Elizabeth Hoyt keeps knocking them out of the park and Sweetest Scoundrel is no exception! I'm so happy to be part of the blog tour for this book and I hope you all go out and grab a copy of the latest Maiden Lane book. Or you can enter to win one of ELEVEN print copies!
About Elizabeth Hoyt:
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Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Forever (Grand Central Publishing)
Release Date: November 24, 2015
SHE'S TAKING CHARGE
Prim, proper, and thrifty, Eve Dinwoody is all business when it comes to protecting her brother's investment. But when she agrees to control the purse strings of London's premier pleasure garden, Harte's Folly, she finds herself butting heads with an infuriating scoundrel who can't be controlled.
HE'S RUNNING THE SHOW
Bawdy and bold, Asa Makepeace doesn't have time for a penny-pinching prude like Eve. As the garden's larger-than-life owner, he's already dealing with self-centered sopranos and temperamental tenors. He's not about to let an aristocratic woman boss him around . . . no matter how enticing she is.
BUT LOVE CONQUERS ALL
In spite of her lack of theatrical experience-and her fiery clashes with Asa-Eve is determined to turn Harte's Folly into a smashing success. But the harder she tries to manage the stubborn rake, the harder it is to ignore his seductive charm and raw magnetism. There's no denying the smoldering fire between them-and trying to put it out would be the greatest folly of all . . .
There really is such a magical quality in Elizabeth Hoyt’s writing, most notably in her Maiden Lane series. The combination of earthy passion and witty dialogue amid the hustle and bustle of Georgian England makes each book highly addictive and a must have for any historical romance fan.
Hoyt’s characters are unconventional in a genre that seems to value the “perfect” physical specimens of man and womanhood, yet those same unconventional characters bring an abundance of life and vitality to every story. Take Asa Makepeace for example. He’s a hulking bear of a man with the manners and loud voice to match yet for all his growling, shouting and crude behavior, he’s worth falling for. Actually his crude behavior and bawdy comments were kind of endearing to me which says more about me than him… Moving on. Asa was a dangerous man to be sure but he also had this natural kindness that was buried waaaay down deep and needed someone more stubborn than he was to bring it out.
Enter Eve Dinwoody. She was almost the complete opposite of Asa, proper, polite, quiet and cautious. But she was also very stubborn and that’s what kept Asa from bulldozing over her like he did with so many others in his life. Eve’s persistence and calm, cool logic had me loving her way before Sweetest Scoundrel. She was a sensible woman and in the face of disaster, someone you would want on your side. Naturally she was going to butt heads with Asa and while she taught him a thing or two about patience and kindness, she also learned how strong she truly was.
Together Asa and Eve made a great team professionally even if they did bicker like children over every detail of the theater, but that was mostly Asa’s stubbornness talking. Personally they were explosive together even when they weren’t touching. Their chemistry wasn’t instant; it was more like a spark that once it caught onto something solid burned hotter and brighter with each turn of the page. I loved the progression of their romance, the arguing that led to kissing that led to more arguing that led to deep thoughts that led back to kissing and more. I wouldn’t have expected anything else of Asa, he doesn’t like the distraction that Eve presents, much less the thoughts that plague him when for so long his only thought and love was his theater.
Then there was the building of the mystery surrounding Eve’s brother the devious and somewhat villainous Valentine Napier, the Duke of Montgomery. Why does he need to collect information on people? How far will he go? Is he a bad man? Probably but I don’t think he’s all that bad if he’s getting his own book. One thing I do know and like about him is his devotion to Eve, even if he does use her for his own schemes; he was there when she needed him most. I am so curious about him it’s not even funny, but that’s the author for you. Hoyt can engage readers’ attention and affection for the main couple all while building interest for other characters in the story but she does it in a way that doesn’t distract from the main plotline.
Final Verdict: Sweetest Scoundrel is the latest in a long line of Maiden Lane series books and with each book I fall deeper and deeper in love. These books are not just about connecting with the main characters or reconnecting with old ones, they’re also about discovering new characters in the most unlikely places.
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