Three men who made a sacred pact years before: to defend and protect the innocent of St. Giles - no matter the cost to themselves...
Since the death of his first wife, Godric St. John has devoted his nights to protecting the innocent of London disguised as the notorious Ghost of St. Giles. When Lord Griffin Reading discovers Godric's secret double life he presents him with an offer he can't refuse, and Godric finds himself married to a young - and pregnant - stranger.
Two years ago Lady Margaret "Megs" Reading lost both her lover and her unborn child - but not before being forced into a marriage of convenience with Godric St. John, an older, dour gentleman she barely knew. No longer content to spend her days at her husband's country estate, Megs leaves for London to get the two things she wants most: to find and bring to justice the man who murdered Roger, her lover, and to have a child of her own. But in order to conceive a baby, she's going to have to seduce the husband she hasn't seen since their marriage breakfast. (Maiden Lane, Book 5)
©2013 Elizabeth Hoyt (P)2013 Hachette Audio
Overall this series is great. Good stories, well written with just enough steam to keep them interesting for the modern women. Very disappointed that a different narrator was used for this book. Please, please have Ashford McNab return for book 6.
I am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot.
This is a beautiful story about the second chance at love. Elizabeth Hoyt weaves a delicately, tangled web of emotions that both the hero and heroine experience when initiating a relationship for a second time after a powerful first love. Godric St. John and Lady Margaret's "Megs" internal, and very personal struggles are revealed and conquered with courage and tender moments that bind them together.
I admire Hoyt's ability to create rich characters that complement each other psychologically, emotionally and physically. It's a complete joy to see the unfolding of the characters' love for one another develop and deepen.
I LOVE Godric & I was so happy that his book was just wonderful. His love story was completely deserving. Godric is a strong, virile man who is a skilled fighter and natural protector of the weak & defenseless. He made such a fitting Ghost of St. Giles. He's also an intellectual man who has a strong capacity to love and connect emotionally. The loss of his first wife was tragic as Clara slowly died from consumption. Godric watched her suffer for about 9 years before she passed.
Megs is super-special and perfect for Godric. Although she lost her lover quickly when he was found murdered one night (2 years back as she was still young), her ability to survive her lover's death is ingrained in her person. Megs is a vivacious, full-of-life and determined woman. Her potent dose of beauty and love for others provides the perfect antidote to Godric's stubborn and set ways. The way both she and Godric are able to come together to heal & find closure from their first love is magical....just magical.
There were so many opportunities for this book to be a complete flop because whenever you're dealing with a deceived 1st love, it's hard to balance the memories with the new blossoming love within the characters. And, when you have two people who have lost their cherished first loves....what a challenge to make the story sound fresh without having to counter the memory of two deceived loved ones. However, Elizabeth was superb in how she allowed the reader to feel the emotional loss of both Godric and Megs without sounding tedious and stuffy. The depth of the emotional loss made the romance even more triumphant and unifying when Godric and Meg realize their insatiable need for one another.
The narration is a problem. Poor Emma Taylor, bless her heart, I'm sure she tried her best, but her voice for Godric was just disgraceful. She made him sound like a decrepit old man. It is a constant challenge to reconcile his physical descriptors in the book, & the cover with the voicing Emma provides for him.
I don't understand why the publishers did not see , or more aptly, hear the problem with Emma's narration. Why would they not use Ashford MacNab????? I hope she narrates Duke of Midnight....Please!!!!
However, the story and book is so amazing...the reader just has to get over the narrator's male voicing issues. Emma Taylor does do a good job with the female voices....so at least that piece of the narration was in tact.
I was so relieved when Megs found out early on that Godric was the Ghost of St. Giles. When she attacks the Ghost of St. Giles and fights him fiercely, it was such a great moment when he called her Megs & she just fell apart after realizing she was assaulting her husband.
Another tender moment was when Godric started calling Megs, "Meggy-Mine." That was so special since he had such a hard time referring to her as "Megs" instead of Margaret as he first insisted.
