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When Strangers In The Night He lives in the shadows. As the mysterious masked avenger known as the Ghost of St. Giles, Godric St. John's only goal is to protect the innocent of London. Until the night he confronts a fearless young lady pointing a pistol at his head—and realizes she is his wife. Become Lovers... Lady Margaret Reading has vowed to kill the Ghost of St. Giles—th When Strangers In The Night He lives in the shadows. As the mysterious masked avenger known as the Ghost of St. Giles, Godric St. John's only goal is to protect the innocent of London. Until the night he confronts a fearless young lady pointing a pistol at his head—and realizes she is his wife. Become Lovers... Lady Margaret Reading has vowed to kill the Ghost of St. Giles—the man who murdered her one true love. Returning to London, and to the man she hasn't seen since their wedding day, Margaret does not recognize the man behind the mask. Fierce, commanding, and dangerous, the notorious Ghost of St. Giles is everything she feared he would be—and so much more. Desire Is The Ultimate Danger When passion flares, these two intimate strangers can't keep from revealing more of themselves than they had ever planned. But when Margaret learns the truth—that the Ghost is her husband—the game is up and the players must surrender...to the temptation that could destroy them both.


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When Strangers In The Night He lives in the shadows. As the mysterious masked avenger known as the Ghost of St. Giles, Godric St. John's only goal is to protect the innocent of London. Until the night he confronts a fearless young lady pointing a pistol at his head—and realizes she is his wife. Become Lovers... Lady Margaret Reading has vowed to kill the Ghost of St. Giles—th When Strangers In The Night He lives in the shadows. As the mysterious masked avenger known as the Ghost of St. Giles, Godric St. John's only goal is to protect the innocent of London. Until the night he confronts a fearless young lady pointing a pistol at his head—and realizes she is his wife. Become Lovers... Lady Margaret Reading has vowed to kill the Ghost of St. Giles—the man who murdered her one true love. Returning to London, and to the man she hasn't seen since their wedding day, Margaret does not recognize the man behind the mask. Fierce, commanding, and dangerous, the notorious Ghost of St. Giles is everything she feared he would be—and so much more. Desire Is The Ultimate Danger When passion flares, these two intimate strangers can't keep from revealing more of themselves than they had ever planned. But when Margaret learns the truth—that the Ghost is her husband—the game is up and the players must surrender...to the temptation that could destroy them both.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Choko

    *** 3 *** A Romantic buddy read with the MacHalo Freaks:-) We all need some romance from time to time! I wanted to like this more than I actually did, but alas, the set up was weak and the chemistry between the two lovebirds never really materialized... And it had potential. Our Hero had lost his wife to a prolonged illness couple of years ago and is living life as a walking corps... The lady Margaret, aka Mag, lost her lover of 3 months whom she thought was the love of her life, and is left unwed *** 3 *** A Romantic buddy read with the MacHalo Freaks:-) We all need some romance from time to time! I wanted to like this more than I actually did, but alas, the set up was weak and the chemistry between the two lovebirds never really materialized... And it had potential. Our Hero had lost his wife to a prolonged illness couple of years ago and is living life as a walking corps... The lady Margaret, aka Mag, lost her lover of 3 months whom she thought was the love of her life, and is left unwed and pregnant, on the verge of a nervous breakdown. In order to avoid scandal and ruination, her brother arranges a marriage between the two. Soon after, the stress of her grieving induces a miscarriage and Mags withdraws in the country, while her husband stays in the city and fights criminals as the legendary Ghosts of St. Giles. Now it is two years later and his wife invades his London home with one mission in mind - she wants to have a baby and needs to seduce her stranger husband. But she is in for a challenge:-) The plot had some potential, but both characters were grieving for their exes, he was way too stiff and at times annoyingly distant, while she felt desperate and a bit hysterical, at times acting in very ridiculous ways. The chemistry was not there and the love never became believable. I think the reason I did like it somewhat is the fact that it is part of a world we are already familiar with and there were seeds for further romances in the series, which sound intriguing already. I plan on continuing with the series. I enjoy the writing style of the author and am well aware of the hits and misses a long series can provide. As an optimist I always hope for the best!!! I wish you all Happy Reading and a wonderful New Year:-)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    4.5 stars Lady Margaret (Megs) Reading has decided to join her husband in London. For two reasons. Firstly, she wants to kill the Ghost of St Giles, believing as she does that he had murdered her fiancé. Secondly, she wants to seduce her husband. Problem is, her husband and the Ghost of St Giles are one and the same. Megs has spent the past two years sequestered in the countryside away from her husband, Godric St John in London. Their arranged marriage has suited both sides. But now Megs is desper 4.5 stars Lady Margaret (Megs) Reading has decided to join her husband in London. For two reasons. Firstly, she wants to kill the Ghost of St Giles, believing as she does that he had murdered her fiancé. Secondly, she wants to seduce her husband. Problem is, her husband and the Ghost of St Giles are one and the same. Megs has spent the past two years sequestered in the countryside away from her husband, Godric St John in London. Their arranged marriage has suited both sides. But now Megs is desperate for a baby. Godric, committed to his role as the Ghost, is resigned to his lonely, celibate life. He's had his one shot at love with Clara, his first wife and has no intention of consummating his second marriage. So how does one go about seducing one's husband? The lassie snatchers are still at work in St Giles, kidnapping poor, female children off the streets using them as slave labour in workshops making expensive garments for their greedy owners. The first half of this book though not actually disappointing, bore a lot of resemblance to the plot line of book #4 Thief of Shadows featuring the first Ghost, Winter Makepeace. Although of course, it is written very well. The romance though, between Godric and Megs makes this once again a must-read story in the Maiden Lane series. Elizabeth Hoyt writes some of the most sensual scenes in historical romance. Her beautiful, expectant build-up of sexual tension and her delightfully, delicious love scenes make this another 4.5 star read for me. The beginning of each chapter opens with a few paragraphs of the Legend of the Hellequin. Don't skip over this lovely story within a story. It's beautifully written and parallels the main story of the Lord of Darkness. We are also introduced to the hero, the Duke of Wakefield and heroine, Artemis Greaves, companion to Lady Penelope, in the next book, Duke of Midnight, with an excerpt at the end of Lord of Darkness. This Maiden Lane series does not seem to be running out of steam as so often happens. I wonder how much longer Ms Hoyt can maintain this high standard without running out of fresh ideas. Good news, it didn't happen here. Another fantastic addition to this excellent series! Steam: 3.5 ARC courtesy of Grand Central Publishing via NetGalley

  3. 4 out of 5

    Alp

    2.25/5 I'm so sad to report that Lord of Darkness, the fifth installment in Maiden Lane series, is a disappointing read in my opinion. Even though I enjoyed many parts of this book, there were also some parts that made me mad, some made me roll my eyes, and others bored me to sleep. I struggled through almost the entire story. The hero, Godric St. John, didn’t meet my expectations. He’s plain and bland, and seems more like another general character than the hero. Anyway, I admired his determinatio 2.25/5 I'm so sad to report that Lord of Darkness, the fifth installment in Maiden Lane series, is a disappointing read in my opinion. Even though I enjoyed many parts of this book, there were also some parts that made me mad, some made me roll my eyes, and others bored me to sleep. I struggled through almost the entire story. The hero, Godric St. John, didn’t meet my expectations. He’s plain and bland, and seems more like another general character than the hero. Anyway, I admired his determination to save people of St. Giles. To be honest, I neither loved nor hated him. Lady Margaret Reading, on the other hand, irritated me from the very start to the end. She’s everything I hate in the heroines. She's selfish, pushy, and annoying. I don't understand why Godric fell in love with her or what he saw in her. There was no chemistry between them. NONE. The romance totally fell flat. I was really disappointed with their first time sleeping together. They both regretted it, and felt like they did something wrong and betrayed their exes. Nope, it wasn't romantic at all. The good things about this book were Winter, Alf (a girl in disguise), the investigations, and the action scenes. If only I had known that I would be displeased with this book, I would have never picked it up. It's really not to my liking.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jilly

