Duke of Pleasure by Elizabeth Hoyt
Series: Maiden Lane #11
Also in this series: Wicked Intentions, Wicked Intentions, Lord of Darkness, Darling Beast, Dearest Rogue, Sweetest Scoundrel, Duke of Sin, Once Upon a Moonlit Night (Maiden Lane #10.5), Duke of Desire, Once Upon a Maiden Lane, Once Upon a Christmas Eve (Maiden Lane #12.6), Duke of Sin (Maiden Lane, #10)
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: November 29th 2016
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IN THE ARMS OF DANGER
Bold. Brave. Brutally handsome. Hugh Fitzroy, the Duke of Kyle, is the king's secret weapon. Sent to defeat the notorious Lords of Chaos, he is ambushed in a London alley—and rescued by an unlikely ally: a masked stranger with the unmistakable curves of a woman.
IN THE HEAT OF DESIRE
Cocky. Clever. Courageously independent. Alf has survived on the perilous streets of St. Giles by disguising her sex. By day she is a boy, dealing in information and secrets. By night she's the notorious Ghost of St. Giles, a masked vigilante. But as she saves Hugh from assassins, she finds herself succumbing to temptation.
ONE KISS WILL CHANGE THEIR LIVES FOREVER
When Hugh hires Alf to investigate the Lords of Chaos, her worlds collide. Once Hugh realizes that the boy and the Ghost are the same, will Alf find the courage to become the woman she needs to be—before the Lords of Chaos destroy them both?
Alf is a woman who has always had to take care of herself. She’s been living on the streets of St. Giles her whole life and it was easier to pass herself off as a boy than it was to be a girl. She’s an information collector by day and by night she’s the notorious Ghost of St. Giles. Though she loves what she does but now that she’s 21 years old she’s also started to think about being a woman and having a family. She knows it will never be possible for her but that doesn’t stop her from longing for it all.
The Duke of Kyle is enthralled with the Ghost of St. Giles. She helped him when he was attacked and then proceeded to kiss him. He finds himself highly intrigued. He hires Alf to get information about why he was attacked not knowing that she’s the Ghost. When Alf is hurt he has her stay in his house – not knowing he’s a she. Alf gets close with his sons and when he finds out that Alf is a woman he can’t seem to keep his mind off of her. When she learns to dress and act like a proper woman for a job Hugh can’t keep his eyes off of her either. The chemistry between Hugh and Alf is off the charts but neither one knows how they can make a relationship work. Hugh had been greatly hurt by his wife and didn’t trust his own judgement. Alf living as a street urchin makes her think that she could never be with a duke.
I have to start by saying I’ve loved Alf since she first came on the page. Even when I thought she was just a small boy my heart went out to her. I was extremely happy when I saw that she was getting her own book and it was definitely one worth ready.
Hugh was the perfect guy for Alf. He had been working for the King (his father) and had been living a life of danger before his wife died and he came home to take care of his children. Part of his attraction to Alf was her love of intrigue but also her fearlessness. She wasn’t afraid to take care of those in need and he loved that about her. He was a good man and loved her whether she was in men’s clothing and being a street urchin or in a dress being a woman. He could accept all parts of her and that is what makes a good romance, imho.
I have to say that I also really loved the addition of Hugh’s children, Peter and Kit. Kit was pissed off at his father as he hadn’t been around (Hugh’s wife took many lovers and Hugh left the country). Hugh was trying to make up for that and show his kids the love he had for them. It was a very touching part of the story and I was happy that Hoyt included them/it.
Overall I really liked the book and can’t wait for the next one. I read the excerpt for the next book and I can tell you I’m on pins and needles already.
Rating: 4 out of 5