2016 Book #111 – The Duke of Pleasure by Elizabeth Hoyt

51bydxjcvql-_sx305_bo1204203200_Title: The Duke of Pleasure
Author: Elizabeth Hoyt
Date finished: 11/23/16
Genre: Historical romance
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: November 29, 2016
Pages in book: 336
Stand alone or series: #11 in the Maiden Lane series
Where I got the book from: NetGalley NOTE: I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.

Blurb from the cover:

IN THE ARMS OF DANGER
Bold. Brave. Brutally handsome. Hugh Fitzroy, the Duke of Kyle, is the king’s secret weapon. Sent to defeat the notorious Lords of Chaos, he is ambushed in a London alley-and rescued by an unlikely ally: a masked stranger with the unmistakable curves of a woman.
IN THE HEAT OF DESIRE
Cocky. Clever. Courageously independent. Alf has survived on the perilous streets of St. Giles by disguising her sex. By day she is a boy, dealing in information and secrets. By night she’s the notorious Ghost of St. Giles, a masked vigilante. But as she saves Hugh from assassins, she finds herself succumbing to temptation . . .
ONE KISS WILL CHANGE THEIR LIVES FOREVER
When Hugh hires Alf to investigate the Lords of Chaos, her worlds collide. Once Hugh realizes that the boy and the Ghost are the same, will Alf find the courage to become the woman she needs to be-before the Lords of Chaos destroy them both?

My rating:  4.25 stars out of a scale of 5

My review: I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review. This book tells the story (finally!) of Alf. Alf has been a supporting character for a good portion of this series, when we’re first introduced to her character its as the young boy who is an information collector/seller in St. Giles. Alf was abandoned at a young age and so in order to protect herself, she’s disguised herself as a young boy for a very long time. She’s also recently started training to replace the most recent Ghost of St. Giles, since all the other ones we’ve learned of have settled down and retired and started families. So Alf takes on a new job as an informant for the Duke of Kyle, who she seems to have a bit of a crush on. And when the Duke of Kyle (Hugh) discovers that Alf is not only a girl, but also the Ghost of St. Giles who kissed him so passionately recently. And when Hugh realizes that he needs Alf’s help on an upcoming reconnaissance mission at a ball, he asks her to uncover the woman she really is deep down. As Hugh sees more of the facets that make up Alf though, he can’t resist falling in love with her.
Overall I really liked this book a lot. It was a bit unusual since the heroine starts out the story attracted to the hero but the hero thinks she’s a boy. And Alf is from the streets and it shows not only in her language but also in her thought process and her personality. I think that was one of the things I ended liking most about this book though was Alf and how full of life she was. And it was really great to read her story after hearing so much about her in the other books in the series. Readers be warned there are some steamy scenes in this book, this one definitely is a sexy read! But there was also some great character development and some really deep emotions in this book. Alf’s character develops from a cocky lad to a young lady in love (who is also still cocky). And I think the book had a great overall message, that sometimes you need to put your faith in love and have hope.

The bottom line: I really enjoyed this one, this probably ended up being one of my favorite books in the series. This was definitely an unconventional story though, Alf isn’t your classic romance heroine but she was entirely refreshing and fun. This was a great read and I would definitely recommend.

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2016 Book #110 – The Danger of Desire by Sabrina Jeffries

51f8zsqgcpl-_sx303_bo1204203200_Title: The Danger of Desire
Author: Sabrina Jeffries
Date finished: 11/20/16
Genre: Historical romance
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication Date: Novemeber 22, 2016
Pages in book: 416
Stand alone or series: Sinful Suitors series #3
Where I got the book from: NetGalley NOTE: I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.

Blurb from the cover:

To root out the card cheat responsible for her brother’s death, Miss Delia Trevor spends her evenings dancing her way through high society balls, and her late nights disguised as a young man gambling her way through London’s gaming hells. Then one night, handsome Warren Corry, the Marquess of Knightford, a notorious member of St. George’s Club, recognizes her. When he threatens to reveal her secret, she’s determined to keep him from ruining her plans, even if it means playing a cat-and-mouse game with the enigmatic rakehell.
Warren knows the danger of her game, and he refuses to watch her lose everything while gaining justice for her late brother. But when she starts to delve beneath his carefully crafted façade, can he keep her at arm’s length while still protecting her? Or will their hot desires explode into a love that transcends the secrets of their pasts?

My rating:  3.75 stars out of a scale of 5

My review: I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review. This book tells the story of Delia Trevor, an eligible maiden whose brother recently died and left her with a crippling debt and a mortgaged estate. Her aunt is trying to marry her off and secure a place for Delia in society. Her Aunt is also trying to find a husband for Delia’s brother’s widow. Delia’s good friend Clarissa notices that Delia has been acting odd lately and wonders if a fortune hunter is trying to blackmail her. So Clarissa enlists the help of her cousin, the marquess of Knightford (Warren) to look into the matter. Warren is a self-confirmed bachelor who is determined not to marry, mostly because he’s sure that no woman should have to put up with his fear of the dark and his need to stay awake all night. Delia intrigues him though and when he notices that she is indeed acting strangely as Clarissa claimed, he is determined to find the underlying cause. Turns out Delia’s brother was cheated in a card game and now she’s determined to find whoever it was that they may soon lose their house to.
Overall I really liked this book. Delia’s character was very entertaining and I loved how vulnerable and charming Warren was. There were some references to Clarissa’s story too, which I would love to read. This book does read as a stand alone story technically but I feel like reading Clarissa’s story would have added more context to some of the things that happened in the beginning of the book. And I have a feeling that Brilliana’s story is going to be next in the series, and I’d love to read that one as well. I haven’t read much by this author previously but I am excited to read more by her. I thought she did a great job of creating tension and emotion between the main characters. I like this story a lot and I would recommend reading it.

The bottom line: This was a good book, I just loved Delia’s character. I can’t wait to read more in the series!

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