Book Review: Scandalous Desires by Elizabeth Hoyt

10Title: Notorious Pleasures
Author: Elizabeth Hoyt
Series: Maiden Lane #3
Released: October 18, 2011
Genre: HR
Format: Kindle
Pages: 393
Dates Read: June 10-14, 2017
Grade: A
Synopsis: Can a pirate learn that the only true treasure lies in a woman’s heart?

Widowed Silence Hollingbrook is impoverished, lovely, and kind–and nine months ago she made a horrible mistake. She went to a river pirate for help in saving her husband and in the process made a bargain that cost her her marriage. That night wounded her so terribly that she hides in the foundling home she helps run with her brother. Except now that same river pirate is back…and he’s asking for her help.

“Charming” Mickey O’Connor is the most ruthless river pirate in London. Devastatingly handsome and fearsomely intelligent, he clawed his way up through London’s criminal underworld. Mickey has no use for tender emotions like compassion and love, and he sees people as pawns to be manipulated. And yet he’s never been able to forget the naive captain’s wife who came to him for help and spent one memorable night in his bed…talking.

When his bastard baby girl was dumped in his lap–her mother having died–Mickey couldn’t resist the Machiavellian urge to leave the baby on Silence’s doorstep. The baby would be hidden from his enemies and he’d also bind Silence to him by her love for his daughter. (Goodreads)

Review: You know, I try not to picture Aidan Turner as the hero too often, but sometimes you can’t help it.  The description of Mickey O’Connor paints Aidan Turner perfectly in my mind.  And he’s Irish, so what’s a girl to do?

Now, I was not upset at all at the news of William’s death because he was terrible.  A terrible person, a terrible husband–just terrible.  Silence deserved so much better, and she got it in Michael.

My favorite thing about the book was seeing Michael become a good father.  At first, he was like, “Ew, get this screaming thing away from me.”  Quite literally.  At the beginning of the book, he held Mary Darling at arm’s length because he didn’t know what to do when she started crying.  Then later, I almost cried myself when he started singing to his daughter while he didn’t know that Silence could hear him.  And eventually, of course, he would die for both Silence and Mary Darling.

What’s great about the relationship in this book is that it’s driven more by Silence and Michael’s love, admiration, and appreciation for each other than by their lust for each other, as opposed to the first two books.

I liked the first two in the series, but this one was even better.  I understood the decisions of the characters even if I didn’t like them, and I can always appreciate that.  I also love how seamlessly it leads into the next book (aka the reason I wanted to start this series in the first place).

Favorite Quotes:

  • A man’s world is a treasure he holds within himself no matter how poor his outer garments.  To squander it recklessly is the mark of not only a fool, but a cheat as well (Loc 708).
  • She was so lose to him now that it was as if he held her in his palm like a glowing ember–and gave thanks for the pain even as he inhaled the smoke from his burning flesh (Loc 1798).
  • He looked into her fierce face, her delicate cheeks flaming with passion, her lips stained a rose red, and the small child she still held protectively in her arms and felt himself fall, tumbling helplessly, all thought stopped in his head (Loc 2148).

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