Scandalous Desires (Maiden Lane Series #3)

Scandalous Desires (Maiden Lane Series #3)

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by Elizabeth Hoyt

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River pirate "Charming" Mickey O'Connor has lifted himself from the depths of the slums to be the king of St. Giles. Anything he wants he gets-with one exception. Silence Hollingbrook has been haunting his dreams ever since she spent a single night in his bed.


Once Silence was willing to

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River pirate "Charming" Mickey O'Connor has lifted himself from the depths of the slums to be the king of St. Giles. Anything he wants he gets-with one exception. Silence Hollingbrook has been haunting his dreams ever since she spent a single night in his bed.


Once Silence was willing to sacrifice anything to save the man she loved. Now a widow, she's finally found peace when Charming Mickey comes storming back into her life with an offer she can't refuse. But this time she won't be the only one paying the price for his sins.


When his past comes back to torment him, Mickey must keep Silence safe from a merciless enemy, while wrestling with the delicious hold this widow has on his heart. And in the face of mounting danger, both will have to surrender to something even more terrifying . . . true love.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Hoyt’s third Maiden Lane novel (after February 2011’s Notorious Pleasures) is historical romance at its best. In 18th-century London, widow Silence Hollingbrook helps her brother run the Home for Unfortunate Infants and Foundling Children. Silence has bonded with young Mary Darling, the illegitimate daughter of notorious pirate Mickey O’Connor. When Mick’s enemies threaten Mary, he takes her back into his home; Silence, knowing her reputation has already been tarnished by her previous association with Mick, insists on accompanying the child. Hoyt slowly reveals the man behind the pirate, one who buried his ability to love so he could rise above the slums of St. Giles. Silence and Mick share their deepest secrets, creating a mutual trust that is tested as a mysterious enemy threatens them both. Series fans will be enthralled, while new readers will find this emotionally charged installment stands very well alone. (Nov.)
-Romantic Times BOOKreviews Magazine
"There's an enchantment to Hoyt's stories that makes you believe in the magic of love."
Romantic Times BOOKreviews Magazine
There's an enchantment to Hoyt's stories that makes you believe in the magic of love.
-Julianne MacLean
"Elizabeth Hoyt writes with flair, sophistication, and unstoppable passion."
From the Publisher
"Bestseller Hoyt brings steamy this engaging series launch... enhanced by earthy, richly detailed characterizations and deft historical touches."—Publishers Weekly (starred review on Wicked Intentions)"

There's an enchantment to Hoyt's stories that makes you believe in the magic of love."—-Romantic Times BOOKreviews Magazine"

Elizabeth Hoyt writes with flair, sophistication, and unstoppable passion."—-Julianne MacLean, author of PORTRAIT OF A LOVER"

Hoyt is firmly in control of her craft with engaging characters, gripping plot and clever dialogue."—-Publishers Weekly

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Grand Central Publishing
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Maiden Lane Series, #3
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4.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.00(d)

