Format: .mobi (Purchased)
Release Date: October 15, 2013
WHEN A MASKED MAN . . .
Twenty years ago Maximus Batten witnessed the brutal murders of his parents. Now the autocratic Duke of Wakefield, he spends his days ruling Parliament. But by night, disguised as the Ghost of St. Giles, he prowls the grim alleys of St. Giles, ever on the hunt for the murderer. One night he finds a fiery woman who meets him toe-to-toe—and won’t back down…
MEETS HIS MATCH . . .
Artemis Greaves toils as a lady’s companion, but hiding beneath the plain brown serge of her dress is the heart of a huntress. When the Ghost of St. Giles rescues her from footpads she recognizes a kindred spirit—and is intrigued. She’s even more intrigued when she realizes who exactly the notorious Ghost is by day…
DESIRE IGNITES A DANGEROUS PASSION
Artemis makes a bold move: she demands that Maximus use his influence to free her imprisoned brother—or she will expose him as the Ghost. But blackmailing a powerful duke isn’t without risks. Now that she has the tiger by the tail, can she withstand his ire—or the temptation of his embrace?
Wow. What a way to bring the final Ghost of St. Giles to his happy ending. I didn't think Elizabeth Hoyt could top herself with Duke of Midnight but she absolutely did!
Maximus is perfect as the brooding, tortured hero. Shaped by tragedy and motivated by vengeance, he was the one who most resembled a Georgian Era version of Batman. While all three Ghosts had their demons, Maximus was definitely the darkest incarnation of the Ghost. Whereas the first Ghost was motivated by a true desire to help those who were helpless and the second Ghost was too much an honorable man to ignore injustice, Maximus carries around a darkness in him that has almost completely consumed him, he makes his role as the Ghost of St. Giles personal.
Artemis was definitely a different type of heroine. She's a very balanced female, prim, proper and resigned to her life as a spinster companion to her silly cousin on the outside, but on the inside she is a caged bird, longing to escape and fly free. She has a hidden wild streak that won't be tamed by any one and that's part of her appeal. She isn't extreme in her emotions and she's an intelligent woman who has survived mostly on her own.
Duke of Midnight doesn't skimp on the action but this time very little of it has to do with the injustices done in the streets of St. Giles. There's never a dull moment though. By day Maximus must keep his wits about him as Artemis threatens to reveal his identity to all of London and by night he ruthlessly searches for his parents' murderer.
Now let's talk about the chemistry. Hot damn did I need a fan! Maximus and Artemis are like a huge powder keg and a lit fuse dancing around each other. Sooner or later there's bound to be an explosion, and what an explosion it is! The sex scenes are erotic! Whether they're tender and passionate or raw and greedy, you can feel how much these two want each other and they almost set my Kindle on fire!
There were some loose ends that I choose to interpret as possible story lines for future books. I wanted to know what happened to Lady Penelope, Artemis' ridiculously vain, selfish and ditsy cousin and of course, Apollo, Artemis' twin. Could Apollo possibly have his own book in the future? I hope so because there were a few unanswered questions when it came to him and he disappeared rather quickly when he was freed. There's an appearance by a reclusive Makepeace sibling, who apparently, knows Apollo quite well. I won't say which one so you'll have to read Duke of Midnight but from the few facts that were revealed about him, I'm very curious about him.
The brisk, easy to follow pace of the story makes sure readers don't get bored. Before I knew it, I was at the last page of the book and was ready to re-read it again. Yes, Duke of Midnight can technically be read as a standalone but I really recommend you get the whole series and start from the beginning as there are a lot of back stories that create an amazing buildup the three Ghosts of St. Giles.
Also, huge props to whoever designed the cover and step back image. They're gorgeous, just like the previous two covers in the series. The green is stunning and so are the models, I love it.
Elizabeth Hoyt didn't let me down with Duke of Midnight and now I have another book to add to my "Wow Reads" list.