Notorious Pleasures Mass Market Paperback – Feb 1 2011
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"There's an enchantment to Hoyt's stories that makes you believe in the magic of love."―RT Book Reviews
"Elizabeth Hoyt writes with flair, sophistication, and unstoppable passion."―-Julianne MacLean, author of PORTRAIT OF A LOVER
"Hoyt is firmly in control of her craft with engaging characters, gripping plot and clever dialogue."―Publishers Weekly
"The new master of the historical romance genre."―-HistoricalRomanceWriters.com
"A sexy, steamy treat!"―-Connie Brockway, USA Today bestselling author on THE RAVEN PRINCE
About the Author
Elizabeth Hoyt is the New York Times bestselling author of over seventeen lush historical romances including the Maiden Lane series. Publishers Weekly has called her writing "mesmerizing." She also pens deliciously fun contemporary romances under the name Julia Harper. Elizabeth lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with three untrained dogs, a garden in constant need of weeding, and the long-suffering Mr. Hoyt.
The winters in Minnesota have been known to be long and cold and Elizabeth is always thrilled to receive reader mail. You can write to her at: P.O. Box 19495, Minneapolis, MN 55419 or email her at: Elizabeth@ElizabethHoyt.com.
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I am reading this series out of order. I still have not read book 1. Book 2 gave some background to characters who will appear in later novels and I enjoyed learning a little of their back-stories. I don’t think it matters if you read the books in order, but do it if you can. In my opinion, however, the better books are 3, 4 & 6 (although reviewers I admire dislike these – just goes to show how personal our love of romance novels is!).
Narrated by Ashford McNab
Maiden Lane Series #2
4 Stars - I really liked Lady Hero when I met her in book one and I continued to like her throughout this book. She was giving, honest, and brave. I felt she was a great match for Griffin. He was the kinda guy that did what had to be done regardless of the consequences and I liked that about him. He was a good lead, both tender and protective when needed.
I quite enjoyed this story and I am really looking forward to the next book. These characters are growing on me a lot and I can't wait to see what happens. Ms. Hoyt's writing is very easy to enjoy!
The Narrator Ashford McNab did a wonderful job again.
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Ashford McNab does well enough as narrator.
Griffin Remmington, Lord Reading, enjoys his rakish ways. His brother never had a head for business, so when their father died ten years ago, Griffin took over the financial dealing for the family. Mandeville knows that their late father left then penniless; however, he has no idea that Griffin saved them from financial ruin by becoming the biggest gin distiller in St. Giles. Though the family no longer has serious debts, Griffin feels he cannot give up the still until his family funds are stable. Things would be a lot easier if his nasty gin competitor would quit attacking his distillery and/or killing the employees.
Hero takes an instant dislike to Griffin. Due to the way she first met him, Hero calls him Lord Shameless. Griffin believes Hero is too serious and calls her Lady Perfect. Yet their battle of wills quickly sparks into the flames of desire.
**** FOUR STARS! Never satisfied to give her readers a simple story, author Elizabeth Hoyt keeps a variety of subplots running in the background. For example, each chapter begins with a short paragraph about Queen Ravenhair.Read more ›
Hoyt created very high expectations with her first books published. She writes with unusual aplomb, she adds a lot of sensuality without falling into soft porn boundaries, her characters have a certain zing to them, a certain je ne sais quoi, and most of all, there is plenty of humour. And finally, the main story's progress are interspersed with fairytale blurbs that relate to the novel. This book has all that, so that's good news.
The not so good news is that I think this is one of her less memorable cast of characters. Hero might have an usual name but except for being a good but very serious girl, in peril of sitting on the shelf, with a realistic view of what a Duke's daughter is supposed to do in society, she doesn't burn the page. Not that she's unsympathetic, if anything she's almost too nice. And Griffin (eh, how cheesy is that name?) is your rake with a hidden heart and secret turmoil. Of course, they would repel one another like magnets, but also, of course, (again a cheese attack!) they're incredibly sexually attracted to one another. There's just one hitch, she's already engaged. And I lied about there being just one hitch, there's another, she's engaged to his brother. And there's bad history between them.
So can you say cookie cutter? Yes, a little I have to admit. Fortunately, Holt makes incredibly good cookies out of the dough. The characters, though run of the mill, remain very appealing and certainly are a lot of fun.Read more ›