Duke of Pleasure

Duke of Pleasure IN THE ARMS OF DANGERBold Brave Brutally Handsome Hugh Fitzroy, The Duke Of Kyle, Is The King S Secret Weapon Sent To Defeat The Notorious Lords Of Chaos, He Is Ambushed In A London Alley And Rescued By An Unlikely Ally A Masked Stranger With The Unmistakable Curves Of A Woman THE HEAT OF DESIRECocky Clever Courageously Independent Alf Has Survived On The Perilous Streets Of St Giles By Disguising Her Sex By Day She Is A Boy, Dealing In Information And Secrets By Night She S The Notorious Ghost Of St Giles, A Masked Vigilante But As She Saves Hugh From Assassins, She Finds Herself Succumbing To Temptation KISS WILL CHANGE THEIR LIVES FOREVERWhen Hugh Hires Alf To Investigate The Lords Of Chaos, Her Worlds Collide Once Hugh Realizes That The Boy And The Ghost Are The Same, Will Alf Find The Courage To Become The Woman She Needs To Be Before The Lords Of Chaos Destroy Them Both

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.

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  • 364 pages
  • Duke of Pleasure
  • Elizabeth Hoyt
  • English
  • 22 May 2019
  • 9781455539116

10 thoughts on “Duke of Pleasure

  1. says:

    4 Stars 1742London, EnglandThe Ghost of St Giles is back This was a thrilling, suspenseful, riveting and gripping read Elizabeth Hoyt stands out in the historical genre with her tales of suspense, the intrigue and the mystery and woes that is St Giles This is not your usual fluffy, gentle romance and I love it I was dying to get my hands on this book I mainly read contemporary romance, but once in awhile I need an HR, and Ms Hoyt is one of my faves that I turn too.Duke of Pleasure is a thrilling story about Alf, an informant who was born and bred in the slums of St Giles, who we ve seen in previous books She knows her way around the worst parts of England and if you want information, it s Alf you turn to Alf, revealed to be a girl, is not only a St Giles informant, but she is the newest Ghost of St Giles trained by the previous Ghost, Godric St John The hero from Lord of Darkness I definitely have my fave Ghost and I was surprised that this time the Ghost was female, but I enjoyed reading this character from a woman s point of view Alf was complex, feisty heroine, no nonsense and I really liked herI do wish there were Ghostly scenes, but I m not complaining.Hugh Fitzroy, Duke of Kyle, is the King s illegitimate son and he has one thing on his mindbringing the secret club, Lords of Chaos, to justice He had a mission to accomplish to bring down the Lords To avenge his dead wife and orphaned sons To stop the corruption in the heart of England I loved Hugh He was a bit rough around the edges for a duke, but there were softer sides to him as well I loved the way they are brought together in the beginning and the chemistry between Hugh and Alf was sizzling I do think this should have been named Duke of Passion, because Hugh loved hard, but he guarded his heart just the same and it was amazing how Alf, the lowest of the low, was the one to bring out the love and passion in him She smiled And he was amazed that anyone thought her a man Once again, Elizabeth Hoyt has stunned me with her writing and her captivating stories Yes I have my favorites in this series, but this book is definitely a must read AND THAT EPILOGUE She left me wanting and I cannot wait to see what happens in the next book.

  2. says:

    There are a couple of tropes here the girl dressed up as a boy, and then the Eliza Doolittle thing where they teach her to be a lady Neither of those are my favorite thing Adding to that is the fact that the author brought back the very very played out storyline of the Ghost of Saint Giles Just let it go, already Nobody likes the stupid Ghost It s about the lamest thing ever Oops, forgot about lumbersexuals The Ghost of Saint Giles is the second lamest thing ever.And, here s the other thing about this book, that kind of has a creepy factor The guy, Hugh, knows Alf as a homeless teenage boy that he wants to protect and help out He feels a fatherly type of thing for the kid But, the second he finds out that this boy has boobies, he s all over her like a cheap suit Or, cheap chemise or whatever He gets into a sexual relationship with Alf the moment he realizes she s an inny instead of an outie That seems creepy As a mom, I would never be able to switch the motherly feelings I have towards about 25 teenagers that are friends with my sons just because they have the right sex parts As a matter of fact, I cringe to write those words It s just gross Either I feel motherly about someone, or sexual about someone, but the two shall never meet Ever So, I m not all that sure about Hugh Oh, it s okay, Spidey, cuz that s a girl in disguise.But, other than these problems with the story, I still enjoyed it There is a new group of bad guys that are super bad and I like when their blood is shed Also, the side characters were great I look forward to Iris s story in the next book Although, when in the hell are we getting Lord d Arque s story I need.

