Notorious Pleasures (Maiden Lane #2) by Elizabeth Hoyt
Synopsis: Their lives were perfect . . .
Lady Hero Batten, the beautiful sister of the Duke of Wakefield, has everything a woman could want, including the perfect fiancé. True, the Marquis of Mandeville is a trifle dull and has no sense of humor, but that doesn’t bother Hero. Until she meets his notorious brother . . .
Until they met each other.
Griffin Remmington, Lord Reading, is far from perfect – and he likes it that way. How he spends his days is a mystery, but all of London knows he engages in the worst sorts of drunken revelry at night. Hero takes an instant dislike to him, and Griffin thinks that Hero, with her charities and faultless manners, is much too impeccable for society, let alone his brother. Yet their near-constant battle of wits soon sparks desire – desire that causes their carefully constructed worlds to come tumbling down. As Hero’s wedding nears, and Griffin’s enemies lay plans to end their dreams forever, can two imperfect people find perfect true love?
Review: The couple was explosive and passionate. I found Hero, on occasion, to be a bit flat, but only during brief moments. Overall the dynamic between the two main characters worked well together. I really liked Griffen; he was complex, well crafted, flawed (of course) but deviously redeemable. The plot was entertaining and the conflict good. The story wasn’t very strong (I think the plots of The Rules of Scoundrels by Sarah MacLean were stronger), but I did enjoy the read and it was easy to get lost in. The subplots did occasionally get annoying; I hate leaving the main couple to read about a sub story going on, but I know they are building more of the plot line of the series as a whole. I didn’t much care for Thomas, Hero’s original fiancé. He came across as immature and childish at times and volatile at others. There was no clear cut “bad guy” in the story, but the conflicts did move the story along and kept the reader engaged.