Title: Lord of Darkness

Author: Elizabeth Hoyt

Series: Maiden Lane Book 5

Publication Date: February 26, 2013

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Main Characters: Lady Margaret Reading, Godric St. John

 

Personal Rating: 

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Genre:

Historical Romance

 

Sex Scenes:

Fiery Passion

 

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When Strangers In The Night

He lives in the shadows. As the mysterious masked avenger known as the Ghost of St. Giles, Godric St. John’s only goal is to protect the innocent of London. Until the night he confronts a fearless young lady pointing a pistol at his head—and realizes she is his wife.

Become Lovers…

Lady Margaret Reading has vowed to kill the Ghost of St. Giles—the man who murdered her one true love. Returning to London, and to the man she hasn’t seen since their wedding day, Margaret does not recognize the man behind the mask. Fierce, commanding, and dangerous, the notorious Ghost of St. Giles is everything she feared he would be—and so much more.

Desire Is The Ultimate Danger

When passion flares, these two intimate strangers can’t keep from revealing more of themselves than they had ever planned. But when Margaret learns the truth—that the Ghost is her husband—the game is up and the players must surrender…to the temptation that could destroy them both.

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The story of Megs and Godric came out of nowhere for me. Never in my wildest imagination did I expect Godric to end up with Meg until their story started as a teaser in some scenes of the previous book. I knew that Godric would have his own book eventually, but I did not expect Megs to be his heroine.

However, I enjoyed the chemistry between Megs and Godric. Suprising, yes, but enjoyable all the same. Godric was already a widow when Griffin, Megs’ brother, blackmailed him into marrying her if he wanted his identity as the Ghost of St. Giles to remain a secret. Megs was with child. Her lover and fiance, Roger, was murdered and the Ghost was the main suspect.

At first, I thought I wasn’t going to enjoy this book much, but I was wrong. I liked how Godric was brave and kind enough to fight for the children being forced into labor by the lassie snatchers. I also liked how he welcomed Megs and how he was able to be two persons in one man. Another thing I enjoyed was Winter Makepeace making an appearance on significant scenes. While he already retired the Ghost’s costume, he is still actively helping and fighting for the children in St. Giles.

I really have to say that this series has constantly surprised me with the way everything has turned out. I feel like each book can definiely stand on its own but would give a reader a much more delightful time when read as a series. I truly admire Elizabeth Hoyt because her stories are never the same.

I’m a fan of series books. However, I have noticed that by book 5 or later, the authors usually have repetitive stories. Some heroes and heroines can now be stereotyped and start to sound the same. But not Elizabeth Hoyt. Her stories in this series are all separate but interwoven so magnificently that any reader cannot help but get hooked.

 

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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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