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Three men who made a sacred pact years before: to defend and protect the innocent of St. Giles - no matter the cost to themselves...

Since the death of his first wife, Godric St. John has devoted his nights to protecting the innocent of London disguised as the notorious Ghost of St. Giles. When Lord Griffin Reading discovers Godric's secret double life he presents him with an offer he can't refuse, and Godric finds himself married to a young - and pregnant - stranger.

Two years ago Lady Margaret "Megs" Reading lost both her lover and her unborn child - but not before being forced into a marriage of convenience with Godric St. John, an older, dour gentleman she barely knew. No longer content to spend her days at her husband's country estate, Megs leaves for London to get the two things she wants most: to find and bring to justice the man who murdered Roger, her lover, and to have a child of her own. But in order to conceive a baby, she's going to have to seduce the husband she hasn't seen since their marriage breakfast. (Maiden Lane, Book 5)

©2013 Elizabeth Hoyt (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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  • Tracy T
  • Jacksonville, FL USA
  • 04-05-13

Really?? What happened to Ashford McNab?

Wow what a disappointment. Why do people change narrators?? I would rather wait longer for the release of the audible book to have the same narrator. Not that I am saying Ashford was busy I have no clue. But really?? ugh. This narrator was not so good. The story was my least favorite of all the Maiden Lane books, and I was sort of over hearing the word "betrayed". I have to say this book was just ok. I truly hope they bring back Ashford for the next book. A narrator can totally make or break a book people.. Just sayin.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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I love this series!

I love the whole Maiden Lane series and this book doesn't disappoint! Meg and Godric make such a great couple. He is such a wonderful character and it's heartwarming to watch him slowly open up to her. I couldn’t stop listening until the end and now I can’t wait for the next book to be released. My only criticism would be that I would have rather seen Ashford McNab continue as the reader for the series. It was rather disconcerting for the voices of characters from previous books to suddenly sound completely different.

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  • Aimee
  • SACRAMENTO, CA, United States
  • 03-17-13

Not sure I like where this series is headed

Spoiler Alert - So, I could live with one Ghost of St. Giles. But multiple Ghosts involved in a conspiracy to protect St. Giles.? ...Not so much. It's as if Elizabeth Hoyt ran out of original ideas and had to pull from a formula of "what sold best before." What worked best before was Winter as the Ghost of St. Giles but it does not repeat well. Moreover, the "heroine" (if you can call her that) is just annoying. The only good thing going for this installment is the narrator. Never a good sign for an audiobook. My recommendation? Avoid this one. There's nothing new to add to the overall storyline. The romantic tension was lackluster at best, so you won't be missing anything.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Willing to be open-minded

Where does Lord of Darkness rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book ranks in the middle of the pack as far as a favorite. As far as a series, it ranks in the top 10.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I really enjoyed Megs. I felt for her heart ache and her loss. Although, there were a few times I wanted to shake her and tell her "snap out of it".

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

I love Ashford McNabb, so I was sad to see that it was a new narrator. It took a bit for me to get used to the new narrator. I'm willing to be open minded and give the narrator another try. Change is not easy, especially when you get used to a certain character's voice. This situation reminds me of the Dark Hunter series. When I started listening to the series, I loved the narrator, Fred Berman. Then they switched to Holter Graham, who is wonderful as well, but it took me a bit to get used to Holter. I'm hopeful, that with time and some feedback, the narrator will improve her interpretation of the character's voices (especially the male voices).

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Good Story the narration could have been better

Where does Lord of Darkness rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I love Elizabeth Hoyt and will keep buying her books. Not sure she has anything to say about who does the narration.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Not much the way the narrator pronounced some of the words was irritating and would avoid any books read by this narrator unless it was an author I loved.

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Disappointing narration, great story

What did you like best about Lord of Darkness? What did you like least?

The story itself was great. Have enjoyed the Maiden Lane tremendously so far, with fine performances by the previous narrator Ashford McNab. Well-written characters, emotionally engaging. Unfortunately Emma Taylor frequently annoyed with her appalling attempts at an English accent (hearing her ludicrous pronunciation of "lassie snatchers" nearly drove me to stop listening on a number of occasions).

Would you be willing to try another one of Emma Taylor’s performances?

Unlikely, but especially not if she's attempting English accents.

Was Lord of Darkness worth the listening time?

Debatable - probably would have been better if I just read the book instead.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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New narrator who tries to imitate earlier narrator

What would have made Lord of Darkness better?

The story is good. The narrator isn't. Ashford McNab who narrated the earlier books in this series would have helped a lot. Although it sounds as though she actually is attempting to imitate McNab's style and voice. A failure. Drat.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Lord of Darkness?

Can't tell you - haven't finished it.

What didn’t you like about Emma Taylor’s performance?

She attempts to drawl out her words and ruined scenes that might have been nice. I'll have to read the book to find out. Her technique spoiled a lot of it.

What character would you cut from Lord of Darkness?

I'll let you know when I finish the book - haven't bought the wood ware version yet and can't convice myself to listen to the rest.

Any additional comments?

Don't spend a credit on it. Read the book to avoid a poor narrator.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Initially scared by reviews...but I loved it.

What did you love best about Lord of Darkness?

The overall story and the Ghost being a different character than the other men of the times.

What did you like best about this story?

There were a couple of scences which made me smile...no chuckle. :)

Have you listened to any of Emma Taylor’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No I haven't, but overall I enjoyed her performance even though there were a couple of characters' voices were too "stuffy" and drawn out...especially compared to the previous narrator's choices of intonation.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When one character realizes looking back is not the optimum course in life.

Any additional comments?

Well worth the "read" - ok the listen! :)

0 of 1 people found this review helpful