Friday, February 4, 2011

Review & Giveaway: Notorious Pleasures by Elizabeth Hoyt

Title: Notorious Pleasures
Series: Maiden Lane #2
Author: Elizabeth Hoyt
Available: Now
Genre: Historical Romance
Reading Level: Adult

5 out of 5 Stars

*Possible Spoilers for earlier books in this series below*

Description from Goodreads:

Their lives were perfect . . .
Lady Hero Batten, the beautiful sister of the Duke of Wakefield, has everything a woman could want, including the perfect fiancĂ©. True, the Marquis of Mandeville is a trifle dull and has no sense of humor, but that doesn't bother Hero. Until she meets his notorious brother . . . 

Until they met each other.
Griffin Remmington, Lord Reading, is far from perfect - and he likes it that way. How he spends his days is a mystery, but all of London knows he engages in the worst sorts of drunken revelry at night. Hero takes an instant dislike to him, and Griffin thinks that Hero, with her charities and faultless manners, is much too impeccable for society, let alone his brother. Yet their near-constant battle of wits soon sparks desire - desire that causes their carefully constructed worlds to come tumbling down. As Hero's wedding nears, and Griffin's enemies lay plans to end their dreams forever, can two imperfect people find perfect true love?

Favorite quotes:

"This is my social face,” he said lightly. “Don’t confuse it with the animal beneath." 

"You say my name like a lover, so soft, so sweet. I want to lick the word from your lips, sip the exhaled breath from your mouth. I want to possess you utterly. Right now. Right here." 

My thoughts:

I ♥ this series! In Notorious Pleasures we meet up with Lady Hero again. I loved her in Wicked Intentions and couldn’t wait to read her story. The first scene involves Hero walking in on a married woman, and a man who is most definitely not her husband. After several attempts at gaining their attention, she pulls off her earring and hurls it at the bare tush of the man I previously mentioned. Lady Hero has no idea at the time this man is her fiance’s brother, Griffin. It is rumored Griffin seduced his brother’s first wife and many other woman. He is rake, and Hero is determined to keep her distance. Her affection for her future brother-in-law grows in ways that would not be considered very “brotherly”, but Hero knows she must honor her marriage contract. After all she is an honorable and virtuous woman. As she discovers Griffin’s secrets and he hers, events and emotions begin to spiral out of control. 

This is such an amazing series. I advice reading the books in order to fully enjoy all this series, and it’s characters have to offer. In Notorious Pleasures the point of view alternates between Griffin, Lady Hero, and several secondary characters. We also visit the Home for Unfortunate Infants and Foundling Children, and see how things have been since Silence Hollingbrook took over for her sister, Temperance. The mystery surrounding The Ghost of St. Giles also continues. I for one am dying to know who is hiding under that costume.

I really can’t say enough positive things about this series. The characters are always so well developed. The plot is thorough and perfectly paced. The writing draws you in, and holds your attention until the very end. The romances are downright delicious. And the boys! The boys are enough to make any girl fall in lust, or maybe even in love. 

The ending sets up for the third book in this series, Scandalous Desires. I won’t give anything away, but after reading the sneak peek for book 3 at the end of Notorious Pleasures, it seems the title is a perfect fit. I can’t wait to read it!

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Books in this series:
Wicked Intentions (Maiden Lane)Notorious Pleasures (Maiden Lane)

Giveaway Time!

I have 3 copies of Notorious Pleasures up for grabs thanks to Hachette Book Group!


Open to residents of the U.S & Canada
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Ends 2/21

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  1. I love Elizabeth's books. Thanks so much for the review and for hosting the giveaway.

  2. **Waving** Hey honey! What a great review you did! That only makes me want it that much more!

    Hugs to you and have a great weekend!

  3. Awesome review!! I'm so glad you loved this one too!!

  4. Great review. Love Elizabeth's books. Thanks for the opportunity to win.
    Carol L

  5. Thanks for the great giveaway!