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Advance Review- Not The Duke’s Darling by Elizabeth Hoyt

Not The Duke's Darling

Title: Not The Duke’s Darling (Greycourt Series Book #1)

Genre: Historical Romance/Mystery

Author: Elizabeth Hoyt

Publisher: Forever, Dec. 18, 2018 (preorder available)

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Pages: 496

Rating: 3

Sexy Rating: 5

Violence Rating: 5
Description from Amazon.com:
Freya de Moray is many things: a member of the secret order of Wise Women, the daughter of disgraced nobility, and a chaperone living under an assumed name. What she is not is forgiving. So when the Duke of Harlowe, the man who destroyed her brother and led to the downfall of her family, appears at the country house party she’s attending, she does what any Wise Woman would do: she starts planning her revenge.

Christopher Renshaw, the Duke of Harlowe, is being blackmailed. Intent on keeping his secrets safe, he agrees to attend a house party where he will put an end to this coercion once and for all. Until he recognizes Freya, masquerading among the party revelers, and realizes his troubles have just begun. Freya knows all about his sins-sins he’d much rather forget. But she’s also fiery, bold, and sensuous-a temptation he can’t resist. When it becomes clear Freya is in grave danger, he’ll risk everything to keep her safe. But first, he will have to earn Freya’s trust…by whatever means necessary.

**
This book gave me head-scratching moments. I just found myself confused about Freya, Wise Women and the Duke’s blackmailer. Like many readers I don’t like “info dumps”, especially in first books of a new series and I’m sure Ms. Hoyt knows that and avoids it, but we are left in the dark for long periods and I would have welcomed some more information about the mystery of Aurelia’s death and also other issues. Coincidences abound, Freya jumps into the Duke’s carriage while out-running bad guys in London and then they are both at the same house party along with another person from their past.

Even though Ms. Hoyt writes well I can’t give this book more than 3-stars. I will read the next in the series because this is a terrific author and I think future books will be better.

 

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Release Day Review- My One and Only Duke by Grace Burrowes (plus An Elizabeth Hoyt Holiday novella)

My One and Only Duke

Title: My One and Only Duke: Includes a bonus Novella
Genre: Historical Romance/ Regency/Christmas
Author: Grace Burrowes, (Elizabeth Hoyt’s Once Upon a Christmas Eve)
Publisher: Forever, Nov. 6, 2018
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Pages: 464
Rating: 5
Sexy Rating: 5
Violence Rating: 5
Description from Amazon.com:
A funny thing happened on the way to the gallows…
One minute, London banker Quinn Wentworth is facing execution. The next, he’s declared the long-lost heir to a dukedom. Quinn has fought his way up from the vilest slums, and now he’s ready to use every dirty trick he knows to find the enemy who schemed against him.

There was just one tiny problem…
Jane Winston, the widowed, pregnant daughter of a meddlesome prison preacher, crosses paths with Quinn in jail. Believing his days are numbered, Quinn offers Jane marriage as a way to guarantee her independence and provide for her child. Neither thinks they’ll actually have a future together.

They were wrong.
He’s a wealthy gutter rat out for vengeance. She’s a minister’s daughter who must turn a marriage of desperation into a proper ducal union. Are they doomed from the start or destined for a happily-ever-after?

**
Jane is the only daughter of Preacher Winston and meets Quinn in prison. They are not in love. They enter into a marriage of convenience that will benefit Jane, for Quinn likes her and since he is about to die on the gallows he can do her a good deed. But a twist of fate spares Quinn and now he and Jane must muddle through a marriage and becoming Duke and Duchess.

Quinn is the rapscallion youth who has fought his way into adulthood and made it big in the banking business. He has been convicted of murder and sentenced to die. He is head of family to two sisters, Althea and Constance, and a brother, Stephen, the youngest at 17 and wheelchair bound. Quinn’s cousin, Duncan is tutor to Stephen and Quinn’s right hand man. Joshua is Quinn’s business partner and confidant. These are the fleshed out characters who will appear in future books in the series and I can’t wait to read their stories.

