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Scandalous Desires: Maiden Lane, Book 3 | [Elizabeth Hoyt]

Scandalous Desires: Maiden Lane, Book 3

Widowed Silence Hollingbrook is impoverished, lovely, and kind - and nine months ago she made a horrible mistake. She went to a river pirate for help in saving her husband and in the process made a bargain that cost her her marriage. That night wounded her so terribly that she hides in the foundling home she helps run with her brother. Except now that same river pirate is back... and he's asking for her help.
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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Nominee, Romance, 2013

Can a pirate learn that the only true treasure lies in a woman's heart?

Widowed Silence Hollingbrook is impoverished, lovely, and kind - and nine months ago she made a horrible mistake. She went to a river pirate for help in saving her husband, and in the process, made a bargain that cost her her marriage. That night wounded her so terribly that she hides in the foundling home she helps run with her brother. Except now that same river pirate is back... and he's asking for her help.

"Charming" Mickey O'Connor is the most ruthless river pirate in London. Devastatingly handsome and fearsomely intelligent, he clawed his way up through London's criminal underworld. Mickey has no use for tender emotions like compassion and love, and he sees people as pawns to be manipulated. And yet he's never been able to forget the naive captain's wife who came to him for help and spent one memorable night in his bed...talking.

When his bastard baby girl was dumped in his lap - her mother having died - Mickey couldn't resist the Machiavellian urge to leave the baby on Silence's doorstep. The baby would be hidden from his enemies, and he'd also bind Silence to him by her love for his daughter.

Pay another visit to Maiden Lane.

©2011 Elizabeth Hoyt (P)2011 Hachette

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    Angela Tampa, FL, United States 11-09-11
    Angela Tampa, FL, United States 11-09-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Magnificent Journey!"

    This audiobook is absolutely wonderful! If you have followed Elizabeth Hoyt's Maiden Lane series and daydreamed about what would happen when Charming Mickey and Silence Hollingbook finally got together, your daydreams could not compare to their actual story. The storyline will keep you riveted to whatever device you have selected to hear your audiobooks, and the realness that both author and narrator create in Charming Mickey's dialogue makes him more endearing. Other characters from previous books are mentioned, but Silence and Charming Mickey are definitely the focus. Hoyt also does a wonderful job in enticing the listener to want to hear more of Winter’s story in her next installment. The twists and turns and cliffhanger moments will take you on an emotional journey that will leave your mouth hanging open in surprise, and tears threating to fall as you begin to wonder if you will get the happy ending you want for Silence and her Charming Mickey. Oh yeah, and of course, the “Ghosts of St. Giles is revealed. Listen to find out if your suspicions as to his identify are correct.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Judy Champaign, IL, United States 05-20-13
    Judy Champaign, IL, United States 05-20-13 Member Since 2007

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    "Hot!"

    Another great chapter in the Maiden Lane series. The male lead of the book is hot, hot, hot!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Canada 11-13-11
    Amazon Customer Canada 11-13-11 Member Since 2011

    Never judge a book by its movie

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    "The Best Book of the Series"

    I really liked this series, but this was clearly the best (so far)
    The Narrator was amazing, she has an amazing voice. I loved her voice of baby Mary.
    Silence & Mickey were both characters that you could not help but love.
    The mystery of the "Ghost of St. Giles becomes clearer, introducing Book 4 of this series.
    This book is not to be missed.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kaye NASHVILLE, TN, United States 08-24-14
    Kaye NASHVILLE, TN, United States 08-24-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Jarring terminology"

    Read from December 30, 2012 to January 11, 2013

    Story: 3.5 stars
    Narrator: 4.5 stars

    Much, much better than #2 in the series, not quite as good as #1. Hoyt made a "bad" character into a good hero, so points for that. Overall, a good story. My main issue is technical---the author's repetitious use of "Dear God/Lord" and the anatomical name for the hero's, uh, "member." Hearing the word p e n i s in the almost-puritanical heroine's POV, over and over, was jarring.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael CAMERON PARK, CA, United States 05-25-14
    Michael CAMERON PARK, CA, United States 05-25-14 Member Since 2012
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    "My all time favorite!"
    Any additional comments?

    This a five star story all around! Awesome story awesome characters awesome narrator! The only story that I listen to again and again and again!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth United States 11-29-13
    Elizabeth United States 11-29-13 Member Since 2012

    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

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    "Wow! Hot! Thrilling! YUMMY!!!"
    Where does Scandalous Desires rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    So far at the top!!! All of Elizabeth Hoyt's books are very high on my best books of all time and this one is super high on that list!


    Have you listened to any of Ashford McNab’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Great! Ashford does a wonderful job. If I had one complaint it is that she basically switched Silence's and Temperance's voices in this book, but that isn['t a very large part of the book and I am just being nit-pickey!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The whole thing, BUT when Mary was under the bed with Lad...I burst into tears!!! (but can't give anything away here!) But so many moments moved me!


    Any additional comments?

    This is so much more than a romance novel! This is a real dramatic story with romance at the center. Twists and turns .... never wanting to hit pause...I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly FL USA 07-30-13
    Kimberly FL USA 07-30-13 Member Since 2006

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Best In the Series - So Far"

    I have listened to this twice and just loved this one. The gorgeous, damaged man; the innocent, sweet, and beautiful woman; a villain of demonic proportions; the corrupt officials, and the mysterious Ghost of St. Giles! Oh my.

    This story is very exciting. Not a mystery but a love story with tension and action that – no matter how many times I listen to it – is very exciting.

    Well worth a credit and at least a second listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    kathleen Yardley, PA, United States 05-20-13
    kathleen Yardley, PA, United States 05-20-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Wow, You will love this book from the first line."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have already recommended this book to a friend. It was a great read, and couldn't put it down.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Pirate Mickey, His character, and voice draw you in. He is someone you fall in love with
    with a deep interest and quirky personality


    Which character – as performed by Ashford McNab – was your favorite?

    Pirate Mickey - loved his accent'


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    In part two towards the end you don't see the twist coming in the book until you hear it. I was driving to work, and was brought to tears.


    Any additional comments?

    I have been reading all Elizabeth Hoyt books, and this was her best book by far.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chercheuse San Jose, CA, US 03-16-13
    Chercheuse San Jose, CA, US 03-16-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Just Could Not Get Into It"

    I thought I would be drawn into this book right away but the plot seems very similar to some of Lisa Kleypas' books. I only listened to about an hour or less. If I could return this book, I would. The reader seems excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cindy Vici, OK, United States 01-22-13
    Cindy Vici, OK, United States 01-22-13
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    "Bad boy comes to grips with love"

    Different story with a good ending. The pirate shows his good side and his "bad" side.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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