I bought this book for Kindle after I finished reading Scandalous Desires. I was so captivated with that book as I have not been recently. In fact, the reduced number of books I've read recently can attest to my lack of interest to most books. But this one, it reminds me why I want to give up some of my sleep just to be able to read. Elizabeth Hoyt is costing me a lot of sleep!
Once upon a time, in a land long forgotten now, there lived a might king, feared by all and loved by none. His name is King Lockedheart....I love how there's a fairy tale on each of the Maiden Lane Series. I'm pleasantly surprised because I'm not at all familiar with the ones Ms. Hoyt used in this series. This is better than fairy tale love story. In addition to happily-ever-after, there's this amazing chemistry between the two main characters. Note that I read the third book of the series before I got to the first one. It doesn't seem to matter to me. The story is excellent by itself.
Temperance Makepeace is a very capable lady with a devastating secret. She's living in atonement of that secret, her secret shame. Temperance and her brother managed an orphanage. Her family owns a brewery but they're barely making it. Still, it doesn't stop them from saving babies who needs saving. The foundling home is located in the bad part of town, so Temperance is familiar with the place.
The hero, Lazarus Huntington, Lord Caire, is well-known for his shocking sexual preferences. He doesn't like to be touched. He likes his partners tied when he's undergoing sexual congress. He need Temperance to guide him throughout the complicated passages of St. Giles in search of a killer of his previous mistress. Temperance cannot refuse since she needs the money for the rent and other necessities of the orphanage. Here their uneasy alliance started.
This book has excellent, hot, romantic interludes. It's cleverly woven into the fabric of the story so it never felt contrived. My main complaint with erotica is it's thick on sex and sparse on plot. This book could pass as erotica, but the romantic story dominates the book. The secondary characters are fascinating, I want to know more about them. I want to know more about Godrick St. John, Caire's best friend.
Overall, you will not regret picking up this book. The story and characters and finely crafted. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.