Duke of Pleasure by Elizabeth Hoyt
Publisher & Release: Grand Central Publishing, November 29, 2016
Time and setting: Georgian, London
Genre: Historical Romance
Length: 337 pages
Heat Level: 2 Flames
Rating: 4 Gold Crowns
IN THE ARMS OF DANGER
Bold. Brave. Brutally handsome. Hugh Fitzroy, the Duke of Kyle, is the king's secret weapon. Sent to defeat the notorious Lords of Chaos, he is ambushed in a London alley-and rescued by an unlikely ally: a masked stranger with the unmistakable curves of a woman.
IN THE HEAT OF DESIRE
Cocky. Clever. Courageously independent. Alf has survived on the perilous streets of St. Giles by disguising her sex. By day she is a boy, dealing in information and secrets. By night she's the notorious Ghost of St. Giles, a masked vigilante. But as she saves Hugh from assassins, she finds herself succumbing to temptation . . .
ONE KISS WILL CHANGE THEIR LIVES FOREVER
When Hugh hires Alf to investigate the Lords of Chaos, her worlds collide. Once Hugh realizes that the boy and the Ghost are the same, will Alf find the courage to become the woman she needs to be-before the Lords of Chaos destroy them both?
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I’ve been a fan of the Maiden Lane series from the beginning, so when I saw this one was available on Net-Galley, I immediately requested it in exchange for an honest review. This is not my favorite book in the series, but nonetheless, enjoyable.
Duke of Pleasure is fast-paced as are most of Ms. Hoyt’s books. The first scene dropped me right into the middle of a suspenseful situation. The chemistry between Alf and Kyle fairly jumps off the page, and it only gets stronger as the story progresses.
Even though Kyle thinks Alf is a boy for part of the book, they share several steamy kisses when she is the Ghost of St. Giles. I loved it when he at last realizes Alf and the ghost are the same. He’s like a kid let loose in a candy store, physically! Now on an emotional level, it take him a little longer.
Alf’s character is a cocky, and at time, an abrasive heroine. That is not my favorite type of female, but I still grew to love her by the end of the book. She is absolutely awesome with Peter and Kit, the hero’s two little boys. They add a lot to this book.
Kyle is a good hero. He was dealt a bad hand of cards in his first marriage, and it’s no wonder he is less than enthusiastic when he finds himself attracted to Alf. His goals, motivation and conflict are very clear from the start, and his character gained my empathy right away.
If you’re a fan of historical romance, then this is a must read. I always know I’m in for a treat when I read one of Ms. Hoyt’s novels, and Duke of Pleasure is a highly enjoyable read. While this one is not my favorite of the series, it is very good and well worth my time. Happy reading!