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Wicked Intentions (Maiden Lane Book 1) by [Hoyt, Elizabeth]
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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Bestseller Hoyt (To Desire a Devil) brings steamy sensuality to the slums of early 18th-century London in this engaging series launch. Demure widow Temperance Dews desperately needs funding for her orphanage. Lazarus Huntington, the famously debauched Lord Caire, needs to find out who murdered one of his mistresses. Lazarus offers Temperance an interesting bargain: if she will be his guide in the grimy neighborhood of St. Giles, he will pay the rent she owes and introduce her to more respectable nobility who might serve as patrons. Dire circumstances force the pair into intimate situations as they discover each other's deepest secrets, and Temperance reveals the passion hidden beneath her puritanical dress. Readers will enjoy the unusual pairing of an aristocratic man and a poor but educated widow, enhanced by earthy, richly detailed characterizations and deft historical touches.
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It is an offer Temperance Dews can’t afford to turn down. Ever since they lost their last patron, Temperance and her brother Winter have struggled to keep open the foundling home their family runs. So when Lazarus Huntington, Lord Caire, arrives one evening with a proposition, Temperance finds herself inviting the notorious nobleman in for tea rather than showing him the door. Lazarus needs to find someone in St. Giles, and he believes Temperance can help him because the foundling home is located in a crime-riddled London neighborhood, and she knows nearly everyone. In exchange, Lazarus will give her the temporary funds she needs, and introduce her to the wealthiest members of society. It was a simple business transaction, but Temperance and Lazarus quickly find themselves distracted by his and her new “partner.” With a dash of sharp wit; a rare literary flair for creating complex, compelling characters; and lively writing that packs a powerful emotional punch, Hoyt delivers the first sensually charged, danger-infused installment in a new Georgian-set series. --John Charles

Product Details

  • File Size: 826 KB
  • Print Length: 401 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; 1 edition (July 17, 2010)
  • Publication Date: August 1, 2010
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003JTHXZ4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,792 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By OLT TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 31, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I respect the majority opinion so far that this is a 5-star book, so please don't hate me when I say that I'm not so fond of it. Now, Elizabeth Hoyt books, in general, I do like, especially her first, THE RAVEN PRINCE, which ranks up there in my list of favorite HRs.

WICKED INTENTIONS has all the ingredients that usually work for me in a paperback romance. Relatively tormented hero, heroine with a secret in her past, a mystery to solve, interesting secondary characters from all walks of life, hot romantic interludes, moments of suspense, moments of tenderness, the necessary HEA. But I found myself not appreciating the H and h much. The hero, Lazarus Huntington, Lord Caire, has, we are to understand, shocking sexual proclivities and a tormented past which leaves him as an adult with a revulsion to human touch and an inability to form emotional attachments. This dislike for touch is also, I assume, what is responsible for his preferences during sex. The problem for me is I read the whole book and then rechecked it after reading and still couldn't find much of a reason for it. I was expecting sexual abuse as a child or some other devastating trauma such as the hero was subjected to in Anna Campbell's CAPTIVE OF SIN, but could find no real reason for his 'touch' problem, only for his emotional attachment issues. In addition, this problem with touch was a bit inconsistent and particular: I can touch you/You can't touch me/Sometimes it's OK, sometimes not.

Heroine Temperance (and the rest of the Makepeace family) also puzzled me. The family has a brewery (not financially sound at this time) run by an older brother and also a charitable home for orphans which Temperance and her brother Winter are in charge of.
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Most of us read romance novels to work through difficulties along with the main characters and to enjoy the euphoria they feel when they find happiness, love, and/or financial security. Those happy endings are all too rare in the real world, where the "bad guys" often win in our daily lives. Elizabeth Hoyt is incapable of writing a bad novel, but this one is unrelentingly dark and cheerless. Hoyt's quirky, amusing secondary characters are missing. Instead, readers are presented with a seriously ill infant, a maniacal dwarf, and an oppressive atmosphere both in the slums of St. Giles and in ballrooms--not to mention the prostitute-gutting and entrail dripping parts of the story.

The book seems to lack focus. This is the first of a series, so perhaps some unresolved issues and extraneous characters are to be expected. However, Hoyt handled the transition from novel to novel so deftly in her other two series that this one seems heavy-handed. Readers are left with the Ghost of St. Giles popping in and out--although clues are given to his identity--poor Silence devastated over the emotional and perhaps permanent physical absence of her husband, and Godric enduring the relentlessly declining health of his beloved wife.

The hero and heroine agree to a mutual assistance pact. He asks her to be his guide as he looks for a murderer in the backstreets of St. Giles. She asks him to introduce her to society in her quest to find a patron for her family's foundling home. Very quickly, he realizes that he is putting her in life-threatening danger--something he finds unacceptable and unnecessary, although he continues to put her in harm's way. She has her greatest patron-hunting success when she bypasses Lord Caire and seeks help from his best friend.
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I have never before read an Elizabeth Hoyt book and that was mostly because after reading reviews about her books, I got the sense they were probably a little too wild with not enough actual story/substance for me. I am so glad I decided to finally test my theory and that I started with this one - I checked it out of the library but am definitely buying my own copy, because I know this will be a reread many, *many* times over! It took me completely off guard, but I absolutely fell in love with this book and its leading characters.

Temperance Dews runs an orphan/foundling home in St. Giles. It was first started by her father and she and one of her brothers, Winter, are now in charge. Due to the sudden death of the home's previous patron, they are now in dire financial straits and have to find some way of paying the rent, the other bills they owe, and supporting the children in their care.

Along comes Lazarus Huntington, Lord Caire with a deal that she can't refuse. He is in search of the murderer who viciously killed his mistress a few months ago, however is not familiar with St. Giles and needs a guide of sorts to help him navigate the area and encourage people to speak with him. Caire offers Temperance a bargain: she will serve as his guide in the evenings and he will help her find a new patron to support the home, providing some funds to make do in the meanwhile.

Caire is a bad, *bad* boy, which everyone appears to know except Temperance. She eventually discovers that he is so well (and scandalously) known because of certain "sexual proclivities" (let me say that although I was a little apprehensive when I read this in other people's reviews, it's really not that bad - he's just *by no means* Mr. Vanilla).
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