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Book Review-Duke of Desire by Elizabeth Hoyt

by | Sep 28, 2017 | Book Reviews | 3 comments

Book Review-Duke of Desire by Elizabeth Hoyt

Book Review-Duke of Desire by Elizabeth HoytDuke of Desire by Elizabeth Hoyt
Also in this series: Scandalous Desires, Thief of Shadows, Duke of Midnight, Dearest Rogue, Duke of Sin, Duke of Pleasure
Series: Maiden Lane #12
Published by Grand Central Publishing on October 17th 2017
Genres: Historical Romance, Regency Era, Suspense
Pages: 364
Format: eARC
Source: Grand Central Publishing
ISBN: 1455539147
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Refined, kind, and intelligent, Lady Iris Jordan finds herself the unlikely target of a diabolical kidnapping. Her captors are the notoriously evil Lords of Chaos. When one of the masked-and nude!-Lords spirits her away to his carriage, she shoots him . . . only to find she may have been a trifle hasty.


Cynical, scarred, and brooding, Raphael de Chartres, the Duke of Dyemore, has made it his personal mission to infiltrate the Lords of Chaos and destroy them. Rescuing Lady Jordan was never in his plans. But now with the Lords out to kill them both, he has but one choice: marry the lady in order to keep her safe.


Much to Raphael's irritation, Iris insists on being the sort of duchess who involves herself in his life-and bed. Soon he's drawn both to her quick wit and her fiery passion. But when Iris discovers that Raphael's past may be even more dangerous than the present, she falters. Is their love strong enough to withstand not only the Lords of Chaos but also Raphael's own demons?

In the Duke of Desire we have a lovely continuation that picks off right after Duke of Pleasure (Book 11). Iris Jordan has been kidnapped by the Lord of Chaos, when she is mistaken to be the wife of the Duke of Kyle. They plan on sacrificing her in one of their rituals. Iris can’t believe that out of all the things to be mistaken about this would be it. But then one of the members takes her away and she accidentally shoots him thinking he meant her harm only when he is trying to save her. He offers her a safety net….marriage. Even though it was against her will, her reputation is ruined. So even though it isn’t what she imagined, she finds herself married to the scarred and tortured Duke of Dyemore. Raphael has been wanting to bring down the Lord of Chaos down. His father was once their leader, and through the torments that he inflicted on his son, Raphael was sent to live with his aunt in the islands. Now he has returned, determined more than ever to make sure they don’t commit any more evil especially in the way they harm and kill innocent women and children. Now there is one complication…his wife who is more tempting than he thought she would be, a woman strong and tender enough to reach inside his heart…

I believe you, my darling. I believe in you.


What a book….I have to say that this is probably the best that she has written in this series for a while now. Probably ever since book four have I ever had so much fun. I have no clue if there will be more, there did seem to be a more final note to this book than the others previously. So who knows??… I was really swept away in this story. I did like the whole rescue the maiden trope here especially since its so rarely done in HR anymore. Our heroine is strong, but not strong enough to fight off ten strong men. There is quite a level of suspense and mystery to the story as well. And boy the leader of this group totally blew me away, not someone I even suspected at all. The romance that builds between Raphael and Iris isn’t your typical romance but I had a blast seeing things unfold between the two. Its definitely not the most conventional romance that is for sure. We are dealing with a hero that is scarred both physically and emotionally. He still has nightmares of what his father did to him when he was a boy. We see how he refuses to have a child with Iris because he believes evil runs in his veins and doesn’t want any child of his to become like his father. Which definitely puts a damper on Iris’ plans. She wants children but she also wants to share a bed with her husband. The chemistry between them is hot though, and I liked the way that Hoyt wrote this relationship. Seeing the way that Iris slowly works her way into Raphael’s heart.

The Duke of Desire is a romance that will keep you in suspense, on the edge of your seat and is a gripping romantic tale that you won’t ever want to put down!! SPLENDID JOB! 

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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  1. Sharlene Wegner

    Great review! I still need to get started on this series! Love the last few covers, including this one, for obvious reasons! 😉

  2. Carol Cork

    Renee, I recently read this and, although I enjoyed it, I didn’t love it like the other books in the series. For me there was too much emphasis on Raphael’s dark past and it seemed to overshadow the romance element in the book.


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