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)
Not really, I have read the print version and very much enjoyed it. The reader was decent but didn't do a lot to enhance the narration. She had a limited voice range and her speech could be a little sluggish at times.
The bedroom scene in which Lord Caire accuses Temperance of using him made me feel a lot of sympathy for a man very isolated and self-deprecating. Poor Caire doesn't see how appealing and emotional he is because he is hiding it under the facade of a sexual predator.
Don't read it if you aren't willing to get pulled into the series because there are several sub-plots that leave you waiting for more.
So many books...so little time! :)
I have listened to one of Hoyt's other novels, and I'm just not overly impressed with her so far. It is worth a credit I woud say...it is an interesting murder mystery with a love story twisted in. I was just not overly impressed with the mystery...the love story was better.
After listening to the preview of the next book in this series...perhaps. I liked the character she continues with from this book.
I liked this narrator better in this story compared to one another Hoyt audio book I listened to. She does the different accents well, however sometimes it is hard to tell who is who.
I think I could see that...but I honestly have no idea who should play who. Perhaps Gemma Arterton could play Temperance and maybe Ben Barnes as Lazarus? That could be interesting!
Wish they would you would have found out who this mysterious ghost was...unless you find out later in the series.
Elizabeth Hoyt delivers an enjoyable story with intriguing characters and believable plots. While I sometimes found the hero to be annoying in his inability to withstand touch, the heroine and supporting characters made up for this. I look forward to the rest of these stories.
The element of intrigue - who is the Ghost of St. Giles, etc.,
The story is pretty much what you can expect from Elizabeth Hoyt: rich, complex, sensual. I'm not a big fan of the narrator though - at times, she made the heroine sound like a complete ninny. Her masculine voices are not really convincing either. I'm a bit disappointed that the narrator will be the same for the rest of the series, but not enough that I won't listen to the rest of the series :)
Wow. Im blushing as i write this. The story is rich and engrossing, but the "romance" is darkly intense. I held my breath listening to parts of this. I am a fan of Lisa Kleypas, Karen Moning, Linda Howard and Anne Stuart, all very different authors. I'm used to highly sensual scenes. But even the steamiest of novels didn't prepare me for this one. This is darker and grittier than most.
The "hero" (if you call him that) Lord Caire, is dark with perverse preferences and few friends. The heroine, Temperance, is a puritanical widow who runs an orphanage. She is a passionate woman and a very well written character, except that she's inexplicably burdened with similar proclivities towards rough debauchery as Lord Caire, though she hides it.
Lord Caire hires Temperance to help him search for his mistress' killer. Temparence is familiar with the area and people who live in the shady part of townn that his mistress lived and died. Temparence desperately needs money and patronage for her orphanage, so she takes the job, but becomes drawn to the dark man, as well. They soon realize the killer is a serial murderer. So they put themselves in danger searching through the night and the dangerous alleys for information about the murders.
The plot is well written; there's even a ghost. :) Great secondary characters. My issue is that I don't understand why the heroine has such perverse inclinations. From the start, she's depicted as a passionate, empathetic woman. I understand that intense and passionate individuals are often sensual creatures, but it doesn't explain the "rough stuff" she is turned on by--- in my opinion, that is.
(I have 2 hours left, but I was compelled to review it ASAP.)
Anyway, this is not for everyone. But as my first book from this author, my curiosity is peaked. She's very brave to tread on such territory. However, I was not too uncomfortable with the dark scenes to continue. In contrast, while I'm open-minded, I admit I was not comfortable with JR Ward's "Lover Unbound". If you could bear that story, you will be fine with this.
I have already gotten the next two in this series. So I can recommend this to the non-skittish reader!
Make no mistake between my personality and my attitude. My personality is who I am, my attitude depends on who you are.........
This was a new author for me and I did enjoy. The second half of the book moved a little more quickly than the first.
Which came first... the books or the glasses?
I think this is probably a good story but the narrator just kills it. She reads with no umph. I mean even at the good parts she was putting me to sleep. I finally gave up and downloaded the book to my Kindle. This one I will read instead of listen to.
I really wish I had thought to listen to the sample - dreadful narrator and dreadful story. I've tried a number of times to listen, tried skipping forward a bit thinking I could get to a point where it was interesting, but it just isn't there. I finally deleted the files entirely. Really, it sounds like "blah, blah, blah" and I tune out immediately.
It would have been better without the bondage sex scenes, without the foray into the brothel and with a less graphic and sexually explicit description of the love scenes. The author really od'd on sex. In addition, the fact that most of the action takes place in an impoverished foundling home in the middle of a filthy, depraved slum casts a depressing aura on the story. Add to that the despicable behavior of William, Temperance's brother-in-law, in response to his wife's sacrifice, and the result is a depressing story which I can't say I enjoyed reading.
I'm afraid it was fatally flawed because most of my criticisms go to the heart of the plot.
light, subdued, undramatic
The bondage scenes and the sneaky peaking at the brothel for starters
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