    It's funny how your expectations going in to a book will totally affect your rating. I expected to hate this book. I wasn't particularly interested in the two main characters from their introductions in previous books and all of my friends here didn't like it at all. I almost decided to skip it, but I'm glad I didn't. Because my expectations were so low, I was super stoked to find myself enjoying this book at all. So, we have a husband and wife in a marriage of convenience for the past two years, It's funny how your expectations going in to a book will totally affect your rating. I expected to hate this book. I wasn't particularly interested in the two main characters from their introductions in previous books and all of my friends here didn't like it at all. I almost decided to skip it, but I'm glad I didn't. Because my expectations were so low, I was super stoked to find myself enjoying this book at all. So, we have a husband and wife in a marriage of convenience for the past two years, with both of them completely broken over the loss of previous loves. Neither of them are interested in getting to know each other and the marriage was never consummated. But, our female decides she wants a baby and who better to get her pregnant than her own husband. They do have their uses occasionally. Mine will kill bugs for me whenever I ask. Even the giant ones that we have in Texas. My plan for when he is sleeping. It's supposed to be romantic to leave little notes for your spouse! I liked how slowly these two started falling in love. I also liked that their first couple of tries at the sex was mostly disastrous. Godric, the male, even grew on me. He certainly is going nowhere near my book boyfriend ranch, but I don't want him dead. Hey, for me that's a compliment. As for Megs, well... she wasn't too horrible. Okay, just a little horrible. Definitely stupid. But, I didn't want her dead that badly. Only a little. So, although it isn't my favorite book in the series, and they sure aren't my favorite couple, I found the book entertaining, and it even made me chuckle a couple of times. That's good enough for me. Now, on to a better couple! (Hopefully!)

  5. 5 out of 5

    Robin (Bridge Four)

    Sale Alert: April Monthly Kindle Deal for $1.99 I never thought Godric was a sexy name until this book. The narrator has now given me a pavlovian response to that name. I’m very happy that this is yet another book in this series without a notorious Rake in it. It also has one of my favorite tropes of the marriage of convenience to a stranger that blooms into love. Godric is a hero I can really get behind. He loved his wife dearly and stayed true to her all through their marriage and her devastati Sale Alert: April Monthly Kindle Deal for $1.99 I never thought Godric was a sexy name until this book. The narrator has now given me a pavlovian response to that name. I’m very happy that this is yet another book in this series without a notorious Rake in it. It also has one of my favorite tropes of the marriage of convenience to a stranger that blooms into love. Godric is a hero I can really get behind. He loved his wife dearly and stayed true to her all through their marriage and her devastating sickness. He probably would have gone to his grave never even thinking about loving or taking to be another woman if it were not Griffin blackmailing him into marrying his sister Megs. Megs is pretty adorable with her rambling talking and vivaciousness she is a bit infectious. Megs was in a delicate way when Griffin arranged the marriage between her and Godric St. John. It was a whirlwind and Megs floated through it dazed and bereft of the man she loved that was killed just a short time before. Then she disappeared into Godric’s country home and stayed there for two years. But now she has come out of hiding because she wants one thing from the man she married and hasn’t seen since. A baby. She also wants to kill the Ghost of St Giles thought to have killed her prior love. “BUT HOW, EXACTLY, did one go about seducing a husband one hardly knew?” Godric isn’t certain what to do with all the life that has been brought into his dusty old home when Meg shows up with half his country household and some members of his estranged family. He is so stoic that he tries so hard not to let it affect him in any way but Megs is pretty infectious and so it is very difficult not to come to life in many ways when she is around. “He looked down at her as he eased from the bed. Why such a creature of light and love and life should have come to him, he could not fathom. But he was grateful. Very grateful.” I really did enjoy how this story played out and Megs draws Godric out of shell. They both lost someone they loved very much. Godric had years of watching his wife in pain so was more prepared for the loss. Meg’s relationship was near the beginning and so it was still was new and burned bright but she has so much more to learn about love and Godric has decided that maybe he could show her. There is more dangerous fun as Godric is also one of the men parading around as the Ghost of St. Giles. The Lassie Snatchers are back and if Gordic finds who is behind it he might also solve the mystery of who killed Megs first love as well. All and all I enjoyed this story and was so happy that two people who lost so much were able to find each other.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Princess under cover

    This is definitely not one of my favs in the series. I might even give it 2.75 stars. So given this unhappy feeling, I'll focus my review on what I didn't like: The Heroine annoyed the hell out of me. She's immature, rash, and brash. She has no thought to anyone but herself. She got herself pregnant with one man's child, got married to another man because her brother arranged it to save her reputation. She never once wondered whether the second man wanted to marry her, and didn't care beyond her This is definitely not one of my favs in the series. I might even give it 2.75 stars. So given this unhappy feeling, I'll focus my review on what I didn't like: The Heroine annoyed the hell out of me. She's immature, rash, and brash. She has no thought to anyone but herself. She got herself pregnant with one man's child, got married to another man because her brother arranged it to save her reputation. She never once wondered whether the second man wanted to marry her, and didn't care beyond her own "suffering." Then, she has the audacity to demand that her husband service her like a stud because she wants a baby, even tho he's still in love with his late wife and has told her quite bluntly he didn't want to betray his love. At this point, I am beginning to hate this heroine. But that's not all folks! She also wants her current husband, who is playing stud for her against his wishes, to find the killer of her dead lover, at great cost to her husband's safety (he gets injured more than once). And BTW, she's stupid enough to stab him herself. And shot at him too. What the hell kind of heroine is this???? She's F***ing [email protected]!!!! Really HATE her! And BTW, even after her husband clearly shows that he LOVES her, is doing everything for her, she still sends him to his death about 85% of the way in. Whhaaaatttt?? But the husband, the Hero, Godric, doesn't get off either. He's supposedly sooooo in love with his late wife, he's comitted himself to suicidal missions as the Ghost of St, Giles. He's a celibate monk. And yet, just because his nubile young wife asks him to bed her to make a baby, he gives in to tempation and lets her have her way with him... he struggles all through the novel (not as stupidly long as she does but still) and then in the end he says - oh, I loved you all along, since before you propositioned me, since the second letter you wrote me, in fact. Ehhhhh????? Then what the hell were you struggling for all along???? It's like the author had bipolar disorder while writing this thing. Like she couldn't make up her mind what was what. This is not the first of EH's novels I've had major issues with. But it's rare. I don't cut her any slack tho. I was disappointed. Everything was contrived and forced fit. Not her best work.

