Sweetest Scoundrel


By Elizabeth Hoyt

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Prim, proper, and thrifty, Eve Dinwoody is all business when it comes to protecting her brother’s investment. But when she agrees to control the purse strings of London’s premier pleasure garden, Harte’s Folly, she finds herself butting heads with an infuriating scoundrel who can’t be controlled.


Bawdy and bold, Asa Makepeace doesn’t have time for a penny-pinching prude like Eve. As the garden’s larger-than-life owner, he’s already dealing with self-centered sopranos and temperamental tenors. He’s not about to let an aristocratic woman boss him around . . . no matter how enticing she is.


In spite of her lack of theatrical experience-and her fiery clashes with Asa-Eve is determined to turn Harte’s Folly into a smashing success. But the harder she tries to manage the stubborn rake, the harder it is to ignore his seductive charm and raw magnetism. There’s no denying the smoldering fire between them-and trying to put it out would be the greatest folly of all . . .


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Chapter One

Once upon a time there lived a king so monstrous he devoured his own children.…

—From The Lion and the Dove



It took an extreme provocation to rouse Eve Dinwoody.

For five years her life had been quiet. She had a nice house in an unfashionable but respectable part of town. She had her three servants—Jean-Marie Pépin, her bodyguard; his pretty, plump wife, Tess, her cook; and Ruth, her rather scatterbrained young maid. She had a hobby—painting miniatures—which also served to bring in extra pin money. She even had a pet of sorts—a white dove she had yet to name.

Eve liked her quiet life. On most days she quite enjoyed staying inside, puttering around with her miniatures and feeding the unnamed dove oat kernels. Truth be told, Eve was rather shy.

But Eve could, in fact, rouse herself from her quiet life, given enough provocation. And Lord knew Mr. Harte, the owner and manager of Harte's Folly, was very provoking indeed. Harte's Folly was the preeminent pleasure garden in London—or at least it had been before it'd burned to the ground over a year ago. Now Mr. Harte was rebuilding his pleasure garden, and in the process spending quite scandalous amounts of money.

Which was why she stood on the third floor of a disreputable boarding house very early on a Monday morning, glaring at a stubbornly shut door.

A drop of rainwater dripped from the brim of her hat onto the worn floorboards beneath her feet. Really, it was an absolutely disgusting day outside.

"Do you wan' me to break the door down?" Jean-Marie asked cheerfully. He stood well over six feet tall and his ebony face beneath a snowy wig gleamed in the low light. He still had a faint Creole accent from his youth in the French West Indies.

Eve squared her shoulders. "No, thank you. I shall handle Mr. Harte myself."

Jean-Marie raised an eyebrow.

She glared. "I shall." She rapped at the door again. "Mr. Harte, I know you're within. Please answer your door at once."

Eve had performed this maneuver twice already without result, save for a crash from inside the room after the second knock.

She raised her fist for a fourth time, determined to make Mr. Harte acknowledge her, when the door swung open.

Eve blinked and involuntarily stepped back, bumping into Jean-Marie's broad chest. The man standing in the doorway was rather… intimidating.

He wasn't tall exactly—Jean-Marie had several inches on him and the man was only half a head or so taller than Eve herself—but what he might have lacked in height he more than made up in breadth of shoulder. The man's arms nearly touched the doorway on either side. He wore a white shirt, unlaced at the throat and revealing a V of tangled dark chest hair. Wild tawny hair fell to his shoulders. His face wasn't pretty. The exact opposite, in fact: it was strong, lined, and fierce, and everything that was masculine.

Everything that Eve most dreaded.

The man glanced at Jean-Marie, narrowed his eyes, leaned one shoulder against the doorjamb, and turned his attention to Eve. "What." His voice rasped deeply, like that of a man newly roused from sleep—a quite unseemly intimacy.

Eve straightened. "Mr. Harte?"

Instead of replying he yawned widely before running a hand over his face, pulling down the skin around his eyes and cheeks. "I'm sorry, luv, but I haven't any more parts available for the theater. Per'aps if you come again in another two months when we stage As You Like It. You might make a passable"—here he paused, eyes fixed quite rudely on Eve's nose—"maid, I suppose."

