Elizabeth Hoyt : Scandalous Desires (Maiden Lane #3)
Back Blurb :
Can a pirate learn that the only true treasure lie’s in a woman’s heart?
Widowed Silence Hollingbrook is impoverished, lovely and kind – nine month’s ago she made a terrible mistake. She went to a River Pirate for help in saving her husband and in the process made a bargain at the cost of her marriage. That night wounded her so terribly that Silence hide’s in the Foundling home she run’s with her brother. Except that same river pirate is back. . .and he’s asking for help.
‘Charming’ Mickey O’Connor is the most ruthless river pirate in London. Devastatingly handsome and fearsomely intelligent, he has clawed his way up through London’s criminal underworld. Mickey has no use for tender emotion’s like compassion and love, and he see’s people as pawn’s to be manipulated. And yet he’s never been able to forget the naive Captain’s wife who came to him when she was most in need. . .
My View :
This is by far my favourite one out of he Maiden Lane Series, Elizabeth Hoyt really did out do her self with this, it is exciting, riveting and utterly sexy the plot is as always brilliant and the character’s are flawlessly written. There is strong over protective men, highly opinionated women and baddie’s that you love to hate.
The definite best thing about this is the main character ‘Charming’ Mickey O’Connor the ruthless, manipulative pirate he isn’t what you would come to expect from a hero but Mickey is absolutely wonderful and really who doesn’t like a chiselled, handsome rogue? He has got so many layer’s and it is fascinating watching as Silence and daughter Mary strip each one away until we see the caring, protective and supremely sexy man below the pirate disguise.
As for Silence she is this slightly naive, self assured little thing that you started wanting her to run home away from the manipulative rogue but then she start’s showing her true colour’s her fierce independence and complete loyalty, she is really a woman that shouldn’t be trifled with, she is actually a lot like Mickey, she will do anything within her power to get want she want’s and to protect those that she love’s.
I just love the relationship between Silence and Mickey, from their destructive argument’s to the more intimate and loving scene’s where we see them be themselves and show each other who they really are. It is a fascinating combination on the surface they are so far removed and so different that you wouldn’t imagine them to be in the same room but yet put them in that room and you get a stonking good relationship.
I have always preferred the earlier Maiden Lane book’s to the newer one’s, even though there is nothing at all wrong with them I just prefer the first few and this one never fail’s, I love the fact that the brilliant Ghost of St. Giles make’s an appearance who is such a brilliant addition the series. Anyone who has read Maiden Lane will no doubt know that the Ghost is actually three main character’s and as you get to know the character’s you start to see how each one personalises the Ghost and then you start wondering who is behind the mask this time.
Another really great thing about this one is that you don’y actually have to read the previous two to understand who is who and what’s going on because this is just so brilliantly written, there is the back ground info there when you need it. But I always see this one as more stand alone but with the Maiden lane charm we love.
Every time I read this I get utterly charmed each time. Brilliant, definitely must read.