  7. 4 out of 5

    ♥ℳelody

    4.75 stars Why such a creature of light and love and life should have come to him, he could not fathom. But he was grateful. Very grateful. Absolutely adored this. And that's the biggest surprise for me. I went into this one somewhat apprehensive given the fact how these two came together under forced awkward circumstances. And on top of that they both are grieving over a dead spouse/dead lover. That could have been a recipe for disaster. But this….this was beautiful. His Achi 4.75 stars Why such a creature of light and love and life should have come to him, he could not fathom. But he was grateful. Very grateful. Absolutely adored this. And that's the biggest surprise for me. I went into this one somewhat apprehensive given the fact how these two came together under forced awkward circumstances. And on top of that they both are grieving over a dead spouse/dead lover. That could have been a recipe for disaster. But this….this was beautiful. His Achilles' heel, the one person who had reached deep down inside him and grasped his heart, squeezing until it started beating again. She'd brought him back to life. Megs was such a wonderful delight. I thought she was exactly what Godric needed. Her endless capacity for love, laughter, wit and patience was just so endearing and lovable. And I loved how honest and conscious she was of Godric's feelings through everything. It's this kind of character quality that is hard to find. That sense of guileless honesty and faith I found so refreshing and delicious and perfect contrast to Godric's quiet world-weary reserve. "Godric," she whispered, and held out her hand to him. He took her hand, spreading her fingers and kissing each one. Megs looked up at his entrance, her face shining. For a moment he caught his breath--it was almost like a light radiated from within her, and he was very glad that she'd apparently decided not to hold their argument against him. "Oh, Godric, come see! Her Grace has had her puppies." And she held the ratlike thing--which, apparently, was a pug puppy--like a peace offering. Godric raised his brows, sinking into a chair. “It’s quite….lovely.” “Oh, pooh!” She retracted her arms, cuddling the tiny creature against her cheek. “Don’t listen to Mr. St. John,” she whispered to the puppy as if in confidence. “You’re the most adorable thing I’ve ever seen!” Godric took some warming up to. At first I found him too stiff and closed off, but once Hoyt peeled back every rough layer of this character, his heart, his loneliness, his quiet yearning, his goodness came through. The slow build up of this character and showing his wounds and raw grief was really great to see, heartbreaking yet relatable. I fell in love with him the minute he pulled out Megs’s letters that he kept locked in a dresser drawer and hungrily poured over them to help ground him. I really loved how willingly and open he was to help Megs, his selflessness was truly admirable. And seeing him helplessly fall for her was really a treat. PS: Did you try the ginger, barely, and aniseed tisane recipe I sent you? I know it sounds quite revolting, but it will help your sore throat, truly! Her postscript blurred before his eyes and he blinked hard, inhaling. This was who he'd done it for. Megs, who thought old crotchety butlers had any sense of humor, who ate bitter persimmon tarts to please the local vicar's wife, and who cried at the sight of a baby and couldn't admit even to herself why. She deserved a baby of her own. She'd make a magnificent mother: kind, gentle, understanding. Gah! I found them so adorable and heartbreaking. It also didn't hurt that this used one of my favorite tropes, a marriage of convenience. Seeing this couple slowly unhurriedly fall for each other was like sitting in the sun and taking in blue skies and a warm breeze. These are two people who carry a lot of hurt and angst but deal with it differently. Godric shutting himself off to the outside world and life and burying himself in his Ghost of St. Giles work, Megs looking for ways to make others happy and finding pleasure in the smallest things. And I found that dying apple tree a great analogy and symbol of what Megs stands for. And it was such a great depiction of what this character represented and did to the hero, how her ‘magic’ transformed Godric and brought him back to life. Hoyt's really masters at writing smart characters with a sharp focus on all the human senses. That element makes her characters so human and the world building so layered. Her conscious smart layered writing reminds me a lot of Lisa Kleypas. Phoebe turned her face, leaning close to discreetly inhale. "Artemis?" "Yes." Artemis felt quite proud. She'd taken to wearing the same scent--lemons and bay leaf--when she realized that Lady Phoebe sometimes used smell to identify people. She suspected that the other woman could see very little at all when the light was dim--such as tonight at the theater. Just brilliant. Now there were a few things I do wish were handled differently. The 'avenging' Roger's death arc for one, I felt that took up a little too much time in the last quarter of the book and took focus off Godric but Hoyt made up for it with that beautiful emotional declaration from Megs (emotional declarations are a weakness of mine). Second, not going to lie but my interest is already waning really thin with the whole Ghost of St. Giles character. The thrill and mystery for me is completely gone in that area. (view spoiler)[And 3 books back to back where the hero is the Ghost is a little much IMO. Just saying. (hide spoiler)] I wish (and hoping) Hoyt moves away from it because I don't think it really adds anything to the story and couples IMO. And also I’m not super crazy about the villain plots. I said it in Winter's book and same thing here the whole Lassie snatchers arc just didn't do anything for me. I kept finding my eyes glossing over those scenes and wanting Godric to hurry back to Megs. Lastly, and this is really minor, was how the epilogue was used as a story set up for the next book which is a personal pet peeve of mine. That's not an epilogue, but more of a sneak preview excerpt. I just find it so wasteful and a totally missed opportunity to expand and frame how the couple of the book are fairing 'down the road' after their HEA. Yes it was touched on in the last chapter before the epilogue which honestly was really nice but please don't label a chapter an 'epilogue' when it literally has nothing to do with the featured couple. It drives me batty when authors do this. As for secondary characters, I'm already very intrigued and heartbroken for Artemis Greaves. This mysterious character is already showing such weight and intelligence. And I’m dying to know more about Apollo. I am a little unsure about stoic stiff lipped Dukely Maximus being paired up with Artemis. He's not very likable right now but I hope he wins me over like Godric did. Looking forward to seeing what happens there.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Melanie A. *mostly on hiatus*

    4.5 STARS! Why such a creature of light and love and life should have come to him, he could not fathom. My stroll down Maiden Lane continues! As always, Hoyt's writing is wonderful. I loved both Megs and Godric. Their portrayal as opposites... Godric stood, watching as Megs turned and beamed at him, all glorious and vibrant life. Everything he was not. ...had some very sweet, romantic moments. But it's possible that the Ghost of St. Giles angle is wearing a bit thin for 4.5 STARS! Why such a creature of light and love and life should have come to him, he could not fathom. My stroll down Maiden Lane continues! As always, Hoyt's writing is wonderful. I loved both Megs and Godric. Their portrayal as opposites... Godric stood, watching as Megs turned and beamed at him, all glorious and vibrant life. Everything he was not. ...had some very sweet, romantic moments. But it's possible that the Ghost of St. Giles angle is wearing a bit thin for me - which is why I'm rounding down and not up. I did really like the understated sarcasm that seemed to run closer to the surface in this installment though. Apparently one couldn't tell just by looking if a woman had learned one's deepest secret. On to the next! I'm really looking forward to Artemis' story . . .

