Notorious Pleasures by Elizabeth Hoyt

Notorious Pleasures

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.Lord Griffin Reading is far from perfect -...

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Notorious Pleasures Reviews

  • Rane

    It’s always a total joy to pick up an Elizabeth Hoyt book. Her characters always draw me into their world, with their emotions and what lurks behind the mask they wear, or what makes them tick. Hoyt’s newest series started off with a bang and just keeps getting better with Notorious Pleasures

    Lord Griffin Reading is know to the ton and society as a rake with a lustful appetite, some shading dealing and rumors that fly around that cause no end of a stir for him. To add fuel to the fire, its well

    It’s always a total joy to pick up an Elizabeth Hoyt book. Her characters always draw me into their world, with their emotions and what lurks behind the mask they wear, or what makes them tick. Hoyt’s newest series started off with a bang and just keeps getting better with Notorious Pleasures

    Lord Griffin Reading is know to the ton and society as a rake with a lustful appetite, some shading dealing and rumors that fly around that cause no end of a stir for him. To add fuel to the fire, its well know that his brother and he are on hardly talking terms, and Griffin could care less! He laughs at the rumors and turns his back on all those whom turn their noses up to him for telling tales or just going by rumors. Because there’s more to Griffin this some scapegrace rake mask he wears. Of course, he doesn’t let on this to any, more so then to Lady Hero, who happens to be getting married to his brother, and he can’t seem to get out of his head or keep his hands off either.

    Lady Hero was born the daughter of a duke and now the sister of a duke. Knows her place in society and goes about with grace and dignity. Her upcoming marriage with help bond this fact home, but having her brother’s closest ally as his new brother-in-law. This of course go awry when Lady Hero meet Griffin, whom stirs up her emotions, like no other, and makes her like a woman then a perfect duke’s daughter.

    Lady Hero and Griffin have condition themselves to be what they want the ton and others to see, but not whom they truly are. Hero wasn’t hard to like, just hard to understand her actions. For Hero she’s been told over and over to be the perfect daughter, to make her family proud by marriage and her actions. Drilled into her head, Hero is at a lost when she’s pushed out of her comfort zone by Griffin. This was a given to any of us that’s been forced to step out into the unknown, or place where we don’t feel safe. Sometimes the experience can be bad and we quickly go back into our safe zone, but sometimes in order to expanded our world and thoughts we have to take the first leap into the unknown. Hero has this inner struggle throughout the book, of what she felt was right, and what she learns is the right thing to do. She grows from her narrow cage and outlook to look into the bigger picture of the world. Not that she didn’t have her doubts and taking a few steps back, regarding her feelings to Griffin. Taking that first great leap into the unknown, Hero takes a chance on Griffin and love.

    Between the two characters though, I was deeply dawn to Griffin. His life wasn’t some tragic soap opera. It was more of sink or swim, and Griffin chose to swim with some big sharks. He was a rake, and liked sex, but didn’t put much stock into anything more then a passing fancy. Until he met Hero, Griffin, chose to don the mask of the rake, and turn his nose up to those whom chose to look down upon him without proof of any wrongdoing. Griffin wasn’t a saint but he was far more innocent then he was painted to be. Griffin was passionate and use to working behind the scenes without anyone knowing. Though was tried of the society mask he won, tried of the life of shadows and secret he was forced to live due to his family’s lack of funds. With Hero he’s faced with what society thinks of him and what he’s done is in his face, not that it changes him, but he’s able to break free from the stigma that’s lurked around him like shadows. Like Hero he’s able to break free from the confines that society and himself have placed upon him.

    Plus of course, every time Griffin is on the scene he burns up the pages with his earthly desires with Hero that have the reader reaching for something cool to drink!

    The Maiden Lane series has revolved around a set of characters, with more being learned about them with each book but also more secrets being untold. We got to meet more of them like Hero’s older brother and younger sister whom I hope get their own books or at least get to know more about them. I was very excited to read the snippet for Silence’s and Mickey’s story, two characters who I can’t wait to read about.

    This series is shaping up to be just another amazing series by Hoyt, and Notorious Pleasures was a true pleasure and joy to read

  • Sher❤ The Fabulous BookLover

    Elizabeth Hoyt writes magic. She has a magical, unicorn laptop and when she types the words just somehow magically appears and combines to make a fabulous story.

    that only adjectives can adequately describe this book:

    -Sensual

    -Chivalrous

    -Sexy

    -Arousing (

    Elizabeth Hoyt writes magic. She has a magical, unicorn laptop and when she types the words just somehow magically appears and combines to make a fabulous story.

    that only adjectives can adequately describe this book:

    -Sensual

    -Chivalrous

    -Sexy

    -Arousing (Holy hell the steam in this book!)

