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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 bestselling author of over seventeen lush historical romances including the Maiden Lane series. Publishers Weekly has called her writing "mesmerizing." She also pens deliciously fun contemporary romances under the name Julia Harper. Elizabeth lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with three untrained dogs, a garden in constant need of weeding, and the long-suffering Mr. Hoyt.

The winters in Minnesota have been known to be long and cold and Elizabeth is always thrilled to receive reader mail. You can write to her at: P.O. Box 19495, Minneapolis, MN 55419 or email her at: Elizabeth@ElizabethHoyt.com.

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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: 4.2 x 1.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #700,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Elizabeth Hoyt is a New York Times, USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of historical romance, including reader favorite, The Raven Prince. She also writes deliciously fun contemporary romance under the name Julia Harper. Born in New Orleans, but raised in the frigid winters of Saint Paul, Minnesota, Elizabeth was fortunate to travel extensively when she was growing up and lived in St. Andrews, Scotland; Oxford England; and Kawasaki, Japan. She went to the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where she not only earned a degree in anthropology but also met Mr. Hoyt. Some years later, after a short pause to birth and raise two children, Elizabeth realized that she really wasn't qualified to do anything but Make up Stories and started writing.

Elizabeth now lives in central Illinois with a bevy of untrained canines, a garden in constant need of weeding, and, of course, Mr. Hoyt.

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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
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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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