  9. 5 out of 5

    Shawna

    4 ½ stars – Historical/Georgian Romance Oh but how I love this series! Ms. Hoyt is a brilliant writer and she delivers another winner in her evocative, sensual, addictive Maiden Lane series that’s now 5 for 5 and still going strong! I can’t wait for the next book!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Nat O

    Hoyt brings the Heat yet again in this 5th book of the Maiden Lane series! The passion, threat of danger and wonderful characters in Hoyt’s classic style is unforgettable! I had to scratch my head at first to remember the history of all the characters because it’s been a while since the last installment, but once I had everything straightened out, this became a book I could not put down! This is about a couple forced into a marriage of convenience. Both are still reeling from the deaths of their tr Hoyt brings the Heat yet again in this 5th book of the Maiden Lane series! The passion, threat of danger and wonderful characters in Hoyt’s classic style is unforgettable! I had to scratch my head at first to remember the history of all the characters because it’s been a while since the last installment, but once I had everything straightened out, this became a book I could not put down! This is about a couple forced into a marriage of convenience. Both are still reeling from the deaths of their true loves and are afraid to let go of the past. But Megs is a woman on a mission to avenge the death of her lost love & plans to seduce her husband for the first time to get what her heart truly desires!!!! But can he get over his past to give her what she wants? “He walked toward her and knew with every fiber of his being that he walked to life itself.” When Godric St. John loves, he loves hard. Godric is a 37-year old widower. He lost the love of his life, his wife Clara, years ago to illness. Since then, he has lived a desolate life of celibacy. But his nights are spent saving the helpless in London’s most dangerous neighborhood as the Ghost of St. Giles. This secret identity is what was used to blackmail him into a marriage of convenience. It’s been two years and Godric has never consummated his marriage to Megs. Both have lived separate lives— He in London, she at his country home. Lady Margaret Reading, aka "Megs," entered into marriage with Godric pregnant with another man’s babe. That baby’s father was Roger Fraser-Burnsby. This is where the 4th book, Thief of Shadows left off: Both had plans to marry, but the night they were to announce their engagement, Roger is killed, leaving Megs alone and Pregnant. Her brother Griffin fixes her up with a fast marriage to Godric to avoid scandal, but soon after the marriage, Megs miscarries. This is where Lord of Darkness comes into play: After two years of wallowing in grief, Megs determination to avenge Roger’s death and wishes for another baby has her invading her husband’s London home—trying to seduce her husband! This endearing & heartfelt mission really brought out so many wonderful elements. “For the first time in a very long while, he yearned to see tomorrow.” This is where *everything* comes in play and multiple story lines are weaved into one beautiful, thrilling & touching tale. I truly loved everything about it and am *amazed* at the details and depth Hoyt seemingly included. All of the layers made sense and came together perfectly, making for a wonderful literary piece of work!! Swoon Alert!! Secondary characters involving the Duke of Wakefield, Lady Penelope & Artemis were also embedded into the main storyline, setting up the scene for the 6th book in this series that’s to follow Duke of Midnight. With that said I can’t wait for Duke of Wakefield’s story!! Yeehaw!!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Crista

    I loved everything about this book! It's so hard for a series to not loose momentum, but this series is maintaining it's quality and perhaps even getting better! Lord of Darkness is Megs and Godric's book. Margaret "Megs" Reading is Lord Griffin Reading's sister who was first introduced in Notorious Pleasures. The last book Scandalous Desires, has found Megs pregnant out of wedlock and her lover has been murdered. The epilogue shows Griffin confronting Godric about a "proposition" that he has for I loved everything about this book! It's so hard for a series to not loose momentum, but this series is maintaining it's quality and perhaps even getting better! Lord of Darkness is Megs and Godric's book. Margaret "Megs" Reading is Lord Griffin Reading's sister who was first introduced in Notorious Pleasures. The last book Scandalous Desires, has found Megs pregnant out of wedlock and her lover has been murdered. The epilogue shows Griffin confronting Godric about a "proposition" that he has for him. It's fairly apparent that this "proposition" has something to do with his pregnant and alone sister. This sets up a wonderful Marriage of Convenience plot that involves two hurting individuals whom are both afraid to let go of the past. Fast forward two years. (view spoiler)[We learn that Megs miscarried her deceased lover's baby (hide spoiler)] . She is grief stricken and wishes to avenge her lover's murder and she also longs for a baby. Megs has come to London to seduce her husband! I love this idea, and Ms. Hoyt takes this plot to a whole new level in this incredible book. Godric is still grieving for the loss of his Clara. Megs is still grieving for the loss of her Roger, yet she bursts into Godric's life and sheds light, laughter, and joy into his dismal and dark existence. Seeing Godric react to Megs was entertaining, and watching this stoic man fall (and fall hard) for his wife was what made this book absolutely brilliant. There is a ton going on in this book. Maiden Lane continues to be a very dangerous place for women and children, and The Ghost of St. Giles continues to have his work cut out for him. The couple that will be featured in the next book are given just enough page time to have me yearning for release of Duke of Midnight (which will be out this December). On a side note: Lord of Darkness also tells the story of the Legend of the Hellequin. I can not believe that a story within a story could be so moving. As with all Hoyt novels, each chapter begins with a piece of a seemingly unrelated story. By the end, parallels can be drawn between the two coinciding story lines. The Legend of the Hellequin was worth the read all by itself. I was moved and had happy chills all over as I read the last sentence. This is one of the best historical romance writers writing today. This series is not to be missed. A big thanks to Grand Central Publishing via Netgalley for providing this ARC for review!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies

    Nope nope nope. The Maiden Lane series has gone on entirely far enough. There's a maddeningly huge set of characters now, I could not keep track of them all, nor could I remember which parts they had played in the past, nor remember their particular story. I've read all the previous books, but my mind is occupied with other things and I cannot be fucked to remember all their back stories, thank you very much. There's also an annoying secondary storyline relegated to setting us up for the next boo Nope nope nope. The Maiden Lane series has gone on entirely far enough. There's a maddeningly huge set of characters now, I could not keep track of them all, nor could I remember which parts they had played in the past, nor remember their particular story. I've read all the previous books, but my mind is occupied with other things and I cannot be fucked to remember all their back stories, thank you very much. There's also an annoying secondary storyline relegated to setting us up for the next book, and I am so not up for that right now. The plot is interesting enough, the CURRENT Ghost of St. Giles (I swear half the men in the Ton must have been the Ghost of St. Giles at one point or another now). Willing suspension of disbelief aside, the story would have been an excellent one if the characters behaved in a way more fitting to their situation. We have read Godric's story before in the previous books. He has made an appearance in every single Maiden Lane book, and this is his and Meg's story. In the previous books, we have read about his suffering, his loyalty to his wife Clara and his unending faithfulness and love as she succumbs and finally dies of a long, debilitating, and painful illness. She is unable to have marital relations due to her pain, and Godric does not mind that in the least, professing that his love for her is so great that to have her in his life is nearly enough. For 9 years out of his decade long marriage to Clara, Godric has taken care of his ill wife, and his love for her last beyond her death. Until Meg comes back into his life (well, that didn't last long). Meg is his second wife, to whom he is forced to marry. She was pregnant, miscarried, and two years later is back in town to 1. get revenge on her late lover's murderer (who is a total douche who seduces an innocent noblewoman and then leaves her high and dry, if you ask me), and 2. to seduce Godric, because her biological clock's ticking and she wants a goddamn baby. What ticks me off about this book is that the main characters don't act reasonably. Godric tells Meg that he can't have sex with her, and then a day later goes off and does it because she's so irresistible. Bah! Meg holds a complete asshole onto a pedestal, and both characters spend much of their sexytime alternately: 1) wishing it was over with 2) enjoying it but NOT REALLY 3) hating themselves If that doesn't spell romance for you, I don't know what does.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mo

    3.5 stars Maybe not as riveting as the previous books but still a good enough read. I felt both characters were dwelling in the past for too long in the book. Nice to catch up with previous characters and see the set up for future books. This is a long series. “For the first time in a very long time, he yearned to see tomorrow. Tomorrow and the day after that and the year after that. There was a possibility that with Megs he might have a life to look forward to. And because of that, tonight he w 3.5 stars Maybe not as riveting as the previous books but still a good enough read. I felt both characters were dwelling in the past for too long in the book. Nice to catch up with previous characters and see the set up for future books. This is a long series. “For the first time in a very long time, he yearned to see tomorrow. Tomorrow and the day after that and the year after that. There was a possibility that with Megs he might have a life to look forward to. And because of that, tonight he was going to hunt down a man and assassinate him in cold blood. This act would damn his very soul but for Megs it was worth it. For Meggie he would walk the fires of hell.”

