Thursday, December 15, 2011

Review: Notorious Pleasures by Elizabeth Hoyt

Title: Notorious Pleasures (Maiden Lane #2)
Author: Elizabeth Hoyt
Publisher: Vision - Hachette Book Group
Genre: Historical Romance
Rating: 4/5

Synopsis: 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?

Review: Even though I was a little reluctant going into this book (because I really wanted the second book in the series to focus on Silence, Temperance's sister), I ended up really enjoying it. Although there are references to events that occurred prior, I do feel this book can be read as a stand-alone. I wouldn't encourage it, though, since the first book is just as awesome.

The second book in Hoyt's Maiden Lane series centers on Lady Hero Batten. The book begins with Hero stumbling upon a gentleman (and I use that word loosely) and some married lady engaged in some boning at a ball. Instead of being shocked and horrified, Hero interrupts the coupling and in the process meets Griffin Remmington, Lord Reading. Surely it's not an ideal way for our heroine to meet the male protagonist that will steal her heart away but in this works. The other hitch, and its a big one, is that Hero is actually engaged to Griffin's brother, the Marquess of Mandeville.

I really enjoy the way Hoyt writes her characters and this book was no exception. Hero is a perfect, conflicted heroine. I really like that she doesn't come off like a wilting flower, even as an aristocratic lady. She's got a mouth on her, and she's bold. Griffin is an excellent male lead. I really liked him for some reason. I think its because unlike in other books, once he is sure about his feelings towards Hero, he doesn't try to deny or ignore them. I know this is a HUGE device used in romance books and it's one I don't particularly like and thus enjoy that it was not employed here.

Lastly, the hot scenes were SUPER hot! Seriously, Elizabeth Hoyt just has some of THE BEST descriptions during her love scenes. Meow!!

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