    -Electrifying

    -Adventurous

    -Passionate

    -Wicked

    -Delightful

    From the opening scene to the very last page I was enraptured in this intriguing story. I LOVED it and everything about it. The characters, the story, the romance...it is well deserving of 5 stars.

    If you haven't started this series yet I don't know how many times I can scream at the top of my lungs: "READ THIS SERIES!" You're in for an adventure of a lifetime.

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    Not sure how I've read the other 11 books in this series and managed to skip this one.

  • Karen

    This one was a total winner for me! Loved it from beginning to end.

    was somewhat of an arrogant arse... which I'm sure is why I loved him so much. Don't ask me why, buy I am just enamored by the total jerks in these books. His dirty mouth could light a glacier on fire. Sexy as fuck. That is all I can say.

    This one was a total winner for me! Loved it from beginning to end.

    was somewhat of an arrogant arse... which I'm sure is why I loved him so much. Don't ask me why, buy I am just enamored by the total jerks in these books. His dirty mouth could light a glacier on fire. Sexy as fuck. That is all I can say.

    was one classy chick, who knew how to handle herself. At least until she was in the presence of

    .

    I was a little surprised by the lack of Lady H's will power against his intense seduction, especially for a virgin... but hey, who am I to judge. I would have crumbled even sooner, no doubt. Hell... that carriage scene... fuck.

    The ghost of St. Giles is lurking about, and there were a few more clues about his identity. And there was a good introduction into the next book as well.

    No complaints with this one. Can't wait for the next book!

  • Ally

    OMG if this book got any hotter....I am just saying.

    Georgian, London.

    371 pages

    Yep, book 2

    Holy lord. Steam factor, high. Dude, it's a historical and Hoyt says "penis" or "cock" at least 3 times each. Penis, for goodness sakes. I. Can't. Even

    OMG if this book got any hotter....I am just saying.

    Georgian, London.

    371 pages

    Yep, book 2

    Holy lord. Steam factor, high. Dude, it's a historical and Hoyt says "penis" or "cock" at least 3 times each. Penis, for goodness sakes. I. Can't. Even.

    Side note: the day I read a historical that goes for the "vagina", I die. And isn't that just the thing? We can use the right proper name for man naughty bits, but for a woman...steamy folds it is. Whatevs.

    Moving on.

    The whole gosh darned series.

    So we have this heroine who's engaged to the hero's brother who is a right bunch of twaddle, if you asked me. She falls for his brother who also happens to be involved in some nefarious business dealings in St. Giles which the heroine's brother is dead set against. The hero has some drama with a particular villainous dude which you learn more of in Book 3 in the series. Hot times happen. And my god. This hero. Whew. *fans self whilst swooning*

    Lady Hero. She's quite the perfect lady. She's been raised to be quite the perfect lady by her stick in the mud brother. Someone needs to loosen his sh!t right up. But here's the thing, she is not such a perfect lady. She's maddeningly passionate and she's completely brave. She took a leap over to the dark side, because they served up Griffin on a silver platter and he needed to be eaten up right quick.

    Griffin. OMG. I think I have a crush on a totally non existent character and I will not be getting over it soon. He's a hero in the truest sense of the word. Did I mention I wanted to eat him up with a spoon? Ahhhhhh romance.

    It worked. It so worked. This might have been a steamy little historical, but they weren't just rutting around. It was love, I tell you, full on making love. Connecting. There was just something so right about these two characters together that had me cheering them on to the finish. They could overcome any obstacle because they were simply that perfect for each other.

    I will say that Thomas, the original brother she was supposed to marry, was just ick. And the woman he was in lust with, meh. They were both just kinda smarmy or something.

    I'll leave you with this

  • Sh3lly ✨ hates the holidays - bah humbug! ✨

    In my view, this was kind of a mess. The writing was good, as usual, but I did not like the overall plot and most of the characters and their actions were dumb and even offensive in some cases.

    - I didn't really like the romance between Hero and Griffin. They both just seemed kind of sad and their relationship began under negative circumstances.

    - Thomas, Griffin's brother and Hero's fiance, was an idiot.

    - Maximus, the Duke of Wakefield, was deplorable for try

    In my view, this was kind of a mess. The writing was good, as usual, but I did not like the overall plot and most of the characters and their actions were dumb and even offensive in some cases.

    - I didn't really like the romance between Hero and Griffin. They both just seemed kind of sad and their relationship began under negative circumstances.