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Scandalous Desires 4.3 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 113 reviews.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Scandalous Desires by Elizabeth Hoyt Book Three of the Maiden Lane series Publisher: Grand Central Publishing Publication Date: October 24, 2011 Rating: 4 stars Source: Publisher - won a giveaway ***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers*** Summary (from Goodreads): Can a pirate learn that the only true treasure lies in a woman's heart? Widowed Silence Hollingbrook is impoverished, lovely, and kind—and nine months ago she made a horrible mistake. She went to a river pirate for help in saving her husband and in the process made a bargain that cost her her marriage. That night wounded her so terribly that she hides in the foundling home she helps run with her brother. Except now that same river pirate is back . . . and he's asking for her help. "Charming" Mickey O'Connor is the most ruthless river pirate in London. Devastatingly handsome and fearsomely intelligent, he clawed his way up through London's criminal underworld. Mickey has no use for tender emotions like compassion and love, and he sees people as pawns to be manipulated. And yet he's never been able to forget the naive captain's wife who came to him for help—and spent one memorable night in his bed . . . talking.  When his bastard baby girl was dumped in his lap—her mother having died—Mickey couldn't resist the Machiavellian urge to leave the baby on Silence's doorstep. The baby would be hidden from his enemies and he'd also bind Silence to him by her love for his daughter. What I Liked: Oh my gosh. This book... I loved it so much. It is different from the other Maiden Lane books, and I love that. Mickey and Silence - ah! I love the pair of them so much. I love this book for so many reasons, but one of the biggest ones is the progression of Mickey and Silence's relationship. As with every Maiden Lane book, there is some intense chemistry, and yet, by the end of the book, the two protagonists truly love each other. This book is no different in that aspect, but there is more.  Silence and Mickey do not originally lust after each other (at least, Silence does not). In the beginning, Silence is infuriated with Mickey, because he took Mary Darling from her (Mary Darling is the small child that Silence has been taking care of - introduced in Book Two). Mickey and Silence have previously met before - in Book One - and those circumstances were life-changing for Silence (read Book One and Book Two for more). So, in the beginning, Silence wants nothing to do with Mickey. She agrees to stay with him only so she can stay with Mary Darling. Mickey, on the other hand, subtly notices her as a woman, but no real attraction sprouts from either of them until the book continues. My point is, the chemistry starts NOT at the beginning, it builds and builds, and I believe that this allows Silence and Mickey to have less of a physical relationship, and more of an intellectual or friend-like relationship. It's around 80% of the book that the first love scene occurs, and by then, both characters unknowingly love each other (well, Silence knows she loves him; Mickey doesn't acknowledge it and won't admit anything). Mickey's background story is truly heartbreaking. It makes him less of a roguish pirate with a black heart, and more of a human being. Don't get me wrong, I still love his pirate nature, but I love his gentler side as well. Especially when he finally warms up to his daughter! So sweet. The ending to this story is different than the endings of Book Five, Book One, and Book Two (I can't say anything for Book Four yet). The circumstances of the climax are very different, and therefore, the ending is different. I'm said to see a certain part of Mickey disappear, but I am thrilled with the ending nonetheless. Don't get me wrong - it's a happy ending. It's just different from the usual happy ending. Did I mention that Mickey is Irish, and Hoyt incorporates his accent into the dialogue? It's hilarious and endearing. And did I mention that unlike high-society gentleman, Mickey walks around bare-backed? YUP.  What I Did Not Like: I didn't have many problems with this book. Towards the end, like, the last 30%, was a bit crammed and rushed, and I didn't like that Silence kept distancing herself from Mickey. But again, happy ending. Everything (for the most part) worked itself out. Would I Recommend It: YES! Go get this one. I love it so much, and I have already re-read it several times since I first read it. It's that good! Rating: 4 stars. This one might be my favorite of the series. I have one more to read - Book Four, Thief of Shadows, but I really, really liked this one. And Book Five. And Book One. They're all so good!
The_Reading_Reviewer More than 1 year ago
