Book Review

by Elizabeth Hoyt

Genre: Historical Romance, England
Sensuality: HOT
Setting: 1738 England

2011 RT Book of the Year Nominee

RT Rating

This is the Maiden Lane story readers have been waiting for. Hoyt delivers her hallmark fairy tale within a romance and takes readers into the depths of the heart and soul of her characters. Pure magic flows from her pen, lifting readers’ spirits with joy.

Silence Hollingbrook works with her brother at the foundling home in the worst part of London. She loves all the children, but especially Mary Darling, who was left as an infant on the home’s doorstep. Silence becomes her mother. The most ruthless riverboat pirate in London’s underworld, Mickey O’Connor deliberately left his child with Silence. Now, his enemies have found out about Mary and Mickey kidnaps his own daughter to force Silence to care for her in his den. Nine months ago Silence went to Mickey for help, making a bargain that ruined her life. Mickey never forgot the night Silence spent in his bed. She is the good woman who yearns for the bad boy, but as danger closes in and Mickey faces the gallows there is a slim chance their love will set him free. (GRAND CENTRAL, Nov., 400 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed By: Kathe Robin


Published: November 2011

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4 Stars

Average Rating: 4 Stars
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Scandalous Desires

Submitted by Robin in PA on December 15, 2013 - 8:15pm.

Widow Silence Hollingbrook has taken care of Baby Mary Darling since she found her on her steps. Now River Pirate "Charming" Mickey O'Connor claims to be Mary's father and has taken her to his palace. He then blackmails Silence into living at his residence to take care of the baby. Mick knows that his enemy, The Vicar of Whitechapel, will hurt anyone Mickey care about, so he wants to make sure Silence and Mary Darling are safe. Silence doesn't trust Mick. His actions a year ago caused a rift in her marriage that was never repaired. But as she gets to know the pirate, he shows her there is more to him than meets the eye.

I wondered if Mickey O'Connor could be redeemed after ruining Silence's life with his actions in the first book of this series. I'm happy to say that Hoyt did a great job with this character. Mick's actions were driven by his past. He believed himself unlovable, and became a pirate to gain riches and make sure he was never destitute again. He didn't plan on Silence and the affect she had on him. Silence is a person who always tries to do the right thing. Even though spending the night with Mickey was innocent, her husband and family never believed that nothing happened. Now in order to stay with Mary Darling and be protected from The Vicar, Silence must learn to live with Mick and forgive him. My rating: 4 Stars.