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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-03-31 10:03
Duke of Desire
Duke of Desire (Maiden Lane) - Elizabeth Hoyt

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All the good things must come to an end. :( Every year for the past 7yrs. I’ve eagerly waited for a new Maiden Lane book. It’ll be so difficult to not have to wait for another new installment, even if the storyline veered away from the original characters. Even if Ms. Hoyt is writing a new series out later this year; even if I’m really excited about it. Duke of Desire marks the 12th installment, the final one, bidding adieu to our much beloved series. Though I still have 2 short stories to read, this is the last full-length novel.

Before I get into my review, starting with quite a bit of discussion on the backstory and how the characters are connected—because trust me they are connected through each-other and through ongoing events—I need to talk about the following...

I came to learn about Ms. Hoyt’s books a few years after I discovered Romance as a genre and was binging through some popular authors’ backlists. I don’t exactly remember why I picked up her books but so glad I did! Ms. Hoyt was still a bit of newbie, with 2 short series under her belt but making quite the splash. The first installment of Maiden Lane, Wicked Intentions, was out and waiting for the second installment. But before I could finish the first two series of hers, second book, Notorious Pleasures was out as well. By then I was SO hooked in her writing style and her stories that I was more in the lines of ‘oh goodie! gimme gimme!’ LOL I promptly began the reading of book 1 of Maiden Lane, which also prompted my love affair with this series.

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review 2018-03-04 00:00
Once Upon a Christmas Eve: A Maiden Lane Novella (Kindle Single)
Once Upon a Christmas Eve: A Maiden Lane Novella (Kindle Single) - Elizabeth Hoyt It was....ok.

That's all I got.
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review 2018-02-22 00:00
Once Upon a Maiden Lane
Once Upon a Maiden Lane - Elizabeth Hoyt... Once Upon a Maiden Lane - Elizabeth Hoyt,Ashford McNab Cute, refreshing. I was pretty impressed by the ability to get a sense of the characters in such a short time.

sigh. Novellas.
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review 2018-01-29 00:00
Duke of Desire
Duke of Desire - Elizabeth Hoyt I was around these parts when this came out so I wasn't expecting much. Here's the thing though. I LOVED this as the story of Raphael. In fact, I was surprised by how much I loved his character. But that/his conflicts didn't feel fully resolved. There's some shit that goes down when he attempts to leave in chapter 19, she refuses to let him, in the rain of course. Oh, ok, you're right I can't live without you and either street is torture, so I'll stay and let's fuck was basically the resolution? Whatever, it was compulsively readable as usual.

I kind of liked Iris, but even in the last book, she seems a little annoyingly good. I don't know, I didn't get her. Just gives Hugh up in book 11. I mean I get it, but she was so graceful and above it all. Like, fuck this shit, no one's that self-sacrificing. And if they are, are they so selfish as to keep pushing on painful things in order to "heal" someone you're lusting after and maybe care for. She just seems to lack consistency - or maybe in this case - depth.

That said, she clearly doesn't ruin this book for me. I will say this one felt far more dangerous and emotionally taxing than any of her others, which wasn't necessarily negative.
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review 2018-01-29 00:00
Duke of Pleasure
Duke of Pleasure - Elizabeth Hoyt I loved the MCs in this one, and I'm one serious sucker for a dad. Especially the tough guy warm dad thing. I'm all for Alf's optimism despite her rough start in life, and the match with Hugh's caution. I don't have a whole lot to say about this, other than it was an enjoyable stories with likable characters and those Megs & Godrics that I love. This one, again, had some excellent supporting characters in Iris and Hugh's men.

And I kinda of think we need a Maiden Lane bracket for the heroes. I mean, c'mon. I have suspicions who would win, but you never know. I can pick my final four (so far, anyway) but beyond that? No idea.

I'm just talking nonsense because I don't know what to rate it. Ok, got it. 4 stars

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