Review: Once Upon a Maiden Lane by Elizabeth Hoyt

Reviewed by Jen

I really enjoyed the last Maiden Lane novel, but noticeably absent was any sense of closure for the many characters and storylines the series covered over 12 installments. This novella does that a little. We get to catch up a little with the Makepeace families, the Caires, and the other couples who are now getting their Happy Ever Afters, but they’re all crammed in around the romance of Mary Whitsun.

You’ll remember Mary as one of the orphans Temperance took a shine to at the Foundling Home she ran with her brother Winter Makepeace. This goes all the way back to the first book, Wicked Intentions, so it’s a big fat shout out to the series’ beginnings. Mary now serves as the nanny to Temperance (now Lady Caire’s) two children. She is a servant, but also in a way, part of the family. [Read more…]

Review: Duke of Desire by Elizabeth Hoyt

Reviewed by Jen

The Maiden Lane series has long been one of my favorites in historical romance and this 12th installment had me glued to the pages from beginning to end. I need to tell you before we get too far, though, that this book is dark—darker than anything I have read from Elizabeth Hoyt in the past. That was more than ok with me, and frankly was what I signed up for with a scarred, tortured hero whose father once ran a debauched sex club featuring rape, child abuse, and torture. But still, I’ve seen some reviews that were taken aback by this, so go in with your eyes open. [Read more…]

Jen’s Favorites of 2016

I haven’t read quite as many books this year as I did in years past. Part of the reason is the huge life changes that came with a new job and a major move for my family. The other came with my sudden burning desire to write a book of my own.

So my reading list was shorter, but I still found some great titles in 2016! [Read more…]

Review: Duke of Pleasure by Elizabeth Hoyt

duke-of-pleasureReviewed by Jen

I am such a huge fan of Elizabeth Hoyt and her Maiden Lane books. I feel like I say that every time I read one, but they’re just so good! This installment is one of my favorites, and that is thanks to a heroine unlike any of the others.

We’ve met Alf in the previous books, a street urchin who pretends to be a boy for her own protection. She procured information. She was cocky and sure. She knew how to keep herself alive. And now… she is the Ghost of St. Giles. [Read more…]

Review: Once Upon a Moonlit Night by Elizabeth Hoyt

once upon a moonlit nightReviewed by Jen

This is a great little companion novella to Duke of Sin. It picks up the thread of what happens to Hippolyta after she escapes the clutches of the Duke of Montgomery. We saw her running away in the last book… and that is exactly what she is doing as this story begins. She’s bedraggled and covered in mud when she runs in front of Matthew’s carriage and begs for help.

Hippolyta has no idea Matthew is a newly appointed earl and he doesn’t believe her claims that she is a lady. It gives them both the freedom to act outside the bounds of propriety. It’s nothing too racy, but there’s some cute banter and sexual tension that build a bond between them in the short time they are together. Of course, the carriage ride doesn’t last forever, and the second act follows them as they return to their real lives and deal with the repercussions of their time on the run. [Read more…]

Review: Duke of Sin by Elizabeth Hoyt

duke of sinReviewed by Jen

I always get excited when a new Elizabeth Hoyt book comes out. I adore her and her Maiden Lane series. I have to say I was very curious about how she was going to make a hero out of Val. He was quite thoroughly unlikable in all of the previous books. He has lied. He has kidnapped. He seems to have no conscience at all. He was the villain for crying out loud. But I should have never doubted. And she always does, Hoyt pulled me in and I couldn’t put this book down from the moment I started it.

What’s cool about this is that Hoyt does not try to rewrite Val’s character. He is still extremely flawed. The thing is, we just finally begin to learn how he got this way. I really didn’t think I would care about his backstory. I didn’t believe there would be any excuse for what an awful guy he is. But I was wrong. [Read more…]

Jen’s Favorite Books of 2015

It’s hard to believe we’re leaving another great year of reading behind us. In 2015, I found it more difficult to find books that suit my taste. I don’t care to read about billionaire bachelors, rock stars, step-brothers, biker gangs, or BDSM. Take a minute and think about how many titles fell into those categories last year.  I did a lot of backlist reading to fill in the gaps.

There were some really good new releases that I did enjoy; they were just more scarce. Here’s a look at some of the 2015 releases that really satisfied. [Read more…]

Review: Sweetest Scoundrel by Elizabeth Hoyt

sweetest scoundrelReviewed by Jen

I have to admit, Eve didn’t exactly thrill me as a character in Dearest Rogue. She struck me as odd and a weird mix of weak and ruthless. This book didn’t really change that impression of her, but it did explain why she is the way she is, and that does help a lot.  Despite my reservations about the heroine, I was definitely looking forward to this story. I am all about the Makepeace clan, and while Asa is decidedly different from his brothers and sisters, he was engaging and interesting in his own way. [Read more…]

Giveaway: Dearest Rogue

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I am a HUGE fan of Elizabeth Hoyt’s Maiden Lane series.  Dearest Rogue is out today and the awesome peeps at Grand Central Publishing are giving away a copy here at Red Hot Books (US/Can only.) Check out the details!

dearest rogueHE CAN GUARD HER

Lady Phoebe Batten is pretty, vivacious, and yearning for a social life befitting the sister of a powerful duke. But because she is almost completely blind, her overprotective brother insists that she have an armed bodyguard by her side at all times-the very irritating Captain Trevillion.

FROM EVERY DANGER

Captain James Trevillion is proud, brooding, and cursed with a leg injury from his service in the King’s dragoons. Yet he can still shoot and ride like the devil, so watching over the distracting Lady Phoebe should be no problem at all-until she’s targeted by kidnappers.

BUT PASSION ITSELF

Caught in a deadly web of deceit, James must risk life and limb to save his charge from the lowest of cads-one who would force Lady Phoebe into a loveless marriage. But while they’re confined to close quarters for her safekeeping, Phoebe begins to see the tender man beneath the soldier’s hard exterior . . . and the possibility of a life-and love-she never imagined possible.

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Review: Dearest Rogue by Elizabeth Hoyt

dearest rogueReviewed by Jen

Elizabeth Hoyt has done it again, wow’ing me with another swoon-worthy romance in her Maiden Lane series. Lady Phoebe Batten has come a long way from the pudgy, bespectacled little sister we met back in Lady Hero’s book. She has grown into a woman who is intelligent, spirited, and now, completely blind.  Captain James Trevillion, formerly of the King’s dragoons, serves as her bodyguard. [Read more…]