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Wicked Intentions by Elizabeth Hoyt REVIEW

Wicked Intentions by Elizabeth Hoyt (Maiden Lane #1)


Synopsis from Goodreads

Infamous for his wild, sensual needs, Lazarus Huntington, Lord Caire, is searching for a savage killer in St. Giles, London's most notorious slum. Widowed Temperance Dews knows St. Giles like the back of her hand-she's spent a lifetime caring for its inhabitants at the foundling home her family established. Now that home is at risk . . .

Caire makes a simple offer-in return for Temperance's help navigating the perilous alleys of St. Giles, he will introduce her to London's high society so that she can find a benefactor for the home. But Temperance may not be the innocent she seems, and what begins as cold calculation soon falls prey to a passion that neither can control-one that may well destroy them both.

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Funny how this is a first historical romance with honest to God bondage I've ever read. Colour me surprised! This book pretty much ticks all the boxes I usually need to tick in a historical romance:
  • strong plot
  • sizzling attraction between two very mature characters who both know what they want 
  • interesting secondary characters
You won't believe how many HR authors I avoid because they lack this wonderful formula, and I'm happy to say Elizabeth Hoyt delivered and more.

Simply speaking, disreputable Lord Caire has been avoiding society and especially his mother most of his adult life because he can't forgive her for not saving his younger sister who died ill and neglected when she was a child. The man's got issues to a point where he doesn't trust anyone and experiences pain from a physical touch, thus his need for bondage. He doesn't even have lovers among The Society, he has mistresses or pay prostitutes for their services. His last mistress was found tied up and butchered, and he is determined to find the killer and avenge her.

Temperance is a middle class young widow who lives one step away from the abject poverty trying to run an orphanage left to her and her siblings by her dad. When Caire decides to enlist her help  they make a deal - she who knows the poor area of London and its inhabitants really well will help him in his investigation, and he will pay her orphanage expenses and will help her find a patron for it among the society.

Spending time together among the slums of London, running away from assassins and simple thugs, meeting the famous ghost... Both Lazarus and Temperance realise that they are not really who they think they are. He might be capable of deeper emotional involvement and she hides wicked desires under her prim and proper appearance...

I just really loved this couple! They are equal partners, and essentially Temperance bests Lazarus who thinks he figured her out, in his own game. This was an absolute delight to read!

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Ну вот, впервые прочитала исторический роман с бондажем! Вообще, рекомендации Элизабет Хойт я вижу довольно часто, и она действительно замечательно пишет.

В этой книге от главных героев не только искры так и летели, но и сам сюжет совсем не подкачал, да и второстепенные персонажи были выписаны очень интересно.

Лазарус Кэйн - своего рода анафема в светском обществе. Слухи о его необычных сексуальных предпочтениях идут давно, да и сам он сторонится общества и, главное, своей матери, которую не может простить с тех пор, как она не оказала помощь его больной сестре в детстве, и та умерла. Лазарус страдает от психологической травы и испытывает боль от физических прикосновений, поэтому когда он занимается сексом, связывает своих любовниц, чтобы они к нему не прикасались.

Когда очередная из его кралей найдена связанной и убитой в одном из худших кварталов Лондона, он намерен найти и наказать убийцу.

Тэмперанс - молодая вдова из семьи буржуа, живущая на грани нищеты и пытающаяся изо всех сил удержать на плаву доставшийся ей в наследство от отца приютный дом.

Когда Лазарус предлагает ей сделку - его деньги и помощь в нахождении благотворителя для приюта в обмен на услуги Тэмперанс в качестве проводника и помощника в районе, который она знает как свои пять пальцев, она соглашается без оглядки.

Оба, среди убийств, погонь и драк, получают от своего партнёрства больше, чем ожидали. Лазарус  осознаёт, что всё-таки способен на эмоциональную привязанность, и молодая вдова, которую он думал, что разгадал, на самом деле таит под своей благочестивой маской, вольную, страстную натуру сильной женщины. Тэмперанс осознаёт себя и наконец начинает принимать себя такой как есть.


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