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Apologies in advance, but I don’t have time to do a proper review for this book, so all you’ll get today is a very brief overview I’m afraid.


Their lives were perfect . . .

Lady Hero Batten, the beautiful sister of the Duke of Wakefield, has everything a woman could want, including the perfect fiancé. 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?

Overall Verdict

I loved it.

Loved the heroine, Hero (what a fab name, although one would probably expect her to be Japanese with a name like that). Loved the rather irresistible Griffin The Scoundrel, who wasn’t really a scoundrel. Loved the interaction between the two protagonists. They had great chemistry, and I love Hoyt’s ability to use graphic sex words without veering into pornographic territory. Their love scenes were hot, hot, hot!

Notorious pleasures was a delicious book, filled with witty dialogue, interesting sub-plots, a credible mystery, and the fascinating and mysterious Ghost of St Giles.

A fantastic follow up to Wicked Intentions all in all. You can read an excerpt here, and buy the book from Amazon.com here.

Happy reading!


  • Martha
    March 25
    3:59 am

    Hello KarenS,

    May I just say that in Britain the name Hero would be immediately recognisable. The name is Greek and the first ever Hero was the heroine of a legend (the tragic love of Hero and Leander)in Greek Mythology. The theme of this legend appears in many Rennaisance, 17th and 18th c. paintings. The name has an equally glorious history in English letters. It is the name of one of the main characters in Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing’, and, was immortalised in Christopher Marlowe’s famous poem, ‘Hero and Leander’, which is still taught in many of our schools. It is a name that, to the present day, would mark the bearer of it as educated upper class (or one with educated upper class parents).

    That said, I personally was not that fond of the book (although I appreciated the sex scenes). I found the relations between men and women terribly anachronistic. The male character, in particular, did not sound remotely like a male character circa the 18th c. The contemporary feel and voice of the book intruded on every page, and made me wonder why Elizabeth Hoyt does not write contemporary romances, since she has no interest in anything historical. Also, I have a problem with the ‘ghost of St. Giles’ plot device. I could never be persuaded that it was anything other than an excuse to keep this series running till the next millennium.


  • @Martha: There’s a great Hero in Friday’s Child by Georgette Heyer, as well.

    Hoyt has actually written one or two contemporaries, under the name Julia Harper. I really like her as a historical writer, though. The fourth of this series was the best, IMO. Great, unusual hero. I may have reviewed it here.


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