There is slow developing friendship and romance between Quinn and Jane, no falling in love immediately which is a breath of fresh air. However, Jane is vested in this marriage and her role as wife and Duchess. Quinn’s focus is on revenge for his incarceration and Jane’s challenge is to make him focus on their future.

Grace Burrowes wows me once again! This book is the first in her new Rogues to Riches series and it promises to be one of those where we cannot wait for the next book to publish. I can highly recommend this book and the multiple book boyfriends to be found in these pages.
Also includes the bonus novella Once Upon a Christmas Eve from New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Hoyt!

Once Uon a Christmas Eve
When his carriage wheel snaps in a snowstorm, Adam Rutledge, Viscount d’Arque, is forced to seek shelter at the home of the most maddening, infuriating, and utterly beguiling woman he’s ever met.
**
This is a well written novella with loads of Christmasy feeling. It is an enemies-to-lovers story. Not a new offering (December 2017), it is available on Amazon for Kindle and Audio at a really good price. This novella wraps up the Maiden Lane Series. It is a must read for all Hoyt fans and those who want a cozy fireside read for the holidays.

 

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Review- Duke of Desire by Elizabeth Hoyt

Duke of Desire

Title: Duke of Desire (Maiden Lane Series)
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Elizabeth Hoyt
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing, Oct. 2017
Pages: 352
Rating: 4
Sexy rating: 5
Violence rating: 5
Description from Amazon:

A LADY OF LIGHT

Refined, kind, and intelligent, Lady Iris Jordan finds herself the unlikely target of a diabolical kidnapping. Her captors are the notoriously evil Lords of Chaos. When one of the masked—and nude!—Lords spirits her away to his carriage, she shoots him . . . only to find she may have been a trifle hasty.

A DUKE IN DEEPEST DARKNESS

Cynical, scarred, and brooding, Raphael de Chartres, the Duke of Dyemore, has made it his personal mission to infiltrate the Lords of Chaos and destroy them. Rescuing Lady Jordan was never in his plans. But now with the Lords out to kill them both, he has but one choice: marry the lady in order to keep her safe.

CAUGHT IN A WEB OF DANGER . . . AND DESIRE

Much to Raphael’s irritation, Iris insists on being the sort of duchess who involves herself in his life—and bed. Soon he’s drawn both to her quick wit and her fiery passion. But when Iris discovers that Raphael’s past may be even more dangerous than the present, she falters. Is their love strong enough to withstand not only the Lords of Chaos but also Raphael’s own demons?

**
This is the last book in the Maiden Lane Series and I must say I found it more dark and disturbing than any of the others and I’ve read them all. Perhaps it is time to put this series to bed, especially if more disturbing books are to come. This was my least favorite of any in the series. I am dancing around spoilers, but there is child abuse and much violence. Proceed as

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Release Day Review- The Duke of Pleasure by Elizabeth Hoyt

duke-of-pleasure

Title: Duke Of Pleasure (Maiden Lane Series, book #11)

Genre: Historical Romance/Georgian

Author: Elizabeth Hoyt

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing, Nov. 2016

Source: Free for Review From the Publisher

Pages: 337

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5

Violence Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:         

IN THE ARMS OF DANGER Bold. Brave. Brutally handsome. Hugh Fitzroy, the Duke of Kyle, is the king’s secret weapon. Sent to defeat the notorious Lords of Chaos, he is ambushed in a London alley-and rescued by an unlikely ally: a masked stranger with the unmistakable curves of a woman.

IN THE HEAT OF DESIRE Cocky. Clever. Courageously independent. Alf has survived on the perilous streets of St. Giles by disguising her sex. By day she is a boy, dealing in information and secrets. By night she’s the notorious Ghost of St. Giles, a masked vigilante. But as she saves Hugh from assassins, she finds herself succumbing to temptation . . .

ONE KISS WILL CHANGE THEIR LIVES FOREVER When Hugh hires Alf to investigate the Lords of Chaos, her worlds collide. Once Hugh realizes that the boy and the Ghost are the same, will Alf find the courage to become the woman she needs to be-before the Lords of Chaos destroy them both?

