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
I enjoyed this book full of plot twist and humor the hero was compelling and the heroine challenging and engaging,she was not a simpering feather head as so many of these romantic novels turn out to be, but truly engagingly clever . Together they were hot!
Read from January 11 to 25, 2013
The epilogue was more intriguing than most of the rest of this book. Unfortunately, the scenes between Isabelle and Winter dragged this book down instead of elevating it. So much potential for this to be a great action-adventure romance, but Hoyt didn't/couldn't take it there. The romance was blah. Subplot w/Viscount D'arque underdeveloped. Still an enjoyable series.
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!?
This was a great book. the whole series was was fantastic. The narrator did a wonderful job. I recommend this series for credits or dollars. It was totally worth it. I finished this book in one day.
I like Fantasy novels :)
I didn't finish it
I didn't like Winter's character and so, therefore, no.
Audio-fiction ADDICT !
No words would give this series and this book justice! LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT!
Just trust me and buy it :)
I honestly thought that #3 was the best in the series but Thief was even better. Elizabeth Hoyt does an incredible job of developing these characters and the story just consumes you completely. I not only listed to this book but I actually felt it. AMAZING
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