ARC Review: Duke of Sin by Elizabeth Hoyt

Posted June 1, 2016 by Annie in Reviews / 7 Comments

ARC Review: Duke of Sin by Elizabeth Hoyt

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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ARC Review: Duke of Sin by Elizabeth Hoyt

5 Stars

Duke of Sin
Author: Elizabeth Hoyt
Series: Maiden Lane #10
Published by Grand Central Publishing
Released: May 31st 2016
Genres: Historical Romance
Pages: 364
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher


Recommended Read!

“If you like villainous heroes then you’ll love Val. He’s as bad as they get. DUKE OF SIN is definitely one of my favorite books of the year!”
~ Under the Covers

My, oh my! Elizabeth Hoyt has a wonderful book on her hands. DUKE OF SIN, the tenth book of the Maiden Lane series. just might be my favorite of the lot so far. The hero is no other than Valentine Napier, the Duke of Montgomery. If you’ve followed the series this far then you know that in the previous books that Val has been the villain of the series. He’s not a man with very much morals and indulges in anything and everything, especially if it gives him more power. So I was interested to see how Hoyt was going to redeem him.

And she does. To a point. But what’s unique about this book is that Hoyt doesn’t actually try to make him a hero. In fact, Val is still as bad as ever. As an expert blackmailer, he’s manipulative, cunning and smart. Power is his greatest love and he has no care for anyone else but himself. Val does some terrible things in this book but I still found myself enraptured by his character.

“This is who I am, Seraphine. Naked, with blade and blood. I am vengeance. I am hate. I am sin personified. Never mistake me for the hero of this tale, for I am not and shall never be. I am the villain.”

After reading this, I am almost positive that Val is going to be my favorite hero at the end of this year. Hard to top a guy who knows just how bad he is!

The unlikely pairing of Val and his housekeeper, Bridget intrigued me further. I never would’ve thought that these two would end up together because well, Val would never settle for someone as lowly as a housekeeper but I think that’s what makes this book so special. When Val finally falls in love, it had to be with someone totally unexpected and I think that’s what Hoyt tried to do here.

Bridget turned out to be wonderful as well. I loved that she wasn’t a ninny like all the other women seem to be around Val. She has a good head on her shoulders and despite the fact that everyone warned her away from Val, she stood her ground and still had a good moral compass throughout the book. As dark as Val is, Bridget is the light. She compliments him beautifully in every way.utc-top-pick

I did feel like the ending was a little bit rushed. But maybe that’s because I never wanted this book to end. Once I started reading this book, I found it impossible to stop. I devoured it within a couple of hours and found myself having to share my love for this book with as many people as I could. If you like villainous heroes then you’ll love Val. He’s as bad as they get. DUKE OF SIN is definitely one of my favorite books of the year!




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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: Duke of Sin by Elizabeth Hoyt

  1. Elizabeth

    I have no idea why I haven’t started this series yet .. I thought I had but when I checked ..nope .. soooo this just got bumped to the top of mt tbr

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