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.
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
From Publishers Weekly
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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.