Surrender to the Devil

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Surrender to the Devil

Sterling Mabry, the Duke of Greystone, wants nothing more than to have one last enjoyable fling before settling down to a life of duty with a proper wife. Frannie Darling, former child thief and pickpocket, has made a life for herself as bookkeeper for a gaming hall. She knows that to the Duke, she is a suitable mistress, but never a wife in Society's eyes. Frannie has survived to much to be willing to submit to a man's lust, but is shocked by her own feelings for the dashing Duke. As Sterling pursues Frannie; he comes to realize that worth is not measured by lineage or standing in Society, but in one's true self. When Frannie is threatened from a figure from the past, will she be willing to turn to Sterling for help? Can Sterling set aside the guidelines and rules of Society to love Frannie?

Feagan and his child thieves have been the focus of books by Lorraine Heath. This latest entry to the series is just as hot-blooded and fast moving as the others. While easily read as a stand-alone, it will have the reader eagerly grabbing up the previous books to enjoy as well. While the main characters are well developed and intriguing, the secondary characters are just as interesting and enjoyable, contributing to a true gem of a Regency romance. Lorraine Heath manages to combine torrid scenes with humorous interludes, weaved with sweet secondary storylines, all for a book that leaves you sad to reach the last page. This series will be a welcome addition to any romance lover's bookcase.

Book Blurb for Surrender to the Devil

Frannie Darling was once a child of London's roughest streets, surrounded by petty thieves, pickpockets, and worse. But though she survived this harsh upbringing to become a woman of incomparable beauty, Frannie wants nothing to do with the men who lust for her, the rogues who frequent the gaming hall where she works. She can take care of herself and feels perfectly safe on her own--safe that is until he strides into her world, and once again it becomes a very dangerous place indeed.
To bed her but not to wed her. That's what Sterling Mabry, the 8th Duke of Greystone, wants. But Frannie abhors arrogant aristocrats interested only in their own pleasure. As the devilish duke sets out to seduce her, he is pulled into the dangerous world that calls to Frannie. But he harbors a secret that could put her very life at risk. And as the lovely lady steals his heart as easily as she might pick a pocket, he realizes that the only way to keep her safe is to set her free.

But at what cost to them both?

Night Owl Reviews Aug, 2009 4.50