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Release Day Blitz: Once Upon a Christmas Eve by Elizabeth Hoyt

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Once Upon a Christmas Eve is the final novella that finishes off Elizabeth Hoyt’s long-running Maiden Lane series. It proves to be an indelible sendoff for the series.

When Adam Rutledge, Viscount d’Arque’s, carriage becomes broken during a winter storm, he knows he needs to get help immediately. He has his beloved grandmother in the coach with him and she already seems to be ill. He doesn’t want to see her get worse. He takes a horse and cautiously proceeds to a house a few miles away. When he knocks at the door, he is surprised to see Godric St. John answer the door, and even more surprised (and aroused) by the sight of Godric’s half-sister, Sarah St. John.

As soon as Adam’s grandmother is settled into the warm house, he sets his sights on Sarah. Though they had only met once prior to his arrival at her home on this treacherous evening, he clearly remembers how she did not fall at his feet. He hasn’t forgotten her.

Sarah St. John does not like or respect rakes and that is the broad brush she paints Adam with. But as the days of Christmas merriment continue, she is about to learn that he has more beneath the surface than she could have ever imagined.

Elizabeth Hoyt’s novellas are always total charmers for me and Once Upon a Christmas Eve is no different. I was immediately drawn into the chemistry between Adam and Sarah. The tension between them sizzles and soars nicely throughout the course of the story and it is obvious to the reader that these two are meant to be. That said, I love the slight obstacles that Ms. Hoyt delicately throws between the pair. It’s not a matter of miscommunication but rather, it’s a matter of truly figuring out who the person is beneath the social facade of the time period. Adam is well known for his rakish ways. Sarah’s cool indifference to him proves maddening and at first, he just wants to get beneath her skin a bit. But that proves even too tempting and soon, well, it is a raging inferno of desire between them. I know, I know, cliche but in this case, too true! Elizabeth Hoyt sets up this pair so nicely that it really is a great descriptor for their growing feelings.

Add in the festive and cheery Christmas tidings and this book has atmosphere pouring out of the pages. I loved reading about the Christmas traditions of the St. John household and of course, I enjoyed revisiting Megs and Godric.

I highly recommend Once Upon a Christmas Eve and Ms. Hoyt’s other recent novella, Once Upon a Maiden Lane. Both of these books are a wonderful denouement to the Maiden Lane series. I know I will be revisiting this charming Christmas tale for many holiday seasons to come.

Once Upon a Christmas Eve is available today!

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Adam Rutledge, Viscount d’Arque, really rather loathes Christmas. The banal cheerfulness. The asinine party games. And, worst of all, the obligatory trip to the countryside. His grandmother, however, loves the holiday—and Adam loves his grandmother, so he’ll brave the fiercest snowstorm to please her. But when their carriage wheel snaps, they’re forced to seek shelter at the home of the most maddening, infuriating, and utterly beguiling woman he’s ever met.

Sarah St. John really rather loathes rakes. The self-satisfied smirks. The sly predatory gazes. Oh, and the constant witty banter rife with double meaning. But in the spirit of the season, she’ll welcome this admittedly handsome viscount into her home. But as the snowstorm rages, the Yule log crackles, and the tension rises, Sarah and Adam find themselves locked in a fiery, passionate kiss. If love is the true meaning of Christmas, it’s the one gift this mismatched pair can’t wait to unwrap.

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Elizabeth Hoyt 2017Elizabeth Hoyt is the New York Times bestselling author of over seventeen lush historical romances including the Maiden Lane series. Publishers Weekly has called her writing “mesmerizing.” She also pens deliciously fun contemporary romances under the name Julia Harper. Elizabeth lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with three untrained dogs, a garden in constant need of weeding, and the long-suffering Mr. Hoyt.

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Review: Once Upon a Maiden Lane by Elizabeth Hoyt

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Mary Whitsun has been a minor character throughout several of the Maiden Lane books. Finally, it is her turn to find happiness and love.

Mary was an orphan left at the Home for Unfortunate Infants and Foundling Children. She formed a strong bond with Temperance, Lady Caire, while living at the home. Now, she is nursemaid for Temperance’s children. She has a good life, even if, at times, Mary wishes for more.

That “more” finds her one day when she is roaming a bookshop on her day off. She finds a handsome and clearly aristocratic man staring at her. She tries to brush him off but he persists in introducing himself. He believes her to be Lady Joanna, his fiance, until he realizes that Mary looks just like Joanna.

Suddenly, the possibility that Mary is related to the wealth, to privilege, is thrust into her life.

