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Their lives were perfect....
Lady Hero Batten, the beautiful sister of the Duke of Wakefield, has everything a woman could want, including the perfect fiancé. True, the Marquis of Mandeville is a trifle dull and has no sense of humor, but that doesn't bother Hero... until she meets his notorious brother.

Until they met each other....
Griffin Remmington, Lord Reading, is far from perfect - and he likes it that way. How he spends his days is a mystery, but all of London knows he engages in the worst sorts of drunken revelry at night. Hero takes an instant dislike to him, and Griffin thinks that Hero, with her charities and faultless manners, is much too impeccable for society, let alone his brother. Yet their near-constant battle of wits soon sparks desire - desire that causes their carefully constructed worlds to come tumbling down. As Hero's wedding nears, and Griffin's enemies lay plans to end their dreams forever, can two imperfect people find perfect true love?

Pay another visit to Maiden Lane.
©2011 Elizabeth Hoyt (P)2011 Hachette

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"Hoyt is firmly in control of her craft with engaging characters, gripping plot and clever dialogue." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • Elizabeth
  • Newmarket, NH, United States
  • 10-26-12

::shrugs shoulders::

This book was my least favorite of the Maiden Lane series. I am not sure what it was about it that didn't interest me or at least didn't keep me listening to it without wanting to skip parts or put it down for other endeavors.

I was not a huge fan of Hero, she seemed a bit perfect yet too willing to set aside that perfection for Griffin, I didn't see the attraction or feel any chemistry between them.

I didn't particularly like the side characters with the exception of Patience and Winter (who is by far one of my all time favorite heroes - he is swoon worthy.)

There was nothing out right terrible about this book other than I am not a fan of love stories that involve cheating even if the match is arranged. Maybe it was that Hero was not that engaging or I was not interested in Griffin's chosen profession and it's side story.

It has taken me several months to listen to this book, the other 3 of the series I have listened to twice at least and loved every minute of them, but this one is very easily skipped even if part of it gives insight into Patience's story.

I wouldn't waste a credit on this. The rest of the series is much better and Elizabeth Hoyt tells a good story with flawed characters.

Ashford MacNab needs to narrate more books in my opinion. She does a fantastic job.

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  • Shelly
  • United States
  • 12-20-11

Slow start, but good ending...

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would change the progression of Hero's character; she had no substance, very boring.

If you’ve listened to books by Elizabeth Hoyt before, how does this one compare?

For me, this book got good towards the end. Has not been my favorite because i felt as if the first part of the story was dragging on. However, I throughly enjoyed Griffin Remmingtons, Lord Readings character.

What does Ashford MacNab bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I love her voice for all the characters; she brings the characters to life.

Was Notorious Pleasures worth the listening time?

The listening time was good. It was sufficient to find details on the plot.

Any additional comments?

I was going to stop listening after the first 2 hours because Hero was so gray. I continued to listen for Griffin Remington, Lord Readings character; exciting, seductive, dangerous, and everything a woman could want in a man. I throughly enjoyed book 3, and wook like to see the female characters with more to them, rather than just looking pretty with pouty red lips.

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  • Susan
  • Philadelphia, PA, United States
  • 06-06-11


This is the first book by Elizabeth Hoyt that I could not finish. I didn't like Hero and therefore didn't care what happened to her.

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  • Tracy T
  • Jacksonville, FL USA
  • 01-16-13

Another good book in the series.

This was another great book in the series. As the sex is as hot as the first book, there was quite a bit of it this time with a little less story as the first. Still a great book but would like a little more story. I hope the third book is more like the first. It was definatly worth the credits. The narrtor does an excellent job.

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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

yes, just because I felt like it was a great listen and a great story

Would you be willing to try another one of Ashford MacNab’s performances?


If you could rename Notorious Pleasures, what would you call it?

My Brother's lady =p

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  • Benoibe
  • New Orleans, LA, United States
  • 01-09-12

A+ sequel by Hoyt. Don't pass up.

This 2nd book in the maiden lane series is very different than first with some similar concepts, but no wild tying episodes... :)

Very good, sexy, with well written, well rounded characters. Elizabeth Hoyt is an author with incredIble talent. Highly recommend. So far, I like this as much or more than the first.

And Ashford Mcnab has gotten her voice! She is wonderful.

Looking forward to reading more by this author and narrator.

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