Title: Wicked Intentions

Author: Elizabeth Hoyt

Series: Maiden Lane Book 1

Publication Date: August 1, 2010

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Main Characters: Temperance Dews, Lazarus Huntington/Lord Caire


Personal Rating: 




Historical Romance


Sex Scenes: 

Fiery PassionBDSM



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“Please remember that just because love isn’t expressed doesn’t mean it isn’t felt.”



Infamous for his wild, sensual needs, Lazarus Huntington, Lord Caire, is searching for a savage killer in St. Giles, London’s most notorious slum. Widowed Temperance Dews knows St. Giles like the back of her hand-she’s spent a lifetime caring for its inhabitants at the foundling home her family established. Now that home is at risk . . .


Caire makes a simple offer-in return for Temperance’s help navigating the perilous alleys of St. Giles, he will introduce her to London’s high society so that she can find a benefactor for the home. But Temperance may not be the innocent she seems, and what begins as cold calculation soon falls prey to a passion that neither can control-one that may well destroy them both.


“But like the legless man, I’m unaccountably fascinated by those who can dance.”


Wicked Intentions is the first novel that I read from Elizabeth Hoyt, and let me just say, damn! I can’t believe I haven’t heard about her until recently. Maybe it’s because I’m not really a big fan of historical romances. Still, I’m surprised that an author this good hasn’t reached my radar.

I am giving this book 4 red hearts. I truly enjoyed reading Temperance and Lazarus’ story. I don’t really like historical because I find myself bored with how life was lived in these historical London society. It bores me to read about women gossiping, discriminating other people, and talking about frivolous things. I love today’s women. I love how far women have come. Women these days are now more empowered.

I am really surprised by the fact that there was not a single chapter of this book that bored me. Everything I read was exciting. I stayed up almost all night reading the book. I did not stop until I finished it. I enjoyed reading about Temperance. I think she was quite a woman. For a woman in those times to cheat on her husband was already a big scandal. Not that these things did not happen. It’s just that women weren’t viewed as sensual figures back then.

I also liked Lazarus. For a man who has been through a bad childhood, he was okay. Yes, he had dark preferences when it came to sex. However, I find it funny that back then, his preferences were already a source of huge gossip and scandal when these things are almost mainstream these days. I still enjoyed it, though.

I liked Temperance and Lazarus together. The chemistry was really hot. The way their conversed and dealt with each other was also great. I also liked how the secondary characters were introduced and they teased you enough to get you to look forward to their own books. All in all, I’m really glad I picked this series up. It has given me hour of pleasurable reading experience.



Elizabeth Hoyt is a New York Times bestselling author of historical romance. She also writes deliciously fun contemporary romance under the name Julia Harper. Elizabeth lives in central Illinois with three untrained dogs, two angelic but bickering children, and one long-suffering husband.





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