  3. says:

    Duke of Pleasure by Elizabeth Hoyt is a 2016 Grand Central Publication A delectable mix of danger and passion The eleventh installment in the Maiden Lane series finally gives fans the story they ve been waitng for When Hugh, the Duke of Kyle is attacked, Alf saves him He then commissions him her to help him ferret out the members of the Lords of Chaos But, when Alf is injured, she moves in with Hugh to recuperate, and quickly becomes a favorite of Hugh s children, Kit and Peter But, living under the same roof with Hugh has the inevitable result, when he figures out that the Elfin boy he s hired is a girl However, he still respects Alf s ability to help him, but not in a way Alf would ever have considered until now The scruffy boy everyone knows will soon be transformed into a beautiful and dangerously seductive woman, although she remains unaware of her power until Hugh awakens a longing in her she s never experienced before This is one of the best books I ve read in this series While there is some disdain toward Cinderella type stories these days, this one does have that rags to riches trope going on in the background and frankly, I liked it But, have no fear, Alf remains the strong, independent character we know and love, while growing into a feminine young woman filled with passion and desire I loved watching her blossom and receive all the good things in life she deserves Hugh is a man I respect and admire He never wavers in his faith in Alf, even after discovering her secret He treats her as an equal, admires her courage and trust her in a way he unable to trust most anyone else Through her, he learns to love again, and is able to become a better father and a better man This story is filled to overflowing with adventure, danger, and intrigue, but also with deliciously witty and seductive dialogue, with strong themes of faith and trust, and most importantly, hope Overall, this is a very, very solid outing for EH I thoroughly enjoyed this historical romance, a genre I ve been holding at arm s length these days So, if I m giving it a thumbs up, it s good Really good 4.5 stars

