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Duke of Sin (Maiden Lane Series #10)
     

Duke of Sin (Maiden Lane Series #10)

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by Elizabeth Hoyt
 

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A MAN OF SIN

Devastatingly handsome. Vain. Unscrupulous. Valentine Napier, the Duke of Montgomery, is the man London whispers about in boudoirs and back alleys. A notorious rake and blackmailer, Montgomery has returned from exile, intent on seeking revenge on those who have wronged him. But what he finds in his own bedroom may lay waste to all his plans.

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A MAN OF SIN

Devastatingly handsome. Vain. Unscrupulous. Valentine Napier, the Duke of Montgomery, is the man London whispers about in boudoirs and back alleys. A notorious rake and blackmailer, Montgomery has returned from exile, intent on seeking revenge on those who have wronged him. But what he finds in his own bedroom may lay waste to all his plans.

A WOMAN OF HONOR

Born a bastard, housekeeper Bridget Crumb is clever, bold, and fiercely loyal. When her aristocratic mother becomes the target of extortion, Bridget joins the Duke of Montgomery's household to search for the incriminating evidence-and uncovers something far more dangerous.

A SECRET THAT THREATENS TO DESTROY THEM BOTH

Astonished by the deceptively prim-and surprisingly witty-domestic spy in his chambers, Montgomery is intrigued. And try as she might, Bridget can't resist the slyly charming duke. Now as the two begin their treacherous game of cat and mouse, they soon realize that they both have secrets-and neither may be as nefarious-or as innocent-as they appear . . .

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"4 1/2 Stars! Top Pick! Hoyt delivers a unique read on many levels: a love story, a tale of redemption and a plot teeming with emotional depth that takes readers' breaths away. Kudos to a master storyteller!"—RT Book Reviews"

[T]his superbly executed historical romance is proof positive that this RITA Award-nominated author continues to write with undiminished force and flair. When it comes to incorporating a generous measure of dangerous intrigue and lush sensuality into a truly swoonworthy love story, Hoyt is unrivaled."—Booklist (starred review) on Dearest Rogue"

4 1/2 Stars! Hoyt takes an unlikely pair of characters and, through the magic of her storytelling, turns them into the perfect couple... [A] read to remember."—RT Book Reviews on Dearest Rogue"

Hoyt's exquisitely nuanced characters, vividly detailed setting, and seemingly effortless and elegant writing provide the splendid material from which she fashions yet another ravishingly romantic love story."—Booklist (starred review) on Darling Beast"

4 1/2 Stars! Top Pick! Darling Beast is wondrous, magical and joyous — a read to remember."—RT Book Reviews"

Richly drawn characters fill the pages of this emotionally charged mix of mystery and romance."—Publishers Weekly on Duke of Midnight"

4 1/2 Stars! Top Pick! There is enchantment in the Maiden Lane series, not just the fairy tales Hoyt infuses into the memorable romances, but the wonder of love combined with passion, unique plotlines and unforgettable characters."—RT Book Reviews on Duke of Midnight"

I adore the Maiden Lane series, and this fifth book is a very welcome addition to the series . . . [It's] sexy and sweet all at the same time . . . This can be read as a standalone, but I adore each book in this series and encourage you to start from the beginning."—USA Today's Happy Ever After Blog on Lord of Darkness"

Lord of Darkness is classic Elizabeth Hoyt, meaning it's unique, engaging, and leaves readers on the edge of their seats, waiting for the next book . . . an incredible addition to the fantastic Maiden Lane series. I Joyfully Recommend Godric and Megs's tale, for it's an amazing, well-crafted story with an intriguing plot and a lovely, touching romance that I want to enjoy again and again and again . . . simply enchanting!"—JoyfullyReviewed.com on Lord of Darkness

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455539093
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
05/31/2016
Series:
Maiden Lane Series , #10
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
104,500
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Hoyt is the New York Times bestselling author of over seventeen lush historical romances including the Maiden Lane series. Publishers Weekly has called her writing "mesmerizing." She also pens deliciously fun contemporary romances under the name Julia Harper. Elizabeth lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with three untrained dogs, a garden in constant need of weeding, and the long-suffering Mr. Hoyt.

