Title: Duke of Desire
Written by Elizabeth Hoyt
Series: Maiden Lane #12
Published by Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: October 17th 2017
Genres: Historical Romance
Source: the Publisher
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Challenges: 2017 Goodreads Reading Challenge, 2017 Historical Romance Reading Challenge, 2017 Review Challenge
A LADY OF LIGHT
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.
A DUKE IN DEEPEST DARKNESS
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.
CAUGHT IN A WEB OF DANGER . . . AND DESIRE
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?
I hard a time getting into this book. Unfortunately, I haven’t been following the Maiden Lane series and with this being the 12th book in the series, I felt a little bit lost. I have only read a few books in this series and the one I recently read was Darling Beast, the 7th book in the series and it was amazing!
That said, I still enjoyed Duke of Desire. I think it wraps up the series pretty nicely and I say this even though I haven’t read the previous books in the series.
I’m also a sucker for scarred heroes and heroes with baggage and Raphael de Chartres, Duke of Dyemore is one such hero. Oh man, the angst! Elizabeth Hoyt does a good job with this!
Iris is also a unique heroine in a sense that she is a damsel in distress but she is also a strong woman.
I definitely love the romance between Iris and Raphael. It was unconventional but I could not help but root for the both of them.
I fully enjoyed Duke of Desire even if I didn’t read the previous books but it did feel that there was something lacking.
I recommend reading the other books in the series before diving into Duke of Desire.
Have you read the Maiden Lane series? Which book is your favorite and which one should I read first?