Review: Duke of Sin by Elizabeth Hoyt

Duke of Sin - Elizabeth HoytPublisher: Grand Central Publishing (May 31st 2016)
Paperback: 364 pages
Series: Maiden Lane #10
Source: Edelweiss
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Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

A MAN OF SIN

Devastatingly handsome. Vain. Unscrupulous. Valentine Napier, the Duke of Montgomery, is the man London whispers about in boudoirs and back alleys. A notorious rake and blackmailer, Montgomery has returned from exile, intent on seeking revenge on those who have wronged him. But what he finds in his own bedroom may lay waste to all his plans.

A WOMAN OF HONOR

Born a bastard, housekeeper Bridget Crumb is clever, bold, and fiercely loyal. When her aristocratic mother becomes the target of extortion, Bridget joins the Duke of Montgomery’s household to search for the incriminating evidence-and uncovers something far more dangerous.

A SECRET THAT THREATENS TO DESTROY THEM BOTH

Astonished by the deceptively prim-and surprisingly witty-domestic spy in his chambers, Montgomery is intrigued. And try as she might, Bridget can’t resist the slyly charming duke. Now as the two begin their treacherous game of cat and mouse, they soon realize that they both have secrets-and neither may be as nefarious-or as innocent-as they appear . . .

Review:

Book ten of the Maiden Lane series and somehow I think this one snuck up to my top 2.

I don’t even know how, but somehow Elizabeth Hoyt made me love Valentine Napier, the Duke of Montgomery. He fits more in the category of villain than hero and he’s definitely not a nice guy (he spends most of the series blackmailing people, among other things tsk tsk.). Yet learning more about his past, seeing his dynamic with Bridget (who he affectionately calls Seraphina), and having love kick him in the butt was perfection and makes me love him that much more. And what I love kind of the most is that while Val becomes a better person, he’s still keeps his bit of maniacal self.

Bridget is the angel to Val’s devilish nature. Bridget is prim and proper (for the most part), righteous and kind-hearted and Val can’t help but be intrigued by her as she doesn’t take an sass from him while poor Bridget has to handle Val’s (hilariously) high-handed, vain, presumptuous nature.

“I know what a forskin is,” she hissed. “Why are you so loud?”

“I’m a duke?” He shrugged. “Why should I lower my voice? It’s a lovely voice, resonant and mellow. I should think everyone would like to hear it.”

Val is probably one of my favourite hero. He’s a little weird, and devilishly flirtatious.

He grinned. Have you looked at my books? Glanced at my titles? Fondled my spines?”

It’s really sad to learn about his horrific past with his dad that left him really unsure about what’s right and wrong anymore. It’s almost as of he’s unaware of bad thing he does because he doesn’t know it bad. I love Bridget in the end loves Val for who is his and makes him a better person without totally changing who he is.

Easily my favourite part of this book is the chemistry between Val and Bridget. He flirts, she rebukes. The sweet and steamy tension throughout the book was perfection.

The rest of the story is also intriguing and entertaining, what with poisoning, kidnappings, secret societies. Oh there’s always a bit of humour in the strangest spots in the best  kind of way. Val is an interesting duke.

“No.” He shook his head decisively. “I’ve found that it’s much easier if one forgets certain things, so I’ve made it a habit of it. Sometimes when I’m introduced to a man I forget his name immediately, just to stay in practice. It’s wonderfully useful, forgetfulness.

Overall this book was a great read and a fantastic addition to the Maiden Lane series. A definitely read if you want a hero that’s a little different than the rest. Oh and if you have been reading this series, there’s hint that the Ghost of St. Giles may be making an appearance in the next book!

More quotes (because this book is so awesome and Val’s thought process is always interesting!)

Mrs. Crumb had worn a nightcap more hideous than her daytime monstrosity – and with enormous flaps that tired under her chin. Perhaps she was bald. Was that a possibility? Did he have a bald female housekeeper? The though intrigued.

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His azure eyes were alight with amusement. “Phantom cats and ghostly kittens.”

She frowned at him. “I don’t believe in ghosts.”

“Boring.” He kissed her on the nose […]

{* Thanks to Grand Central Publishing & Edelweiss for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Author: Cyn

noun. a bum a student again. A master’s student…oooh. procrastinator. reader. eater. sleeper. music listen-er. movie go-er. Loves food too much.

17 Comment

  1. Aww I’m so glad you liked this one! I as well enjoyed this book immensely. I thought Val had such an outgoing personality, it was really delightful to read 😀 And jeez wasn’t the chemistry between him and Bridget just off the pages? I really can’t wait to see what Hoyt has in store with us with Alf!

    1. Yay! I’m happy to hear you enjoyed this, too! Val was definitely an interesting guy, haha. Oh man, loved their chemistry!
      So excited for Alf! Though I think I always assumed she was younger for some reason, haha.

  2. Very rarely do I enjoy a villain turned hero but this sounds like it might be one of the few. I really want to read this series anyway but this one sounds especially fun!

    1. I was a little surprised how Val managed to win me over, haha. This is definitely one of my favourite of the series. It’s a long series, but worth checking out! You get invested in the characters (:

  3. I did not expect to like this one as much as I did, but he was just so so SO!

    1. Yes, exactly!!

  4. I have been wanting to read this one so badly. I love anti heroes though so I can’t wait till I can pick this one up. Glad you enjoyed it so much.

    1. I hope you love it!! I’m a sucker for anti-heroes, too 😀

  5. evaallbooksconsidered says: Reply

    Great review! I am always on the look-out for HR and this one sounds good! I haven’t read anything by this author yet but good chemistry sucks me in!!

    1. This one was such a fun read! I’m tempted to say just jump into this book, but it also helps a bit to read the series because you do see these characters in the previous books. The author is definitely worth checking out!

  6. The foreskin one was really hilarious. I totally busted out while reading that scene. Glad to see you enjoyed him so much 🙂

    1. I had a good giggle with that part 😉 Val is pretty hilarious!

  7. I just started reading this series, and while the first book isn’t a new favorite, I’m definitely intrigued by the world, so I am continuing on! I love an antihero and I like Val already. 🙂 Wonderful review, Cyn!

    1. Oh yay! It took me a few books to get really hooked so I do hope you’ll find a few you’ll really love! Val is probably my favourite so far, haha.
      Thanks, Rachel!

  8. I seriously need to read this series. I loved the excerpt you shared and just know I will love Bridget 🙂

    1. It keeps getting better and better this series 🙂 Bridget is a wonderful heroine!

  9. Soooo. Elizabeth Hoyt has been a hit and miss for me and I haven’t been following this series… I mean 10 books already?! YOWZA! BUT I read Darling Beast and I absolutely loved it! I may pick this up because the plot sounds like sometime I would absolutely love!

    Thanks for the awesome review, Cyn!

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