by Elizabeth Hoyt

February 2011
ISBN: 9787-0-446-55895-2
Reviewer Graphic Button Grand Central Publishing
Mass Market Paperback

When Lady Hero Batten discovers a couple fornicating in a secluded room during her engagement ball, she calls on all the pluck of being a sister to a duke to confront the couple. The man she meets is anything but scandalized by his own behavior and revels in his sin. Hero is not impressed.

Minutes later, that man is revealed to be Griffin Remmington, Lord Reading, the brother to Hero’s fiancé, the Marquess of Mandeville. A tangled web is created as the first tempestuous meeting between Hero and Griffin results in a burning attraction. But Hero is a good sister; a woman who will do what is best for her family even if that means marrying for connections and not love. Griffin burns with jealousy but knows Hero’s marriage to his brother is inevitable.

But love has other plans for Griffin and Hero, if they only let their hearts take the lead rather than their heads.

Elizabeth Hoyt pens a passionate and stirring story in her second book in the Maiden Lane series. Notorious Pleasures is the kind of romance that causes the heart to ache and the breath to leave the lungs. Griffin and Hero just have that passion and spark that is needed to take a romance from good to magnificent! The writing is top-notch as always and it lends extra oomph to this tale.

What I also liked about this book is that Hero’s fiancé is not presented as perfect either. He has his own foibles, his own aches and needs, and it plays out very nicely in a secondary romance that contrasts suitably against the main romance. Sometimes the “wrong” person truly is the right person no matter how hard the brain fights it. Notorious Pleasures is Elizabeth Hoyt at the top of her game!

Reviewed in January 2011 by Sarah.

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