A MASKED MAN . . .
Winter Makepeace lives a double life. By day he's the stoic headmaster of a home for foundling children. But the night brings out a darker side of Winter. As the moon rises, so does the Ghost of St. Giles - protector, judge, fugitive. When the Ghost, beaten and wounded, is rescued by a beautiful aristocrat, Winter has no idea that his two worlds are about to collide.
A DANGEROUS WOMAN . . .
Lady Isabel Beckinhall enjoys nothing more than a challenge. Yet when she's asked to tutor the Home's dour manager in the ways of society - flirtation, double-entendres, and scandalous liaisons - Isabel can't help wondering why his eyes seem so familiar - and his lips so tempting.
A PASSION NEITHER COULD DENY
During the day Isabel and Winter engage in a battle of wills. At night their passions are revealed . . . But when little girls start disappearing from St. Giles, Winter must avenge them. For that he might have to sacrifice everything-the Home, Isabel . . . and his life.
©2012 Elizabeth Hoyt (P)2012 Hachette Audio
Graduated college, got a job, got married, traveled, had children. Breathing air and growing hair.
Love this series and Elizabeth Hoyt never disappoints not like some authors. I truly enjoyed the pairing of the monkish Winter and the experienced widow Isabelle. The Maiden Lane series is just so great. This book has it all a great story, hot romance, an excellent cast of characters, humor drama and mystery. Ashford McNabb is beyond awesome. Her timing, male and female voices, accents and talent land her in the creme de la creme of narrators. Highly recommend this book, narrator and author.
I loved this story, it truly gave me a glimpse of the man behind the mask....Winter is my second favorite character and I am thrilled for the sneak peek into book number 5....
Never judge a book by its movie
OH Yes, it was a great story,it works as a stand alone, however you would get an in depth view if you have read the 1st 3 books.
This is Winter Makepeace's story, he was an amazing character, with a fascinating past, which is revealed with perfect pacing between action and passion.
I love Winter and Isabelle's characters, they were perfect together. I actually LOVED her maid, she was a little nutty & obsessed with Isabelle's clothing.( she's really cute)
She is one of my favourite narrarators, I could not imagine anyone else reading this series.
Introduce yourself to the Man behind the Mask.
Worth the credit! Enjoy!!!
The positive reviewers before me have pretty much summed this book up so all I can add are words, words like:-
Humorous, thrilling, exciting, sexy, passionate, addictive listening, likeable characters, interesting plot with desire, mayhem and danger.
Desperately looking forward to book 5 Lord of Darkness which I've already pre-ordered..... and long may they continue.
Worth a credit? If you're a historical/romance lover then it's just got to be a Yes to this one and you won't be disappointed if you spend your credits on the whole series.
I remember reading EH's books as a woman in my 20's. They all hinted at desire and passion, but were cloaked in innuendoes. Not this series. I was so excited to see this last installment of the series! The first 4 books had all the intrigue and passion I love in a good historical romance novel. This book had an interesting twist, in that it is the man who is the "innocent". The characters are very interesting, and the mystery surrounding the missing children is slowly built in a manner that had me sitting on the edge of my seat with anticipation of what would happen next. Reading the first books in the series is not a must, but does give a lot of insight into the male protaganist's persona. And the chapter beginnings telling tales of "The Ghost of St. Giles" is a stroke of real genius. If you like historical romances with lots of mystery, intrigue and hot, hot, hot desire, I cannot recommend this series enough.
Also, Ms. McNab, while not quite in Ann Floxniks league, does a very good portrayal of the different voices of the characters.
I loved everything, the story is fantastic and keeps you reading - I couldn't stop, pretty much read it through in one sitting. I love this series, it has been really fun, and I can't wait for the next book to come out. The ending was a bit of a surprise, I thought this would be the end of the series when it was revealed that Winter is the Ghost - but the end is nice and gives a twist that wasn't expected.
Can't wait for the next book to see where the Ghost takes us next!