  14. 5 out of 5

    MuchAdo

    Oh how the mighty have fallen! This is a truly awful book. I couldn't care one iota about the story or the characters, especially about the heroine, who must be one of the most ill conceived and anachronistic heroines in historical romantic fiction. Other readers here, who, like me, love Elizabeth Hoyt (or used to) while refusing to check their critical faculties at the door, have pointed out how anachronistic this book is. How contemporary the whole tone and voice of it are and feel. It is also Oh how the mighty have fallen! This is a truly awful book. I couldn't care one iota about the story or the characters, especially about the heroine, who must be one of the most ill conceived and anachronistic heroines in historical romantic fiction. Other readers here, who, like me, love Elizabeth Hoyt (or used to) while refusing to check their critical faculties at the door, have pointed out how anachronistic this book is. How contemporary the whole tone and voice of it are and feel. It is also an exasperating, annoying and dull love story, as both heroine and hero spend the greater part of the book talking about their dead loves. The heroine in particular openly talks and muses about her dead lover!!! An 18th c. woman talking so freely about the lover who was killed while she was pregnant with his baby, and who, instead of taking this secret to the tomb (as women of her time and class would have ABSOLUTELY done for there was NO alternative), frequently and loudly advertises her passion without ever considering the consequences for her and her family. Probably because she knows her writer, who at this point indulges in disgusting cluelessness about the experience of women in the past, has her behind covered. Her family are all right with it (in fact nothing better could have happened to them!), her husband (the hero) is all right with it, society at large also is all right with it, as the entire world finds her vivacious, spirited, sunny, bright and fizzy. To me as a reader all this shows a writer with complete disregard for her material. All that she has is a penchant for spraying characterisations around, hoping we won't notice that her caricature heroine gives even caricature a bad name. I don't know about all those readers who rated this book with five stars, but I don't like my leg being pulled so hard and for so long. There's a scene where the heroine demands that her feelings about her dead lover be treated in the same manner as the feelings of her husband for his dead first wife! I almost smashed my e-reader against the wall while screaming, 'oi, Lizzie Hoyt, wrong century,love!'. Well she may not care about creating a believable background and keep writing as if the only difference between the present and the past is fashion and coiffure, but I do and demand that a writer of historical romances fulfil at least one of her obligations, to create a historically believable atmosphere (not infodump, let us be clear). This book felt like the writer too got bored with her dull story and dull heroine and hero and therefore cared not for minimal verisimilitude. The story drags on like a routine check written on automatic pilot without any real effort or care put into it. It reads like a prolonged dial tone. It should be said that Hoyt is never good at creating a historical background (she is one of the worst offenders in HR) and her contemporary voice is deafening that you are taken out of the story with alarming frequency, but at least in the past she could furnish proof she could write love stories full of energy and passion, and that made one forget the contemporary American voice of her books. So it is sad to see that she now pens and publishes trite, unconvincing and utterly boring romances such as this.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Luana ☆

    Ooooo, this book was so good. So much so that I finished it on one sitting. But hey, I love widower stories. Specially if it is a marriage of convenience. I have liked the hero since the first book and was sad that he did not make much of an appearance on the books after that, but here he is, as awesome as I thought he would be. He's such a good man, kind, patient, focused and if he loves someone, it is real and true and forever. Being it in happiness or sickness. The heroine on the other hand w Ooooo, this book was so good. So much so that I finished it on one sitting. But hey, I love widower stories. Specially if it is a marriage of convenience. I have liked the hero since the first book and was sad that he did not make much of an appearance on the books after that, but here he is, as awesome as I thought he would be. He's such a good man, kind, patient, focused and if he loves someone, it is real and true and forever. Being it in happiness or sickness. The heroine on the other hand was quite selfish. She took everything the hero gave her, body, mind, soul and kept asking for more and more. That's the only thing I didn't like about the heroine, that she only thought about herself for such a long time. But she's also sunny and proactive. Full of life and energy. Which the hero was in dire need. It was hilarious that in the beginning she treated him like an elderly man. When in reality he's only 37yo. I loved Winter in the previous book, but this book was one of my favorites so far in the series. 4.5 stars.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Monty Cupcake ☠ Queen of Bloodshed ☠

    I loathed Megs. Loathed. She's horribly stupid & annoying. And Godric enabled her idiocy. He's a nice guy, but she needed to be locked in a convent for eternity. She was asking for death the entire book. I loathed Megs. Loathed. She's horribly stupid & annoying. And Godric enabled her idiocy. He's a nice guy, but she needed to be locked in a convent for eternity. She was asking for death the entire book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sam (AMNReader)

    Move over, Mickey. I just got to know Godric, and then, you know, love him...(Who am I kidding, I couldn't choose) I'd read like 5 books about these two. I loved Megs vitality, and the way she brought her husband back to life. I loved Godric's composure, his intensity, and his tenderness. A wonderful, lovely, sweet journey into the relationship of these two. I was equally impressed that the cast of characters didn't seem to distract from the main couple, and the world-building was so solid & stro Move over, Mickey. I just got to know Godric, and then, you know, love him...(Who am I kidding, I couldn't choose) I'd read like 5 books about these two. I loved Megs vitality, and the way she brought her husband back to life. I loved Godric's composure, his intensity, and his tenderness. A wonderful, lovely, sweet journey into the relationship of these two. I was equally impressed that the cast of characters didn't seem to distract from the main couple, and the world-building was so solid & strong in this book. I wasn't annoyed by the disruption of seeing the prior couples, it enriched and advanced the story quite well. This is rarely the case for series romances for me.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Five books into her Maiden Lane series and Elizabeth Hoyt is still on top of her game! Godric St. John married Lady Margaret to help her out of a tough situation and it seemed to fit for him. Megs would live in the country away from him and he could continue with his nightly duties as the Ghost of St.Giles. This works well until Megs, and part of his family, descend upon him and turn his life upside down when Megs tells him he wants a child. Having married and lost the great love of his life, Go Five books into her Maiden Lane series and Elizabeth Hoyt is still on top of her game! Godric St. John married Lady Margaret to help her out of a tough situation and it seemed to fit for him. Megs would live in the country away from him and he could continue with his nightly duties as the Ghost of St.Giles. This works well until Megs, and part of his family, descend upon him and turn his life upside down when Megs tells him he wants a child. Having married and lost the great love of his life, Godric is not too keen of this plan but concedes to it with a bargain of his own. Megs being around causes new feelings to emerge, not just for himself but she also makes him confront his issues with his family. Megs for her part, also lost the great love of her life and does not want to feel when she is with Godric but as his secrets are revealed, the true force of their relationship is tested. I have been a huge fan of this series and I was not sure what to expect from this book but I should never have doubted. I loved it. Godric is strong, patient and sexy and I loved seeing his flaws come out and be played out and strengthened with the help of Megs. Megs is full of life and happiness and is determined to have a child with her husband, no matter the cost. I did get a bit frustrated with her during her first bedroom encounters with Godric as she had a hard time letting go of her past, yet she expected Godric to do that with his own past. But Godric cleared up that matter quickly and I loved that! We again get a bit of a mystery in St. Giles but it did not take away from the growing love between Godric and Megs, if anything it helped force the feelings front and center. The St. Giles storyline is a bit similar to the previous book but it did allow up to catch up with almost all the previous couples as a result (no Mickey and Silence though). Ms Hoyt expertly weaves in the characters for the next book, Duke of Midnight, and I already want that book now! The love scenes are passion filled and you could really see how they helped this couple find the love that they thought they would never have again. This is a passionate, lovely, emotional romance that is one of my favorite reads so far this year (as if there really was any doubt). 4 1/2 stars Review copy provided by Grand Central Publishing via netgalley

