Duke of Desire
Book 12, Maiden Lane
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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?
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A satisfying end to a thrilling series
I was thrilled to receive an advance copy of Duke of Desire from Elizabeth Hoyt to review the book.
The first half was fun, sexy, and thrilling. Iris and Raphael had great chemistry and fascinating backstories. They were like a “Greatest Hits” collage of Hoyt’s other Maiden Lane heroes and heroines - though built with familiar themes, they added together into something new and fun.
However, like many Greatest Hits albums, after the initial excitement, it started to feel like a retread. Though this book is fun and sexy throughout, the recycled plot lines and character motivation starts showing its wear by the ending.
That said, Hoyt’s sex scenes have reached peak intensity. Seeing so many from Raphael’s male perspective was very arousing and different. I’d been wishing for more male POV sex scenes since the series’ beginning, and Hoyt delivered in spades!
While it’s not a series best by any means, it is the series’ end, and it’s one Hoyt should definitely be proud of.
Far too dark and over the top dramatic. The other books in the series were great. This one does no real build up of the main characters. The “secret” villain wasn’t a very good secret and was very obvious almost from the start. The hero was just too angst-filled to make any sense at all. His actions were contradictory from one to the next. Usually Hoyt’s books make a great read but, not this one.
Raphael and Iris
Duke of Desire is a deeply emotional story that brings together a scarred hero with horrible dark secrets and a woman whose light he craves, but is afraid to reach for.
Believing she is the new wife of the Duke of Kyle, the leader of the Lords of Chaos has Iris kidnapped as sacrifice in the group’s evil ceremony. Raphael de Chartres, the Duke of Dyemore, interrupts his quest to destroy the Lords of Chaos to rescue Lady Iris Jordan. To protect her from the group, he marries her. There are actually two themes to the rest of the story. Raphael is still determined to crush the Lords of Chaos. Iris is determined to break through Raphael’s barriers, gain his trust, and give them both a happily ever after. Tough challenges for both.
The Maiden Lane series ends with a heart wrenching love story and a battle to end the nightmare of the Lords of Chaos. Memorable characters and a captivating plot make Duke of Desire an exciting end to a fantastic series. A great read.
- Category: Historical
- Published: Oct 17, 2017
- Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
- Seller: Hachette Digital, Inc.
- Print Length: 364 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: Book 12, Maiden Lane