Duke of Desire (Maiden Lane, #12) by Elizabeth Hoyt

Duke of Desire (Maiden Lane, #12)

A LADY OF LIGHTRefined, kind, and intelligent, Lady Iris Jordan finds herself the unlikely target of a diabolical kidnapping. Her captors are the notoriously evil Lords of Chaos. When one of the masked-and nude!-Lords spirits her away to his carriage, she shoots him . . . only to find she may have been a trifle hasty.A DUKE IN DEEPEST DARKNESSCynical, scarred, and brooding, Raphael de Chartres, the Duke of Dyemore, has made it his personal missio...

Details Duke of Desire (Maiden Lane, #12)

TitleDuke of Desire (Maiden Lane, #12)
Release DateOct 17th, 2017
PublisherGrand Central Publishing
GenreRomance, Historical Romance, Historical, Historical Fiction

Reviews Duke of Desire (Maiden Lane, #12)

  • WhiskeyintheJar/Kyraryker
    ***Full Review***I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Kidnapped and brought as an offering to the Lords of Chaos, Iris improbably finds herself rescued by the towering Wolf.Now a man and ready to take on the insidious Lords of Chaos, Raphael, finds himself saving a woman he can't forget a shared waltz with. Raphael's scars run deeper than just the s...
  • Sher❤ The Fabulous BookLover
    ⭐⭐3.5 Stars⭐ ⭐Maiden Lane Series:Book 1: Wicked Intentions 4 stars Book 2: Notorious Pleasures 5 StarsBook 3: Scandalous Desires 5+++ StarsBook 4: Thief of Shadows 5 StarsBook 5: Lord of Darkness 4.5 starsBook 6: Duke of Midnight 5+++ StarsBook 7: Darling Beast 3.5 StarsBook 8: Dearest Rogue 3.5 StarsBook 9: Sweetest Scoundrel 3.5 StarsBook 10: Duke of Sin 5 StarsBook 11: Duke of Pleasure 4.5 StarsBook 12: Duke of Desire 4 StarsThis has b...
  • Alyssa
    ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***Duke of Desire by Elizabeth HoytBook Twelve of the Maiden Lane seriesPublisher: Grand Central PublishingPublication Date: October 17, 2017Rating: 5 starsSource: ARC sent by the publisherSummary (from Goodreads):A LADY OF LIGHTRefined, kind, and intelligent, Lady Iris Jordan finds herself the unlikely target of a diabolical kidnapping. Her captors are the notoriously evil Lords of Chaos. When one of t...
  • Jilly
    Someone's been watching too much of The Bachelor! The heroine in this book is the person rejected by the hero of the last book. And, just like The Bachelor, I can't help but wonder why we would want to see the LOSER of the last story get their own story. I see our next Bachelorette!So, like the chick above (I don't watch the shows and just spent a disturbingly long amount of time researching so I can use the memes and gifs. I really need to get a...
  • Bubu
    Possible spoilers aheadRaphael de Chartres, the new Duke of Dyemore since his father’s death in Duke of Sin, has come back to England to finally destroy the infamous Lords of Chaos, a secret society of degenerates who were led by his father for years and indulged in all sorts of unspeakable crimes against women and children. To do so, he has infiltrated said society, pretending to be one of them, and kill the new leader, the Dionysus whose real...
  • Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ Campbell
    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || PinterestElizabeth Hoyt is an author I keep coming back to again and again. She's like Lisa Kleypas's cooler, edgier older sister: her heroes are just as hot, but she's fonder of antiheroes and perilous situations - and I mean perilous beyond the last-minute murder attempts Lisa Kleypas casually throws into the last acts of her stories for tension.Unfortunately, Hoyt, like Kleypas, can also be somewha...
  • Hollis
    Maybe it was unfair to expect anything to live up to my last read, it could be argued nothing really stood a chance no matter what I picked up, but also.. uh.. this was really not enjoyable? It felt the least Maiden Lane-y of all the series. We get a pretty brief/minor appearance of one of the characters from the last book (and not even my favourite one) but otherwise it was full of more Lords of Chaos doom and gloom without any of the fun.Both l...
  • Lady Wesley
    I'm sorry to see the Maiden Lane series end because I have enjoyed all eleven of the previous installments. I cannot say that I enjoyed this one though.Yes, there is Elizabeth Hoyt's gothic atmospherics, deft plotting, and excellent pacing, as well as her outstanding characterization. She is a first-rate writer. If the danger and adventure had come from a group of evil men who were, say, French spies or jewel thieves, I imagine I would have enjoy...
  • Caz
