Monday, August 2, 2010

Book Blog Tour, Review, and Giveaway: Wicked Intentions by Elizabeth Hoyt

From the New York Times bestselling author of To Desire a Devil comes this thrilling tale of danger, desire, and dark passions.

Infamous for his wild, sensual needs, Lazarus Huntington, Lord Caire, is searching for a savage killer in St. Giles, London's most notorious slum. Widowed Temperance Dews knows St. Giles like the back of her hand-she's spent a lifetime caring for its inhabitants at the foundling home her family established. Now that home is at risk . . .

Caire makes a simple offer-in return for Temperance's help navigating the perilous alleys of St. Giles, he will introduce her to London's high society so that she can find a benefactor for the home. But Temperance may not be the innocent she seems, and what begins as cold calculation soon falls prey to a passion that neither can control--one that may well destroy them both.

My review:
February 1737
A woman abroad in St. Giles at midnight was either very foolish or very desperate. Or, as in her own case, Temperance Dews reflected wryly, a combination of both.

"Tis said the Ghost of St. Giles haunts on nights like this," Nell Jones, Temperance's maidservant, said chattily as she skirted a noxious puddle in the narrow alley. Temperance glanced dubiously at her. Nell had spent three years in a traveling company of actors and sometimes had a tendency toward melodrama.

"There's no ghost haunting St. Giles," Temperance replied firmly. The cold winter night was frightening enough without the addition of specters.

The excerpt is from the first page of the novel and it captured my attention with just that short introduction. Hoyt brings alive the city of London, the book's characters, and the idea of whether the ghost of St. Giles is really haunting the streets, all while mixing in passionate romance. I must say that I rarely read romance novels because I just don't find that I get captured up in the story the way I like to. However, I thoroughly enjoyed Wicked Intentions. The story did capture my mind, the romance scenes were steamy but not over the top, and the writing was really good. I recommend this book to all readers, but beware, you have a bit of a wait for the sequel-Notorious Pleasures-which will be published in February 2011. But that does give you time to read and re-read Wicked Intentions many times before then. Enjoy!

I have five copies of this book to giveaway. Please leave a comment below about why you like to read romance novels. Be sure to leave an email so I can contact you if you are a winner. The contest is open to US and Canada and winners will be chosen on August 6.

About the Author:
Elizabeth Hoyt is a USA Today bestselling author of historical romance. She also writes deliciously fun contemporary romance under the name Julia Harper. Elizabeth lives in central Illinois with three untrained dogs, two angelic but bickering children, and one long-suffering husband. Please visit her websites for chapter excerpts, book extras, and author appearances: and

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  1. Thanks for the contest! I love to read historicals because I want to escape from my life for awhile.

    lusteewench at gmail dot com

  2. Oh wow.. why.. The escape from real life.. The fact that a romance novel will pull every emotion from you and make you want to read it again! They are awesome!

    Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  3. I like to read romance novels because I'm a romantic at heart--love walks on the beach, candlelit dinners, lots of cuddling. Also, almost always, they have a happy ending. Well, I guess it's a happy beginning because the couple is usually starting out a new life.

    meredithfl at gmail dot com

  4. Firstly, I am a big Hoyt fan. I have read every historical she's written. 'Wicked Intentions' looks to be a great start to a fabulous new series.

    I love to read romance novels because they are like fairy tales for adults and I don't mind a bit of dreaming now & then. :-)

    jenma76 at hotmail dot com

  5. Please I would like to read this book.

    I like to read happy endings.

  6. I like to read romance novels because I'm a romantic at heart and love romance :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!

  7. I love reading romances because they're an escape from everyday life and I love the HEA. Thanks for the giveaway!


  8. i love reading romances because i love love stories and happily ever afters. also reading is a good escape from the world. thanks for this contest!


  9. I can't wait to read this book.
    Why I read romance or any book is for the escape and to read about a HEA.

  10. Please include me. I love romance books for the escape I get. I can leave my busy life for alittle while and live a new one!

    dcf_beth at verizon dot net

  11. I like reading romances because they are a nice escape. They give you the opportunity to live vicariously (sp?)through the characters.

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

  12. I like to read romance novels because they relax me and I can escape the everyday life!