ARC Review: Duke of Sin by Elizabeth Hoyt

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ARC Review: Duke of Sin by Elizabeth Hoyt
Duke of Sin

5 Stars

Book Info

Released: May 31st 2016
Series: Maiden Lane #10
Published by Grand Central Publishing
Pages: 364

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 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 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

Under the Covers Book Blog

Yayyyyyyyyyy! So glad you’re starting it. It’s become one of my fave historical romance series now.

Amy R

Thanks for the review.

Darynda Jones

I just bought this!!! I’m drooling, wanting to read it so bad! I may have to quit work early today. Thank you for this fantastic review.

Under the Covers Book Blog

OMG! Can’t wait for you to read it! It’s so UNIQUE! I’m so in love with how Hoyt handled it.


I love the sound of this book…thanks for the review Annie

Under the Covers Book Blog

It’s definitely interesting.


Thank you Annie for your perfect review. I completely agree with you 100%. I will be buying in future all the books you give good review to. This is also my favorite book of E. Hoyt’s. Elizabeth Hoyt is one of my favorite authors. I love the looks of the guy on the cover. These days we do not even get to know the names of the models on book covers.