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Duke of Midnight
Twenty years ago Maximus Batten witnessed the brutal murders of his parents. Now the autocratic Duke of Wakefield, he spends his days ruling Parliament. But by night, disguised as the Ghost of St. Giles, he prowls the grim alleys of St. Giles, ever on the hunt for the murderer. One night he finds a fiery woman who meets him toe-to-toe—and won't back ...more
So I got up at midnight to read this because of course I did.
Even with a wondrous thing like Thief of Shadows, I do always feel a little letdown with this series, but I think it's because I am looking forward to each release so much that I'm bound to feel that way.
In this case, though, there is a pretty basic element that I think is a real problem, and here it is:
(view spoiler)[It is the end of the book (83%) before we get Wakefield's POV during any sexual contact with Artemis, inclu ...more
Was that or was that not the best one in the series so far?
Okay actually I still can’t decide because I really loved scandalous desires as well, so maybe we can say that these two are the best.
First of all about the “Ghost of St Gilles”, because this is quite funny, we’ve got three men who protect the city. One of them was boring with the most plain personality ever, the next one got himself stabbed every single time he went out, the third one’s identity was recognized and was blackmail ...more
I had high hopes for Duke of Midnight, considering that most of my friends enjoyed it so much, and not only did this book not disappoint, it exceeded all my expectations! I thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful HR story, and it pulled me in right from the beginning and firmly held there until the end. It's been a while since I read anything that kept me turning pages like crazy. This one was ...more
This series is just so so good and I cannot wait to catch up with the rest of these books. From the start, I really loved Artemis's character and how she was so determined and strong. Her brother, Apollo, was in jail after being falsely accused of killing his three best friends and Artemis is determined to get him free, including blackmailing the Ghost of St. Giles. When Artemis ...more
Oh, Maximus, Maximus, Maximus. Would you come to your senses and see the treasure that was straight in front of you? Would you turn your nose up at society and do what was in your heart? I really enjoyed this one. I think of the reasons was that Artemis was not of his station but she stood up to him and he didn't know what to make of her.
Maximus is a Duke and he must marry a noblewoman. It would be unheard of for him to marry beneath his station. But he wants Artemis, his goddess, his ...more
A buddy read with the MacHalo Freaks. Because we are romantic like that:-)
I have to admit it - I am a complete sucker for Historical Romance! I am not sure why, is it the clothing, is it the societal norms of the time, is it the idea of the gentleman hero... But I love it all!
This series has been reviving around the seedy part of London in the 18th century and the legendary Ghosts of St. Giles. It is a bit repetitive, this being the sixth book in the series, but the truth is, there ...more
Maximus is in the market for a wife and wants a perfect Duchess by his side. Pretty much his only criteria is that she is beautiful, a virgin and from a wealthy family. He ...more
I was pleasantly surprised that I loved the heroine more than the guy!
I've had my eye on Maximus since Notorious Pleasures. Mister "I can do no wrong" is surely put to the test here. He's used to giving orders and getting what he wants. But in this story, his station in life is the one thing that is keeping him from his true desire.
The mystery of the Ghost of St. Giles continues. We all know ...more
I'm always in the height of anticipation when it comes to Hoyt's newest book. When I found out it was to be Maximus Batten, Duke of Wakefield book, I couldn't wait to see how Hoyt would make him eat his harsh words toward a kind lady's companion and what made him tick.
The thing was he was out shined by IMO the best heroine of the series so far Artemis Greaves. Artemis has had some really crappy hands dealt to her in life and the last blow was her very sane twin brother Apollo thrown into Bedla ...more
I think I am running out of words to describe just how much I LOVE this series! Time and again, Ms Hoyt enthrals me with her unforgettable characters, compelling plots and sensual romances.
This was not a man to be swayed by gentleness, beauty, or sweet words. He would bend – assuming he was even capable of bending – only for reasons of his own.
I didn't particularly like Maximus in the previous books but there was just something about him that intrigued me. I wanted t ...more
Contrived plot between H and h. He's a Duke out for revenge. (Kind of like the Batman origin story, which isn't all that original, tho I do like that particular trope). He feels responsible for his parents' deaths and is trying to make up for it b ...more
You may say: "Of course you are confused, silly, you started at book #6 in a series. Duh."
**** SPOILERS ****
The heroine, Artemis, is a poor relation and companion/slave to a spoiled, beautiful heiress who has caught the hero's eye as the perfect Duchess to his exalted Dukedom. Artemis is pretty awesome. Th ...more
Who knew that the cold and seemingly unfeeling Maximus Batten, the Duke of Wakefield, could burn so passionately when in the company of the right woman…..?
He had no idea how he would do it yet, but he meant to best her. He’d show her that he was the master, and when she’d admitted his victory… well, then he’d have her. And he’d hold her, by God. His huntress.
