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
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.
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!
Never judge a book by its movie
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.
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
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!
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!
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!
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!!!
Say something about yourself!
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.
I have already recommended this book to a friend. It was a great read, and couldn't put it down.
Pirate Mickey, His character, and voice draw you in. He is someone you fall in love with
with a deep interest and quirky personality
Pirate Mickey - loved his accent'
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.
I have been reading all Elizabeth Hoyt books, and this was her best book by far.
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.
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