Author: Elizabeth Hoyt
Series: Maiden Lane, 11
Release Date: November 29, 2016
Length: Novel, 337
Genre: Historical Romance
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Drea's Review:Hugh, The Duke of Kyle, is on a mission to rid the country of the Lords of Chaos—a secret society preying on defenseless women and children. The Lords know he’s hot on their trail and are fighting back, but fortunately Hugh has the Ghost of St. Giles on his side. Little does he know, the Ghost of St. Giles is Alf—the very street urchin he’s paying to help him root out information. But when he discovers Alf is not the boy she’s pretended to be, sparks fly and both their lives are forever changed.
I was intrigued with how a romance between a duke and a street urchin would play out, particularly given these two had met in an earlier book with explosive results. Knowing Ms. Hoyt’s skill, I had no doubt the romance would be satisfying and of course it is. Alf is a rare self-sufficient historical romance heroine, capable of making her own way in the world. She fights for those who can’t and still manages to visit foundlings once a week. Yet she’s missing love and a family. She finds both with a duke who has been burned by an unfaithful first wife.
Both Alf and Hugh are flawed characters who have some growing to do, and grow they do—together. Their love scenes are as hot as I expect Ms. Hoyt’s scenes to be (though be warned, this author uses language from the period that some readers will label as crass). And the ending brought a tear to my eye. As always there’s a little hook for the next book and I’m looking forward to that!