ARC Review: Thief of Shadows by Elizabeth Hoyt

Filed in 4 1/2 Stars , Elizabeth Hoyt , featured , Review , The HEA Lover Posted on June 20, 2012 @ 11:00 am 16 comments

Format read: ebook provided by publisher through NetGalley
Series: Book #4 in the Maiden Lane series
Release Date: June 26th 2012
Number of pages: 384 pages
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Formats available: ebook, paperback
Purchasing Info: Goodreads, Author’s Website, Amazon, Book Depository

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.

My Thoughts:

Sometimes you recognize how much you really loved a book a few years down the road when you can still remember everything about it. And sometimes you thought you liked a book and can’t remember anything a year later. Well let’s say I’m pretty sure I’ll remember Thief of Shadows for a long time 😉 I am a huge fan of the Maiden Lane series.  The 1st and 3rd book still resonate in my mind. But for some reason I had trouble remembering what happens in the 2nd book =P Anyways…

I wasn’t sure I would like Winter’s book. In the previous novels he always appeared as a cold man without any warmth in him. How wrong I was. Oh my…Winter rocked my world. I should mention that this review (and even the book synopsis) is a bit spoilery if you haven’t read the previous books.  We didn’t know the identity of the mysterious Ghost of St. Giles and what a surprise it was!

To be honest I fell in love with Winter. Or to be more precise with the Harlequin. Winter is a very serious teacher by day and he rights the wronged by night.  I can’t tell you how much I loved how wicked Winter turned when wearing his costume. He seemed bolder, sexier…armed with a sexy slow grin, how can anyone resist him?!!!

Isabel is a patroness of Winter’s orphanage, when she learns that the others planned on putting someone more ‘refined’ in his place she decides to help Winter. She is proposing to teach him what he need to know to pass for a gentleman and keep his place.   Winter has always been focused on his work. He wants to help those in need and he NEVER indulged in women. Yes…NEVER (yes I mean he’s a virgin!!).  Isabel is a widow and she’s not inexperienced so when she proposes to teach him, the double entendres fly! Oh how I looooooved that. Winter is more than willing to learn.  The chemistry between those 2 was explosive. Seriously this book was HOT from start to end.  The sex scenes were just perfect. Hot and erotic with a touch of wicked!  It’s worth reading if only for this chemistry  between the hero and heroine. This is exactly how I love my Historical romances…on the hot side!

It was so refreshing to finally have an inexperienced hero. He made up for it very fast 😉 Isabel is a wonderful character. She’s bold and funny. She knows herself and she’s not ashamed of it. She truly loved her late husband.  I really loved to see her struggle to have a relationship with Christopher her very  young charge. I’m usually recalcitrant when i comes to experienced heroines in historical romances because most of the time they act TOO brashly. This was not the case with Isabel, she was free enough to be interesting but still acted in the limits of her social place.

Well I will be honest there’s a mystery going on in this novel but I couldn’t care less about it. It was all fine  but I just wanted to see Isabel and Winter interact, and I got plenty of that *g*.   All I wanted to do was shout WINTER IS COMING!!! lol  I love Winter (never thought I’d ever say that lol).

Thief of Shadows is a fantastic addition to this series. We finally get to see the wicked side of the always proper Winter. This book is HOT and sweet at the same time. (I mean come ON he loved children and is completely selfless).  It made me laugh and made my heart ache. A truly fabulous read. Of course now I cannot wait for the next book which sounds delicious!

I give Thief of Shadows 4,5 Stars

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About Caro The HEA Lover

Caroline is a HEA loving, yarn addicted French who's desperately hoping to get a HEA of her own. If she's not reading then she can be found knitting while listening to Audiobooks or watching Tv shows. Her secret addiction is reading websites that make fun at other people's expense (DYAC, Failbook)! Caroline also blogs at the Secret HEA Society with Susi.

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  • LSUReader June 20, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    I’m definitely looking forward to this one. I love Hoyt’s books. Thanks for the review.

    • pattepoilue June 20, 2012 at 1:31 pm

      I have sooo many of her books on my TBR-shelves and I never find the time to read them. it’s a shame! I hope you’ll enjoy this one =)

  • Danielle June 20, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    “All I wanted to do was shout WINTER IS COMING!!! ”

    Hells to the yeah 🙂

    • pattepoilue June 21, 2012 at 1:27 am

      😉 Maybe the first time I’m happy to say that Winter is Coming *g* mouahahahah

  • Sheree June 21, 2012 at 12:45 am

    Ooh, a virgin hero! And he looks like Steve Kuchinsky, too (at least on the stepback)!

    • pattepoilue June 21, 2012 at 1:26 am

      I had to google the name but yes he does look like this piece of candy LOL *g*. Winter is just fantastic! He really made this book impossible to put down.

  • Lexi June 21, 2012 at 3:36 am

    Fun review! And, your Winter is coming comment made me laugh =)
    Can’t wait to read this!

    • pattepoilue June 21, 2012 at 6:39 am

      😉 Glad it made you laugh. I hope you’ll enjoy Winter as much as I did *g* *happy sigh* Winter…

  • Marg June 21, 2012 at 6:57 am

    Winter was intense and brooding and intense and oh so yummy!

    • pattepoilue June 21, 2012 at 11:55 am

      I knoooooooow! Loved him. He really made this book for me.He stole my heart and it wasn’t an easy task because I didn’t like him much in the previous books =P
      Now NEXT book will be awesome! I can feel it *g*

  • Tamsyn June 21, 2012 at 10:44 am

    This sounds like a really good book. I’ll be watching out for it.

  • Jen at Red Hot Books June 21, 2012 at 11:25 am

    I loved this book!! Easily one of my favorite HRs of the year. Great review!

    • pattepoilue June 21, 2012 at 11:53 am

      =) I really loved this love story. I only wish the subplot would have been more interesting. But otherwise…Winter …ROAR!

  • blodeuedd June 21, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    I do like a hero who is a virgin 😀 And i still haven’t read book by her

    • pattepoilue June 22, 2012 at 1:33 am

      Well now you know what you have to do 😉 *g*

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