He turned his head and shouted over his shoulder, "Are there maids in As You Like It?"

"A shepherdess," came the reply. The speaker was feminine and had a beautifully accented voice.

Mr. Harte—if it was he—glanced back at Eve without any real apology in his haggard face. "There. Sorry. Although I have to say, at your age and with"—he actually flapped his hand at Eve's nose this time—"I'd look into something behind the stage, luv."

And he shut the door in her face.

Or at least he tried to, but Eve had had enough, thank you very much. She stuck her foot in the gap, pressed her shoulder against the door, and walked into Mr. Harte.

Who, unfortunately, didn't move back as he ought to have done.

He blinked, scowling down at Eve.

This close she could see the little red veins in his bloodshot eyes and smell some sort of stale spirits on his person. Also, he seemed not to have made use of a razor in several days.

His virility was nearly overwhelming.

She could feel the old panic rising in her chest, but she fought it. This man posed no threat to her—not in that way, in any case—and Jean-Marie was right behind her, besides. She was a woman grown and ought to have been over these terrors years ago.

Eve tilted up her chin. "Move, please."

"Look here, luv," he growled. "I don't know your name or who you are, and if you think this is how an actress gets a part at my pleasure garden, you're—"

"I'm not an actress," she enunciated clearly, in case he was hard of hearing as well as a drunken oaf. "And my name is Miss Eve Dinwoody."

"Dinwoody…" Instead of clearing his brow, her name made him scowl harder, which should've made him positively repugnant and yet somehow… didn't.

She took the opportunity of his distraction to slip triumphantly past him.

And then she skidded to a halt.

The room was an absolute shambles, crowded to overflowing with mismatched furniture and dusty things. Stacks of papers and books slid off chairs and tables, falling to alluvial mounds on the floor. In one corner a huge heap of colorful fabric was piled, surmounted by a gilded crown; in another a life-size portrait of a bearded man was propped next to a four-foot-tall model of a ship, complete with sails and rigging. A stuffed raven eyed her beadily from the mantelpiece, and on the hearth itself a kettle steamed next to a teetering tower of dirty dishes and cups. Indeed, so filled was the room that it took Eve a moment to notice the nude woman in the bed.

The bed itself sat square in the center of the room, an overgrown, unwieldy thing, hung with gold and scarlet curtains like something from a Turk's harem, and in the middle reclined an odalisque, the golden coverlet barely concealing her curves. She was dark and sensual, her ebony hair spilling to olive-tinged shoulders, lips a deep natural carmine.

Eve's eyes widened abruptly as she realized what had been going on in this room perhaps only moments before. Her gaze darted to Mr. Harte before she could stop herself looking, for confirmation of… of… well.

But Mr. Harte merely looked big, male, and irritated.

Eve cocked her head. Shouldn't there be some way in which to tell—?

The woman sat up, the coverlet falling perilously to the very tips of her breasts. "Who are dees peoples?" she asked with a heavy Italian accent.

Mr. Harte crossed his arms on his chest, his legs spread wide. The stance emphasized the bulge of muscles in his upper arms. "I don't know, Violetta."

"I do apologize," Eve said stiffly to the woman, presumably Violetta. Must Mr. Harte take up so much space in the crowded room? "Had I known you were in dishabille, I assure you—"

Mr. Harte barked a nasty laugh. "You came bursting in. When, exactly, would you have stopped to—"

"I assure you," Eve began, glaring at the awful man.

"It's-a no problem," the odalisque said at the same time, grinning and revealing an incongruous gap between her two front teeth. She shrugged again and the coverlet gave up the fight, falling to her waist.

Mr. Harte glanced at the woman, paused, his eyes fixated on her now-revealed bosom, and then visibly shook himself before dragging his gaze back to Eve. "Who are you anyway?"

