Falsely accused of murder and mute from a
near-fatal beating, Apollo Greaves, Viscount Kilbourne has escaped from Bedlam.
With the Crown’s soldiers at his heels, he finds refuge in the ruins of a
pleasure garden, toiling as a simple gardener. But when a vivacious young woman
moves in, he’s quickly driven to distraction . . .
A DESPERATE WOMAN . . .
London’s premier actress, Lily Stump, is down on her
luck when she’s forced to move into a scorched theatre with her maid and small
son. But she and her tiny family aren’t the only inhabitants—a silent, hulking
beast of a man also calls the charred ruins home. Yet when she catches him
reading her plays, Lily realizes there’s more to this man than meets the eye.
OUT OF ASH, DESIRE FLARES
Though scorching passion draws them together, Apollo
knows that Lily is keeping secrets. When his past catches up with him, he’s
forced to make a choice: his love for Lily . . . or the explosive truth that
will set him free.
difficult for me to give this author’s work anything but a 5 star review, but
alas, I am being generous even giving this book 3 stars, as it was more like 2
time lover and fan of all things written by Elizabeth Hoyt. Her ability to write quality love stories,
amazing steam and sensuality, and consistently deliver books that are memorable
and a “sure thing” is legendary. Darling Beast was a rare miss for her
(in my humble opinion).
absolutely anxiously awaited the release of this book. Apollo’s story was just yearning to be told,
and I desperately wanted to see whom Hoyt would pair this tormented man
with. I am sad to say that of all Hoyt’s
leading men, Apollo is my very least favorite.
Perhaps it’s that he spent the first entire portion of the book mute and
unable to communicate, or perhaps it was that he was in hiding trying to escape
being readmitted to Bedlam again (or killed).
It may have even been that he spent the greater portion of this book in
the garden working in terribly disgusting muck and mire. It’s probably a combination of all those
factors, but the truth remains, that I was unable to see him as a “hero”.
little boy in this book, but I wish Hoyt had named him something other than
Indio! The love he
had for his mother and his dog was heartwarming, and watching him interact with
“the monster” who ended up really being Apollo, was quite enduring.
heroine, Lily was a character that I wanted to connect with, but was one that I
was never able to understand. Initially
she was attracted to Apollo because of his body (even though she thought he was
mentally disabled because he couldn’t speak).
Her motives were never clear and I found myself getting bored with her.
story also seemed very lacking. The
steam that I have grown accustomed to with Ms. Hoyt’s books felt awkward and
is just a fluke and that this isn’t the start of a decline. I’m already pretty sure that I will wait for
reviews to come out before tackling the next Maiden Lane book. Maybe this series has just run its course for
me and I’m ready for something new and fresh from this author?
Netgalley for providing this book in exchange for an honest review!*