  19. 5 out of 5

    T. Rosado

    4.5 Stars My favorite book in the series, so far! And Godric is my favorite hero. Hands down. It's going to be hard for any other hero in series to top him. When compared to the first 4 Maiden Lane books, everything in this one worked for me. Marriage of convenience is a favorite trope and I loved the hero and heroine together. I liked that this was a bit unique in that the couple were married and then immediately separated prior to the opening of the story and were only now staying in the same ho 4.5 Stars My favorite book in the series, so far! And Godric is my favorite hero. Hands down. It's going to be hard for any other hero in series to top him. When compared to the first 4 Maiden Lane books, everything in this one worked for me. Marriage of convenience is a favorite trope and I loved the hero and heroine together. I liked that this was a bit unique in that the couple were married and then immediately separated prior to the opening of the story and were only now staying in the same house. The secondary characters were nicely integrated into the book, without being annoying or cloying. And lastly, Artemis’s (the next book’s heroine) scenes didn't feel invasive or excessive as a secondary story line while setting up the next book.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    Love everything about this series and was delighted to see I somehow passed over this one originally. With an exciting well-paced plot, it held my interest throughout with past and future main characters woven in as well. The relationship build is beautifully done as two injured individuals attempt to surpass their pain and move forward. The “adults-only” scenes add so much to the story because they reflect so well the state of the character’s hearts & minds. The interactions are meaningful and Love everything about this series and was delighted to see I somehow passed over this one originally. With an exciting well-paced plot, it held my interest throughout with past and future main characters woven in as well. The relationship build is beautifully done as two injured individuals attempt to surpass their pain and move forward. The “adults-only” scenes add so much to the story because they reflect so well the state of the character’s hearts & minds. The interactions are meaningful and tastefully done with layer upon layer of steam. Though often attempted and not often successfully, Elizabeth Hoyt does this time and again throughout this series. It was such a treat to come across this gem I somehow passed over the first time through, and only wished it wasn’t over! This series is a favorite of mine to be read again soon in the near future.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Wollstonecrafthomegirl

    There were lots of things about this book that I could complain about: - You want a baby Megs? Tell us about that, please, over and over and over and over - Wait, you want a baby and to kill your lover's killer? IDK but I hear traipsing the streets of St Giles and trying to kill some anonymous unknown murderer: maybe not the best baby-growing environment? Stress and pressure and possible knife wounds and all that. - Godric you're hung up on your dead wife? Please, tell us about that over and over a There were lots of things about this book that I could complain about: - You want a baby Megs? Tell us about that, please, over and over and over and over - Wait, you want a baby and to kill your lover's killer? IDK but I hear traipsing the streets of St Giles and trying to kill some anonymous unknown murderer: maybe not the best baby-growing environment? Stress and pressure and possible knife wounds and all that. - Godric you're hung up on your dead wife? Please, tell us about that over and over and over and over. - Wait, you're hung up on your dead wife, but you want to bed your new wife and are plainly in love with your new wife and now you will give her a baby despite refusing at first and deciding you could never love her but you obviously do love her. - Can the two of you just talk to one another pleaseandthankyou? This book had many aspects which did not make sense and which were repetitive. And it had a lot of Ghost of St Giles because (view spoiler)[ the hero is the ghost (hide spoiler)] . All this should have annoyed me. I guess to some extent, it did, because I sure as hell noticed. But, what can I say? I enjoyed myself anyway. In some ways, this was a far inferior book to #6 and #7 but just felt more fun. I liked Megs optimistic character, particularly, when set against Godric's darkness. The sex was great. I will probably never re-read this book (ok, maybe the sex scenes), but it was the very definition of a romp and it was engaging and enjoyable. Just be prepared for some plotting and characterisation daftness [not a word? I don't care].

  22. 4 out of 5

    edge of bubble

    Too stupid to live characters going on about their merry ways... They even managed to make Winter look selfish and incompetent. I will have to erase this book from my memory and think that Hoyt made a mistake and skipped the 5th book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kelly22

    4.50 Stars - Georgian England / Historical Romance. A classical blend of love, myth, mystery and legend, I CONGRATULATE Ms Hoyt who has woven another expressive story of St. Giles in this rewarding and much loved series of Maiden Lane. I sincerely LOVED this story which once again unfolds the legend of another ghost of St. Giles with a promise of frivolous, engaging and electrifying romance, harmonizing with espionage, adventure and fulfilling drama. Godric St. John is now the Ghost of St. Giles, 4.50 Stars - Georgian England / Historical Romance. A classical blend of love, myth, mystery and legend, I CONGRATULATE Ms Hoyt who has woven another expressive story of St. Giles in this rewarding and much loved series of Maiden Lane. I sincerely LOVED this story which once again unfolds the legend of another ghost of St. Giles with a promise of frivolous, engaging and electrifying romance, harmonizing with espionage, adventure and fulfilling drama. Godric St. John is now the Ghost of St. Giles, protecting the innocent and traipsing one of the most notorious streets of London at the black of night. But his habitual life rapidly turns upside down when his estranged young Lady wife, whom he never expected to meet again in such circumstances, invades him with a pistol in the middle of the night as a revengeful victim. Not only that, suddenly she also enters his household with her own set of resolution and her own set of entourage as a fond wife with plans of future. Lady Margaret Reading, not knowing the real identity of the Ghost, believes that it has killed her beloved and intends to take revenge when right opportunity arrives. Also, in her set of to-do-list, she intends to locate her ‘elderly and serene’ husband of two years, whom she last encountered on her wedding day with hopes of starting a new life. When these two meet and discover each other, an astonishing passion evolves sweeping them both of their feet. But when anonymous secrets unveil, trust might be the toughest bargain to maintain in this brand-new beautiful but feeble relationship, for these two people, from two very different worlds and varying expectations. I loved Godric and Megs, and I wanted to savor this book just like any other of Hoyt’s by reading slowly. Though I’ve placed a late review as of the start date of reading, but in truth I couldn’t put down the book and anticipated each page impatiently, hence finished it off in a day. Hoyt makes sure that the readers SEE clearly the dynamics of the events and characters with their minds’ eyes and get equally, or even more so, charmed like her previous, delightful books. I recommend it highly for well-written strong plotted historical romance lovers starring dashing heroes and exciting heroines and an entourage of enchanting third-party characters! Can definitely be read as a standalone. Also, readers can expect hints of delicious teases of possible future book leads, amidst the story.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    4.5 stars! What I loved the most about this is the slow building romance between the main characters. They both have lost people they love and are trying to fight through the grief they are feeling. I adored Godric St John and Margaret they had such a wonderful and believable connection. The secondary characters are also a bonus. This is a delicious read not to be missed!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lori Foster

