Maiden Lane Series by Elizabeth Hoyt
This is the 12th book in the Maiden Lane Series. I have not read the previous books so I can attest to the fact that this can standalone on its own. I received a free copy of this book and decided to review it because I liked it a lot and wanted to refute some of the negative reviews I have read.
Overall Rating: 3.5 (sXe)
Quick & Dirty summary: Lady Iris Jordan is almost certain she’s going to die. After being abducted by the vile Lords of Chaos on the way home from a wedding, she’s determined to fight no matter how hopeless the situation may be. When one of the (naked) Lords carts her off, she sees her chance and shoots him, not realizing that he’s trying to save her. Ralphael, the Duke of Dyemore cannot sacrifice the lovely Iris, even if saving her might reveal to the Lords that he is a traitor. He’s determined to bring them all down, but the price may come at the expense of a life, not his life as he was expecting.
I really enjoyed this book. Besides the obvious parts about Elizabeth Hoyt’s smooth writing style, great dialogue and steady plot development, I love Raphael’s psychological depth. I think broody heroes can be a tad overrated, but Raphael certainly earns his status. I admire Lady Iris and think she’s a good match for Raphael.
Character development aside, I think the novel also address some really important themes. Sexual abuse is a sensitive topic, and this book warrants a trigger warning, but what this book does more than others is shows the deep psychological damage and cost long-term abuse can cause. That there are two contrasting characters helps to show that the same abuse does not affect everyone the same way. So kudos to Hoyt on addressing this weighty issue and helping to diminish some of the stigma.
My one complaint is the lack of insight into Raphael’s emotional changes. He’s pretty consistent all the way through the book, but towards the end there are some important shifts and there’s not a whole lot of transition between them. As the reader, I’m not really sure why things change and that’s a little frustrating. I think a few sentences could have made the changes a little easier by providing some transitions and insight without adding too much verbage.
Is it worth buying? (Kindle $7.99)
The kindle version of this book is a steep $8. I just don’t believe in paying $8 for an ebook unless it’s nonfiction/reference. BUT, the trade paperback is only $7.19 and I think 7 bucks is a good price for a book you can hold in your hands and share widely with friends. Buy the paperback.
Something else you might enjoy:
Try Julia Quinn’s The Duke and I. It’s the first book of the Bridgerton series, which is in my all time top 3 favorite series. The similarities are obvious.