***

Elizabeth Hoyt is the Queen of Dark Historical Romance.  This book is number eleven in the series and number twelve will be arriving in 2017.  That she can continue to keep us poised on the edge of our seat and gasping as we turn pages rapidly to find out what will happen next, is attributed to her fine command of the genre and her expertly rendered prose. Once again we are treated to fabulous entertainment. There is action, adventure and sizzling sexuality. This book will leave you enthralled with these characters for days.

Hugh Fitzroy, The Duke of Kyle is a warrior. He left his unfaithful wife and two sons for 3 years and only returned when she died.  He loves his sons and is trying to erase their fear of abandonment.  He is also charged, by the King, to unearth the identities of the monstrous cult called the Lords of Chaos.

Alf, has been disguised as a boy all her life.  This is the way she has survived in the slums of St. Giles. She is clever, athletic and is known to ferret out the most secretive information. For these reasons Hugh hires her to help find out who attempted to kill him. But Hugh does not know that Alf is a woman nor does he know that she is the celebrated avenger The Ghost of St. Giles. Although Alf looks like a youth, she is a woman of twenty-one and is instantly enamored with Hugh.

“ He turned his face a fraction and then she was drawing from his mouth. Inhaling all his hurts, all his needs, all the hopes he could never dream. This Man. This man she couldn’t have for her own.”

This is a standalone book with characters from previous books in the series as well as characters introduced who will appear in the next book, Duke of Desire. This is an outstanding addition to what has become a classic series of the genre.

The Maiden Lane Series by Elizabeth Hoyt:

  1. Wicked Intentions (Temperance and Lazarus)
  2. Notorious Pleasures (Hero and Griffin)
  3. Scandalous Desires (Silence and Mickey)
  4. Thief of Shadows (Isabel and Winter)
  5. Lord of Darkness (Megs and Godric)
  6. Duke of Midnight (Artemis and Maximus)
  7. Darling Beast (Lily and Apollo)
  8. Dearest rogue (Phoebe and Trevillion)
  9. Sweetest Scoundrel (Eve and Asa)
  10. Duke of Sin (Bridget and Val)

Once Upon a Moonlit Night (e-book only, novella)

  1. Duke of Pleasure ( Alf and Hugh)

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Release Day Review- Once Upon A Moonlit Night by Elizabeth Hoyt

Title: Once Upon A Moonlit Night (A Maiden Lane Novella)

Once Upon A Moonlit Night

Genre: Historical Romance/ Georgian

Author: Elizabeth Hoyt

Publisher: Forever, July 5, 2016

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Pages: Not available (Kindle 529 KB), $1.99

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

Hippolyta Royle is running for her life. Pursued by hounds on a cold rainy night, the heiress flags down a passing carriage and throws herself at the mercy of the coach’s occupant. Whoever this handsome traveler may be, he is her only hope to escape a terrible fate. But should he agree to escort her to safety, he’s in for much more than he bargained for . . . At first Matthew Mortimer doesn’t believe Hippolyta’s story, that she’s a fabulously wealthy heiress who’s been kidnapped. He assumes she’s a beggar, an actress, or worse. But once his new travel companion washes the mud from her surprisingly lovely face, and they share a breathtaking kiss, there is no turning back . . .

**

If you are a Maiden Lane Series reader then you know that Hippolyta was kidnapped by the Duke of Montgomery in the previous book, DUKE OF SIN.  This book opens with Hippolyta’s escape in the night.

If you are familiar with Ms. Hoyt’s Maiden Lane Series then you will agree with me that this just has to be a terrific read. I’m here to tell you that it certainly lives up to all expectations.  So why only a 4.5 star rating and not a 5 star rating? Because I’m being nit-picky! I loved this story, her daring escape from her kidnapper, the interaction between Hippolyta and Matthew and their progress from adversaries to lovers. But…I would have loved more, more, more.  Not that there isn’t Hoyt’s beautiful characterization and a thoroughly charming story. It is just that I never wanted it to end.

There are some side characters from previous books but they are icing on the cake for series readers and if you are new to the series you can start here and not be lost.  In fact I recommend you take the plunge with this reasonably priced novella and then I guarantee you will want to read the series.