    LOVED Godric, loved Megs aka Meggie Mine. This was such a wonderful book about first love... and then the love you find for the rest of your life. A beautiful story. Now I'm onto Duke of Midnight, and I'm already loving it as well. The Maiden Lane series is phenomenal! LOVED Godric, loved Megs aka Meggie Mine. This was such a wonderful book about first love... and then the love you find for the rest of your life. A beautiful story. Now I'm onto Duke of Midnight, and I'm already loving it as well. The Maiden Lane series is phenomenal!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Adria's Musings

    ARC Review Originally posted on Adria's Romance Reviews Die hard fans of Elizabeth Hoyt's Maiden Lane series will recognize Godric and Margaret "Megs" from their brief appearance in Thief of Shadows. Godric was devastated after the death of his wife Clara and Megs found herself on the brink of ruin when her lover and secret fiance was murdered, reportedly by the Ghost of St. Giles. It was revealed at the end of Thief of Shadows that Godric also masqueraded as a Ghost of St. Giles and blackmailed ARC Review Originally posted on Adria's Romance Reviews Die hard fans of Elizabeth Hoyt's Maiden Lane series will recognize Godric and Margaret "Megs" from their brief appearance in Thief of Shadows. Godric was devastated after the death of his wife Clara and Megs found herself on the brink of ruin when her lover and secret fiance was murdered, reportedly by the Ghost of St. Giles. It was revealed at the end of Thief of Shadows that Godric also masqueraded as a Ghost of St. Giles and blackmailed into marrying Megs by her brother Griffin. When Lord of Darkness begins, Godric and Megs have been married for two years but have been living apart, when Megs decides that she wants two things, revenge for the death of her lover and a child. She journeys to London to seduce the husband she barely knows and find her lover's killer who she believes is the Ghost of St. Giles. What struck me as incredibly sweet and heartbreaking at the same time is how much Godric and Megs have in common. They've both tragically lost people they loved dearly and have closed themselves off to love, so it comes as a surprise when they find themselves attracted to one another. Godric is a wonderful character. Solid, strong and unlike many men of that time and even now. Here he was, forced to marry a woman he didn't know, didn't love, who was mourning the death of her lover and pregnant with her lover's child. Yet, he didn't blame Megs for his situation, or treat her with anything other than respect and consideration. He never became angry at her when she mentioned her lover or the child she lost, he was sympathetic and kind. He didn't hold her past over her as a means to control her either. Because he loved his first wife so much and it broke him when she died, he understood Megs' heartbreak. He had me in love with him within the first few chapters! Then there's Megs. She may be quite a bit younger than Godric but she isn't a silly, immature ninny that cares more about herself than others. She starts out wanting and needing a child but she immediately starts to see that her husband just might need something too. She's a very giving, warm and accepting character who isn't perfect but both she and Godric try to make the best of their marriage and end up discovering that life is still worth living. She's lively and expressive but also courageous, daring and unusually calm in dangerous situations. She makes a great partner for Godric AND the Ghost. There's still action and adventure in Lord of Darkness but it seems to take a back seat to the relationship between Godric and Megs, which makes the story work better than if it had been the reverse. Godric and Megs need to move past their losses and build a new relationship with each other. Even as the plot for Lord of Darkness unfolds and Godric gets to know his wife better, author Elizabeth Hoyt begins to drop hints as to the personality and later, the identity of the third Ghost. She excels at grasping and holding a readers' attention. Hoyt's books have never disappointed me, she beautifully creates characters that are unique in their appearance, neither overly beautiful nor extraordinarily plain. Her stories are so tightly connected that they seem like one long, exciting book, rather than separate stories in a series. Lord of Darkness is a worthy successor of the wildly successful Thief of Shadows. Lord of Darkness makes an exciting addition to the Maiden Lane series with it's stoic but lonely hero Godric and his affectionate but heartbroken wife, Megs. Lord of Darkness stands a really good chance of reaching the same level of success as Thief of Shadows. I am both terribly excited but saddened that after Lord of Darkness, comes the story of the last Ghost of St. Giles. But then again, Elizabeth Hoyt is a master of surprises so who knows what will happen after the last Ghost finds his match? Add Lord of Darkness to your "Must Have" lists readers, it doesn't disappoint. If you've never read Elizabeth Hoyt, then what are you waiting for? Grab the first book in the Maiden Lane series and get started!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Plethora

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I felt constantly harassed by the author to like her unconvincing (this is a 21st century woman),unappealing and TSTL heroine. This is a woman who endangers not only her own life but the life of her sister-in-law, complete with the threat of gang-rape. I couldn't help thinking that at least the old bodice rippers were honest about that threat, Hoyt wants her cake and eat it. Her stupid heroine is, at all times, not only shielded and protected from that threat, but indulged in her total lack of c I felt constantly harassed by the author to like her unconvincing (this is a 21st century woman),unappealing and TSTL heroine. This is a woman who endangers not only her own life but the life of her sister-in-law, complete with the threat of gang-rape. I couldn't help thinking that at least the old bodice rippers were honest about that threat, Hoyt wants her cake and eat it. Her stupid heroine is, at all times, not only shielded and protected from that threat, but indulged in her total lack of common sense or basic intelligence. Her actions are always without any consequences. I wanted to scream, at least, take the other woman home first, [email protected]! As if the awful heroine was not enough, we are also supposed to swallow the most idiotic plot line I've ever read in a historical romance, that of an 18TH CENTURY heroine taking it upon herself to avenge the murder of her former lover, and advertising her mission in life. And shall I mention there was an out of wedlock pregnancy with not a smidgen of a half of consequence for the heroine? Do you think women had it bad? Apparently not, if they were bubbly and had curly mahogany (or whatever) hair, I'll have you know. Do you think she would have been locked up somewhere by her family,who would have thrown away the key, otherwise they would have been ostracised for three generations? Wrong again, Ms Hoyt tells us that nobody really minded, in fact, stupid-but-bubbly has every male character in the book apologising to her. I believe the chapters I read -for I gave up 75% through this book- all ended with some male character asking her forgiveness (the brother, for not apprising her of his financial worries, the hero for existing, etc.). Did I mention this is supposed to be the 18th century? You would not know the difference, dear reader, it is like it happened yesterday in a manor near you. I don't remember ever coming across another such stupid heroine, who's so coddled and indulged by her writer and every other character in this crappy romance. 'Poor dear', they all whisper, 'let her reminisce about her dead lover, after all she's so bubbly and mahogany'. You know that a romance writer is bored with her own story when she forgets to build the romance and infuse it with some energy. The main couple is so soporific, their exchanges so tedious and repetitive, that I couldn't care less about the very predictable outcome of their story. I can only imagine that Hoyt crammed everything and the kitchen sink in the last thirty pages of this excruciatingly bad book, owning up to feelings (suddenly they're in lurve), declarations of love, some silly misunderstanding to force a last minute separation, and a rushed rushed reconciliation where everything is magically (i.e., writer could not be bovered) resolved. As for the villain, I don't care who he is and why he is in this book. Something tells me it will be a very very long time before I consider picking up another Elizabeth Hoyt book. PS. Do people read those fairy tale bits at the beginning of each chapter? And if yes, whatever for?

