Monday, June 25, 2012

Review: Thief of Shadows by Elizabeth Hoyt

Photobucket Thief of Shadows 
Book 4 in the  Maiden Lane series
Author: Elizabeth Hoyt
Publisher:  Grand Central Publishing
Release date: 6/26/12
Author's website: Link 
Winter Makepeace lives a double life. By day he's the stoic headmaster of a home for foundling children. But the night brings out a darker side of Winter. As the moon rises, so does the Ghost of St. Giles-protector, judge, fugitive. When the Ghost, beaten and wounded, is rescued by a beautiful aristocrat, Winter has no idea that his two worlds are about to collide.


Lady Isabel Beckinhall enjoys nothing more than a challenge. Yet when she's asked to tutor the Home's dour manager in the ways of society-flirtation, double-entendres, and scandalous liaisons-Isabel can't help wondering why his eyes seem so familiar-and his lips so tempting.


During the day Isabel and Winter engage in a battle of wills. At night their passions are revealed . . . But when little girls start disappearing from St. Giles, Winter must avenge them. For that he might have to sacrifice everything-the Home, Isabel . . . and his life.
The Ghost of St. Jiles protects the poor and desperate citizens of St. Jiles when he goes on his nightly crusades.  But what happens when he needs protection?  Enter Lady Isabel Beckinhall.  She's not afraid of him at all and comes to his aid when he needs it the most and before he is discovered.  Their lives become intertwined when Isabel agrees to help Winter Makepeace fit better into society so that he can keep his position at a children's orphanage.  She knows that he's the right man for the job and does everything in her power to help him.  As they spend time together their attraction to on another grows despite the fact that they bicker at one another frequently.  Their scenes together were very entertaining and it was only a matter of time before they would give into how they were feeling about one another.
Throughout the book, clues are revealed as to who the Ghost is and the very clever and witty Isabel figures out that Winter is the Ghost of St. Jiles.  She actually suspects early on that he is and doesn't let him know this as she runs into the Ghost of several occasions.  Their flirting and banter with one another confuses Winter since he doesn't know exactly who she's flirting with when he's dressed as the Ghost. His reactions were downright adorable and it was great to see two different sides to his character.  I thought that Elizabeth Hoyt did a wonderful job allowing the reader to see two different personalities and when those two came together is when Winter's character truly shines.  I also enjoyed Isabel's character as a strong, confident woman who wasn't afraid to go after what she wanted.  She wanted Winter and he gave her what she wanted (wink) which resulted in some absolutely scorching scenes!  Winter Makepeace went alpha on her a couple of times and I loved it.  It was great to see him let go and experience something new in his life and Isabel was the perfect woman to help him get to that point.

I'm giving Thief of Shadows a rating of:
I absolutely loved Thief of Shadows!  I don't read a lot of Historical books, but Elizabeth Hoyt has made me want to discover other books and authors in this genre.  Thief of Shadows was an exciting, entertaining read and I'm looking forward to reading what's next in this series.

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