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    Review posted on The Eater of Books blog Duke of Pleasure by Elizabeth HoytBook Eleven of the Maiden Lane seriesPublisher Grand Central PublishingPublication Date November 29, 2016Rating 4 starsSource eARC from NetGalley Warning this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers Summary from Goodreads IN THE ARMS OF DANGERBold Brave Brutally handsome Hugh Fitzroy, the Duke of Kyle, is the king s secret weapon Sent to defeat the notorious Lords of Chaos, he is ambushed in a London alley and rescued by an unlikely ally a masked stranger with the unmistakable curves of a woman.IN THE HEAT OF DESIRECocky Clever Courageously independent Alf has survived on the perilous streets of St Giles by disguising her sex By day she is a boy, dealing in information and secrets By night she s the notorious Ghost of St Giles, a masked vigilante But as she saves Hugh from assassins, she finds herself succumbing to temptation.ONE KISS WILL CHANGE THEIR LIVES FOREVERWhen Hugh hires Alf to investigate the Lords of Chaos, her worlds collide Once Hugh realizes that the boy and the Ghost are the same, will Alf find the courage to become the woman she needs to be before the Lords of Chaos destroy them both What I Liked This book is yet another stunning addition to a wonderful and heartwarming historical romance series Elizabeth Hoyt is one of my favorite authors, and this series is one of my favorites It s no surprise that I loved this book, because Hoyt has yet to disappoint me I know I can count on her to deliver a sweeping romance, adventurous plot, and lovable, well rounded characters.In previous books of the series, we find out that Alf, the street urchin of St Giles, is actually a woman She s disguised as a teenage boy, but she s actually a twenty one year old female, orphaned sixteen years ago She also happens to be the new Ghost of St Giles One night, as the Ghost, she saves the Duke of Kyle from certain death The next morning, the Duke calls on her services as Alf the urchin to find out who wanted to kill him The pair work together when they realize that the Lords of Chaos are behind the attempt of the Duke s life, as well as for another crime that never went punished I liked Alf as a street urchin, doing odd jobs for the aristocracy Godric St John took her under his wing, and has been training her properly as the Ghost Alf is fierce and brash and loyal, honest and stubborn and a little mischievous too She comes from nothing, with no secret past Sixteen years in St Giles by herself has taught her how to survive, and endure.Hugh Fitzroy, Duke of Kyle, is quite an interesting man He seems detached and immovable, but underneath, he is in pain His wife died months ago, and the gap she left has not grown smaller Hugh did not love her, but she was a good mother, and his two sons are not the same without her The older boy, Kit, hates Hugh Kit is seven , and the younger boy, Peter, has nightmares and terrible tantrums Peter is five Hugh is gentle and patient with his sons, but you can tell how much Hugh is hurting, and how badly he needs something bright shining in his life.Usually I don t love stories that involve children, especially children not from our main couple But I adored Kit and Peter especially Peter Kit is a lot like his father silent, brooding, admonishing at times, and rather lordly for a seven year old Peter is rambunctious and playful Both boys are adorable, even as they are hurting from the loss of their mother.So, a significant part of this book was about Hugh s relationship with his sons, and how it changes at this point in time Kit thinks he hates his father, but this changes gradually Peter s tantrums and nightmares lessen Hugh makes himself and present in his children s lives, and this makes a difference.Of course, Alf s presence makes a difference too At first, no one knows that she is a woman Peter and Kit become comfortable with her she s living in Hugh s home while she is an informant for him But then Hugh finds out that she is a woman, and the boys do, and the boys start to love her Hugh as well, for that matter.I love how, in every book of Hoyt s, she makes her protagonists and secondary characters so unique There is always something or things that sets the pair apart In this book, Hugh is the son of the King and has two children and he s a widower, and Alf is an untitled street urchin who disguises herself as a boy Different, I tell you.I loved watching these two fall in love The first third of the book a little , perhaps has Alf still known to be a boy, and then before the halfway point, Hugh finds out Keep in mind, Hugh has kissed the Ghost several times knowing the Ghost is a woman , but he had no idea that the Ghost was Alf and that Alf was a female Then he finds out and things get steamy really quickly Hugh was taken with the Ghost, and when he realizes that the Ghost and Alf are one and the same, he is all in.I like how drama free their relationship was They wanted, they took, they had Neither of them is concerned about one being a Duke, the other a poor orphan who is disguised as a boy These two are really hot together, but they re also really good together Alf is what Hugh needs, and Hugh is what Alf needs, and they are perfect for each other At first I thought it was strange that the author included another perspective in this book the perspective of Hugh s wife s best friend Initially, it looked like she and Hugh were unofficially planning to become engaged because in this society, a widower with children would kind of have to get remarried , but Iris Lady Jordan shuts this down really quickly when she realizes that Alf and the Duke have a connection There are no feelings involved, between Hugh and Iris Iris is incredibly intelligent and astute, and one of my favorite characters in this book Aaaaand, on that note, she s the protagonist of the next book I am SO intrigued As soon as this one particular man was introduced in this book, I KNEW he would be her love interest And goodness I am so intrigued.I think I ll wrap this up here This book was a beautifully written story about a broken man and a lost woman who needed to find each other and find their way I loved reading about Hugh and Alf This story had me going through so many emotions, and I loved it.What I Did Not Like I can t think of anything specific that I didn t like, though I would have loved to see cameos from other Maiden Lane couples We see Godric and Megs, but no one else I hope the next book features some pairs Would I Recommend It If you like historical romance novels, then this book and series is one not to miss I can t recommend this series enough Some of my favorite historical romance novels have come from this series author, such as Duke of Midnight and Duke of Sin Hoyt s romance novels have such good depth to them, and the stories are all so intricate and well written It would be criminal not to read this series Rating 4.5 stars rounded down to 4 stars simply because it s not a new series favorite, though I do love the book I am incredibly excited to read Duke of Desire Iris and Raphael are going to be an extremely unconventional couple, I can feel it.Pre publication squees Quite possibly my favorite cover of the series Look At IT.Check out the official cover reveal

