The Duke of Sin by Elizabeth Hoyt

Posted June 2, 2016 by Literati Lovers in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

The Duke of Sin by Elizabeth HoytDuke of Sin by Elizabeth Hoyt
Also by this author: Dearest Rogue, Sweetest Scoundrel, Once Upon a Moonlit Night, Duke of Pleasure
Series: Maiden Lane
Also in this series: Dearest Rogue, Sweetest Scoundrel, Once Upon a Moonlit Night, Duke of Pleasure
Published by Grand Central Publishing on May 31st 2016
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Historical, Regency
Pages: 364
ISBN: 9781455539079

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Devastatingly handsome. Vain. Unscrupulous. Valentine Napier, the Duke of Montgomery, is the man London whispers about in boudoirs and back alleys. A notorious rake and blackmailer, Montgomery has returned from exile, intent on seeking revenge on those who have wronged him. But what he finds in his own bedroom may lay waste to all his plans.
Born a bastard, housekeeper Bridget Crumb is clever, bold, and fiercely loyal. When her aristocratic mother becomes the target of extortion, Bridget joins the Duke of Montgomery's household to search for the incriminating evidence-and uncovers something far more dangerous.
Astonished by the deceptively prim-and surprisingly witty-domestic spy in his chambers, Montgomery is intrigued. And try as she might, Bridget can't resist the slyly charming duke. Now as the two begin their treacherous game of cat and mouse, they soon realize that they both have secrets-and neither may be as nefarious-or as innocent-as they appear . . .

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Review by Karen

Looking for a hot five star read, that will fill you yen for a great historical romance with lots of sexy times then you need to put The Duke of Sin in your shopping bag.

The very first Maiden Lane book by Elizabeth Hoyt, Wicked Intentions was a dark historical romance, featuring the mercurial Lazarus Huntington Lord Caire, who had a penchant for sexual bondage.  He was ever so naughty and pulled the proper Temperance Dews down the rabbit hole of sexual delights. The series, after that initial foray into dark romance, subsequently was filled with lighter romantic fare. The series has been made up of wounded heroes and the women that love them.  Hoyt’s books are always good, sinfully wicked and always enjoyable page turners; but with the Duke of Sin Hoyt takes another turn to the dark side!  In Duke of Sin, Hoyt has blown the top off her series with the dark, scintillating, sinful and turbulent story of Valentine Napier, Duke of Montgomery, who was raised by two very monstrous depraved parents.  This book is not for the faint of heart, so be warned if the material in Sweetest Scoundrel offended you then you need to be prepared for the Duke of Sin, as the Lords of Chaos are again featured in this book.  This book is a gut wrenching read that explorers the dark world of the English peerage, where predators lurk and are ready to strike at hapless helpless victims.  The more helpless the victim, the more the depravity of the situation; the more the Lords of Chaos consume. Val isn’t the shining hero that Maiden Lane Series readers have come to expect.  His soul has been too tarnished by his formative years, to ever be considered a hero. He is more the blackguard villain, and a deliciously wicked character.  Val has appeared in previous Maiden Lane books, always scheming, blackmailing, and plotting. In Duke of Sin, he is playing  his most complex blackmail schemes to date, and it is a winner take all game. Val does so love his games, in fact he sees life as a game.

When he stumbles upon Bridget Crumb, his housekeeper, riffling through his room, he doesn’t know it then, but he has met his match.  To use a modern character analogy Bridget is Batgirl to Val’s seductive beautiful and scared Joker. Val’s scars are hidden behind a beautiful facade, but they are worse than any physical scar on the skin.  At times Val seems as mad as a hatter, and as evil as he was raised to become.  The comely Bridget has her own agenda, one that entails helping several blackmail victims recover the damning evidence that Val possesses.

Despite my self I came to understand Val, he may never be a sympathetic characters, but he is a redeemable one. Bridget is a wonder, as she reminds me of the very first Maiden Lane heroine Temperance, for she is industrious, a hard worker and can cut through all the crap despite being not of the aristocracy.

Both Lazarus and Temperance of Wicked Intentions make an appearance in this book, so despite these characters not stepping foot in St. Giles the book is still tied to the Maiden Lane area.

Supporting characters of Hippolyte and Alf are fleshed out more in this novel than previous ones. I can’t wait for both of their books. A new character Hugh Fitzroy is introduced and he had me sitting up and taking notice, as he goes toe to toe with Val, as the two of them clash.

As always this is a standalone book, but Hoyt leaves her readers with a few dangling threads wetting our appetite for her next book. In all honesty what ever her publisher is paying her for her books, she needs a raise as her books keep getting better and better, and she was already at the top of her game.

Shh… at the end of Duke of Sin, Hoyt provides a sneak peek at Duke of Pleasure, the next book in the Maiden Lane Series.

Rating Report
Overall: five-stars

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