Scandalous Desires by Elizabeth Hoyt

Scandalous Desires

Can a pirate learn that the only true treasure lies in a woman's heart?Widowed Silence Hollingbrook is impoverished, lovely, and kind--and nine months ago she made a horrible mistake. She went to a river pirate for help in saving her husband and in the process made a bargain that cost her her marriage. That night wounded her so terribly that she hides in the foundling home...

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Scandalous Desires Reviews

  • Shawna

    This is a delightful free epilogue that's sure to please

    fans, especially those who love swoonalicious Charming Mickey.

    Merged review:

    5+ stars – Historical/Georgian Romance

    Wow...just...WOW! A+mazing! Brava Ms. Hoyt, you have truly outdone yourself and exceeded expectations with this spectacular romance!

    I wanted to write a full review, but life has been crazy and stressful this past week, leaving me with too little time and insufficient mental capacity. So I’ll just do a bit of gushing

    This is a delightful free epilogue that's sure to please

    fans, especially those who love swoonalicious Charming Mickey.

    Merged review:

    5+ stars – Historical/Georgian Romance

    Wow...just...WOW! A+mazing! Brava Ms. Hoyt, you have truly outdone yourself and exceeded expectations with this spectacular romance!

    I wanted to write a full review, but life has been crazy and stressful this past week, leaving me with too little time and insufficient mental capacity. So I’ll just do a bit of gushing about this magnificent read instead.

    I’m a huge Elizabeth Hoyt fan, and I’ve enjoyed every book in the

    series thus far. So it’s no surprise really that like so many others I’ve been eagerly waiting for Silence and pirate Charming Mickey to have their chance. I actually predicted and hoped for their romantic pairing back when I read

    .

    And my oh my, Ms. Hoyt most definitely delivered! Charming Mickey O’Connor is one of the best heroes in Romancelandia! He’s utterly ruthless and autocratic, yet vulnerable and endearing, not to mention rakish, vibrant, and sexy as all get out! And I love that he undergoes a transformation and redemption in some sense, yet still retains his rogue pirate’s charm.

    Fans of Lisa Kleypas’s beloved heroes, Derek Craven from

    and Sebastian, Lord St. Vincent from

    , Billy Blade from Gaelen Foley’s

    , and Andreas Merrick from

    should find Mickey equally, memorably swoonalicious.

    I just loved,

    everything about this...the engaging story, perfect pacing, rich dialogue, superb secondary characters, nasty, cringe-inducing villain, danger and intrigue, drama and humor, steamy love scenes, and most especially the passionate, volatile romance between such an unforgettable H/H pairing: a dynamic, unrepentant bad boy hero and a prim heroine whose quiet strength finds and melts his nonexistent, cold heart. Charming Mickey O’Connor and Silence Hollingbrook are one of my all-time favorite couples. And the Clever John fairytale weaved stylishly throughout the story is an ideal compliment that makes it even more captivating.

    I could go on and on, but quite simply,

    is the best historical romance, and one of my favorite reads, of the year, not to mention an all-time treasured keeper. Big, scandalously delicious 5 stars!

    Oh, and my “Who is the Ghost of St. Giles?” prediction was correct, too!

    And don’t miss the video, “The Making of the Scandalous Desires Book Cover”, that’s posted here on Goodreads (link below) because it’s absolutely smokin’!

  • Rane

    Elizabeth Hoyt books are my version of potato chips, I can't get or have enough of them! Hoyt lives up to her great storytelling and the hype with Scandalous Desires.

    When we're first introduced to Silence Hollingbrook and "Charming" Mickey O'Connor in the first of the Maiden Lane series, you know there's going to be sparks flying and do they ever between these two.

    Mickey is no exception of the great heroes Hoyt has peened down before, he shows that monsters are not born, but are made, and i

    Elizabeth Hoyt books are my version of potato chips, I can't get or have enough of them! Hoyt lives up to her great storytelling and the hype with Scandalous Desires.

