Mass Market Paperback, 360 pages
Published June 26th 2012 by Grand Central Publishing (first published June 1st 2012)
ISBN 1455508322 (ISBN13: 9781455508327)
Characters:Winter Makepeace, Isabel Beckinhall, Baroness Beckinhall
Setting: London, England, 1738 (United Kingdom)
Elizabeth Hoyt's novels never disappoint. She is queen when it comes to dark plots with thoroughly captivating characters.
A MASKED MAN . . . Winter Makepeace lives a double life. By day he's the stoic headmaster of a home for foundling children. But the night brings out a darker side of Winter. As the moon rises, so does the Ghost of St. Giles-protector, judge, fugitive. When the Ghost, beaten and wounded, is rescued by a beautiful aristocrat, Winter has no idea that his two worlds are about to collide. A DANGEROUS WOMAN . . . Lady Isabel Beckinhall enjoys nothing more than a challenge. Yet when she's asked to tutor the Home's dour manager in the ways of society-flirtation, double-entendres, and scandalous liaisons-Isabel can't help wondering why his eyes seem so familiar-and his lips so tempting. A PASSION NEITHER COULD DENY During the day Isabel and Winter engage in a battle of wills. At night their passions are revealed . . . But when little girls start disappearing from St. Giles, Winter must avenge them. For that he might have to sacrifice everything-the Home, Isabel . . . and his life.
I've read Wicked Intentions, the story of Winter's sister, so it was fun to be able to delve back into that world again. I still have to read all the one's in between, but I've been waiting to see Winter again. It seemed obvious she was going to make one, I just didn't know how she was going to make him into hero material.
I enjoy how to the world Winter Makepiece shows this stuffy do-gooder personality, when in reality he is just reining in his emotions and sense of righteousness. He puts his all into the orphanage and champions the orphans of the city by night as the Ghost of St. Giles. And suddenly he meets Lady Isabel Beckinhall and you see this other side of him that is charming and a little cheeky.
As usual, Ms. Hoyt's plots are wonderful, the books run together smoothly, and the characters are wonderfully complex.