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Duke of Sin
Devastatingly handsome. Vain. Unscrupulous. Valentine Napier, the Duke of Montgomery, is the man London whispers about in boudoirs and back alleys. A notorious rake and blackmailer, Montgomery has returned from exile, intent on seeking revenge on those who have wronged him. But what he finds in his own bedroom may lay waste to all his plans.
A WOMAN OF HONOR
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Elizabeth Hoyt is a name that frequently appears alongside other famous regency "brand names" like Lisa Kleypas and Courtney Milan, which just makes it all the more criminal that I haven't read this book until now. Because DUKE OF SIN...is incredible.
DUKE OF SIN is a bodice-ripper of the modern age, with an icy, tortured, dangerous gamma hero who wouldn't be out of place in an Anne Stuart novel. Valentine Napier is a hedonist and a ruthl ...more
She'd said she loved. Loved him. What a strange and wondrous thing. And how it hurt, this love! What pain it caused, like tiny knives in the veins. He didn't think he liked it much, but he'd endure it, yes he would, if only she'd return and stab him again.
One of my new favorite romances of all-time! Historical romances are so much better to me than contemporary ones. Neither character was annoying, just the right amount the drama, and the writing was, oh, so very go ...more
Then this scene happened.....
"The little girl chose that moment to take her finger out of her mouth and point it damply at Val. “I don’t wike you.” He looked down his nose at her. “No, nor does anyone else, yet they all seem to be happy enough to let me take sweet Séraphine off to be debauched at my leisure. D’you suppose they would stand around twiddling their thumbs were I to take you ...more
If I only had a heart…
I’m going to be brutally honest here…I had a few false starts reading Duke of Sin. Look, I’m all for falling for the bad boy, the rake, or even the arrogant jerk who thinks he’s better than others. BUT…for the hero to be all three…that could be pushing it. Valentine Napier, Duke of Montgomery, is one of the most hated, evil, vain and crass characters I have read in a historical romance. How could I force myself to be patient and see if he could “come good”? What will I have ...more
Val acknowledges his villainous ways:
"This is who I am. Naked, with blade and blood. I am vengeance. ...more
In Duke of Midnight, the sixth book in her Maiden Lane series, Elizabeth Hoyt introduced a fascinating secondary character by the name of Valentine Napier. He’s a duke. He’s unutterably gorgeous. He’s extremely wealthy. He’s also clever, devious, amoral and vain, and through the last few books in the series, we’ve watched him manipulate, blackmail, orchestrate kidnaps and engineer goodness knows what other nefarious schemes.
He seemed at first to be an almost archetypal villain; the ...more
Yas, YAS, YASSSSSSS.
I don't think I have ever read such a broken and twisted leading man. So, naturally, I'm in love with him.
He thinks he doesn't have a heart. He thinks himself incapable of emotion. He was taught at a young age that the only way to survive was to never actually love anything. And yet there is still a glimmer of goodness in him and even though it's only a tiny part, it's enough.
He lives a life of excess. Pleasure, wine, indulgence of every whim is the life he li ...more
I enjoyed this one. I have to say that this installment was much better than my expectations. Valentine Napier, the Duke of Montgomery, appeared as a villain in the previous books, so I couldn't imagine how he would redeem himself in this one. And wow, it was a real surprise! He redeemed himself quite well, but not entirely, if you ask me. Nevertheless, it was a good thing he didn’t abruptly or totally turn good because that might make his character banal, weak, and unconvincing somehow. W ...more
My, oh my! Elizabeth Hoyt has a wonderful book on her hands. DUKE OF SIN, the tenth book of the Maiden Lane series. just might be my favorite of the lot so far. The hero is no other than Valentine Napier, the Duke of Montgomery. If you’ve followed the series this far then you know that in the previous books that Val has been the villain of the series. He’s not a man with very much morals and indulges in anything and everything, especially if it gives him more power. So I was interested to s ...more
Sometimes I want to root for the villain. Sometimes I don’t want the hero to just be a deep down good guy that just hasn’t found the right woman to make him give up his lecherous whoring ways. SOMETIMES I want the bad guy to win.
“This is who I am, Séraphine. Naked, with blade and blood. I am vengeance. I am hate. I am sin personified. Never mistake me for the hero of this tale, for I am not and shall never be. I am the villain.”
Valentine really isn’t a ni ...more
I'm downgrading this book after re-reading it for the fourth (!) - yes, I know I'm a sad person - time.
It helps taking off the rose-tinted glasses and having a closer look at the weaknesses, I so generously overlooked, because a) I was fangirling over Ms Hoyt and b) I was fangirling over Valentine.
1. In my original review I had already mentioned that it's more Val's story than it is Bridget's, or at least Bridget and Val's story. Bridget as a character is - in com ...more
Val has all the earmarks of a gamma hero: He’s a sociopath and a murderer. He kidnaps multiple ladies at the drop of a snuff box, and then wages revenge against said ladies' male family member ...more
A buddy read with the Historical Romance saps @ the MacHalo Freaks! Because we need love too!
I think if I had read this book without the baggage on Val's character from the last two books, I would have liked it much more. Trying to make a villein, but more importantly, a true sociopath into a romantic interest is very difficult and I am aware of my prejudices towards him from all the harm he had done in the series up to now. I loved the complexity of his personality, the constant jug ...more
Published: 31st May 2016
This is the tenth book in Elizabeth Hoyt’s Maiden Lane series and I have so much admiration for her ability to continue to give readers stories that are unique and engrossing; characters that are complex and fascinating, and romances that are erotic and sensual.