    When we're first introduced to Silence Hollingbrook and "Charming" Mickey O'Connor in the first of the Maiden Lane series, you know there's going to be sparks flying and do they ever between these two.

    Mickey is no exception of the great heroes Hoyt has peened down before, he shows that monsters are not born, but are made, and it doesn't mean their not without a heart. Mickey is frozen clean through, with his charming smile to hide behind. His past has made him hard and the pain he faced as a child made him cold to emotions on the pleasure he takes from stealing, causing hell and the woman(or women) that warm his bed. Mickey goes through some major changes that start off very small at first, but the steps lead to uncover the heart he thought he left behind in the grave that was his childhood.

    Mickey is beautiful in the way his story was told. Everything is given front and center while not taking away from the rest of the story, in other books your only given clues or glimpse into the hero's tragic past and most don't really cut it in the way they turned out. Compare to Mickey their babies to what he went through and still goes through with his enemy whose part of his past, the Vicar of Whitechapel, whose always in the shadows and out to kill Mickey the first chance he gets.

    There was something sensual and deeply sexual about the way Mickey tempted Silence, but it was when he truly opened his soul to her, did he reach that other step that made him divine as a character. Seeing his hidden heart healed by the love of Silence and Mary Darling was precious, as it shows the distance he's come from the cold man to the warm blooded man who will protect and risk everything for those he loves.

    As I read (devoured) Scandalous Desires , I couldn't help but compare it to another of Hoyt's books The Serpent Prince. In both books you have the outstanding hero in Mickey and Simon, but what it lacked was a strong heroine. Which I felt both Lucy and Silence were. Silence held alot of promise to be a very strong lead character and one to match wits with someone like Mickey. Sadly for me she ended up just being the path to redemption for Mickey, which I felt was a shame as she held such a bright spark when we first meet her and in the beginning of the book. I wish she carried throughout the book instead of showing up in bursts that quickly dimmed. She does have her own growth from the naive woman to a woman. Her kindness and love is what leads Mickey out of the darkness he trapped himself in.

    Silence fit to much into a mold that’s been done before, but perhaps the bright light that was Mickey just couldn’t hold a place for two?

    We’re given a huge clue to who the Ghost of St.Giles is and if you’ve been reading this series, you pretty much know who it is, but still comes a great surprise and anticipation to find out about his own story and his lady love.

    Hoyt just keeps on writing some amazing books to the Maiden Lane series and Scandalous Desires lives up to the hype that surrounded this couple. Now I gleefuly await in next book in this series! I need my potato chip fix...

  • Juliana Philippa

    Ever since my Elizabeth Hoyt obsession began this past summer I have been anxiously anticipating this book. Mickey's character is one of my favorite types of heroes and I loved his pairing with Silence. From the moment I learned of it, I was reminded of the Derek Craven-Sara Fielding matchup in Lisa Kleypas’

    , which is one of my favorite HRs.

    Mickey is so lovable and definitely one of my favorite heroes. I think it's sometimes difficult to have villain-turn

    Ever since my Elizabeth Hoyt obsession began this past summer I have been anxiously anticipating this book. Mickey's character is one of my favorite types of heroes and I loved his pairing with Silence. From the moment I learned of it, I was reminded of the Derek Craven-Sara Fielding matchup in Lisa Kleypas’

    , which is one of my favorite HRs.

    Mickey is so lovable and definitely one of my favorite heroes. I think it's sometimes difficult to have villain-turned-hero characters, because the transformation needs to feel authentic. I think Hoyt definitely succeeded with that, because by the end Mickey is still Mickey—maybe a little more domesticated and more than a little changed, but it's the same person, only with a new side to him. I

    his cant and was glad that Hoyt kept that throughout the book. Made for some fantastic lines.

    I didn't have much of a feel for Silence before, though I did like her from what I'd seen of her first encounter with Mickey. She's a very engaging heroine and I enjoyed watching her also come into her own, standing up for herself and not taking his shit. Her character is calm and soft, setup to perfectly juxtapose Mickey's rough edges. In some of the events towards the end I feel like she bowed to pressure or didn't push enough, whereas she had been very firm and ready to put herself out there before. But all in all she was good and a great fit for Mickey/Michael—and she totally kicks ass at the end when she _____!