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mandi

    I really enjoy this series, but for some reason I wasn’t anticipating this book very much. The idea of Godric St. John as a hero just didn’t interest me. What was I thinking? This is the Godric, who watched his beloved wife die from a devastating illness for nine years. Godric, who had vowed to never love again. Godric, who was blackmailed into marrying Lady Margaret Reading (who got pregnant, then her lover died) because her brother knew Godric was the Ghost of St. Giles. And to top things off I really enjoy this series, but for some reason I wasn’t anticipating this book very much. The idea of Godric St. John as a hero just didn’t interest me. What was I thinking? This is the Godric, who watched his beloved wife die from a devastating illness for nine years. Godric, who had vowed to never love again. Godric, who was blackmailed into marrying Lady Margaret Reading (who got pregnant, then her lover died) because her brother knew Godric was the Ghost of St. Giles. And to top things off – Megs believes the Ghost killed her lover, and she has vowed to kill him! How could the thought of the book not excite me? It’s full of angst, action and sexy times (even an angry sex scene – who can resist that?) If you follow this series, you know that Megs and Godric have been married for two years, but it is a marriage only on paper. The day they wed, Megs went to live in the country and has stayed put. After miscarrying her lover’s baby, she came to love the country and became close with Godric’s sister, Sarah. But now after two years, she wants a baby of her own. So she packs up Sarah, Aunt Elvina (who is hard of hearing and has a pug named Her Grace which adds much amusement to the story) and servants and surprises Godric at his house near St. Giles. The house is falling apart, as Godric has not cared for much since his wife died. He is one of three Ghosts of St. Giles, men who dress up in a mask and crusade around at night keeping the streets safe. These days, they are after lassie snatchers, men who kidnap poor children and work them in factories. Last book, Winter Makepeace retired as the Ghost, leaving Godric and one other. (you find out who it is and I want his book yesterday). Godric is a bit older (and wears a wig in this book, which isn’t mentioned much in romance books. Not sure if I liked that or not). Both Godric and Megs are weighed down by ghosts. Godric can’t get over the death of his wife and Megs can’t get over the death of the man that would have been her husband. When Megs first asks Godric to sleep with her so she can get pregnant, he is horrified of the prospect. But as he comes to know Megs and respect her, he realizes maybe he does need to move on with his life. Their physical relationship starts off quite rocky, but that made sense to me and I like how they progress. This book has a bit of a somber tone to it, but at the same time, Elizabeth Hoyt can write just the cutest lines of scenes that make you smile through all the grief. As I read, I was surprised to find another book all about the Ghost of St. Giles (as the last book had the same premise) and again surprised to find there will be a third book about the Ghost coming out next.The lassie snatcher plot felt a little recycled. I think by the end of the next book I’ll have had my fill of the Ghost, but I do love St. Giles and this series. They can be read as stand alones but I have enjoyed each one and recommend you read in order. Rating: B

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ingie

    4 Stars - sweet and cute - a really good HR This was another enjoyable and entertaining book by Elizabeth Hoyt in the Mayden Lane series. This fifth one is about a practical agreement, between Godric St. John and Lady Margaret Reading, that ultimately leads to sore feelings and attraction. The widower Godric St. John was more or less forced by Margaret's brother to marry her. She was young, unmarried and pregnant with a dead lover's baby. Godric, one of the three Ghosts of St. Giles was revealed 4 Stars - sweet and cute - a really good HR This was another enjoyable and entertaining book by Elizabeth Hoyt in the Mayden Lane series. This fifth one is about a practical agreement, between Godric St. John and Lady Margaret Reading, that ultimately leads to sore feelings and attraction. The widower Godric St. John was more or less forced by Margaret's brother to marry her. She was young, unmarried and pregnant with a dead lover's baby. Godric, one of the three Ghosts of St. Giles was revealed and agreed to the settlement. Two years later, Margaret (or Meg) comes back to London and wants her husband to make her pregnant. Their marriage should finally be consumed. But HE has a secret and SHE wants to punish the man she believes killed her first young love. Rumor whispering it was the Ghost of St. Giles... ‘He looked down at her as he eased from the bed. Why such a creature of light and love and life should have come to him, he could not fathom. But he was grateful. Very grateful.’ Of course, there are some complications and misunderstandings, but never with too much anxiety and harsh words. It's about two sweet and lovely main characters who both mourn former loves and now getting a second chance. I felt for them and look forward to the final installment in the series. In conclusion; Lovingly, sweet, romantic - well written from the first to the last page. Ms Hoyt is one of my favorites when it comes to creating exciting and steamy - just enough and really sweet described - historical romances. I LIKE - just like a good HR should be

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Kay

    ★★★☆☆ – Audio Performance ★★★★ ½ - Novel (This is a review rant of the audiobook.) Emma Taylor gives a very inconsistent performance and I don’t think she was the right choice for the reading of this wonderful book. I had an inkling I was in trouble when a character was suppose to hiss her words, and instead they came out regular. Or worse, called out a hiss in a high-pitched falsetto instead, which you can hear in the sample of the audio recording. Forget about when one is supposed to deliver a ★★★☆☆ – Audio Performance ★★★★ ½ - Novel (This is a review rant of the audiobook.) Emma Taylor gives a very inconsistent performance and I don’t think she was the right choice for the reading of this wonderful book. I had an inkling I was in trouble when a character was suppose to hiss her words, and instead they came out regular. Or worse, called out a hiss in a high-pitched falsetto instead, which you can hear in the sample of the audio recording. Forget about when one is supposed to deliver a threat sotto voce. Elizabeth Hoyt’s Maiden Lane series is certainly not one that a person can pick up in the middle and read as a “stand alone.” That said, I think this could very well be the Big Reason as to why Emma Taylor doesn’t elevate this story in any way. She doesn’t seem to know the story, let alone understand the characters. I’m convinced she hasn’t read or listened to the previous four books in this delightful series. There are many returning characters, and she doesn’t get them right, sounding way too “stuffy” for my taste. I love English accents, but not ones that all sound like that, most especially the heroes and heroines. She speaks like someone who is trying to impersonate an English accent and only knows to give it a “snooty” delivery. Irregardless, her voice of Sarah, Godric St. John’s sister, is very inconsistent. Speaking of which, I believe that “St. John,” in the United Kingdom, is pronounced as one word: “SINdzin” or “SIN-jin” with stress on the start of the word. I don't have much heart to go on about her male voices. **sigh** Except to say that the delicious Lord Caire, from Wicked Intentions, the first in the series, has turned into a stogie, pompous old fart, instead of the sexy beast we know he is destine to remain. Abysmal. The only voices I did like were some of the new characters, as when she was reading the letters from Godric’s first wife. Clara’s voice she delivered with a young, fresh, and happy tone. Odd, since the first Mrs. St. John was dreadfully ill for the last nine years of her life. Nevertheless, I’ll give Ms. Taylor the benefit of the doubt as to their having been written before her infirmity. While I thought her readings of the Legend of Hellequin at the beginning of each chapter were quite nice, unfortunately, Ms. Taylor’s pacing is off elsewhere; fast at times and too slow at others. I’m used to adjusting some narrators to fit my ear, and love that my iPod/Touch even has the half speeds in between, but I’ve never had to adjust a speed so many times. I don’t put the blame solely on Ms. Taylor, as I would think, with all our modern technology, the director would note this and have her adjust accordingly. She left me wondering, “Were her recordings done on caffeinated and uncaffeinated days?” If so, all the Legend of Hellequin recordings must have been done together. I feel like I’ve gone on a long enough rant here, and am feeling quite harsh. So, let me justify myself by saying I truly love this series; it ranks as one of my very favorites. Maybe that is why I feel so disappointed. Still, I felt honor bound to listen to the whole book on audio; however, I didn’t enjoy it until I took periodic breaks and went to my Kindle version to re-read sections.

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