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From the New York Times bestselling author who Lisa Kleypas hails as “too good to be true” comes the first book in her beloved Maiden Lane series.

A MAN CONTROLLED BY HIS DESIRES . . .

Infamous for his wild, sensual needs, Lazarus Huntington, Lord Caire, is searching for a savage killer in St. Giles, London’s most notorious slum. Widowed Temperance Dews knows St. Giles like the back of her hand-she’s spent a lifetime caring for its inhabitants at the foundling home her family established. Now that home is at risk . . .

A WOMAN HAUNTED BY HER PAST . . .

Caire makes a simple offer-in return for Temperance’s help navigating the perilous alleys of St. Giles, he will introduce her to London’s high society so that she can find a benefactor for the home. But Temperance may not be the innocent she seems, and what begins as cold calculation soon falls prey to a passion that neither can control-one that may well destroy them both.

A BARGAIN NEITHER COULD REFUSE

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"Bestseller Hoyt brings steamy sensuality...in this engaging series launch... enhanced by earthy, richly detailed characterizations and deft historical touches."
Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"There's an enchantment to Hoyt's stories that makes you believe in the magic of love."
-Romantic Times BOOKreviews Magazine
"Elizabeth Hoyt writes with flair, sophistication, and unstoppable passion."
-Julianne MacLean, author of PORTRAIT OF A LOVER
"Hoyt is firmly in control of her craft with engaging characters, gripping plot and clever dialogue."
-Publishers Weekly
"The new master of the historical romance genre."
-HistoricalRomanceWriters.com
"A sexy, steamy treat!"
-Connie Brockway, USA Today bestselling author on THE RAVEN PRINCE
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