Thursday, February 28, 2013

Review: Lord of Darkness by Elizabeth Hoyt

He lives in the shadows. As the mysterious masked avenger known as the Ghost of St. Giles, Godric St. John's only goal is to protect the innocent of London. Until the night he confronts a fearless young lady pointing a pistol at his head-and realizes she is his wife . . .
Lady Margaret Reading has vowed to kill the Ghost of St. Giles-the man who murdered her one true love. Returning to London, and to the man she hasn't seen since their wedding day, Margaret does not recognize the man behind the mask. Fierce, commanding, and dangerous, the notorious Ghost of St. Giles is everything she feared he would be-and so much more . . .

When passion flares, these two intimate strangers can't keep from revealing more of themselves than they had ever planned. But when Margaret learns the truth-that the Ghost is her husband-the game is up and the players must surrender . . . to the temptation that could destroy them both.

The previous book in this series, Thief of Shadows, wasn't as enjoyable as I had hoped.  So I began Lord of Darkness with some trepidation, especially given that Godric St. John had been a minor character in previous books, and little was known about him.   I am so very glad I went into this book with an open mind.  

Godric St. John won me over.  100%.  

He's a very unusual hero: he's a widower, not particularly handsome, Megs even calls him old (Godric is 37), he loved his first wife, Clara, and loves her still -- desperately.  He's dark, moody, and not because it suits a purpose other than to comfort him because he is alone by choice.  Having been blackmailed in marrying Lady Margaret Reading, he's fine to go about his days while she lives in the country.  And he is above all a gentlemen who welcomes Megs to his London home as if she were merely on a shopping trip rather than a two-year absence.  

Megs has a single goal in mind when she returns to London: to find her deceased fiance's killer -- the Ghost of St. Giles.  She hangs on to what a life with Roger and their child might have been like, unable to move on.  Godric knows a portion of this pain, yet he is able to safely let go of his love for Clara and embrace a future with Megs.  

The subplot featuring Artemis Greaves, companion to Lady Penelope, and the Duke of Wakefield looks to be a good one.  Their story will play out in Duke of Midnight (October 2013). 

(A very special thank you to Forever Romance, Hachette Book Group, and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of Lord of Darkness.)

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