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Thief of Shadows (Maiden Lane #4)

4.1 of 5 stars 4.10  ·  rating details  ·  4,862 ratings  ·  498 reviews

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 to c
Kindle Edition, 377 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

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 part
Lisa Kay
Harlequin Mask

★★★★½ (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 wi
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. Durin
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
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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
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
Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
Jun 25, 2012 Anna (Bobs Her Hair) rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
Manda Collins
Jun 04, 2012 Manda Collins rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
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
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
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
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Kat Latham
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, 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 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
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.
Thief of Shadows is the fourth book in the Maiden Lane series by Elizabeth Hoyt. Just when you think Ms Hoyt can't possibly publish another great one, she does. Wonderful and engaging characters that work in spite of what the traditional formula for romance calls for. A story with a fairy tale feel that pulls you in until the end and then leaves you with a feeling of loss when the story is over.
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5.00 Stars - Georgian/Historical Romance

He stole a kiss ...
... She stole his heart

This was another precious gift from the amazing series. I simply LOVED it. Winter Makepeace is one of those rare heroes who hide a mind of a very keen intellect and pointed wit behind his serious, silent and starchy demeanor. Lady Isabel Beckinhall, on the other hand is a merry widow with vast richness and experience. She is a fun-loving yet tough heroine, who finds the stoic and no-nonsense Winter, very challengi
It's like Hoyt asked herself, "What if Batman lived and loved in the Georgian Era?" and then proceeded to answer her own question with this unique, engaging novel.

Winter struck me as a kind, ethical, self-sacrificing outer beta who turns out to be as protective, fiery and badass as a classic alpha, though thankfully without the rageaholic jackassery that afflicts far too many alphas these days :) In other words: he's an immensely likable and compelling hero, despite my not necessarily agreeing
Winter Makepiece a meek and saintly manager of an orphanage during the day; dashing and quick masked hero by night. Sounds cheesy? Well, cheesy this is not. Elizabeth Hoyt's writing is sublime.

Isabel was as the sun to a candle compared to that girl so long ago. He wanted to touch her more than he wanted his next breath. More than he'd wanted food when he'd been his hungriest. More than he'd wanted water when he'd been thirstiest. She was a craving under his skin so great that even now he felt hi
I didn’t like this book as much as others by this author. I found the story very bland, but I really liked the part of the H/h falling in love and the love scenes were excellent.
HERO is a Warrior, albeit a secret one, who defends the poor people of St. Giles from harm. He sees his duty to protect as his only reason to live, and has renounced sex and everything else except his role as head of an orphanage, until he falls in love.
SCENES/CONTENT: several/steamy
GENRE/TONE: historical/drama
Mandi Schreiner
I just had a love affair with Winter Makepeace. OK, so maybe the heroine actually won his heart, but he is definitely going on my fictional boyfriend list. I adore this series and have been eagerly anticipating this book, as we’ve had hints about Winter through the past few stories. This one did not disappoint.

By all accounts, Winter Makepeace is a serious, dour man who dresses in bland brown and spends every minute he has running the Home for Unfortunate Infants and Foundling Children. Winter a
5 amazing, thrilling stars!

I'm really impressed by Hoyt! When a series goes this long usually there's bound to be a book that's a bore, but so far this series has been amazing with each book better than the last!

I have to say I'm in love with Winter! Like head over heels in love. My favorite heros are usually the bad boy, lost soul Derek Craven, Lord St. Vincent type, but Winter caught me by surprise. His quiet strength was soothing and compelling at the same time. I love how the romance survi
Are you kidding me?
I need this book like now!


Oh Winter Makepeace, you can just take my heart and my virtue and whatever else you want to take.

That being said, I didn't love this book as much as I thought I would. Not to say it wasn't interesting, and romantic, and exciting and full of Mr. Makepeace sexy brooding, but I had uber high expectations about this one.

Oh well, I still enjoyed it very much and I can't wait to have in my hands the next book on this amazing series.
Elizabeth (Liz)
Absolutely adored it!! I think, quite possibly, it's my favorite of the Maiden Lane series this far! Perfection!

5 Very Happy Stars!
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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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Other Books in the Series

Maiden Lane (10 books)
  • Wicked Intentions (Maiden Lane, #1)
  • Notorious Pleasures (Maiden Lane, #2)
  • Scandalous Desires (Maiden Lane, #3)
  • Lord of Darkness (Maiden Lane, #5)
  • Duke of Midnight (Maiden Lane, #6)
  • A Maiden Lane Christmas Special (Maiden Lane, #6.5)
  • Darling Beast (Maiden Lane, #7)
  • Dearest Rogue (Maiden Lane, #8)
  • Untitled (Maiden Lane, #9)
The Raven Prince (Princes Trilogy, #1) To Beguile a Beast (Legend of the Four Soldiers, #3) Scandalous Desires (Maiden Lane, #3) Wicked Intentions (Maiden Lane, #1) To Seduce a Sinner (Legend of the Four Soldiers, #2)

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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)” 19 likes
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