    I've given this a B for narration and a B+ for content at AudioGals.All good things must come to an end, and here we are, at the end (almost – I think there are a couple of novellas to follow) of Elizabeth Hoyt’s Maiden Lane series with the twelfth and final full-length novel, Duke of Desire. I’ve read some of the novels and listened to others (and in many cases, done both) and there’s no doubt that Ms. Hoyt has maintained an incredibl...
  • ♥Rachel♥
    Iris Jordan finds herself in the middle of the Lords of Chaos latest diabolical plan when they mistake her for the Duke of Kyle’s wife and kidnap her. Lucky for her Raphael is there, trying to infiltrate their horrid group rescues her from rape, torture, and possibly death. These men are despicable! Unaware of Raphael’s true intentions, Iris shoots Raphael as he’s trying to get her to safety. Ooops! Snatching Iris away from the Lords of Cha...
  • RachelW (BamaGal)
    This one is all Lords of Chaos. No Ghost, and no Maiden Lane/St. Giles. Although the LOC were supposedly defeated in the last book, they are back; and stronger and more evil than ever. I found the story to be uneven at best. The romance was bogged down by erotic escapades, the H had a lot of psychological damage, and the atrocities by the LOC were enough to turn the stomach. It was bad enough for the women who were sexually assaulted; but the abu...
  • Mandi Schreiner
    If you are current with this series, you know all about the Lords of Chaos and their dark, horrible, abusive ways. If you are new or not up to date with this series, you can easily read this one as a stand alone. The Lords of Chaos are a clandestine group of men, who wear masks and torture, rape, kill and abuse women and children. They are after power and money – and obviously other things as well. This group has been the “villain” for a co...
  • Sam (AMNReader)
    I was around these parts when this came out so I wasn't expecting much. Here's the thing though. I LOVED this as the story of Raphael. In fact, I was surprised by how much I loved his character. But that/his conflicts didn't feel fully resolved. (view spoiler)[ There's some shit that goes down when he attempts to leave in chapter 19, she refuses to let him, in the rain of course. Oh, ok, you're right I can't live without you and either street is ...
  • Bj
    4 "The Light to His Dark" Stars!Lovers of Beauty and the Beast styled romances will be the most intrigued by Duke of Desire.  Building on this theme, Ms. Hoyt delivers another installment of the beloved Maiden Lane Series featuring a scarred hero who has become bitter and a recluse due to a terrible past at the hands of the man who should have loved him the most (his father). Fortunately though the hero does come back to life, not just with a ki...
  • Robin (Bridge Four)
    This combines two of my favorite tropes Beauty and the Beast along with the marriage of almost strangers to love. So this already is starting out pretty high for me and would take a lot to screw up. This story also seems to wrap up the Lords of Chaos arc that has ran through multiple books now.Iris is kidnapped directly after the Duke of Kyle’s wedding. Seems the Lords of Chaos assumed that she is the new duchess of Kyle and want to inflict a l...
  • Joanna Loves Reading
    I have debated internally on this rating. This is such a hard one. I liked it, but it's one of my lesser likes among Hoyt HR. For me, three stars for Hoyt is like saying I hated it, but that is absolutely not true. I DID find it disappointing, however, and that is the clencher here.I am a huge Hoyt fan girl. I think she is amaze balls and can do no wrong. There are ones I like more than others, of course, but in general, I find more enjoyment fro...
  • Tinsoni
    This series lost its appeal to me when the Lords of Chaos were introduced....the 11th book was the only 1 star I have ever given a Hoyt novel...because they don't resemble her writing...the unbridled passion....the desperate love....the angst and beauty of yearning for each other was missing from these books starting with the 8th book. This was an anticlimactic end to a beautiful series that for me began with Wicked Intentions and ended before De...
  • Francoise
    “Duke of Desire” is the wrap up of an outstanding series. As the last full length installment in the Maiden Lane series, this book was one of my most anticipated read of the year. And I absolutely loved it! The characters are so beautifully drawn, the growth of their love, and the obstacles to it, so believable, that I was completely captivated by their story. It was gripping, intense and heartbreaking, the pace of the story, the angst and th...
  • Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
