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Release Day Review- The Duke of Pleasure by Elizabeth Hoyt

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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?

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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 . . .

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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 . . .

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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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New Release Review- To Make A Match by Liana LeFey

Title:  To Make A Match

To Make A Match

Genre: Historical Romance/Georgian

Author: Liana LeFey

Publisher: Montlake Romance, August 13, 2013,

Source: Free for review from Amazon Vine Program

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

The spirited Lady Victoria Lennox longs for a husband, but she cannot wed until her prickly older sister, Amelia, becomes a wife—and Amelia seems intent on driving away all potential suitors. To avoid becoming a spinster, Victoria concocts a plan: a carefully arranged scandal will compel Amelia to marry. And to bait the trap, who better than the dashing Lord Julius Cavendish?

Yet Julius has little interest in stubborn Amelia. Victoria, on the other hand, he finds irresistible. Determined to make her his own, Julius adds a new twist to Victoria’s plan: his friend Lord Withington will act as Victoria’s decoy suitor, distracting Amelia from the very real courtship happening under her nose. All might be well, were not Withington immediately smitten with Amelia. He sees how tender and protective she is beneath the frosty facade.

As the perfect plan goes perfectly awry, each sister finds herself publicly betrothed to the wrong man. Can they undo the damage in time to make the perfect match?

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This delightful romp starts out like an Oscar Wilde farce giving the reader a few giggles and smiles.  However, it soon becomes more of a drama as the secrets and deceptions cause misunderstandings and hurt.

Liana LeFey has concocted an easy read with dramatic undertones.  Victoria is a bit of a flibbertigibbet and Amelia is certainly stiff and stuffy.  The men who would woo them are the heroes we read romances to find.  The characterizations are well done and the plot well developed.  There is romance, sensuality, conflict and hard won resolution.  A good read.

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Review- The Wild One by Danelle Harmon

Title:  The Wild One  (Bk 1 The de Montforte Brothers)

Genre: Historical Romance , Georgian

Author: Danelle Harmon

Publisher: Avon,1997, Amazon Digital, 2012

Source: Purchased Kindle, $.99

Rating: 3.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:  England, 1776: Lord Gareth de Montforte is known as an irresponsible rake with a heart of gold. When he takes a bullet for boldly thwarting a stagecoach robbery, he is stunned to discover that the beautiful young woman he has heroically rescued, Juliet Paige, is his deceased brother’s American fiancée, accompanied by her infant daughter. Despite his brother the duke’s refusal to acknowledge Juliet, Gareth is determined to do right by the courageous woman who crossed an ocean to give her baby her rightful name. But Juliet is wary of marrying this black sheep aristocrat, even while she is hopelessly charmed by the dashing devil. Never has she met anyone who embraces life so thoroughly, who makes her laugh, who loves her so well. And, even when it seems the odds are against them, Juliet has absolute faith that Gareth will go beyond the call of duty, risking his life itself to give her and her daughter a home — and a love that will last a lifetime.

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This is a good story about characters I didn’t like very much.  Lord Gareth was very immature and Juliet was a single mother in a time when this would mark her as a wanton not marriage material for an aristocratic Lord.  Yes, it is all rationalized but I still had trouble with the concept.  But, as I said, the story is good.  I really want to read the rest of the de Montforte Brothers series.  I’m especially interested in Lucian’s story.  There is a surprise at the end of this edition that is an intriquing intro to the next book in the series, THE BELOVED ONE.  Hopefully the remaining brothers will not disappoint me.

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