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Thief of Shadows (Maiden Lane #4)

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Winter Makepeace lives a double life. By day he's the stoic headmaster of a home for foundling children. But the night brings out a darker side of Winter. As the moon rises, so does the Ghost of St. Giles-protector, judge, fugitive. When the Ghost, beaten and wounded, is rescued by a beautiful aristocrat, Winter has no idea that his two worlds are about
Mass Market Paperback, 360 pages
Published June 26th 2012 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 1st 2012)
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Warning: Be prepared – When you start this incredible book, you will not want to stop until the end!

“Promise me this: that you’ll show me only your true face, no matter how ugly you might think it. That’s our true intimacy, not sex, but the ability to be ourselves when we are together.”

From the very first pages, I was held tightly in the grip of this remarkable story. There’s no wading in here to get to the goodies as once again Hoyt works her magic and gives us another winner! This is an unfor
Jul 19, 2016 Alp rated it really liked it
“I can survive the loss of something I’ve never had. I cannot survive losing you.”

Honestly, I didn't expect much from this book, probably because I wasn't impressed with Lady Isabel Beckinhall since I met her in the previous one, Scandalous Desires. Besides, I’d never felt the aura of ‘hero’ radiating from Winter Makepeace, and I thought he was a bit boring. Oh boy was I wrong! I must admit, I almost skipped this book and if I had really done that, I would never have known how amazing he was!
Jun 25, 2012 Rane rated it it was amazing

There's two emotions I can always count on when reading Hoyt's books joy and disappointment. Joy because I'm reading such an awesome book, and disappointment cause when it's over! What happened to savoring the book Rane? But I couldn't help myself cause it was awesome!

Thief of Shadows picks up right up where Scandalous Desires, and where Scandalous Desires had some weakness in the heroine and some anti-climatic moments toward the end, Thief of Shadows had none of this, the heroine Isabel Beck

4.5 stars

Lady Isabel Beckinhall finds the Ghost of St Giles lying wounded on the streets. With a mob bearing down on him, she orders her men to lift him into her carriage. Having saved the notorious pirate “Charming” Mickey O’Connor from hanging earlier in the day, the mob are now baying for the Ghost's blood. Isabel takes the Ghost, aka Winter Makepeace, to her home where she tends his wounds. The following morning the Ghost has gone, leaving Isabel wondering about his identity.

Winter is by day
Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Adrian, Dan & Hunter

“Every gentleman you meet must voice his admiration, his wish to make love to you. And those are only the ones who may voice such thoughts. All about you are men who cannot speak their admiration, who must remain mute from lack of social standing or fear of offending you. Only their thoughts light the air about you, following you like a trail of perfume, heady but invisible.”


Baroness Isabel Beckinhall's carriage had come to a standstill in the worst par
3.5 starsWinter Makepeace has devoted his life to being the headmaster of the home for foundling children in the poverty stricken area of London called St. Giles. However, by night, he's the mysterious Ghost of St. Giles, a sort of a historical version of Batman, trying to protect mostly the abandoned or orphaned children of the district. The night he's injured while saving Mickey O'Rourke from the gallows, he himself is rescued by Lady Isabel Beckinhall. She's a widow and one of the patronesses ...more
Lisa Kay
Harlequin Mask

(This is a review of the audiobook.) Oh, I love the Maiden Lane series and this one is so well narrated by Ashford MacNab, who also does the rest of the series; thus, it is all the more pleasurable. Her accents and tones were very well done, making them discernible individual characters.

As far as the story, it is hard to follow on the heels of “Charming” Mickey O’Connor and Widowed Silence Hollingbrook, but Ms. Hoyt pulls off the telling of the sainted Winter Makepeace and willful
Read it in one sitting and loved it.

Had so many things that I just squee over in a book:
- Virgin hero? CHECK.
- Older woman, younger man? CHECK.
- Hero in pursuit/unrequited love? CHECK.
- Suspense element that did not take over the story, but was enough to keep the plot interesting? CHECK.
- Evildoing villain I totally did not guess? CHECK.
- Heroine I actually liked and whose reasoning for shying away from the hero was noble and not TSTL "logic?" CHECK.
- Sprinkling of secondary characters who tied
May 12, 2016 Joanita rated it really liked it
She slowly reached out and ran a finger down the length of the deformed nose of his mask. “Who are you?”
His beautiful mouth twisted. “Whoever you wish me to be.”
She laughed then, a little breathlessly. “Don’t make promises you can’t keep, sir.”
“I never do,” his words whispered across her senses.

I’ve been looking forward to Winter Makepeace’s book since the first book where we found out that he is the Ghost of St. Giles. And I must say I was not disappointed by him.

Winter lives for his work

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I wondered how Elizabeth Hoyt would top the fascinating and well-written pirate hero, Mickey of the last book. However, it was obvious from the very beginning that Hoyt had a plan for Winter Makepeace. One that worked so well that it may have become my favorite book of the series.

As the headmaster of the home for foundling children, Winter is stoic, but caring. I wasn’t sure how I would handle his story because he has never quite been a favorite of mine. That has change
Jul 24, 2015 Daniella rated it it was amazing
My definition of a brilliant story is one that forces you to forget about anything else beyond the plot, making you feel as though nothing else mattered aside from the tale that was slowly unfolding in front of you. It is one that gets you so thoroughly invested in the characters that you actually end up sharing their experiences--even to such a degree that the lines between you, the reader, and the characters get blurred. The risk of reading such a story is that it's so damn hard to move on. Ev ...more
Carol *Young at Heart Oldie*
I absolutely loved this book!

It was amazing to see Ms Hoyt turn the dour, surly, humourless Winter Makepeace into a take-your-breath-away hero. I was surprised to discover that he was the Ghost of St. Giles at the end of Scandalous Desires. My money had been on the elusive brother, Asa. But, as they say, never judge a book by its cover.

Winter is so refreshingly different from other heroes and that really appealed to me. I love his total dedication to rescuing and caring for those vulnerable chil
Jun 07, 2012 Crista rated it it was amazing
Thief of Shadows is an engaging, suspense-filled, emotional journey that I enjoyed to the fullest. I recommend the entire Maiden Lane series, and this book adds even more depth and quality to the series. Several parts of this book were unique and different from the typical romance novel, and I loved every minute of this departure from the "norm".

Winter Makepeace:
This man is not your typical hero, but what a hero he turns out to be! Winter is a virgin who is very committed to his celibacy. Duri
Jan 06, 2016 Karen rated it really liked it
Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
Jun 25, 2012 Anna (Bobs Her Hair) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical Romance Readers
Grade: B+ or strong 4 stars

Thief of Shadows is a sensual historical romance about the masks people wear, the emotions they hide, and the risks people take when they find something to believe in.

The Story
Winter Makepeace is the austere manager and schoolteacher for an orphanage in the London slum known as St. Giles. He has worked for the Home for Unfortunate Infants and Foundling Children since he was seventeen years old. Over the years, he has witnessed the neglect, mistreatment, and abuse the
Jess the Romanceaholic
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Expected Release Date: June 26, 2012
Publisher: Hachette Publishing Group
Imprint: Grand Central Publishing
Author’s Website:
My Source for This Book: Netgalley
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 4, Maiden Lane Series
Series Best Read In Order: YES.
Steam Level: Steamy

I’ve been a big fan of the Maiden Lane series since the first book, Wicked Intentions, was released a few years ago. With unconventional
Manda Collins
Jun 04, 2012 Manda Collins rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Eloisa James, Elizabeth Hoyt
Recommended to Manda by: NetGalley
I have a confession to make. I've been waiting for Winter's book since the very first entry in Elizabeth Hoyt's Maiden Lane series. Not sure why it is, but I really go for those taciturn, honorable, strong-silent types. And Elizabeth Hoyt certainly delivers. If this were a category romance, or a Harlequin Historical the title would be THE SCHOOLMASTER AND THE BARONESS. But thankfully, it's not, because then we'd miss out on the delicious, role-reversing, lady-tutors-the-virgin-schoolmaster scene ...more
Thief of Shadows is the fourth book in the Maiden Lane series by Elizabeth Hoyt. Winter Makepeace is a headmaster of a home for foundling children. He is also leading a secret life as the Ghost of St. Giles. Lady Isabel Beckinhall is a widow, and also a member of the Ladies’ Syndicate for the Benefit of the Home for Unfortunate Infants and Foundling Children.

Just when you think Ms Hoyt can't possibly publish another great one, she does. Wonderful and engaging characters that work in spite of wha
4.5 stars. Every one of the Maiden Lane books has been an improvement on the last, and the fourth continues the trend; I wouldn't say there's no room for the fifth to be even better, but not much.

The end of Scandalous Desires left the infamous Ghost of St. Giles, finally revealed to us as the orphanage manager Winter Makepeace, wounded and close to exposure. This satisfactorily picks up exactly where that book left off, as Lady Isabel Beckinhal finds the wounded "Ghost" and aids him, without gue
Winter Makepeace, the son of a successful brewer, is the straitlaced and serious manager of the orphanage located in St. Giles, the poor are of London. The orphanage was originally set up by his now deceased father and Winter has vowed that he will dedicate his life to ensuring that the children are well looked after and educated. Although he is stern and rarely smiles or shows affection he does care for these children and is determined that the orphanage will stay open, as there are many needy ...more
Winter Makepeace is a very proper, very boring, very uncolorful headmister of an orphanage built by his father. Lady Isobel is a rich and respected widow with a prominent social life and interested a lot in fashion and gowns. These two would make for a very unlikely -and very uninteresting- couple if not for these facts:

-Winter is also the Ghost of St. Giles, running around at night, trying to save the children of St Giles and punish the guilty
-Behind his dour and cold facade, Winter is a passio
Absolutely fabulous read! Didn't want it to end!!! Do not miss this extrodinary read! Let me start out by saying how much I LOVE this series! Winter Makepeace by far my favorite hero of the series. Hard to say that, because I love love Lord Caire as well. But Winter he is special and hot in his severity of dress and character. He is a very atypical type of hero. He is younger than his lady love and also did I mention is a virgin…yummy! Not only is he is the manager of the foundling home, he also ...more
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Jul 14, 2011 Katie(babs) rated it really liked it
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Kat Latham
Jun 16, 2012 Kat Latham rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Winter Makepeace is a man with many secrets. The one thing everyone knows is that he's a serious, somewhat dour manager of the foundling orphanage his late father founded. He works himself ragged taking care of 18th century St. Giles' most vulnerable residents, children who would be sold or kidnapped into slavery and suffer all manner of unspeakable abuses if Winter didn't rescue them.

Talk about a hero.

But Winter's foundling home is funded by a group of well-to-do ladies with more exper
Winter Makepeace is pleased to finally have a new building for his Home for Unfortunate Infants and Foundling Children but he is still a bit restless so when he hears of a 'lassie snatcher' he sets about to find out all he can and stop them. As his alter ego, the Ghost of St. Giles, he learns what he can about the orphaned girls being forced to work in horrible conditions with no fresh air and rotten food. As he tries to save these girls, his day job starts to give him a distraction in the form ...more
Anne OK
Jul 19, 2012 Anne OK rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012-reads
Move over charmin’ Mickey -- you've got solid competition when the Ghost of St. Giles makes his entrance. Finally readers get some much needed resolve to the mysteries of the infamous and multifaceted “Ghost.” In my opinion, Elizabeth Hoyt has done no wrong with the books in the Maiden Lane series. Each one has been a true gem. Likewise with the latest release, Thief of Shadows.

A very enjoyable entry into the series starring a wonderfully secretive, honorable, and quiet man in Winter Makepeace.
Jun 25, 2016 Ashley rated it liked it
3.5 stars.

This is the first book of the series I'd rate below four stars. It's odd because Winter Makepeace was right up my alley in so many ways. He was a lot like Samuel, the hero of one of my favorite novels ever, The Shadow and the Star.

Winter was sexually repressed, stoic, and restrained, maybe not a nice person but a good one, and he was intelligent and commanding without needing to make a big show of it. His character, and hence this long awaited book about The Ghost of St. Giles, work
I have to say I don't have any favorite in this series, cause they are equally amazing to me, but this book and the previous one are coming close to break the equality XD

I have to say that the Hero was my favorite character in this book, I did love all the lovable characters of course but Winter was my favorite in here. The polar opposite main couple were very adorable when they spared, but I preferred them the most when they interacted with the children, especially Joseph Tin-box with Winter, t
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Elizabeth Hoyt is a New York Times bestselling author of historical romance. She also writes deliciously fun contemporary romance under the name Julia Harper. Elizabeth lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with three untrained dogs and one long-suffering husband.
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“But he place a gentle palm under her chin and turned her face back to him. “I'm privileged to see you like this,” he said, his eyes fierce. “Wear you social mask at your balls and parties and when you visit your friends out there, but when we are alone, just the two of us in here, promise me this: that you'll show me only your real face, no matter how ugly you might think it. That's our true intimacy, not sex, but the ability to be ourselves when we are together. (Winter Makepeace)” 26 likes
“I'll never look at you in any way but complete admiration.” He stroked her hair soothingly. “You will never be a millstone about my neck. Rather you're the sunshine that brightens my day.” He swallowed. “Don't you see? You brought me into the daylight. You've embraced parts of me that I was never able to let see light. Don't make me retreat again into the night. (Winter Makepeace)” 19 likes
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