Lord of Darkness (Maiden Lane #5)
He lives in the shadows. As the mysterious masked avenger known as the Ghost of St. Giles, Godric St. John's only goal is to protect the innocent of London. Until the night he confronts a fearless young lady pointing a pistol at his head—and realizes she is his wife.
Lady Margaret Reading has vowed to kill the Ghost of St. Giles—th...more
Lady Margaret (Megs) Reading has decided to join her husband in London. For two reasons. Firstly, she wants to kill the Ghost of St Giles, believing as she does that he had murdered her fiancé. Secondly, she wants to seduce her husband. Problem is, her husband and the Ghost of St Giles are one and the same.
Megs has spent the past two years sequestered in the countryside away from her husband, Godric St John in London. Their arranged marriage has suited both sides. But now Megs is desper...more
Elizabeth Hoyt dazzles me yet again with her newest addition to one of the most amazing series I’ve read to date. Lord of Darkness deals with the recuperations we were left last in Thief of Shadows.
Picking up two years later, we catch up with Godric St.John who is trying to help out, disguised as the Ghost of St.Giles, a carriage being held up by footpads who by the way happens to be carrying his wife who wants the Ghost dead. Having his wife aiming a gun at his head wasn’t the reunion he had...more
Lord of Darkness is Megs and Godric's book. Margaret "Megs" Reading is Lord Griffin Reading's sister who was first introduced in Notorious Pleasures. The last book Scandalous Desires, has found Megs pregnant out of wedlock and her lover has been murdered. The epilogue shows Griffin confronting Godric about a "proposition" that he has for...more
The passion, threat of danger and wonderful characters in Hoyt’s classic style is unforgettable!
I had to scratch my head at first to remember the history of all the characters because it’s been a while since the last installment, but once I had everything straightened out, this became a book I could not put down!
This is about a couple forced into a marriage of convenience. Both are still reeling from the deaths of their tr...more
Oh but how I love this series! Ms. Hoyt is a brilliant writer and she delivers another winner in her evocative, sensual, addictive Maiden Lane series that’s now 5 for 5 and still going strong! I can’t wait for the next book!
A classical blend of love, myth, mystery and legend, I CONGRATULATE Ms Hoyt who has woven another expressive story of St. Giles in this rewarding and much loved series of Maiden Lane. I sincerely LOVED this story which once again unfolds the legend of another ghost of St. Giles with a promise of frivolous, engaging and electrifying romance, harmonizing with espionage, adventure and fulfilling drama.
Godric St. John is now the Ghost of St. Giles,...more
Die hard fans of Elizabeth Hoyt's Maiden Lane series will recognize Godric and Margaret "Megs" from their brief appearance in Thief of Shadows. Godric was devastated after the death of his wife Clara and Megs found herself on the brink of ruin when her lover and secret fiance was murdered, reportedly by the Ghost of St. Giles. It was revealed at the end of Thief of Shadows that Godric also masqueraded as a Ghost of St. Giles and blackmailed...more
This was another enjoyable and entertaining book by Elizabeth Hoyt in the Mayden Lane series. This fifth one is about a practical agreement, between Godric St. John and Lady Margaret Reading, that ultimately leads to sore feelings and attraction.
The widower Godric St. John was more or less forced by Margaret's brother to marry her. She was young, unmarried and pregnant with a dead lover's baby. Godric, one of the three Ghosts of St. Giles was revealed...more
What I loved the most about this is the slow building romance between the main characters. They both have lost people they love and are trying to fight through the grief they are feeling. I adored Godric St John and Margaret they had such a wonderful and believable connection. The secondary characters are also a bonus.
This is a delicious read not to be missed!
