Review: Notorious Pleasures by Elizabeth Hoyt

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Review: Notorious Pleasures by Elizabeth Hoyt
Notorious Pleasures

5 Stars

Book Info

Released: February 1, 2011
Series: Maiden Lane #2
Pages: 371


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 bestselling author of over seventeen lush historical romances including the Maiden Lane series. Publishers Weekly has called her writing "mesmerizing." She also pens deliciously fun contemporary romances under the name Julia Harper. Elizabeth lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with three untrained dogs, a garden in constant need of weeding, and the long-suffering Mr. Hoyt.


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I loved this one too 🙂 Great job Ann!!!

It’s soo freaking good!!!!

Zina Lynch

Thank you for the reviews.

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Thanks for checking it out Z


I’m intrigued-thanks Ann will be adding to my wishlist!

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I hope you enjoy!


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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I adore this series!

Lori Meehan

Thanks for the review Ann.

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