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Lord of Darkness

(Maiden Lane #5)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  7,953 ratings  ·  824 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
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Tammi Horne I started with book 3 and went in series... currently reading book 5.. each book branches off with a character in the previous series... And the end o…moreI started with book 3 and went in series... currently reading book 5.. each book branches off with a character in the previous series... And the end of each book has a section at the end that starts you out at the beginning to the next book.

I recommend reading in series at least after book 3 atleast.. still working on completing this series.. hope to have it done in 6 to 7 months...(less)

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Jan 01, 2017 rated it liked it
*** 3 ***

A Romantic buddy read with the MacHalo Freaks:-) We all need some romance from time to time!

I wanted to like this more than I actually did, but alas, the set up was weak and the chemistry between the two lovebirds never really materialized... And it had potential.

Our Hero had lost his wife to a prolonged illness couple of years ago and is living life as a walking corps... The lady Margaret, aka Mag, lost her lover of 3 months whom she thought was the love of her life, and is left unwed
Dec 04, 2012 rated it really liked it

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
Jul 17, 2016 rated it it was ok

I'm so sad to report that Lord of Darkness, the fifth installment in Maiden Lane series, is a disappointing read in my opinion.

Even though I enjoyed many parts of this book, there were also some parts that made me mad, some made me roll my eyes, and others bored me to sleep. I struggled through almost the entire story. The hero, Godric St. John, didn’t meet my expectations. He’s plain and bland, and seems more like another general character than the hero. Anyway, I admired his determinatio
Jan 21, 2017 rated it liked it
It's funny how your expectations going in to a book will totally affect your rating. I expected to hate this book. I wasn't particularly interested in the two main characters from their introductions in previous books and all of my friends here didn't like it at all. I almost decided to skip it, but I'm glad I didn't.

Because my expectations were so low, I was super stoked to find myself enjoying this book at all.

So, we have a husband and wife in a marriage of convenience for the past two years,
Feb 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing

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
Robin (Bridge Four)
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I never thought Godric was a sexy name until this book. The narrator has now given me a pavlovian response to that name. I’m very happy that this is yet another book in this series without a notorious Rake in it. It also has one of my favorite tropes of the marriage of convenience to a stranger that blooms into love.

Godric is a hero I can really get behind. He loved his wife dearly and stayed true to her all through their marriage and her devastati
Princess under cover
This is definitely not one of my favs in the series. I might even give it 2.75 stars. So given this unhappy feeling, I'll focus my review on what I didn't like:

The Heroine annoyed the hell out of me. She's immature, rash, and brash. She has no thought to anyone but herself. She got herself pregnant with one man's child, got married to another man because her brother arranged it to save her reputation. She never once wondered whether the second man wanted to marry her, and didn't care beyond her
4.75 stars

Why such a creature of light and love and life should have come to him, he could not fathom. But he was grateful. Very grateful.
Absolutely adored this. And that's the biggest surprise for me. I went into this one somewhat apprehensive given the fact how these two came together under forced awkward circumstances. And on top of that they both are grieving over a dead spouse/dead lover. That could have been a recipe for disaster. But this….this was beautiful.

His Achi
Melanie A. *mostly on hiatus*
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
4.5 STARS!
Why such a creature of light and love and life should have come to him, he could not fathom.
My stroll down Maiden Lane continues!

As always, Hoyt's writing is wonderful. I loved both Megs and Godric. Their portrayal as opposites...
Godric stood, watching as Megs turned and beamed at him, all glorious and vibrant life. Everything he was not.
...had some very sweet, romantic moments.

But it's possible that the Ghost of St. Giles angle is wearing a bit thin for
4 ½ stars – Historical/Georgian Romance

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!
Nat O
Mar 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Khanh, first of her name, mother of 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
Oct 05, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

Maybe not as riveting as the previous books but still a good enough read.

I felt both characters were dwelling in the past for too long in the book.

Nice to catch up with previous characters and see the set up for future books. This is a long series.

“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 w
Mar 20, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: most-awful
Oh how the mighty have fallen! This is a truly awful book. I couldn't care one iota 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 and feel. It is also
Monty Cupcake ☠ Queen of Bloodshed ☠
I loathed Megs. Loathed. She's horribly stupid & annoying. And Godric enabled her idiocy. He's a nice guy, but she needed to be locked in a convent for eternity. She was asking for death the entire book. ...more
Sam (AMNReader)
Move over, Mickey. I just got to know Godric, and then, you know, love him...(Who am I kidding, I couldn't choose)

I'd read like 5 books about these two. I loved Megs vitality, and the way she brought her husband back to life. I loved Godric's composure, his intensity, and his tenderness.

A wonderful, lovely, sweet journey into the relationship of these two.

I was equally impressed that the cast of characters didn't seem to distract from the main couple, and the world-building was so solid & stro
Oct 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hawt-sex
There were lots of things about this book that I could complain about:

- You want a baby Megs? Tell us about that, please, over and over and over and over
- Wait, you want a baby and to kill your lover's killer? IDK but I hear traipsing the streets of St Giles and trying to kill some anonymous unknown murderer: maybe not the best baby-growing environment? Stress and pressure and possible knife wounds and all that.
- Godric you're hung up on your dead wife? Please, tell us about that over and over a
Christy W
Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Love everything about this series and was delighted to see I somehow passed over this one originally. With an exciting well-paced plot, it held my interest throughout with past and future main characters woven in as well.
The relationship build is beautifully done as two injured individuals attempt to surpass their pain and move forward. The “adults-only” scenes add so much to the story because they reflect so well the state of the character’s hearts & minds. The interactions are meaningful and
edge of bubble
Too stupid to live characters going on about their merry ways... They even managed to make Winter look selfish and incompetent. I will have to erase this book from my memory and think that Hoyt made a mistake and skipped the 5th book.
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,
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!
Lori Foster
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
LOVED Godric, loved Megs aka Meggie Mine. This was such a wonderful book about first love... and then the love you find for the rest of your life. A beautiful story.
Now I'm onto Duke of Midnight, and I'm already loving it as well. The Maiden Lane series is phenomenal!
Adria's Musings
Sep 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 31, 2013 rated it did not like it
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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Oct 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
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
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
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
Lord of Darkness starts off with a bang as in the first scene Megs is trying to shoot the Ghost thinking he was responsible for her lover's death. She has no idea it's her husband. "Lord of Darkness" continues the saga and adventure of the Ghost of St. Giles, a masked vigilante a la Batman.

Megs, pregnant by her dead lover, had been maneuvered into a marriage of convenience with Godric St. John a couple of years ago. The couple haven't seen each other the past two years, not through anything nefa
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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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Maiden Lane (1 - 10 of 12 books)
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  • Thief of Shadows (Maiden Lane, #4)
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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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