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Thief of Shadows
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 ...more
One of my all-time favorite romances. THIS is why I refuse to give up on romances. THIS.
Lady Isabel Beckinhall is two and thirty. She is a high-born widow and has had several lovers. She knows how to play the game of "polite society," is confident, funny, independent.
Winter Makepeace is six and twenty. The son of a brewer, he manages a home for orphans. He has dedicated his life to championing the weak and helpless. By night he is a sort of 18th century superhe ...more
“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 ...more
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 ...more
But, luckily, our ye old Lois Lane, aka Isabel, isn't as easily fooled by a simple pair of glasses and sees through Winter's facade pretty quickly. I liked her the most just for that. It's ridiculous how the av ...more
“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 wors ...more
I hate those times when I finish a book and walk away thinking, it was good. Not great. But good. But I can't put my finger on the issue.
Unlike that ^ guy who managed to put his finger where it did not belong!
Read as a BOTM read for Historical Book Club, Virgin Hero trope
Sexy times: This is Elizabeth Hoyt and she excels at HR sexy times. Virgin hero, experienced heroine. What's not to love about that?
A buddy read with the Romance Readers at the MacHalos:):):) Yes, we do exist!
I would have liked to write a brilliant review about this book, since it made me all romantic and put me in a loving and worm mood, but I just don't have it in me today.... It has nothing to do with the book! It was wonderful! Winter made me fall in love with him from the get go and Lady Isabel Beckinhall, the lightly older and more experienced woman, was everything a strong but still sensitive lady should ...more
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 ...more
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 Bec ...more
"Has anyone cherished you just for yourself?"
I wasn't highly anticipating this couple but they showed me and had some great heat between them. Our hero Winter is the epitome of still waters run deep. His and Isabel's back and forth, especially in regards to their sexual innuendos, had some spine tingling moments. I posted my favorite secondary characters of 2016 just this afternoon but let me add a late addition, Joseph Tinbox. Gah, I NEED his and Peach's story (this pairing has to ...more
(Likely this is also why I'm so obsessed with ...more
This picture reminds me of a moment in the book when Winter Makepeace and Lady Isabel Bekinhall could no longer deny the passion that was getting stronger with every stolen glance and slight touch. And what follows proved to be a very sensual scene that caused a hitch in my breath and a tingle in my belly. ❤
Winter has been a constant thread in the three books leading to this one and within each book there was another layer of him revealed. Who was this man and why had he become this protector an ...more
★★★★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 w ...more
Winter is younger than Isabel and their social standings are miles apart. She is upper class and he is definitely in the lower classes. To her mind, nothing can ever come of their relationship.
The banter was great between them. He wasn't intimidated by her station. Although she is a widow, he makes her feel like ...more
Forever wasn't for them.After a bit of a lackluster start, Ms. Hoyt managed to tie all the threads of Thief of Shadows together and pull off another incredible installment in the Maiden Lane series!!
I think I just wasn't able to connect with Winter Makepeace in the beginning. As Lady Isabel says . . .
He was so stiff, so utterly self-contained. Perhaps he simply had no emotions to restrain.But once the story got rolling and Isabel and Winter relaxed into their ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
This is my favorite book of the series so far. And not just because of Winter (who still holds my heart in his hands) but also because of Isabel who gets to be a strong woman of the time and not a virgin since she is widowed and has had a few lovers since in fact. This is something I’ve been asking for in an HR book for forever and finally ...more
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 wor...more
Beautiful story with interesting, flawed, complex leads.
This used a character/couple trope I'm generally not a big fan of and I guess it slipped my mind before reading this since Winter is such a stoic mystery who carries himself so much older. The hero is 6 years younger than the heroine and a virgin to boot. The virgin part doesn't bother me, in fact it made for some really interesting compelling scenes between the h and hr who both are for the lack of a better term, straightforward. ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
“... 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.”
reading this book all started with a half-assed attempt on my part to read another historical romance, but preferably with less gender stereotypes. my infamous gym acquaintance (devourer of books, master of the treadmill) was away on holiday, so eventually i had to get advice from a cousin.
“read this one, jade,” she said, “because t ...more
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. Du ...more
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 ...more
Still, it's better than like 72% of the books I read, and even more, I can't wait to read the next EIGHT books?!
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