Henry Collins, Viscount Blackwell, has always done as he is told in his family. He is betrothed to Johanna, even though he does not love her. He knows their match is good for the family. But, meeting Mary, the woman he believes he was supposed to be engaged to, but who was kidnapped as a baby, well, Henry is starting to see the world in a different light. Mary challenges his preconceived notions of privilege and wealth, the very world he has taken for granted. And the more time he spends with her, the more he wants to be with her forever.

This is a novella which makes me somewhat sad because honestly, I would have loved a full-length book about Mary and Henry. They really stand out as characters. I absolutely loved Mary, as I knew I would. She is a caring young woman who is trying to be content with her lot in life. She knows she has a good situation, working with the Caires who genuinely care for her. It’s not easy always wanting just a little more though.

Henry is a typical handsome Lord but when he is with Mary, his person shines a little brighter, he is a bit wittier and he finds himself falling hard for her. Meeting Mary actually makes Henry a more interesting character in my eyes because she has a worldview that he would never have had the chance to know.

That being said, I was a bit afraid with how the story started because well, Ms. Hoyt takes on the classic romance trope of the orphan heroine finding out she is suddenly wealthy. I was hoping Ms. Hoyt would challenge this a bit and she does! So, do not fear. There is more to this story than meets the eye, even if the story becomes a tad melodramatic at the end.

That being said, honestly this is just a fun and lovely story. I am so happy Mary found her person, a life for herself and the opportunity for happiness when she least expected it. There aren’t enough servant historical romances (or I’m just not reading enough of them) so I was doubly thrilled Elizabeth Hoyt tackled this.

And the ending… I’m going to go full on cliche here and say, my heart soared for Mary and Henry. Just… it was perfection.

Once Upon a Maiden Lane is available today! If you’ve been following this series, if you’ve grown a soft spot in your heart for Mary Whitsun like I have, well, this novella is a MUST-BUY.

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ONCE UPON A MAIDEN LANE by Elizabeth Hoyt (November 14, 2017; Forever Yours Ebook; $1.99; The Maiden Lane Series #12.5)

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Miss Mary Whitsun is far too intelligent to fall for the rakish charms of a handsome aristocrat. But when the gentleman in question approaches her in a bookshop, mistaking her for his fiancée, Lady Johanna Albright, the flirtatious encounter only raises more questions. Could Mary, a servant raised in a St Giles orphanage, actually be Lady Joanna’s long-lost twin sister? If so, Mary has been betrothed since birth—to the rakishly handsome artistocrat himself . . .

Henry Collins, Viscount Blackwell, is far too intrigued by Mary to let her go so easily. He’s drawn to her sharp mind, indomitable spirit, and the fiery way in which she dismisses him—ladies simply don’t dismiss Lord Blackwell. But as Mary makes her first hesitant steps into society, she can’t help but wonder if she truly has a place in Henry’s world—or in his heart.

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Elizabeth Hoyt 2017Elizabeth Hoyt is the New York Times bestselling author of over seventeen lush historical romances including the Maiden Lane series. Publishers Weekly has called her writing “mesmerizing.” She also pens deliciously fun contemporary romances under the name Julia Harper. Elizabeth lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with three untrained dogs, a garden in constant need of weeding, and the long-suffering Mr. Hoyt.

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Review: Duke of Desire by Elizabeth Hoyt

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Well, not only is today my birthday but it is also a great day because I’m reviewing Duke of Desire by Elizabeth Hoyt. She’s one of my favorite writers so I am super excited to be participating in this blog tour.

Lady Iris Jordan has been kidnapped and is about to be raped and then murdered. Then, one of the Lords of Chaos steps in and claims her. Unfortunately this doesn’t make Iris feel any safer. When she finds a gun in the carriage she has been forced into, she shoots her captor. Unfortunately, she quickly learns that her captor is also trying to save her. Raphael de Chartres, the Duke of Dyemore, has absconded with Iris to get her to safety. Unfortunately, he is now the person in peril after being shot. Before he succumbs to the pain, he marries Iris.

Iris is shocked by how quickly her life has gone off the rails. After being kidnapped four days ago, she now finds herself newly married to a man she does not know anything about. Iris had always hoped to remarry but she wanted to remarry for affection and perhaps, the possibility of children. She had no desire to marry for safety from the Lords of Chaos. Unfortunately, that is now her situation and she is going to make the best of it. As she nurses Raphael back to health, Iris gains respect and admiration for her new husband. Perhaps their union can be the type of marriage she has always dreamed of?

If you have been following Elizabeth Hoyt’s Maiden Lane series, you’ll be sad to discover that Duke of Desire is the final book in the series. It is the culmination of the Lords of Chaos storyline that has plagued several characters in previous books. The Lords of Chaos are awful and in this book, you get to see just how awful they have been from the very beginning. Their debauchery knows no bounds. It is worth mentioning that Raphael has been sexually abused. It may seem obvious, but if this is a trigger for anyone, it is worth knowing.

Raphael has had a rather awful life. He carries the weight of his father’s evilness and Raphael will do everything he can to end the Lords of Chaos, even if it means that it ends his own life. Iris is the small corner of happiness and light in his life. He will protect her with everything in his being. It is obvious that he fell for her very hard from the moment he saw her (before the meeting with the Lords of Chaos).

Iris does not long for a grandiose life. She wants a companion to love, a dog to sit with her while she reads, and a child. She is sure she can have that with Raphael if only the stubborn man would realize that he doesn’t have to sacrifice their future because of his father’s past deeds. There is a lot of sadness in this book and a lot of darkness given the group Raphael is fighting. But there is also hope and love in a way only Elizabeth Hoyt can do.

Duke of Desire is a darkly romantic historical romance. I always hesitate to recommend books that need to be read in series order but I think in this case, it is important to have the full back story on the Lords of Chaos and just why Raphael and Iris are fighting so hard to rid them from the world. It sounds dramatic but this is a truly evil group of men.

Duke of Desire flew by way too fast as I read it. I was deeply absorbed in Raphael and Iris’s journey from strangers to lovers. Elizabeth Hoyt is wildly successful yet again in making this marriage of convenience a full blown passionate love affair of the heart.

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DUKE OF DESIRE by Elizabeth Hoyt (October 17, 2017; Grand Central Publishing Mass Market; The Maiden Lane Series #12)

A LADY OF LIGHT
Refined, kind, and intelligent, Lady Iris Jordan finds herself the unlikely target of a diabolical kidnapping. Her captors are the notoriously evil Lords of Chaos. When one of the masked-and-nude!-Lords spirits her away to his carriage, she shoots him…only to find she may have been a trifle hasty.

A DUKE IN DEEPEST DARKNESS
Cynical, scarred, and brooding, Raphael de Chartres, the Duke of Dyemore, has made it his personal mission to infiltrate the Lords of Chaos and destroy them. Rescuing Lady Jordan was never in his plans. But now with the Lords out to kill them both, he has but one choice: marry the lady in order to keep her safe.

CAUGHT IN A WEB OF DANGER…AND DESIRE
Much to Raphael’s irritation, Iris insists on being the sort of duchess who involes herself in his life—and bed. Soon he’s drawn to both to her quick wit and her fiery passion. But when Iris discovers that Raphael’s past may be even more dangerous than the present, she falters. Is their love strong enough to withstand not only the Lords of Chaos but also Raphael’s own demons?

 

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Desperately she flung herself at the opposite seat and tugged it up. Thrust her hand in.

A pistol.

She cocked it, desperately praying that it was loaded.

She turned and aimed it at the door to the carriage just as the door swung open.

The Wolf loomed in the doorway—still nude—a lantern in one hand. She saw the eyes behind the mask flick to the pistol she held between her bound hands. He turned his head and said something in an incomprehensible language to someone outside.

Iris felt her breath sawing in and out of her chest.

He climbed into the carriage and closed the door, completely ignoring her and the pistol pointed at him. The Wolf hung the lantern on a hook and sat on the seat across from her.

Finally he glanced at her. “Put that down.”

His voice was calm. Quiet.

With just a hint of menace.

She backed into the opposite corner, as far away from him as possible, holding the pistol up. Level with his chest. Her heart was pounding so hard it nearly deafened her. “No.”

The carriage jolted into motion, making her stumble before she caught herself.

“T-tell them to stop the carriage,” she said, stuttering with terror despite her resolve. “Let me go now.”

“So that they can rape you to death out there?” He tilted his head to indicate the Lords. “No.”

“At the next village, then.”

“I think not.”

He reached for her and she knew she had no choice.

She shot him.

The blast blew him into the seat and threw her hands up and back, the pistol narrowly missing her nose.

Iris scrambled to her feet. The bullet was gone, but she could still use the pistol as a bludgeon.

The Wolf was sprawled across the seat, blood streaming from a gaping hole in his right shoulder. His mask had been knocked askew on his face.

She reached forward and snatched it off.

And then gasped.

The face that was revealed had once been as beautiful as an angel’s but was now horribly mutilated. A livid red scar ran from just below his hairline on the right side of his face, bisecting the eyebrow, somehow missing the eye itself but gouging a furrow into the lean cheek and catching the edge of his upper lip, making it twist. The scar ended in a missing divot of flesh in the line of the man’s severe jaw. He had inky black hair and, though they were closed now, Iris knew he had emotionless crystal-gray eyes.

She knew because she recognized him.

He was Raphael de Chartres, the Duke of Dyemore, and when she’d danced with him—once—three months ago at a ball, she’d thought he’d looked like Hades.

God of the underworld.

God of the dead.

She had no reason to change her opinion now.

Then he gasped, those frozen crystal eyes opened, and he glared at her. “You idiot woman. I’m trying to save you.”

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Elizabeth Hoyt 2017Elizabeth Hoyt is the New York Times bestselling author of over seventeen lush historical romances including the Maiden Lane series. Publishers Weekly has called her writing “mesmerizing.” She also pens deliciously fun contemporary romances under the name Julia Harper. Elizabeth lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with three untrained dogs, a garden in constant need of weeding, and the long-suffering Mr. Hoyt.

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Teaser: Duke of Desire by Elizabeth Hoyt

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I’m thrilled to be participating in this teaser blitz for Elizabeth Hoyt’s upcoming historical book, Duke of Desire. I’ve had the chance to read it already and well, if you’ve enjoyed any of Elizabeth Hoyt’s many books, this one is sure to please. Read on for a little excerpt and all the pre-order information you need!

 

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Iris tasted of red wine—the red wine she must have drunk at dinner—and all the reasons he shouldn’t do this fled his mind. A vital chain broke in his psyche and everything he’d held back, everything he’d restrained with all his might, was suddenly set free. He surged into her mouth, desperate for the feel, for the taste of her, his wife, his duchess, his Iris. She was soft and sweet and warm and he wanted to devour her. To seize her and hold her and never let her go. The deep unfathomable well of his urges toward her frightened him, and he knew that if she became aware of them, they would frighten her as well.

But that was the thing—she wasn’t aware of them. She thought she was simply consummating their marriage or some such rot, God help them both.

She gripped his naked arms and the beast within him shuddered and stretched, claws scraping against the ground.

Dear God, he wanted this woman.

But he had to remember—to keep that human part of his mind awake and alive—that he mustn’t seed her.

Must never do as his cursed father had done.

He broke from her mouth, feeling the pulse of his cock against his breeches, and trailed his lips across her cheek to her ear. “Come with me, sweet girl.”

She blinked up at him, wide blue-gray eyes a little dazed.

He covered her mouth again before she could speak—either to consent or decline—and drew her slowly backward, step by step, toward the bed, until he hit it with the backs of his legs. He broke the kiss, looking down at her, her wet ruby lips parted, her cheeks flushed pink.

She looked edible.

“Raphael,” she whispered, his name on her lips like a plea, and something within him broke.

This wasn’t what he wanted. This wasn’t right. But it was the only thing possible and it would have to suffice because it was all he could do.

And trying to resist was killing him.

He traced a hand up her arm, over her shoulder, to her neck, and from there touched her bound golden hair. “Will you take down your hair for me?”

She gasped—a small, quick inhalation—and nodded.

He watched as she raised her arms, her stormy eyes locked on his, and withdrew the pins from her hair one by one until the heavy mass fell like a curtain around her shoulders. He bent then and gathered the locks in his hands, burying his face in her neck, inhaling her.

His woman.

He felt her tremble against him and then her fingers speared through his hair. “Raphael.”

He lifted his head.

Her hands fell away and she began undressing, her head bent down as she unhooked her bodice. He saw that her fingers fumbled and he knew that a better man would turn aside. Would give her privacy to collect herself and disrobe with modesty.

But he wasn’t such a man. He wanted all of her—her mistakes and her private moments, her shame and her worries—everything she held back from the rest of the world. As he wanted this. This moment of fumbling.

This moment of intimacy.

She pulled the bodice from her arms. Untied her skirts and let them pool around her feet before kicking them aside. Glanced up at him and then worked at the laces to her stays.

Her unbound hair fell over her shoulders, nearly to her waist, thick and swaying gently as she moved.

Beautiful.

She was beautiful.

She pulled her loosened stays off over her head and stood in chemise, stockings, and shoes. The tips of her breasts peeked out from beneath the thin cloth.

She began to bend for her shoes, but he stopped her. “No. Let me.”

He grasped her by the waist and lifted her to the bed.

