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Audie Award Nominee, Romance, 2013

Can a pirate learn that the only true treasure lies in a woman's heart?

Widowed Silence Hollingbrook is impoverished, lovely, and kind - and nine months ago she made a horrible mistake. She went to a river pirate for help in saving her husband, and in the process, made a bargain that cost her her marriage. That night wounded her so terribly that she hides in the foundling home she helps run with her brother. Except now that same river pirate is back... and he's asking for her help.

"Charming" Mickey O'Connor is the most ruthless river pirate in London. Devastatingly handsome and fearsomely intelligent, he clawed his way up through London's criminal underworld. Mickey has no use for tender emotions like compassion and love, and he sees people as pawns to be manipulated. And yet he's never been able to forget the naive captain's wife who came to him for help and spent one memorable night in his bed...talking.

When his bastard baby girl was dumped in his lap - her mother having died - Mickey couldn't resist the Machiavellian urge to leave the baby on Silence's doorstep. The baby would be hidden from his enemies, and he'd also bind Silence to him by her love for his daughter.

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

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Well worth the wait.

What made the experience of listening to Scandalous Desires the most enjoyable?

As an avid audio book listener, I really have enjoyed The Maiden Lane Series. I had waited patiently for the latest installment to be released and it was certainly well worth the wait.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Scandalous Desires?

The revelation of the Ghost of St. Giles identity.

What about Ashford McNab???s performance did you like?

Asford McNab is a very talented Narrator, she made this story come to life. Her voice is awesome.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I actually listened to the whole book in 2 days. If I had been reading it would classify as a page turner.

Any additional comments?

I love Elizabeth Hoyt's stories, I find her characters interesting and lovable. I am a huge historical romance fan and this book rates in my top 10 list.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Shelly
  • United States
  • 12-04-11


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

I love romance, but i was skeptical about the author. I was wrong, the characters were wonderfully written with great detail. I think im in love with Mickey O'

What other book might you compare Scandalous Desires to and why?

This is my first romance novel, will get the others in this series.

Which character – as performed by Ashford McNab – was your favorite?

Mickey O'Conner

Any additional comments?

You will not be disappointed

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  • Rio
  • Missouri
  • 09-08-13

Charming Mickey, indeed

I love the Maiden Lane series! It encompasses everything I enjoy in a historical romance: passion, complex and lovable characters, and a great story.

This installment is one of my favorites. We are first introduced to the relationship of Charming Mickey and Silence during the first book and since then, I was hoping these two would end up together.

He is a river pirate and she is an innocent widow who lost the love of her dear husband even before he lost his life at sea. Without giving too much away, Silence has been forced to live with Charming Mickey. He is a ruthless man bent on obtaining as much material possessions as he can. Silence holds Mickey in contempt with the way he fashions his life and of what he did to her.

As the story progresses, we become more and more acquainted with the real Charming Mickey and the true nature of Silence's relationship with her late husband. The story is brilliantly crafted and at the end of this book, I was grasping for more in the Maiden Lane series.

Ashford MacNab
Performance: 6 out of 5 (can I even do that?)
MacNab is an amazing narrator. In fact, the whole reason I found the Maiden Lane series was because I wanted to listen to more books read by MacNab. She does the voices beautifully. The accents are wonderfully done and really distinguishes the characters as you listen to the performance. The was she portrays Charming Mickey is fantastic and her female characters sound exactly how I imagine them in my mind.

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  • Yvette
  • GILBERT, AZ, United States
  • 07-07-13

Stunning...simply stunning!

When I finished this book & the only word that came to mind was stunning...because I myself was stunned.

I decided to read this book first in the series as the previous two books seemed to have somewhat mixed reviews. However, it seemed like the reviews from this book were steadily highly rated. There was enough background information given on the main characters that I didn't feel at all lost. In fact, this book was so good, I can't wait to go back & read the previous.

"Charming" Mikey O'Connor a despot, powerful river pirate intertwines his life with Silence Hollingbrook, a beautiful widow. Silence's husband, Hollingbrook would be responsible for and consequently serve time in prison as O'Connor had stolen some goods from his ship. Silence begs O'Connor to replace the cargo and slyly O'Connor concedes but for the price of a night alone with her.

As Silence agrees to the pirate's terms, she is left to deal with the repercussions of this one night. Although Mikey did not touch her that night they spent alone, Silence's reputation never recovered. Even her husband Hollingbrook was repulsed by her. He left on his last voyage without reconciling to Silence and then died at sea.

When Mikey's bastard daughter is brought to him after her mother's death, he does not hesitate to anonymously secure the child with Silence. Mikey has many enemies and he knows that Silence, who has a pure heart will love the baby.

About 1 year later, Mikey takes the baby away and lures Silence to his home. He informs her that the baby girl, Mary Darling, is in fact his child and he will keep her with him. There are two reasons Mikey brings Mary and Silence to his home. 1) His enemy is vicious and bother Silence and the baby are in real peril, 2) Mikey has been looking for an opportunity to bring Silence back into his life as she made an indelible impression in his life.

Although he promises Silence that she can leave with Mary "Darling" after his enemy is defeated, in his heart, he knows he will never let her go....and good thing too, because their bond becomes one that is unbreakable!

THis novel was fabulous on so many levels. Elizabeth Hoyt has a way of creating interesting stories that will always keep you gasping and following every step of the characters with anticipation.

Mikey O'Connor is a worthy hero in this story. He falls deeply in love with Silence and, in turn, Silence is like a healing balm to his traumatic life. She brings beauty and hope into his life. One of the things I loved about Mikey O'Connor was his smooth, tough & sarcastic in the right sense. Silence is a strong heroine. She stands up to Mikey and also gently pushes him to be a better man through love.

Although the love story was so tantalizing and beautiful, I really enjoyed the lead into the next novel in the series as the Ghost of St. Giles is revealed! I can't wait for that love story to unfold!

There were also some very tragic parts of this story that left me almost in tears & shocked. This is reflective of Hoyt's style, she allows the reader to enjoy the magic of a fierce, healing love contrasted by tragedy, pain and loss. She paints a world with both pain and love.

Lastly, I loved the narrator! She is superb....just perfect! What a wonderful listening experience!

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Just Could Not Get Into It

I thought I would be drawn into this book right away but the plot seems very similar to some of Lisa Kleypas' books. I only listened to about an hour or less. If I could return this book, I would. The reader seems excellent.

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  • Tobitha
  • ROGERS, AR, United States
  • 03-23-12

Not one of her best

Headline says it all. This was just not up to par for my money.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful