by ELIZABETH HOYT
***Contains mature elements that may not be suitable for YA readers.***
A man controlled by his desires...
Infamous for his wild, sensual needs, Lazarus Huntington, Lord Caire, is searching for a savage killer in St. Giles, London's most notorious slum. Widowed Temperance Dews knows St. Giles like the back of her hand— she's spent a lifetime caring for its inhabitants at the foundling home her family established. Now that home is at risk.
A woman haunted by her past...
Caire makes a simple offer—in return for Temperance's help navigating the perilous alleys of St. Giles, he will introduce her to London's high society so that she can find a benefactor for the home. But Temperance may not be the innocent she seems, and what begins as cold calculation soon falls prey to a passion that neither can control—one that may well destroy them both.
A bargain neither could refuse.
I’M HAPPILY NURSING a book hangover.
Wicked Intentions, by Elizabeth Hoyt, is a tempestuous love story with a generous measure of danger. Ms. Hoyt’s ability to fuse vastly amusing characters with sensuous and mature love scenes (BLUSHING), make this historical romance worthy of a sleepless night.
Temperance Dews and Lazarus Huntington are irresistibly flawed. He can be a bit of a brute and she can be a bit of a martyr, neither of which I care for. Yet, it works; they work—wonderfully so. They are imperfect but relatable, vulnerable but somehow strong. It’s difficult to describe her characters is so little words because it’s their growth that inspires me to read on—not who they are at a single moment in time. They grew on me. And with these flawed characters, she creates romance that is a tangled web of emotions—messy, raw, and passionate. I enjoyed the characters journey of discovering their feelings for one another and in turn discovering who they are as an individual.
The bit of suspense that is threaded throughout the story is a nice propulsive touch that moves the story forward giving readers some action to temper the heady romance.
Overall, I think this is a good first installment filled with myriad subplots and supporting characters that make an excellent springboard for sequels. The Ghost of St. Giles, who dons a “black mask and a harlequin’s motley” is a quirky and mysterious vigilante I’d like to unmask.
Preferably, I read series in sequential order. But, I actually started with Sweetest Scoundrel (Maiden Lane 9) with an e-ARC. I liked it so much that I’m going back to read the series from the beginning. Now, two books in (and counting), this series is one I definitely plan to continue.