Book Review/Giveaway: Wicked Intentions by: Elizabeth Hoyt

Wicked Intentions (Maiden Lane)

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Publish Date: 1 August 2010

Origins: Publisher for Review

Format: Paperback

Infamous for his wild, sensual needs, Lazarus Huntington, Lord Caire, is searching for a savage killer in St. Giles, London's most notorious slum. Widowed Temperance Dews knows the area like the back of her hand—she cares for its children at the foundling home her family established. Now that home is at risk…


Caire makes a simple offer—in return for Temperance's help navigating the perilous alleys of St. Giles, he will introduce her to high society so that she can find a benefactor for the home. But Temperance may not be the innocent she seems, and what begins as a cold bargain soon falls prey to a passion neither can control—and may well destroy them both.

Review in 5: Hot, Interesting, Different, and Slow-to-start

Review: This book felt very different to me, very different from Elizabeth Hoyt's other novels and different from other historical romance novels. Different is not bad at all, just something I noticed, and I can't quite pin-point the exact thing that makes this story different, let me know if you figure it out once you read it.

So we shall start with my favorite part of any book: the characters. I enjoyed the heroine and hero in this story in equal parts, surprisingly. The hero is a self-indulgent love-starved man who just needs someone to let him out of the box and the heroine is a young women hiding behind her orphanage and widow status. They meet and sparks well, they spark. I love these two together, there is so much heat, it is amazing and seems perfect and real. I also have a love of gorgeous white haired men so...Caire has made it to my hunky character list.

On to the writing. The writing in this story I think is what struck me as different. It has a sleuth like feel, appropriately, in addition to the under-ground London feel as well, if you know what I mean. I also loved the surprising dip into some of the outer-limits for a sensual scene in romantic fiction, it was done well, tastefully; I just wish Ms. Hoyt could have taken it further! I do have to say I think there is something with the names of the Temperance and her siblings, they are all very unique, I can't wait to see what Ms. Hoyt does with that.

The plot. There is a lot of murder in this book, surprisingly, for a historical romance. Also the story starts out sort of slow, I had to make myself keep reading in the beginning to give it a proper chance. Once Caire and Temperance got together it picked up considerably and started putting me on the edge of my seat. Definitely pick up this new series by Elizabeth Hoyt and let me know what you think!

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  1. I've heard it's darker than her previous books but I'm looking forward to reading it. Thanks for the heads up on the slow beginning. I don't mind that if I'm expecting it. Nice review!

  2. Nice review! I want it! I don't mind a slow beginning if the ending is exciting!

  3. Thanks for the honest review. Thanks for hosting too!

  4. Funny, I read the first 2 chapters and felt very intrigued. I wanted more. I love EH, thx for the review. :)

  5. This sounds good. Count me in, please.

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  7. I loved your review. This book sounds really good. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.


  8. Thank you for your review. Would love to read it.
    Sue B

  9. Great review! The premise sounds really interesting, looking forward to hopefully reading it soon. ty for the chance to win it.

    Pam S


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