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Released: May 31st 2016
Series: Maiden Lane #10
“If you like villainous heroes then you’ll love Val. He’s as bad as they get. DUKE OF SIN is definitely one of my favorite books of the year!”
~ Under the Covers
My, oh my! Elizabeth Hoyt has a wonderful book on her hands. DUKE OF SIN, the tenth book of the Maiden Lane series. just might be my favorite of the lot so far. The hero is no other than Valentine Napier, the Duke of Montgomery. If you’ve followed the series this far then you know that in the previous books that Val has been the villain of the series. He’s not a man with very much morals and indulges in anything and everything, especially if it gives him more power. So I was interested to see how Hoyt was going to redeem him.
And she does. To a point. But what’s unique about this book is that Hoyt doesn’t actually try to make him a hero. In fact, Val is still as bad as ever. As an expert blackmailer, he’s manipulative, cunning and smart. Power is his greatest love and he has no care for anyone else but himself. Val does some terrible things in this book but I still found myself enraptured by his character.
“This is who I am, Seraphine. Naked, with blade and blood. I am vengeance. I am hate. I am sin personified. Never mistake me for the hero of this tale, for I am not and shall never be. I am the villain.”
After reading this, I am almost positive that Val is going to be my favorite hero at the end of this year. Hard to top a guy who knows just how bad he is!
The unlikely pairing of Val and his housekeeper, Bridget intrigued me further. I never would’ve thought that these two would end up together because well, Val would never settle for someone as lowly as a housekeeper but I think that’s what makes this book so special. When Val finally falls in love, it had to be with someone totally unexpected and I think that’s what Hoyt tried to do here.
Bridget turned out to be wonderful as well. I loved that she wasn’t a ninny like all the other women seem to be around Val. She has a good head on her shoulders and despite the fact that everyone warned her away from Val, she stood her ground and still had a good moral compass throughout the book. As dark as Val is, Bridget is the light. She compliments him beautifully in every way.
I did feel like the ending was a little bit rushed. But maybe that’s because I never wanted this book to end. Once I started reading this book, I found it impossible to stop. I devoured it within a couple of hours and found myself having to share my love for this book with as many people as I could. If you like villainous heroes then you’ll love Val. He’s as bad as they get. DUKE OF SIN is definitely one of my favorite books of the year!
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