    I loved how Mickey slowly warms to Mary Darling and ends up becoming so attached to her. I didn't like how she kind of disappeared in the last third/quarter of the book and didn't have as much of a presence or personality as she did earlier in the book. The underlying “mystery” plot was a good one and ended up being the the main story-driver and relationship obstacle.

    The standard guy-can't-admit-he's-in-love-and-realize-what-he-really-wants was employed. I find that ploy very tiring, because it's so often used—I mean, we get it, guys are commitment phobes, next! I wasn't as annoyed here because Mickey is by no means ignoring or denying the depths of his feeling and given his history and experiences, it (for once) is perfectly logical.

    One of the things I was worried about was how excited I was about the book - would it be able to live up to expectations? When I saw everyone's rave reviews for it, it made me all the more nervous. Because of the buildup this time around which led to some unavoidable disappointment—it always does in cases like these—I think I'll probably love it more the second time around.

    While I normally will read an HR in one sitting unless the house is on fire—and really need me because they're not able to put it out themselves—I actually put this book down two or three times. However, I do think this mostly has to do with the extreme anticipation and inevitable result.

    So bottom line: a great read. I loved the characters. I loved the plot. I loved the writing—great dialogue, especially on Mickey's parts; I adored some of his lines! I loved the sexual tension—though

    was on the lighter end of Hoyt's books in terms of frequency and explicitness. Read it!

    We find out in the epilogue who the Ghost of St. Giles is and there is a little teaser at the end for the next book. I wasn't surprised and the heroine is obvious from this book; I

    a little surprised by the kind of pairing Hoyt decided to do, but still very excited to read it!

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  • Baba

    So much tension. Banter. Vulnerability. Emotions. Tenderness. Sensuality. Love.

    The most notorious river pirate, Charming Mickey O’Connor, has taken the widow, Silence Hollingbrook, and the little Mary Darling to his palace to protect them. He fears that the villain, Charly Grady, the Vicar of Whitechapel, will harm them

    So much tension. Banter. Vulnerability. Emotions. Tenderness. Sensuality. Love.

    The most notorious river pirate, Charming Mickey O’Connor, has taken the widow, Silence Hollingbrook, and the little Mary Darling to his palace to protect them. He fears that the villain, Charly Grady, the Vicar of Whitechapel, will harm them. Fearless and relentless Mick O’Connor had lost any vestige of guilt, remorse, or soul on a winter’s night sixteen years ago. Yet it seems he still has to lose a great deal because he was determined to protect Silence and Mary Darling with his life. If you have read Wicked Intentions, then you know that Mick had hurt Silence cruelly, yet over time she has forgiven him. Silence being with Mickey, somehow calmed his black soul, and he had no plans to let her go. Ever.

    Two words that would sum up Scandalous Desires are…

    My reread was a huge win and I was having a total blast! It's a wonderfully penned historical romance story that provides well-drawn and likable characters. The buildup is exciting and utterly sensual and backed up with plenty of witty banter, fantastic dialogue and some wonderful sensual scenes. Charming Mickey with his not so black heart is absolutely irresistible and so exquisitely swoon-worthy. He's my favorite HR hero. While Lord Caire, hero of

    , is temptation personified, Mickey O'Connor is sin personified. Who could resist such a sexy beast with such an alluring and keen mind? It was so bloody amusing to read between the lines also.

    Mick has charisma as all get out and seduced Silence with food, patience and words and, of course, his sexual prowess. That man is incredible.

    The author did a great job at redeeming Charming Mickey O'Connor, the river pirate, to Michael, the man, who loved his Silence dearly. And seeing such a strong and ruthless man holding a little girl in his protective arms made my heart melt, as did his sexy Irish brogue, by the way. With Mickey, you get both sides of the coin: darkness, anger and bitterness, but also lightness, gentleness, tenderness and love. And, eventually, Silence brought out the very best of him.

