Published by Grand Central Publishing on November 29th 2016
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IN THE ARMS OF DANGER
Bold. Brave. Brutally handsome. Hugh Fitzroy, the Duke of Kyle, is the king's secret weapon. Sent to defeat the notorious Lords of Chaos, he is ambushed in a London alley—and rescued by an unlikely ally: a masked stranger with the unmistakable curves of a woman.
IN THE HEAT OF DESIRE
Cocky. Clever. Courageously independent. Alf has survived on the perilous streets of St. Giles by disguising her sex. By day she is a boy, dealing in information and secrets. By night she's the notorious Ghost of St. Giles, a masked vigilante. But as she saves Hugh from assassins, she finds herself succumbing to temptation.
ONE KISS WILL CHANGE THEIR LIVES FOREVER
When Hugh hires Alf to investigate the Lords of Chaos, her worlds collide. Once Hugh realizes that the boy and the Ghost are the same, will Alf find the courage to become the woman she needs to be—before the Lords of Chaos destroy them both?
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
Duke of Pleasure is the 11th book in the ‘Maiden Lane’ series by Elizabeth Hoyt. I have had the pleasure of reading some, but not all of the other books in the series, and each one can easily be read as a stand alone story. I have to admit that this particular story must be up there with one of my favourites in the series so far.
Alf has had to bring herself up on the rough streets of St Giles, the only way to do that safely, and with the help of another lad when she was younger, was for Alf to take on the persona of a boy. By day she makes a few coins for food or shelter by being an informant for anybody who wants her help, by night she has taken on the role of the Ghost of St Giles…keeping the streets as safe as she possibly can. On one such evening in her role of the Ghost she saved the life of Hugh Fitzroy, the Duke of Kyle. He had been set upon by a large group of men, not intent on stealing from him, but on killing him! During the sword fight, Alf had been thrust in Hugh’s direction. He caught her in his arms and to his shock, had a handful of, in his words, “tits”. When the fight was won, and with adrenalin pumping, he found himself in a passionate clinch with the very female Ghost of St Giles. It didn’t last long, she ran away. But it was certainly long enough for them both to have, at least for now, fallen in lust with each other.
Hugh works for the crown and one of his jobs is to bring down a disgusting Chapter of men, the Lords of Chaos. They abuse and kill both women and children as part of their rituals and the sooner every last one of the members are found and arrested the safer the streets will be. He knows the assassins that were after him were more than likely paid for by the Chapter, but he needs to make certain. He knows the best person for the job of finding out is Alf. He sends one of his men to find and fetch her to him (remember he still believes Alf is a boy). When she arrives he tells her of the job he wants her to do, not realising that no matter how discreet and clever she is at her job, he is actually putting her in danger. When she is injured during one foray for information when an attempt was made on her life, Hugh takes her under his protection, and although she is to still help with the job, they will attempt to find out together who is trying to kill him and stop them. He also very much needs Alf’s help in finding the list of all the men in the Chapter. He knows there is one, but has been thwarted at every turn in trying to find it.
That is the fascinating story that runs throughout the story, the one that helps keep you riveted to the page wanting to know what happens. But also there is the relationship between Alf and Hugh that kept me riveted. Will he find out that Alf is a woman, and that she is also the Ghost of St Giles. Of course he will, but what will he do with that information. We know he lusts for the Ghost since she saved his life, but Alf is just a street urchin, his little imp. Society would never condone a marriage between them. Does he even want marriage, does she? What they both certainly want is each other, in bed, and all scenes leading up to that possible scenario positively sizzle. Can they have a future together, can they stop the Lords Of Chaos? You will have to read this fabulous book to find out.
This book, and the whole series, that I am determined to read every book from, is a real delight to read. Each one I have read so far has been an exciting, can’t put down type of read. The romances have been to die for, but the suspense and mystery too is captivating. I definitely recommend them 100%
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of this book.