Duke of Pleasure (Maiden Lane Series #11)

Duke of Pleasure (Maiden Lane Series #11)

by Elizabeth Hoyt

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Bold. 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.


Cocky. 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 . . .


When 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?

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ISBN-13: 9781455539123
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 11/29/2016
Series: Maiden Lane Series , #11
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 340,344
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)

About 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 Pleasure (Maiden Lane Series #11) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is probably the best book in the series! And the best series that I've read! A refreshing view into poverty and wealth, dark and light, violence and romance. But start at the beginning so that you can enjoy the growth and demension of a superb writer. A true historical romance with explicit sex scenes not for the feint of heart. I'm sad that the next book is the end of The Maiden Lane Series!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was great to see Alf from all of the previous maiden lane books get her story, she was a strong and resourceful character. The hero was also very swoon worthy. Overall good addition to this series I can't wait to read the next book this summer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed reading this novel because the plot was so original and fast paced. I have read the others in the series and liked them all but this one had a surprise twist right from the begining and I enjoyed its development throughout. LORRAINE
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
I loved Hugh and Alf's story!! I've waited for Alf to get her HEA ever since I found out that the little urchin was a female!! Alf and Hugh have met while she had been using both of her disguises, Alf and the Ghost of St. Giles. He doesn't know that they are one and the same. When Alf gets hurt, she turns to Hugh for help. As she spends time with him, it gets harder and harder to hide that fact that she is a woman. When he finds out, he uses that fact to help with the case he is working on. Alf must dress up as a woman and go out into society. Can she put behind the only life she has know to help the man she has come to love? This was a great addition to the Maiden Lane series and I'm so excited to see what Hoyt comes up with next!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read a LOT& this is in my top 5 books. Enjoy, you will love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's one of the finest I've read in a long time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great in the series!
alterlisa More than 1 year ago
One of the best of this series. While you can definitely read the books in this series as standalones (though why would you want to?), you really need to read this one before reading the final book in the series, DUKE OF DESIRE, which is due out 10/17/17. I have read and enjoyed each and every one of the books in this series but this may be my favorite. Hoyt again gives us Historical Romance at it's best with some mystery and humor mixed in to up the enjoyment. If you haven't started this series (I so envy you being able to binge it) or aren't caught up, get to work cause it's almost over and you won't want to miss the awesome ending book coming out in less than a month.
Drea_Reads More than 1 year ago
Hugh, The Duke of Kyle, is on a mission to rid the country of the Lords of Chaos—a secret society preying on defenseless women and children. The Lords know he’s hot on their trail and are fighting back, but fortunately Hugh has the Ghost of St. Giles on his side. Little does he know, the Ghost of St. Giles is Alf—the very street urchin he’s paying to help him root out information. But when he discovers Alf is not the boy she’s pretended to be, sparks fly and both their lives are forever changed. I was intrigued with how a romance between a duke and a street urchin would play out, particularly given these two had met in an earlier book with explosive results. Knowing Ms. Hoyt’s skill, I had no doubt the romance would be satisfying and of course it is. Alf is a rare self-sufficient historical romance heroine, capable of making her own way in the world. She fights for those who can’t and still manages to visit foundlings once a week. Yet she’s missing love and a family. She finds both with a duke who has been burned by an unfaithful first wife. Both Alf and Hugh are flawed characters who have some growing to do, and grow they do—together. Their love scenes are as hot as I expect Ms. Hoyt’s scenes to be (though be warned, this author uses language from the period that some readers will label as crass). And the ending brought a tear to my eye. As always there’s a little hook for the next book and I’m looking forward to that!
julieford More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth Hoyt continues to amaze with her Maiden Lane series. The story is a well written, free flowing story that has quick-witted, snarky heroine and a gruff, sometimes vulnerable hero. Alf grew up in the streets of St. Giles, survived by dressing as a boy and living by her wits and intelligence. She works as an informant by day and the Ghost of St. Giles by night protecting the weak. She saves the Duke of Kyle one night when he is attacked by several thugs and is later hired by him to find out who hired the thugs. Hugh Fitzroy, the Duke of Kyle, is working for the king to bring down a notorious group known as the Lords of Chaos. Danger ensues, secrets are revealed and an unlikely love blooms.
JensReadingObsession More than 1 year ago
This is the very first book I've read by Elizabeth Hoyt, but it will not be my last. I loved the writing just as much as I loved the romance and chemistry between Alf and Hugh. Lots of action from beginning to end and the supporting characters are great. I didn't find that I missed anything by not reading the previous books in the series, however events in this book do set up the next story. Highly recommended if you are a lover of historical romances! I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own.
