From the New York Times best-selling author of To Desire a Devil comes this thrilling tale of danger, desire, and dark passions.
A man controlled by his desires.... Infamous for his wild, sensual needs, Lazarus Huntington, Lord Caire, is searching for a savage killer in St. Giles, London's most notorious slum. Widowed Temperance Dews knows St. Giles like the back of her hand - she's spent a lifetime caring for its inhabitants at the foundling home her family established. Now that home is at risk....
©2010 Elizabeth Hoyt (P)2010 Hachette
"Bestseller Hoyt brings steamy sensuality...in this engaging series launch.... enhanced by earthy, richly detailed characterizations and deft historical touches." (Publishers Weekly)
This book took me by surprise. The plot was excellent, dialog caused quite a bit of reflection into each character. And the Narrator was wonderful her accents and tones were perfect for each character, especially Lord Caire
Would like to see her do much more books. I will definatly read book two.
This book and the second book are must reads if you like trashy romance. It's not poorly written and the narrator is good too. The hero is very different from any other hero i've ever read. Hoyt's heros are somehow very human. Also the romantic plot line is unusual for this genre. I won't spoil it for you! It is erotic, but I don't call this erotica. It's hot though, adults only! This series is fantastic.
Looking back, I can usually tell how much I truly enjoyed a book by the length at which it takes me to finish. If i stay up late just to listen a bit more- or can't wait to do laundry or vaccum or any other house hold task just to sneak a listen! This was not one of those books however. I found myself laboring to finish it just so I could move on. While I wanted to know the end..and i wanted to see how things would turn out, I just didn't care at the same time. The characters are only slightly interesting- at best. Plus the narration was only so-so. I won't be re-reading it, nor am I that intrigued to try out any other of Elizabeth Hoyt's books. Sad- because they seem to have such a following too. Just couldn't see what all the hype was about.
"I wear a fez now, fez's are cool"
Sexy, riveting, charming
House of Rohan series by Anne Stuart are similar, the rest of this series.
I have listened to all of the current Maiden Lane books, 4 of them voiced by Ashford. She does a fantastic job. Her voice is probably one of my favorite too listen to. She is calming, doesn't go overboard with her male voices, the voices for each character is distinctive. I would say she does as skillful a job on this one as she does on the rest of the series.
Would absolutely love to have her come back for the rest of the Maiden Lane series.
Emma Taylor was bloody awful (yes I listened to that book again, and found I couldn't even come close to finishing the listen) and again I will state I will not be purchasing the next book in if Emma Taylor is narrating it.
First time I listened to it no, it took a few tries to get into the story, but once I started listening it was an almost non-stop listen. The second time, I ended up listening to it almost in one sitting. Had to get some sleep though so I stopped for the night at around 4am. /giggle
If you like racy sex scenes, without bombs bursting in air and strong characters then I highly recommend this book. Lazarus does takes some getting used to and his affliction is never explained fully but Elizabeth Hoyt does a great job telling a story of damaged people without going into the realm of wimpy or whiny. Her characters generally know what they want and go for it. There isn't a lot of hemming and hawing so to speak, at least it didn't feel that way to me.
This is an excellent start to a very good series.
Love to read!
I read the other reviews before buying this book and wish I hadn't. I think they gave me too high of expectations. The book was okay, but nothing special. I wish I could give it 3.5 stars. It was a little boring at times, but overall an okay story. The characters were fairly interesting. If the 2nd book in the series is on sale, I will probably get it too, but I won't waste a credit on it or pay a big price.
The narration was quite good.
Different, intense, sexy
Lord Claire stealing into Temperance's house. His ultimate caring for her and the children of the foundling home.
I thought Ashford McNab was the star. I loved her narration. Because the story took
place in St Giles, London, a horrible place, if I had been reading the book, I may not have finished it. For me her voice was so soothing, I was able to truly enjoy it.
I enjoyed all the characters. In addition to the main characters, her sister, Silence had a little a little story to tell I do like stories that have a lot going on with other characters.
It was too long to listen to in one sitting, but I listened to it on my kindle, I would kick back in my recliner, close my eyes and with my ear phones in my ears at night, and listen to it with Ashford McNabs soothing voice. Very relaxing.
I like the story so much that I am now listening to Notorious Pleasures, the 2nd in the series.
Say something about yourself!
The stories are engaging and the characters are interesting. Ashford McNab does a great job with the voices!
I have been married to my wonderful husband for almost 30 years. I love reading - romance, adventure... Captain Blood is really great!
I did not read the book but I really enjoyed listening to it.
The characters interact so well together and I love the mystery that is running in the background the whole time while the male and female leads get to know each other.
I really liked this performance, and I will listen for me of him.
Really got into the story and would have finished it all at one time if I could have.
Recommended to my sister who does not like romance and she liked it a lot.
This book was so very interesting. I loved the names of the characters(Temperance, Winter, Silence, etc). The story line was profound and unpredictable. All the characters were interesting, especially Lord Caire. The series promises to be FUN. The loving was awesome. I enjoyed the bi-play of words between the main characters. The suspense of not knowing who is the killer and/or the Ghost, will give those readers who enjoy mysteries a wonderful dilemma to solve.
First time reading/listening to Ms. Hoyt and Ms. MacNab and I must say they did a terrific job both with the story and the narration. Kept me engaged through out. Looking forward to book #2 and book #3. Although I've read other reviews about Ms. Hoyt's other series that weren't as good as these books.
Overall a good choice to spend your credits.
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