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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

"Bestseller Hoyt brings steamy sensuality...in this engaging series launch.... enhanced by earthy, richly detailed characterizations and deft historical touches." ( Publishers Weekly)

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I don't understand the bad reviews. I enjoyed it!

I don't understand all the bad reviews. I thought this was a good steamy romance. Most "romance" books these days seem to have very little plot with heavy emphasis on sex scenes. I'm not a prude and I mostly enjoy the adult content but I do like to have a good plot. This delivered on both for me. It had great characters, a good mystery and a HEA. Basically everything I expect in a good romance book.
If you don't care for this genre or you don't like hot sex scenes then this one is not for you (probably the reason for some of the bad reviews).
I thought the narration was good as well. This is set in London in the 1700's why shouldn't the narrator have an English accent? Again, I don't get the negative reviews but narration is a personal preference.

This was a credit worthy listen for me.

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suspenseful!

This audiobook grabbed me from the first. The plot is actually very interesting, especially if you like period novels. This one is set in London. It has the drama of "aristocracy meets working class," and in this case the woman is lovely, strong and hard working. The aristocrat of the story is a rather handsome, yet unloved/unlovable duke. If you've ever read a romance novel, you can imagine what happens. It's also a murder mystery with all the normal conflicts and plot twists. The dialogue is believable and the narrator is good. One caution, for those not interested in, um, "romantic" scenes. This audio book is full of "romance." They're done well and add to the thrill of the story, so to speak, but if you were to fast-forward through them you'd be left with a pretty quick story. Overall this audio book kept me on the treadmill a lot longer, helped with the housework, and was definitely entertaining, so it gets 5 stars.

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Loved it

I couldn't stop listening to this book, I finished it in 2 days. Great story and great narrator ( and I am very picky about narrators!).

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One of the best this year!

I really enjoyed the story and the characters. Elizabeth Hoyt is becomming one of my favorites. I can not wait for the next in this series. Also narrator was good, I have not listened to anything narrated by her before but I did like her voice:) As far as the book yes it has rather explicit love scenes (not untill 70% of the book though) but I like it, if you do not like that, this book is probably not for you.

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Great romance with a better mystery!

Lazarus needs a guide, someone that the people in St. Giles to talk to him about the murder of his ex-mistress. He finds that guide in Temperance, a brave widow that runs a foundling home in St. Giles, but she needs money. They strike a deal and dive into a mystery of vicious murders as they learn about love.

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WELL WORTH THE PURCHASE

This is my 1st review after 154 books on audible, mostly romances. It is an "somewhat dark" (previous review listed) romance but in a good way - different then most historic romances. I listened to it straight threw on a long day and found myself waiting for the 2nd book in the series, I hope I don't have to wait too long. The narrartor was fantastic and I hope the next book is read by her. There was a lot of sex but whats a romance without it. The plot was excellent and you were introduced to several other persons who I am sure will be in the coming series. Also several cliff hangers. I think this a cross between Amanda Quick, Charlotte Featherstone and Sarah McCarty but definatly a writer in her own right! Bravo

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Holy jamoly! 💜💜

I love when I read a book that I don’t have very high expectations for, turns out to not only be enjoyable, but to also be really great!! People have left reviews comparing this to Fifty Shades of Grey, and saying that it is a little bit raunchy. However I completely do not agree. There was a little bit of conversation about some of the tying up kind of intimacy events, but though there was a lot of conversation about it, nothing really happened in that arena until the very end and even then it was very very mild. There definitely is a lot of sex, and it is pretty steamy, but what romance novel doesn't have that!? The question is, was it written well, and in this book it was!

The story itself was very good. A somewhat prim and proper, at least on the outside, woman is running a home for orphans with her brother. She has a couple of secrets of her own of course. She meets the damaged man who needs her help finding a murder. Together they complement each other each other‘s issues while solving a mystery. There are two secondary stories, one of which is her sisters, which is obviously a setting for another in this series. Another one is, at the beginning of every chapter is a little mini story, but it is interesting as it plays out. There are a lot of characters that are introduced that will obviously be use for future novels, which thrills me to no end because I can’t wait to continue on with this author and with this series.

The narrator was fine. I didn’t fall in love with her, but I certainly didn’t have any problem with any of her narrating. I’m a pretty picky listener in that regard. I bought this on sale and it was well worth the $4.95. I would have no qualms using a credit on this and in fact I am thrilled to be looking forward to using my credits on the next books in the series.

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Rather raunchy.

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This novel is a bit more raunchy then romantic. There are multiple scenes throughout the book that are graphically sexual. There is also a bit of mystery in this book with makes a good story. The narrator is very good for this book and others written by Elizabeth Hoyt. Although her voice changes are primarily the same. When I listenened to book 2 of this series I was thinking of the hero from the first book. Perhaps I need to put some time in between each book.

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If you like Christian Grey this book is for you!

The whole time I was listening to this book I was shocked by the similarities between it's story and that of "Fifty Shades of Gray", although it is a historical romance. Lazarus is very much like Christian Gray in the fact that he has to tie down his lovers, he also feels pain when touched. Temperance is a widow that is learning to accept that she enjoys rough lovin' and finds that side of her fulfilled by Lazarus. This book had some very steamy scenes! It was not all about sex it was also the build up! My favorite part is where he takes her to a bordello so that they can interview a boy about a murder, after the interview he takes her to an area where they can peak into the rooms with various forms of "entertainment". Just him standing behind her and whispering in her ear was better than a lot of books I've listened to that just dive into the love scenes. This book had a great mystery, amazing love scenes, well formed characters and a great conclusion. I will definitely be listening to it again and again!

23 people found this helpful

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Wow!

This book has it all, mystery, adventure, humor, romance, and erotica. It is very well written, has interesting and engaging characters, and a fully developed story line. Finally, a "Romance" novel that has depth, rather than those cookie cutter, formula driven, shallow stories that many of this genre produce.

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