"I already told you," Eve said through gritted teeth. "I am Eve Dinwoody and—"

"Dinwoody!" Harte exclaimed, pointing at her quite rudely. "That's the name of the Duke of Montgomery's man of business. Signs his letters 'E. Dinwoody' in the most affected hand I've ever seen…"

He frowned suddenly.

Jean-Marie and the odalisque looked at him.

Eve raised her eyebrows, waiting.

Mr. Harte's moss-green eyes widened. "Oh, the Devil damn me."

"Yes, no doubt," Eve said with a completely insincere smile. "But before that happens I've come to cut off your credit."

AND THIS WAS the inevitable reward for a night of too much drink, Asa Makepeace—known to all but a select few as Mr. Harte—reflected sourly. For one, in his wine-fogged daze last night he'd thought it a fine idea to take Violetta to bed again—when she was much too important an asset to the garden to risk an emotional entanglement. And for another, the aftereffects of a night of drinking—pounding temples and a generally weakened state—put him at a disadvantage in dealing with the termagant in front of him.

He glared at Miss Dinwoody through his throbbing eyes. She was tall for a woman, thin with a mannish chest, and had a face dominated by a large, long nose. She was as plain as a shovel—and he was glad of it, because the witch was trying to steal away his sweat, his dreams, and his blood. Long nights lying awake, making bargains with the Devil and devising desperate plans. Hope and glory and everything that he breathed for, God blast his miserable soul. All he'd lusted for, all he'd despaired over, all he'd lost and then fought with bloodied fists to regain.

She was trying to steal his goddamned garden.

He lifted his upper lip. "You haven't the right to cut me off."

"I assure you I have," she snipped back in accents that would've made the Queen jealous. She wasn't afraid of him, he'd give her that, though at the moment that fact irritated him.

"The Duke of Montgomery promised me a full line of credit," Asa said, slamming his hand down on the table and finding that the pose fortuitously helped to keep him from swaying. "We're scheduled to reopen in less than a month. The musicians have the score, the dancers are practicing, and a dozen seamstresses are working night and day to finish the costumes. You can't cut me off now, woman!"

"The duke didn't give you carte blanche to steal from him," she said, her lips curling a bit on steal. Who was she to look down her overlong nose at him anyway? "I've sent you letter after letter asking to see your books, to examine your receipts of purchase, to be informed in some way of what you're spending thousands of pounds on, and you've ignored all my correspondence."

"Correspondence!" He stared, incredulous. "I haven't time for bloody correspondence. I have a theater to finish, gardens to plant, tenors, sopranos—and God help me, castrati—and mimers and musicians to order and collect and keep happy—or at least working hard—and an opera to put together. What do you think I am, a bloody mincing aristocrat?"

"I think you're a businessman," she shot back. "A businessman who ought, at the very least, to be able to account for his expenditures."

"My expenditures can be found at the garden," he roared. "In the buildings, the plantings, the people employed. Who are you to ask for my accounts?" He looked her up and down. "Why has the duke employed a female man of business in any case? What are you to him—his mistress? I'd think he could do better, frankly."

Behind him Violetta inhaled sharply, and the footman glared.

Miss Dinwoody's eyes widened—blue, he realized. Blue like the sky on a cloudless summer day—and he almost felt regret for his blunt words.


"I," she said with awful clarity, "am the duke's sister."

He arched a skeptical eyebrow at her. She'd introduced herself as Miss Eve Dinwoody—the sister of a duke would be styled Lady Eve.

Her lips thinned at his expression. "We have different mothers. Obviously."

Ah, that explained it, then: she was a bastard by-blow of her father's, but no less an aristocrat for it. "And your blue blood makes you qualified to manage the garden's finances?"

"The fact that my brother entrusted the funds to me makes me qualified." She inhaled and threw back her shoulders, pushing that meager bosom at him. "And none of that is to the point in any case. I'm cutting off your credit and your funds as of this moment. Mr. Sherwood of the Royal theater has offered to buy out my brother's stake in Harte's Folly, and I warn you now that I am seriously considering his suggestion, since it appears to be the only way my brother will see his money again. I merely stopped by to tell you in person as a courtesy."

