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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?

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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.
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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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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.

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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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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.

**

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- 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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