    - Thomas, Griffin's brother and Hero's fiance, was an idiot.

    - Maximus, the Duke of Wakefield, was deplorable for trying to force Hero to marry someone who

    her. I hate him.

    - I didn't find the sex scenes sexy. Griffin calling Hero's poontang

    made my skin crawl.

    - Also, my eyes were rolling into the back of my head when Hero was ready to go forward with the marriage just because her brother told her to do it. I lost respect for her.

    - Too much drama and angst.

    I wanted to like this, but it just didn't work for me. I think reading

    first has ruined me for this series because both couples and the plots from books 1 and 2 paled in comparison.

    There are some situations being set up for future books that do interest me, however. Silence and the pirate = yes. I'm all about that. I hear Phoebe gets her own book too, which is potentially awesome. She's going blind and you don't see that often in romances.

  • Choko

    This is the second book in the Historical Romance Series of Maiden Lane. The first introduced us to the seedy neighborhood of Saint Giles in London in the seventeen hundreds. This one picks up about 7 months later and Lady Hero, the brave and gentile sister of a Duke we got to know, who won our hearts by investing into the urchin children's home, meets a scoundrel, Griffin. At first, the sparks

    This is the second book in the Historical Romance Series of Maiden Lane. The first introduced us to the seedy neighborhood of Saint Giles in London in the seventeen hundreds. This one picks up about 7 months later and Lady Hero, the brave and gentile sister of a Duke we got to know, who won our hearts by investing into the urchin children's home, meets a scoundrel, Griffin. At first, the sparks that fly are not of love, but of disapproval and the compromising position he is in, while on top of a married lady, does not do anything for Hero to develop respect for him. Thus, our Lady thanks her lucky stars that she is getting engaged to Griffin's brother Thomas, instead of the cad.

    Thomas is a stick in the mud Marquis, who is a friend with Lady Hero's brother and the marriage is a contract between titled families, not a love match, but she hopes that love will come with time. Meanwhile however, she has to spend time with his family, which includes Griffin and things are very strained and stressful between them. Of course, there is the fact that Griffin is sexy, easy going, flirtatious, interesting, attentive and all those very attractive to the ladies qualities that make bad boys so very tempting!!! And she happens to be beautiful and rich, and kind, and inquisitive, and compassionate, and charitable, and all those other qualities that drive rakes to distraction, and tempt them to a point they might even consider settling down.. maybe... eventually...

    So, the two of them get to spend a lot of time together, mostly attempting to keep it on the down low, because the world seems to be telling them that they should stay away from each other. But their attraction can not be denied and they keep finding ways to be together, despite having all the reasons to stay apart.

    This was very well set up story, beautifully written and with some very exciting moments. The love story was very appropriate for the time period and the author dealt perfectly with the assumptions of the era while bringing a fresh, more relatable perspective to it. A perfect read for the fans of Romance!!!

    I wish you all Happy Reading and may your heart overflow with love!!!

  • WhiskeyintheJar/Kyraryker

    Our heroine, Hero (I'll pause to let you work that one out), is another woman of her time, thinking marriages are for enhancing your family and sex is for men and their mistresses. Our hero, Heroine, just kidding, Griffin, has somewhat erroneously bore the ne'er-do-well family title. He's the second born but manages the family finances and set them up in the il

    Our heroine, Hero (I'll pause to let you work that one out), is another woman of her time, thinking marriages are for enhancing your family and sex is for men and their mistresses. Our hero, Heroine, just kidding, Griffin, has somewhat erroneously bore the ne'er-do-well family title. He's the second born but manages the family finances and set them up in the illegal gin business. Hero is engaged to Griffin's brother Thomas who thinks Griffin seduced his first wife, Hero's brother Wakefield is on a crusade to destroy all gin makers, Griffin is fighting off a rival gin maker, Thomas is fighting his love for his mistress, Hero's little sister Phoebe is going blind, and oh, with all that, Griffin and Hero are falling into sex, err, love, I mean love.

    This story felt a little bit like a throwback to the old 80 and 90's, not quite full bodice ripper but there were melodramatics happening alongside numerous boot knocking scenes. I feel a little traitorous but the many sex scenes detracted from the story for me instead of making me feel the closeness of Griffin and Hero. I'm going to put some of the blame on my personal distaste for how Hero was engaged to Griffin's brother and still proclaiming to marry him until very late in the story; both Griffin and Hero's actions felt pretty icky to me. The author worked hard to make Thomas, if not villainous, pretty unlikable until the very end where she tried to redeem him through a love story, didn't work for me.