She turned and swept from the room, as grand as any royal princess. Her giant footman smirked at Asa before following her.

Courtesy? Asa mouthed the word incredulously at his closing door. What in the last five minutes did the woman think had been in any way courteous? He looked at Violetta, spreading wide his arms. "Bloody fucking Sherwood! She wants to sell my garden to my biggest rival. Never mind that Sherwood must be talking out of his ass—the man hasn't the money to buy Montgomery's stake out. God's balls! Have you ever met a more unreasonable woman?"

The soprano shrugged, jiggling what had to be the loveliest breasts in London, not that it mattered at the moment. "That is hardly the most important consideration for you right now, yes?"

"What?" He shook his head. God, it was much too early for him to be parsing feminine riddles.

She sighed. "Asa, caro—"

"Hush!" He scowled at the door and then back at her. "You know I don't like anyone overhearing that name."

"I doubt Miss Dinwoody and her footman lurk outside the door." She actually rolled her eyes at that. "Mr. Harte, do you need the money this woman controls?"

"Yes, of course I do!" he shouted, outraged.

Violetta made a moue at his temper. "Then you had best go after her."

"That woman is rude, condescending, and just plain mean." He waved wildly at the door behind him. "Are you insane?"

"No." She actually smiled at his bellow. "But you are if you think standing here and raging will change anything. Miss Dinwoody holds the strings to your purse and without her"—she shrugged again—"I will leave and so will everyone else who builds and works in your so-beautiful gardens. I love you, caro, you know this, but I must eat and drink and wear pretty gowns. Go now if you wish to save your garden."

"Oh, fucking hell." He knew she was right.

"And Asa, my love?"

"What?" he growled, already turning to the door.


He snorted as he bounded down the rickety wooden stairs of his boardinghouse, but Violetta was canny about people. If she said he had to grovel to that witch in order to get the money, he would.

Even if it gave him an apoplexy.

Asa burst out the door and into the street. Rain was drizzling down in a halfhearted way, the sky cloudy and gray. A few paces away Miss Dinwoody and her footman were walking to a waiting hackney carriage.

"Oi!" Asa yelled, running after them. "Miss—"

He meant to lay a staying hand on her shoulder, but the footman was suddenly between him and the woman.

"Don' touch my mistress," the man intoned.

"I mean no harm," Asa said, hands palms out and at shoulder height. He tried for an ingratiating smile but had the feeling that it came off as more of an angry grimace. Grovel. "I wish to apologize to your mistress." He leaned to the side to see her, but the footman moved with him. "Apologize most abjectly. Can you hear me, luv?" This last he simply shouted over the man's shoulder. All he could see of her was the black hood of her cloak.

"I can hear you just fine, Mr. Harte," she returned, cool and composed.

The blackamoor moved aside finally, as if by some unspoken command, and Asa found himself staring into those blue eyes again.

They hadn't softened.

He swallowed a sharp retort and said through gritted teeth, "I'm so sorry, ma'am, I don't know what came over me to speak to a lady in that way, especially one so"—he caught himself before he praised her beauty, because that was a bit thick even for him—" fine as you. I hope you'll find it within your heart to forgive my offense, but I'll understand, I truly will, if you can't."

The footman snorted.

Asa ignored him and smiled.


Apparently Miss Dinwoody was immune to his smile—or maybe males in general. Those sky-blue eyes narrowed. "I accept your apology, Mr. Harte, but if you think such a blatant bunch of nonsense will make me change my mind about my brother's money, you're sadly mistaken."

And she turned to go—again.

Buggering hell.

"Wait!" This time his hand actually smacked against the footman's shoulder as the man moved between them. Asa glared at him. "Will you stand down? I'm hardly going to murder your mistress in the middle of Southwark."

"Mr. Harte, you've taken enough of my time," she began, infuriatingly aristocratic, as she stepped around her footman.

"Damn it, will you just let me think?" Asa said, rather louder than he'd meant to.

She blinked and opened her mouth, looking not a little outraged. Doubtless she wasn't used to commoners speaking to her so.