  5. says:

    4 A buddy read with the Historical Romance Buffs at the MacHalo Freaks Hugh Fitzroy, the Duke of Kyle is the one we met in last book and his gruffness and primary function in his father s service, yes, he is the bastard son of the king , which is something in between a fixer and a clean up after intelligence leaks and bad mojo for the royals He is not appreciated and his failing marriage with the mother of his children had driven him to take missions outside of the country Now he is a widower and is perplexed as to how to win his grieving sons love and trust once again Alf we have followed almost from the first book, when we first discovered that the cocky waif was actually a girl, who lived as a boy, which is her best protection against unwanted advances on the streets of Maiden Lane in Sr Giles, a very tough and poor neighborhood This is years later, and the boy has taken on the ever changing role of the Ghost, protector of the week and needy This is how she runs into the Duke of Kyle and her femininity is awakened abruptly by the instant desire she experiences for this mountain of a man They exchange a kiss and it is the catalyst for the rest of both their lives Soon a case brings them together and they join forces in trying to bring down the Lords of Chaos, the murderous, abusive, secretive monsters I have to say, this book was probably the most improbable of them all and that is saying something The insta everything, as well as it taking soooo looooong for the Duke to figure out she is a woman, were things I just pretended that could possibly be true in a fairytale, and kept on with the story It was fun and it did keep me interested form beginning to end As always, the sexy times were nice as well, although I could take passion and less explanation of the act itself The kids were adorable and I wanted to grab little Peter and hug him and his little dog Pudding The picture of his dragging the dog and his dad showing him how to support his but as well, was than adorably and played on my heartstrings Alf was so strong and no nonsense, I loved that She had a horrible childhood, but she never used it as an excuse to be weak or annoying She turned out to be one of my favorite characters in the series so far The writing, as always, was flawless I am planning on continuing to read with my wonderful friends at the MacHalos for as long as the author keeps on going I wish you all Happy Reading and may you always find what you need in a good book

