Friday, August 13, 2010

Review & Giveaway: Wicked Intentions by Elizabeth Hoyt

Title: Wicked Intentions
Author: Elizabeth Hoyt
Available: Now
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Number of Pages: 416
Reading Level: Adult

4.5 out of 5 Stars

Description from Hachette Book Group:

From the New York Times bestselling author of To Desire a Devil comes this thrilling tale of danger, desire, and dark passions.


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 . . . 


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.


My thoughts:

Temperance Dews is a widow who runs the Home for Unfortunate Infants and Foundling Children in the seedy area of St. Giles. One evening while retrieving an orphaned baby from her dead mother’s arms, Temperance and her maidservant, Nell, come upon the scandalous Lord Caire. Lord Caire’s reputation proceeds him, and Nell quickly warns Temperance of his evil ways. Temperance is left with a growing curiosity about the silver haired Lord Caire. 

Later the same evening, Temperance finds Lord Caire waiting for her in her sitting room. He is searching for someone in St. Giles, and requests her assistance because of her knowledge of the area. She agrees in order to helps save the foundling home. He’ll help her find a patron for the foundling home, but she must act as his guide in St. Giles. The chemistry between the unlikely team escalates almost as quickly as the dangers surrounding them, as they get deeper into the unsavory depths of the St. Giles criminal world.

Wicked Intention is the first book in Elizabeth Hoyt’s Maiden Lane Series. I was thoroughly riveted by this book, and couldn’t put it down once I started reading. It is the ideal combination of both mystery and romance. Temperance and Lord Caire have underlying issues that make it difficult for them to have healthy relationships. Together they find something neither thought possible. The author created damaged, but redeemable character perfection. When Lord Caire and Temperance were together the chemistry was so hot I was waiting for the pages to catch fire. I loved watching both characters grow as the plot progressed. We also catch glimpses into the lives of other London residents who I hope to see more of in future books. 

This one is definitely on my list of favorites for 2010. If you are searching for a steamy historical to get lost in look no further. I am eagerly anticipating the next addition in this new series.

Elizabeth Hoyt on the web:

I also have 5 copies of Wicked Intentions up for grabs thanks to Anna with Hachette Book Group.

Open to residents of the U.S and Canada.
No P.O Boxes please
Book will ship directly from publisher
To enter leave a comment letting me know if you prefer the romantic interests in the books you read to be bad boys or nice guys.
Ends @11:59 PM on 8/31

*Received from publisher in exchange for my review and participation in the Wicked Intentions blog tour.


  1. It depends, sometimes I like bad boys and then nice guys at other times.

  2. I like nice guys...or bad guys that turn nice. :)

    Amy S.
    artsyrockerchick at aim dot com

  3. Thanks for having this contest. I prefer bad boys!

    tradingaddress at gmail dot com

  4. I like them both mixed together LOL. Bad boy on the outside, nice guy on the inside :-)

  5. I am a follower. I like both but prefer bad guys most of the time. Please enter me in contest.

  6. bad boys!
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  7. I've read so many books with bad boys that I really enjoy it when the hero is a genuinely nice guy. On the other hand, I'm sure if I read a bunch of those, I'd get tired of them and be looking for bad boys again.

    Looking forward to reading this book. I've read all of her others.

    jen at delux dot com

  8. I read for both. I'm a hopeless romantic who goes for the bad boys!

    twilightforever.edward at gmail dot com

  9. I like both the bad boys and the nice guys. Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. I like both. But I really love the guys pretending to be bad to keep people from getting too close but deep inside he's a big teady bear. lol.


  11. I like good guys with a bad boy exterior. =)
    tiredwkids at live dot com

  12. Oh wowow.. Well, I love both to be honest... I mean who does not want their men to be bad to the bone, kick butt style, ask questions later, but then be loving and treat you like a precious gem!
    Gawd, these men drive me crazy! LOL!


  13. I like the bad boys,all hard and rough,take no prosoners.But to their woman they're a big softie inside:)

  14. Bad boys, much more intriguing!

  15. i like the good boy :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  16. I like both really - depends on the story.

  17. I like a mix of good and bad.
    headlessfowl at jteers dot net

  18. I like my men in books like I do in real life: former bad boys that have fixed themselves. So now they are nice girls with an edge!

    nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

  19. I like my heroes a bit on the dark side, makes for great fireworks.

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

  20. Nice guys.

    littleone AT shaw DOT ca

  21. It depends on the novel but I do like bad boys because they remind me of myself! ;)


  22. In real life, I like the good guys. In books, I like them to be a little bad. ;)


  23. I love the romantic bad guys. :) ....Tiffypoot @ (

  24. I prefer the bad guys ;)