Series: Maiden Lane #4
Narrator: Ashford Macnab
Published by Hachette Audio on June 26th 2012
Genres: Historical Romance, Mystery
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A MASKED MAN . . . Winter Makepeace lives a double life. By day he's the stoic headmaster of a home for foundling children. But the night brings out a darker side of Winter. As the moon rises, so does the Ghost of St. Giles-protector, judge, fugitive. When the Ghost, beaten and wounded, is rescued by a beautiful aristocrat, Winter has no idea that his two worlds are about to collide.
A DANGEROUS WOMAN . . . Lady Isabel Beckinhall enjoys nothing more than a challenge. Yet when she's asked to tutor the Home's dour manager in the ways of society-flirtation, double-entendres, and scandalous liaisons-Isabel can't help wondering why his eyes seem so familiar-and his lips so tempting.
A PASSION NEITHER COULD DENY During the day Isabel and Winter engage in a battle of wills. At night their passions are revealed . . . But when little girls start disappearing from St. Giles, Winter must avenge them. For that he might have to sacrifice everything-the Home, Isabel . . . and his life.
Winter Makepeace has devoted his life to being the headmaster of the home for foundling children in the poverty-stricken area of London called St. Giles. However, by night, he’s the mysterious Ghost of St. Giles, a sort of historical version of Batman, trying to protect mostly the abandoned or orphaned children of the district. The night he’s injured while saving Mickey O’Rourke from the gallows, he himself is rescued by Lady Isabel Beckinhall. She’s a widow and one of the patronesses of the home but doesn’t realize Winter and the Ghost are one and the same.
I learned much more about Winter and why he’s so passionate about his work, giving him more dimension. At first, I was also intrigued by his developing interest in Isabel but then struggled to understand much about her. I couldn’t really connect with her or grasp her motivations, finding her character too underdeveloped. That caused the romance to be lacking, despite some rather steamy encounters. Isabel is the weak link in the story.
The mystery surrounding the disappearance of the little girls had promise but was never really fleshed out very well. I don’t like it when there aren’t enough clues to deduce the villain, as was the case here though there were lots of red herrings.
The story was entertaining but not up to the caliber of the earlier books. The narration, however, was outstanding and I’ll continue with the audio versions. Still, a mediocre story in this series is still a good read.
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