The winters in Minnesota have been known to be long and cold and Elizabeth is always thrilled to receive reader mail. You can write to her at: P.O. Box 19495, Minneapolis, MN 55419 or email her at: Elizabeth@ElizabethHoyt.com.

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Duke of Sin (Maiden Lane Series #10) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the book. I read it from front to back. I really enjoyed how consistent Vals personality is. He was a true anti-hero. Great story, well written, great characters, Bravo!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Duke of Sin ...Elizabeth Hoyt's characters are unforgetable. I must say Valentine Montgomery reminds me of a younger version of Eloisa James', Villiers, not ashamed to say, it made me cry. Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed every page. One of those stories you hate to see end. All the characters were so easily seen through Ms. Hoyt's writing, you would have known them the minute you saw the them walking down the street. Loved this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Only Elizabeth Hoyt could make you love a villain!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The most wicked hero of all time and his redoubtably sensible love. Fabulous tale, remarkably poignant while still filled with adventure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like all Hoyt's novels, this one hovers on the edge between good and sinful, or horrible and delightful. She has once again produced fascinating characters whose behavior first shocks then intrigues eventually capturing the reader with teasing.
MelodyMay More than 1 year ago
I did like Duke of Sin, but it took me a little time to get into the story. Don't worry if you haven't read any of the previous Maiden Lane books you won't be lost. The previous books focus their attentions in St. Giles and the Ghost of St. Giles, but in this one we do not journey to there. Instead we stay with Val and Bridget. Val cracks me with his all his dukeness. He is definitely unscrupulous, and he waves his authority around like nobody else business. When Bridget calls him out he basically tells her, "I'm the Duke and I can do whatever I want." He takes no responsibility for his actions and uses his title as a shield. At the same time as he gets to know Bridget, he starts to question his actions. Not completely enough to say I renounced my evil ways and decided to be good, he can't be a boring lord. At first I wasn't sure I was going to like the cocky jerk, but it kind of grows on you. Like Bridget I didn't fully agree on his methods, they are a bit unconventional, which is be extremely kind. Bridget, I simply adore. Oh my she puts Val in his place. She sees right and wrong, and she comes to understand Val. No one has ever tried or they were to scared to do so. As she gets to know him, she does see some good in him. There is a good, buried deep inside of him. As the story unfolds we get to see his childhood which is heartbreaking. As these two come together, it's great. I mean these two definitely are fun together, you have one who is prim and proper, and the other who is unscrupulous and cares for nothing. Val is sinfully delightful in his wicked ways. Overall, Elizabeth did a wonderful job Duke of Sin. She got me to like Val even when I wasn't sure. Bridget was easy to love. I even felt bad for her at times, because she should have had more than what she was given. I liked how Val stood up for her. Favorite Lines: Val smiled evilly at the child and reached into his pocket. “Do you,” he asked, “like kittens?” And he held out a black, fluffy kitten with a white chest. Annalise blinked at the kitten’s green eyes. The kitten blinked back. “Oh yes!” said Annalise. Val deposited the kitten into the plump little arms and strolled to the kitchens, where Hecate and her kittens were in residence, swinging his gold walking stick. There were seven more kittens, remaining and a garden full of his enemies children… Love this, because he's still the same old Val, but uses a different weapon. Diabolical. Anyway, a pretty good story, and I can't wait for the next one. Copy provided by Forever Romance.
Historical_Romance_Lover 6 months ago
I loved this story!! We have the notorious Valentine Napier, the Duke of Montgomery who finally meets his match with Bridget Crumb, his housekeeper. Having met Valentine in the previous Maiden Lane stories, we know that he is not the most likely hero, but Hoyt made me fall in love with him. He is a broken man and it will take the right woman to see through his "front" and see the man that he can become. Bridget is just that woman. She will do anything to save her mother, including going into the lion's den. Definitely one of my favorite of this series!! I can't wait to read the next book in the series, Once Upon a Moonlit Night.
