Travel to the Georgian Era in Wicked Intentions by Elizabeth Hoyt

Wicked Intentions
Maiden Lane, Book 1
by Elizabeth Hoyt
Copyright 2010
Grand Central Publishing
ISBN:  9780446558945

The Story:
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.

Learn more about the author and the series (there are 10 Maiden Lane books!) by visiting her website!

My Thoughts:
Uggghhh.... I'm torn. On one hand, this book has some great characters, Temperance's family and the children at the orphanage they run, the cat named Soot, even St. John, but sadly I don't care for the hero or the heroine. For one, Lord Caire has some Christian Grey in a cravat vibes going on that just don't fly with this reader. At least we know why Temperance's past affects her relationship with Lazarus, but I didn't see anything to explain his aversion to touch. Did I miss it? If it is just explained in a line or two, since that plays such an important role in why he is the way he is, it's poorly done. Also, I love an HEA (duh, I am a romance junkie), but the ending here is too rushed and wrapped up in too neatly. Suddenly everyone is reunited, everyone is perfectly content, and everything is peachy in Lazurus Huntington's dysfunctional family. It seems to me in a place like the slums of St. Giles and Maiden Lane, this is not realistically possible. 

Word of warning -- this book is definitely R rated for language and graphic sexual content. :( I probably won't be reading the next book in the series which is sad because I really did like most of the citizens of Maiden Lane. 

~ My Rating: 2 out of 5 stars ~

* I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.*

Happy Reading! 


  1. Happy Monday, Renee! Thanks for sharing your thoughts about this romance. I appreciate your honesty.


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