Review: Notorious Pleasures by Elizabeth Hoyt

Posted February 13, 2013 by Annie in Reviews / 10 Comments

Review: Notorious Pleasures by Elizabeth Hoyt

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Review: Notorious Pleasures by Elizabeth Hoyt

5 Stars

Notorious Pleasures
Author: Elizabeth Hoyt
Series: Maiden Lane #2
Published by Vision
Released: February 1, 2011
Genres: Historical Romance
Pages: 371
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased


From the very first page when Lady Hero happens to be in a room where Griffin is….fornicating with a married woman, I knew I would love this book! ~ Under the Covers

Lady Hero Batten is engaged to be married to Thomas, the Marquis of Mandeville. But Hero and Thomas have absolutely no chemistry. It’s a marriage of convenience, not one of love. Lady Hero believes that in time, she could possibly come to love Thomas, but when the Marquis’s brother, Griffin Remmington, Lord Reading enters the picture, she becomes unnaturally drawn to the rake. It seems that Lady Hero has a penchant for the wicked and the wanton because Griffin is really something!

From the very first page when Lady Hero happens to be in a room where Griffin is….fornicating with a married woman, I knew I would love this book! The touch of humor and outrageousness really set the tone in the first scene and it held throughout the entire book! The chemistry is potent and much of the dialogue is key to discovering this chemistry.

Lady Hero and Lord Reading are extremely well-matched. Though they are polar opposites – Hero, sweet and innocent and Reading, debauched yet charming, you’ve got a couple that don’t seem like they would work at first glance, but as you read, you get their teasing and their easy banter.

I found that Lord Reading was an interesting character. He’s portrayed to be a shameless rake, bedding woman for the simple pleasure of someone warming his bed. However, there’s much more too him. You see him as he does his illicit work, you see a more familial side to him as he manages the money and takes care of his family. You also see a gradual change in him when with Hero. Hoyt does a spectacular job of creating a blooming romance that feels authentic and true between Hero and Reading.

Another thing that sets this book apart is Hoyt’s writing. Free-flowing and engaging, there was never a dull moment in this book. I simply devoured it and am hoping to return for a reread soon!

Hoyt spends considerable time setting up the next book in the series. And though I’ve already read SCANDALOUS DESIRES, I believe that Hoyt is a master at writing series. Readers get so emotionally attached to each character even before their books arrive and I think that’s due to the talent of a writer.

Maximus, Hero’s brother is going to be the hero of the sixth book in the Maiden Lane series, DUKE OF MIDNIGHT! Hence the reason I’m reading Hero’s book now!



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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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10 responses to “Review: Notorious Pleasures by Elizabeth Hoyt

  1. Emily

    I have read the whole series! Thanks to your reviews on the “Prince” series that got me hooked on Elizabeth Hoyt. Love her books.

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