Thursday, June 16, 2016

REVIEW Duke of Sin (Maiden Lane #10) by Elizabeth Hoyt

Duke of Sin
Maiden Lane #10 
by Elizabeth Hoyt
Devastatingly handsome. Vain. Unscrupulous. Valentine Napier, the Duke of Montgomery, is the man London whispers about in boudoirs and back alleys.

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Forever (Grand Central Publishing)
Categories ~ historical romance
Audience 18+ 


Devastatingly handsome. Vain. Unscrupulous. Valentine Napier, the Duke of Montgomery, is the man London whispers about in boudoirs and back alleys. A notorious rake and blackmailer, Montgomery has returned from exile, intent on seeking revenge on those who have wronged him. But what he finds in his own bedroom may lay waste to all his plans.


Born a bastard, housekeeper Bridget Crumb is clever, bold, and fiercely loyal. When her aristocratic mother becomes the target of extortion, Bridget joins the Duke of Montgomery's household to search for the incriminating evidence-and uncovers something far more dangerous.


Astonished by the deceptively prim-and surprisingly witty-domestic spy in his chambers, Montgomery is intrigued. And try as she might, Bridget can't resist the slyly charming duke. Now as the two begin their treacherous game of cat and mouse, they soon realize that they both have secrets-and neither may be as nefarious-or as innocent-as they appear . . .

Honestly I loved, loved, loved this book. It is so hard to explain but the authors writing finesse will have the reader falling in love with the Duke in spite of how he lives his life and how dark of a person he is. But things aren't always as they seem sometimes people become a certain way to survive their childhood. The reader will be drawn into the Dukes childhood memories and will have to make a decision to understand why he is as he is and begin to wonder..can he change. 

This books hits on areas of severe family disfunction, being able to see through the walls a person build around themselves and redemption.

What a delicious evil character the Duke of Montgomery is. Too good looking for his own good, here is a man that is so black and twisted that I wanted to run from him as much and he intrigued me. The author weaves a spectacular story between a debauched Duke with a black heart that knows no good and his good hearted and caring housekeeper who has the ability to see through him to the tortured soul and believes he can be a different person.

What an admirable women Bridget is! She has had lots of strife in her life but rises above it to be a better person. She is realistic, observant, resolute and kind. I like her well rounded personality and she was fun to watch as she dealt with the Duke.

I give this 5 STARS for being outside the box of historical romances.
a copy was gifted via Netgalley
~ My Reviews of the series ~
Wicked Intentions (Maiden Lane #1) ~ My Review
Notorious Pleasures (Maiden Lane, #2) Review to Follow
Clever John (Maiden Lane #2.5) Review to Follow
Scandalous Desires (Maiden Lane, #3) Review to Follow
Thief of Shadows (Maiden Lane, #4) Review to Follow
Lord of Darkness (Maiden Lane, #5) Review to Follow
Duke of Midnight (Maiden Lane, #6) Review to Follow
A Maiden Lane Christmas Special (Maiden Lane, #6.5) Review to Follow
Darling Beast (Maiden Lane, #7) Review to Follow
Dearest Rogue (Maiden Lane, #8) Review to Follow
Sweetest Scoundrel (Maiden Lane, #9) Review to Follow
Duke of Sin (Maiden Lane, #10) ~ My Review
Once Upon a Moonlit Night (Maiden Lane, #10.5) ~ My Review
Duke of Pleasure (Maiden Lane, #11) ~ My Review
Once Upon a Christmas Eve (Maiden Lane, #11.5) ~ expected publication date 2016
Duke of Desire (Maiden Lane, #12) ~ expected publication date 2017

Elizabeth Hoyt is a New York Times bestselling author of historical romance. She also writes deliciously fun contemporary romance under the name Julia Harper. Elizabeth lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with three untrained dogs and one long-suffering husband.
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