MADreaderMD More than 1 year ago
I love the Duke of Kyle! More for his interactions with his sons than anything else. The boys have had it rough since their mother died, and they don't really trust Hugh, who wasn't around for most of their childhood. But Hugh loves them and does all he can for them. It's touching to see their relationship develop as the story goes along. Of course Hugh is also handsome and daring. There is plenty of action as he tries to track down the Lords of Chaos and they retaliate against him. Luckily the Ghost of St. Giles intervenes, and he's got Alf to help him get information from the street. I've always liked Alf as she's been in several of the previous Maiden Lane books, posing as a boy and getting valuable information for the Duke of Wakefield and the Duke of Montgomery. She's learned to survive on the streets, make a living, and train to be the defender of the weak in St. Giles. But she's also had dreams of having nice things, being a mother, and maybe one day seeing a tree. She knows it will never happen, but she dreams and hopes anyway. I loved that Alf's transformation wasn't just to please Hugh. It was necessary for the mission, and it was necessary for her to develop as she decided what she wanted to do for the rest of her life. She didn't just want to survive anymore. She wanted the dream!
thereadingchick More than 1 year ago
Duke of Pleasure continues the story of the Ghost of St. Giles, a pseudonym used by the heroes of the previous eleven books in the Maiden Lane series. The Ghost is a do gooder, who protects against the unsavory element in St. Giles, a fictional ‘hood in the projects of 18th century London. This time the Ghost is a young woman, disguised as a boy named Alf. Alf has grown up on the streets of St. Giles, and as a boy, is able to investigate and overhear many things that a well dressed Duke of Kyle cannot. The Duke, Hugh Fitzroy, has been tasked to find out everything about a mysterious group of men called the Lords of Chaos. Very unsavory characters who don’t want their identities found out. Which is how Alf and the Duke meet. The Duke is being attacked in an alley by a group of men intent upon murder and the Ghost of St. Giles leaps in to his rescue. I loved that the Ghost was a woman, and her backstory and training in swordsmanship provided great insight into her character and why she chose that disguise. I have read most of the Maiden Lane series, and it’s always a fun leap into a world of ball gowns, tea, and sword fights. A world where the men are Alphas, not necessarily by their attitude but by birthright. This novel was refreshing in that Alf, as a female, took this era’s hierarchy by the horns and made her own way. Not living well, but at least not being led around by a man. One of the greatest leaps in this novel was that Hugh, a Duke, once finding out Alf was female did not think of her station except for her lack of safety. It is through their investigation into the Lords of Chaos that she realizes that she rather likes being a woman, and considers giving up her disguise as a boy. Yes, there is a bit of Henry Higgins from my Fair Lady, but it’s not Hugh that plays that role, which is a refreshing change. A regency romance is read for pure pleasure and fun, and Duke of Pleasure is definitely that! If you haven’t read this series, you can easily read each book on its own, and I’d recommend jumping in with Duke of Pleasure.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Duke of Pleasure by Elizabeth Hoyt Book Eleven of the Maiden Lane series Publisher: Grand Central Publishing Publication Date: November 29, 2016 Rating: 4 stars Source: eARC from NetGalley ***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers*** Summary (from Goodreads): IN THE ARMS OF DANGER Bold. 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 DESIRE Cocky. 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 FOREVER When 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). Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
sportochick More than 1 year ago
I love, love, love Alf. I always have throughout this series when she appears. But this book it is amazing and a very hot, hot read. Her character is so different from every female main character. She's tough, fearless, decisive, quirky, and a survivor strong beyond belief. The authors portrayal of her as a boy was handled with delicate precision drawing the reader into her life on the streets. Hugh is a very interesting man who shows up in several of the earlier books to this series and has always intrigued me with the question of what makes him tick. This book explains the mystery behind the man and expands on who he is as a man and father. Unorthodox is what I think of when I match Alf and Hugh. For so many reasons they should not work together as a couple but the author spins a beautiful web and draws the reader into their lives where we must make a decision. Can this work? For me the character that stuck out the most beside the two main characters is Iris, Lady Jordan. Now this lady has tons of admirable traits and her interaction with Alf was just so unique and so unheard of that it will warm the readers heart. The interchange between Iris and Raphael is the perfect setup for the next book to this series and I am really looking forward to reading that book when it comes out. This book is about surviving against all odds, death, healing, forgiveness, overlooking the obvious and making the right decisions based on oneself and not society. I give it 5 STARS for adding twists to the storyline that are unexpected. Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
