I loved this book. It was absolutely everything I hoped it would be and then some. Elizabeth Hoyt did a phenomenal job setting up the romance between Silence and Charming Mickey. It whet my appetite in all the right ways in the first two books of the series. But watching it unfold here was even better than I expected.
The first time we met Mick, he was more villain than hero material. He stole the cargo from the ship that belonged to Silence’s husband, and she went to him, asking to get it back. But it was a devil’s bargain. Silence had to let the world think Mick seduced her in exchange for his cooperation. It ruined her marriage and her reputation in one fell swoop. Now, a year later, Silence’s husband is dead and the abandoned baby she has been raising has disappeared. As little Mary Darling has grown into a toddler, it’s been impossible to ignore how much she looks like Mick –and two things are obvious. He is the child’s father and now he has taken her back.
Silence goes to Mick to get the baby back, only for him to refuse. His enemies have learned about the child and he only trusts his men to keep her safe. Silence can stay with the child, but only at Mick’s palace. At first, she find exactly the kind of man she expected: an ass who thinks the world should bow to his whims. But the more time she spends with him, the more she gets to know how he got that way… and the more she learns the different facets of him, hidden beneath all the bluster and bravado.
Yes, Mick was pretty difficult to like at first, but over the course of the book, I really grew to love him. He is scrappy and vulnerable. He is wounded and proud; smart and sexy. As his many layers were revealed, it became impossible not to root for his happy ending with Silence and Mary Darling.
As for Silence, I liked her a lot as well. I thought I might struggle with her being able to forgive Mick for what he did to her, but it happened so organically. I believed in her love for the baby, and because of that, I understood why she accepted his invitation to move in. And after that, I appreciated that she was able to view him through a different lens as she learned his history. I absolutely loved these two together, and the progression of their romance was very well done.
I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the fantastic ending which reveals the identity of the Ghost of St. Giles. I actually already knew this was coming because I have read later books in the series. Yet I found myself cheering anyway. It really makes me want to read book 4 again… especially since I loved it so much the first time.
This is a great installment of a very good series. Books like these are what make Elizabeth Hoyt one of my very favorite historical romance authors. She has got the goods, folks.
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by Elizabeth Hoyt
Release Date: October 18, 2011
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing