Monday, May 25, 2015

Darling Beast by Elizabeth Hoyt

Darling Beast 

Maiden Lane #7



Falsely accused of murder and mute from a near-fatal beating, Apollo Greaves, Viscount Kilbourne has escaped from Bedlam. With the Crown's soldiers at his heels, he finds refuge in the ruins of a pleasure garden, toiling as a simple gardener. But when a vivacious young woman moves in, he's quickly driven to distraction . . .


London's premier actress, Lily Stump, is down on her luck when she's forced to move into a scorched theatre with her maid and small son. But she and her tiny family aren't the only inhabitants—a silent, hulking beast of a man also calls the charred ruins home. Yet when she catches him reading her plays, Lily realizes there's more to this man than meets the eye.


Though scorching passion draws them together, Apollo knows that Lily is keeping secrets. When his past catches up with him, he's forced to make a choice: his love for Lily . . . or the explosive truth that will set him free.

Kathie's Review:

I totally loved Ms. Hoyt's Prince's Series. While I haven't read the earlier books in the Maiden Lane Series, I will have to rectify that! This one was fabulous. I love that tortured hero trope and this one was worth every minute of reading. Apollo can't speak due to a horrible beating he endured when he was falsely imprisoned. He's escaped from Bedlam and is hiding out in a burned out theater and pleasure garden. He's bringing the garden back to it's former beauty, both because he loves seeing things grow, and because he's a part owner. 

Lily is also living in the remaining part of the theater with her son and maid. She's a wonderful actress, but is down on her luck right now. Her son meets Apollo, but because he can't speak, he calls him Caliban, from The Tempest. (Side note, my daughter was just in a rendition of that play, playing one of the five Ariels.) 

Lily and Apollo have a lot in common, but before they can find their HEA, he has to find his voice, discover who really killed his friends, and who framed him for their murders. 

I enjoyed this very much. Ms. Hoyt's characters aren't stupid. They talk about their issues, well, when they have a voice! She doesn't just throw plot devices out there to extend the manuscript. The supporting characters here, her son, the maid, Apollo's co-owners of the pleasure garden and his in-laws are all a joy to read.

Happily, book 8 in this series, Dearest Rogue, comes out tomorrow, 5/26/2015! I'll have my review up then.

I highly recommend this book to lovers of historical romance.

Elizabeth Hoyt, USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of historical romance, including reader favorite, The Raven Prince. She also writes deliciously fun contemporary romance under the name Julia Harper. Born in New Orleans, but raised in the frigid winters of Saint Paul, Minnesota, Elizabeth was fortunate to travel extensively when she was growing up and lived in St. Andrews, Scotland; Oxford England; and Kawasaki, Japan. She went to the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where she not only earned a degree in anthropology but also met Mr. Hoyt. Some years later, after a short pause to birth and raise two children, Elizabeth realized that she really wasn't qualified to do anything but Make up Stories and started writing.

Elizabeth now lives in central Illinois with a bevy of untrained canines, a garden in constant need of weeding, and, of course, Mr. Hoyt.

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