    With the brother between them, I just had a hard time really warming up to Hero and Griffin as a couple; separately I thought they were good characters. The sex scenes became over played and I started to skim them a tiny bit, there were so many, but again my dislike could come from dang Thomas not being shoved out earlier. The gin story plot felt more like an introduction for Hero's brother Wakefield, his aggressive stance against it. The danger Griffin faced because of it (the villain wasn't given near enough pages to feel flushed out) and how it ended felt glossed over.

    The surrounding world and characters felt full and real and I really liking Hoyt's London. I've already read Phoebe's story, so seeing glimpses of her here broke my heart but knowing what's in story helped to heal it. The secondary Silence story makes an appearance again and I can't wait to read about her and Charming Mickey.

  • Jilly

    Not as good as the first one, but I still liked it.

    Our female's name is Hero and the male is... shit, forgot his name already. Let's just call him Bad-Brother, or BB for short.

    So, Hero meets BB by walking in on him sticking it to a married woman at her engagement party. Engagement to his brother. Apparently, something must have been impressive because after this meeting, Hero is all aflutter over little brother and can't stay away from him. I'm guessing that little brother isn't so little, if yo

    Not as good as the first one, but I still liked it.

    Our female's name is Hero and the male is... shit, forgot his name already. Let's just call him Bad-Brother, or BB for short.

    So, Hero meets BB by walking in on him sticking it to a married woman at her engagement party. Engagement to his brother. Apparently, something must have been impressive because after this meeting, Hero is all aflutter over little brother and can't stay away from him. I'm guessing that little brother isn't so little, if you catch my drift.

    Of course, Hero is an idiot. She continues to string big brother along while traipsing all around the slums with BB. BB is a bad brother, hence the name, and decides he will start sticking it to his bro's fiance now. Apparently BB decided that the 10 Commandments were more like a bucket list than a list of no-no's because he pretty much runs the gauntlet on this thing.

    I like this world because there is a lot more going on than just the romance angle of things. Many of the side-characters are so well developed that I find myself eager for their stories, and I actually feel a bit invested in the little world of Maiden Lane. I especially can't wait for the pirate book. I'm so all over that!

    What I didn't like was the cheating. I have this outrageous thought that a decent person should simply break-up with their last SO before screwing the next guy. I know, I know... so picky! Overall, I didn't fall in love with these main characters, but I still liked the story very much.

  • Robin (Bridge Four)

    What do you do when you finish the Huge Saga that is the Wheel of Time series? Well if you are me you binge read a bunch of Historical Romances and splash a little smut into the mix.

    Okay so I really enjoyed the first book in this series and then I started this one thinking I’d made a horrible mistake. This starts off with two things that I really don’t care for in my books and so right off the bat it had two strikes against it.

    #1 – I hated the meet cute (that the moment that the main love intere

    What do you do when you finish the Huge Saga that is the Wheel of Time series? Well if you are me you binge read a bunch of Historical Romances and splash a little smut into the mix.

    Okay so I really enjoyed the first book in this series and then I started this one thinking I’d made a horrible mistake. This starts off with two things that I really don’t care for in my books and so right off the bat it had two strikes against it.

    #1 – I hated the meet cute (that the moment that the main love interest characters are introduced). This isn’t a spoiler because it happens on page 1 of the book. Hero meets Griffin when she ducks into a room to fix a stocking and catches him balls deep in a married woman. She then thinks about how nice his ass is and how virile he appears.

    . But she helps the couple from being caught by the woman’s husband who was just in the hall. Props for it being a bit different but it pretty much made me hate Griffin from the beginning.

    #2 – The man Hero is intended to marry is Griffin’s brother. I rarely like a romance where siblings are vying for the same woman. Now granted neither Thomas nor Hero claim to be in love, in fact this is just a contractual marriage but still it isn’t my favorite trope at all.

    So you’d think after those two strikes in the beginning that I’d hate the rest of the story. But it grew on me quite a bit. You have to love the idea of reforming a scandalous rake into wanting just one woman and not caring about bedding everything with two legs anymore.

    I started out hating Griffin but then he was just so damn likeable later. He really was charming and listened to Hero. You could see why she and Thomas were going to be all wrong for each other and how Griffin cared about her thoughts and feelings and really liked the individual she was.

    So while this all started off pretty rough and there were/are moment in it I didn’t really care for since it is brother against brother I started to really enjoy Hero and Griffin as a couple later in the book. Griffin even gets a great speech near the end with Hero’s brother that I thought was fantastic and made him much more likable later.

    Overall not my favorite of the series so far but I do like to go in order so on to Silence and the Pirate.

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