Friday, June 8, 2012

Thief of Shadows by Elizabeth Hoyt

Thief of Shadows (Maiden Lane, #4)
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. 

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. 

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.

Wonderful, thrilling, and unique...
Thief of Shadows is one of the most original historical romances I've ever read.

The concept of the story is fascinating. A sexy masked man who may be a dangerous criminal or an anonymous hero? Hell, yeah, sign me up for that. And the book doesn't disappoint in the least. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time, utterly engrossed in the plot.

Isabel was very refreshing. No simpering society lady, she's an experienced woman who gets what she wants yet is still kind. She loves the thrill of the Ghost, thriving in the adventure he provides. But she's also deeper than that. For one, her heartbreak over not having a child from her first marriage was palpable and I could really feel for her. She was a likable, interesting character that anyone could root for. 

Winter-love his name-was remarkable. He's absolutely devoted to his children's home, forsaking any romantic relationships to save the entirety of his attention for the home. This provides an interesting twist. Despite the intrigue of his side job as the Ghost and all the thrills he experiences, sex is not one of them. That's right, our hero is a virgin. So, rather than being an experienced man with a virginal lady, we have an experienced woman with a virginal gentleman. It was an interesting change, after reading so many book with the former arrangement. And it definitely worked out for the better. It somehow made the romance even steamier. After reading this, no one can ever claim that Winter isn't an enthusiastic lover. The other interesting twist this provides is that, this time, the lady wants a simple affair, while the gentleman is calling for marriage. Winter's belief is that if he ever made love to a woman, it would have been because she was the love of his life. Isn't that adorable? So he decides to push for marriage. All interesting twists and all serve to make this book even more intriguing. But back to Winter himself. He was sweet and sexy and basically every woman's dream come true. Kind and gentle on one side, dangerous and thrilling on the other. He's undoubtedly one of my favorite love interests.

As I said before, the plot was a never ending line of twists and turns that leave you unable to put this book down. The ending was perfection. It was amazing, one of the best romances I've read. 

Obviously, 5/5

Thanks to Netgalley for a copy!

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