Friday, October 20, 2017

Blog Tour+Review: Duke Of Desire by Elizabeth Hoyt

DUKE OF DESIRE by Elizabeth Hoyt (October 17, 2017; Grand Central Publishing Mass Market; The Maiden Lane Series #12)

Refined, kind, and intelligent, Lady Iris Jordan finds herself the unlikely target of a diabolical kidnapping.  Her captors are the notoriously evil Lords of Chaos.  When one of the masked-and-nude!-Lords spirits her away to his carriage, she shoots him…only to find she may have been a trifle hasty.

Cynical, scarred, and brooding, Raphael de Chartres, the Duke of Dyemore, has made it his personal mission to infiltrate the Lords of Chaos and destroy them.  Rescuing Lady Jordan was never in his plans.  But now with the Lords out to kill them both, he has but one choice: marry the lady in order to keep her safe.

Much to Raphael’s irritation, Iris insists on being the sort of duchess who involes herself in his life—and bed.  Soon he’s drawn to both to her quick wit and her fiery passion.  But when Iris discovers that Raphael’s past may be even more dangerous than the present, she falters.  Is their love strong enough to withstand not only the Lords of Chaos but also Raphael’s own demons?

Lourdes Review: 

Duke of Desire (Maiden Lane # 12)
by Elizabeth Hoyt

After the wedding of the Duke of Kyle, Lady Iris Jordan is kidnaped by the Lords of Chaos to be offered as sacrifice in their revel.  When it comes to light they have taken the wrong woman, one of the men in question will claim her for him.

While rescuing Lady Jordan from the Lords was not in his plans, being shot by the woman was even further in the mind of Raphael de Chartres, the Duke of Dyemore.  Seriously hurt and with the Lords of Chaos hot on their heels, he’ll have to do whatever possible to keep the woman safe.

This is another great story of crime, intrigue and passion.  Raphael’s past makes him a brooding, tormented hero, one who’s been nurturing an unimaginable rage while plotting for revenge most of his life.  When Iris comes into his life, he tries to protect her at all cost while basking in the light she brings to his obscure existence.  It will be this fierce woman task to penetrate his armor and show him there’s more to him than the tainted blood that runs through his veins.

I really enjoyed the drama and mystery involving these characters.  The author’s skill shows as she takes us through glimpses of the secrets and torments in Raphael’s life and his motives for revenge while Iris fights to have an actual marriage with the stranger who saved her life.  We’ll see how he reluctantly gives in and, in time, ends up building a relationship with his duchess.

IMO, this book is all one looks for in the genre bringing the reader romance, mystery and adventure accompanied by a sensuality that is hard to forget once you’ve finished reading.

4 Book Corner Stars

*An ARC was given by NetGalley for an honest review*

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About the Author:
Elizabeth Hoyt is the New York Times bestselling author of over seventeen lush historical romances including the Maiden Lane series. Publishers Weekly has called her writing "mesmerizing." She also pens deliciously fun contemporary romances under the name Julia Harper. Elizabeth lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with three untrained dogs, a garden in constant need of weeding, and the long-suffering Mr. Hoyt.

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