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Duke of Pleasure

(Maiden Lane #11)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  4,902 ratings  ·  643 reviews

Bold. Brave. Brutally handsome. Hugh Fitzroy, the Duke of Kyle, is the king's secret weapon. Sent to defeat the notorious Lords of Chaos, he is ambushed in a London alley—and rescued by an unlikely ally: a masked stranger with the unmistakable curves of a woman.


Cocky. Clever. Courageously independent. Alf has survived on the perilo
ebook, 364 pages
Published November 29th 2016 by Grand Central Publishing
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Lina Alf is 21. She appears younger -- that is her disguise. It's easy for a woman in her twenties to appear younger if she's build like a boy. No worries …moreAlf is 21. She appears younger -- that is her disguise. It's easy for a woman in her twenties to appear younger if she's build like a boy. No worries about underage stuff. :)(less)
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Sher❤ The Fabulous BookLover
4 Stars!

London, England

The Ghost of St. Giles is back. This was a thrilling, suspenseful, riveting and gripping read. Elizabeth Hoyt stands out in the historical genre with her tales of suspense, the intrigue and the mystery and woes that is St. Giles. This is not your usual fluffy, gentle romance and I love it.

I was dying to get my hands on this book. I mainly read contemporary romance, but once in awhile I need an HR, and Ms. Hoyt is one of my faves that I turn too.

Duke of Pleasure is a t
Jan 27, 2017 rated it liked it
There are a couple of tropes here: the girl dressed up as a boy, and then the Eliza Doolittle thing where they teach her to be a lady. Neither of those are my favorite thing. Adding to that is the fact that the author brought back the very very played out storyline of the Ghost of Saint Giles. Just let it go, already! Nobody likes the stupid Ghost. It's about the lamest thing ever!

Oops, forgot about lumbersexuals. The Ghost of Saint Giles is the second lamest thing ever.

And, here's the other thi
Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Duke of Pleasure by Elizabeth Hoyt is a 2016 Grand Central Publication.

A delectable mix of danger and passion!

The eleventh installment in the Maiden Lane series finally gives fans the story they've been waitng for!

When Hugh, the Duke of Kyle is attacked, Alf saves him. He then commissions him/her to help him ferret out the members of the ‘Lords of Chaos.’

But, when Alf is injured, she moves in with Hugh to recuperate, and quickly becomes a favorite of Hugh’s children, Kit and Peter. But, livi
Apr 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-releases
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Duke of Pleasure by Elizabeth Hoyt
Book Eleven of the Maiden Lane series
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: November 29, 2016
Rating: 4 stars
Source: eARC from NetGalley

***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers***

Summary (from Goodreads):


Bold. Brave. Brutally handsome. Hugh Fitzroy, the Duke of Kyle, is the king's secret weapon. Sent to defeat the notorious Lords of Chaos, he is ambushed
Sep 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I've given this an A- at AAR, so that's 4.5 stars rounded up.

Amazingly, we’ve reached the eleventh of Elizabeth Hoyt’s books, and the author shows no sign of running out of steam! Duke of Pleasure is another strong addition to the series, a beautifully-written, well-paced story that achieves just the right balance between romance and action; and which is, in part, a charming Cinderella-type story that sees everyone’s favourite street-urchin – Alf – get her man in the shape of the formidable
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
*** 4 ***

A buddy read with the Historical Romance Buffs at the MacHalo Freaks:):):)

Hugh Fitzroy, the Duke of Kyle is the one we met in last book and his gruffness and primary function in his father's service, (yes, he is the bastard son of the king), which is something in between a fixer and a clean-up after intelligence leaks and bad mojo for the royals. He is not appreciated and his failing marriage with the mother of his children had driven him to take missions outside of the country. Now he
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, historical
Alf, in the face of a dismal childhood, was a spirited young woman with a zest for life. Growing up on the streets of St. Giles could wreck anyone, but Alf has survived and kept herself safe by posing as a boy, earning her way as an informant by day and battling evil by night as the Ghost of St. Giles. I loved her character! Alf’s quick witted, irreverent, and a badass with swords! Hugh Fitzroy, the Duke of Kyle, is the first man to capture her interest, and if she isn’t careful, her heart.

Nov 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
He was like a star in the night sky above and she but a sparrow. No matter how high she might try to fly, she’d never reach him.

This series just continues in strength!! Maiden Lane is definitely one of the best HR series’ out there.

Oh, she wanted him, this aristocrat, this duke, this rich cove built like a prizefighter. She wanted him with every breath she drew, a painful longing inside her lungs, until it felt as if she’d break apart and shatter into tiny pieces of glass if she could
I read this for the Virgin square (heroine is one) for Romance bingo.

3.5 stars

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Hugh is the bastard son of the King but with the given title of Duke of Kyle, he finds himself existing in two worlds. Tasked with bringing down a secret society called The Lords of Chaos, he finds he'll need some help from an unexpected source.
Alf was born and bred in St. Giles and h
Princess under cover
I just raised the rating to 5 stars from 4 per my original read. This might even be my favorite Lords of Chaos book if not the fav in all of the Maiden Lane (Ghost) books.