booklover10CM More than 1 year ago
Great book. Hard to put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I soo enjoyed this book it was fun to read a story where the hero was less than perfect in fact the total opposite but the out come was worth the hours I stayed up to finish this story. The maiden lane series is just fun every book enjoyable .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hope the Maiden Lane series doesn't end anytime soon. The less than perfect characters are easy to cheer for. Even when some try very hard to be bad!
sugmadsdream More than 1 year ago
I have read all the previous Maiden Lane books, so I was familiar with Val's past actions. But Duke of Sin exposes his early life and the reasons for his warped concept of his reality.Enter Bridget Crumb, his righteous take-no-guff housekeeper. As she takes on the task of his moral compass, she finds value in Val. And Val learns to respect her as well. I liked both characters for their strengths and their weaknesses. When Val wandered too far in arrogant cruelty, Bridget reined him back in. And Val knew how to turn Bridget when she was too hard. They frequently reminded me of a strict mother dealing with a naughty, mischievous child. Occasional humor, sometimes from Mehmed, shines a little light in this dark romance. This book is to be savored. I hope you enjoy it as I did. I received a copy of this book as a winner of a Goodreads giveaway. The opinions expressed were entirely my own, unsolicited, and not compensated.
GoddessPhD1 More than 1 year ago
Like some of the readers of the Maiden Lane series, I’ve been fascinated with Valentine since his first appearance at the end of Duke of Midnight. Smart characters who interacted with Val quickly learned not to underestimate his foppish ways and for several books he’s been scheming in the background embroiled in his Machiavellian plots. But for what purpose? What is his motivation? We know he loves his sister, Eve (Sweetest Scoundrel, Book#9), and based on her story we learn their childhood wasn’t all rainbows and sunshine. In fact, Eve and Val’s father, is written as pure evil doing everything in his power to destroy Eve and break Val. But I think Val didn’t break, he bent. Ok, he bent waaaay over, but does this make him a villain? If you were raised to believe that power ruled and anyone less could be tortured and killed, wouldn’t you seek out to be the most powerful? And that’s where readers find him at the start of the book, threatening to blackmail the King. And while all the King’s men are scrambling to protect a royal secret, Val’s housekeeper, Bridget Crumb, is using her power to uncover Val’s schemes. Even though Val catches her with a piece of blackmail evidence, he’s intrigued by her ingenuity and cleverness. I wonder why he doesn’t feel threatened by Bridget since she’s trying to steal some of his power. Val certainly responded strongly when the Duke of Kyle broke into Hermes House, but why not Bridget? Then Val sees the Duke of Dyemore at a party and the hunt for more power catches Val’s interest. “And what power it would be-to hold dozens of England’s aristocrats in thrall…” Here’s Val’s *new* goal: to become the leader of the Lords of Chaos – his internal conflict, is he willing to break hold on his last link to humanity for that last gasp of power? For some reason, Bridget forms a special relationship with Val. Her moral compass points due North and she’s capable of steering him toward calm. I don’t know of any other woman capable of getting under Val’s shields and seeing beneath his coldness to the last spark of warm in his heart. She shows him the downside of absolute power – that when there are more people who’d like to see you dead, than love you…you may have a problem. Bridget witnesses dozens of crimes by Val, yet starts to defend and protect him. Because of her housekeeper position, she’s probably the only person to see Val for who he truly is and accepts him. She has to be a strong woman. The climax of the story involves Val choosing between power and Bridget and all the old lessons from his father return: “You have to kill the thing you love.” Ms. Hoyt dedicated the book to everyone who fell hopelessly in love with the villain. And Valentine, the fourth Duke of Montgomery, did not disappoint.
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sportochick More than 1 year ago
