Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Pages: 416 pgs
Genre: Historical Romance-Georgian
Challenges-Read’n’Review Challenge, 100+ Reading Challenge
Summary (from Publisher):From the New York Times bestselling author of To Desire a Devil comes this thrilling tale of danger, desire, and dark passions.
A MAN CONTROLLED BY HIS DESIRES . . .
Infamous for his wild, sensual needs, Lazarus Huntington, Lord Caire, is searching for a savage killer in St. Giles, London's most notorious slum. Widowed Temperance Dews knows St. Giles like the back of her hand-she's spent a lifetime caring for its inhabitants at the foundling home her family established. Now that home is at risk . . .
A WOMAN HAUNTED BY HER PAST . . .
Caire makes a simple offer-in return for Temperance's help navigating the perilous alleys of St. Giles, he will introduce her to London's high society so that she can find a benefactor for the home. But Temperance may not be the innocent she seems, and what begins as cold calculation soon falls prey to a passion that neither can control-one that may well destroy them both.
A BARGAIN NEITHER COULD REFUSE
My Review:Infamous for his wild and rakish behavior, Lazarus Huntington, Lord Caire, is searching out the murderer of his mistress. He needs a guide who knows that St. Giles are very well. He picks widow Temperance Davis, a widow and caretaker of orphan children in a foundling home, to guide him through St. Giles and help him find the murderer. In return, Lazarus will introduce Temperance to high society so she can find a benefactor for the home. What neither expected was for the arrangement between them to go beyond the professional into something more personal.
I really loved the chemistry between Lazarus and Temperance. They seemed like two characters that should never even consider a relationship. I mean Lazarus seemed to be sometimes a bit too bad and aloof and Temperance was a bit too good. I had a bit of trouble connecting to both characters at first but as soon as they began connecting to each other, I started to like the both of them much more. They were clearly very dependent on each other and that played out very well throughout the book. I loved how they interacted with each other and how their chemistry was completely inexplicable but totally undeniable.
I also loved the descriptions of St. Giles. I felt like a Jack the Ripper figure was going to come out from an alley and murder me. Hoyt captured the danger of the area really well. Hoyt definitely did not spare any details with the descriptions of the St. Giles area. The description was gritty and historically researched. The other citizens of St. Giles were great characters on their own. They contributed to the dangerous of the area and helped create an atmosphere of danger and depravity.
I am looking forward to the rest of the Maiden Lane series. I am also picking up the rest of Elizabeth Hoyt’s books. If you are looking for a historical romance that is somewhat different, try this one.