I absolutely LOVE the heroine Alf. She's my fav heroine by far in this series, and perhaps in all of EH's books, which is saying something!!

And BTW, I don't usually love a book for the heroine. I usually fall head over heels for the Hero and the heroine is an afterthought. Here, tho, she's front and center, and I absolutely ado

Elizabeth Hoyt’s Duke of Pleasure is the aptly named novel that seduced me with its sense of adventure, mystery and titillating romance. Although a first time reader of EH, the synopsis left me with no doubt I’d be thoroughly entertained by what promised to be a highly untraditional and captivating romance.

Charged with a mission to defeat the notorious Lords of Chaos, Hugh Fitzroy, the Duke of Kyle, finds himself in a perilous position on the murky depths of London’s streets. His much welcomed
Geri Reads
Dec 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Not gonna lie. The name Alf bothered me for a bit because in my mind, I see this:

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But once I got over it, I was able to enjoy the cloak-and-dagger, spy-esque romance between the Duke of Kyle and Alf. I love the lover in disguise trope, and Duke of Pleasure offers that in spade with Alf being revealed (not a spoiler since it's in the blurb) as the Ghost of St. Giles.

The chemistry between the two is palpable. I loved the banter and just the story in general. It's exciting and it's refreshing t
edge of bubble
Serious case of disappointment. This stuck on shiny thingies, clothes and trusting and woe is me woman was not how envisioned Alf.

The story is so cliché in its basic form, I saw my brain a time or two whilst reading.

What a let down, after books of building this intriguing character... This book didn't feel like a Hoyt book at all.
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017, hr, 2-stars
2.5 stars

My rating is based in comparison to the previous Maiden Lane books, which is why giving this book only two stars is even more painful, seeing what else I have rated with two stars over the years. But I’ve decided to take a different approach and compare Duke of Pleasure within the series, not outside. I’ll get to that later. But let me tell you, I feel like a spoiled child at the moment, whining on a very high level.

If I hadn’t been already aware of the somewhat lacklustre story line (L
Monty Cupcake ☠ Queen of Bloodshed ☠
Out of all the books in this series, this one felt the most unrealistic. Obviously all the books are of the romance genre, so there's a lot that's unrealistic, but Hoyt always seemed to keep her books more on the side of historically accurate.

The romance is between a street urchin, Alf, and Hugh, Duke of Kyle. He's the product of the King and an actress. She's a street urchin disguised as a boy who runs errands for money. Do you see here how this is completely unrealistic that these two would c
Nov 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
I didn't love this one, and I'm bummed! I didn't hate it or anything - I actually liked the hero and heroine separately. Just not together - which kind of is a bad thing when reading a romance book. I don't remember the last time I wasn't thrilled with a Maiden Lane book (okay, I looked it up on Goodreads and my last less than 4-star rating was in 2013 for Duke of Midnight. Book #6! So we've had a good run!) Am I getting tired of the Ghost of St. Giles? Yes. Am I getting tired of trying to kill ...more
Katinka (Unquietly Me)
Oct 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
This book, like Alf, deserves all the stars in the world! Alf was my favorite secondary character in the Maiden Lane series, and I couldn't wait for her story. Here it is, and it is everything I could have wanted! She's the kind of woman I'd love to have as a friend! Loyal, trustworthy, beautiful inside and out! Sweet, strong, smart, and full of heart!

Early in the story when Hugh is still under the impression that she's a boy, he teasingly asks her what she likes in women, blue eyes, "tits or ar
Robin (Bridge Four)
You’d think that I’d be getting tired of these. I mean this is book 11 of the series which really means that you’re on the 14th story in this world if you stopped and read the novellas too. But there is something about the way Elizabeth Hoyt tells a story that sucks me in and this is by far my favorite Historical Romance series.

The best thing about this book is Alf. I wondered forever ago when we met the girl that dresses as a boy and frequents the streets of Saint Giles if she would get her ow
Carol Cork *Young at Heart Oldie*
PRE-RELEASE REVIEW - Publication Date: November 29th

This is the 11th book in Elizabeth Hoyt’s fabulous Maiden Lane series and it still amazes me that she can consistently enthral me with her fascinating characters, engrossing plots and sensual romances.

Ms Hoyt excels in writing unconventional heroines, none more so than Alf who first appeared in Lord of Darkness where it was revealed that this young street urchin is in fact a woman. Alf survived the dangerous streets of St Giles, where she w
Nov 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

“The Ghost was there. On the ground, her half cape a black whirl as she danced with her swords, their prey cornered.”
“She smiled. And he was amazed that anyone thought her a man.”

