- Hachette Audio
- Release Date
- May 2016
- Book 10 of Maiden Lane
A MAN OF SIN
Devastatingly handsome. Vain. Unscrupulous. Valentine Napier, the Duke of Montgomery, is the man London whispers about in boudoirs and back alleys. A notorious rake and blackmailer, Montgomery has returned from exile, intent on seeking revenge on those who have wronged him. But what he finds in his own bedroom may lay waste to all his plans.
A WOMAN OF HONOR
Born a bastard, housekeeper Bridget Crumb is clever, bold, and fiercely loyal. When her aristocratic mother becomes the target of extortion, Bridget joins the Duke of Montgomery's household to search for the incriminating evidence-and uncovers something far more dangerous.
A SECRET THAT THREATENS TO DESTROY THEM BOTH
Astonished by the deceptively prim-and surprisingly witty-domestic spy in his chambers, Montgomery is intrigued. And try as she might, Bridget can't resist the slyly charming duke. Now as the two begin their treacherous game of cat and mouse, they soon realize that they both have secrets-and neither may be as nefarious-or as innocent-as they appear . . .
Book Review by BJ (reviewer)
Jul 15, 2016 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
124 people found the following review helpful
5 "You Are My Heart" Stars for the story and 4.5 Stars for the narration!
When you can not put down your earphones for even an hour, you know you've found a 5 Star, top-listen. This jewel of a story kept me enraptured from beginning to end. At first because I thought there was no way the hero could ultimately be redeemed, but the more his "sins" shown through, the more hooked I became, until at last there was nothing I could do until I had gotten Valentine's (the Duke of Montgomery's) full story in the end.
However, not only is Val's story intriguing but the heroine's, Bridget Crumb, is equally compelling and tragic in its own way. If you're a lover of stories were two tragic souls finally find their healing match, then the DUKE OF SIN is a story you will not want to miss. Moreover, for the audiobook lovers, the great narration by Ashford Mcnab makes this a great choice to experience in audiobook format.
The Duke of Montgomery's tragic past has undoubtedly shaped his wicked reputation and generally persona non grata status among London society. But Valentine learned from the best how to cultivate secrets and use blackmail to his advantage. What he never counted on was that one of his own blackmail plots would bring him square in the face with the one woman who just might cause him to question whether or not he truly has a heart.
Ashford Mcnab has a delightful voice that is easy and soothing to listen to. In that regard, I particularly adored her voice for the heroine which I thought matched her loyal, courageous and yet spirited but sweet personality perfectly. Ms. Mcnab also does a fabulous job of creating different voices for each of her characters allowing for easy differentiation without needing to rely on dialogue tags.
While Ms. Mcnab's voice was not necessarily my favorite voice for Valentine (interestingly the male voice I loved the best was Hugh Fitzroy, the Duke of Kyle, who happens to be the hero of the next full-length book in the Maiden Lane series, The Duke of Pleasure!) it was nonetheless generally suitable and did a good job of conveying his haughty, confident, and sinister personality while at the same time changing sufficiently enough as the story unfolds to allow the listener to believe the connection and romance between the two characters.
All in all, I highly enjoyed this romance and was stunned that Ms. Hoyt was able to weave together such a story that could make this seemingly unredeemable hero, a hero that I ultimately rooted for in the end. Now I can't wait for The Duke of Pleasure, especially given that my curiosity has been piqued with both Ashfor McNab's voicing for this hero and the background that has been revealed about the Duke of Kyle (releasing in November 2016) and the soon to be released novella, Once Upon a Moonlight Night (releasing July 5th).
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