Book Review-Scandalous Desires

Book Review-Scandalous DesiresScandalous Desires by Elizabeth Hoyt
Also in this series: Thief of Shadows, Duke of Midnight, Dearest Rogue, Duke of Sin, Duke of Pleasure, Duke of Desire
Series: Maiden Lane #3
Published by Grand Central Publishing on October 18th 2011
Genres: Historical Romance, Regency Era
Pages: 393
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
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Can a pirate learn that the only true treasure lies within a woman’s heart?“Charming” Mickey O’Connor is the most ruthless river pirate in London. Devastatingly handsome and fearsomely intelligent, he clawed his way up through London’s criminal underworld. Mickey has no use for tender emotions like compassion and love, and he sees people as pawns to be manipulated. Yet he’s never been able to forget the naive captain’s wife who came to him a year ago for help—and spent one memorable night in his bed...talking. Widowed Silence Hollingbrook is impoverished, lovely, and kind--and a year ago she made a horrible mistake. She went to a river pirate for help in saving her husband and in the process made a bargain that cost her her marriage. That night wounded her so terribly that she hides in the foundling home she helps run with her brother. Except now that same river pirate is back...and he’s asking for her help.

Silence, after losing her husband was at her wits end, until Mikey O’Connor left at her doorstep a little girl, who Silence considered her own, until Mickey enters her life again, and takes Mary from her, so when she goes to confront him, she finds out that Mary is in danger from Mickey’s enemies, and the only way to make sure Mary is safe and protected is to stay with her father, Mickey O Connor, and even though he isn’t to be trusted, she knows that she has no choice. However what Silence never anticipated was to fall in love with the king river pirate himself, and that theirs is a love and a passion that sneaks up on them…..

The Hero (Mickey O’Connor)
Mickey, was born and grew up in St. Giles, and in order to survive, became a river pirate, and eventually worked his way up to be the King of the slums, and now his nemesis is out to get him through anyone that is close to him. Mickey has never truly loved anyone, until Silence comes into his life, and changes his world, to the point he can’t imagine living without her and her goodness in his life….

The Heroine( Silence Hollingbrook)
Once Silence was forced to save her husband, by sacrificing herself, not knowing that the love her husband had for her would never be enough, and now that he has died, and now a widow doesn’t believe in much anymore, until Mary shows up in her life, and Silence finds joy in life again, but when she is forced to live with the one person that ruined her life, she knows she is in over her head, but is willing to sacrifice anything for Mary’s sake, but she never though she would fall in love with the King of St. Giles, or that she would see beneath the mask

My Thoughts 
Scandalous Desires is the third installment in this series, I did read the first book but I didn’t read the second, so I was glad that when I read this one, that I wasn’t totally lost or anything. It did help to read the first book though, and I was thrilled to get my hands on Silence’s book…I just fell in love with this character in the previous book, but I never thought she would be paired with Mickey, who is the kind of hero you wonder how could this romance ever work out…..but luckily it did and in the most surprising way…with twists and turns in the plot that will leave you feeling pleased. I really loved getting to know these characters alot more….especially Mickey, and digging a little bit deeper into his past, and I also loved the romance in this story…it was a bit different but this story was full of mystery, adventure and witty interaction that will leave you wanting for more and more….just LOVED it!!!

About Elizabeth Hoyt

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 central Illinois with three untrained dogs, two angelic but bickering children, and one long-suffering husband.

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