★★★★ ½ - Novel (This is a
Other readers here, who,like me, love Elizabeth Hoyt (or used to), while refusing to check their critical faculties at the door, have pointed out how anachronistic this book is. How contemporary the whole tone and voice of it are. It is also an exasperat...more
Lady Margaret Reading has been absent for two years while she mourned the death of her lover, as well as grief due to her miscarriage. She’s been absent from London and absent from her marriage. A marriage in name only, made while she was still pregnant, so her reputation and the baby’s wouldn’t suffer. Now Megs has returned to London—to seduce her husband and to murder the Ghost of St. Giles. Who happen to be one and the same.
Godric St. John is also in mourning… and has...more
There's also an annoying secondary storyline relegated to setting us up for the next boo...more
Well, what can I say except… This book is definitely another winner and I absolutely loved it! This unlikely pairing proved to be the perfect pairing!
What I loved most about this book was following Godric and Megs’ journey of healing and learning to love again. Ms Hoyt captured all...more
Review contain spoilers for the Maiden Lane series.
Lord of Darkness is the third perfect read in a row for me from Elizabeth Hoyt's Maiden Lane series. I'm not sure if I can do this superbly written book justice with my review, but I'm going to try. This story was intense, passionate, romantic, emotional, and absolutely smokin' hot. The hero is positively to die for. The heroine is a ray of sunshine and a breath o...more
Beautiful, simply beautiful. Lord of Darkness was my first book by Elizabeth Hoyt and I regret not reading her books earlier. Her style of writing is magnificent. The storytelling is enchanting and captivating, capturing the heart and soul of the characters like no other.
When Lady Margaret Reading returns to London and a man she has not seen since her wedding day, she is there for two reasons. One, she wants a...more
The ghost of StGilesissuprised to find that the coach h is trying to protect from a group of ruffians in st Giles belongs to no other but his wife, who he has not seen in two years since marrying her, and the pistols she is...more
Elizabeth Hoyt’s latest has all the ingredients that I love in my romance novels: the marriage of convenience trope; a staid hero and vivacious heroine; love that's not at first sight; passionate love scenes (I counted at least five in this book); adrenalin...more
I really loved the thread of danger that never quite left, and the love scenes? *fans self* Yum.
Also, this doesn't count towards the rating of this one, but can I just say how excited I am to read the next one?! Gah! Such an evil tease!
A very solid 4/5 Star...more
Whew, here I am, having emerged from air after slogging my way through Elizabeth Hoyt's Lord of Darkness, the latest in her Maiden Lane series. Though not a long novel, Lord of Darkness certainly feels it: I suspect that there might be some sort of time dilation powers hidden within its pages.
There's a reason that category romance novels tend to fall in at just under two hundred or so pages, and that's that it's terribly difficult t...more
As always, the book is beautifully written. No jarring historical inaccuracies, sudden character metamo...more
Sometimes, I get tired of books that I read hurriedly, but I think this one taken by itself, is pretty damn bad.
I couldn't relate to the characters. I read 400 odd pages about the hero and heroine, but still couldn't feel the chemistry between them, and how they suddenly fell in love, and honestly, the love making scenes were equally bad.
This book fails on all levels. The characters don't make you care about their well being, the conversation is cliche', and...more
That said, The Lord of Darkness didn’t win me over as some of the prior four books have. Let’s take a look at The Lord of Darkness.
The Lord of Darkness is the fifth book in the continuing Maiden Lane series, set i...more
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She looked at him very seriously.
“I love you, Godric St. John, and now I’m breaking my word. I will not leave you. You may either come with me to Laurelwood or I’ll stay here with you in your musty old house in London and drive you mad with all my talking and relatives and… and exotic sexual positions until you break down and love me back, for I’m warning you that I’m not giving up until you love me and we’re a happy family with dozens of children.”
She paused at that point because she’d run out of breath and looked at him.
His face had gone still and for a moment her heart sank and she had to fortify herself for a battle.
But then his mouth quirked like that and he said, “Exotic sexual positions?”
And she knew even before he said anything else that it was all going to be fine—more than fine. It was going to be wonderful.”
For Meggie he would walk the fires of hell.”