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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Throwback Thursday Review: Wicked Intentions by Elizabeth Hoyt

Throwback Thursday Reviews is dedicated to those books that have been around for years but you’ve only recently discovered. They’re the “New but Old” reads that are just too good NOT to talk about! Why not share them anyway? They may end up being a “New Read” for someone else too! After all, there’s no such thing as “Too Many Books!”

This Week’s Throwback Thursday Book is:Wicked Intentions by Elizabeth Hoyt

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Forever

Release Date: August 1, 2010

A man controlled by his desires...

Infamous for his wild, sensual needs, Lazarus Huntington, Lord Caire, is searching for a savage killer in St. Giles, London's most notorious slum. Widowed Temperance Dews knows St. Giles like the back of her hand— she's spent a lifetime caring for its inhabitants at the foundling home her family established. Now that home is at risk.

A woman haunted by her past...

Caire makes a simple offer—in return for Temperance's help navigating the perilous alleys of St. Giles, he will introduce her to London's high society so that she can find a benefactor for the home. But Temperance may not be the innocent she seems, and what begins as cold calculation soon falls prey to a passion that neither can control—one that may well destroy them both.

A bargain neither could refuse.

Lazarus is quite the anti-hero you know. He’s not the kind of man who does things because they’re the right thing to do. He’s selfish and he’s entitled. He’s not always nice either but guess what? He also has an untouched soft spot. I loved this imperfect hero with his silver white hair and cynical attitude. He’s not for everyone but he was definitely for me. I like characters like Lazarus who haven’t exactly done anything to define themselves and then as the story progresses they question how they’ve lived their lives. Lazarus isn’t a warm and fuzzy kind of character though and he won’t be everyone’s cup of tea because he’s kind of intense and very blunt! I like that in a character though because Lazarus is never dull and needed some balance in his life.

Temperance is a bit saintly for my tastes, no one can be that pure and be interesting and for the most part she’s a little dull, but she has a good heart and she’s persistent in getting what she wants. Not for herself, she’s self sacrificing that way but her devotion to the children of St. Giles isn’t to be overlooked because they have no one to be their champion. It’s an uphill battle to protect them but Temperance is more than willing to take on that challenge. So she gets big points for putting herself in danger over and over again just to make sure that she saves as many of the defenseless as she can.

At first glance, Lazarus and Temperance don’t make much sense as a couple. He has “dark” bedroom tastes (They’re not that dark for contemporary times but back then? Yeah I guess they were dark), and she is a widowed but still innocent woman with a curiosity about those dark tastes. Temperance’s persistence paid off with Lazarus and about halfway through the book I could see something more than just physical chemistry building between them. Not that the physical part should be overlooked because there were some moments where the temperature definitely went up!

Wicked Intentions doesn’t lack for a supporting cast though. In fact it was a little difficult to keep them straight at times. There are the various children from the foundling home and Temperance’s siblings of which she has many. One of her sisters seems to be dealing with her own difficult situation and has something happen to her that changes her life drastically. It’s a side story that while interesting, doesn’t take away from Temperance and Lazarus’ story.

The dark and dangerous setting of St. Giles definitely sets the tone for most of the book. The characters are grounded in their dire world but at the same time there’s always a bit of hope. The gritty, earthy, and realistic world Hoyt crafts makes the overall story more believable and to me more addictive. I couldn’t imagine this series taking place anywhere else.

Final Verdict:Wicked Intentions is an eye catching start to what has ended up being one of my favorite series of all time. Lazarus and Temperance couldn’t be more different yet they worked as a couple.

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