Notorious Pleasures

Notorious Pleasures

Book - 2011
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Their lives were perfect . . .
Lady Hero Batten, the beautiful sister of the Duke of Wakefield, has everything a woman could want, including the perfect fiance. True, the Marquis of Mandeville is a trifle dull and has no sense of humor, but that doesn't bother Hero. Until she meets his notorious brother . . .

Until they met each other.
Griffin Remmington, Lord Reading, is far from perfect - and he likes it that way. How he spends his days is a mystery, but all of London knows he engages in the worst sorts of drunken revelry at night. Hero takes an instant dislike to him, and Griffin thinks that Hero, with her charities and faultless manners, is much too impeccable for society, let alone his brother. Yet their near-constant battle of wits soon sparks desire - desire that causes their carefully constructed worlds to come tumbling down. As Hero's wedding nears, and Griffin's enemies lay plans to end their dreams forever, can two imperfect people find perfect true love?
Publisher: New York : Vision, c2011
ISBN: 9780446558952
Branch Call Number: HOYT E
Characteristics: 382 p. ; 18 cm


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May 23, 2018

This sizzling historical romance begins with Hero getting a shocking view of Griffin’s penchant for sin when she finds him behaving badly with another man’s wife. Wanting to avoid bloodshed, she’s protective of the pair and helps to conceal them when the husband appears. Hero’s engagement announcement the same evening to Griffin’s brother puts the two in constant company, to her consternation, but the exciting differences between the brothers impel her in a new direction. The source of Griffin’s family wealth involves another sort of sin, and a rival gangster makes the business increasingly dangerous. Hero’s wish to support a home for orphaned children in the dodgy St. Giles’ district finds an unlikely ally in Griffin, who demands to be her escort there, although she keeps showing up independently. Can Hero overlook the wicked wealth? Can her fiancé find love too? Read on.

Mar 09, 2017

I've enjoyed reading Elizabeth Hoyt's series. Usually I get turned off when a series is more than three books, but I'm starting on book six and haven't disappoint yet. I really like Hero and Griffin and Mickey and Silence, but Winter and Isabel are the best so far.

booklady1 Sep 08, 2014

Not a bad read.

odderie Dec 08, 2011

I didn't really like this one, and I'm usually a fan of Elizabeth Hoyt's work. The heroine, Lady Hero, was too indecisive about her feelings, which was rather cruel to the likable hero, Lord Griffin Reading. The world of St. Giles is still very interesting, though. This book felt a little like a filler book while we wait for book 3, Silence and Mickey's story.

Sep 15, 2011

Lady Hero Batten knows exactly how to fulfill her duties as the daughter of a duke, and as such is very pleased with her engagement to the Marquess of Mandeville, a leading parliamentarian. However, when she encounters his younger brother, Griffin, Lord Reading, whose reputation as a rake is well-known, he upsets her dutiful approach to life. As the two bicker, they discover a deeper passion and discover that opposites may be more complimentary than they had ever thought. Hoyt's historical romances are always enjoyable. As the second book in the Maiden Lane series, characters from the previous novel crop up but reading the first book isn't necessary to enjoy this one. Hero and Griffin's romance is enjoyable and although some of the conflict surrounding their relationship seemed poorly explained and existed only as a stumbling block before the inevitable happy ending, the plot trips along so quickly that it's easy to just enjoy it. The supporting characters are well-developed and not just cardboard figures to fill out scenes. And as always, the fairy tale Hoyt has created to frame her main narrative is nicely crafted and serves as an excellent means of foreshadowing. Not the best of Hoyt's historical novels, but enjoyable nonetheless.


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odderie Dec 08, 2011

Coarse Language: Hero uses the f-word ~5-10 times.

odderie Dec 08, 2011

Sexual Content: Sex scenes; heroine cheats on her fiance.


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odderie Dec 08, 2011

odderie thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over


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