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    I ve given this an A at AAR, so that s 4.5 stars rounded up.Amazingly, we ve reached the eleventh of Elizabeth Hoyt s books, and the author shows no sign of running out of steam Duke of Pleasure is another strong addition to the series, a beautifully written, well paced story that achieves just the right balance between romance and action and which is, in part, a charming Cinderella type story that sees everyone s favourite street urchin Alf get her man in the shape of the formidable Hugh Fitzroy, Duke of Kyle.Alf has made brief appearances in a number of books in the series, most prominently in the previous one Duke of Sin in which she was employed by the Duke of Montgomery as a spy informant She lives in the stews of St Giles and is ideally placed to ferret out information about the many nefarious deeds that are cooked up in its numerous rookeries and gin palaces and has been instrumental in helping our heroes to uncover and foil a number of evil schemes Not many of those heroes, however, know that Alf is anything other than the boy on the edge of manhood she pretends to be Left on the streets of St Giles when she was just five years old, Alf was fortunate to be taken under the wing of a lad called Ned, who looked after her and told her that it would be safest for her to live as a boy as a girl she would be almost certain to end up working on her back, and sooner rather than later given the proclivities of some of the visitors to the district s brothels Now aged twenty one, Alf continues to pass as a boy and has spent so many years living as one that it s practically impossible for her to imagine doing otherwise or even wanting to.Recently, however, in addition to her daytime disguise, Alf has taken on another identity that of the Ghost of St Giles, the masked crusader who leaps from rooftop to rooftop, dropping to the streets to lend assistance usually armed assistance to those in danger Quick witted, agile and skilled with her blades, one night she leaps into the fray to aid a single man being attacked by a large group, a man she has met once before when she was Montgomery s employ and who, at that time, wanted her to work against him That doesn t stop Alf though, and she helps the man to fend off his attackers, pausing only to pull him to her for a kiss before running off into the night.Hugh Fitzroy, the Duke of Kyle a bastard son of the King, George II is pretty sure who is out for his blood a dangerous group of men who term themselves the Lords of Chaos, a select club that indulges its members unnatural tastes for satanic rites, blood sacrifice and many other degenerate practices In the previous book, Kyle was tasked with discovering the identities of the Lords and bringing them down but even though the man believed to be its leader the Duke of Dy is now dead, it seems the Lords are thriving and are as determined to stop Kyle as he is to hunt them down Fighting for his life, he is amazed at the sight of the slight figure coming to his aid and even surprised to discover that the Ghost of St Giles is a woman.The story of the duke and the street urchin may be highly implausible, but it s thoroughly enjoyable nonetheless Kyle is an upstanding, honourable man who has cultivated the art of self control to a high degree His marriage to a society beauty with whom he was head over heels in love was a tempestuous one, founded on an explosive passion which ultimately led to disappointment and disaster He adores his two young sons and deeply regrets that he missed so much of their early childhoods because he couldn t face living with his difficult now deceased wife As a result, he is mistrustful of strong feelings and convinced that giving into them again will only lead to pain and sorrow Yet there s something about Alf her resilience, her courage and her free spirited nature that calls to him and begins to turn attraction into something .Alf has become so used to her life as a boy that the idea of living as a woman is thoroughly alien to her She can t imagine feeling comfortable or safe as anything else, so when Hugh asks her to accompany him to a society event as a woman in order to help him to look for evidence against the Lords, her initial reaction is to refuse But when she realises that there really is no one else able to do what she can, she musters her courage and agrees, willing to set aside her own fears to help the man she has come to love.It s the working relationship between the couple that does much to bridge the immense social gap between them Hugh may be a duke, but he respects people for who they are and what they can do and nowhere in the book is this apparent than the couple of times where he gives Alf knowing her to be a woman a dangerous task perform, fully confident that she is up to it Of course, he struggles against his instinct to protect her, but he also knows she s capable and trusts her to get the job done and I loved that about him.Ms Hoyt does a wonderful job in showing the depth of Hugh s love for his two sons, who are both written in such a way as to come across as actual children and not just cutesy moppet plot devices Hugh s confusion at the way that his elder boy Kit seems so angry at him all the time is palpable, and to see this big, powerful, confident man at a loss as to how to build a relationship with these little boys makes for some moments of true poignancy in the story.The author also delivers a perfectly lovely romance full of passion, tenderness, and understanding, all ingredients that bring readers flocking to her books time after time The chemistry between Alf and Kyle leaps off the page, the love scenes are a delicious mix of sweet, sexy and earthy and there s a real sense of equality to their relationship that allows it to work, in spite of their difference in station We all love a good rags to riches story once in a while, don t we Ms Hoyt s writing is lush and wonderfully intelligent, her characterisation is extremely strong throughout, and as ever, the descriptions of the less salubrious areas of London are so evocative as to put the reader in the middle of those dank, smelly and dangerous streets A passionate romance wrapped around a thrilling suspense story, Duke of Pleasure really is a pleasure and I devoured it in a couple of sittings Fans of historical romance shouldn t miss it.

