***I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.***Notorious Pleasures by Elizabeth Hoyt
Series: Maiden Lane, #2
Published by Grand Central Publishing on February 1, 2011
Genres: Fiction, Historical, Romance
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Their lives were perfect . . .
Lady Hero Batten, the beautiful sister of the Duke of Wakefield, has everything a woman could want, including the perfect fiancé. True, the Marquis of Mandeville is a trifle dull and has no sense of humor, but that doesn't bother Hero. Until she meets his notorious brother . . .
Until they met each other.
Griffin Remmington, Lord Reading, is far from perfect - and he likes it that way. How he spends his days is a mystery, but all of London knows he engages in the worst sorts of drunken revelry at night. Hero takes an instant dislike to him, and Griffin thinks that Hero, with her charities and faultless manners, is much too impeccable for society, let alone his brother. Yet their near-constant battle of wits soon sparks desire - desire that causes their carefully constructed worlds to come tumbling down. As Hero's wedding nears, and Griffin's enemies lay plans to end their dreams forever, can two imperfect people find perfect true love?
Lady Hero Batten is a proper lady of the realm. She has always known her duty and always followed the rules of society. She lost her parent’s at a young age and has been raised by her older brother, the Duke of Wakefield and her cousin Bathilda. Her brother the Duke has arranged for Hero to marry his friend, Thomas Reading, the Marquess of Mandeville. Thomas is stodgy and a straitlaced pillar of society. He and his brother Lord Griffin Reading do not get a long. Hero meets her future brother in law, Griffin the night of her engagement party to Thomas. The meeting leaves Hero, with a bad impression of Griffin, since she discovers him and a married lady fornicating.
Griffin is home for the first time in three years. He has avoided his brother and family after the death of Thomas’s first wife. According to society views, Griffin is the rake and irresponsible brother. He’ll debauch any lady and supposedly seduced his brothers deceased wife. Griffin has been reckless and avoids any emotional complications. He doesn’t do love or caring. When he first meets Hero he’s surprised by her. He gives her a nickname and calls her “Lady Perfect”. He finds himself drawn to her despite his inner warnings to himself, to stay away.
After finding Lady Perfect aka Hero somewhere she should not be Griffin can’t help but rescue her from herself and the dangers of her surrounding. They strike a bargain to keep her secret jaunts between the two of them and in return he’ll accompany her. Griffin has his own little secret activities and enemies that he doesn’t want society to know about. Dislike and misunderstanding turns into an unexpected love.
Elizabeth Hoyt has become an auto buy author for me since her debut romance, The Raven Prince. She continues to amaze and captivate me with her writing. I love Hero and Griffin as a couple. Each scene with them was a page turner. From the opening where Hero finds Griffin with another woman to the last pages of the book I was emotionally invested. Griffin was so naughty. I love naughty misunderstood heroes. I especially love how he and Hero first meet each other. It certainly set the tone and I knew I was along for a great ride. Hero with her perfection and Griffin with his imperfections made them absolutely perfect for each other.
If you’ve read Elizabeth’s book before then you are aware of her love scenes. I have to say she writes some of the best and steamiest sexing ever that’s a non-erotica book. She took this book to the next level. My gosh the scene in the carriage to the wall scene loving, was ummm…worthy of a standing ovation. I have to confess I’ve re-read those scenes several times already. The secondary story-line involving Thomas and a not so respectable lady kept the book moving on nicely. We meet more characters that are potential leading characters in this series. I for one can’t wait for the next book. The heroine is name Silence and the hero is the disreputable river pirate “Charming” Mickey O’Connor.
This is the second book in the Maiden Lane series. The books don’t have to be read in order at all. Elizabeth does a great job of keeping the books easy to follow without reading them in order. If you are looking for a sexy historical with a great story-line then pick this book up.
★★ Book was read in January 2011. I own my own personal paperback copy. ★★
Books in this Series:
- Wicked Intentions (Maiden Lane, #1)
- Notorious Pleasures (Maiden Lane, #2)
- Scandalous Desires (Maiden Lane, #3)
- Thief of Shadows (Maiden Lane, #4)
- Lord of Darkness (Maiden Lane, #5)
- Duke of Midnight (Maiden Lane, #6)
- Darling Beast (Maiden Lane, #7)
- Dearest Rogue (Maiden Lane, #8)
- Sweetest Scoundrel (Maiden Lane, #9) – Coming November 2015
✾ Giveaway Info ✾
Hachette Book Group, Inc has graciously provided me with three copies of this book to giveaway. Here are the rules!
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- Contest ends Feb.6th
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