Honestly I loved, loved, loved this book. It is so hard to explain but the authors writing finesse will have the reader falling in love with the Duke in spite of how he lives his life and how dark of a person he is. But things aren't always as they seem sometimes people become a certain way to survive their childhood. The reader will be drawn into the Dukes childhood memories and will have to make a decision to understand why he is as he is and begin to wonder..can he change. This books hits on areas of severe family disfunction, being able to see through the walls a person build around themselves and redemption. What a delicious evil character the Duke of Montgomery is. Too good looking for his own good, here is a man that is so black and twisted that I wanted to run from him as much and he intrigued me. The author weaves a spectacular story between a debauched Duke with a black heart that knows no good and his good hearted and caring housekeeper who has the ability to see through him to the tortured soul and believes he can be a different person. What an admirable women Bridget is! She has had lots of strife in her life but rises above it to be a better person. She is realistic, observant, resolute and kind. I like her well rounded personality and she was fun to watch as she dealt with the Duke. I give this 5 STARS for being outside the box of historical romances. a copy was gifted via Netgalley
Duchess78 More than 1 year ago
The book was my least fav of the series. It was at times boring and Val was just so off as a hero he was definitely a villain. It took way to long for the story to unfold. Elizabeth Hoyt is one of my fav authors, was really disappointed with this book and that happens rarely.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
DUKE OF SIN is the tenth installment in Elizabeth Hoyt’s MAIDEN LANE historical romance series. This is Valentine (Val) Napier, the Duke of Montgomery, and his housekeeper Bridget Crumb’s story line. DUKE OF SIN can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. The Duke is the brother of Eve Dinwoody-Sweetest Scoundrel #9. Told from several third person points of view DUKE OF SIN focuses on Val Napier-the Duke of Montgomery- a man despised and feared for his blackmailing threats and ability to make people disappear. Valentine is the villain; more of an antihero- a man who is dishonest, is disagreeable, and lacks integrity but a man who is strong and yet capable and skilled where and when is matters. His inventory of blackmail information is beyond the scope of most men. Throughout the series Val has been ostracized from British society, and his return comes with threats of blackmail against the King and others. He is a self confident and powerful man with the ability to destroy lives and take down governments. While Val attempts to reintegrate through dark and dangerous means, our heroine searches, on behalf of the mother she barely knows, for incriminating evidence that the Duke has on her family. What ensues is a game of cat and mouse, push and pull as Bridget struggles to stay one step ahead of the Duke as she tries to uncover his secrets. DUKE OF SIN is a story with colorful and animated characters. The Duke is spirited and exuberant while Bridget is intelligent and in control at all times. The premise reveals Bridget’s heartbreaking past, and Val’s abusive childhood-a sadistic father and a mother who despised the ground upon which he walked. The romance softens the rough edges of Valentine’s heart but he will always be a little bit naughty and devious.
MADreaderMD More than 1 year ago
I don't think I'll ever like Valentine Napier (and I'm sure he's okay with that). I'm a big fan of Lady Phoebe, so I can't ever forgive what he did to her and his other innocent victims. Granted, some of his victims deserved what they got, but he never cared enough about anyone to realize all the hurt he caused, and I don't think he was ever sorry about any of it. But it is a testament to Elizabeth Hoyt's storytelling ability that I enjoyed this book and may have had the tiniest bit of sympathy for him. I'm hoping with Bridget's influence, he'll use his powers for good from now on. This book is pretty dark, what with childhood abuse, depraved secret societies, and blackmailing schemes around every corner, but it has enough intrigue, suspense, and sex to keep you turning the pages, wanting to find out more. I also enjoyed the secondary plot, which leads to the story of Hugh and Alf. Can't wait for that!
def618 More than 1 year ago
Sometimes bad can be so good. This is the Duke of Montgomery's story and we learn why he is so manipulative, vain, selfish but loves and protects his sister. He is also gorgeous and intrigued by his housekeeper, Bridget Crumb. He knows she is up to something and is determined to uncover her secrets. She is determined to protect her aristocratic mother from his blackmail and help him become a better man. There are some wonderful secondary characters, including a cute little terrier named Pip and a servant boy, Mehmed. I won't write plot spoilers, especially in a book this complex and well written. You can read this on it's own, but will know some of the characters if you have read the earlier books in this series. I highly recommend the entire series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this. I love the Maiden Lane series