Review: Duke Of Sin (Maiden Lane #10) by Elizabeth Hoyt

Posted March 22, 2016 by sweptawaybyromance in Review / 0 Comments

Review: Duke Of Sin (Maiden Lane #10) by Elizabeth HoytDuke of Sin (Maiden Lane #10) by Elizabeth Hoyt
on May 31st 2016
Genres: Historical Romance
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A MAN OF SIN

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.

A WOMAN OF HONOR

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.

A SECRET THAT THREATENS TO DESTROY THEM BOTH

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 . . .



Crista’s Review

Duke of Sin is book 10 of Elizabeth Hoyt’s brilliant Maiden Lane series.  It can be read as a standalone, but the characters do appear in other books and readers may miss some backstory if not familiar with the previous books.  On the other hand, this book is VERY different from all other books in the series, so it might actually work to read it all by itself.

Valentine Napier, the Duke of Montgomery, is not a nice man.  He is definitely an anti-hero and has done some truly despicable things.  This is a new avenue for Hoyt, and she really does a fabulous job tackling a very difficult hero.

Bridget Crumb is quite the heroine. She poses as the Duke’s housekeeper in order to gain entrance to his home. There is a bit of a mystery mixed in with the steamy romance that develops between Bridget and Val.

I think what stands out about this book, and what I will remember most, is that although Bridget brings out some good in the Duke, he is never fully reformed. He remains a villain, and probably will always ride the line between hero and villain (with a tendency to drift towards villain). Although not as romantic to believe that love can’t change everything, it is by far more realistic to see things in this light. Hoyt doesn’t change him too much throughout the book, and Bridget finds herself falling in love with him despite (and perhaps even because of) his naughtiness.

I continue to be a huge fan of this author and will definitely continue reading this series as long as she keeps writing.

As a side note, I am a huge fan of Anne Stuart and this book’s hero reminded me of some favorite Stuart heroes. Maybe it’s just my preference, but I find myself loving these types of anti-heroes. Men that don’t necessarily play by the rules, but are so stunningly sexy, dangerous, and unrepentant that you are willing to overlook things that would normally have the ability to shock and offend!

This is an addition to the Maiden Lane series that is not to be missed!

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About Elizabeth Hoyt

Elizabeth Hoyt is the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of historical romance, including reader favorite, The Raven Prince.

Elizabeth was born in New Orleans but grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota. She was fortunate to be able to travel extensively as a child, visiting St. Andrews, Scotland; Germany; France; and Belgium. She spent a year in Oxford, England and was a summer exchange student to Kawasaki, Japan.

Elizabeth has a BA in anthropology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and, as a result of having no clue what to do with her life thereafter, a career history as a barista, a (terrible) sales clerk, a Wisconsin Revenue Service data entry slave, and an archeological field work grunt. Fortunately, Elizabeth married relatively young and produced two children who kept her busy until her mid-thirties. At about this time, when her youngest was entering Kindergarten, Elizabeth’s mother hinted that perhaps Elizabeth should get a Real Job.

Sadly, Elizabeth was so delusional she thought writing a romance novel might qualify as a Real Job.

But! Five years later, to everyone’s surprise, she actually sold that romance novel (The Raven Prince) and began a rather successful career as a Romance Novelist. This was most fortunate since Elizabeth is singularly unqualified to do anything else but Make Up Stories.

Since then Elizabeth has written nineteen books to critical acclaim: The Prince Trilogy (The Raven Prince, The Leopard Prince, and The Serpent Prince); the Legend of the Four Soldiers series (To Taste Temptation, To Seduce a Sinner, To Beguile a Beast, and To Desire a Devil); and the Maiden Lane series (Wicked Intentions, Notorious Pleasures, Scandalous Desires, Thief of Shadows, Lord of Darkness, Duke of Midnight, Darling Beast, Dearest Rogue, and the upcoming Sweetest Scoundrel). She also writes contemporary romance under the pen name Julia Harper (Hot, For the Love of Pete, and Once and Always).

Elizabeth lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with three dogs, a garden in constant need of weeding, and the ever faithful Mr. Hoyt. Please contact Elizabeth here.

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