Title: Duke of Midnight

Author: Elizabeth Hoyt

Series: Maiden Lane Book 6

Publication Date: October 15, 2013

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Main Characters: Artemis Greaves, Maximus Batter/Duke of Wakefield

 

Personal Rating: 

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Genre:

Historical Romance

 

Sex Scenes:

Fiery Passion

 

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WHEN A MASKED MAN . . .

Twenty years ago Maximus Batten witnessed the brutal murders of his parents. Now the autocratic Duke of Wakefield, he spends his days ruling Parliament. But by night, disguised as the Ghost of St. Giles, he prowls the grim alleys of St. Giles, ever on the hunt for the murderer. One night he finds a fiery woman who meets him toe-to-toe—and won’t back down . . .

MEETS HIS MATCH . . .

Artemis Greaves toils as a lady’s companion, but hiding beneath the plain brown serge of her dress is the heart of a huntress. When the Ghost of St. Giles rescues her from footpads, she recognizes a kindred spirit-and is intrigued. She’s even more intrigued when she realizes who exactly the notorious Ghost is by day . . .

DESIRE IGNITES A DANGEROUS PASSION

Artemis makes a bold move: she demands that Maximus use his influence to free her imprisoned brother-or she will expose him as the Ghost. But blackmailing a powerful duke isn’t without risks. Now that she has the tiger by the tail, can she withstand his ire-or the temptation of his embrace?

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When Maximus Batten was introduced in the series, I saw him as an unfeeling jerk. Compelling, yes. But a jerk, just the same. I mean, he kept telling his sister, Hero, that he wanted her happiness. However, when she did find it, he still forced her to marry Thomas, a man who actually hit her. Come on.

I started this book with a positive attitude, although I could never reconcile Maximus as one of the ghosts. Still, I decided to give him a chance because I love this series. Also, I wanted to see how things were going to work between him and Artemis. I have to say, though, that while I enjoyed reading this book, there were still many things that I did not like.

First, Artemis was too liberal for a woman during those times, let alone a virginal lady’s maid who grew up in the country. Also, the fact that she was the one to make the first move by going to Maximus’ bedroom and being alone with him. Also, the way she kept on provoking him into helping her get Apollo out of Bedlam. She was sexually provoking him, to be honest. However, in the first book, she clearly overheard Maximus basically tell someone that she was as good as invisible. That means, for me, there was a gap between what she overheard and her knowing that Maximus actually sees her as a woman.

Another thing I didn’t like was the fact that Maximus was too obsessed with avenging his parents’ death. Yes, he may feel guilty because it was because of him that they ended up in St. Giles, but the way he donned the mask for his selfish purposes wasn’t really the same as the heroism of Winter and Godric.

I also did not like the way that Artemis was too easy on Maximus. He did not fight for her. That’s fine. Forgiv him anyway th moment her proposes marriage (which was only after Artemis’ life was placed in danger). He planned to make her his mistress even if he fully intended to marry her cousin. That’s okay, she’ll just take what she can get.

Here’s the biggest issue I had: Maximus chained Apollo, the brother that Artemis fought for and begged to have released. And what does she do? Oh, just… well… nothing. She even defends Maximus to her brother. But what Maximus wanted from her, he always got. She, who was supposed to be a woman who took what she wanted (just like how she took matters into her own hands with Apollo and Maximus), was reduced into a mere echo of a person who could not fight for herself.

I’d have to say this would be the most disappointing book I’ve ever read in this series. It’s sad because I really wanted to like Maximus. Well, honestly, he was kind of okay, if you just overlook all his other faults. I also wanted to like Artemis. Well, I kind of do, actually. But Artemis and Maximus together just did not work for me this time.

 

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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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