Carefully he drew off her slippers, letting them drop to the hardwood floor before running his hand up her left calf. The room was so quiet he could hear each breath she drew. She watched him as he reached under her chemise, into that warm spot behind her knee, tugging at the ribbon of her garter.

Her breath hitched.

He glanced up at her as he found bare skin. Hot, so hot under her skirt. He could almost imagine he smelled her, standing between her bent legs. He pulled the first stocking off and moved to her other foot, smoothing his thumb over her arch, over that high instep, that sweet, delicate ankle. The curve of her calf—one of the loveliest curves in nature—elegant and perfect. Someday he’d like to draw her nude.

The faint, almost inaudible whisper as he pulled the ribbon off raised the hairs on the back of his neck. His nostrils flared and he couldn’t wait any longer. He lifted her bodily, moving her farther up on the bed, placing her head and shoulders against the pillows, and then pushed up her chemise, crawling between her spread thighs and settling to enjoy what he’d found.

There. There she was, her pretty, pretty pink cunny, all coral lips and wispy dark-blond curls. He hiked her trembling legs over his arms, ignoring her gasp of shocked surprise. He glanced up once and saw wide, wondering eyes gazing back at him. Her gentlemanly first husband had evidently never done this to her.

More fool he.

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DUKE OF DESIRE by Elizabeth Hoyt (October 17, 2017; Grand Central Publishing Mass Market; The Maiden Lane Series #12)

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A LADY OF LIGHT
Refined, kind, and intelligent, Lady Iris Jordan finds herself the unlikely target of a diabolical kidnapping. Her captors are the notoriously evil Lords of Chaos. When one of the masked-and-nude!-Lords spirits her away to his carriage, she shoots him…only to find she may have been a trifle hasty.

A DUKE IN DEEPEST DARKNESS
Cynical, scarred, and brooding, Raphael de Chartres, the Duke of Dyemore, has made it his personal mission to infiltrate the Lords of Chaos and destroy them. Rescuing Lady Jordan was never in his plans. But now with the Lords out to kill them both, he has but one choice: marry the lady in order to keep her safe.

CAUGHT IN A WEB OF DANGER…AND DESIRE
Much to Raphael’s irritation, Iris insists on being the sort of duchess who involes herself in his life—and bed. Soon he’s drawn to both to her quick wit and her fiery passion. But when Iris discovers that Raphael’s past may be even more dangerous than the present, she falters. Is their love strong enough to withstand not only the Lords of Chaos but also Raphael’s own demons?

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Blitz & Review: Duke of Pleasure by Elizabeth Hoyt

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As has been noted many times on my blog, I am a big fan of author Elizabeth Hoyt and her long-running Maiden Lane series. Now on book #11, the series is still going strong with new twists and turns and wildly romantic encounters.

The heroine of Duke of Pleasure is Alf, a character readers have come to know within the series. She lives in St. Giles where she prowls the streets during the night as the infamous Ghost of St. Giles. During the day, she is street tough, Alf, known to one and all as a teen boy. Of course, both her identities are far from the truth. She is really a twenty-one year old young woman who lives her life as a male to stay alive and mete out justice. She has been tasked by Hugh, the Duke of Kyle, to find out information on the notorious Lords of Chaos, a group known throughout England as awful men who bring horror to women and children alike with their deviant behavior.

Hugh wants to bring this group down, bad, especially when he learns that they may be

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responsible for the death of his wife, the mother to his two young sons. He is sure Alf can get the job done but his perspective changes wildly when he discovers Alf is a young woman. A young woman he is madly attracted to. He needs to keep his feelings in check which is easier said than done.

 

As the attraction between Alf and Hugh grows, so does the danger. Elizabeth Hoyt skillfully ramps up the tension on all fronts. Though Hugh and Alf seem very different, they have a lot more in common than one may realize initially. Their backgrounds in particular bare some closeness to each other. They are also both scared by the emotions they raise in each other. Alf wants to be herself. She wants to find out who she is as a woman and Hugh gives her that opportunity but their relationship proves to be even more than a door opening. With each other, they are able to uncover their deepest secrets and expose their true selves to each other.

I liked seeing the many sides of Alf. It is remarked in the book that Alf is a skilled actress and that proves to be the case. She is able to adapt to pretty much any situation thrown at her and uses her keen intelligence, her wits, and her talent with the swords to help her out when need be. As for Hugh, not only is he adjusting to life back in England after being away on the Continent for three years, but he is falling in love and trying to prove to his young sons that he is there for them, permanently. It is a challenge to say the least.

