Book 12 in Elizabeth Hoyt's Maiden Lane
series, DUKE OF DESIRE is quite possibly the best yet.
Hoyt is gifted with laying bright silks of joy against the
dark rough stone of despair and in DUKE OF DESIRE, she
brings the concept of 'tortured hero' to a whole new,
realistic level without losing any of the romance or sensual
power of the story.
Iris is a gem, strong, proud yet in her own mind the most
ordinary of women. We were introduced to her in DUKE OF
PLEASURE (book 11) and there were hints of her strong
sense of self there, but the opening scene of DUKE OF DESIRE
really brings to the fore her unique courage in the face of
almost certain death.
Raphael is one of the most complex heroes I have ever
encountered. His struggle against his horrific past to do
what his soul tells him is right is endlessly fascinating.
The concept of mental illness is one difficult to deal with
in modern times, let alone the period in which the Maiden Lane
series is set (1730s-1740s), yet Hoyt has a gift for
bringing us inside the sufferer, beyond the shell of oddity
and into the core human who lives and loves. For this fact
alone she will be among my favorite writers. Add the
entertaining plots and glimpses of humor and I have never
been disappointed in one of her books.
If you haven't discovered Maiden Lane, you can start with
DUKE OF DESIRE, but for a more enriching experience, start a
few books back with DUKE OF
SIN (Book 10). Wherever you start, if you love
historical romance, you will be missing out if you don't
read something, anything from Elizabeth Hoyt.
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
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 involves herself in his life-and bed. Soon
he's drawn 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?