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    Alf, in the face of a dismal childhood, was a spirited young woman with a zest for life Growing up on the streets of St Giles could wreck anyone, but Alf has survived and kept herself safe by posing as a boy, earning her way as an informant by day and battling evil by night as the Ghost of St Giles I loved her character Alf s quick witted, irreverent, and a badass with swords Hugh Fitzroy, the Duke of Kyle, is the first man to capture her interest, and if she isn t careful, her heart The Duke of Kyle needs information to help him thwart the Lords of Chaos, a sinister society comprised of England s upper crust When his investigations lead to an attempt on his life he goes to Alf for information and finds she is quite quick and clever, and immediately decides to use her in his pursuit of these horrible men Little does he know that Alf is a woman Hugh s been disappointed by love in the past He had a quick, turbulent, passionate marriage that crashed and burned, and he s scared, understandably, of another romantic disaster But Alf is a completely different person than his late wife Alf s definitely not a society woman her talents are far less conventional sword fighting, information gathering and enemy evasion, right up Hugh s alley They re well matched in spite of coming from completely different backgrounds I was surprised Duke of Pleasure ended being one of my favorite Maiden Lane installments since I was worried about the progression of romance with Alf disguised as a boy Thankfully, that wasn t much of an issue This installment was filled with action, adventure, danger, and romance, and I was glued to the pages A copy was kindly provided by Grand Central Publishing via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

  8. says:

    He was like a star in the night sky above and she but a sparrow No matter how high she might try to fly, she d never reach him.

    This series just continues in strength Maiden Lane is definitely one of the best HR series out there

    Oh, she wanted him, this aristocrat, this duke, this rich cove built like a prizefighter She wanted him with every breath she drew, a painful longing inside her lungs, until it felt as if she d break apart and shatter into tiny pieces of glass if she could not touch him

    I have loved Alf, the young boy from the streets of St Giles, who is actually a young woman, since she was first introduced in this series By day Alf is a young boy, known for his ability to procure difficult information, and by night she s the Ghost of St Giles, protecting the people from murderers, rapists and robbers So much was revealed about her painful childhood, and my heart just broke for all the terrible things she had to survive I love that despite her hard and difficult life, she still kept her hopes and dreams, dreaming of one day having a family of her own even while knowing that it s an impossible dream for a young woman everyone thinks is a boy I loved how brave she was in pursuing Hugh, even when she knew there could be no future for a woman of her status and the son of the King

    Hugh Fitzroy, the Duke of Kyle, is a disillusioned man, whose late wife taught him that intense desire only turns to ashes Their constant fights, and her constant infidelity forced him to travel the world on assignments for the King, which meant he wasn t there for his two young sons When his wife died he returned hoping to connect with his children, but his eldest son hates him, and the youngest is lost is his grief for his mother While being ambushed in an alley, he is rescued by the Ghost of St Giles, whose alluring curves and love of danger proves an irresistible allure And when he finds out that Alf the boy he hired for information on his attacker, is actually a woman and also the Ghost, ignoring the powerful attraction he has had for her becomes impossible

    He laid his forehead against hers I do love you, heart and soul and body, Alf, my imp I love you now and forever, and I will trust and I will hope in your dreams and hope

    I loved the romance between Alf and Hugh, who were so alike in their love of danger and adventure Their passion was intense and so very sexy, and I loved how out of control he was with her His sons were adorable, and I love how great Alf was with them

    The plot was excellent with the Lords of Chaos still at large, and Hugh hired by the King to put a stop to this evil group of men who influences their government, and who prey on little girls and boys

    Now the next book about the scarred Duke of Dye, Raphael de Chartres, who is the estranged son of the previous Lord of Chaos, and the very ladylike and prim Iris Daniels, Lady Jordan, I m REALLY looking forward to Is Raphael just as evil as his late father, or is there to him I can t wait to read this book

    I love this series, and once again the author has written a winner Highly recommended to all HR fans.

