LORD OF DARKNESS by ELIZABETH HOYT

Grand Central Publishing, Releases 2/26/13

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WHEN STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT …He lives in the shadows. As the mysterious masked avenger known as the Ghost of St. Giles, Godric St. John’s only goal is to protect the innocent of London. Until the night he confronts a fearless young lady pointing a pistol at his head-and realizes she is his wife . . .

BECOME LOVERS . . .Lady Margaret Reading has vowed to kill the Ghost of St. Giles-the man who murdered her one true love. Returning to London, and to the man she hasn’t seen since their wedding day, Margaret does not recognize the man behind the mask. Fierce, commanding, and dangerous, the notorious Ghost of St. Giles is everything she feared he would be-and so much more . . .

DESIRE IS THE ULTIMATE DANGER..When passion flares, these two intimate strangers can’t keep from revealing more of themselves than they had ever planned. But when Margaret learns the truth-that the Ghost is her husband-the game is up and the players must surrender . . . to the temptation that could destroy them both.

RHL Classifications

Romantic Historical, London, 1740

Heat rating 2.5

Review Rating 5 stars

Reviewed by Lady Blue

When you are captured by the first sentence of the book, you just know it’s going to be good.  “The night Godric St. John saw his wife for the first time since their marriage two years previously, she was aiming a pistol at his head.”  And so it begins…..

Godric, a widower, was blackmailed two years ago into marrying Margaret “Megs” by her brother, who knew his identity as the Ghost of St. Giles and threatened exposure.  Megs was pregnant, her fiancé just having been murdered, reportedly by the Ghost, so she was devastated and barely aware of what was going on around her.  After the marriage ceremony, she stayed at the country home while Godric returned to London.  They corresponded, and became almost friends of a sort.  Megs miscarried.

After two years, Megs has started to pull herself together, and decides that she would like a child.  She travels to London unannounced, intent on seducing Godric, then returning to the country when pregnant to raise her child.  Godric, meanwhile, has never recovered from his beloved wife’s death.  He has lived a quiet, celibate life, except when he goes out at night in his guise as the Ghost of St Giles.  That is the only thing that lets him know he’s still alive.

While the action happening with the Ghost, and the mystery is exciting, what makes this book excellent is Godric and Megs.  Unlike many clichéd books, where there is an unhappy first relationship, Godric and his late wife were deeply in love, as were Megs and her fiancé.  So now, while they are beginning to feel attracted to each other, they are also feeling guilt, as if they are betraying their true loves.  They are so deserving of their second chance at love, and it’s heartbreaking when they seemingly keep passing on the opportunity to grab it.

This book is exciting, poignant, and very, very well written.  I highly recommend it.

Available in paperback for $7.99 and in kindle format for $6.64.

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  1. I can’t wait for this to download on my Kindle tomorrow! I’ve loved every book in the Maiden Lane series so far and, from your review, LORD OF DARKNESS sounds like another winner!

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