Monday, November 6, 2017

Wow Review ~ Duke of Desire (Maiden Lane #12) by Elizabeth Hoyt

Sportochick's Musings ~ The author is brilliant in how she develops this story.

Duke of Desire
Maiden Lane #12
by Elizabeth Hoyt

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Publisher ~ Forever (Grand Central Publishing)
Genres ~ Historical Romance


Refined, kind, and intelligent, Lady Iris Jordan finds herself the unlikely target of a diabolical kidnapping. Her captors are the notoriously evil Lords of Chaos. When one of the masked-and nude!-Lords spirits her away to his carriage, she shoots him . . . only to find she may have been a trifle hasty.


Cynical, scarred, and brooding, Raphael de Chartres, the Duke of Dyemore, has made it his personal mission to infiltrate the Lords of Chaos and destroy them. Rescuing Lady Jordan was never in his plans. But now with the Lords out to kill them both, he has but one choice: marry the lady in order to keep her safe.


Much to Raphael's irritation, Iris insists on being the sort of duchess who involves herself in his life-and bed. Soon he's drawn both to her quick wit and her fiery passion. But when Iris discovers that Raphael's past may be even more dangerous than the present, she falters. Is their love strong enough to withstand not only the Lords of Chaos but also Raphael's own demons?

Having read or listened to almost every book to this series I was looking forward to this story regarding Raphael and Iris. Though this book was a little darker than the previous books regarding the Lords of Chaos, it honestly was perfect for the plot of this story.

With the dramatic chapter one the reader is quickly drawn into the drama of what the Lords of Chaos do for entertainment. It is described in clear spine tingling detail making this reader wonder how this book could possibly end up a love story. But never fear this author is brilliant in how she develops this story.

The somewhat meek and loving Iris shines in this story as a woman who finds her backbone and becomes stronger than she could ever imagine. I enjoyed watching her character expand on each page to create a fearless woman with a loving heart.

From the start Raphael is just plain dark with no heart. But as the story progresses the reader will get a detailed glimpse into how he became the person he is and why he does what he does. From the first page his tortured soul spoke to me and I wanted him to have something more out of his life. His character brought to mind the saying "Never judge a book by its cover". 

This book will get your heart racing, your heart aching and your tears flowing. For this reason I give it 4 STARS.

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.

My Reviews of the Maiden Lane Series
Wicked Intentions (#1) ~ My Review   Amazon
Notorious Pleasures (#2) Review to Follow   Amazon
Clever John (#2.5) Review to Follow   Amazon
Scandalous Desires (#3) Review to Follow   Amazon
Thief of Shadows (#4) Review to Follow   Amazon
Lord of Darkness (#5) Review to Follow   Amazon
Duke of Midnight (#6) Review to Follow   Amazon
A Maiden Lane Christmas Special (#6.5) Review to Follow   Amazon
Darling Beast (#7) Review to Follow   Amazon
Dearest Rogue (#8) Review to Follow   Amazon
Sweetest Scoundrel (#9) Review to Follow   Amazon
Duke of Sin (Maiden Lane, #10) ~ My Review   Amazon
Once Upon a Moonlit Night (#10.5) ~ My Review   Amazon
Duke of Pleasure (#11) ~ My Review   Amazon
Once Upon a Christmas Eve (#11.5) ~ My Review   Amazon
Duke of Desire (#12) ~ My Review   Amazon
Once Upon a Maiden Lane (#12.5) ~ My Review   Amazon

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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