Their lives were perfect . . .Lady Hero Batten, the beautiful sister of the Duke of Wakefield, has everything a woman could want, including the perfect fiancé. True, the Marquis of Mandeville is a trifle dull and has no sense of humor, but that doesn't bother Hero. Until she meets his notorious brother . . . Until they met each other.Griffin Remmington, Lord Reading, is far from perfect - and he likes it that way. How he spends his days is a mystery, but all of London knows he engages in the worst sorts of drunken revelry at night. Hero takes an instant dislike to him, and Griffin thinks that Hero, with her charities and faultless manners, is much too impeccable for society, let alone his brother. Yet their near-constant battle of wits soon sparks desire - desire that causes their carefully constructed worlds to come tumbling down. As Hero's wedding nears, and Griffin's enemies lay plans to end their dreams forever, can two imperfect people find perfect true love?
PUBLICATION DATE: January 2011
READ: February 2011
GENRE: Historical Romance--Georgian
SERIES: Maiden Lane #2
HERO: Griffin Remington
HEROINE: Lady Hero Batten
SENSUALITY RATING: Hot
OVERALL RANKING: 5 out of 5 Stars
I have been a fan of Elizabeth Hoyt's work since "The Raven Prince." I have liked all of her books, but this one takes a special place next to "The Raven Prince" and "To Seduce a Sinner" in terms of my favorite Hoyt novel.
Lady Hero Batten, sister of the Duke of Wakefield, seems to be a proper English lady when we are first introduced to her in "Wicked Intentions" (first book in the Maiden Lane series),but throughout that book I always had a feeling that there was alot more to Hero than we were shown. And she definitely showed a spark of unconventional goodness in the first chapters of "Notorious Pleasures". What else would you call throwing an earring at a man's naked backside to get his attention? I liked how Hoyt did not completely dismiss her proper upbringing yet still allowed her to grow in a believable way especially when it came to her opinion of Griffin, her hero. I cannot tell you how much I loved this character. She is one of my favorite romance heroines ever!
Griffin Remmington is the brother of a marquess who appears to be the stereotypical English rake. But, as with most Hoyt heroes, there is more than meets the eye. Griffin hides his true purpose behind womanizing, gambling, and other rakish activities. He reminds me alot of Simon from "The Serpent Prince." I loved how Griffin fell so hard for Hero and how he bantered with her.
As a couple, these two rocked! They both brought out something inside the other. Hero learned to look beyond her initial judgments and Griffin learned how to trust another person. BTW, the love scenes between these two were HOT HOT HOT! Elizabeth Hoyt is known for her steamy love scenes and she does not disappoint in this novel. Griffin is sexy and confident while Hero is curious and surprisingly passionate under that proper lady exterior.
The secondary characters really helped move the plot along. I never got bored because there was so much going on at all times. I was not a fan of Griffin's brother Thomas, but I tolerated his ending well enough. I am still intrigued by the Ghost of Maiden Lane mystery and can't wait to delve deeper into that plotline. I also see some definite future potential for Winter and Phoebe whom I adored! I can't wait to read Silence and Charming Mickey's book next! *counting down the days*
All in all, this book just reaffirms my belief that Elizabeth Hoyt is one of the premier historical romance writers out there. She does not rely on stereotypical plots and has a dark yet heartwarming writing style that is hard to emulate. Another fabulous job, Ms. Hoyt!
"If I'm good enough to bed, surely I'm good enough to wed." --Griffin
"You say my name like a lover, so soft, so sweet. I want to lick the word from your lips, sip the exhaled breath from your mouth. I want to possess you utterly. Right now. Right here." --Griffin
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