Sunday, October 23, 2011

Historical Review: Scandalous Desires by Elizabeth Hoyt

FORMAT: Paperback
GENRE: Historical Romance
PUBLISHER: Grand Central Publishing (October 18,2011)
ISBN: 9780446558938

CAN A PIRATE LEARN...River pirate "Charming" Mickey O'Connor has lifted himself from the depths of the slums to be king of St. Giles. Anything he want he gets---with one exception. Silence Hollingbrook has been haunting his dreams ever since she spent a single night in his bed.
THAT THE ONLY TRUE TREASURE...Once Silence was willing to sacrifice anything to save the man she loved. Now a widow, she's finally found peace when Charming Mickey come storming back into her life with an offer she can't refuse. But this time she won't be the only one paying the price for his sins.
LIES IN A WOMAN'S HEART?When his past comes back to torment him, Mickey must keep Silence safe from a merciless enemy, while wrestling with the delicious hold this widow has on his heart. And in the face of mounting danger, both will have to surrender to something even more terrifying...true love. (source: back cover)
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Book Extras: Read an Excerpt | Lady Pirates | The Making of a Cover (you don't want to miss this) | Clever John (the fairytale in the book)
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REVIEW and Video:

Tell me that you don't want to read this book after watching the video above. Yeah. That's what I thought. I hear your mouse clicking on to your favorite bookstore. *grins* Um, where can I get my own river pirate? Elizabeth Hoyt has done it once again, keeping me guessing and on my toes at each and every turn. I might have looked like a crazy person to anyone looking in the window: laughing maniacally, gasping loudly, clutching my chest, crying, squeaking and yelling. And finally having that AHA! moment while jumping up and down as to what I have been trying to figure out for the past 2 books. Yeah, I sometimes immerse myself a little too much into my reading. Is it weird that I kept hearing the theme to Pirates of the Caribbean during the action sequences? I think I may need to see a doctor about this.

Backstory: Silence's husband William was accused of stealing cargo. She goes to Mickey, pleading that he give back that stolen cargo so William doesn't get arrested. He in turn tells her she must spend a night with him and she agrees. The next morning, although nothing happened between the two, Mickey tells her to muss her hair, unbutton her dress and walk down the street as if she had had a tumble in his bed. Her family, especially William doesn't believe nothing happened and since then, she's been tolerated by her family. Her husband dies at sea.

Mickey O'Connor is a homewrecking river pirate with a gasp worthy secret. Silence Hollingbrook is totally devoted to Mary Darling, left on her doorstep for safekeeping, and her work at the Home for Unfortunate Infants and Foundling Children until "Charming" Mickey charges back into her life. Silence hasn't forgiven Mickey for breaking up her marriage. Mickey's enemy, the Vicar of Whitechapel, is out to get those associated with him, meaning his daughter Mary Darling and Silence. Mickey kidnaps Mary Darling and tells Silence the only way she can be with Mary is to stay at his palace. Since that night with Silence, he can't forget her and seems to have developed a slight obsession with her. He wants to possess her body and soul but is unwilling to give anything in return except endless nights of pleasure in his bed. Silence agrees to stay with Mickey but tries to assert her independence by going against everything he wants her to do, starting with not going down to supper with him and his men. Mickey tries to starve her so she will come down for supper but his crew turns against him and smuggle food to Silence.

As the days go on, Silence begins to see a different side of Mickey. He's not just the ruthless river pirate but also a broken boy, forced to grow up at a young age without the love of his mother. Silence soon realizes that Charming Mickey has a hold on her. She sees him softening towards Mary Darling and thinks that there may be a future for them. A real future, if only he'll give up his pirating and make money legally. Mickey can't due to his fear of losing it all. He's worked so hard to build his empire, from a poverty stricken boy to a man who has more than what he knows to do with. The Vicar of Whitechapel is closing in and Mickey must make a decision that could change all their lives. Gah! There's just so much more I want to say but I don't want to spoil it for you. So many things revealed, I thought I was going to die of shock. *sigh* River pirates FTW!

He treasured her, treasured her tears, treasured her love for others. Her heart might even be big enough to fill that empty space in his own chest. Perhaps she could be his heart as well. 
OVERALL:  Gah! I am totally floored. Utterly stunned. In typical Elizabeth Hoyt fashion, this book gripped me from the first page until the last. Another fantastic read. My love for Elizabeth Hoyt knows no bounds and this book has made me fall in love with her latest series a little more, in a non-Edward Cullen creepy kind of way. The third book in the series and one step closer to the reveal of the Ghost of St. Giles. Once again, Ms. Hoyt has ensnared, captivated and enthralled me, weaving a wonderful story of love, heartbreak, redemption and forgiveness encased in a fast paced, adrenaline pumping, heart thumping, gut wrenching, tear inducing, gasp worthy plot twists of a read. I am very much looking forward to the next book in the series thanks to the titillating morsel of an excerpt at the end of the book. Is it Summer 2012 yet???

 ***review copy provided by publisher***

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