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Wicked Intentions (Maiden Lane) Mass Market Paperback – August 1, 2010
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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
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The writing is sound and lures the reader onward. Many characters present themselves (this is Book 1 of a series) and are also well defined and complex. If explicit erotica which is less than gratuitous offends the reader, they only have to elide it (it does have a purpose, but is not vital).
I wona a copy of the ebook (good! my print was in tatters), then got the audio on sale at Audible.
Temperance runs a home for orphaned or unwanted children and she has helped extensively with it since the death of her husband. It is in dire straits so when a man shows up asking for her help with the people in that part of town she offers it to him in exchange for help finding a new patron in the upper crust of society. Temperance is a do-gooder to the core and it was interesting to find out why she is depriving herself so many thing for a punishment she thinks she deserves.
Lord Caire is notorious. Apparently the ladies of the Ton are afraid of the good Lord due to his proclivities in the bedroom. They made it out to seem like they were hugely atrocious but turns out he just likes to tie up his partners, which is pretty scandalous to his peers it seems. But that isn’t why he is broken, in fact that is just a little side perk. Nope the reason he is broken is that he can’t stand t be touched, anyone touching him gives him physical pain. He also feels nothing for anyone so when he starts to experience strange sensations like empathy when it comes to Temperance he is addicted and wants more.
“It was a strange thing, this feeling of empathy. He'd never experienced it before. He realized that what hurt this woman hurt him as well, that what made her bleed caused a hemorrhage of pain within his soul.”
Lord Claire is searching for the murderer of his mistress. But he is an aristocrat and so he is getting nowhere with the people of St. Giles street. But when Temperance agrees to help he finds that he has stirred up a hornets nest and put them both in danger.
I enjoyed the flirtation and fighting between the two. I liked how each saw past the mask the other presented. While I didn’t love Temperance’s big secret (view spoiler) But Caire still made her very likeable to be because of how he saw her.
"Because you draw me. Because you are kind but not soft. Because when you touch me, the pain is bittersweet. Because you cradle a desperate secret to your bosom, like a viper in your arms, and don't let go of it even as it gnaws upon your very flesh. I want to pry that viper from your arms. To suckle upon your torn and bloody flesh. To take your pain within myself and make it mine.”
While their story was pretty good I was really interested in the flamboyant Captain and Temperance’s sister Silence. I like the set up for that tale and hope to make it to their book soon. There is also a man running around in the night pretending to be the Ghost of St. Giles and helping out those in need. With the mask, cape and hat he reminded me a little of Zorro, but who doesn’t like men in masks coming to their rescue brandishing a sword???
Overall this is a decent introduction into the Maiden Lane storylines and I’m interested to see what the author does with this landscape.
Our heroine is a widow who helps with the family charity - a foundling home. The home is set in St. Giles, a dangerous slum. The hero is a lord who is seeking his mistress' murderer. He is a cold and distant fellow, and he cannot bear to be touched by another human being. His sexual proclivities are considered odd.
The heroine has her own demons.
Her knowledge of the slum make her the prefect guide for the hero. The couple find there is more to their relationship than the physical.
The story also involved the heroine's brothers and sister. The sister risks everything for her husband. The older brothers cannot seem to get along, and the youngest is slowly dying under the weight of running the founding home.
The book covers many emotions - romance that is dark, unsettling, hopeful and hopeless. I shall look for the next book in this series.
The story was intriguing and the mystery kept me interested, but the pace was so-so. It would move fast and then drag a bit.
If I started the series with this book, I’d never read the rest. That said, I have to admit that the book wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t as good as the last one. I’m not sure why that is. It might be the characters. The heroine wasn’t as likable or fun and the hero even less.
Now that I own all nine books, I’m committed to reading them all, but I am hoping that the next one will be more to my liking.
Am I recommending it? Yes, but please try to read them in order.
Melanie for b2b
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