BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND DESIRE
The Scoundrels of St. James return as devilish Jack Dodger (aka Artful) takes center stage. Heath's unique portrayal of Dickens' classic characters is on target. The setting, dialogue and historical details create the ideal backdrop for the sexual tension and emotional intensity
of this unforgettable story.
Rising from the streets of London to become the owner of an exclusive gentleman's club, Jack's thirst for money and building his reputation as a rake are powerful motivators. Then he inherits the guardianship of the Duke of Lovingdon's 4-year-old heir.
Olivia, the Duchess of Lovingdon, is none to pleased to be thrown together with Jack. The only way out is if she marries. But things are not as easy as that, since the sexual tension between them is palpable. Jack turns on his legendary charm, and as Olivia begins to yearn for his gentle caresses, he starts to feel more than passion for her. Falling in love is wonderful, but once the truth of Jack's parentage is revealed they face danger, censure and the possibility of shattered dreams. (Avon, Jan., 380 pp., $6.99)