Their romance may be slightly unbelievable to some readers, but I really embraced how these two outsiders came together and made a family together. How they found happiness in each other by supporting their differences. Though Hugh worries about Alf many times in the book, I never felt like he was trying to hold her back (too much anyway). He admires her for the person she is. That is not always easy to find.

My one caveat to this book is that I really think it’s important to read some of the first books in the series first. Alf’s character grows and changes throughout the previous ten stories and it will serve readers well to know how she matured and changed. Fortunately, Forever Romance wants to help you do just this and they are doing something AMAZING.

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The ebook edition of WICKED INTENTIONS, the first book in Elizabeth Hoyt’s bestselling Maiden Lane series will be FREE from November 28 through December 12!  This is a great opportunity to introduce friends to the series! On December 13 the price returns to $5.99.

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DUKE OF PLEASURE by Elizabeth Hoyt (November 29, 2016; Grand Central Publishing Mass Market; The Maiden Lane Series #11)

IN THE ARMS OF DANGER
Bold. Brave. Brutally handsome. Hugh Fitzroy, the Duke of Kyle, is the king’s secret
weapon. Sent to defeat the notorious Lords of Chaos, he is ambushed in a London alley-and rescued by an unlikely ally: a masked stranger with the unmistakable curves of a woman.

IN THE HEAT OF DESIRE
Cocky. Clever. Courageously independent. Alf has survived on the perilous streets of St. Giles by disguising her sex. By day she is a boy, dealing in information and secrets. By night she’s the notorious Ghost of St. Giles, a masked vigilante. But as she saves Hugh from assassins, she finds herself succumbing to temptation . . .

ONE KISS WILL CHANGE THEIR LIVES FOREVER
When Hugh hires Alf to investigate the Lords of Chaos, her worlds collide. Once Hugh realizes that the boy and the Ghost are the same, will Alf find the courage to become the woman she needs to be-before the Lords of Chaos destroy them both?

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Elizabeth Hoyt is the New York Times bestselling author of over seventeen lush historical
romances including the Maiden Lane series. Publishers Weekly has called her writing “mesmerizing.” She also pens deliciously fun contemporary romances under the name Julia Harper. Elizabeth lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with three untrained dogs, a garden in constant need of weeding, and the long-suffering Mr. Hoyt.

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Release Day Blitz: Once Upon a Moonlit Night by Elizabeth Hoyt

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I am really excited to be participating in the release day blitz for Elizabeth Hoyt’s Once Upon a Moonlit Night. There’s nothing quite like an Elizabeth Hoyt romance and even in novella form, I become hooked on her characters. Hippolyta is rather uncommon, despite her aristocratic upbringing. Perhaps so uncommon that she is thought to be a mere actress (or even worse!) when rescued by Matthew. He scoffs at her backstory but cannot help noticing her regal bearing and well, her rather smart mouth. She is not afraid of the not-so-gentle set down.

Matthew is a rather new member of the aristocracy. He was much happier studying the world and putting things down on his maps. He never expects to meet someone like Hippolyta (as we know, this is a common feature of all romance novels!). There was instant chemistry though. Even in her bedraggled state, Hippolyta radiates charm and control. She may have a wild tale of mayhem to share, but she is no liar as Matthew discovers.

It is rather important that you have read or at least know what happened in Duke of Sin, Hoyt’s latest full-length story because it does provide critical backstory as to why Hippolyta is in her current predicament. Hoyt does set it up nicely but it’s more fun to know how she escapes Val’s clutches. I will be honest and say I could have used MORE of everything in this book but that’s only because Elizabeth Hoyt is a masterful storyteller and I just really wanted more scenes, more dialog, and more admiring looks from these two. Novellas are a great taste of what an author has to offer and Elizabeth Hoyt succeeds in Once Upon a Moonlit Night. It is definitely worth purchasing Duke of Sin (especially) but I can highly recommend all her stories. I’m hoping to catches scenes featuring Matthew and Hippolyta in Hoyt’s upcoming stories.

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ONCE UPON A MOONLIT NIGHT by Elizabeth Hoyt (July 5, 2016; Forever Yours Ebook; A Maiden Lane Series Novella)

From New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Hoyt comes a delightful Maiden Lane novella that begins once upon a moonlit night—and ends wickedly, wonderfully ever after . . .

Hippolyta Royle is running for her life. Pursued by hounds on a cold rainy night, the heiress flags down a passing carriage and throws herself at the mercy of the coach’s Hoyt_OnceUponaMoonlitNight_Ebookoccupant. Whoever this handsome traveler may be, he is her only hope to escape a terrible fate. But should he agree to escort her to safety, he’s in for much more than he bargained for . . .

