Duke of Pleasure

Elizabeth Hoyt
Duke of Pleasure
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Release Date
November 2016
Book 12 of Maiden Lane
Historical Romance


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.


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 . . .


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?

Book Review by BJ (reviewer)
Dec 10, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
144 people found the following review helpful
5 "Secret Identities & Societies Collide Resulting in a Love Alliance" Stars!

Being a fan of the Maiden Lane series, but not necessarily a fan of the woman masquerading as a boy trope in romance, I nonetheless knew I had to give DUKE OF PLEASURE a chance based solely on my past good experiences with Ms. Hoyt's works. And boy am I glad I did! Ms. Hoyt has really outdone herself on this 11th book in the Maiden Lane series. Not only is the romance (and in fact the heroine's endearment to the hero's entire family, including his two young children) incredibly well developed, such that by the time the inevitable rolls around you're rooting for the HEA, but the suspense is also top notch, making this a must read for historical romance/romantic suspense lovers!

The Duke of Kyle is used to doing unspeakable things all in the name of his country and his King (who he faithfully serves as one of Britain's top secret spies). But when his wife dies, and he returns home, he finds two young sons who would rather he had stayed away and imminent danger as it becomes increasingly clear that someone wants him dead. But he has been tasked with discovering the identity of the evil and clandestine society of the Lords of Chaos and he is determined to both complete his mission for the King, as well as remain alive for, and win over the love of, his sons. So he enlists the help of Alf, a young boy from the wrong side of tracks who deals in the information gathering business to help him discover who the Lords of Chaos truly are.

Abandoned by her mother at a very young age, Alf had to learn to survive on the mean streets of one of the toughest neighborhoods in London, St. Giles, any which way she could. For Alf that meant she learned how to fight better than most boys--indeed men--and convincingly disguise herself as a boy. Her alliances also lead to her assuming the role of the legendary Ghost of St. Giles, a hero (or in her case heroine) that helps those that are less fortunate to be able to defend themselves against St. Giles' evil street thugs. However, when her nightly activities as the Ghost of St. Giles lead to her defending a most unlikely of characters, Hugh Fitzroy, the Duke of Kyle, her life takes a life altering turn. The question is, will it be for the better or ultimately lead to heartbreak?

Can Hugh and Alf discover the identity of the Lords of Chaos before the danger that is stalking Hugh catches up with him? Moreover, with such disparate backgrounds could there ever possibly be a HEA in the cards for this unlikely duo?

So many aspects this story were well done, but I think what I liked the most was how DUKE OF PLEASURE dispels the myth that there is huge insurmountable divide between the higher and lower classes. In fact, as the story went along, you begin to realize that there are actually a lot of similarities between this Duke and the lowly born heroine. Moreover, it was bonding over this commonality that ultimately allows each to heal from the misfortunes of their pasts.

All in all, the pages just flew by making it impossible to put DUKE OF PLEASURE down until I had reached its conclusion. I can't wait to read more by Ms. Hoyt!
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