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Duke of SinDuke of Sin (Maiden Lane #10) by Elizabeth Hoyt

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Synopsis: A MAN OF SIN

Devastatingly handsome. Vain. Unscrupulous. Valentine Napier, the Duke of Montgomery, is the man London whispers about in boudoirs and back alleys. A notorious rake and blackmailer, Montgomery has returned from exile, intent on seeking revenge on those who have wronged him. But what he finds in his own bedroom may lay waste to all his plans.

A WOMAN OF HONOR

Born a bastard, housekeeper Bridget Crumb is clever, bold, and fiercely loyal. When her aristocratic mother becomes the target of extortion, Bridget joins the Duke of Montgomery’s household to search for the incriminating evidence-and uncovers something far more dangerous.

A SECRET THAT THREATENS TO DESTROY THEM BOTH

Astonished by the deceptively prim-and surprisingly witty-domestic spy in his chambers, Montgomery is intrigued. And try as she might, Bridget can’t resist the slyly charming duke. Now as the two begin their treacherous game of cat and mouse, they soon realize that they both have secrets-and neither may be as nefarious-or as innocent-as they appear . . .

Review: The book had its highs and lows. At times I didn’t much like Valentine, but near the end it all came together and I like how it concluded. He was hard to like. Very rough around the edges, almost too damaged and crude. He did have some funny internal dialogue, though, and she certainly had her work cut out for her to redeem him.  He did have a depth to his character, which I liked. Writing wise, he was a well-rounded character (I personally just didn’t much care for him). As a character I like him, as the male romantic lead, I found him sometimes too much. Bridget was a strong female lead and she really had to be to match up with Val. She smoothed over his very rough edges. The resolution wasn’t a surprise, but in this case I am glad of it. The scene with the Lords of Chaos had to happen to show him what was actually important. Overall, it was good, but not my favorite in the series. I liked how in the end Val helped the Duke of Kyle out with a few choice names of aristocrats in the vile Lords of Chaos sect; they were purely evil men. Anyone who Eve’s story knows how evil these men are so I am glad to see either their downfall or the beginning of their downfall.  I hope the Duke of Kyle gets his own book.

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