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Advance Review- Duke of Sin by Elizabeth Hoyt

Title: Duke of Sin (Maiden Lane Series, book #10)

Duke of Sin

Genre: Historical Romance/ Georgian

Author: Elizabeth Hoyt

Publisher: Grand Central, May 31, 2016

Pages: 368

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

A MAN OF SIN

Devastatingly handsome. Vain. Unscrupulous. Valentine Napier, the Duke of Montgomery, is the man London whispers about in boudoirs and back alleys. A notorious rake and blackmailer, Montgomery has returned from exile, intent on seeking revenge on those who have wronged him. But what he finds in his own bedroom may lay waste to all his plans.

A WOMAN OF HONOR

Born a bastard, housekeeper Bridget Crumb is clever, bold, and fiercely loyal. When her aristocratic mother becomes the target of extortion, Bridget joins the Duke of Montgomery’s household to search for the incriminating evidence-and uncovers something far more dangerous.

A SECRET THAT THREATENS TO DESTROY THEM BOTH

Astonished by the deceptively prim-and surprisingly witty-domestic spy in his chambers, Montgomery is intrigued. And try as she might, Bridget can’t resist the slyly charming duke. Now as the two begin their treacherous game of cat and mouse, they soon realize that they both have secrets-and neither may be as nefarious-or as innocent-as they appear . . .

**

This is book #10 in the Maiden Lane Series and it is a standalone novel and you could start here but for an especially satisfying treat why not start with the beginning of the series.  Still, if you are so inclined this book will get your blood pumping for whatever Ms. Hoyt can bring to life and you will not be lost if you read this one first.

Bridget Crumb is the bastard daughter of an aristocratic lady.  She is aware of her station in life and she owes whatever success she has received to her birth mother who has helped her to find a suitable position.  Therefore she is anxious to help her birth mother by retrieving evidence from Val’s house that he is using to blackmail the lady. But in her efforts she also discovers other evidence of his blackmailing and she is also determined to help that person also. But she sees in Val what she considers hints of humanity and is attracted to him

Valentine Napier is a criminal.  He is a blackmailer, murderer and thoroughly dissolute example of a human being.  Hoyt does a remarkable job of delving into the whys and wherefores of his psyche, what has led him to be this devastation of a man.  He is also handsome and can be charming and these are some of the reasons Bridget finds him so compelling.

I didn’t find Val totally redeemed in this book.  That is the usual outcome in Historical Romances.  There is no great epiphany on his part even though Bridget falls in love with him and tries to become his conscience. For this Hoyt is to be lauded.  She has given us a truly unlikable character who has some soft spots, he is not ALL bad and evil.  It is harder to understand Bridget who is the moral compass in this story and yet she persists when indicators show she should step out of the picture.

That this story arouses emotion, is full of desperate moments and superbly developed characters is reason to read and enjoy.  That it is also unique to the genre is reason enough to give it 5 stars.  To miss out on this book, or even this series is to truly be missing a milestone in Historical Romance.

For more on the Maiden Lane Series:

http://www.elizabethhoyt.com/maidenlane

 

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Recent Release Review- Sweetest Scoundrel by Elizabeth Hoyt

 

Title:  Sweetest Scoundrel (Maiden Lane Series, book #9)

Sweetest Scoundrel

Genre: Historical Romance/ Georgian

Author: Elizabeth Hoyt

Publisher: Grand Central Pub., Nov 24, 2015

Pages: 359

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5+

Description from Amazon.com:

SHE’S TAKING CHARGE Prim, proper, and thrifty, Eve Dinwoody is all business when it comes to protecting her brother’s investment. But when she agrees to control the purse strings of London’s premier pleasure garden, Harte’s Folly, she finds herself butting heads with an infuriating scoundrel who can’t be controlled.

HE’S RUNNING THE SHOW Bawdy and bold, Asa Makepeace doesn’t have time for a penny-pinching prude like Eve. As the garden’s larger-than-life owner, he’s already dealing with self-centered sopranos and temperamental tenors. He’s not about to let an aristocratic woman boss him around . . . no matter how enticing she is.

BUT LOVE CONQUERS ALL In spite of her lack of theatrical experience-and her fiery clashes with Asa-Eve is determined to turn Harte’s Folly into a smashing success. But the harder she tries to manage the stubborn rake, the harder it is to ignore his seductive charm and raw magnetism. There’s no denying the smoldering fire between them-and trying to put it out would be the greatest folly of all . . .

