Friday, October 25, 2013

Review: DUKE of MIDNIGHT (Maiden Lane #6) by Elizabeth Hoyt

DUKE OF MIDNIGHT (Maiden Lane #6)
Author:  ELIZABETH HOYT
Source:  My Personal Stash
Genre:  Historical Romance
Length:  Mass Market Paperback, Novel, 381 pages
Reviewer:  ARTEMIS




WHEN A MASKED MAN . . .

Twenty years ago Maximus Batten witnessed the brutal murders of his parents. Now the autocratic Duke of Wakefield, he spends his days ruling Parliament. But by night, disguised as the Ghost of St. Giles, he prowls the grim alleys of St. Giles, ever on the hunt for the murderer. One night he finds a fiery woman who meets him toe-to-toe—and won't back down . . . 

MEETS HIS MATCH . . .

Artemis Greaves toils as a lady's companion, but hiding beneath the plain brown serge of her dress is the heart of a huntress. When the Ghost of St. Giles rescues her from footpads, she recognizes a kindred spirit-and is intrigued. She's even more intrigued when she realizes who exactly the notorious Ghost is by day . . . 

DESIRE IGNITES A DANGEROUS PASSION

Artemis makes a bold move: she demands that Maximus use his influence to free her imprisoned brother-or she will expose him as the Ghost. But blackmailing a powerful duke isn't without risks. Now that she has the tiger by the tail, can she withstand his ire-or the temptation of his embrace?








First of all, let me say that I get a chuckle from the names Ms. Hoyt uses in this series.  A few examples from this book alone are:  Maximus, Penelope, and Bathilda Picklewood.  Take a look at her MAIDEN LANE FAMILY TREE history and you'll see what I mean.

The Duke of Wakefield, Maximus Batten, is a hard man to like.  He's a narrow-minded S.O.B. with one thing on his mind:  The preservation of his dukedom.  His commitment to avenge his parents death and make the "world somehow right again" sets him on a course to find their murderer and marry the best pedigree The Ton has to offer.

Fortunately, the "pedigree", a beautiful and terribly rich woman, happens to be Lady Penelope Chadwicke; a delightfully ditsy character.  To her credit though, Lady Penelope retains as her companion, her cousin, Artemis Greaves, a most level-headed and down-to-earth woman.

DUKE OF MIDNIGHT is the typical opposites attract story line.  What makes it so much fun is watching Maximus and Artemis spar, each giving as good as the other gets.  Maximus is such a no-nonsense ass "aristo" and he falls H-A-R-D for Artemis. Yet, she doesn't have any delusions of a marriage in her future. She just wants him to rescue her brother from Bedlam.

She slapped him, quick and hard. 
His head turned slightly with the blow, but other than that his only reaction was the narrowing of his eyes. 
Her chest was heaving as if she were running.  "No! You must go to London.  You must get him out.  You must save my brother because if you don't, I swear upon everything I hold holy that I'll ruin both you and your illustrious name.  I'll---" 
"Little bitch," he breathed, his face turned fiery red, and he slammed his mouth against hers.
Ms. Hoyt pulled a fast one with the epilogue.  We're usually introduced to the hero and heroine of the next book in the series during the epilogue.  Oh no, not this time.  However, a family member we have all wanted to know more about finally makes an appearance.  I can't wait!



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