    As the twelfth book in the Maiden Lane series, a lot has happened even before the DUKE OF DESIRE begins. I do believe it’s necessary to read the other books in the series. Not only will you get a better understanding of who the villains, the Lords of Chaos, are by doing so, but you’ll also get the first half of the hero and heroine’s meeting in the other books.I was very much looking forward to this book. The Maiden Lane series is one of th...
  • Mei
    Well, Ms. Hoyt's writing is as good as I'm used to, but the heroine here was pulling out my inner bitch!I understand that Iris is a lady and used to have her every wish fulfilled, but sometimes I wanted to slap her! She didn't listen to Raphael, she didn just what she wanted and to hell with all the others! Grrr!!!I wished a different heroine for Raphael! Somebody more empathetic, with a humility to trust his warnings, not just disregard them!It ...
  • Lacey (Booklovers For Life)
    Originally posted at Booklovers For LifeIt’s always bittersweet for a series to end. To be honest, I hadn’t realized Duke of Desire was the final Maiden Lane novel until halfway through the book! Thankfully, I haven’t actually read every Maiden Lane book, so it’s not quite over for me yet, but for those who’ve caught up, it’s an exciting, action-packed finale to an incredible historical romance series.When Iris Jordan attends the Duke...
  • Jaci
    The Twelfth book in The Maiden Lane Series is the last full-length novel in the Series. I can honestly say that this is one of my top five Historical Romance Series that I have read, and I have read hundreds of Historical Romances so far. It is fitting that the last one should be about Raphael de Chartres, The Duke of Dyemore, the darkest of the heroes in this Series. A man tormented by the abuse he suffered as a child at the hands of his own fat...
  • Keertana
    I was really looking forward to this but I have to admit that it's among my least favorite in the series. Of course, that still means it's a solid read but not quite as good as I was expecting after all the build-up in the last novel.
  • Erin Kelly
    I have enjoyed all of the Maiden Lane books to this point. Hoyt has a way of combining the sweeping saga of a historical romance with the dark and edgy in a way that suits my tastes perfectly. So, you know I was excited to read this final entry in what is certainly one of my favorite series ever. A perfectly tortured hero and smart, no-nonsense heroine make this one memorable.The Story- Iris is kidnapped by the evil group that has terrorized a nu...
  • Lori Foster
    The last "big" novel of the Maiden Lane series. I loved the book, but the tragedy of Raphael's background was devastating to read, so I'm very glad I didn't start with this one. (I started out of order with Duke of Sin, then went back and read them all!) Raphael broke my heart, and so did the main villain. They each had such horrific experiences/backgrounds that I wanted to coddle them both.This is a do-not-miss series, but start at the beginning...
  • Amanda
    As the final full length book in the Maiden Lane series, Duke of Desire ended up being my least favorite as I cared neither for the main couple, nor the story surrounding them. Elizabeth Hoyt’s often lush and captivating prose came across as hollow and unimpressive here. Worst of all was the romance itself. Because there wasn’t one; a romance, I mean or any romantic anything period. While I did think Iris and Raphael were fine, if not fully f...
  • Anna's Herding Cats
    Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup.Amazon: http://amzn.to/2zD9AlNCompelling, dark, passionate. Hoyt holds no punches with Duke of Desire and her edgy Maiden Lane series.The Gist: Mistaken identity, kidnapping, winding up the center of a debauched orgy filled with evil men of the ton who prey on women and young boys. Yes, Iris has had better days. As has her rescuer who she kinda maybe shoots accidentally on purpose. Woosh.Light and fluffy.....
  • Julianna
    Reviewed for THC ReviewsDuke of Desire is the twelfth and final full-length novel of Elizabeth Hoyt’s Maiden Lane series, so I’m starting to become sad that the series is winding down. There are two more novellas to be released before the end of 2017 that I’m very much looking forward to reading, but I’m not looking forward to this ride being over. I’ve fallen in love with all the characters from the series and thoroughly enjoyed readin...
  • Kira
    3.5 stars The Lords of Chaos were back and as destructive as ever. The Duke of Dyemore was hellbent on bringing them down. The Lords of Chaos had some disturbing perversions. The things they did were discussed but didn't happen on the page. There definitely were dark elements but not central enough to the plot that I'd consider the book dark. Dyemore had issues. They caused him to be closed off, abrupt, and a loner. He was by far the most compell...