**

Another delightful addition to the Maiden Lane series.  Eve Dinwoody has a secret in her past that still causes her anxiety.  Asa Makepeace has a past that is also fraught with problems and a present that continues with problems.  Problems that may cause his death or Eve’s death.  She is a sheltered woman and he is a rogue businessman.  Two who are polar opposites.

Hoyt always gives us a gritty interpretation of the Georgian era in Britain. This series delves into the dark side of the era with erotic images and nefarious characters; always well written.  With bigger than life heroes such as Asa and realistic heroines such as Eve, two troubled characters who find love with each other. The love scenes are definitely erotic.  The side characters, human and animal, are well drawn and add to the plot. The sprinkling of characters from previous books is welcome and adds a sense of family to the plot.

I highly recommend this book as a standalone novel but I also suggest you treat yourself to this wonderfully written series.

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Release Day Review- Dearest Rogue by Elizabeth Hoyt

Title: Dearest Rogue (Maiden Lane Series)

Dearest Rogue

Genre: Historical Romance/Georgian

Author: Elizabeth Hoyt

Publisher: Vision, May 26, 2015

Pages:347

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating:  5

Description from the author:   

 HE CAN GUARD HER
Lady Phoebe Batten is pretty, vivacious, and yearning for a social life befitting the sister of a powerful duke. But because she is almost completely blind, her overprotective brother insists that she have an armed bodyguard by her side at all times—the very irritating Captain Trevillion.

FROM EVERY DANGER
Captain James Trevillion is proud, brooding, and cursed with a leg injury from his service in the King’s dragoons. He can still shoot and ride like the devil, however, so watching over the distracting Lady Phoebe should be no problem at all—until she’s targeted by kidnappers.

BUT PASSION ITSELF
Caught in a deadly web of deceit, Captain Trevillion must risk life and limb to save his charge from the lowest of cads—one who would force Lady Phoebe into a loveless marriage. But when Trevillion rescues her, bringing her to his seaside home in Cornwall, Phoebe begins to see the tender man beneath the hard soldier’s exterior—and a searing passion that puts both their hearts at risk.

**

In this, the latest installment in Hoyt’s Maiden Lane Series, we are not treated to as much of the underbelly of that nefarious ST. Giles area of London as in previous books in the series, but there is still much adventure and action.  Lady Phoebe Batten is twenty-one, raised in a sheltered environment and has slowly been going totally blind since she was fifteen years old.  She has been cosseted and protected by her brother the Duke and as such she can be naïve and willful.  Captain James Trevillion  has been hired by the Duke to guard Phoebe when she is out of the Ducal residence.  This constant guard is often annoying and feels restrictive to Phoebe.  Even after a kidnapping attempt she is still  struggling to be free and independent.

Ms. Hoyt captures the readers attention immediately with her ability to create heart stopping action.  Then the reader is forced to rapidly turn pages to find out who the villain might be and will so much interaction between James and Phoebe lead to romance. Red herrings abound and not everything is what it at first appears.

I have enjoyed all of the Maiden Lane Series novels and this one is no exception.  There are wonderfully developed characters both protagonists and side characters.  We are given glimpses of characters from past books and introduced to new characters who will get a book in the future. Captain Trevillion we have met in the past and reading his story has been very rewarding.  This is a standalone novel but I do recommend the entire series.

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Recent Release Review- Duke of Midnight by Elizabeth Hoyt

Title: Duke of Midnight

Duke of Midnight

 Genre: Historical Romance (Georgian)

Author: Elizabeth Hoyt

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing, Oct. 2013

Source: purchase

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

WHEN A MASKED MAN . . .

Twenty years ago Maximus Batten witnessed the brutal murders of his parents. Now the autocratic Duke of Wakefield, he spends his days ruling Parliament. But by night, disguised as the Ghost of St. Giles, he prowls the grim alleys of St. Giles, ever on the hunt for the murderer. One night he finds a fiery woman who meets him toe-to-toe-and won’t back down . . .