"No." He held out his palm. The last thing he needed was her sniping at him and making him angrier.

He took a breath. Anger hadn't worked. Insults hadn't worked. Groveling hadn't worked.

And then he had it.

He looked at her, leaning a little forward, ignoring the aborted movement of her footman. "Will you come?"

She frowned at that. "Come where?"

"To Harte's Folly."

She was already shaking her head. "Mr. Harte, I hardly see—"

"But that's just it," he said, holding her gaze—her attention—by sheer willpower alone. "You've not seen it, have you, Harte's Folly, since the work to rebuild was started? Come and see what I'm spending your brother's money on. See what I've accomplished so far. See what I could accomplish in the future—if only you'll let me."

She shook her head again, but her blue eyes had softened.


"Please," he said, his voice lowering intimately. If there was one thing Asa Makepeace knew how to do it was seduce a female. Even one with a poker up her arse. "Please. Just give me—no, just give my garden—a chance."

And he must've found his infamous charm at last—either that or the lady had a gentler heart than he imagined—for she pursed her lips and nodded once.

EVE KNEW SHE'D made a mistake the moment she nodded. She wasn't entirely sure why she'd done it, either. Perhaps it was Mr. Harte's sheer presence, big and wide and muscular, the rain soaking his linen shirt until it clung transparently to his shoulders. Or perhaps it'd been his voice, softened in pleading. Or maybe even his eyes, still bloodshot, but a dark forest green, almost warm against the chill of the day.

Or maybe the man was a sorcerer, able to put otherwise level-headed ladies under some sort of spell that compelled them to act against their own best interests.

In any case she'd agreed and that was that and she must resign herself to more hours tramping about Southwark in the rain to strange places with a man she didn't even like.

And then the most extraordinary thing happened.

Mr. Harte smiled.

That shouldn't have been so very surprising. The man had smiled earlier that morning—nastily or in anger or in an attempt at persuasion—but this smile was different.

This smile was genuine.

His wide lips spread, revealing straight white teeth, and indents on either cheek, bracketing his mouth. His eyes crinkled at the corners and he looked rather appealing somehow. Charming. Almost handsome, standing in his shirt-sleeves there in the rain, his hair wet, a raindrop running down the side of one tanned cheek.

And what was terrible—quite horrible, really—was that Eve had the ridiculous notion that Mr. Harte's smile was especially for her.

Just her.

Ridiculous. She knew—absolutely knew, in that no-nonsense, sensible part of her—that he was smiling because he'd had his way. It had nothing at all to do with her, truly. But she couldn't entirely squash a tiny part that saw that smile and claimed it as her own. And it made her warm inside, somehow. Warm and a bit… excited.

He knew it, too, the awful man. She could tell by the way his smile widened, transforming into a grin, and by the way his green eyes looked at her knowingly.

She stiffened and opened her mouth to deny everything. To send the man on his way so she could go home and perhaps enjoy a soothing cup of tea.

He was wily, though, Mr. Harte. He immediately bowed and gestured to the hired conveyance behind her. "Shall we take your carriage?"

She had said she'd go. Or at least nodded. A gentlewoman shouldn't go back on her word—or nod.

Five minutes later Eve found herself sitting beside Jean-Marie as they rumbled through the streets of Southwark. Across from them Mr. Harte was looking quite self-satisfied.

"Normally, of course, my guests arrive from the river," Mr. Harte was saying. "We have a landing with stone steps and attendants arrayed in purple and yellow to give the feeling of entering another world. Once my guests have shown their tickets they proceed along a path lit by torches and fairy lights. Along the way are waterfalls of lights, jugglers, dancing fauns and dryads, and the guests may linger if they wish. Or they can explore the gardens further. Or they can continue on and attend the theater."

She had been to Harte's Folly before it'd burned—once, a year or two ago. She actually rather enjoyed a night at the theater, though she only ever went by herself—well, with Jean-Marie, of course, but not with a friend, because she really didn't have any friends.

She shook her head at her own irrelevant musings.

"It all sounds very expensive," Eve said, unable to keep the repressive note from her voice.

