Spotlight on THIEF OF SHADOWS by Elizabeth Hoyt (plus a giveaway)

Elizabeth Hoyt’s highly anticipated Historical Romance THIEF OF SHADOWS,

the latest in her nationally bestselling MAIDEN LANE series,

has just been published as a paperback and eBook original by Grand Central Publishing.

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In THIEF OF SHADOWS, Winter Makepeace’s days are spent as the headmaster of a home for foundling children, one that has recently been adopted by “The Ladies Syndicate,” a group of aristocratic women committed to the works of the home and its betterment.  Night, however, brings out the darker side of Winter.  As the moon rises so does the Ghost of St. Giles, the most notorious footpad in London.  Hidden behind a Harlequin’s mask, he is rumored by some to both rescue and defend, and by others to ravish and murder.  When Winter, as the Ghost, is beaten and wounded, he is rescued and cared for by a beautiful aristocrat. Now his two worlds are about to collide.

Lady Isabel Beckinhall enjoys nothing more than a challenge.  Yet when, as a member of the Ladies’ Syndicate, she is asked to tutor Winter so that he can move within Society for the benefit of the Home, she hesitates at the thought of teaching the dour manager the ways of society—flirtation, double-entendres, and scandalous liaisons.  Nonetheless, she does so and as their lessons progress she is repeatedly distracted as she wonders why his eyes seem so familiar and his lips so very tempting.

By day, Isabel and Winter engage in a battle of wills.  At night their passions are revealed.  Soon though, the Ghost is called to action.  Little girls are disappearing, their loss blamed on the “lassie snatchers,” who are plying their evil trade in St. Giles.  Winter must avenge them. To do so, he must risk losing everything—the Home, Isabel and quite possibly his life.

Once again, Elizabeth Hoyt brings a time, place and people alive to captivate readers with their emotion, hopes and passion.

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THIEF OF SHADOWS, Book Four in the Maiden Lane Series

Elizabeth Hoyt

A Grand Central Publishing Mass Market and E-book Original

Fiction/$7.99 ($8.99 Canada)

978-1-455-50832-7 • 1455508322

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I have one copy of THIEF OF SHADOWS to give away

to one lucky reader (US/Canada)

Please click here for entry form.

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To Desire a Devil – Blog Tour, Review, Giveaway

Back of the book:
After seven years in hellish captivity, Reynaud St. Aubyn busts into his ancestral home half mad with fever, demanding his due. Can this wild man truly be the last earl’s son, thought murdered by Indians?
Beatrice Corning is the niece of the present earl and a proper English miss. Yet she has a secret: No real man has ever excited her more than the handsome youth in a certain portrait. Now, suddenly, he’s here, in the flesh – and luring her into his bed.
Only Beatrice can see past Reynaud’s savage ways to the noble man inside. And Reynaud is drawn to this lovely lady, even as her loyalty to her uncle raises his suspicions. But can she tame a man who will stop at nothing to regain his title – even if it means sacrificing her innocence?

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My thoughts:
Since the first book in The Legend of the Four Soldiers we’ve read about Reynaud St. Aubyn. When the four soldiers were fighting in the Colonies their unit was overtaken by a group of Indians. Most of the unit died but the four soldiers were captured and tortured. Three of them (the main characters of the previous three books) thought they witnessed the death of St. Aubyn. Throughout the series they’ve been searching for the traitor who tipped off the attackers where the soldiers would be on the fateful day. With the reappearance of St. Aubyn the four men resolve to find the traitor once and for all.

Another aspect of the novel is that Reynaud wants to reclaim his title which is now held by Beatrice’s uncle. She’s torn between her loyalty to the man who has raised her and her new love who she knows deserves his title. There’s political intrigue woven throughout the story, as well.

Elizabeth Hoyt wrote another exciting novel. I love her subtle and detailed character and setting descriptions. When I read her books I feel totally immersed in the story. To Desire a Devil was no exception. The romance between Reynaud and Beatrice was intense and sometimes startling. Hoyt is known for her wicked hot romantic scenes and it holds true in this book. There’s also an exciting dramatic sequence that made me wonder how the book would conclude. I’m sorry to see the series end. I recommend this book (and the rest of the series) to fans of Historical Romance.

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Review copy provided by Hachette Book Group


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Hachette Book Group has allowed me to offer 5 copies of To Desire a Devil for a giveaway.

