, arrives in her life. Now she's forced to share her home with a handsome scoundrel. When Olivia sees the tenderness Jack shows her son, her estimation of Jack rises.

Jack soon discovers that Olivia is intriguing, attractive, highly desirable, and a danger he plans to avoid. Yet they do have one goal in common: to discover why Olivia's husband choose Jack as Henry's guardian.

Between the Devil and Desire is an intriguing, fascinating romance, and almost a continuation of Dickens' Oliver Twist. This storyline adds a delightful dimension to Jack's characterization. Olivia is Jack's opposite in temperament and social standing, yet as they fight over the care of her son, the chemistry between them flares, along with the passion. Between the Devil and Desire has just the right touch of romance, suspense and mystery to keep you reading to the very end—then longing for more.

The Book

December 30, 2008
006135564X / 978-0061355646
Historical Romance / 1851 London, England
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NOTE: Lorraine Heath has won RWA's RITA®, a HOLT medallion, and a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award. This book, the second in the Scoundrels of St. James series, is a Romantic Times Top Pick with 4.5 stars.

The Reviewer

Linda Morelli
Reviewed 2009
NOTE: Reviewer Linda Morelli is the award-winning author of Lani's Challenge, Shadow of Doubt and Fiery Surrender.
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