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Wicked Intentions

Book 1, Maiden Lane

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From the New York Times bestselling author of To Desire a Devil comes this thrilling tale of danger, desire, and dark passions.


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 . . .


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.


From Publishers Weekly

Jun 21, 2010 – Bestseller Hoyt (To Desire a Devil) brings steamy sensuality to the slums of early 18th-century London in this engaging series launch. Demure widow Temperance Dews desperately needs funding for her orphanage. Lazarus Huntington, the famously debauched Lord Caire, needs to find out who murdered one of his mistresses. Lazarus offers Temperance an interesting bargain: if she will be his guide in the grimy neighborhood of St. Giles, he will pay the rent she owes and introduce her to more respectable nobility who might serve as patrons. Dire circumstances force the pair into intimate situations as they discover each other's deepest secrets, and Temperance reveals the passion hidden beneath her puritanical dress. Readers will enjoy the unusual pairing of an aristocratic man and a poor but educated widow, enhanced by earthy, richly detailed characterizations and deft historical touches.

Customer Reviews

Unexpectedly Erotic

4. 5 stars. I bought the book for the premise and wasn't disappointed. One of my favorite themes is a hero who starts out bad and is redeemed by love. He's very bad and the heroine isn't perfect, either. Nor was the story perfect, but it did deliver on its promise (even if we never knew quite where the hero issue with touch stemmed from). I was pulled in and kept in. The parts with the heroine's sister didn't blend with the rest of the story, but they did add interest. The heat built slowly, but once it started, it exceeded expectations. The mild bondage was a nice twist. Good historic detail and language without an excess of it. Darker in tone, and don't look for a lot of witty banter in this one, either.

Hoyt at her best

I've read several of Hoyt's historical romances and this is by far my favorite. Two very interesting characters, a notorious but vulnerable aristocrat and a prim widow who harbors a guilty secret. A plot -- bargain -- that brings them together repeatedly in the dark alleys of St Giles and the ballrooms of London society. It is also nice to get a glimpse of other characters who have their own books, such as Temperance's brother Winter Makepeace, who is the Ghost in Thief of Shadows.


One of the best I've read. Great plot and characters. Gripping.

Wicked Intentions
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Historical
  • Published: Aug 01, 2010
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Seller: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Print Length: 416 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 1, Maiden Lane
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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