Review: Duke of Pleasure by Elizabeth Hoyt

Review: Duke of Pleasure by Elizabeth HoytDuke of Pleasure (Maiden Lane, #11) by Elizabeth Hoyt
Series: Maiden Lane #11
Published by Grand Central Publishing on November 29th 2016
Genres: Historical, Historical Romance, Romance
Pages: 364
Source: Netgalley
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Bold. Brave. Brutally handsome. Hugh Fitzroy, the Duke of Kyle, is the king's secret weapon. Sent to defeat the notorious Lords of Chaos, he is ambushed in a London alley—and rescued by an unlikely ally: a masked stranger with the unmistakable curves of a woman.
Cocky. Clever. Courageously independent. Alf has survived on the perilous streets of St. Giles by disguising her sex. By day she is a boy, dealing in information and secrets. By night she's the notorious Ghost of St. Giles, a masked vigilante. But as she saves Hugh from assassins, she finds herself succumbing to temptation.
When Hugh hires Alf to investigate the Lords of Chaos, her worlds collide. Once Hugh realizes that the boy and the Ghost are the same, will Alf find the courage to become the woman she needs to be—before the Lords of Chaos destroy them both?


I’m pretty sure I’ve been saying this for at least the last five books of the Maiden Lane series, but here we are, book no. 11 and it’s still fantastic. And this one has the return of the Ghost of St. Giles!

In the Duke of Pleasure, Hugh, Duke of Kyle, is still on the hunt to take down the Lords of Chaos (a group of Lords who do some pretty bad stuff), and who better to help than the brilliant and cunning Alf. This dynamic duo was such an interesting opposites-attract kind of pair and I loved that they broke all the rules about status and propriety (Hugh is the bastard son of the king, and Alf is just a street urchin).

I love Alf our unconventional heroine. She’s a cunning girl-in-disguise street urchin by day and our notorious masked vigilante, Ghost of St. Giles by night. I’ve always loved her in the previous books, but this one really just makes Alf a million times more endearing. I like that we get to see her be brilliant and badass but also see her vulnerable side as she figures out all her identities. And I just find it extra cute that she’s crushing on Hugh even before she really knew him.

Now maybe it was time to let herself be vulnerable once more. If that wasn’t courage, she didn’t know what was.

Hugh is very much your true man’s hero. He wants to do the right thing always and exudes that feeling of safety despite being a bit cynical (for which he has good reasons). Which is probably why Alf is drawn to him so much. I loved their chemistry. Despite being an unlikely pair, Hugh was able to love Alf for who truly was and Alf inspired Hugh to be a better man. They definitely had some steamy moments and I love seeing Alf take charge when she needs too.  Please note though, Hugh is still a man and therefore is still prone to idiocy. Thankfully that is corrected with some grovelling and swoony moments.

I also really enjoyed Hugh’s story with his young sons (Kit, age 7 and Peter, age 5) as he tries to repair their relationship. Throw Alf in the mix, who quickly bonds with the boys and it’s just sweet and cuteness all around. I loved that Alf helps mend the bonds between father and sons. Kit and Peter are pretty darn adorable and I loved them throughout the story.

“Sometimes, of course, your papa is quite stern and abrupt and won’t listen to me and I want to throw potatoes at him” -Peter giggled at this- “but most of the time…” She looked up at him, meeting his gaze again, her brown eyes wide and soft. “Most of the time, I find I quite like him.”

And to top of the cuteness that is the romance and the lovable family, is a dose action! Remember, Hugh and Alf are still trying to take down the Lords of Chaos and they do not take a liking to people trying to shut them down. We’re also introduced to Iris, Lady Jordan, and the Duke of Dyemore, our next leading Duke (of Desire, ha) and lady and let me tell you, I’m hella excited for it.

Overall, Duke of Pleasure was an endearing and lovely read. It was a book full of heart, intrigue, adventure and a perfect happily ever after. If you’ve been loving the Maiden Lane series, you’ll easily fall in love with Hugh and Alf.

“You were done with me.”

“I’ll never be done with you, imp. Never.”

{* Thanks to Grand Central Publishing and Netgalley for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

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 Minneapolis, Minnesota with three untrained dogs and one long-suffering husband.


Author: Cyn

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6 Replies to “Review: Duke of Pleasure by Elizabeth Hoyt”

  1. I bought a bunch of books by this author one time, but I still haven’t read them. I really need to though. I hear her romances are swoony!
    I’m already loving the sound of this book. I get melty over guys with kids in books!
    Great review, Cyn!

  2. I discovered Elizabeth Hoyt this year, and I have LOVED the two books I’ve read. I especially loved Dearest Rogue which is part of this series. I need to read more, I just haven’t gotten there. I’m so glad to hear that even with book 11, this series is still wonderful.

  3. This is book 11 ..eep. I just downloaded book one yesterday. I am excited.

  4. Yay! I really enjoyed this one as well. I’m so glad you had fun with them. I loved their little “family”.

  5. oh I have heard that this book is AMAZING!!! I love that the heroine is a street urchin–it always adds something different to a HR novel. And hasn’t Hoyt done such a good job with this series. All the books are so fabulous and fun.

  6. I seriously adored this book! Book six is still my favorite, and then book ten, but this one is high in the ranks. Honestly the only book that I didn’t totally love (like, five-star love) was book four, but I still really enjoyed it. I don’t know how Hoyt does it!

    Great review, Cyn! =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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