I love romance, but i was skeptical about the author. I was wrong, the characters were wonderfully written with great detail. I think im in love with Mickey O'Conner...lol
This is my first romance novel, will get the others in this series.
You will not be disappointed
I love to read but with my busy schedule I barely get a chance to. However, audiobooks allow me to "read" while I manage my crazy life.
I love the Maiden Lane series! It encompasses everything I enjoy in a historical romance: passion, complex and lovable characters, and a great story.
This installment is one of my favorites. We are first introduced to the relationship of Charming Mickey and Silence during the first book and since then, I was hoping these two would end up together.
He is a river pirate and she is an innocent widow who lost the love of her dear husband even before he lost his life at sea. Without giving too much away, Silence has been forced to live with Charming Mickey. He is a ruthless man bent on obtaining as much material possessions as he can. Silence holds Mickey in contempt with the way he fashions his life and of what he did to her.
As the story progresses, we become more and more acquainted with the real Charming Mickey and the true nature of Silence's relationship with her late husband. The story is brilliantly crafted and at the end of this book, I was grasping for more in the Maiden Lane series.
Performance: 6 out of 5 (can I even do that?)
MacNab is an amazing narrator. In fact, the whole reason I found the Maiden Lane series was because I wanted to listen to more books read by MacNab. She does the voices beautifully. The accents are wonderfully done and really distinguishes the characters as you listen to the performance. The was she portrays Charming Mickey is fantastic and her female characters sound exactly how I imagine them in my mind.
I am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot.
When I finished this book & the only word that came to mind was stunning...because I myself was stunned.
I decided to read this book first in the series as the previous two books seemed to have somewhat mixed reviews. However, it seemed like the reviews from this book were steadily highly rated. There was enough background information given on the main characters that I didn't feel at all lost. In fact, this book was so good, I can't wait to go back & read the previous.
"Charming" Mikey O'Connor a despot, powerful river pirate intertwines his life with Silence Hollingbrook, a beautiful widow. Silence's husband, Hollingbrook would be responsible for and consequently serve time in prison as O'Connor had stolen some goods from his ship. Silence begs O'Connor to replace the cargo and slyly O'Connor concedes but for the price of a night alone with her.
As Silence agrees to the pirate's terms, she is left to deal with the repercussions of this one night. Although Mikey did not touch her that night they spent alone, Silence's reputation never recovered. Even her husband Hollingbrook was repulsed by her. He left on his last voyage without reconciling to Silence and then died at sea.
When Mikey's bastard daughter is brought to him after her mother's death, he does not hesitate to anonymously secure the child with Silence. Mikey has many enemies and he knows that Silence, who has a pure heart will love the baby.
About 1 year later, Mikey takes the baby away and lures Silence to his home. He informs her that the baby girl, Mary Darling, is in fact his child and he will keep her with him. There are two reasons Mikey brings Mary and Silence to his home. 1) His enemy is vicious and bother Silence and the baby are in real peril, 2) Mikey has been looking for an opportunity to bring Silence back into his life as she made an indelible impression in his life.
Although he promises Silence that she can leave with Mary "Darling" after his enemy is defeated, in his heart, he knows he will never let her go....and good thing too, because their bond becomes one that is unbreakable!
THis novel was fabulous on so many levels. Elizabeth Hoyt has a way of creating interesting stories that will always keep you gasping and following every step of the characters with anticipation.
Mikey O'Connor is a worthy hero in this story. He falls deeply in love with Silence and, in turn, Silence is like a healing balm to his traumatic life. She brings beauty and hope into his life. One of the things I loved about Mikey O'Connor was his humor.....so smooth, tough & sarcastic in the right sense. Silence is a strong heroine. She stands up to Mikey and also gently pushes him to be a better man through love.
Although the love story was so tantalizing and beautiful, I really enjoyed the lead into the next novel in the series as the Ghost of St. Giles is revealed! I can't wait for that love story to unfold!
There were also some very tragic parts of this story that left me almost in tears & shocked. This is reflective of Hoyt's style, she allows the reader to enjoy the magic of a fierce, healing love contrasted by tragedy, pain and loss. She paints a world with both pain and love.
Lastly, I loved the narrator! She is superb....just perfect! What a wonderful listening experience!
Love a story w/ humor,romance,adventure, w/out a lot of bickering,& good deals.
Headline says it all. This was just not up to par for my money.