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  • Series: Thorndike Press Large Print Core Series (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 491 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Press; Lrg edition (May 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1410437027
  • ISBN-13: 978-1410437020
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,112,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Hoyt's second Maiden Lane novel (after 2010's Wicked Intentions), set in 1737 London, initially seems to follow the formula of the naïve virgin falling prey to the profligate rake. But Lady Hero Batten is quick-witted and forthright, and she refuses to be just another conquest for Griffin Remmington, her fiancé's younger brother. When Griffin insists on accompanying Hero to the orphanage she funds in the dangerous St. Giles area of London, Hero finds him an affable and attractive companion. Their relationship changes as Hero learns that Griffin isn't merely the irresponsible younger son he has pretended to be, and Griffin struggles to meet Hero's high expectations. Fans of historical detail will love subplots involving the campaign to halt the production of gin and the overwhelming need for decent orphanages, and the mysterious happenings in St. Giles provide excitement and suspense. (Feb.)
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*Starred Review* As far as Lady Hero Batten is concerned, history is not about to repeat itself. Griffin Remmington may have successfully seduced his brother Thomas� first wife, but there is no way on earth the notorious rake can ever tempt Hero to cheat on her practically perfect fianc�. Thomas is everything Hero could wish for in a husband: handsome, wealthy, and imminently respectable. While Griffin is the exact opposite, shamelessly involved in gin distilling, even after Hero informs him of the terrible costs that that despicable trade imposes on London�s poorest citizens. Yet the more time Hero spends with Griffin, the more she begins to realize perfection isn�t everything it�s cracked up to be. In the latest emotionally stunning addition to her Maiden Lane series, Hoyt deftly lightens her realistically dark plot with touches of deliciously dry humor, and the sinfully sensual chemistry she creates between her shrewd, acid-tongued heroine and her scandalous sexy hero is pure romance. --John Charles --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Elizabeth Hoyt is the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of historical romance, including reader favorite, The Raven Prince. Elizabeth also writes sexy contemporary romances under the name Julia Harper.

Elizabeth was born in New Orleans but grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota. She has a BA in anthropology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Elizabeth married relatively young and produced two children who kept her busy until her mid-thirties. At about this time, when her youngest was entering Kindergarten, Elizabeth's mother hinted that perhaps Elizabeth should get a Real Job.

Sadly, Elizabeth was so delusional she thought writing a romance novel might qualify as a Real Job.

But! Five years later, to everyone's surprise, she actually sold that romance novel (The Raven Prince) and began a rather successful career as a Romance Novelist. This was most fortunate since Elizabeth is singularly unqualified to do anything else but Make Up Stories.

Since then Elizabeth has written fourteen books to critical acclaim: The Prince Trilogy (The Raven Prince, The Leopard Prince, and The Serpent Prince); the Legend of the Four Soldiers series (To Taste Temptation, To Seduce a Sinner, To Beguile a Beast, and To Desire a Devil); and the Maiden Lane series (Wicked Intentions, Notorious Pleasures, Scandalous Desires, Thief of Shadows, Lord of Darkness, Duke of Midnight, and Darling Beast.) All of Elizabeth's books are set in eighteenth century England and all feature a fairy tale story that serves as a foil to the main story.

Elizabeth lives in central Illinois with a bevy of untrained canines and a garden in constant need of weeding. Please visit her website,, for contests, book excerpts, news, and Sidetracked Research Articles.

Customer Reviews

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The development of love throughout the book, the background of the characters, and the character development of each book is present and strong in each book.
`Notorious Pleasures' is the second book in Elizabeth Hoyt's `Maiden Lane' historical romance series.

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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Katie Babs VINE VOICE on January 25, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Lady Hero Batten comes across two people involved in an act that should shock her seeing as she's the proper daughter of a duke. Instead, Hero is more annoyed and peeved if anything. She actually saves the married lady and her lusty lover from being found by the unknowing husband. The man in question happily pleasuring the lady is the rakish Griffin Remmington, Lord Reading. Instead of Griffin being embarrassed, he unabashedly flirts with Hero, until she walks away in a huff. Both will be in for surprise since Hero is engaged to Griffin's brother, Thomas, the Marquess of Mandeville.

