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Overall, this was good but not quite riveting.
The tone of this book is very dark and gothic. It’s set in a poor, densely populated area of London in the 1700s, and the main characters spend a lot of time out on the dangerous streets seeking information about a murder – and the murderer. There’s a lot of poverty, hopelessness and crime in the area, and our heroine is a common widow who runs an orphanage.
The rich and glittery set may as well live in another universe, all of which makes this story quite a bit different than many historical romances. I really liked the change! This won’t be one of those romances that blends into all the others when you try to remember the details!
This had mystery, action, interesting characters, and a great setting, and I’d recommend it to fans of the genre. That said, I never completely connected to any of those characters and I can’t quite figure out why. As silly as this may sound, part of it may have been that the setting was just too dreary to fully enjoy during my short sweet summer. And perhaps the main characters spent a little too much time brooding about being good or evil. That said, I’d like to know what happens next with whatever characters come next in the larger storyline. I can see myself being tempted read the next book around Halloween when gothic feels just right.
The narrator was a little slow but otherwise lovely. If you like historical romance but are feeling a little overwhelmed by hordes of titled, giggling debutantes, maybe something more gothic will fit the bill! The main characters are even (gasp!) grown-ups!
I am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot.
Wicked Intentions will be an audiobook I listen to, definitely more than once. It was a fabulous start to the Maiden Lane series. We are introduced to some of the main characters in the following books in the series and they are all very interesting. The love story of Temperance Dews and Lord Caire was very well written. Their story has a balance of mystery, intrigue and the feeling of completeness in finding a compatible match in love. And, of course a steamy, unbridled romance!
I suppose I loved the ending. I like how two complex characters, that have layers of depth to their psychological make-up, background and inter-struggles harmoniously come together to find a measure of healing in each others arms. Both Temperance and Lord Caire complete each other in a profound way as they seem to understand what each person needs in the relationship. Although they would be an unlikely couple by societal measures, at the base of their beings, they are made for one another and fulfill each other's deepest needs.
Ashford MacNab is so talented. She always does a superb job. Both her male and female voices are so well executed and enjoyable to the listener.
Yes, I loved it! There are parts that make you cringe and others parts that are exuberant and perfect.
Elizabeth Hoyt is definitely one of my favorite authors of this period. She unveils multi-dimensional and compelling aspects of society as well as the characters impacted by the culture, during this historical era. She's pretty brilliant and always draws you in as a reader/listener.
This is the first book in the Maiden Lane series. It has reasonably good period detail, a romance, and a mystery. I like the entire Maiden Lane series because it deals with more than aristocratic routs and drawing rooms. This is not Austen - no comedy of manners here - so be prepared for the darker side of life and graphic sex scenes.
Elizabeth Hoyt keeps getting better and better. All three, in this series, were great stories. Hard to put down once you get into them. Ashford MacNab did a great job.
This was worth the read. It also made me think about doing more with my life. Kind of inspirational even though the characters were fictional I know there are really people out there that give their lives to those less fortunate than themselves. Good read overall.
I thought narrator’s voice was too soft and weak for the character of the hero. The story was solid. I'd recommend this to a friend.
This is a fantastic book! The narrator does a great job. The story is awesome and the passionate sex in this book is some of the best ever written. I totally recommend this book, it does not disappoint, ever. I hope the second book is just as good. I am about to begin it now.
This plot had some interesting twists that kept me listening. The love scenes are very explicit so be prepared for that. I especially liked the fact that the book describes parts of society at that time that historical romance doesn't always go into. For that reason I liked this strong female character and her convictions. Will definitely listen to the next in this series.
Mostly a smutty book disguised as historical fiction. Really an odd mixture with many unpleasant characters.
Not embarrassed enough.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book, It has a non-stop story introducing plenty of interesting characters, with lots of mystery, sex, a murderer, and a valiant sword fighting ghost. The two main characters have personal hangups in dealing with feelings of love, and learn from each other. This installment wraps up their story, but leaves many unanswered questions with other characters, and that ghost is really intriguing. Well, worth the listen and I'm on to the next installment.