At first Matthew Mortimer doesn’t believe Hippolyta’s story, that she’s a fabulously wealthy heiress who’s been kidnapped. He assumes she’s a beggar, an actress, or worse. But once his new travel companion washes the mud from her surprisingly lovely face, and they share a breathtaking kiss, there is no turning back . . .

 

 

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Review: Duke of Sin by Elizabeth Hoyt

dukeofsinI fully admit, I was prepared not to like Duke of Sin. Despite my love of Elizabeth Hoyt’s books, I did not understand his appeal at all in Sweetest Scoundrel. I found him rather despicable and just kind of odd. And well, the odd thing still holds true. Valentine Napier, the Duke of Montgomery, is one of the more different heroes Elizabeth Hoyt has created. He is just rather brazen in his likes, dislikes, wants and pleasures. Nothing will stop him from getting what he wants and he knows it.

When Val becomes intrigued by his housekeeper, Bridget Crumb, he does not expect that fascination to last or for it to go anywhere. She seems too rigid for his… amorous ideas and well, Val is all about pleasure.

Val is just really different. He is not a hero type I normally prefer reading about. He is almost dandy like in his obsession with color and fashion, in his fastidiousness and judgments about people. I tend to prefer really stereotypical romance heroes: manly men. But color me really intrigued when Hoyt showed me how much I would enjoy this romance. From the moment Bridget and Val are on page together, there is an immediate ferocity in their exchanges. Even when Bridget is initially wary about being too outspoken with Val, there is still a very vibrant chemistry between them. Val’s sly humor, which I found off-putting in the previous book, worked a lot better here. Elizabeth Hoyt does a fantastic job of exploring what makes Val tick, from his awful upbringing, to his important relationship with Eve, his sister. It was really good to see the man behind the mask as it were.

I also really liked Bridget. I was incredibly impressed at her efficiency in running the household of the Duke of Montgomery. I haven’t read a lot of historicals featuring housekeepers as the leading lady so it was refreshing and just really interesting watching her manage the house. She was well respected by the staff, that was very clear, but she was not afraid to step in and take of issues herself. I liked the inside look at her role in the household. It was very Downton Abbey-esque!

Val went through some truly terrible things growing up so it’s not surprising that he has a different way of looking at life. Bridget is the bastard daughter of a member of the aristocracy and that has influenced her entire life. I liked the scenes between Bridget and her mother and seeing that Bridget was far from a “mistake”.

As usual, the sex is HOT. Elizabeth Hoyt never shies away from writing scorching love scenes and this book is no different. Bridget and Val definitely set the sheets on fire (cliche, I know, but true) but they also just work together as a couple, as incongruous as they seem at first.

I clearly should never doubt Elizabeth Hoyt and her writing skills again. Shame on me! Fortunately my reward was a great story and another fabulous installment in the Maiden Lane series.

Duke of Sin is available to purchase now.

ARC provided by publisher, via Netgalley, for review.

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Review: Sweetest Scoundrel by Elizabeth Hoyt

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I’m really excited to be participating in Elizabeth Hoyt’s Sweetest Scoundrel Blog Tour. Elizabeth Hoyt is one of my favorite historical romance writers. I look forward to all her stories and Sweetest Scoundrel in particular I’ve been anticipating. I’ve been waiting and waiting for Asa Makepeace’s story and well, it did not disappoint.

Firstly, don’t worry if you have no idea who Asa Makepeace is. Hoyt establishes her characters with efficiency in the beginning of the book andHoyt_Sweetest Scoundrel_MM the story takes off from there. Eve and Asa are about as different as it is possible to be. Eve is practical and efficient. She is the bastard child of a Duke and lives a simple, quiet life. Her only support is the Duke of Montgomery, her brother and protector. When Eve meets Asa, she is immediately drawn to him. But she also knows she has to protect her brother’s investment in Harte’s Folly, the theater Asa runs, so, despite her initial attraction, Eve concentrates on business. And that isn’t hard to do necessarily because while Asa is passionate about theater, he is not a natural businessman by any means. Eve is however and gets the theater’s books in order. The closer she works with Asa, the closer their bond grows.

And of course, a natural romance emerges between these two and it is lovely. Asa and Eve clash with each other but the more Asa gets to know Eve, the more he has her back, so to speak. He will make sure she is safe and wants to be her protector. Unfortunately, there is something standing in their way, and that is Asa’s obsession with Harte’s Folly.