Irritation crossed Mr. Harte's face before he attempted a more benign expression. She wasn't sure why he bothered. The man's every emotion was transparent—and most of them were negative when it came to her.

Which troubled her not at all, naturally.

"It is expensive," he said, "but it needs to be. My guests come for a spectacle. To be amazed and awed. There is no other place like Harte's Folly in all of London. In all the world." Mr. Harte sat forward on the carriage seat, his elbows on his knees; his broad shoulders appeared to fill the entire carriage. Or maybe it was his personality that made the carriage so small. His big hands spread as if grasping possibilities. "To make money I must spend money. If my pleasure garden were like any other—if the costumes were worn, the theatrics tame and uninspiring, the plantings everyday—no one would come. No one would pay the price of admission."

Reluctantly she began to wonder if perhaps she had been overhasty. The man was proud and bombastic and very, very annoying, but maybe he was right. Maybe he could return her brother's investment with his wonderful garden.

Still, she'd always been cautious by nature. "I'm expecting you to prove all that you've told me, Mr. Harte."

He sat back as if satisfied he'd already won her approval. "And so I shall."

The carriage rounded a bend in the road and a tall stone wall came into view. It looked very… utilitarian.

Eve glanced at Mr. Harte.

He cleared his throat. "Naturally, this is the back entrance."

The carriage jerked to a halt.

Jean-Marie immediately rose, set the step, and held out his hand to help her down.

"Thank you," Eve murmured. "Please ask the carriage driver to wait for us."

Mr. Harte leaped from the carriage in one athletic bound and strode ahead of them to a wooden door in the wall. He opened it and gestured them through.

Beyond was a tangled growth of hedges and some muddy paths. Hardly the look of a pleasure garden, but he had said this was the back way.

Eve eyed the door as she entered. "Shouldn't this be locked?"

"Yes," Mr. Harte said. "And usually 'tis when we're open—it wouldn't do to have people walk into the gardens without paying—but right now we're still building. It's easier for deliveries just to come in."

"You have no problem with thieves?"

Mr. Harte frowned. "I—"

A young redheaded man came trotting briskly along one of the paths. Eve recognized him instantly as Mr. Malcolm MacLeish, the architect her brother had hired to rebuild the theater.

"Harte!" Mr. MacLeish exclaimed. "Thank God you're here. The damned slate's arrived for the roof and half are broken and still the driver's demanding payment before he unloads. I don't know whether to send the lot back or work with the usable stuff. We're already behind and the rain's leaking in the theater—the tarps won't hold it." The young man glanced up from his tirade, his eyes widening as he caught sight of Eve. "Oh! Miss Dinwoody. I hadn't thought to see you here."

And he flushed an unbecoming mottled red.

Eve felt a pang of sympathy. The last time she'd seen Mr. MacLeish he'd been begging for her help in escaping her brother's influence. The man was probably quite embarrassed to encounter her.

She gave him a small, reassuring smile. "Good day to you, Mr. MacLeish."

At that he remembered his manners and swept her a rather elegant bow. "And to you, Miss Dinwoody." He inhaled, obviously ordering himself. "You're a bright spot on this dreary morning, I declare."

And there was the sweet charm the architect usually displayed.

She nodded. "Shall we see to your shingle delivery?"

"I—" Mr. MacLeish glanced at Mr. Harte, his expression nonplussed.

The pleasure garden owner frowned. "I didn't bring you here to examine the dull behind-the-scenes stuff, Miss Dinwoody."

"But perhaps that's what I ought to be examining," she replied. "Please. Lead us on, Mr. MacLeish."


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On Sale
Nov 24, 2015
Page Count
368 pages

Elizabeth Hoyt

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Elizabeth Hoyt is the New York Times bestselling author of over seventeen lush historical romances including the Maiden Lane series. Publishers Weekly has called her writing “mesmerizing.” She also pens deliciously fun contemporary romances under the name Julia Harper. Elizabeth lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with three untrained dogs, a garden in constant need of weeding, and the long-suffering Mr. Hoyt.
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