Overall After loving the last two books this was a little of a letdown in the Hero department for me. Our Lady Artemis, is an impoverished relation to a very pretty but none too bright rich socialite, who is gunning for the Duke. However she has figured out that Maximus is The Ghost of St. It started to be a situation where I found him nonredeemable. I've waited forever for the story of Maximus Batten, Duke of Wakefield. Overall, it was not the best book in the series, but it was not the worst either.
I thought the transition from wary antagonistic strangers to lusting lovers was a little clumsy, rushed and half-approached. Twenty years ago Maximus Batten witnessed the brutal murders of his parents. I'll re-read this one again and again! I knew it would be Wakefield. Now the autocratic Duke of Wakefield, he spends his days ruling Parliament. That part was a wee bit cheesy for me. He does it all for Artemis, which is kind of sweet. I don't blame her for any of it.
For this series, up to Book 4. Heroine's brother has been unfairly committed to Bedlam and, while she does feel guilty about blackmailing Maximus, she'll do anything to save her brother who is quite possibly dying. He witnessed the murder of his parents when he was only fourteen. That made no freaking sense. He was definitely flawed, and I still can't tell if I love I'm finished, but I'm still kind of thinking about how to rate this.
I'm always in the height of anticipation when it comes to Hoyt's newest book. Giles and she is determined to use that knowledge as leverage to help get her brother out of the asylum. Her brother is in an insane asylum for false reasons and she has nothing going for her except that she is from the gentry. Will still be there for me. Artemis is actually the opposite of everything that Penelope is, including the rich part. One night he finds a fiery woman who meets him toe-to-toe-and won't back down.
Artemis was awesome and is one of my favorite romance heroines. Artemis Greaves toils as a lady's companion, but hiding beneath the plain brown serge of her dress is the heart of a huntress. Eldest Verity and Concord are married and not much seen throughout the novels so I almost always forget about them. When the Ghost of St. But he wants Artemis, his goddess, his 4.
Even blackmail the ruthless Maximus Batten when she realises his masked identity. It just goes to prove that books like these make reading, and especially romances! How can I forgive you for that if you don't prove to me you've changed and grown? Giles, he prowls the grim alleys of St. I think that is the better love story here. She has been reduced to nothing when it comes to social rank. She bared her teeth in a smile.
Giles drops in to save her and her dim-witted cousin and leaves a clue to who he is behind the mask. Our Duke is a very proper, strict, and aloof aristocrat who happens to dawn on a cape and chase bad guys at night. A twit, in other words. Now that she has the tiger by the tail, can she withstand his ire-or the temptation of his embrace? I've had my eye on Maximus since. During the day he fights in Parliament for the eradication of gin production, and at night he is the Ghost of St. Still, given his responsibilities and the era, he is a very believable duke. Giles rescues her from footpads, she recognizes a kindred spirit-and is intrigued.
I realize this is a series, but it's one of those where each book has its own couple and is relatively stand alone. I didn't particularly like Maximus in the previous books but there was just something about him that intrigued me. The scenes with Artemis visiting him in Bedlam nearly broke me. He was drunk and woke up with their blood on his body, their bodies surrounding his own. She frees her brother from Maximus' new-and-improved dungeon and beats a hasty retreat herself. Perhaps, it is better to say I feel like I was missing a chapter or two. Maximus is so demanding and dominating, and Artemis was just perfect for him.
Hoyt never holds anything back with the intimacy with her couples and I absolutely love that. How I love it when the uptight and sometimes obnoxious Dukes go all ga-ga over the Bluestockings. Even though Maximus often came across as pompous and arrogant as a man of his station would be, you still come to empathize and understand the pain underlying it. I was already holding a grudge against him from book 2 when he was going to still make Hero marry Thomas even after Thomas had hit her extenuating circumstances but still not okay. I loved that Artemis finally sheds her drab existence, willing to take what she wants even knowing that the affair with Maximus could destroy her reputation. You see it in the way that she chose to wear the same sent all the time so that Phoebe who is practically blind could tell who she was easily. And then one night he comes to the rescue of the woman he plans to court and her feisty companion.
He needs to avenge their deaths to truly feel free. Plus, we get to learn his history, which makes him a more sympathetic character. Still, I give it a 3 and may continue just to see if Bonbon gets to be a real dog. Giles, ever on the hunt for the murderer. She's even more intrigued when she realizes who exactly the notorious Ghost is by day. She realizes soon in the story that she's attracted to Maximus, but she uses him almost ruthlessly to save her brother. These two are so wonderful together, their deep connection is so sweet and beautiful.