Griffin has quite the scandalous reputation, especially since it's believed he seduced his brother's first wife. Because of this, Griffin and Thomas are barely on speaking terms, although Griffin has done a great deal to keep the Mandeville fortune intact with his business ventures. One such venture Griffin is involved in is being one of the biggest gin distillers in the dark world of St. Giles. Griffin is surprised to find that Hero has interests in St. Giles as well, as the patroness for the Home of Unfortunate Infants and Foundling Children run by the Mrs. Silence Hollingbrook and her brother, Winter.

Soon Griffin is concerned for Hero's safety as she enters the dark streets of St. Giles. He refuses to allow her to be unaccompanied and becomes her bodyguard of sorts. Griffin and Hero's relationship changes into friendship that comes to ahead when their passions explode for one another. They begin to sneak away to act on their passion (the first love scene between them is incredibly erotic and seductive) knowing they are betraying Thomas, who in turn can't forget his mistress, the loud and vibrant older widowed Mrs. Lavinia Tate, who he longs to be with desperately.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By I Read Romance on January 25, 2011
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Elizabeth Hoyt has definitely brought in a breath of fresh air to the monotony of Regency England romances with her Maiden Lane series. This book is the second in the series and it actually achieves the rare reality of being as good as the first book.

In the second book, EHoyt brings readers out of St. Giles for a romp through the homes of the rich and titled, as one of the patronesses of the St. Giles foundling home, Hero, is faced with the task of all noble ladies: getting married to a wealthy, titled gentleman. In her case, Hero's brother, a duke, has already arranged for the ideal match with his good friend, a marquess. He's everything she could want in a husband: he's respectful, has a title, has money; he's safe, and Hero likes being safe. Enter her fiance's brother, the disreputable rake, who shakes up Hero's life. Of course at this point you could say it's just another rake gets reformed by lady story, which is true, except it's how EHoyt does it that is rare and unique to the genre. EHoyt let's you into the life of the characters outside of the pretentiousness of balls, parties and clandestine meetings. You develop a sense for who the characters are as people - they aren't shaped merely by literary power, but rather by the circumstances surrounding them. In also a twist on the expected, the titled older brother of the hero comes out as the least heroic of the the characters, due not to what he does but what he doesn't do for a man in his position. The heroine is a character that reminds me much of Jane Austen's heroines - she deftly towes the line between socially acceptable behavior and the desire to just say "to heck with it all". She's not a contender for bad girls club, yet neither is she waving the feminist movement flag before its time.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Bronwyn VINE VOICE on July 1, 2011
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I just finished the second installment of the 'Maiden Lane' series, and was thoroughly let down. I rate this book 2.5 stars because the gin distillery story line (didn't know what a gin still was till now!) was actually pretty interesting. I don't think I have ever read a romance that heavily highlighted the slums like this. I'm not just talking about having the 'cockney bruiser with a heart of gold' tertiary character, or Cinderella-esque slums to riches romance, but where major action and settings are in St. Giles.

With THAT said, I was really disappointed with the overall romance story. Funny enough, I didn't really have an issue with Hero or Griffin for the first half or so of the book. I am willing suspend belief that a Duke's daughter/sister didn't have a man of business to conduct her affairs, and actually had no qualms visiting St. Giles. And I couldn't be bothered with Griffin's way of making money.

What fell apart for me, was Hero's schtick: 'Lord Shameless is so bad, but he's soooo hot! I will bed him (again and again) but not wed him! I'm sad that my future husband slapped me in anger, but I will marry him any way because it was my fault and brother dearest knows best. ' Like seriously, by the second half of the book I couldn't figure this chick out.

Now the sleeping together doesn't really bother me, as much as the fact that *when Griffin offered marraige she said no BECAUSE she thought it was insincere since he was doing it out of duty.* Huh?! You say you love him , you have sex with him while engaged to his brother, but you don't want to MARRY him because it's not the 'right thing' to do?!! But you're marrying his titled elder brother because THAT's the right thing to do?!!
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