DUKE OF PLEASURE by Elizabeth Hoyt (November 29, 2016; Grand Central Publishing Mass Market; The Maiden Lane Series #11)
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?
Rating : 4.5 of 5 Stars
“The Ghost was there. On the ground, her half cape a black whirl as she danced with her swords, their prey cornered.”
“She smiled. And he was amazed that anyone thought her a man.”
The Ghost of St Giles is back! Elizabeth Hoyt never ceases to amaze me, with her riveting storytelling, elegant writing style, richly drawn setting and wonderful characters. She once again delves into Georgian England and the dangerous world of one of the poorest areas of London, St Giles. Her vivid and detailed descriptions really bring the world of Maiden Lane to life. And I never can get enough of it!
Hugh Fitzroy, the Duke of Kyle, has been tasked to bring down the Lords of Chaos, a secret club of powerful and corrupted aristocrats meeting to revel in debauchery. Searching for information, he makes a foray into the dangerous world of St Giles and is attacked by ruffians. Trapped in a desperate position, he is rescued from sure death by the Ghost of St Giles. And this time around the Ghost is none other than Alf, a street urchin and… a woman. During the day, Alf makes her living as an informant, disguised as a boy and at night, she is the Ghost of St Giles, protecting the people.
Hugh is broken. He was recently widowed and his marriage ended as a disaster, with two young boys devastated by their mother’s death. He hires Alf to find out who sent assassins after him. Although she is an enigma to him, he trusts her instinctively. They come from different worlds, Hugh is wealthy, Alf has nothing and nowhere to go. As the story unfolds, their emotional connection can’t be denied. Hugh is stern, abrupt, and used to being in control, but he is a good man. He is fascinated by Alf’s boldness and disarmed by her close relationship with his kids. I enjoyed their battle of wills. Alf has lived by herself in St Giles, she is tenacious, strong and brave. She refuses to let Hugh dictate what she can or can’t do, although he only intends to protect her and truly cares for her.
“He touched her as if she were something-someone- precious. Someone beautiful.”
I loved this beautifully written story combining witty dialogue, emotionally charged, steamy scenes and two very different characters who together complete each other perfectly and are the best allies in the face of danger. Not to mention a breathtaking, nail-biting ride of suspense that kept me on the edge of my seat! “Duke of Pleasure” is a great addition to the Maiden Lane series and I can’t wait for the next installment featuring a very intriguing character.
This book can be read as a standalone, but I highly recommend Elizabeth Hoyt’s signature series as a whole! The first novel in the Maiden Lane series “Wicked Intentions” is currently free.
An advance copy of this book was provided by the publisher, via Netgalley.
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About the Author:
Elizabeth Hoyt is the New York Times bestselling author of over seventeen lush historical romances including the Maiden Lane series. Publishers Weekly has called her writing “mesmerizing.” She also pens deliciously fun contemporary romances under the name Julia Harper. Elizabeth lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with three untrained dogs, a garden in constant need of weeding, and the long-suffering Mr. Hoyt.
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