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Review- To Seduce A Sinner by Elizabeth Hoyt

Title: To Seduce A Sinner (book #2, The Legend of The Four Soldiers Series)

Genre: Historical Romance/Georgian Era

Author: Elizabeth Hoyt

Publisher: Forever, 2008

Source: purchase

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

Jasper Renshaw, Viscount Vale, has a problem: he needs to marry and produce an heir to the title. All Jasper wants is to find a lady who will put up with him long enough to wed so he can retreat to his life of debauchery–a life that keeps the haunting memories of his past at bay. Knowing that Jasper is under pressure to marry, Melisande Flemming grasps her fate with both hands and volunteers to wed him. Although Jasper is initially only interested in producing an heir, he soon becomes entranced by his wife–prim and proper by day, wanton by night– and vows to learn her secrets.

Melissande, however, is determined to keep her husband at a distance. She has loved, and lost, before, and will do anything to keep him from learning her terrible weakness: she’s secretly been in love with him for years. But to her chagrin, her husband pursues her, wooing her as if she were a paramour, not his lady wife. As Melissande and Jasper embark on a passionate game of cat and mouse, secrets from the past begin to resurface…. threatening to tear them asunder.

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Once again Hoyt has master crafted a tale that grows from a marriage of convenience to sublimely sensual devotion, at the same time intriguing us with a mystery and secrets that could prove disastrous.  For the hero, Hoyt crafts a character study in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as it might appear in the Georgian Era.  It is also a glimpse into the social mores of that era.  There is action and pathos and sizzling sensuality.  There are references and some  graphic description of torture and violence that some may find disturbing although integral to the story.

The ending was a bit of a letdown.  I thought it could have been handled differently although it did fit in with the story.  Elizabeth Hoyt is a master story teller and although I have read this book out of order in the series, It was not necessary for me to have read what came before in order to enjoy the read.  I can’t wait to read the rest of this series.

The Legend of the Four Soldiers Series:

1. To Taste Temptation (Smauel Hartley’s story)

2. To Seduce a Sinner (Jasper Renshaw’s story)

3. To Beguile a Beast (Alistair Monroe’s story)

4. To Desire a Devil (Ranaud St. Aubyn’s story)

 

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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 amazon.com:

MASKED MAN . . .

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.

A DANGEROUS WOMAN . . .

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.

A PASSION NEITHER COULD DENY

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.

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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)

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Review- The Raven Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt

Title: The Raven Prince

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Elizabeth Hoyt

Publisher: Warner, 2006

Source: Secondary market purchase

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

Widowed Anna Wren is having a wretched day. After an arrogant man on horseback nearly crushes her, she arrives home to learn that she is in dire financial straits.

THERE COMES A TIME IN A LADY’S LIFE

The Earl of Swartingham is in a quandary. Having frightened off two secretaries, Edward de Raaf needs someone who can withstand his bad temper and boorish behavior.

WHEN SHE MUST DO THE UNTHINKABLE . . .

When Anna becomes the earl’s secretary, it would seem that both their problems are solved. But when she discovers he plans to visit the most notorious brothel in London, she sees red-and decides to assuage her desires . . .

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As with any Elizabeth Hoyt novel I have read this one is also well written.  Ms Hoyt can breathe life into her characters and we can see them carrying out the story in our mind’s eye.

The earl is insecure about his looks because he has a pock marked face.  This causes him to doubt that anyone can love him.  Anna is capable of looking beyond his disfigurement to see the honorable man but Anna thinks that she is too far below his station to even think of a romance.  The brothel masquerade is her solution to her desires.

This is a very good read but I have to confess I did have trouble wrapping my mind around a regency era gentlewoman wantonly comporting herself in a brothel.  So if you can suspend disbelief in this instance then this book will probably rate even higher with you than it does with me.  All in all a good story.

 

 

 

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Review- Scandalous Desires by Elizabeth Hoyt (Bk 3, The Maiden Lane Series)

Title: Scandalous Desires (bk 3, The Maiden Lane Series)

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Elizabeth Hoyt

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing, Oct 2011

Source: Purchase

Rating: 4.5

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.

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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.)

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Review- Notorious Pleasures by Elizabeth Hoyt

Title: Notorious Pleasures (Bk2 of Maiden Lane Series)

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Elizabeth Hoyt

Publisher: Grand Central Pub., Vision, 2011

Source: Library

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

Their lives were perfect . . .
Lady Hero Batten, the beautiful sister of the Duke of Wakefield, has everything a woman could want, including the perfect fiancé. True, the Marquis of Mandeville is a trifle dull and has no sense of humor, but that doesn’t bother Hero. Until she meets his notorious brother . . .

Until they met each other.
Griffin Remmington, Lord Reading, is far from perfect – and he likes it that way. How he spends his days is a mystery, but all of London knows he engages in the worst sorts of drunken revelry at night. Hero takes an instant dislike to him, and Griffin thinks that Hero, with her charities and faultless manners, is much too impeccable for society, let alone his brother. Yet their near-constant battle of wits soon sparks desire – desire that causes their carefully constructed worlds to come tumbling down. As Hero’s wedding nears, and Griffin’s enemies lay plans to end their dreams forever, can two imperfect people find perfect true love?

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Can a betrothed innocent find herself in love with her fiancé’s brother without causing havoc?  Of course not!  We see these two falling in love even though they both deny it and we wonder how they will ever reach a HEA (Happily Ever After).  They fall in lust and then in love (don’t you just love modern takes on the 1700’s?).  The side plot with the foundling home continues in this book from the first in the series Wicked Intentions (see review here) and frankly I find this plot line fascinating.  Silence Hollingbrook is the manager of the orphanage and her story continues on in the next book in the series Scandalous Desires (Oct 2011).  This book is on my wish list and I will read it soon because I must find out what happens between her and the river pirate.

This book stands alone although you will get a better picture of the series if you start with the first book.

I highly recommend this series.

The Maiden Lane Series-

  1. Wicked Intentions
  2. Notorious Pleasures
  3. Scandalous Desires
  4. Thief of Shadows (June 2012)

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Review- Wicked Intentions by Elizabeth Hoyt

Title: Wicked Intentions (Book 1, Maiden Lane Series)

Genre: Historical Romance Restoration Era

Author: Elizabeth Hoyt

Publisher:

Source: Kindle purchase

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5, VERY explicit (erotic)

Description from amazon.com:

A MAN CONTROLLED BY HIS DESIRES . . .

Infamous for his wild, sensual needs, Lazarus Huntington, Lord Caire, is searching for a savage killer in St. Giles, London’s most notorious slum. Widowed Temperance Dews knows St. Giles like the back of her hand-she’s spent a lifetime caring for its inhabitants at the foundling home her family established. Now that home is at risk . . .

A WOMAN HAUNTED BY HER PAST . . .

Caire makes a simple offer-in return for Temperance’s help navigating the perilous alleys of St. Giles, he will introduce her to London’s high society so that she can find a benefactor for the home. But Temperance may not be the innocent she seems, and what begins as cold calculation soon falls prey to a passion that neither can control-one that may well destroy them both.

A BARGAIN NEITHER COULD REFUSE

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This was my first Elizabeth Hoyt novel.  I confess I had no preconceived ideas about her writing.  To say I was surprised to find how erotic this book was, is to state it mildly.  I thought it was just a usual Historical Romance.  Now I’m not complaining.  The writing is excellent and the story rather dark, action filled and with mystery, all of which I like.  The sex is a bit kinky.  So if you have qualms then consider that you are forewarned.

This is the first book in the Maiden Lane series and I look forward to reading more.  So far three have been published with the fourth coming in a month or so.

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