4.25 stars--DUKE OF PLEASURE is the eleventh full length installment in Elizabeth Hoyt’s MAIDEN LANE historical romance series. This is the Duke of Kyle, Hugh Fitzroy, and street urchin/Ghost of St. Giles Alf’s story line. DUKE OF PLEASURE can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty although Alf’s story has been building for several installments. Told from dual third person perspectives (Alf and Hugh) DUKE OF PLEASURE focuses on the hunt for the notorious and secretive Lords of Chaos-a well to do group of politically appointment men whose crimes are evil and notorious. After a late night attack by a group of thugs, the Duke of Kyle-Hugh Fitzroy- hires a young street urchin whose ability to ferret out information is well known in and around the streets of London and St. Giles. Enter Alf-a young woman who by day disguises herself as a young boy but by night is the infamous masked vigilante the Ghost of St. Giles. What ensues is the building relationship between Alf and Hugh, and the search for the people who have marked Hugh Fitzroy for death. The relationship between Hugh and Alf is slow to develop as our heroine has presented herself as a young boy for most of her life. It is only with the accidental discovery of Alf’s true self does the Duke of Kyle begin to look at Alf in a different light. Alf is a loner; a young woman whose independence was forged at an early age but a woman whose desire for love and a family finds our heroine on the outside looking in. Hugh Fitzroy is a widower with two young boys who struggles to raise his family without the benefit of wife and mother. His attraction to Alf is visceral as the young woman calls to his lonely heart. DUKE OF PLEASURE is a story about family and survival. The premise is a mix of mystery and intrigue; the characters are charismatic and entertaining; the romance is seductive and tangible. As a single father Hugh Fitzroy battles the demons from his past including the death of his wife, and the years he was absent from the young boy’s lives. We are introduced to Hugh’s late wife’s best friend Lady Jordan aka Iris whose story will be told next in DUKE OF DESIRE. Hoyt’s DUKE OF PLEASURE is an enchanting and spirited tale of opposites attract and second chances at love.
etoile1996 More than 1 year ago
the latest in the maiden lane series, duke of pleasure, tells the story of the duke of kyle and a street urchin named alf. hugh is intent on disbanding and unmasking the notorious lords of chaos, and he hires alf, in her street urchin garb, to help him investigate and attack he believes was instigated at the command of the lords. hugh doesn't know alf's secret, he thinks she is a teenaged boy. alf has many secrets in fact, because she is also the current ghost of st. giles. alf has had run-ins with hugh in both her guises, she saved hugh from a nasty attack on the streets of st. giles as the ghost. an encounter that ended with a heated kiss and his realization that the ghost of st. giles was a woman. and as a street urchin/informant who barters information for coin, they first crossed paths when alf was working for valentine, and again when hugh asks alf to look into the nasty attack and suss out who hired the gang of thugs to take hugh out. working with hugh puts her life in danger, and when he insists that she stay in his home, her secrets start to unravel. because there is an attraction between hugh and alf, one that is undeniable. and even though alf has always had to be a boy, she suddenly finds herself wishing more people knew her true self. all too soon hugh knows she is a woman, and there is no way they can keep apart. eventually the case requires alf to take on her womanhood. and once she makes these changes for hugh there is no going back. they belong together and it's just a question of figuring that out. the threads that link this book to its sequel start to come together in this book, and i can't wait to see where duke of desire will take us as the series concludes. elizabeth hoyt has created such a rich world with the maiden lane series, it will be so sad to leave it behind. but we have at least one full length novel and a holiday novella in the works before that actually happens. in the meantime, we get to see hugh and alf figure out their thing. fun fact: it involved lots and lots of chemistry. and time in bed. **duke of pleasure will publish on november 29, 2016. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/forever (grand central publishing) in exchange for my honest review.
PegGlover More than 1 year ago
Duke of Pleasure is a captivating, well-written, historical fiction romance. Alf never lived anywhere beyond the stinking streets of St. Giles. The crime-infested area was home to Alf until she met and fell in love with the Duke of Kyle. The Duke hired her as an informant and brought her under his protection and into his home. He didn’t know, however, that Alf was not a male because that’s how Alf presented herself. During the day Alf dressed as a boy and worked the streets for her employers. Aristocrats, like the Duke of Kyle, hired her to spy and gather information. At night; however, Alf disguised herself as the mysterious Ghost of St. Giles and fought murderers, rapists, and thieves. She was fast on her feet and proficient with a sword. The Duke informed Alf that someone was trying to kill him. She knew this, of course, because she had fought his assailants, alongside him, dressed as the Ghost of St. Giles. All had gone well, that night, until the Duke kissed her. Alf hid her heart. She knew that falling in love with anyone, especially a Duke would only bring her pain. If the Duke ever discovered that the woman he kissed, the Ghost of St. Giles, was the same person he hired as his male informant, he would be livid, and Alf’s heart would break into a million pieces. Secrets, however, have a way of becoming unearthed at the worse possible moments. The Duke of Pleasure is an emotionally charged, character-driven, engrossing novel. It has a well-thought-out plot and realistic dialogue. I loved the story and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys historical fiction romance. Many thanks to the publisher, and NetGalley, for my complimentary advanced review copy.