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A man controlled by his desires...I've heard time and time again about Elizabeth Hoyt's Maiden Lane series, so with all this historical romance I've dived into, I knew I needed to give her books a try. While I can't say Wicked Intentions was my favorite, I am definitely going to continue the series, because I'm very interested in the secondary characters who I've seen are getting their own books.
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.
A woman haunted by her past...
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.
A bargain neither could refuse.
In some ways, I think why Wicked Intentions didn't wow me is because I'm less a fan of the high-concept kind of romances. Honestly, I'm happy if the characters have some kind of secret or childhood pain that keeps them apart, which then comes to light over the course of meetings at balls and at country parties. The whole murder plot was just...not that interesting to me?
But, while the main plot wasn't my favorite, I loved how the world of St. Giles was so vivid. When Temperance and Lazarus go out on the streets, it feels nefarious. You worry that someone is going to attack them--which happens often--and I'm definitely excited to see more of it in coming books.
I also really liked Temperance and Lazarus, especially as I got to know them. Both seem one way when we meet them, but while they get to know one another, secrets come out and they find exactly what they need in the other.
So, while Wicked Intentions isn't a new favorite romance, it's a good intro to the Maiden Lane series, and more than enough to get me to continue the series with much excitement!
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 Minneapolis, Minnesota with three untrained dogs and one long-suffering husband.