Absolutely! I couldn't hardly weight for Winter's story and I wasn't disappointed. Elizabeth Hoyt delivers!!! Winter and Isabel have a great story and there's plenty of lust, sex and finally love. Hot, hot, hot!
Winter because he struggles to define himself as both a man with carnal desires and the Ghost of St. Giles. He is so honest and cares so deeply and honestly that you have to fall in love with him.
Yes and I think she does a good job. At times I think she reads in a monotone, but I'm so used to her as the characters for the Maiden Lane Series that it doesn't bother me. I would definitely listen to other books narrated by Ms. MacNab.
Absolutely. This book keeps you engaged and holds your attention even through the last word spoken.
What a cliff hanger! My only regret is that I started this series before the whole series was complete. Now I have to wait several months between each release. This book ends on the best cliff hanger with a startling revelation of the Ghost of St. Giles, so I can't hardly wait for the next book.
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
Isabel was great. But I loved that we got to know Joseph TinBox better.
She brings the book alive. It's a movie in my mind thanks to Ashford. She is brilliant!
Yes yes yes! I was so intrigued with every aspect of the story...not just the romance...it was a great thrilling plot.
Winter is awesome. I was so happy we got to see him come out of his shell. It was such a twist for the guy to be the innocent and the woman is taking control. I loved the dialogue and chemistry between Winter and Isabel. I was not convinced of all the details of the ending...but loved it all anyway. A great HEA.
I am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot.
The first part felt slow but by mid-book it really started picking up. And, those silly little stories that Elizabeth Hoyt injects at the beginning of the chapters were tedious and annoying. Otherwise, great story!
Winter Makepeace is a very likable and attractive hero. Winter is a man with strong ethics and a heart of gold. The poor guy lives a life of complete self - sacrifice as his oath to defend the defenseless is comparable to that of a priest. Winter has dedicated his life to champion the needs of abandoned children both by day, and by night. By day, he serves as manager for the orphanage and, by night, the Ghost of St. Giles, fighting villains in the city.
In a way, Winter’s life reminds me of the life of Peter Parker. In the way that Peter Parker faces frustrating challenges in his personal life and battles evil villains by night, as Spider Man. This is the mirror reflection of Winter Makepeace’s life.
Lady Isabel Beckinhall is wealthy widowed, baroness who is not only a financial contributor to the orphanage, but also on the ladies’ syndicate who volunteered to help Winter spruce up his social skills. Both she and Winter develop this passionate attraction for one another, making a relationship between the two inevitable.
Although the two are faced with difficult dilemmas imbedded in their social standing and other issues that arise, they find wonderful solutions in their love together.
There are other themes that make this novel very interesting, such as child abuse and violence perpetrated toward the poor, and society’s lack of an appropriate response to this skewed infliction. The sense of a lack of justice thereby warrants the need for the Ghost of St. Giles who is the fiercest champion for the children.
I do like how Elizabeth Hoyt ties up all of the loose ends presented throughout the novel. Wonderful ending….can’t wait for next book in the series…
The narrator is fabulous as always....she makes everything come to life.
favorite thing is to walk dogs and listen to books!
In the 3 previous books ( which I loved) we got to know our hero Winter Makepeace. In my mind I pictured him as a mild mannered somewhat stuffy Ichabod Crane. When I left off in book #4 he was being tutored in the art of being a stud muffin!? Just didn't work for me. And it was taking way to long for Lady Isabel to have any redeeming qualities. I just didn't like her much. This book had a tedious vibe to it.
I loved the story lines in the previous Maiden Lane books and I think Ashford Macnab's narration was part of the package. In Thief of Shadows the book dragged which made her narration drone on and on...
I'm going to give this book a go in the ebook format. That way I can skim more easily as I still want to know what happens. I also will be reading Lord of Darkness instead of listening because of all the hubbub over the change in narrator. Changing narrators on the 5th book in a series...really!?
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