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Product Details

  • Series: Maiden Lane (Book 3)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; 1 edition (October 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446558931
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446558938
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #296,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"Bestseller Hoyt brings steamy sensuality...in this engaging series launch... enhanced by earthy, richly detailed characterizations and deft historical touches."—Publishers Weekly (starred review on Wicked Intentions)

"There's an enchantment to Hoyt's stories that makes you believe in the magic of love."—-Romantic Times BOOKreviews Magazine

"Elizabeth Hoyt writes with flair, sophistication, and unstoppable passion."—-Julianne MacLean, author of PORTRAIT OF A LOVER

"Hoyt is firmly in control of her craft with engaging characters, gripping plot and clever dialogue."—-Publishers Weekly

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's books have finaled four times in Romance Writers of America's prestigious RITA award contest, have won two Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Awards, and were nominated for a third. All of her books have received Top Pick reviews from Romantic Times BookReviews magazine. Both Wicked Intentions and Notorious Pleasures received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly. Four of her books were voted into All About Romance's (AAR's) Top 100 Romances of All Time list and six were Desert Isle Keepers at AAR. Elizabeth's books have been translated into twelve languages.

Elizabeth lives in central Illinois with a bevy of untrained canines and a garden in constant need of weeding. You can write to her at Elizabeth@ElizabethHoyt.com or PO Box 17134, Urbana, IL 61803. Please visit her website, ElizabethHoyt.com, for contests, book excerpts, news, and Sidetracked Research Articles. You can also follow her on Twitter @ElizabethHoyt and find her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ElizabethHoytBooks

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, http://ElizabethHoyt.com, for contests, book excerpts, news, and Sidetracked Research Articles.

Customer Reviews

Very sweet romance, good characters.
I like romance books
I was really thinking Mickey and Silence were going to be my favorite characters of the series, but they ended up being just ok.
I Read Romance
This is the third book in the series that I have read and I did so out of order until now.
Kristin S. Molden

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By romancecritic on October 19, 2011
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I confess I am an Elizabeth Hoyt addict. She cannot write fast enough for me. This third installment to the Maiden Lane Series was an enjoyable, light read.

The novel is a very sweet romance. When I first started reading it, I thought - since it was more emotionally based - that I might be disappointed; I was anticipating its release for six months after all and had envisioned all sorts of dark, sexy scenarios Hoyt might write - Mickey is a pirate after all. But as the story progressed, its tenderness engulfed me.

If you are a Hoyt fan, you know how this plot develops. Widowed Silence Hollingbrook, the caretaker/mother of little baby Mary Darling, is "blackmailed" by Mickey O'Connor into living with him, as he has taken possession of his daughter, Mary, in order to protect her from his enemies. Of course, this is something Mickey has planned for over a year because he has been "haunted" by Silence ever since that bargain they made in "Wicked Intentions." And so the love story begins.

Silence's character, throughout the novel, remains true. She is what Hoyt built her up to be in the preceding two books - a genuinely good sort of woman, a romantic, a person of faith and strong constitution, puritanical at times, and naively blind to the true makeup of her first marriage. Mickey/Michael, on the other hand, is a more emotional man than I had envisioned - not in the weeping, clinging sort of way, but more in the tender, compassionate variety. However, the two compliment each other beautifully and make a believable couple, a true relationship.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A. Schreiner on October 21, 2011
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I have fallen in love with a pirate.

We have seen glimpses of "Charming" Mickey O'Connor throughout the first two books of Elizabeth Hoyt's Maiden Lane series. And we have, of course, witnessed Silence Hollingbrook sacrifice herself to Mickey for one night to save her husband from charges he stole cargo from one of Mickey's ships. On that fateful night, Mickey didn't touch Silence, but when she returned home to her husband, all trust was lost, and he soon died.

Now Silence, who with her brother Winter runs the Home for Unfortunate Infants and Foundling Children in the very poor part of London called St. Giles, mourns the loss of her husband and bears the shame of everyone thinking Mickey took advantage of her. But she has bigger concerns. Mickey has kidnapped the very young Mary Darling from Silence's home. Mary was left on the orphanage's door step a year ago, and Silence has come to care for her as her own daughter. But she has suspicions that Mickey is Mary's father.

Mickey is a river pirate, making every boat that passes along the Thames pay him a tithe. He kills, thieves and, although from the outside you would never guess it, he lives in a palace in St. Giles. The heavily guarded, outwardly dilapidated buildings house vast riches. Surrounded by treasures, servants and any woman he wants, Mickey is leading a grand life. But he can't shake that one night he spent with Silence. Although he never touched her, her beauty and air of purity make him desire her in a way he has never felt before.

Mickey has many enemies, but the biggest threat comes from the vicar of Whitechapel, aka Charles O'Grady.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Katie Babs VINE VOICE on October 25, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Elizabeth Hoyt has written the must read historical romance of the year. Scandalous Desires (Maiden Lane #3) is beyond perfect from beginning to end. Scandalous Desire will most likely end up being counted as one of my all-time favorite romances because Elizabeth makes the relationship between the hero and heroine work so well when it shouldn't. "Charming" Mickey O'Connor will become a much beloved hero, so much so that he's on par with Derek Craven from Lisa Kleypas's classic novel, Dreaming of You. And do I dare to say perhaps Mickey even surpasses Derek, mainly because the reader is given a bit more insight on the way Mickey ticks and acts the way he does? Silence Hollingbrook is both a worthy advisory and soul mate for Mickey and watching them fall for one another is full of delicious goodness.

Silence lost her husband almost a year ago after he was lost at sea. Her brother Winter runs the Home for Unfortunate Infants and Foundling Children in London's poor and criminal ridden, St. Giles. She has become a foster mother to an infant girl she named Mary Darling after Mary was left on her doorstep as a newborn. Silence acts and lives a very Puritan life, still mourning the loss of her husband, Will, who she loved dearly. Will and her were barely on speaking terms after she saved him from going to prison by appealing to Mickey, the proclaim king of the St. Giles underbelly after Mickey stole items from the ship Will was in charge of keeping safe. Silence sacrificed herself to save Will and ended up spending the night with Mickey, although she swears nothing happened between them. Along with her reputation in tatters, her husband didn't believe her and before Silence could make retributions, he went away to sea and died.
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