  9. says:

    I read this for the Virgin square heroine is one for Romance bingo.3.5 starsI received this book for free in exchange for an honest review This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Hugh is the bastard son of the King but with the given title of Duke of Kyle, he finds himself existing in two worlds Tasked with bringing down a secret society called The Lords of Chaos, he finds he ll need some help from an unexpected source Alf was born and bred in St Giles and has masked her true identity as a woman since she was five years old However, clashing with Hugh has brought desires and thoughts she never knew she could have To bring down The Lords of Chaos, Hugh and Alf are going to have to work together and become who they were meant to be all along Never let them see you cry, he d said Never show them your weakness If you ve been a frequent Maiden Lane series reader, you ll remember Alf We ve had fleeting glimpses of her and how she has navigated and survived St Giles It s hard for me to get excited about the woman dressed as a man trope because of its past frequency but Alf s reasons weren t frivolous, done for comic relief, or scandal Dressing as a boy was survival for Alf and Hoyt did a great job showing how this seemingly innocuous action emotionally shaped Alf how it affected her thought processes and how it psychologically wore on her I ve said it before but I miss how long romance books used to be and I think this particular story would have benefited greatly from a longer page count The first 40% or so gave us a wonderful building up of Hugh and Alf we got to know them separately I cared about these characters and my anticipation for them to come together was only heightened because I had the solid foundation for how right their relationship was going to be I miss this gradual weaving that seems to be left behind for instant lust and gratification Even though I was anxious to see them together, I was a little disappointed when it did happen Not because I didn t feel they belonged together but because Hugh s love felt a bit instant He doesn t know Alf is a woman until around the 40% mark and while he knew the Ghost of St Giles was a woman and felt drawn to her, he didn t know it was Alf I think he had 3 or 4 encounters with the Ghost, they are sexually attracted to one another but their conversations aren t lengthy or anything It felt, to me, like a quick loving without knowing because Alf was basically unknown to him He admired her even as he feared for her. I liked the bonus of Alf being the Ghost of St Giles, even if I felt she didn t get to shine in the role as much as others I would have liked to have seen scenes with her and St Godric Hugh s support and belief in Alf as a competent being was one of his sexiest attributes and how it was obvious that he completely accepted Alf for who she was Their star gazing scene was my favorite and I thought beautifully showcased the author s talent for creating two characters that felt so right for one another even if I felt it was a bit rushed I like the villainous Lords of Chaos storyline but they were somewhat regulated to naked men in animal masks here and I wanted a little of their workings or stratagems I hope there s to their plot than occasional nighttime naked gatherings to unsuccessfully rape women Don t misunderstand, I m very glad they re unsuccessful, but there were rumblings about how they infect all of society, even the government I d like a new devious plot.The ending felt a bit awkward to me with a misunderstanding you could see a mile away and a resolution that came super quick The lack of building conversations between our leads before the love made it feel instant I want to clarify though, that I felt this couple belonged together, I just wanted scenes to prove and deepen what I was feeling I ll definitely be reading the next in the series because I liked Iris, the heroine of the next, right off the bat and am intrigued by the dark and scarred hero Hoyt s talent in creating a world and characters can t be denied but I hope she s given pages to really let them breathe and take off.

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    Elizabeth Hoyt s Duke of Pleasure is the aptly named novel that seduced me with its sense of adventure, mystery and titillating romance Although a first time reader of EH, the synopsis left me with no doubt I d be thoroughly entertained by what promised to be a highly untraditional and captivating romance Charged with a mission to defeat the notorious Lords of Chaos, Hugh Fitzroy, the Duke of Kyle, finds himself in a perilous position on the murky depths of London s streets His much welcomed saving grace comes in the guise of folk like legend the Ghost of St Giles Not only is Hugh amazed by his saviours swordsmanship, he s also amazed to discover that he is rather a she Branded by their enticing encounter, feelings that have lain dormant resurge with a vengeance, and brusque Hugh finds himself begrudgingly smitten.I often find myself attracted to the underdog and Alf proves to be among the scrappiest of them all I found her to be a wonderful character who overcame her abandonment at a young age, and survives by trading information for the cause of the greater good Her reinvention to Alf serves not only for protection for herself, but also those in danger of the Lords of Chaos With a common goal, Alf and Hugh set a course to bring down the dangerous outfit.On a whole I found my first EH experience a huge success There were moments of great levity, as well as some surprisingly emotive moments also I felt Hugh and Alf were perfectly matched and it was incredibly heart warming to see a transformation in them both.

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