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Lord of Darkness (Maiden Lane #5)

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  3,062 ratings  ·  400 reviews
When Strangers In The Night

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.

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Lady Margaret Reading has vowed to kill the Ghost of St. Giles—th
Mass Market Paperback, 360 pages
Published February 26th 2013 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 1st 2013)
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4.5 stars

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

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
I loved everything about this book! It's so hard for a series to not loose momentum, but this series is maintaining it's quality and perhaps even getting better!

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
Hoyt brings the Heat yet again in this 5th book of the Maiden Lane series!

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
Five books into her Maiden Lane series and Elizabeth Hoyt is still on top of her game! Godric St. John married Lady Margaret to help her out of a tough situation and it seemed to fit for him. Megs would live in the country away from him and he could continue with his nightly duties as the Ghost of St.Giles. This works well until Megs, and part of his family, descend upon him and turn his life upside down when Megs tells him he wants a child. Having married and lost the great love of his life, Go ...more
4.50 Stars - Georgian England / Historical Romance.

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,
Adria (Romance Reviews)
ARC Review Originally posted on Adria's Romance Reviews

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
4 Stars - sweet and cute - a really good HR

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
The fifth addition to the Maiden Lane series by Elizabeth Hoyt. After her lover was killed and she was left with child, Lady Margaret Reading is wed to Godric St. John and sent off to the country to live. Sadly, she lost the baby and now two years later has decided it is time to return to London. She wants a child and to seek revenge on her lover's murderer, the Ghost of St. Giles. Unknown to her is that her husband is in fact the Ghost but he did not murder her lover. Godric is shocked when his ...more
4.5 stars!

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!
Lisa Kay
★★★☆☆ – Audio Performance
★★★★ ½ - Novel (This is a review rant of the audiobook.) Emma Taylor gives a very inconsistent performance and I don’t think she was the right choice for the reading of this wonderful book. I had an inkling I was in trouble when a character was suppose to hiss her words, and instead they came out regular. Or worse, called out a hiss in a high-pitched falsetto instead, which you can hear in the sample of the audio recording. Forget about when one is supposed to deliver a
Oh how the mighty have fallen! This is a truly awful book, I couldn't care less about the story or the characters, especially about the heroine, who must be one of the most ill conceived and anachronistic heroines in historical romantic fiction.

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
Mandi Schreiner
I really enjoy this series, but for some reason I wasn’t anticipating this book very much. The idea of Godric St. John as a hero just didn’t interest me. What was I thinking? This is the Godric, who watched his beloved wife die from a devastating illness for nine years. Godric, who had vowed to never love again. Godric, who was blackmailed into marrying Lady Margaret Reading (who got pregnant, then her lover died) because her brother knew Godric was the Ghost of St. Giles. And to top things off ...more
Khanh (Clowns, Nightmares, and Bunnies)
Nope nope nope. The Maiden Lane series has gone on entirely far enough. There's a maddeningly huge set of characters now, I could not keep track of them all, nor could I remember which parts they had played in the past, nor remember their particular story. I've read all the previous books, but my mind is occupied with other things and I cannot be fucked to remember all their back stories, thank you very much.

There's also an annoying secondary storyline relegated to setting us up for the next boo
Apr 10, 2013 Plethora rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Absolutely nobody -not even my worst enemy (had I had one).
Recommended to Plethora by: I'm my own worst enemy
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Carol *Young at Heart Oldie*
"I’m not sure about the pairing of the hero and heroine in the next book, LORD OF DARKNESS but I have every confidence that Ms Hoyt will pull another winner out of the bag.” – quote from my review of THIEF OF SHADOWS

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
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Lady Wesley
Superb is the only word I can think of to describe this latest chapter of the Maiden Lane stories. I loved Megs and Godric and savored every word of their love story. This is not like any other marriage-of-convenience plot out there, being a mixture of romance, adventure, and discovery. Highly recommended.
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Lily (Lily Pond Reads)
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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
4.5 stars!

Gosh I'm loving this series! I think I love the fact that they're so different than other historicals out there. Hoyt is very adept at weaving the plot, romance and characters in a way that leaves you breathless.

I didn't give it 5 stars for 2 reasons. 1) I felt like the romance was lacking that special something. One minute Godric did not want to bed his wife, then the next minute he was bedding her. I hate when I feel like characters can't make up their minds. It's a turn off for me
Vanessa Kelly
When I grow up, I want to write like Elizabeth Hoyt. Her prose is both lyrical and evocative but also precise and crisp. I loved both the hero and heroine, two kindred souls who lost the loves of their lives. How they found a way to find a second, even richer love with each other is very satisfying. I also like the world of Maiden Lane, the rich details of life in Georgian London, and a wealth of interesting secondary characters. EH is a one of the most talented historical romance writers out th ...more
Rating: B ... Heat: Hot

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

Mar 19, 2013 Julianna rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Historical Romance
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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
This is a wonderful addition to the Maiden Lane series. It runs along a similar theme to the others in the series, but again it has its own very strong plot and storyline, which really pulls you in. You would have thought after all the HRs I've read, and after #5 in a series, I would have become a bit more immune to the plots, but I did actually find myself tearing up once or twice in this one.

As always, the book is beautifully written. No jarring historical inaccuracies, sudden character metamo
OK, this is an awful book. Honestly.

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
Elizabeth Hoyt does not dissapointed! Yet another wonderful romance and look onto the secret lives of the Ghost of St . Giles. Goodrich st.john has spent most of his adult life protecting th people of St Giles and London without thought for himself but that is about to change.

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
This book had me at hello--more specifically, at the first scene in which the Ghost of St. Giles faces down the barrel of a pistol pointed by his, uh, wife. It is an equally badass and chuckle-inducing start and it only gets better from there.

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
4.5 brilliant stars!

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Oh, Elizabeth Hoyt, I can't tell you how much I enjoy your writing. Your stories are fascinating and the characters have stolen my heart.

I closed this book with a satisfied sigh and smiled. This is the 5th story in the Maiden Lane series and there are hundreds of reviews already on this story in particular. I won't waste time writing out the plot or what happens or with whom. All I need to say is for you to read this. You won't regret it. The storyline was superbly thrillin
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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 central Illinois with three untrained dogs, two angelic but bickering children, and one long-suffering husband.
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“I love you,” she said, speaking clearly so that there might be no confusion. “I love you utterly and completely. I love your elegant hands and the way you smile with only one side of your mouth — when you smile at all — and I love how grave your eyes are. I love that you let me invade your house with nearly my entire family and yours, and never even turned a hair. I love that you made love to me when I asked you, purely for politeness’ sake, and I love that you got mad at me later and made me make love to you. I love that you let Her Grace and her puppies construct a nest out of your shirts in your dressing room. I love that you’ve spent years selflessly saving people in St. Giles — although I want you to stop right now. I love that you killed a man for me, even if I’m still mad at you about it. I love that you saved my letters before we even knew each other well, and I love the curt, overly serious letters you wrote to me in return.”

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 the first time in a very long time, he yearned to see tomorrow. Tomorrow and the day after that and the year after that. There was a possibility that with Megs he might have a life to look forward to. And because of that, tonight he was going to hunt down a man and assassinate him in cold blood. This act would damn his very soul but for Megs it was worth it.
For Meggie he would walk the fires of hell.”
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