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Surrender to the Devil
Scoundrels of St. James Series, book 3

by Lorraine Heath

     

Sterling Mabry, the eighth Duke of Greystone, may not be an actual devil, but heís definitely hiding a deep, dark secret.† Frannie Darling, once a child of the streets and a member of Feaganís infamous pickpocket gang immortalized in Charles Dickensís novel Oliver Twist, now works as a bookkeeper at a well-known gaming hall.† When the secretive Duke meets the luxurious redheaded commoner, they realize that a legitimate relationship with each other is impossible.† She wants no part of the aristocracy, and Sterling knows he must marry a woman of his own social stature. Even so, they both toy with the idea of an illicit romance.

Frannie maintains her relationships with the former boys of Feaganís gang and travels in an entirely different world than Sterling.† Because of their financial disparity, she enlists Sterlingís help in making her dream come true: running an orphanage for homeless children who were abandoned by their families.

Although Frannie has issues with the aristocracy, Sterling has even more problems to handle.† He finds himself falling in love with a commoner, gets beat up by her friends in order to discourage their budding relationship, endures a guilt trip every time he and his sister are together, and finds himself the victim of thieves regularly breaking into his mansion.† In addition, heís still got that dangerous secret to conceal.† Itís not easy being the devilish Duke of Greystone.

Lorraine Heathís creative story embellishes some of the characters set forth in Dickensís classic novel.† In her third novel in this series, the passionate romance takes full advantage of the setting, time period, and customs of Londonís past.† Reading the other novels in the series isnít necessary to enjoy this one. This entertaining novel is filled with interesting characters, unexpected plotlines, truly romantic encounters, surprising action, and underlying danger.

The Book

Avon Book / HarperCollins
June 2009
Mass Market Paperback
978-0-06-173399-4
Romance - Historical (England, 1851)
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The Reviewer

Leslie Halpern
Reviewed 2009
NOTE: Reviewer Leslie Halpern is the author of Reel Romance: The Lovers' Guide to the 100 Best Date Movies, Dreams on Film, A Writer's Guide to Fearless Interviews, and the co-author of Connections: A Collection of Poems. Coming Soon: Passionate About Their Work: Celebrities, Artists, and Experts Discuss Creativity.
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