Title: Scandalous Desires (bk 3, The Maiden Lane Series)
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Elizabeth Hoyt
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing, Oct 2011
Sexy Rating: 5+
Description from amazon.com:
Can a pirate learn that the only true treasure lies in a woman’s heart?
Widowed Silence Hollingbrook is impoverished, lovely, and kind–and nine months ago she made a horrible mistake. She went to a river pirate for help in saving her husband and in the process made a bargain that cost her her marriage. That night wounded her so terribly that she hides in the foundling home she helps run with her brother. Except now that same river pirate is back…and he’s asking for her help.
“Charming” Mickey O’Connor is the most ruthless river pirate in London. Devastatingly handsome and fearsomely intelligent, he clawed his way up through London’s criminal underworld. Mickey has no use for tender emotions like compassion and love, and he sees people as pawns to be manipulated. And yet he’s never been able to forget the naive captain’s wife who came to him for help and spent one memorable night in his bed…talking.
When his bastard baby girl was dumped in his lap–her mother having died–Mickey couldn’t resist the Machiavellian urge to leave the baby on Silence’s doorstep. The baby would be hidden from his enemies and he’d also bind Silence to him by her love for his daughter.
Just when you think this series can’t get any better it does. This is not the usual “debutante ball and marriage mart” style of Historical Romance. Hoyt deals with the lower classes of the eighteenth century in the seedier sections of London known as St. Giles and Whitehall. Of course, we do have a smattering of aristocrats and some gentry. The love story is mesmerizing, sensual and very sexy. The action and suspense is gripping and emotional. Hoyt skillfully tweaks our interest in the stories of many of the side characters; the next book is to explore the relationship of Winter and Isabel.
This series has flowed flawlessly from the first book. We know the protagonists well before they get their own story which makes for a very satisfying read. For this reason I suggest you start with the first book in the series WICKED INTENTIONS. I look forward to the remainder of this series.
(My reviews of other books in this series can be found by entering the author’s name in the search-box in the left column on this page.)