Notorious Pleasures by Elizabeth HoytNotorious Pleasures by Elizabeth Hoyt

Notorious Pleasures

byElizabeth Hoyt

Mass Market Paperback | February 1, 2011

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Their lives were perfect . . .
Lady Hero Batten, the beautiful sister of the Duke of Wakefield, has everything a woman could want, including the perfect fiancé. True, the Marquis of Mandeville is a trifle dull and has no sense of humor, but that doesn't bother Hero. Until she meets his notorious brother . . .

Until they met each other.
Griffin Remmington, Lord Reading, is far from perfect - and he likes it that way. How he spends his days is a mystery, but all of London knows he engages in the worst sorts of drunken revelry at night. Hero takes an instant dislike to him, and Griffin thinks that Hero, with her charities and faultless manners, is much too impeccable for society, let alone his brother. Yet their near-constant battle of wits soon sparks desire - desire that causes their carefully constructed worlds to come tumbling down. As Hero's wedding nears, and Griffin's enemies lay plans to end their dreams forever, can two imperfect people find perfect true love?
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 dog...
Title:Notorious PleasuresFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 7 × 4.25 × 1.25 inPublished:February 1, 2011Publisher:Grand Central PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0446558958

ISBN - 13:9780446558952


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Almost a 5-Star Read I have heard about this book years ago and it has been sitting on my to-read list since then. When Lady Hero was first introduced in Wicked Intentions, I took an instant liking to her, and I was very excited for her book. While this book did not disappoint, there are some things that bothered me. For instance, I felt that Hero and Griffin's romance happened a little too fast. I wish they'd gotten to know each other a little better. However, this is a minor point. The thing that annoyed me the most was the issue of Thomas, whom I disliked since he appeared. He did not deserve to be let off this easily. I felt that he should have gotten down on his knees and repent more.
Date published: 2017-07-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from good read A steamy well written read I look forward to reading the next book in the series.
Date published: 2017-07-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good solid romance Every now and then I need to read a romance. It's popcorn for my romantic soul. When I started reading romances I learned a lot about relationships. Most importantly, I learned that communication is vital to sustaining any relationship. Now I continue to read them, especially Regency romances because I enjoy them. Lady Hero Batten has agreed to marry the Marquis of Mandeville as befits her rank and family status. It's obvious she does not love him, but she didn't expect to love the man her family arranged for her to wed. Then she meets his brother, Lord Reading and her life is thrown into turmoil. He is a loathsome rake who reputation far precedes him. Do I really need to tell you any more plot, no I thought not. This is an enjoyable romance with the requisite amount of angst, secrets and sudden loves of the heart. Just what I wanted when I picked it up. There are some descriptions of gowns and balls, but they are mere background, the real story is that of Hero and Griffin, Lord Reading. I enjoyed the play of one against the other while they developed and then sorted out their feelings for one another. This is the second of twelve books in the Maiden Lane series which is set in 1737 London, England. Author Elizabeth Hoyt also writes modern romances under the pen name Julia Harper. #IndigoEmployee
Date published: 2017-07-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Almost perfect I really liked this one but Hero's questionable choices and Thomas, her, fiancé really detracted from my reading. I really hated Thomas and felt that he was let off easy.
Date published: 2017-04-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Almost perfect This book had great potential to be a favourite of mine. But Hero's questionable choices and Thomas, her fiancé, really detracted from my reading. I was so angry at Thomas and felt that he was let off easy to be quite honest. Ms. Hoyt's writing is great as usual. I think the weak link in this story has to do with the characters.
Date published: 2017-04-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great potential, but... I feel like Ms. Hoyt has forgotten to make her characters likable. It's really a pity, because her writing is very captivating otherwise. She does a great job at capturing the feeling of London in the 18th century, from its pleasure gardens to the slums. I love her writing style, her dialogue, and her crisp plotting. Unfortunately, I hated the main characters. Spoilers from here on: I'll forgive main characters for a lot of missteps, but Hero and Griffin are really just horrible people. Hero repeatedly sleeps with her fiancées brother, while never giving up plans to marry the unwitting fiancée. When she's called on it by her own brother, she promises to stop and then sleeps with him again the next day without a moment of guilt or remorse about breaking her promises. In addition to a kind of rapey attitude, Griffin pursues his brother's betrothed with little remorse as well. It also would have been a lot easier to accept his "excuse" for running a gin distillery if Ms. Hoyt hadn't done such a wonderful job evocatively describing the social harms it was causing, such as whole families starving to death, abandoned children of alcoholic prostitute mothers, and gang wars. She writes the societal effects of gin like it's crack cocaine, which makes Griffin's justification of paying for his sister's coming out season a bit like asking us to forgive a drug dealer because his sister needs a Bentley to impress her friends. Once again, I think she's a talented writer, I just wish she'd write characters I like as much as I like her writing.
Date published: 2011-02-13

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"A sexy, steamy treat!"--Connie Brockway, USA Today bestselling author on THE RAVEN PRINCE