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As many of you may well be aware, i have a real penchant for books, with my particular favourite's being either vampire based or historical romances, with the subject of this review being the latter.
The book in question is - "Wicked intentions - Elizabeth Hoyt"
Lazarus Huntington is the well known Lord Caire, well known at least for his so-called "depraved" sexual tastes and his complete lack of propriety, considering his social standing.
He has long since come to the conclusion that he has no capacity for love, so prefers to spend his time with ladies of the night, with one particular lady catering to his more extreme requirements!
After this particular lady gets murdered, he feels it is his duty to find her killer, thus taking him on a course that will change his life forever......
Temperance Dews is one of the main carers of her late fathers charity home for young orphaned unfortunates, she bears her duties well, but holds within her a secret that draws her to a life of servitude and drudgery, that is until a certain Lord Caire comes knocking, asking for help locating a certain someone in the area, in exchange for help to secure patronage for the ailing childrens home.
Will she be able to keep him at arms length, or will her secret consume them both?
This was just as i expected it to be, a romantic historically set book, but with so much more.
The majority of the book is set within the fictitious "St Giles", which to all intents and purposes is the end of the world, where all the dregs of society live together, with gin being the main drug of choice, it has a really dergridated feeling to it, with many being disinterested in dragging them selves out of theirs pits, prefering to drink to escape their follies.
This in itself doesn't really lend itself to the traditional backdrop to a romance book, but gives the story and the main characters a much more flawed and believable feeling to them, especially the particularly damaged Lord Caire, whose story unfolds slowly and tantilisingly throughout the book.
As with most books within this genre there is plenty of sex, but very little acknowledement of feelings, this is obviously a book for adults, and does contain a fair bit of sexual content, but alongside this there is a fair bit of guts and gore too!
This is a book with the "maiden lane" series of books, with there being at least three that i have read so far, with the books centring (initially) around the childrens home and the adults that run it, so even though you can read any one of the books as a stand alone offering, you do find a bit more structure when all the books are read.
Prices wise this had a RRP of £7.99, but can no doubt be purchased for less via www.amazon.co.uk
This was a really enjoyable book, and one that i would recommend!
Thanks for reading x