Silence Hollingbrook had made a pact with the devil and she knows she is going to regret it. Now this particular devil happens to be in an exquisite package known as "Charming" Mickey O'Connor, but the devil he most certainly is. Silence needs protection Mickey's daughter, Mary Darling and the only way to secure that is by moving into his palace. Yes, Silence is going to enter the pirate's den of inequity but only to keep the baby safe. She will do anything; even sell her soul to Mickey, again. Mickey has no idea why he feels this pull toward Silence but he must have her and whatever means he must use to secure that including his daughter is on the table. He is a pirate, thief, and marauder who loves the taste of victory and will keep what he values safe from those that want to take it away. The enemy is nipping at Mickey's heels and someone is tipping them off to his every move and especially the areas of personal vulnerability. Mickey has no idea why someone working for him would do this but when discovers who it is misery and pain will rain down upon them. Mickey has known poverty, despair, and complete isolation and nothing will ever take him back to where he came from. The life he has built albeit not legal is fulfilling and what he does not own, well he can just steal from someone else. Silence has way of winning over Mickey's staff, controlling everyone's behavior including his dog. The more time she spends in Mickey's house, the more dangerous he becomes to her as Silence is finding it hard to resist the descent man she sees hiding inside Mickey. He pursues her as if a love struck boy and wants her to obey him but will do anything she asks just for her to notice him. When Silence turns her anger into affection Mickey becomes more than infatuated with her, he is obsessed with her loving him. Despite the danger surrounding them, Mickey and Silence will fight friend and foe to prove they are destined to be together. Elizabeth Hoyt knows how to deliver quality, enchanting historical romance with every book. She sets the scenario for two people to battle it out and together winning the war of love.
bookholiday More than 1 year ago
Loved this wonderful story. Loved all characters except for one
DimWit More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth Hoyt is one of the few authors that I have read every book she has written, and am continually mesmorized by the way she can manipulate and create exciting plots. I loved the tension and the growing love story between Silence and Mickey. I thought that Ms. Hoyt captured the dialect of a Pirate King very accurately, which just added to the enjoyment of the story. The only thing that I would fault is that three-quarters of the way through the story, we seemed to have stopped mentioning Mary Darling very much: She who was the impetus of much of the action, was marginalized in the last quarter to focus more intently on the romance between the two main characters. I understand this worked to further the plot, but it seemed a bit too abrupt. That said, it really didn't diminish my enjoyment of the novel. I also was excited with how the stage was set for the next book in the series. I have to say, the big reveal at the end of the story about the Ghost of St. Giles wasn't exactly a surprise (it is something I suspected since the first book), but I am excited that we are going to get to see more about that angle. I hope Mickey and Silence make an appearence in that story as well - they are among my favorite couples of the Maiden Lane Series.
harstan More than 1 year ago
1738 widow Silence Hollingbrook and her brother manage the Home for Unfortunate Infants and Foundling Children in the St. Giles slims of London. She adores all the children, but especially loves Mary Darling, abandoned as an infant. River pirate Mickey O'Connor left his newborn daughter with Silence whom he met when they shared the greatest night of his life that ruined hers almost a year ago. He felt his little darling was better off with Silence in order to keep her safe from his ruthless rivals. However, an unknown amoral adversary learns the truth as to who sired little Mary and plan to snatch her as leverage. Instead Mickey kidnaps his daughter forcing Silence to enter the abode of the man she loves. The third Maiden Lane Georgian romance (see Wicked Intentions and Notorious Pleasures) is one of the year's best historical tales. With a strong deep cast, the fast-paced story line is filled with passion and pathos. The pirate and the do-gooder fall in love, but each recognizing no hope for a future, let alone together; as danger from several sides mount they never lose sight of protecting their little darling. Harriet Klausner
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AustenStudent More than 1 year ago
Maiden Lane, a Georgian era series by Elizabeth Hoyt, is written in an almost fairy tale style. But it’s not light as Eloisa James’ Fairy Tales series. It is serious, rather dark, and very romantic. Indeed, a short passage from an original fairy tale, Clever John, precedes each chapter, perfectly mirroring the events of this romance. I would say it’s more of a morality tale where true love conquers all struggles. Several months earlier, Silence Hollingbrook was publicly humiliated after spending one night in river pirate Charming Mickey O’Connor’s decadent palace of vice and sin. She was there to plead mercy for her beloved husband, William, who was accused of stealing cargo from one of Mickey’s ships. To spare him, Silence agreed to Mickey’s terms that she stay one night with him and risk her honor…but nothing happened. He merely fed her a delicious and extravagant meal and then let her be. After that fateful night, no one believed her version of the truth, William never looked at her the same way again, and her pristine reputation was shattered forever. Since then, William has died