Duke of SinMaiden 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.
Forever (Grand Central Publishing)
Categories ~ historical romance
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.
A WOMAN OF HONOR
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.
A SECRET THAT THREATENS TO DESTROY THEM BOTH
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.
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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
Once Upon a Christmas Eve (#11.5) ~ 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.