Ever since the murder of his parents twenty years ago, Maximus Batten has promised himself that he would strive to be the...more
They were a universe of two.The best of the series so far!
Wow, Duke of Midnight was a huge hit for me. There were so many great moments in this book, most of them filled to the brim with exactly my kind of angst. You know, the kind that tugs at your heartstrings but doesn't dip into woe-is-me territory.
Artemis Greaves is quite possibly my favorite heroine of all time!
She was strong, genuine, level-headed, and unpretentious. I completely adored her. And even better, she ...more
Elizabeth Hoyt is one of my favorite romance authors...
...but really though? That uptight, self-serving a@ssh@t who tried to marry off his own sister to an (abusive) man she didn't love, for his selfish ambitious purposes, is getting a book?
I do have some reluctant faith, but his redemption better be believable. ...more
I'm conflicted on this one.
What I loved
Artemis: Her name suits her. She of the Warrior Goddess, who brings a stuffy arrogant Duke to his knees and doesn't bend to his will or is reduced to begging. Go girl!
Phoebe: I can't tell you how much I adore this character and want all things wonderful, beautiful and good to happen to her. She's so adorably charming. I loved her genuine friendship with Artemis and this girl's whit is hysterically sharp and so on point. Please don’t lose it! 🙏
I enjoyed this one just a bit more than the last.
Maybe it was Maximus and his internal struggle with who he was, who he loved, his guilt.
Maybe it was Artemis and her strength, her unwavering love, her sense of humor.
Maybe it was Apollo. I wonder about him.
It doesn’t much matter what it is. Duke of Midnight was yet another wonderfully written book by Ms. Hoyt. A perfect addition to this series.
I’m looking forward to reading on.
In this one my main complaint is that Maximus is way too convinced that he has the right to keep Artemis without comitting to her completly. I didn't like him. He was obviously in love with her, but I felt like he was more in love with his title obligations. I felt that he didn't grovel enough at the end!
On the other hand I loved Artemis and her strenght. She realizes soon in the st ...more
Blog rating: B-
After losing both her parents and her twin brother who’s locked in a mental institution after being accused of murdering three of his friends, Artemis is forced into taking a position as her cousin’s companion, and while treated well, she’s still little more than her cousin Penelope’s servant. Her entire focus is on finding a way to save her brother. Everyone else has written him off as a lost cause, a madman who should be forgotten, but he ...more
And . . . Ms. Hoyt leaves us with a hell of a teaser in the epilogue. Will her next hero be Asa Mak ...more
★★★★★ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Lovely to visit Maiden Lane again, and to have it so wonderfully narrated by Claudia Harris. She does a great job on providing different voices for all the various characters, male or female, young or old, smart of dimwitted, guilty or innocent - or somewhere in-between. I was surprised to see some of the negative reviews of this one; perhaps they needed to listen to the audio, instead?
You may remember Maximus Batten, the Duke of Wakefield, is Hero’s (N ...more
The Duke of Wakefield is everything I hoped for in the brooding man we've seen so far. Even more. And I absolutely adore Artemis. She's my favorite kind of heroine--intelligent, compassionate, genuine, and bold.
Recommended to anyone who loves historical romance. Hoyt has quickly become my favorite HR author with her ability to interwea ...more
I'm loving this series!
Apollo is next! ...more
Duke of Midnight by Elizabeth Hoyt
Book Six of the Maiden Lane series
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication: October 15, 2013
Rating: 5 stars
Source: ARC sent from the publisher
***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers***
Summary (from Goodreads):
WHEN A MASKED MAN . . .
Twenty years ago Maximus Batten witnessed the brutal murders of his parents. Now the autocratic Duke of Wakefield, he spends his days ruling Parliament ...more
I’ve loved all the Maiden Lane books, but this was my least favorite of the series. Something about the romance between Maximus and Artemis fell a bit flat for me, but I enjoyed other aspects of the story. Although it’s not my favorite, Ms. Hoyt still delivered another thrilling, addictive, steamy read. I soooo hope she gives us Apollo’s story! *Begs and rubs greedy hands*
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She raised her eyebrows. “I’m sorry?”
Then Maximus did something very strange: he went on one knee before her.
“This isn’t right at all,” he said, continuing to glare as if he found it all her fault.
She sat up. “What are you doing?”
“Artemis Greaves, will you do me the honor of —”
“Are you insane?” she demanded. “What of your father? Your conviction that you must marry for the dukedom?”
“My father is dead,” he said softly. “And I’ve decided the dukedom can go hang.”
“Hush,” he snapped. “I’m trying to propose to you properly even without my mother’s necklace.”
“But why?” she asked...
“I know that this is rather disappointing,” he said. “But I intend to make you respectable.”