    Scandalous Desires can be read as a standalone. Though it would be good to check out Wicked Intentions first to see what happened between Mickey and Silence in the first installment. Just so you know, I didn't particularly like the river pirate in Wicked Intentions. Then again, I'm very glad that I changed my opinion about Charming Mickey. Scandalous Desires is a beautiful and emotional love story between two great characters and one that should not be missed, provided you are a HR fan.

    There is always a possibility of redemption even for a man with a dark soul. Do ye agree with me, Saint Michael?

    Recommended read.

  • Mo

    Mickey, ye would charm the knickers off a nun!! LOL. OK, being Irish, I have a bit of a problem with Irish characters and especially OTT Irish characters with OTT Irish accents. WE. DO. NOT. TALK. LIKE. FUCKING. LEPRECHAUNS.

    But I sort of said to myself, he is based back in the 18th century so let's give him the benefit of the doubt.

    Charmin' Mickey.

    He sure was charming.

    Mickey, ye would charm the knickers off a nun!! LOL. OK, being Irish, I have a bit of a problem with Irish characters and especially OTT Irish characters with OTT Irish accents. WE. DO. NOT. TALK. LIKE. FUCKING. LEPRECHAUNS.

    But I sort of said to myself, he is based back in the 18th century so let's give him the benefit of the doubt.

    Charmin' Mickey.

    He sure was charming.

  • Alp

    This was exceptionally wonderful. I LOVED IT!

    Anyone who knows me knows that I’m very picky when it comes to HR because it’s typically more miss than hit for me. But Scandalous Desires absolutely obliterated all my high expectations!

    Elizabeth Hoyt did this to me again! She’s a masterful storyteller, weaving her words into an unforgettable historical-romance story. I'd read this book non-stop for hours and savored every word on every single page of it. I really love her writing style.

    In this book,

    This was exceptionally wonderful. I LOVED IT!

    Anyone who knows me knows that I’m very picky when it comes to HR because it’s typically more miss than hit for me. But Scandalous Desires absolutely obliterated all my high expectations!

    Elizabeth Hoyt did this to me again! She’s a masterful storyteller, weaving her words into an unforgettable historical-romance story. I'd read this book non-stop for hours and savored every word on every single page of it. I really love her writing style.

    In this book, we meet “Charming” Mickey O’Connor, the most notorious river pirate in London, and Silence Hollingbrook, a widow who had given Mick a feeling of restlessness and haunted his sleep for months.

    Silence has become one of my favorite heroines. She’s a brave and kindhearted woman. I admired her for being forthright and honest with her feelings for Mick. She knew what she wanted and she was strong and courageous enough to follow her own heart.

    And Mick, oh Mick! He caught my eye since he first appeared in the first book, Wicked Intentions. I had a feeling I would love him, and yes, I do! I love him! His miserable childhood made him become such a complex and fascinating character. He’s exactly my kind of hero.

    Although the plot was simple, the writing was excellent. The story flowed nicely at a perfect pace and I loved the conclusion of this book. I was so happy Mick and Silence got their very beautiful HEA eventually.

    All in all, Scandalous Desires was an utter pleasure to read. I was thoroughly engrossed throughout the entire story. If you’re looking for a good HR book with an emotional storyline, breathtaking romance, and adorable characters, all you have to do is pick this one up and you’ll never be disappointed!

    Highly recommended.

  • Sh3lly ✨ hates the holidays - bah humbug! ✨

    I went into this book thinking,

    Then, as I was reading, the boredom set in.

    It hardly even seemed like there was much romance in this! Well, I stopped at 41%. I didn't feel there was any chemistry between Mick and Silence.

    Silence? Wow. Most boring leading lady EVER. EVAH EVAH EVAH.

    I just wanted her to take Mary Darling and go back to the school. I disliked the premise as well. She has to stay in Micky's "Palace" because some bad guys are after him and wi

    I went into this book thinking,

    Then, as I was reading, the boredom set in.

    It hardly even seemed like there was much romance in this! Well, I stopped at 41%. I didn't feel there was any chemistry between Mick and Silence.

    Silence? Wow. Most boring leading lady EVER. EVAH EVAH EVAH.

    I just wanted her to take Mary Darling and go back to the school. I disliked the premise as well. She has to stay in Micky's "Palace" because some bad guys are after him and will hurt her and the baby just to get back at him. So she's stuck there being a stick in the mud and we're supposed to see Micky slowly breaking down her walls and realizing she likes him.

    And let us talk about

    . Look,

    an Irish and Scottish accent is flatout sexy as hell. But

    it???

    It kind of sucked all the sexy out of Micky for me.

    It just didn't work for me.

    And then there is all this filler and these subplots going on that did not interest me in the slightest.

    For those of you who have read on, please tell me the series gets better. I read

    first and LOVED it and have now tried books 1-3 and they are NOT as good. I liked 1 and 2 well enough but gave them 3 stars. Does it get better or is this the general way things go from now on. I just need a little bit more sparks and bantering with my couples.

  • Alex ☣ Deranged KittyCat ☣

    How lovely was that!

    A pirate obsessed with a young widow, takes his time for about a year to get the woman within his grasp. There's just no resisting a bad boy with a (secret) heart of gold. Lots of sex, lots of snarky banter... you know: a very relaxing read.

    And then, there's the prison sex scene...

    That'

    How lovely was that!

    A pirate obsessed with a young widow, takes his time for about a year to get the woman within his grasp. There's just no resisting a bad boy with a (secret) heart of gold. Lots of sex, lots of snarky banter... you know: a very relaxing read.

    And then, there's the prison sex scene...

    That's why I take away a star.

    All in all, do I recommend the book? Definitely! It's funny, sexy and adventurous.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Choko
  • Jilly

    My favorite one of the series so far because..Sexy Pirate!

    We met this sexy beast in book one and I've been dying for this story. "Charming" Micky, the notorious river pirate, sits upon a throne in a gold-covered room filled with treasure and receives petitioners and others like a king. Silence (our girl), met up with him in book one after he had stolen her husband's ship's cargo. He made a deal with her to give it back, and it ruined her life and marriage. So, she's not in the pirate-wenches fan

    My favorite one of the series so far because..Sexy Pirate!

    We met this sexy beast in book one and I've been dying for this story. "Charming" Micky, the notorious river pirate, sits upon a throne in a gold-covered room filled with treasure and receives petitioners and others like a king. Silence (our girl), met up with him in book one after he had stolen her husband's ship's cargo. He made a deal with her to give it back, and it ruined her life and marriage. So, she's not in the pirate-wenches fan club with me.

    Mick has been thinking about Silence since that day, and when he has his illegitimate infant daughter dropped into his lap, he leaves her on Silence's doorstep because he knows she will love the baby and take good care of her. Also, to keep the baby safe from his enemies knowing about her. But, more nefariously, to get Silence to love the baby and tie her to him through the child. Yes, because having a baby always works to make a person stay with you and love you... It's a solid plan.

    So of course there comes the day when Mick takes the baby and Silence into his lair "to keep them safe." He likes having a nice, respectable lady in his house, but things don't go exactly according to plan. He thought having this beautiful sweet woman and a baby in a house full of pirates, thieves, and whores would go smoothly. She would quietly knit and do "female" things during the day, and he could see her on his terms when he wanted to as he sits on his throne in his golden room. Cuz we all know that having a baby in the house never disrupts the party-life.

    There are hundreds of these memes. And, they are all true.

    The ways in which Mick's life is turned upside down by Silence and the baby are hilarious. I loved the scene in which he comes into the house and finds them all giving a mangy dog a bath in his giant, fancy bathtub with scented soap. It reminds me of so many times in my own marriage.

    So, the book was a lot of fun, the hero was amazingly swoon-worthy, and the heroine was likable - she didn't just obey him blindly. Also, the series itself is really good and always makes me excited for the next story.


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