Title: Darling Beast

Author: Elizabeth Hoyt

Series: Maiden Lane Book 7

Publication Date: October 14, 2014

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Main Characters: Lily Stump/Robin Goodfellow, Apollo Greaves/Viscount Kilbourne


Personal Rating: 




Historical Romance


Sex Scenes:

Fiery Passion



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Falsely accused of murder and mute from a near-fatal beating, Apollo Greaves, Viscount Kilbourne has escaped from Bedlam. With the Crown’s soldiers at his heels, he finds refuge in the ruins of a pleasure garden, toiling as a simple gardener. But when a vivacious young woman moves in, he’s quickly driven to distraction . . .


London’s premier actress, Lily Stump, is down on her luck when she’s forced to move into a scorched theatre with her maid and small son. But she and her tiny family aren’t the only inhabitants—a silent, hulking beast of a man also calls the charred ruins home. Yet when she catches him reading her plays, Lily realizes there’s more to this man than meets the eye.


Though scorching passion draws them together, Apollo knows that Lily is keeping secrets. When his past catches up with him, he’s forced to make a choice: his love for Lily . . . or the explosive truth that will set him free.


I like that Apollo finally got his own book. In the previous book, he was such a significant and intriguing character that any reader would be clamoring for him to get his own happy ending. I am going to give this book two red hearts. I find it funny and fitting because it’s the same rating I gave Artemis’ story, Apollo’s twin sister.

I liked Apollo. For a man who has been through hell and came out of it alive, he has definitely shown admirable strength of character. He picked himself up by working with Asa Makepeace in restoring their pleasure garden. He also found time to fall in love while looking for the real murderer.

I liked Lily a little. I just think that there wasn’t enough story about her. Really. I feel like Indio’s real mother, Kitty, had more back story than her. Also, I don’t get the importance of the Duke of Montgomery, unless he will be introduced in another future installment. I feel like they could have just replaced his character with someone else.

What I didn’t like, though, were some minor things. I don’t like the name Indio. I just find it unappealing and unfit for a cute little boy. I definitely don’t like the name Caliban. Yes, it’s from Shakespeare. However, all it reminds me of is Dr. Frankenstein’s first monster from the TV series Penny Dreadful. I couldn’t picture out a compelling and magnetic Apollo. All I keep seeing is that huge monster of a man from the series.

I also think Lily was shallow. I felt like their attraction was leaning to much into the physical side. There wasn’t enough about her that made me like her. I liked Artemis from the previous book and even if I only rated it a two, she was definitely more of a heroine than Lily. I feel like Lily wasn’t able to redeem herself in my opinion.

Seriously, though, at the beginning of this series, I was really amazed with how the entire storyline of all the characters evolved and took shape. However, over the later books, I started to enjoy them less and less. This book here, I really wanted to like. Unfortunately, I just couldn’t.



Elizabeth was born in New Orleans but grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota. She was fortunate to be able to travel extensively as a child, visiting St. Andrews, Scotland; Germany; France; and Belgium. She spent a year in Oxford, England and was a summer exchange student to Kawasaki, Japan.

Elizabeth has a BA in anthropology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and, as a result of having no clue what to do with her life thereafter, a career history as a barista, a (terrible) sales clerk, a Wisconsin Revenue Service data entry slave, and an archeological field work grunt. Fortunately, Elizabeth married relatively young and produced two children who kept her busy until her mid-thirties. At about this time, when her youngest was entering Kindergarten, Elizabeth’s mother hinted that perhaps Elizabeth should get a Real Job.

Sadly, Elizabeth was so delusional she thought writing a romance novel might qualify as a Real Job.

But! Five years later, to everyone’s surprise, she actually sold that romance novel (The Raven Prince) and began a rather successful career as a Romance Novelist. This was most fortunate since Elizabeth is singularly unqualified to do anything else but Make Up Stories.

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