I love Elizabeth Hoyt. There is just no way around it. She has climbed to the top of all my reading piles after reading Wicked Intentions. There are others, oh yes, of which I hold in high regard, but she has whittled the niche in Romance that usually I find so lacking. A good, interesting & plausible story. A hero who I love to hate and love to want till the end and a heroine who I can say, “Gosh, I really think your cool!” Not easy to do.
I am a fickle turd when it comes to stories, and if something seems out of place, it ruins everything. It is not easy being green, and I apologize for my weaknesses. I am like a mall cop who could not pass the police dept. exam. I hold writers up as idols. The ones who made it, the ones to learn from.. Then there are some that write so well, I am left with the thought, ‘why even bother to top that one?’ This book took me there.
Wicked Intentions was originally released in 2010. It is back in ARC, maybe re-released, but this is where I found it. I have a paper copy also, and I was overjoyed that I could physically pick this up and hold it. I love books. Kindles are okay, books are better.
Wicked Intentions It is part one of a series.
There are twelve books so far that make up The Maiden Lane Series. TWELVE! (one is a novella, so it is actually 11 plus a half)
1. Wicked Intentions
2. Notorious Pleasures
3. Scandalous Desires
4. Thief of Shadows
5. Lord of Darkness
6. Duke of Midnight
7. Darling Beast
8. Dearest Rogue
9. Sweetest Scoundrel
10. Duke of Sin
10.5. Once Upon a Moonlit Night
11. Duke of Pleasure
From Wicked Intentions, Here is the Blurb:
A man controlled by his desires…
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.
Here is one of the book covers I found on Google.
I would love to find tons of things to take and pull apart, but it truly was an excellent read. The names were crazy, but I have been told, that they were actually accurate for the times. Silence still drives me nuts.
Here is another cover that I found
These are the very small complaints I had. (And they are really very small.)
Is it pronounced Care? Or Cary? I kept saying Claire in my head and then having to go back and re read a sentence so not to think of him as a Claire. I am assuming it is pronounced “Care”. But “Cary” would have been sexier.
Silver. It was incredibly difficult to imagine my hero with silver hair. Not lightly peppered, not white. Silver. As in old guy, but straight not curly old guy hair, so I imagined the mean little kid’s dad in Harry Potter, Lucius Malfoy. But his hair was white. Or was it? This guy, Lazarus Huntington, Lord Caire was suppose to be about 35. He had dark chest hair. Why didn’t he have silver chest hair? And if he had a head of silver hair, why didn’t his mother also have a head of silver hair?
His wickedly strange sexual appetite.
His sexual appetite was suppose to be cray-nasty. When? Where? I was waiting for that beast to rise, but he never reared his ugly head,(Dang). Lazarus is a pretty tame guy. Ladies, you are pretty safe. A little pervy is okay.(And it has nothing to do with muffins…. or did it?? No..It really didn’t, but… maybe it would have been stranger if it had been about muffins. Humm… muffins.)
There was more than one time I used Anthony Hopkins voice when Laz was talking to Temp. in the beginning. Especially in the hack that first time they went out together. I wanted him to call her Clarice, (and in my version, he did) more often than I wished.
Where were the Police?
Lazarus Huntington or often referred to as just Caire, killed at least two men. Where are the investigators? What happened to the bodies? Potter’s Field for those two. Is no one going to investigate? They were someone’s sons! Where was Sherlock Holmes to solve the murders? Why were those two blokes just left to the dogs? And Temperance never reported seeing Caire leaning over the body of the one man. She knew he killed that guy, and she watched him kill the other guy. Self defense, of course, but I thought she was better than that. Or am I a tattle tale? I am a little sister, so technically I am a tattle tale. All little sisters are. It is how we get back at our siblings for always making us the butt of every joke.
I am sure there were a lot of unreported murders back then, but …. Where was Scotland Yard? Or maybe there was no Scotland Yard. A fact I will need to look into. Was there no police in that part of the land? There had to be someone who picked up the bodies. Or no? These kinds of details are really not worth my time, but I worry..What if Lazarus gets called in for those murders? And why did that one guy have no nose? Was it syphilis? Maybe a war injury?
What about Silence’s husbands ship cargo? Did he report the theft to the police? Where were the police? Maybe someone should make a book about police running around trying to solve all the little crimes, or the crimes no one cares to investigate in all the books of the past. …. oooo Plot bunny.
Baby Mary Whatsername
Here is another one, how is it that the baby Mary that Temperance rescues, did not give her fever to the other children who were using the wet nurse?
Here are a few more pics of the cover art from versions of Wicked Intentions
Love and Sex
The only other thing that I can complain about is that I never felt Temperance and Lazarus were in love. I loved them both, I loved that they found each other, but I think her admitting of her sin was pretty weak. And as much as I understand it, both of them never got to stew long enough without each other. The longing was lacking, rode over like an old horse. She needed to almost die, and then, that is when he realizes he loves her.. It is a beautiful moment, and they lay in the street… “Temperance!” he cries at her lifeless body. “Oh God, Temperance, I love you! Please come back to me!” Tears well in his eyes as he holds her to him, blood gushes from her mouth… and then, her eyes flutter open, and she tells him to stop squeezing her, or she will pee all over the street.
That really is all I can think of. The book was engaging and well thought out. God, I loved this one! I only picked it apart because it was so good, there just had to be something. But In all honesty, this book is a treasure, and I am picking the rest of the series up. I already have book two, and I am dying to start it. I will go in order, but I have book 5 too, and I don’t know if I can hold out that long. I have to say again that Hoyt has brought me back from the brink, and makes it clear as to why Historical Romance will always win my heart and my soul.
*I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. THANK YOU!!!