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Scandalous Desires (Maiden Lane #3)
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 ...more
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"That’s me girl.“ He brushed his lips over her forehead, breathing the words. “That’s me love.”
So much tension. Banter. Vulnerability. Emotions. Tenderness. Sensuality. Love.
London, April 1738
The most notorious river pirate, Charming Mickey O’Connor, has taken the widow, Silence Hollingbrook, and the little Mary Darling to his palace to protect them. He fears that the villain, Charly Grady, the Vicar of Whitechapel, will harm them ...more
5+ stars – Historical/Georgian Romance
Wow...just...WOW! A+mazing! Brava Ms. Hoyt, you have truly outdone yourself and exceeded expectations with this spectacular romance!
I wanted to write a full review, but life has been crazy and stressful this past week, leaving me with too little time and insufficient mental capacity. So I’ll just do a bit of gushing ...more
Anyone who knows me knows that I’m very picky when it comes to HR because it’s typically more miss than hit for me. But Scandalous Desires absolutely obliterated all my high expectations!
Elizabeth Hoyt did this to me again! She’s a masterful storyteller, weaving her words into an unforgettable historical-romance story. I'd read this book non-stop for hours and savored every word on every single page of it. I really love her writing style.
In this book, ...more
Our Hero. Mickey is so lovable and definitely one of my favorite heroes. I think it's sometimes difficult to have villain-turn ...more
Elizabeth Hoyt books are my version of potato chips, I can't get or have enough of them! Hoyt lives up to her great storytelling and the hype with Scandalous Desires.
When we're first introduced to Silence Hollingbrook and "Charming" Mickey O'Connor in the first of the Maiden Lane series, you know there's going to be sparks flying and do they ever between these two.
Mickey is no exception of the great heroes Hoyt has peened down before, he shows that monsters are not born, but are made, and i ...more
But I sort of said to myself, he is based back in the 18th century so let's give him the benefit of the doubt.
He sure was charming.
"I need to know that I'm more to you than a woman in your bed."
Oh God, he was so powerful. She watched him.
"Why must ye be...more
5+++ Stars I loved most everything about this book and Charming Mickey O'Conner is a hero you'll not want to miss!
Thanks to my GR friends Shawna, Denise & Lisa's review for bringing this amazing book to my attention. This set me on course to read this series and it's one of the best I've read this year.
Due to so many great reviews already posted I think I'll just give a peek at a few remarkable attribut ...more
Then, as I was reading, the boredom set in.
It hardly even seemed like there was much romance in this! Well, I stopped at 41%. I didn't feel there was any chemistry between Mick and Silence.
Silence? Wow. Most boring leading lady EVER. EVAH EVAH EVAH.
I just wanted her to take Mary Darling and go back to the school. I disliked the premise as well. She has to stay in Micky's "Palace" because some bad guys are after him and wi ...more
I loved the "dance" Mickey and Silence orchestrated throughout the story, their witty dialogue eventually being replaced with honest and sincere revelations. When I began the story, I was unsure if I could warm to Mickey so I was very p ...more
Setting / Time / Genre: Georgian England
Length: 393 pages.
Series: Yes, and I have read several. This would be my second favorite of the four I have read.
Sexy times: Yes. Slightly more scandalous than your average historical romance, but nothing over the top.
Plan on reading more by the author: Hells to the yesses. There are several more in the series.
Synopsis in one sentence or slightly more: Heroine is attached to the hero's child, hero kid ...more
Well this series just keeps getting better and better! Elizabeth Hoyt has really captured my interest in these characters and the growing intrigue in St. Giles is just too much to resist.
This story involves the recently widowed Silence Hollingbrook, and the notoriously arrogant and wicked pirate Charming Mickey O'Connor. The same ruthless man who only a year ago had cost her not only the love and respect of her dear husband, but also her entire reputation and good standing in the communi ...more
& a Wow! Loved every word of it. It is so neat when a book lives up to my hopes and desires. Charming Mickey and Silence have had an unusual history in the Maiden Lane series, with plenty of aching hurt ー the kind that goes bone-deep ー and it is so neat to see the fabulous Ms. Hoyt pull this one off. The pacing is spot-on, the mystery palpable, and their HEA believable. Amazing secondary characters too! I really don’t like it when an author uses the epilogue to set up the next volume; neve ...more
How lovely was that!
A pirate obsessed with a young widow, takes his time for about a year to get the woman within his grasp. There's just no resisting a bad boy with a (secret) heart of gold. Lots of sex, lots of snarky banter... you know: a very relaxing read.
And then, there's the prison sex scene...
