ARC Review: Thief of Shadows by Elizabeth Hoyt

Posted June 25, 2012 by Annie in Reviews / 7 Comments

ARC Review: Thief of Shadows by Elizabeth Hoyt

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
ARC Review: Thief of Shadows by Elizabeth Hoyt

5 Stars


Thief of Shadows
Author: Elizabeth Hoyt
Series: Maiden Lane #4
Published by Grand Central Publishing
Released: June 26, 2012
Genres: Historical Romance
Pages: 360
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher

 

 
I wondered how Elizabeth Hoyt would top the fascinating and well-written pirate hero, Mickey of the last book. However, it was obvious from the very beginning that Hoyt had a plan for Winter Makepeace. One that worked so well that it may have become my favorite book of the series.

As the headmaster of the home for foundling children, Winter is stoic, but caring. I wasn’t sure how I would handle his story because he has never quite been a favorite of mine. That has changed after reading this book. As the sun sets and the skies darken, another side of Winter appears. At night, Winter is the Ghost of St. Giles, the protector of the streets and the boogeyman of criminals. In the fourth book of the series, Hoyt delivers yet another story that reigns you right in. With her eloquent and descriptive writing , a spit-fire heroine and fascinating hero, THIEF OF SHADOWS is sure to be a hands down winner for loyal readers and new fans alike.

I was literally blown away with the romance in this one. Hoyt develops their relationship slowly, adding that mysterious allure that really drew me in. The book starts off strong, giving us readers a taste of the dark side where the Ghost does what he is meant to do. I loved this side of Winter because it added mystery, danger and a sexiness to the story that wasn’t in his character previously. Hoyt created a magnificent hero in Winter Makepeace, making him one of my new favorites in historical romance.

Now, there was the hard task of finding someone suitable for Winter and I think Hoyt did a great job of balancing him with Lady Isabel Beckinhall. She was fun and smart, the perfect complement to Winter. Their interactions with one another displayed both their palpable chemistry and each other’s personalities well:

“Where am I?”
He kept his voice to a low, barely audible rasp. Perhaps if he whispered, she wouldn’t recognize him. “My home.” She cocked her head.”I won’t touch your mask if you don’t want me to.”
He watched her, calculating. He was naked, in a strange house, and wounded. The odds were not in his favor.
She raised one elegant eyebrow. “If you’d let go of my wrist?”
He opened his hand. “Your pardon.”
She rubbed her wrist, her eyes lowered demurely.
“I saved your life earlier, and you’re quite at my mercy now” – her eyes flicked over his nude body- “yet I don’t think you truly ask my pardon.”
She raised his gaze to his, intelligent, humorous, and utterly seductive.
The danger was palpable.
Winter’s lip twitched. “Perhaps I’m just a rude fellow.”
“Rude, undoubtedly.” She flicked a finger over the small bit of material covering his pelvis, and his base flesh stirred in mindless respond. “But ungrateful as well?”
He raised his eyebrows. “I trust you do not blame me, madam, for my present state of undress. I do vow, I woke thus and know not who to blame but you.”
Her eyes widened just a fraction and she bit her lip as if to quell a tremor of laughter. “I assure you my, uh, curiosity was prompted merely by a desire to find out there you were wounded, sir.”
“Then I am honored by your curiosity.

With heart and heat rolled into one, THIEF OF SHADOWS is a definite must-read for historical romance fans! Hoyt really has outdone herself…yet again.

Favorite Quote:

“I would do violence for one glimpse of your naked breasts. Bleed for one taste of your nipple on my tongue.”

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About Elizabeth Hoyt

Elizabeth Hoyt is the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of historical romance, including reader favorite, The Raven Prince.

Elizabeth was born in New Orleans but grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota. She was fortunate to be able to travel extensively as a child, visiting St. Andrews, Scotland; Germany; France; and Belgium. She spent a year in Oxford, England and was a summer exchange student to Kawasaki, Japan.

Elizabeth has a BA in anthropology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and, as a result of having no clue what to do with her life thereafter, a career history as a barista, a (terrible) sales clerk, a Wisconsin Revenue Service data entry slave, and an archeological field work grunt. Fortunately, Elizabeth married relatively young and produced two children who kept her busy until her mid-thirties. At about this time, when her youngest was entering Kindergarten, Elizabeth’s mother hinted that perhaps Elizabeth should get a Real Job.

Sadly, Elizabeth was so delusional she thought writing a romance novel might qualify as a Real Job.

But! Five years later, to everyone’s surprise, she actually sold that romance novel (The Raven Prince) and began a rather successful career as a Romance Novelist. This was most fortunate since Elizabeth is singularly unqualified to do anything else but Make Up Stories.

Since then Elizabeth has written thirteen books to critical acclaim: The Prince Trilogy (The Raven Prince, The Leopard Prince, and The Serpent Prince); the Legend of the Four Soldiers series (To Taste Temptation, To Seduce a Sinner, To Beguile a Beast, and To Desire a Devil); and the Maiden Lane series (Wicked Intentions, Notorious Pleasures, Scandalous Desires, Thief of Shadows, Lord of Darkness, and the upcoming Duke of Midnight .) All of Elizabeth’s books are set in eighteenth century England and all feature a fairy tale story that serves as a foil to the main story.

Elizabeth’s books have made the New York Times bestseller list seven times, have finaled five times in Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA award contest, and have won three Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Awards. All of her books have received Top Pick reviews from RT BookReviews magazine. Wicked Intentions, Notorious Pleasures Scandalous Desires, and Thief of Shadows received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly. Four of her books were voted into All About Romance’s (AAR’s) Top 100 Romances of All Time list and six were Desert Isle Keepers at AAR. Elizabeth’s books have been translated into eighteen languages.

Elizabeth researches extensively for her historical romances, both by reading books on topics such as: history, costume, warfare, social mannerisms, and cooking, and frequenting museums whenever she can to study portraits and the little dogs that aristocratic Georgian ladies seem to always be holding. When desperate she often consults Mr. Hoyt, who is an archaeologist and Historical Research Wizard.

Elizabeth lives in central Illinois with a pack of untrained canines and a garden in constant need of weeding.

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7 responses to “ARC Review: Thief of Shadows by Elizabeth Hoyt

  1. Thanks Timitra, I think you’ll find it hard to choose between Mickey (hero of the book previous to this one) and Winter! Both are so awesome!

    Ahh Adria! I’m so glad I’m not the only one who thinks this!

    Hey pamerd, thanks so much for checking out our site. Hope you see you here again!

    Ann

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