A man of sin
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....
©2016 Elizabeth Hoyt (P)2016 Hachette Audio
THIS BOOK WAS SINFULLY DELICIOUS!!! 5 SINFUL STARS.
When I first met Valentine Napier, the Duke of Montgomery, I hated him with a passion. Somewhere after his initial introduction, I started to like him--so much so that I wanted a book with him as the hero (hard to imagine him initially, I know!). You see, I realized there was a method to the madness; although I admit that some of the 'madness' couldn't be excused but I love a good bad boy. Eve's story convinced me of my thoughts.
I started listening to this book and unfortunately I wasn't all that impressed. In retrospect, I kind of jumped the gun. I hate secrets and subterfuge--the description of this book along screams it. I also wasn't too in love with Bridget *initially*. I was to a point where I thought I'd pause it and move on to something else but then I saw the sparks fly between Bridget and Val and I was instantly in love. I also realized the mastery of Miss Hoyt's mind--she had to make the plot (and woman for a while) as such because of the type of hero Val is. Val wouldn't be interested in some mousy woman who couldn't use her brain.
I smell what you're cooking Mrs. Hoyt and it smells delicious!
Miss Bridget Crumb, a competent but sneaky house keeper is on a mission, two to be exact. She comes off as sort of cold and scheming but I really grew to like her. I love that no many how many layers Val tried to put on to protect himself therefore hiding his true self, she saw the real Val. Everyone hated him including Bridget but she soon saw him in a different light. I believe that Bridget's relationship with Val also helped her grow as a character. She becomes more confident and she softens chapter by chapter. I really liked her.
Val, was a on mission, well maybe several missions. To be fair he is always scheming, on a mission or causing mischief. More villain than hero, he is sexy, arrogant and a bit of a narcissist. He has the mind of a scholar, the face of an angel, personality of a semi-sociopath and the sexuality of Zeus. He's not a man who sticks to one woman but his little housemaid intrigues him. Not only does she take him to task despite the rank differences (and he's her employer!), she has the intellect and will to go toe to toe with him. When her discovers her scheming, he's even more intrigued. Game on!
There were so many great scenes in this story. Val really takes the cake. His character is so dynamic, so insanely outrageous it's impossible not to like him, even at his darkest. The intimacy was steaming and wasn't overdone IMO. The secondary characters were great as well. This is one of my favorite books and the best IMO in the Maiden Lane series, maybe even all of E.H's book's. I look forward to seeing The Duke of Kyle in the next book.
Mrs. Hoyt is amazing. She made a villain into a hero, one of my favorite HERO's and VILLAINS of all time.
Narration: Ashford McNab is great for this series. I'm so glad that she's narrating the series again. She really brings the characters to life for me.
...and they lived happily ever after.
I went into this novel with full knowledge of the hero Valentine Napier, Duke of Montgomery, from other books in the Maiden Lane series. He was really an odd character, and could be ,at times, pretty despicable. I was extremely curious about how he was going to be the "hero" of this book. After finishing the audiobook, I am happy to say that Val is now one of my favorite heroes, ever. He is warped, to be sure. But he knows it and realizes he needs Bridget. Some part of him that is buried under his horrific childhood wants to be better. The relationship between Val and Bridget is a wonderful give and take. It's wonderful to see them both help the other see their own worth. Just as an FYI, there are some really big trigger elements in this book such as reference to a secret society that engage in pedophelia and a pretty graphic kidnapping scene. This book is graphically violent in ways that I don't remember any of the previous books being, but Val is a very visceral guy. It's shocking, but it's not because violence is part of him because of his past. I was ok with the intensity and the fact that it has so much to do with the plot. Val's past weighs in heavily and his strength of character to live through it brings so much to the table to make him lovable. The romance is intense and wonderful. I do highly recommend this next installment in the series. A.
The Duke's total lack of concern for anyone but himself. It allows him to say such audacious and funny things.
"...have mercy, I plead, oh siren of chatelaines and unlovely bonnets..."
Dangerous in Diamonds by Madeline Hunter. It also has a desolate, hilarious, potentially redeemable Duke. Although,Montgomery's goodness is buried a bit deeper than Castleford's, they share the ability to shock and cajole in equal parts.
The Duke of Montgomery
Absolutely! As it is with every new Elizabeth Hoyt book.
I think Elizabeth Hoyt and Ashford McNab are a perfect match. Even though the stories were excellent, I was a bit disappointed with the two books in this series that were voiced by other performers. There is an element of romantic innocence in Ashford McNab's voice that is a wonderful counterpoint to the eroticism of Elizabeth Hoyt's writing.
I love Epic Fantasy....have become a Historical Romance fan because I am a sucker for a good Happily Ever After. Good characters are a must
This isn't one of my favorite Maiden Lane books, BUT it is a 5 star book none the less! AND I KNOW THAT MAKES NO SENSE. Val is a hard character to like at first - but he is not completely lost - thanks to Bridget.
Well written plot line and great well developed characters.
I definitely ran the gamut of emotions listening to this book....happy, sad, disgusted, angry, excited, laughing, and repulsed. There are some "triggers" (like another reviewer stated) in this book that may make it wrong for some readers. There is some graphic imagery. Animal abuse, pedophilia, and rape.
It is an HEA after all and I highly recommend this latest installment in the Maiden Lane series.
So this is the 10th book in the Maiden Lane Series and the last 5 were pretty much stand alone books, and of the last 5 this was by far my favorite. I absolutely loved Val. He was awesome! Kind of nuts but very smart. He was the bad boy you hated to love but couldn't help it. He did speak in fairy tale riddles but the things he said was very good and pretty funny a lot of the time. Loved his character.
Bridget was really awesome too, she was somewhat shy but smart and figured out Val fairly quickly. She was thwarting his blackmailing plans at every turn. The chemistry between the two was great. It felt real and genuine not forced. There are some steamy sex scenes too.
As for the narration. I love Ashford McNab. She has done such a great job with this series. I like that she does the men's voices very well, read with emotion but sounds somewhat flat. It just seems to be a good sound for her and it makes the characters come to life.
This is the story of mental abuse and how it effects a child's development for most of his life.also how love can save him and what an affect it has on
Others around him.Miss Hoyt spun a great romance.I enjoyed it very much.
I'm not sure how to categorize this one. I think I liked it.the intimate scenes were very explicit. I'm not sure the author explained well enough why this duke was willing and desired to spend tome with his housekeeper. All in all not bad.
I love all these audio books the stories are well written and the characters are unique. I especially like Ashley s ability to narrate each character and bringing the story to life
I could not finish this one.... seldom has a male lead been so unbelievable. .... please the dude has nude painting of himself in his bedroom, parades around naked.... I stuck with it as long as I could.....
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