MEETS HIS MATCH . . .

Artemis Greaves toils as a lady’s companion, but hiding beneath the plain brown serge of her dress is the heart of a huntress. When the Ghost of St. Giles rescues her from footpads, she recognizes a kindred spirit-and is intrigued. She’s even more intrigued when she realizes who exactly the notorious Ghost is by day . . .

DESIRE IGNITES A DANGEROUS PASSION

Artemis makes a bold move: she demands that Maximus use his influence to free her imprisoned brother-or she will expose him as the Ghost. But blackmailing a powerful duke isn’t without risks. Now that she has the tiger by the tail, can she withstand his ire-or the temptation of his embrace?

**

There is nothing to say but that Elizabeth Hoyt has done it again.  This sixth installment in the Maiden Lane Series is chock-a-block full of Hoyt’s brilliant characterization and drama filled plot.  Maximus, the Duke of Wakefield, is filled with a sense of duty, honor and guilt over perceived a wrong doing and obsessively seeks revenge  to give himself peace.  Artemis is on a mission to free her wrongfully confined brother and needs help.  They are thrown together and fall into a romance that neither wants but that neither can deny.  This is a sensuous story of love and sacrifice that will keep the reader turning pages deep into the night.

This is a standalone novel but I suggest you read the entire series for insight into all the characters and a real treat.

The Maiden Lane Series:

  1. Wicked      Intentions (Temperance & Lord Caire)
  2. Notorious      Pleasures (Hero & Griffen)
  3. Scandalous      Desires (Silence & Mickey)
  4. Theif of      Shadows ( Winter & Isabel)
  5. Lord of      Darkness (Megs & Godric)
  6. Duke of      Midnight (Artemis & Maximus)

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Review- Lord of Darkness by Elizabeth Hoyt

Title:  Lord of Darkness (Book #4, Maiden Lane Series)

Lord of Darkness

Genre:  Historical Romance

Author: Elizabeth Hoyt

Publisher: Grand Central Pub., 2013

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

He lives in the shadows. As the mysterious masked avenger known as the Ghost of St. Giles, Godric St. John’s only goal is to protect the innocent of London. Until the night he confronts a fearless young lady pointing a pistol at his head-and realizes she is his wife . . .
Lady Margaret Reading has vowed to kill the Ghost of St. Giles-the man who murdered her one true love. Returning to London, and to the man she hasn’t seen since their wedding day, Margaret does not recognize the man behind the mask. Fierce, commanding, and dangerous, the notorious Ghost of St. Giles is everything she feared he would be-and so much more . . .
When passion flares, these two intimate strangers can’t keep from revealing more of themselves than they had ever planned. But when Margaret learns the truth-that the Ghost is her husband-the game is up and the players must surrender . . . to the temptation that could destroy them both.

**Godric St. John, The Ghost of St Giles, is definitely a hero.  He has championed and avenged the downtrodden.  He has a tortured past and has grieved for his true love lost to a wasting disease.  He has been blackmailed into this marriage with Megs and for two years since their wedding day, has not seen her although she writes to him from his country estate frequently.

Megs, has also lost her true love to murder.  She comes to London for two reasons, to find her love’s murderer and to seduce her husband into giving her a longed for child.

The story is beautifully played out with both our hero and heroine heartbroken and discovering that they can love again.

This is a most unique and delicious series and this, the fifth book, is as wonderful as the ones that went before.  Hoyt has a mastery of plot and characters that invites the reader to experience the atmosphere of eighteenth century London.  The couple comes together in a most believable manner; both reluctant at first and then discovering a passion that they thought would never exist between them.  I highly recommend this novel and this series to all those who like a dose of realism with their historical romance. There is catch-your-breath action and sizzling romantic sensuality.  Each book can stand alone but do treat yourself to this entire series.

The Maiden Lane Series:

  1. Wicked Intentions (Temperance & Lord Caire)
  2. Notorious Pleasures (Hero & Griffen)
  3. Scandalous Desires (Silence & Mickey)
  4. Theif of Shadows ( Winter & Isabel)
  5. Lord of Darkness (Megs & Godric)
  6. Duke of Midnight (coming Oct. 2013)

 

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