New Captivating Release by Elizabeth Hoyt
Duke of Pleasure is a captivating, well-written, historical fiction romance.
Alf never lived anywhere beyond the stinking streets of St. Giles. The crime-infested area was home to Alf until she met and fell in love with the Duke of Kyle. The Duke hired her as an informant and brought her under his protection and into his home. He didn’t know, however, that Alf was not a male because that’s how Alf presented herself. During the day Alf dressed as a boy and worked the streets for her employers. Aristocrats, like the Duke of Kyle, hired her to spy and gather information. At night; however, Alf disguised herself as the mysterious Ghost of St. Giles and fought murderers, rapists, and thieves. She was fast on her feet and proficient with a sword. The Duke informed Alf that someone was trying to kill him. She knew this, of course, because she had fought his assailants, alongside him, dressed as the Ghost of St. Giles. All had gone well, that night, until the Duke kissed her.
Alf hid her heart. She knew that falling in love with anyone, especially a Duke would only bring her pain. If the Duke ever discovered that the woman he kissed, the Ghost of St. Giles, was the same person he hired as his male informant, he would be livid, and Alf’s heart would break into a million pieces. Secrets, however, have a way of becoming unearthed at the worse possible moments.
The Duke of Pleasure is an emotionally charged, character-driven, engrossing novel. It has a well-thought-out plot and realistic dialogue. I loved the story and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys historical fiction romance.
Many thanks to the publisher, and NetGalley, for my complimentary advanced review copy.
~5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover