Lady Hero Batten is a lovely young woman, very aware of her position in life and what she is required to do because of it. Being the daughter of a duke, sister of a duke, she is expected to comport herself as a perfect young lady and marry well. Her life is going exactly according to plan until the night her betrothal is to be announced. Her fiancé, a marquis, isn't her dearest love but she had no expectations of loving him. She knows they will have a fine marriage and it is a good match. Then she stumbles across a couple engaging in intercourse in a small room at the ball, but not of the conversational kind. The gentleman in question, Griffin Remmington is an unrepentant rogue and also the brother of her fiancé. They rub each other the wrong way right from the first. She thinks he is a wastrel and he thinks she is too perfect by far. But as they spend time together, they get to see what is behind their public masks. When they finally give in to their attraction, it is obvious that Hero is engaged to the wrong brother. But how can the perfect lady fall off her pedestal into the arms of a rogue without getting bruised?
Ms. Hoyt has done it again. In the past, her wonderful stories, has caused me to be late to pick up my kids, forget to cook dinner, and stay up way too late. Notorious Pleasures is no exception. It is the second book in the Maiden Lane series and it is my favorite so far. In fact, it is my favorite Hoyt book since her first, The Raven Prince. Lady Hero, for all her perfection, is not an unfeeling, selfish girl. She has a good heart and wants to help people. She takes on the Home for Unfortunate Infants and Foundling Children and becomes their patroness, funding their new home as the last one was lost in a fire in the last book. Griffinis a lovely hero, sexy and mysterious but with a strong desire to take care of his family in spite of the bad feelings between him and his brother. Every scene crackles with attraction and the anticipation of the expression of their desire for each other just about did in this reader. This made the love scenes between them so smoking hot that there should be a warning label on the cover of this book. There is such a depth of feeling between Hero and Griffin which shows the reader how much they are meant to be together. As for the other characters, I just flat out enjoyed them all. Lady Hero’s sister is a sweetheart and I wanted to give Griffin’s brother a swift kick in the behind. Silence, who we met in the last book, almost steals the show from Hero and Griffin. Her story, Scandalous Desires, is highly anticipated and will be the next book in the series, thank goodness. Notorious Pleasures is a 5 star read and shouldn’t be missed!
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?