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Lord of Darkness (Maiden Lane #5)

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"Elizabeth Hoyt has outdone herself." --Jennifer Ashley, New York Times bestselling author

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
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ebook, 400 pages
Published February 26th 2013 by Grand Central Publishing
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Choko
*** 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
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Sh3lly ✨ Bring on the Weird ✨

My first DNF of 2017! This one is just me. Don't like the premise. Don't like the main couple.

Godric is pining over his dead wife. I could totally understand that, but it's been like ten years or something. He and Megs have a marriage of convenience. They haven't seen each other since their wedding day (two years ago), when Megs shows up at his estate, wanting to consummate their marriage.

It could be kind of hot, but Godric is so cold and unemotional and boring. Megs is not much better. She is
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Jill

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
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Alp
Jul 17, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.25/5

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
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Rane
Feb 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


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
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Jilly
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,
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Robin (Bridge Four)
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 devastating sickness. He probably would have gone to his
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Shawna
4 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!
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SanO
Mar 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Crista
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
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Mo
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 was
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♥ℳelody
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 Achilles' heel, the
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MuchAdo
Mar 20, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Khanh (the meanie)
Feb 27, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: uk
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
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Lisa
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
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
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Kelly22
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,
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Wendy
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!
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.
Ingela
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
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Lisa Kay
★★★☆☆ – Audio Performance
★★★★ - 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 t
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Mandi Schreiner
Oct 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Wollstonecrafthomegirl
Dec 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Pamela(AllHoney)
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
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.
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.
Emma
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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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Plethora
Mar 31, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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Sher❤ The Fabulous BookLover
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
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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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Other Books in the Series

Maiden Lane (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • Wicked Intentions (Maiden Lane, #1)
  • Notorious Pleasures (Maiden Lane, #2)
  • Scandalous Desires (Maiden Lane, #3)
  • Thief of Shadows (Maiden Lane, #4)
  • Duke of Midnight (Maiden Lane, #6)
  • Darling Beast (Maiden Lane, #7)
  • Dearest Rogue (Maiden Lane, #8)
  • Sweetest Scoundrel (Maiden Lane, #9)
  • Duke of Sin (Maiden Lane, #10)
  • Duke of Pleasure (Maiden Lane, #11)

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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.”
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“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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