Monday, November 15, 2010

Review: Wicked Intentions (Maiden Lane, #1) by Elizabeth Hoyt

After spending the past several months reading mostly YA novels, it was nice to dive into something a bit more *ahem* grownup! Historical romance isn’t a genre I explore often, but I am familiar with Elizabeth Hoyt’s writing and have enjoyed her books in the past. When I learned that I had won the first book in her new series on goodreads giveaways I was thrilled and couldn’t wait to hunker down and read it. While Wicked Intentions is not her best work, I still found myself absorbed in the writing and caught up in the romance between the two protagonists, Temperance and Lord Caire.

Temperance is a young widow with a terrible secret who has dedicated her life to helping her brother Winter run the foundling home for orphaned and abandoned children. Lord Caire is a man of great wealth who has built his reputation on his voracious sexual appetite and unusual bed sport. When Lord Caire’s learns that his mistress has been brutally murdered, he ventures into poor town to investigate and seek retribution. The two protagonists meet by chance in a darkened alleyway, and soon after Lord Caire enlists Temperance’s services to guide him around town and make nice with the locals.

When reading this novel, one must keep in mind that this story takes place in 1737, so Lord Caire’s peculiar fetish and Temperance’s deep, dark secret aren’t quite as shocking as one might suspect. This is the 21st century after all, so by this point we’ve pretty much seen it all and then some! I should also mention that the two protagonists don’t embark on a physical relationship until much later in the novel, but when they do, it is quite literally a non-stop marathon of sex. Depending on your taste, this could be a good thing or a bad thing. While I’m happy to have won Wicked Intentions, it isn’t a book that one should spend too much money on. Check it out from the library if you can and enjoy it for what it is—a light, sexy summer read.

Rating: 3/5 Stars

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