Series: Maiden Lane #1
Published by Grand Central Publishing on August 1, 2010
Genres: Erotic Romance, Historical Romance, Mystery
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A MAN CONTROLLED BY HIS DESIRES . . .
Infamous for his wild, sensual needs, Lazarus Huntington, Lord Caire, is searching for a savage killer in St. Giles, London's most notorious slum. Widowed Temperance Dews knows St. Giles like the back of her hand-she's spent a lifetime caring for its inhabitants at the foundling home her family established. Now that home is at risk . . .
A WOMAN HAUNTED BY HER PAST . . .
Caire makes a simple offer-in return for Temperance's help navigating the perilous alleys of St. Giles, he will introduce her to London's high society so that she can find a benefactor for the home. But Temperance may not be the innocent she seems, and what begins as cold calculation soon falls prey to a passion that neither can control-one that may well destroy them both.
A BARGAIN NEITHER COULD REFUSE
Thanks to my friends for pushing this series!
Lazarus Huntington, Lord Caire, has unusual sexual proclivities and until recently, had a mistress who understood them. When she was savagely murdered in her home located in St. Giles, an unsavory area of London, Lazarus enlists the help of Temperance Dews, a widow who manages a home for foundlings with her brother in that district, to find her murderer. In return for her help, he’ll help her find a much needed patron for the home.
That’s the premise of the story but the dynamics between Lazarus and Temperance are sultry and, at times, erotic. Her behavior is curious throughout most of the book until she reveals a shocking secret. He is pretty consistent throughout, focusing on his baser instincts while gradually falling for the strangely alluring woman who brings out emotions new to him.
I enjoyed following the mystery surrounding the murder of Lazarus’ mistress, the secondary characters introduced and the developing romance between Temperance and Lazarus. However, Temperance’s secret, once revealed, almost threw me out of the story and Lazarus’ strange phobia was underdeveloped, leaving me still in wonder as to how he ended up being wired this way.
In spite of my issues, this was a fascinating story, especially since the focus was on someone other than the aristocracy in historical England and an intriguing mystery. I’m really excited about the upcoming stories for many of the secondary characters. They were substantive diversions to the main characters and I’m completely hooked.
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