"Never mistake me for the hero of this tale, for I am not and shall never be. I am the villain.”
I have been fascinated by Valentine Napier, Duke of Montgomery, ever since his first appearance in ...more
Me while reading some shocking thing that the hero does (which is like most of the time)
If you have read Devil in Winter and fell in love with Sebastian, then you will love Duke of Sin. There's something addictive with goddamn hedonists and naughty dukes and Valentine Napier, Duke of Montgomery is the the naughtiest and the dirtiest of them all.
I love everything in this book. From Val's funny and sexy nude scenes (there are many)
to Bridget's reactions every time Val do something bad,
I FREAAAAK ...more
“Oh, Séraphine. Tread carefully, my burning one, as if you danced on the shattered skulls of children, for I may lie abed, but I am a duke yet, and not just any duke, but the Duke of Montgomery, and my inheritance is death and mayhem.”
If life was fair my review would just be a continuation of this book – PERFECTION. But alas it is not and I can't express in words how truly FANTASTIC this book was.
Valentine Napier, the Duke of Montgomery has returned from exile, intent on gaining his way ba...more
And that was the way he liked it.
The hero in this book, Valentine Napier, the Duke of Montgomery, is a villain. He blackmails everyone. (no, really). He murders people. He is cunning, arrogant, but he also has this child-like playfulness to him – I’m not talking giggles but more – his childhood was so messed up that he has this immature side. He wants to play, but doe ...more
Julie Garwood, Judith McNaught and Courtney Milan are my default authors for historical romance but seeing how this book got a high number of 5 star reviews, I decided to give it a try. Also, I was intrigued by the hero- or shall we say anti-hero....more
Sadly, it was a bit of mess and the plot seemed off kilter, as if the author couldn't really commit to making Val a true villain. I thought also that the heroine was mischaracterised, I would have preferred someone with a softer, kinder mien but with an
Bridget is the housekeeper for Val and trying to discover two pieces of blackmail the Duke has on acquaintances of hers. She's also the best housekeeper in England and fixes up his household, all while challenging him at every turn, which he relishes. She's kind ...more
droooooooling... just a moment... i have to clean my chin...
I love that Ms. Hoyt didn't redeem completly Val! He remain basically a wild, cunning, refined, elegant, extravagant, completly outside every usual behaviour. And he remains like that even if Bridget curbs his excesses to almost socially accepted ones.
I loved his reasoning. I loved his musings. His et cetera, et cetera!
Yes, he had a horrible childhood but even so, I couldn't feel THAT sorry for him.
I know this review will be a bit vague. I really enjoyed the previous books in the series. I just checked the next few books and my interest is not piqued as much!! Maybe the author should ...more
If you want to read this because you've heard Valentine reminds some reviewers of St. Vincent from Devil in Winter then NO!NO! NO! St. Vincent is a rake, a charming and unrepentant rake. It's like comparing little Miss Muffet's spider to Shelob in The Return of the King.
Val is the spawn of Satan. Really. If you have safety issues regarding (view spoiler)[child abuse, sexual abuse, animal abuse then reconsider. The H is not guilty of the abuses, but he is either a vic ...more
1) No insta-lust. Even from Val's first POV after his and Bridget's first interaction, he isn't thinking about how lush this or that body part is, or where his penis should go. This line of thought happens SO often in romances, both historical and contemporary, and I love that it took him a few interactions to start thinking sexually about her.
2) Bridget ...more
"He was the Duke of Montgomery. He'd successfully blackmailed the king. He was about to blackmail himself a wife. No one loved him. And that was the way he liked it."
With her Maiden Lane Series, set in Georgian London, Elizabeth Hoyt has created unforgettable characters and beautiful stories. I have read most of her books and enjoyed her smooth, elegant and sensual writing style. I confess I have a thing for Ms. Hoyt’s bad boys and Valentine Napier, the enigmatic Duke o ...more
Val is a libertine AND a dandy. I ❤️ me a dandy.
He's also vain and cheeky. Two more qualities I'm quite fond of so he was definitely a big plus for this read but I also really liked Bridget because she can hold her own against his big personality.
They have great chemistry made better by his utter and complete smittenness and devotion to her, something he's in equal measures completely caught of guard by and oblivious to.
The romance is paired nicely with the adventure storylin ...more
I read this for the Rogue square for Romance Bingo.
"So you see, I must have more power. It's the only way to survive them."
I struggled with my rating for this book because I loved how Hoyt portrayed Val. She provided an understanding for why Val is the way he is, almost excusing it but still kept him the unabashed rogue readers of the series have grown to know and almost against our will, love. Val doesn't really feel shame for his actions because his childhood was all about surviva ...more
I'll start off by saying that I'm always intrigued when the Villain of a romance is actually the Hero. And I think in this case, the Hero has some sort of mental condition (like being a psychopath) in addition to being the product of abuse. The way his logic wor ...more
Usually I can appreciate a good anti-hero, but Val is simply one of the worst I have come across in a HR.
No doubt he has redeeming qualities, but I can't stomach the efforts to find out as I find myself loathing him as the starring hero.
I am done with this series
DNF 25% ...more
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“Do you,” he asked, “like kittens?”
And he held out a black, fluffy kitten with a white chest.
Annalise blinked at the kitten’s green eyes.
The kitten blinked back.
“Oh, yes!” said Annalise.
Val deposited the kitten into the plump little arms and strolled to the kitchens, where Hecate and her kittens were in residence, swinging his gold walking stick.
There were seven more kittens remaining and a garden full of his enemies’ children…”