Dark, Devine and Devilishly Good!

DUKE OF MIDNIGHT, book six in bestselling author Elizabeth Hoyt’s masterpiece Maiden Lane series finally give ever-beleaguered lady’s companion Artemis Greaves and the stuffy but intriguing Duke of Wakefield their own story and better still, it brings the two of them together.


Twenty years ago Maximus Batten witnessed the brutal murders of his parents. Now the autocratic Duke of Wakefield, he spends his days ruling Parliament. But by night, disguised as the Ghost of St. Giles, he prowls the grim alleys of St. Giles, ever on the hunt for the murderer. One night he finds a fiery woman who meets him toe-to-toe—and won’t back down…

Artemis Greaves toils as a lady’s companion, but hiding beneath the plain brown serge of her dress is the heart of a huntress. When the Ghost of St. Giles rescues her from footpads she recognizes a kindred spirit—and is intrigued. She’s even more intrigued when she realizes who exactly the notorious Ghost is by day…

Artemis makes a bold move: she demands that Maximus use his influence to free her imprisoned brother—or she will expose him as the Ghost. But blackmailing a powerful duke isn’t without risks. Now that she has the tiger by the tail, can she withstand his ire—or the temptation of his embrace?

Several months ago when I read the teaser in the back of LORD OF DARKNESS, I actually giggled with anticipation of seeing how these two unlikely lovers would battle it out before succumbing to the inevitable. I was NOT disappointed!

Ms. Hoyt has done it again!

Even as a only a minor character in previous installments of the Maiden Lane series, Artemis was always one of my favorites and you just knew that, when told, her story would sparkle with all the light hidden away beneath the dowdy facade finally revealed. That it is cold and mysterious Maximus who begins to first see behind that facade to the goddess hiding beneath, makes perfect sense.

After witnessing the death of his parents and devoting his life to finding their murderer, Maximus has shut himself off from almost everyone, so it makes sense that it would take a woman as strong willed as Artemis to finally break through that shell.

Ms. Hoyt has done it again! Now I must begin practicing my patience again, because this author does like to tease with glimpses into the next story at the end of each book. I will be keeping my fingers crossed that the pairing I suspect may be up next is the one I’m now hoping for.

Cheers to you Ms. Hoyt and THANK YOU for Ghost(s), goddesses, thieves, rakes and ladies of distinction that you have populated the world of your Maiden Lane series with. I’ve enjoyed every one of them immensely.

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Teresa Spreckelmeyer
Teresa St. Mary - Teresa, is a wearer of many hats (figuratively) including, mother, wife, graphic designer, event planner, web developer and a self-admitted, avid reader of historical romance novels. Although Teresa is a “small town girl” (again, figuratively) from Missouri, through her various workings with clients and events, in and out of the west coast entertainment industry, she laughingly refers to Los Angeles as her second home. Teresa has produced marketing design work for actors, directors, writers and film studios, among others and played a strong behind-the-scenes role in the creation of entertainment oriented, fundraising events in both Los Angeles and Las Vegas over the past nine years.