Duke of Pleasure

Duke of Pleasure

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When Alf, who disguises herself as a boy and deals out noctural justice as the vigilante Ghost of St. Giles, saves the life of the Duke of Kyle, he hires her to investigate the notorious Lords of Chaos, threatening her deception.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781455539123
Characteristics: 309 pages ; 18 cm.


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Oct 24, 2019

Totally agree it was smutty. It did not need to be. Alf is from the streets, true, but it could have been more romantic and less pointlessly vulgar (case in point, the blow job while escaping the bad guys and Kyle is actually conversing with the bad guys, then hands her a hanky--what a moment to throw up. It was so badly contrived first of all, and secondly, it stopped the action unnaturally, unlike when she used a similar tactic in the Megs/St. John romance. It was still a little vulgar then, but at least it made sense as their cover.) However, I did like the action and the Cinderella moments, especially when Alf goes to St. John. St. John is a wonderful character. Truly a gentleman and a hero. The three loyal agents working for Kyle were pleasant additions to the world of the book. It has a fantastic opening scene and when Alf pretends to catch the stars when sitting on the roof, I pictured it so clearly and I loved her. I think Hoyt should not undermine her own good moments. It is her style choice, of course, but that is why I wouldn't give it more than 3.5-4 stars as my personal impression.

May 15, 2019

Has a good story but I prefer more communication than narration. Don't enjoy when the heroine disguises herself as a boy. Then ending leaves a few questions to be answered but I'll now have to track down the next book entitled Duke of Desire to answer them. A good read none the less.

Oct 24, 2017

Why would someone pick up a book titled the Duke of Pleasure and think there would be no love scenes? This is the story of a woman who was abandoned on the streets of a slum when she was five years old. She longs for a sense of normalcy. She dreams of a husband and children but feels they can never be hers because of her beginnings. I found nothing perverse in this book. Alf saves the Duke's life and they work together to bring down a depraved society of noblemen. I found them to be admirable and interesting characters. I would recommend this book.

Aug 21, 2017

Unlike her earlier books, this one is disgusting with numerous graphic descriptions of perverse sexual acts. They do not add to the story. They are just there to tittilate readers with a taste for them. What a pity that such a fine writer should descend to writing smut.

Jan 09, 2017

In Duke of Pleasure, we get a blast from the past, with a special visit from the Ghost of St. Giles, and already, I was happy to be reading this book. Also, no secret agendas or terrible backstories. What you see is what you get, which brought some lightness to the story.


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