Book Review

by Elizabeth Hoyt

Genre: Historical Romance, England
Sensuality: HOT

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There is enchantment in the Maiden Lane series, not just the fairy tales Hoyt infuses into the memorable romances, but the wonder of love combined with passion, unique plotlines and unforgettable characters. In Duke of Midnight, Hoyt takes a stiff, cold duke — think Batman — and turns him into a vulnerable hero, then pairs him with a bold, unconventional tigress of a heroine so they can fight together. If the end is any indication, Hoyt’s ready to gift us with more.

Two decades ago Maximus Batten, Duke of Wakefield, saw his parents murdered. As the Ghost of St. Giles he roams the area hunting the killer and rescuing those in need. One night he saves Artemis Greaves from footpads. He’s never met a woman as daring as Artemis and is intrigued. With her brother imprisoned in Bedlam for killing three men in a mad rage, Artemis is condemned to be her cousin’s companion. When she gains possession of the Ghost’s signet ring she believes she has found the means to help her brother. Artemis realizes Maximus is the Ghost and blackmails him into rescuing her dying brother. Maximus agrees, not because of the blackmail, but because he’s fascinated by Artemis’ spirit. He wants her as much as he wants to catch the killer. But how can he have both? (GRAND CENTRAL, Oct., 380 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed By: Kathe Robin


Published: October 2013

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4 Stars

Average Rating: 4 Stars
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Duke of Midnight

Submitted by Robin in PA on May 26, 2014 - 3:35pm.

Four years ago when her brother was committed to Bedlam for murder, Artemis Greaves became the companion to her cousin, Lady Penelope. Used to be unnoticed, Aretmis comes to the attention of the Ghost of St. Giles when she and her cousin are accosted on the street. Maximus Batten, the Duke of Wakefield, has posed as the Ghost of St. Giles for many years, searching for the person responsible for the death of his parents. A man calling himself "old scratch" has popped onto the scene and the Duke believes he may have been behind the murders. Now Artemis has discovered his alter-ego and demands that Maximus break her brother out of Bedlam or she will expose him to the authorities.

I wasn't sure that I would like this book in the Maiden Lane series because I wasn't a big fan of Maximus in the previous books. And, even though he is a big of a bonehead when it comes to Artemis, in the end he finally admitted he couldn't live without her. I loved Artemis and how she dealt with the fact that her brother, Apollo, was committed for murder and she had to accept a position of companion to her selfish cousin. I also was happy that she didn't give Maximus an ultimatum, but let him figure out what he needed to do. My rating: 4 Stars.