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Duke of Sin (Maiden Lane) Mass Market Paperback – May 31, 2016
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"4 1/2 Stars! Top Pick! Hoyt delivers a unique read on many levels: a love story, a tale of redemption and a plot teeming with emotional depth that takes readers' breaths away. Kudos to a master storyteller!"―RT Book Reviews
"[T]his superbly executed historical romance is proof positive that this RITA Award-nominated author continues to write with undiminished force and flair. When it comes to incorporating a generous measure of dangerous intrigue and lush sensuality into a truly swoonworthy love story, Hoyt is unrivaled."―Booklist (starred review) on Dearest Rogue
"4 1/2 Stars! Hoyt takes an unlikely pair of characters and, through the magic of her storytelling, turns them into the perfect couple... [A] read to remember."―RT Book Reviews on Dearest Rogue
"Hoyt's exquisitely nuanced characters, vividly detailed setting, and seemingly effortless and elegant writing provide the splendid material from which she fashions yet another ravishingly romantic love story."―Booklist (starred review) on Darling Beast
"4 1/2 Stars! Top Pick! Darling Beast is wondrous, magical and joyous -- a read to remember."―RT Book Reviews
"Richly drawn characters fill the pages of this emotionally charged mix of mystery and romance."―Publishers Weekly on Duke of Midnight
"4 1/2 Stars! Top Pick! There is enchantment in the Maiden Lane series, not just the fairy tales Hoyt infuses into the memorable romances, but the wonder of love combined with passion, unique plotlines and unforgettable characters."―RT Book Reviews on Duke of Midnight
"I adore the Maiden Lane series, and this fifth book is a very welcome addition to the series . . . [It's] sexy and sweet all at the same time . . . This can be read as a standalone, but I adore each book in this series and encourage you to start from the beginning."―USA Today's Happy Ever After Blog on Lord of Darkness
"Lord of Darkness is classic Elizabeth Hoyt, meaning it's unique, engaging, and leaves readers on the edge of their seats, waiting for the next book . . . an incredible addition to the fantastic Maiden Lane series. I Joyfully Recommend Godric and Megs's tale, for it's an amazing, well-crafted story with an intriguing plot and a lovely, touching romance that I want to enjoy again and again and again . . . simply enchanting!"―JoyfullyReviewed.com on Lord of Darkness
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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Val has been a favorite character of mine ever since he was first introduced. He’s morally ambiguous at best, a villain at worst, and has wreaked havoc in the lives of past heroes and heroines more than once. In prior Maiden Lane books, he reminded me of Loki (as played by Tom Hiddleston) and I found the combination of intelligence, deviousness, and brief glimpses of humanity compelling. I was grateful to find that Duke of Sin, Ms. Hoyt doesn’t defang Val, but shows us what shaped his character, what drives him, and what makes him a hero worth rooting for without making him a different character. Val can be cold, certainly, and he’s most definitely calculating, but he’s not – as he believes – incapable of love. To start, it’s clear to readers that he does love his sister, even if he doesn’t recognize the emotion. Val’s life was shaped by a complete monster and his need for power, to control everything around him, stems from that. But he’s on a nasty path and it will take a very special heroine with a spine of steel to bring him back from the darkness. Bridget Crumb is exactly that heroine. Bridget has been raised to be a very proper, efficient housekeeper, but there’s something about Val that ruffles her feathers. She’s a case of still waters running deep, and the longer she’s around Val, the more her true nature comes to the surface. Bridget is smart, kind, sensual, and strong. She’s an endearing heroine in her own right, but when paired with Val she becomes downright fascinating.
Bridget and Val’s relationship is captivating. It develops naturally over the course of the story and it was wonderful to watch unfold. Val loves to be shocking and Bridget is initially cautious around him, but she’s never cowed. The banter between them is fantastic and positively crackles with energy. As each becomes intrigued by the other, desire begins to develop and they both start to change. The romance and character development are closely linked in Duke of Sin and this works phenomenally well, making the pages of the story fly by. Val and Bridget’s love story is by turns exciting, sensual, and emotional. These are two people who will never be average and it’s fitting that their romance isn’t either.
Duke of Sin is the tenth book in Ms. Hoyt’s Maiden Lane series, and if you don’t mind some spoilers, it can be read as a standalone. That being said, I think my investment in the book is higher because I’ve been intrigued by Val in previous stories. This book also delves further into the history of the villainous Lords of Chaos, a club that was first mentioned in the previous book, Sweetest Scoundrel. On a happier note, some past Maiden Lane heroes and heroines play small supporting roles in Val and Bridget’s story, and those moments are sure to delight Maiden Lane fans. Duke of Sin is a unique, engaging romance and I hated when real life intruded and forced me to put the book down. Val and Bridget are refreshingly original characters and I’m grateful that finding their happily ever after doesn’t change that. I loved their unconventional love story, and I can’t wait to read again and again and again.
Review courtesy of Wit and Sin
Wow, Ms. Hoyt continues to just blow me away with her amazing writing! I'll honestly admit that at the start of this story I was unsure if I was going to love it. Because of some comments made, I really wasn't even sure if Val was completely heterosexual or not. He's so outlandish and flamboyant that there was always that niggle of uncertainty. Shortly in those doubts were put to rest however, as the Duke of Montgomery is most definitely a ladies man, and a wicked one at that! I was immediately smitten with him when he was introduced in 'Darling Beast' and then dismayed to find he was the villain of the next two stories. He's an admitted blackmailer, kidnapper, and even a murderer, but incredibly enough I never thought he was beyond redemption. Maybe there's something wrong with me but I loved Val who was utterly unique from his sarcastic sense of humor, to his keen wit, sharp intelligence and silky charm.
Then there was Bridget or "Seraphine" as Val endearingly calls her, who I totally adored. She was smart, brave and stood toe to toe with the duke on more than one occasion and gave just as good as she got. Although she was morally upright, she wasn't preachy and was still human with flaws and imperfections, though for Val she was his angel and saving grace. These two were so different, yet they complemented and completed each other and were two halves of a whole. Their love, need, and passion for each other was breathtakingly beautiful and undeniably intense. I truly enjoyed every second I spent following Val and Bridget along on their incredible journey and the ending literally had me in tears. Overall, this was probably the darkest story of the entire series, but oh was it stunning. It was an emotionally gripping and completely captivating romance and not one that I will soon, if ever, forget!
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