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Thursday, April 10, 2014

A Fun Read on a Cold, Blustery Afternoon

Wicked Intentions (Maiden Lane, #1)Wicked Intentions by Elizabeth Hoyt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Received as a Goodreads first reads giveaway. An excellent example of summertime or anytime chick lit. A heroine fending for herself by taking care of orphans and discarded newborns with the aid of her younger brother. A hero, mysterious, aristocratic, disreputable. An unusual meeting of the two in which a pact is made--she will guide him throughout the seedy neighborhood in which her home for Foundlings exists, as he searches for the murderer of his prostitute mistress; he will introduce her to his aristocratic friends so that she may find a patron to support her establishment and her work.
Needless to say, the excitement of the mystery leads to many revelations in the neighborhood of the St Giles alleys, as well as many revelations about the proclivities of Lord Caire and the secrets of Mrs Dews. Danger, romance, mystery, erotica, family relationships, emotion, true love, salvation--it's all there. Easily read and enjoyed in a single sitting of one day with breaks for tea and biscuits. All neatly solved and resolved but for the mystery of the identity of the Ghost of St Giles--several suspects eliminated but several still to be explored. In another installment, perhaps?

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