at sea leaving Silence a lonely and heartbroken widow until an infant was abandoned on her doorstep. She began helping her older siblings more with their charitable endeavor, The Home for Unfortunate Infants and Foundling Children, managing the Home in the dangerous London St. Giles neighborhood and, in doing so, found some meaning, purpose, and peace in her life once again. The child, christened Mary Darling, was cared for by Silence for almost a year until she was kidnapped. During this time, Silence had also received mysterious gifts, including a lock of black hair that matched Mary Darling’s…and Mickey O’Connor’s. At the beginning of Scandalous Desires, Silence bravely marches back to Mickey’s palace, suspicious that he has the child and demands her back. Mickey O’Connor is a ruthless and dangerous man who has many enemies. An Irishman raised in St. Giles in poverty, he has known hunger and abuse. But he’s also handsome and charming and Silence agrees to move into his palace to care for Mickey’s daughter because he promises she may keep the child once he ensures their safety. Of course, Silence’s family is shocked and outraged because, not only will it ruin and harm their beloved sister’s reputation even more, it will also shame the Home and its ability to get rich and aristocratic donors to contribute to its continued operation and success. Soon after she moves in, Silence charms Mickey’s loyal servants, a loveable ragtag group who dine together at one massive table. They smuggle food to her when she refuses to bow to Mickey’s command to join them and are kind to her. This creates some wonderfully funny and almost sweet moments as Silence upends Mickey’s tightly controlled and rigid life. We especially get to know Bert and Harry, Mickey’s most loyal guards. “Silence disliked him, disobeyed him, argued with him, and was all but starting a rebellion amongst his people, and still he indulged her.” (p.131) Silence is a strong woman who stands up for justice and she defends those she loves with her life. She represents all that is good, pure, and beautiful in the world to Mickey. It is something he desperately wants in his life but is also something he fears is just too good to be true. As she weaves her way into his life, he slowly lets his guard down and allows her to come to know him, sharing in his darkest secrets and his innermost fears. He is also drawn to her fierce maternal instincts in her love for his daughter, Mary Darling, a child he is ambivalent about until Silence’s goodness helps him realize what Mary means to him. Silence’s beauty and compassion remind him of his beloved mother, with whom he had a complicated and ambivalent relationship. Silence sees and empathizes with Mickey’s painful and horrific childhood, much as Verity Ashton does with Justin Kinmurrie in Anna Campbell’s Claiming the Courtesan. As she gets to know him, she falls in love with the man she sees inside the cunning pirate facade. This is a Georgian era romance, set in 1738 and the gritty and perilous streets of St. Giles are a stark contrast to the elegant and inviting atmosphere of Windward House, Mickey’s safe haven in the country where he is merely Michael Rivers, a shipbuilder. The descriptions of this house are some of the best parts of the book; it’s comforting, it’s home, and it’s where Michael gathers all the beautiful things in his life and keeps them safe, including eventually, Silence and Mary. The ending is a tension-filled and on-edge experience with excitement and danger counting down the pages. There are also some hints of a future love story for Silence’s serious brother, Winter, and a rich, beautiful, and playful patroness, Lady Isabel Beckinall. And who is the infamous and mysterious Ghost of St. Giles? It’s a mysterious minor subplot that runs through the entire Maiden Lane series and we have hints to his identity in this story. Or do we?  He is a sort of Batman figure, dressed as a harlequin, that appears throughout the book, rescuing the poor people of St. Giles from danger and injustice. A passionate and romantic story told with wonderful pacing and emotion. This is a strong and wonderfully written series, but it is best read in order for character development and time and plot progression.  This review first appeared on Romantic Historical Reviews.
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The concept of falling for the person who through the series was really the bad guy- done beautifully. My only frustration was withthe ending seeming too simple but overall a good book.
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Not up to her standard of the 1&2 of Maiden Lane Series .The lead lady  asked the most ridiculous questions of the hero (?)considering her back  ground  with children at the shelter.
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HollyReadsRomance More than 1 year ago
I adore a pirate, and apparently so does Miss Silence. Great story of redemption.
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LadyScarlet More than 1 year ago
Loved the storyline. The rather eccentric and dark Hero. The wonderfully strong yet vulnerable heroine. I only wish there were more hot scenes between the two. Hoyt is great creating wonderful sexual tension between them just would have liked to see that "boil over" more! Loved it!
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