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"Hoyt's third Maiden Lane novel is historical romance at its best!"―Publishers Weekly

"Hoyt's fourth Maiden Lane Georgian-era romance (after Scandalous Desires) is an expert blend of scintillating romance and mystery."
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:

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Product Details

  • Series: Maiden Lane (Book 4)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (June 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455508322
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455508327
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #827,575 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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42 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Jen (Red Hot Books) TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 26, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I loved this book. It's easily one of my favorite historical romances of 2012!

The best thing about the story: the hero, Winter Makepeace. He is, by all outward appearances, this drab, stuffy, severe man who runs a home for foundling children. But there is so much more to him than meets the eye. While he toils away for the orphans by day... by night, he is a masked protector of the downtrodden... the Ghost of St. Giles.

Lady Isabel happens across Winter's alter-ego after he has been injured. She finds him unconscious in the road and rescues him from an angry mom. Isabel brings him home and tends his injuries, having no idea that it's really Winter she is attending. Once he regains consciousness, however, Winter recognizes her as one of the patronesses of his orphanage. He sees her in a whole new light, but he doesn't stick around to get to know her better.

In fact, with his attraction towards her, Winter thinks distance is the best option. After all, he has stayed celibate on purpose, devoting all of his energies into his mission to help the helpless. A relationship would only weaken his devotion to his cause. His plans to avoid Isabel fail spectacularly, however. When one of the other patronesses suggests he needs some social tutoring, Isabel is nominated for the job. Either he cooperates or he could lose the orphanage that he holds so dear.

It's almost like Winter has two distinct personalities: his headmaster side and his Ghost side. Both are so fascinating and well developed. He was so well-crafted, he felt like a real person. An honorable, driven, loyal, sexy, virgin-person. (*fans self*) I loved watching him struggle with his growing feelings for Isabel.
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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Letitia on June 26, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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Rating: B+ ... Heat: Hot

While this isn't my first novel by Hoyt (I loved my affair with The Raven Prince very much indeed), it was my first Maiden Lane. And it worked great as a standalone. It didn't feel like I was missing anything vital by not having read the previous three books. But that's not to say that now I don't want to go back and start at the beginning - because I definitely do!

From nearly page one, there is action and intrigue and heat. From the moment Isabel happens upon the injured, and costumed, Winter, there is no going back for either of them. As oddly matched as they seemingly are - as Isabel is a lady, a widow, and nearly ten years older and Winter is a commoner, a schoolmaster, and a vigilante - they are like magnets. Pulled together or forced apart, depending on how they're arranged. Their chemistry was evident from the very first.

And the plot is this odd mix of one part Historical Romance with another part Oliver Twist and a dash of Zorro. Might sound strange, but it was a wonderful combination. It added a touch of whimsy and imagination to the usual fare. It was refreshing. And it honestly touched the kid in me, reading about a masked vigilante that dresses up as a Harlequin.

Which brings me to the story within the story featuring the Harlequin Ghost of St. Giles. Often I'm not a fan of those types of chapter beginnings, featuring prose or quotes or snippets or some such, but that wasn't the case this time. The tale of the Harlequin and his True Love was cute and entertaining and mirrored the story nicely.

The other Ghost of St. Giles, Winter Makepeace, is the hero of this tale however. And what a hero he is!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By doing too much online shopping on June 28, 2012
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I LOVED this book. The tension, connection, attraction and love between the two main characters were palpable. This is, in my opinion, one of the bets romance books this year, along with At Your Pleasure by Meredith Duran and Silk for Seduction by Loretta Chase. I stayed up `til 4AM in the morning to finish the book. It was so addictive. Why I loved this book (in order of importance):

1. I love a story where a very stoic hero who, once enlightened by love, is completely devoted, loving and supportive to the heroine. And Winter... once he accepted his feelings for Isabel... let's just say he's very sexy and delicious. He's completely confident in who he is and therefore has no need to lash out or abuse others. A refreshing change.

2. The heroine was not a simpering virgin. She's confident and enjoys her sexuality. But she's not perfect. **SMALL SPOILER** The scene where she confessed her feeling towards another woman's pregnancy was so real and raw, gave me goose bumps.

3. The sexual tension build up... hot!

4. NO stupid misunderstandings or refusal to communicate. People had reasons to act the way they act.

5. The plot and 2nd characters were enough to add dimension and depth to the story, but not too much to distract. Just the perfect amount. *Small Spoiler** So what if the side story has a viscount who wanted to be the manager of the home... it is not the main plot and does not distract from the story.

I can't wait for the next book! There's a small scene in this book between the charcters for the next book in the series. Even though it's such a short scene, it's well written and has just enough tension and mystery to get me salivating for the next book. Awesome job Ms Hoyt!
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