Elizabeth Hoyt should save her energy & stop writing the silly little fairy tales she embeds at the start of each chapter in the novel. On audio, it's such a waste of time. The first thing I do is figure out how much time each fair tale is so that I can forward it immediately without missing the meat of the novel. It feels like one of those advertisements before a presentation that you just can't wait to fast forward on utube.
I hope "Duke of Midnight" is released soon....I can hardly wait!
Another fun romance from Elizabeth Hoyt. The reader makes every man in the book sound like an idiot so you have to get used to that at the beginning and then just enjoy the story. LOVE this series! Get the other reader back for the next book.
The story is good. The narrator isn't. Ashford McNab who narrated the earlier books in this series would have helped a lot. Although it sounds as though she actually is attempting to imitate McNab's style and voice. A failure. Drat.
Can't tell you - haven't finished it.
She attempts to drawl out her words and ruined scenes that might have been nice. I'll have to read the book to find out. Her technique spoiled a lot of it.
I'll let you know when I finish the book - haven't bought the wood ware version yet and can't convice myself to listen to the rest.
Don't spend a credit on it. Read the book to avoid a poor narrator.
Wow what a disappointment. Why do people change narrators?? I would rather wait longer for the release of the audible book to have the same narrator. Not that I am saying Ashford was busy I have no clue. But really?? ugh. This narrator was not so good. The story was my least favorite of all the Maiden Lane books, and I was sort of over hearing the word "betrayed". I have to say this book was just ok. I truly hope they bring back Ashford for the next book. A narrator can totally make or break a book people.. Just sayin.
I love the whole Maiden Lane series and this book doesn't disappoint! Meg and Godric make such a great couple. He is such a wonderful character and it's heartwarming to watch him slowly open up to her. I couldn’t stop listening until the end and now I can’t wait for the next book to be released. My only criticism would be that I would have rather seen Ashford McNab continue as the reader for the series. It was rather disconcerting for the voices of characters from previous books to suddenly sound completely different.
Spoiler Alert - So, I could live with one Ghost of St. Giles. But multiple Ghosts involved in a conspiracy to protect St. Giles.? ...Not so much. It's as if Elizabeth Hoyt ran out of original ideas and had to pull from a formula of "what sold best before." What worked best before was Winter as the Ghost of St. Giles but it does not repeat well. Moreover, the "heroine" (if you can call her that) is just annoying. The only good thing going for this installment is the narrator. Never a good sign for an audiobook. My recommendation? Avoid this one. There's nothing new to add to the overall storyline. The romantic tension was lackluster at best, so you won't be missing anything.
This book ranks in the middle of the pack as far as a favorite. As far as a series, it ranks in the top 10.
I really enjoyed Megs. I felt for her heart ache and her loss. Although, there were a few times I wanted to shake her and tell her "snap out of it".
I love Ashford McNabb, so I was sad to see that it was a new narrator. It took a bit for me to get used to the new narrator. I'm willing to be open minded and give the narrator another try. Change is not easy, especially when you get used to a certain character's voice. This situation reminds me of the Dark Hunter series. When I started listening to the series, I loved the narrator, Fred Berman. Then they switched to Holter Graham, who is wonderful as well, but it took me a bit to get used to Holter. I'm hopeful, that with time and some feedback, the narrator will improve her interpretation of the character's voices (especially the male voices).
I am a huge fan of romances and happy endings. I like books that take me away from everyday life and into the land of romance, some adventure and of course happy endings.
I love Elizabeth Hoyt and will keep buying her books. Not sure she has anything to say about who does the narration.
Not much the way the narrator pronounced some of the words was irritating and would avoid any books read by this narrator unless it was an author I loved.
The story itself was great. Have enjoyed the Maiden Lane tremendously so far, with fine performances by the previous narrator Ashford McNab. Well-written characters, emotionally engaging. Unfortunately Emma Taylor frequently annoyed with her appalling attempts at an English accent (hearing her ludicrous pronunciation of "lassie snatchers" nearly drove me to stop listening on a number of occasions).
Unlikely, but especially not if she's attempting English accents.
Debatable - probably would have been better if I just read the book instead.
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