Brace yourself and grab your popcorn for the next year, because this year’s readalong series is Elizabeth Hoyt’s 12 book series: Maiden Lane, and after reading the first book, Wicked Intentions, I have many thoughts!
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: August 1st 2010
Format: e-book / audiobook
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.
“Because you draw me. Because you are kind but not soft. Because when you touch me, the pain is bittersweet. Because you cradle a desperate secret to your bosom, like a viper in your arms, and don’t let go of it even as it gnaws upon your very flesh. I want to pry that viper from your arms. To suckle upon your torn and bloody flesh. To take your pain within myself and make it mine.”
I am fresh off the boat when it comes to historical romances, with only having read a handful of them; I can confidently say that Wicked Intentions has certainly made an impression on me in the best ways possible. Maiden Lane’s debut novel tells the story of widowed Temperance Dews and the every wild and infamous Lazarus Huntington, AKA Lord Caire—AKA Daddy Lazzy. When Lord Caire finds out that is long time mistress is brutally murdered, he seeks out the help of Temperance with one simple offer: help him find the killer of his mistress and he will put her in front of those who can save her struggling foundling home that she and her family run.
Y’all…when I say that this was a fun and titivating read. I mean it. Lord Caire was such an interesting and fun character to read about and I loved watching him grow and fall for Temperance throughout the story. I have found I really enjoy historical romances when under the back drop of a mystery and the mystery element was a fun one in Wicked Intentions. A complete opposite’s attract romance, Daddy Lazzy and his Ms. Dews was a fun duo who absolutely suck at solving murders (I highly recommend these two not quit their day jobs and go into the detective business).
I enjoyed watching these two grow and work through their inner demons both together and separately; and I absolutely adored the sass daddy Lazzy dished out to those around him, making him by far my favorite character thus far (sans the ghost of St. Giles, because who tf is he?!).
A story with spice, mystery, and a mysterious vigilante who I’m not sure is friend or foe yet—Wicked Intentions was a fun one that has me excited to read the next!