Book Review

by Elizabeth Hoyt

Genre: Historical Romance, England
Sensuality: HOT
Setting: 1737 England

2011 Innovative Historical Romance Nominee

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As always Hoyt infuses her pleasurable love stories with marvelous characters, a depth of passion and the joy of love, and she does this with the ease of a master storyteller. She spins a lush fairy tale that sweeps readers away and her deep-sigh reads are always a treat.

Lady Hero Batten, sister to the Duke of Wakefield, is as kind as she is beautiful, which is why she is perfect as fiancée to the staid Marquis of Mandeville. But then, in the heart of St. Giles, she encounters her fiancé’s notorious brother, Griffin Remmington, Lord Reading.

Griffin is shocked to find Hero in the city’s den of iniquity, even if it is where he runs his business, and he insists on escorting her when she visits the orphanage she supports. Hero is stunned by her reaction to him. He is far from perfect, but he calls to her hidden spirit of adventure and she enjoys their battle of wits and wills. Griffin is fascinated by Hero, whom he considers too good for his brother — and much too good for him. However as Hero’s wedding draws closer and their friendship becomes much more, Griffin’s enemies plot to threaten their happiness. (VISION, Feb., 380 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed By: Kathe Robin

Publisher: VISION

Published: February 2011

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4.5 Stars

Average Rating: 4.5 Stars
(2 ratings)

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Notorious Pleasures

Submitted by Robin in PA on November 16, 2013 - 12:16am.

Sister of the Duke of Wakefield, Lady Hero Batten has accepted the proposal of the Marquess of Mandeville. Hero is happy with her choice of future husband, until she meets his younger brother, Griffin Remmington, a notorious rake who is said to have seduced his brother's first wife. When Hero travels to the slum of St. Giles to visit an orphanage, Griffin insists on going along to keep her safe. Soon the two strike up a friendship which soon turns into an attraction they can't deny.

I didn't think I would enjoy a book where the main couple were betraying Griffin's brother, Thomas (Hero's fiance), but Elizabeth Hoyt pulls off the storyline with no problems. Maybe it was because Thomas was only marrying Hero to get a wife equal to his station, even though he was in love with another woman at the time. I liked both Griffin and Hero, who showed that opposites attract and are sometimes perfect for each other. I also loved seeing how Griffin tried to make himself a better man for Hero. My rating: 4.5 Stars.