It takes Asa a bit longer than I would have expected to come to his senses when it comes to Eve but then he makes a grand gesture which I found very romantic. I really liked Asa, as I was expecitng, but honestly it was Eve who stole the show for me. I loved her quiet character that hid a deep, passionate soul. She reminded me a bit of me. A bit shy and seemingly living a content life but knowing there is something more exciting out there for her. And once Eve got going, she did not let anything derail her. She embraced Asa’s personality, foibles and all, and embraced their joy together.

Elizabeth Hoyt does her research and it showed in Sweetest Scoundrel. The theater setting was fully realized and it brought the book to life for me. Just as Asa was immersed in Harte’s Folly, so was I through the images Hoyt created in my mind. Well done, as usual Elizabeth Hoyt!

Sweetest Scoundrel is a great book for longtime fans of the series. I also believe that if this is your first foray in Elizabeth Hoyt’s historicals, it will pique your interest for more.

Sweetest Scoundrel is available now!

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Elizabeth Hoyt is the New York Times bestselling author of over seventeen lush historical romances including the Maiden Lane series. Publishers Weekly has called her writing “mesmerizing.” She also pens deliciously fuHoytElizabethn contemporary romances under the name Julia Harper. Elizabeth lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with three untrained dogs, a garden in constant need of weeding, and the long-suffering Mr. Hoyt.

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Review: Dearest Rogue by Elizabeth Hoyt

Dearest Rogue by Elizabeth HoytI don’t read a whole lot of historical romance any more. It’s just fallen out of my reading patterns for the most part. However, there is one historical romance author I continually keep up with and that is Elizabeth Hoyt. She is the author of one of my absolute favorite books, Scandalous Desires, and on the whole, I tend to really, really love her books. Dearest Rogue is her latest book (it releases this coming Tuesday, May 26!) and it is JUST PLAIN WONDERFUL. I have been waiting on tenterhooks for Phoebe’s love story and it is the sumptuous and charming kind of story I expect from Elizabeth Hoyt.

Phoebe is blind. I’m just going to put it out there. She has been losing her sight through the course of the Maiden Lane series and unfortunately, things are no better in her own story. But Phoebe is not one to be pitied (though honestly I can’t imagine how difficult it would have been to be blind during this time period. She is an aristocrat and has a cushion fortunately but still, tough times all around). Unfortunately, her brother, Maximus, is a Duke and he wants to protect his sister above all cost, even if it means constraining her life to only the smallest of pleasures and happiness. Heck, she even has a guard with her at all times. James Trevillion pretty much pines for Phoebe through much of this book. He has been for awhile in fact, if you’ve kept up with the series. He wants to protect her but he does not think the way Maximus keeps Phoebe in cotton wool is the way to go about it. Unfortunately, life is about to get more dangerous for Phoebe when there are several kidnapping attempts on her life. Maximus rightly goes even more strict while James become more protective. Phoebe is not dumb. She knows she has to be cautious but she also does not want to simply have no life whatsoever. I very much felt bad for her situation.

Phoebe is not necessarily head over heels in love with James at the beginning of the book. But when he leaves her life, she notices quickly what an immense void is left behind. They have developed a friendly and snappish rapport with each other and it’s hard to not have him in her life, especially when Maximus is so domineering. Ah but when they finally reunite, it’s like bells tolled in my heart (yes, I am going that purple prose route).

Truly they are just a wonderful pair together. She trusts him implicitly and he looks out for her no matter what, even when he may not always want to give her the freedom she craves. Nonetheless, he doesn’t want to limit her life anymore. There is a scene where they are riding horses together and it’s simply so nice because James let her do it. She knew he was keeping watch over her and thus, Phoebe felt free to truly enjoy an activity that had previously been limited because of her sight.

I did think the kidnapping plots somewhat slowed the course of the story, at least initially. Once it set James and Phoebe on the run together, that forced intimacy was wonderful to behold. Sexy times ahoy, friends! I was truly glued to the pages of this story in a way I haven’t been in a long time for a historical romance.

Dearest Rogue does stand alone completely but I will say, I liked that I’ve “known” Phoebe and James awhile. Both have been strong characters throughout the course of the Maiden Lane series and it was very nice to see them finally get their own love story. This is a series well worth reading and fortunately, Hoyt has moved far away from the ghost of St. Giles plot that propelled the earlier books.

Simply put, Dearest Rogue captivated me from start to finish. It is utterly romantic in even the smallest of gestures and words and that is what makes Hoyt such a fabulous storyteller to me. Her love stories exude sensuality even at the most mundane of moments (like riding in a carriage and laying one’s head on the shoulder of the man you love). Lovely!

ARC received from publisher via Edelweiss for review.

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