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Not a Review: Duke of Sin by Elizabeth Hoyt (Maiden Lane series #10)

26804433Duke of Sin by Elizabeth Hoyt

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Note to self: You liked this mostly for Val. The way he was written, the anti-hero’s devolution, the way his redemption was earned…all fell nicely in line with what we already knew about his flexible moral compass from previous books.

And the great thing is that Val doesn’t change by the end of the book, he simply meets someone he loves very much and does not want to disappoint. He’s almost a child in his deep and unhesitating need to be loved.

He also has certain moral lines that he hasn’t crossed yet, but without Bridget’s presence in his life he would probably (eventually) end up crossing them in his drive to gain more power. He simply doesn’t see why he shouldn’t. You liked this story because it didn’t give him a redemption arc, it gave him a reason to not cross those last lines that would squarely put him in the villain category. (more…)

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Review: The Raven Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt

28863The Raven Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’m fresh off Hoyt’s Maiden Lane series and utterly tired of great plot promises consistently undelivered in her books. I can only name one in the series, Duke of Sin, that kept me relatively hooked until the end.

So, it was with some surprise that I found Raven Prince in my to-be-read pile marked — Highly recommended! I don’t know whose recommendation got me that excited, but something made me give Hoyt one more chance. And this time, I wasn’t disappointed.

The story starts slow as an ill tempered earl hires a respectable widow as his secretary. Their attraction takes root almost immediately, though both know that they can’t act on it. (more…)

Review: Dearest Rogue by Elizabeth Hoyt

Dearest Rogue by Elizabeth Hoyt
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Note to self: You liked Phoebe and James for the first half of the book where their relation transitioned from blind sister to Duke and the bodyguard who restricts her movements to friends who have feelings for each other. You really liked that Phoebe was happy to go exploring the physical side of her feelings, even though James was having Noble Idiot conniptions. He could only resist her for so long. BUT, once the story moved from London to Cornwall, (more…)