Review- Thief of Shadows (#4, Maiden Lane Series) by Elizabeth Hoyt

Title:  Thief of Shadows (Book #4 Maiden Lane Series)

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Elizabeth Hoyt

Publisher: Grand Central, 2012

Source: Purchase

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from


Winter Makepeace lives a double life. By day he’s the stoic headmaster of a home for foundling children. But the night brings out a darker side of Winter. As the moon rises, so does the Ghost of St. Giles-protector, judge, fugitive. When the Ghost, beaten and wounded, is rescued by a beautiful aristocrat, Winter has no idea that his two worlds are about to collide.


Lady Isabel Beckinhall enjoys nothing more than a challenge. Yet when she’s asked to tutor the Home’s dour manager in the ways of society-flirtation, double-entendres, and scandalous liaisons-Isabel can’t help wondering why his eyes seem so familiar-and his lips so tempting.


During the day Isabel and Winter engage in a battle of wills. At night their passions are revealed . . . But when little girls start disappearing from St. Giles, Winter must avenge them. For that he might have to sacrifice everything-the Home, Isabel . . . and his life.


Not only is Winter leading a double life in this installment of the Maiden Lane Series but I am led to think he has a serious split-personality disorder.  He seems to divide his personality into the bookish, mild mannered Winter Makepeace and the roguish Ghost of St. Giles.  Perhaps I’ve got it wrong and he is more a Georgian Era Batman. Any way you look at it he makes for a good read.

Others have liked that Winter was virginal and Lady Isabel was the experienced lover.  I wasn’t as fond of this aspect.  Just personal preference I think.  Lady Isabel was the aggressor and seducer but Winter was long overdue for sexual ruination historical style.

I enjoyed this installment of the series as well as those that came before.  Elizabeth Hoyt has given us a superbly constructed series that creates  a feeling of historical accuracy as well sizzling romance in each book.

I  recommend this book and each in the Maiden Lane Series. (Reviews on this blog, insert “Elizabeth Hoyt” in the “Search” box in the left hand column.)

Maiden Lane Series:

#1 Wicked Intentions

#2 Notorious Pleasures

#3 Scandalous Desires

#4 Thief of Shadows

#5 Lord of Darkness (coming Feb. 2013)



Filed under Book review, Books, Historical Romance, Romance

9 responses to “Review- Thief of Shadows (#4, Maiden Lane Series) by Elizabeth Hoyt

  1. I love this series as well, Dot! Personally the virgin hero/older experienced heroine worked for me. It created some amazing sexual tension and hot love scenes.


  2. Sounds like a good series to read!


  3. mo

    I enjoyed this one but I also had mixed feelings about it. Winter literally had to be forced to enter into a sexual relationship with Isabel. She took advantage of him! I can not wait to read Artemis’ story, she is a fantastic character.


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