(view spoiler)[A blowjob? Really? After the guy had been staying in a prison cell for a month? o.O I know people of that time and age weren't big on hygiene, but still! A month? (hide spoiler)]
Mickey is in my top 5 favorite heros. I loved how well written the story was. The romance started from an unusual place, Silence hated Mickey at first, but it blossomed into something beautiful! Hoyt sure knows how to write a character. I loved seeing Mickey turn from sin ...more
Although I was possibly expecting a little more from the actual story, overall Scandalous Desires is worthy of all the high ratings and accolades. The plot, the characters, the writing were all as you would expect from Elizabeth Hoyt, one of the top writers of historical romance.
There were a few plot holes, and towards the end of the story the baby, Mary Darling (Silence's ward) seemed to disappear. Which is a shame since she really was as central to the plot as Silence, our heroine.
And now for ...more
I'm forcing myself to keep going with this. The 'hero' Mickey is anything but with an ego so big I'm surprised he can walk and chunks of the plot seem forced.
Edit: I'm at page 145, this is the first time I've disliked a book so much I felt the need to review. May the force be with me.
Edit2: p.161. Okay that was the strangest self-pleasuring scene I've ever read...and then she watched him? Am I reading the same book as everyone here?!
Edit3: predictable in that the pirate guy ...more
We have seen glimpses of "Charming" Mickey O'Connor throughout the first two books of Elizabeth Hoyt's Maiden Lane series. And we have, of course, witnessed Silence Hollingbrook sacrifice herself to Mickey for one night to save her husband from charges he stole cargo from one of Mickey's ships. On that fateful night, Mickey didn't touch Silence, but when she returned home to her husband, all trust was lost, and he soon died.
Now Silence, who with her brother Wi ...more
Please don’t miss this book because you have to find out who the Ghost of St. Giles is. Oh yeah, ...more
Expected Release Date: October 18, 2011 (Available Now!)
Publisher: Hachette Book Group
Author’s Website: http://elizabethhoyt.com/
My Source for This Book: ARC Gift from the Publisher
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 3, Maiden Lane series
Series Best Read In Order: Yes
Steam Level: Steamy
*SPOILER WARNING* Official Blurb and Review both contain spoilers for previous novels in the series.
Silence Hollingbrook is a ...more
He was a pirate, after all, and what he took he held and she was his now—whether she knew it yet or not.
River pirate Mickey O’Connor grew up on the streets on St. Giles, London’s slums. Everything that he has survived during his terrible childhood has made him merciless in his pursuit of wealth and power. Never would he want for anything again. And then he is approached by the naïve and innocent Silence Hollingbrook, the wife of the captain whose cargo he just stole, who wants him to give it...more
Mickey O’ Connor is the most feared pirate in all the land. He steals, he ruins the lives of greedy men (and sometime ...more
We are first introduced to "Charming Mickey" in Wicked Intentions. He has to be in the running for one of the most impressive "villain turned hero" transformations in romanlandia history. The others that I can site that could compete are Sebastian St. Vincent from Devil in Winter and Derek Craven from D ...more
I agree with all I've said below. I enjoyed this book as much or more than I did before. I don't modify ratings for a re-read, but if I did, I'd bump this to 5 Stars. Mick was glorious and the tension between he and Silence was thick through most of it. I love books like this one. 5 Stars!
Note: This one stands alone. Not necessary to read others in the series before reading this.
Also -- I lost interest in the Maiden Lane series after reading another one or two. ...more
I liked everything about this book. other than the story itself I especially liked the short stories that in a way similar to the stories in this series and how they start each chapter.
As usual I liked the main couple in this book too, in the Hero what I liked about him was his willingness to open up to the Heroine about his past, not many hero's do it. Even though was he did to her previously was despicable but his words rang true "If h ...more
I really loved Mickey. Silence was enjoyable too, but at times I felt like you could insert any naive, innocent romance heroine in her place and still have the same story. Mickey was the driving force of the book and, truth be told,Silence's most important role was drawing him out of himself. I still enjoyed it, but it kept me from absolutely loving it.
I liked how intensely it focused on their interactions together. I really loved watching Mickey open himself up to her. He was a fabu ...more
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“I already have,” she replied, cradling his cheek in her hand. “Long, long ago.”
“He loved me, he truly did,” she gasped.
“I know he did,” Michael said.
“And I loved him.”
She raised her head, glaring angrily. “You don’t even believe in love. Why are you agreeing with me?”
“Because”—he leaned down and licked at the tears on her cheeks, his lips brushing softly against her sensitive skin as he spoke, “ye’ve bewitched and bespelled me, my sweet Silence, didn’t ye know? I’ll agree that the sky is pink, that the moon is made o’ marzipan and sugared raisins, and that mermaids swim the muddy waters o’ the Thames, if ye’ll only stop weepin’. Me chest breaks apart and gapes wide open when I see tears in yer pretty eyes. Me lungs, me liver, and me heart cannot stand to be thus exposed.”
She stopped breathing. She simply inhaled and stopped, looking at him in wonder. His lips were quirked in a mocking smile, but his eyes—his fathomless black eyes—seemed to hold a great pain as if his strong chest really had been split open.”