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To Seduce a Sinner by Elizabeth Hoyt

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Jasper Renshaw, Viscount Vale, has a problem: he needs to marry and produce an heir to the title. All Jasper wants is to find a lady who will put up with him long enough to wed so he can retreat to his life of debauchery–a life that keeps the haunting memories of his past at bay. Knowing that Jasper is under pressure to marry, Melisande Flemming grasps her fate with both hands and volunteers to wed him. Although Jasper is initially only interested in producing an heir, he soon becomes entranced by his wife–prim and proper by day, wanton by night– and vows to learn her secrets.

Melissande, however, is determined to keep her husband at a distance. She has loved, and lost, before, and will do anything to keep him from learning her terrible weakness: she’s secretly been in love with him for years. But to her chagrin, her husband pursues her, wooing her as if she were a paramour, not his lady wife. As Melissande and Jasper embark on a passionate game of cat and mouse, secrets from the past begin to resurface…. threatening to tear them asunder.

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I liked the second book in The Legend of the Four Soldiers series. Elizabeth Hoyt gives her characters depth, passion, and wonderful banter. I’ve been reading this series out of order (already read the first and third books) and now it’s on to the fourth and final book.

To Taste Temptation by Elizabeth Hoyt

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Synopsis (BN)

The ton loves nothing more than a good scandal, and they’re giddy with the appearance of wealthy Samuel Hartley. Not only is he self-made, American, and in the habit of wearing moccasins, but he is also notorious for fleeing a battle in which several English gentlemen lost their lives. What the ton doesn’t know, though, is that Samuel is in London because of this massacre. He believes his regiment was given up to the enemy and won’t rest until he finds the traitor.
Lady Emeline Gordon is captivated with Samuel. Not only does he defy convention with his unusual dress, his sensual smile, and his forthright manner, but he survived the battle that killed her beloved brother. Samuel suspects that the person responsible for her brother’s death is Jasper Renshaw, Viscount Vale, a family friend since childhood—and Emeline’s fiancé. Despite Emeline’s belief in Vale’s innocence and her refusal to break off her betrothal, she and Samuel begin a passionate affair. But can their relationship survive the fallout from Samuel’s investigation?

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Earlier this year I received a review copy of book three in this series: To Beguile a Beast. I enjoyed it and knew I’d read the two previous books at some point. About a month ago I signed up to be part of the blog tour for book four. That’s when I decided to read books one and two. Still with me? That brings me back to book one: To Taste Temptation.

I thought this book was ok. It got better as it went along and by the end I found myself looking forward to the next book. That said, I remember liking book three much more. I didn’t warm to the main characters in TTT. I do like the idea of a mystery connecting four characters who’ve been deeply affected by one event. I also enjoy Hoyt’s descriptive writing. I’ll end by saying I liked this book enough to buy book two of the Legend of the Four Soldiers series.

To Beguile A Beast by Elizabeth Hoyt

To Beguile A Beast (The Legend of the Four Soldiers, #3)


Reclusive Sir Alistair Munroe has hidden in his castle ever since returning from the Colonies, scarred inside and out. But when a mysterious beauty arrives at his door, the passions he’s kept suppressed for years begin to awaken.
Running from past mistakes has taken legendary beauty Helen Fitzwilliam from the luxury of the ton to a crumbling Scottish castle . . . and a job as a housekeeper. Yet Helen is determined to start a new life and she won’t let dust-or a beast of a man-scare her away.
Beneath Helen’s beautiful façade, Alistair finds a courageous and sensual woman. A woman who doesn’t back away from his surliness-or his scars. But just as he begins to believe in true love, Helen’s secret past threatens to tear them apart. Now both Beast and Beauty must fight for the one thing neither believed they could ever find-a happy ever after.

My thoughts: I’d never read a Historical Romance novel before To Beguile A Beast. The only preconceived notion I had before reading the book was that of possible “bodice ripper”. What I found was an entertaining, albeit steamy, fairy tale/romance. Is that redundant?? This book is part of the Legend of the Four Soldiers series. I’ll no doubt be reading the previous installments. If you’re a fan of the genre, I recommend To Beguile A Beast.

My thanks to Anna from Hachette Book Group for sending the book.

There’s still time to enter the giveaway!

Anna has allowed me to give away five copies of To Beguile A Beast. Enter here until 10pm EDT today – June 3rd.