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 . . .
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!