Book Review: Notorious Pleasures by Elizabeth Hoyt

9Title: Notorious Pleasures
Author: Elizabeth Hoyt
Series: Maiden Lane #2
Released: February 1, 2011
Genre: HR
Format: Kindle
Pages: 382
Dates Read: June 8-10, 2017
Grade: C+
Synopsis: Their lives were perfect . . .
Lady Hero Batten, the beautiful sister of the Duke of Wakefield, has everything a woman could want, including the perfect fiancé.  True, the Marquis of Mandeville is a trifle dull and has no sense of humor, but that doesn’t bother Hero.  Until she meets his notorious brother . . .

Until they met each other.
Lord Griffin Reading is far from perfect – and he likes it that way.  How he spends his days is a mystery, but all of London knows he engages in the worst sorts of drunken revelry at night.  Hero takes an instant dislike to him, and Griffin thinks that Hero, with her charities and faultless manners, is much too impeccable for society, let alone his brother.  Yet their near-constant battle of wits soon sparks desire – desire that causes their carefully constructed worlds to come tumbling down.  As Hero’s wedding nears, and Griffin’s enemies lay plans to end their dreams forever, can two imperfect people find perfect true love? (Goodreads)

Review: This wasn’t quite as good as the first book. I wanted to punch most of the men in this novel, and even Hero could be infuriating sometimes.  Mandeville was such a jerk, and I was upset for the woman who did end up with him.  Don’t do that to yourself, girl.

The story was nice and all, I guess, but it felt mostly like filler, especially after how much of Silence’s story was presented in Wicked Intentions.  It seems like this was just a way to continue building up the setting and some characters of the series.

Hero was the “perfect” society lady, while Griffin ran an illegal distillery.  This obviously leads to tension between the two, but I liked the complexity of it.  First, Hero had to come to realize that she wasn’t perfect and that she didn’t have to be (and, more importantly, that she wasn’t any less of a person for it), and then she also needed to realize the importance of the distillery to Griffin.  His family needed the profits of it, and he couldn’t stop until his sister could at least have a Season.

I loved how much of Silence’s story was woven throughout the book, and reading it just made me want to get to Scandalous Desires sooner.

I still really like this series.  I love the Georgian setting and the extra darkness and intensity that it brings to these novels.

Favorite Quotes:

  • It was as if she were the dormant black powder and he a flame that set her alight.  Suddenly everything was vivid, clear, and burning.  The very night sky rejoiced as if to celebrate her awakening (Loc 1514).
  • Her facade had cracked.  She realized with shock that she was as mortal as anyone else, as fallible as the most fallen woman (Loc 1515).
  • “I only understand that I prefer birdsong from the meadow instead of a cage (Loc 2438).

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