Duke of Desire by Elizabeth Hoyt Book Review

Posted November 10, 2017 by Zeee in Reviews6 Comments

I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


Duke of Desire by Elizabeth Hoyt Book ReviewDuke of Desire written by Elizabeth Hoyt
Publication Date: October 17th 2017
Series: Maiden Lane #12
Pages: 353
Rating: One StarOne StarOne Star
Flame Rating: three-flames
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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?

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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.

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Overall: 3

Have you read the Maiden Lane series? Which book is your favorite and which one should I read first?

About Elizabeth Hoyt

Elizabeth Hoyt is the New York Times bestselling author of over seventeen lush historical romances including the Maiden Lane series. Publishers Weekly has called her writing “mesmerizing.” She also pens deliciously fun contemporary romances under the name Julia Harper. Elizabeth lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with three untrained dogs, a garden in constant need of weeding, and the long-suffering Mr. Hoyt.

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6 responses to “Duke of Desire by Elizabeth Hoyt Book Review

    • Yes! This is the last of the series and the main character has appeared in the previous books which led me to being confused at first. But it still does read like a standalone overall.

  1. I haven’t read this one, but I’ve read several of her books and also snag whatever I can find at the .25 book sale. I enjoy her! I’ve read a so so book by her and then I’ve read ones that I’ve absolutely loved.