The Ghost of St Giles is back! Elizabeth Hoyt never ceases to amaze me, with her riveting storytelling, elegant writing style, richly drawn setting and wonderful characters. She once again delves into Georgian England and the dangerous world of one of the poorest areas of London, St Giles. Her vivid and detaile

This seals the deal. The Maiden Lane series is the top Historical Romance series to beat. Every book in this series has quickly become a new favorite. Not only does Elizabeth Hoyt keep things fresh with each new premise, but the characters continue to be intriguing and unique. This is especially true for the hero and heroine of DUKE OF PLEASURE.

If you’ve read the previous book in this series then you’re already familiar with both. Hugh Fitzroy, the Duke of Kyle, made quite the cameo in the l
Dec 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
I loved Alf in the previous books and I loved her here! ):

She's a very unusual heroine: disguised as a boy, grow up and living in St. Giles, an informant for hire, a clever, intelligent and sensual woman! All wrap-up together! WOW!!!

For my taste Kyle was too much stick-in-the-ass type, but I liked him too! He was just what Alf needed to emerge as a beautiful woman and leave her street urchin persona behind!

I also loved Alf's ability to wrap Kyle around her finger! In every way, outside and insid
h o l l i s
As mentioned in previous reviews, after a pretty epic binge of this series and some plot repetition that would've bothered me even had I not binged, I was getting a little weary about the Ghost of St Giles plot.. but DUKE OF PLEASURE has completely turned that around!

I loved Alf. I loved Kyle. I loved them individually and as a unit. I loved the personal growth of a character we've seen flitting about this series for so long. I loved Kyle's boys. I loved the sweetness of a female friendship that
I love sword wielding heroines even if they were as frequent as Phoenix! (I hope grammar is ok, even if not, you can see what I mean 🥰)
Sophie (slovenianbookworm)
I feel like reading the first couple of books in this series. To be honest, last couple of books (especially the last one about Montgomery) weren't really my cup of tea. I mean, I loved them, it was definitely the same writing style as in the first books but I feel like the point of the story was different. This one brings out the light.
I always wanted to know more about Alf, this woman-dressed-as-a-boy who is chasing for information in the bad streets of England. She's like a Spiderman, chasing
Well...I don't quite know what to make of this book, truth be told.

Hoyt is one of my favorite romance writers. I love her style. There's an earthiness to her prose and the world she creates with the Maiden Lane series, even a coarseness at times, that I love because it's so rare in the genre. These books are unique, and not just because of the Georgian setting. I can picture her characters doing average things like using a chamber pot. They are probably dirty, even the aristocrats, because not e
Duke of Pleasure
4.5 Stars

Tasked by the King to unmask the Lords of Chaos, England's most malevolent secret society, Hugh Fitzroy, Duke of Kyle, enlists the aid of Alf, the cocky young street urchin capable of ferreting out the most elusive tidbits of information. However, will Kyle still trust Alf once he learns that she is not only the Ghost of St. Giles but female to boot? Can Alf become the woman Kyle needs to destroy the Lords once and for all?

Alf's character has been developing slowly, but
The eleventh book in the Maiden Lane series by Elizabeth Hoyt. Alf has survived on the streets of St. Giles for her entire life by disguising herself as a boy. Now she has another disguise - the Ghost of St. Giles. When Hugh Fitzroy, Duke of Kyle, is attacked in an alley, the Ghost of St, Giles comes to his rescue. And Hugh discovers that the Ghost is a woman. Hugh hires Alf, not aware of her activities as the Ghost. He needs information on the Lords of Chaos and Alf is just the person to get it ...more
Alf: the heroine
Hugh: the hunky, hairy hero…woof
Kit and Peter: adorable and well-developed kids,, the anti-plot moppets
Duke’s gang of merry men

And drum roll please…

Lady Iris: the Duke’s potential MOC option aka the game changer

Another solid addition to the Maiden Lane series with Alf/girl Zorro as the latest Ghost of St Giles and the hunky alpha Hugh, Duke of Blah blah coming together to hunt down and fight evil. Lots of action sexy and otherwise with a gang of not-so-merry-bu
Lover of Romance
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance

Duke Of Pleasure is a fantastic story that really swept me away and is definitely a surprise of sorts. I honestly didn't expect to enjoy this one as much as I did here. And what was also fun was seeing the growth of the plot of the series. In The Duke Of Pleasure  this is Alf and Hugh Fitzroy's book. I had no clue if these two would make a good match, but surprise...they really really do. It all starts on one late evening, Hugh is searching
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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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“He was like a star in the night sky above and she but a sparrow. No matter how high she might try to fly, she'd never reach him.” 2 likes
“He was covered, of course, but she knew what lay beneath the sheets- she'd seen him entirely nude at the Lords' revels. She had the image burned into her memory: a proud, thick penis, heavy sac, and curling midnight hair. If the coverlet slipped just a little bit downward, she would see the upper edge of that nest of black hair.
The thought made her press her thighs together under her dress.
Did he know how his body affected her?”
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