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  • Taschenbuch: 352 Seiten
  • Verlag: Grand Central Publishing (14. Oktober 2014)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1455586307
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455586301
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 10,8 x 2,5 x 17,1 cm
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"Hoyt's exquisitely nuanced characters, vividly detailed setting, and seemingly effortless and elegant writing provide the splendid material from which she fashions yet another ravishingly romantic love story."―Booklist (starred review)

"4 1/2 Stars! Top Pick! Darling Beast is wondrous, magical and joyous -- a read to remember."―RT Book Reviews

"Richly drawn characters fill the pages of this emotionally charged mix of mystery and romance."―Publishers Weekly on Duke of Midnight

"4 1/2 Stars! Top Pick! There is enchantment in the Maiden Lane series, not just the fairy tales Hoyt infuses into the memorable romances, but the wonder of love combined with passion, unique plotlines and unforgettable characters. In Duke of Midnight, Hoyt takes a stiff, cold duke - think Batman - and turns him into a vulnerable hero, then pairs him with a bold, unconventional tigress of a heroine so they can fight together. If the end is any indication, Hoyt's ready to gift us with more."―RT Book Reviews

"Lord of Darkness...illuminates Hoyt's boundless imagination... readers will adore this story."―RT Book Reviews

"Hoyt's writing is imbued with great depth of emotion ...Heartbreaking ... an edgy tension-filled plot."―Publishers Weekly

"I adore the Maiden Lane series, and this fifth book is a very welcome addition to the series . . . [It's] sexy and sweet all at the same time . . . This can be read as a standalone, but I adore each book in this series and encourage you to start from the beginning."―USA Today's Happy Ever After Blog

"Lord of Darkness is classic Elizabeth Hoyt, meaning it's unique, engaging, and leaves readers on the edge of their seats, waiting for the next book . . . an incredible addition to the fantastic Maiden Lane series. I Joyfully Recommend Godric and Megs's tale, for it's an amazing, well-crafted story with an intriguing plot and a lovely, touching romance that I want to enjoy again and again and again . . . simply enchanting!"―JoyfullyReviewed.com

"Beautifully written . . . a truly fine piece of storytelling and a novel that deserves to be read and enjoyed."―TheBookBinge.com

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Elizabeth Hoyt is the New York Times bestselling author of over seventeen lush historical romances including the Maiden Lane series. Publishers Weekly has called her writing "mesmerizing." She also pens deliciously fun contemporary romances under the name Julia Harper. Elizabeth lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with three untrained dogs, a garden in constant need of weeding, and the long-suffering Mr. Hoyt.

The winters in Minnesota have been known to be long and cold and Elizabeth is always thrilled to receive reader mail. You can write to her at: P.O. Box 19495, Minneapolis, MN 55419 or email her at: Elizabeth@ElizabethHoyt.com.

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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von LadyLena am 1. Mai 2015
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Ich weiß dass die Rezensionen für dieses Buch sehr unterschiedlich ausfallen. Und eine zeitlang habe ich mich mit dem Kauf zurück gehalten, um einen weitere Fehlkauf zu vermeiden.
Aber irgendwas drängte mich dann doch dazu, und ich bin wirklich froh darum.

Ich komme einfach immer wieder zu den Büchern von Elizabeth Hoyt zurück. Es gibt kaum andere Autorinnen, nicht nur in diesem Genre, die ich überhaupt noch ertragen kann zu lesen.

Hoyt schreibt einfach mit einem ganz subtilen Charme... und subtilem Witz, den ich sehr zu schätzen weiß. Der einfach alles so unheimlich sympathisch macht.
Oft ist es sehr fein beschriebene Situationskomik, was nicht sonderlich leicht ist.

Und in diesem Buch ist davon mehr als in ihren anderen enthalten. Es erinnerte mich stark an ihren Debutroman (Ravenprince), mein bisher liebster von allen.
Allerdings wird das noch getoppt. Dazube trägt der Hund, der in einem Buch von ihr nicht fehlen darf, in diesem Fall 'the silliest dog in the world'- Daffodil, Asa Makepeace und das Trio um ihn, den Helden Apollo (oder Appollo? Ich kann mit nicht erinnern) und den Duke of .... weiß ich auch nicht mehr, jedenfalls ist er ein Teilhaber an Hartes Folley, dem abgebrannten Lustgraten/Theater, das Apollo gehört und das er aufbauen hilft.

Die Storyline ist nichts Besonderes, den sexuellen Aspekt finde ich, wie bei allen ihren Büchern, viel, viel, viel zu ausgeprägt. Nichts desto trotz habe ich die Geschichte sehr genossen. Sie ist emotional, ohne kitschig zu werden und nicht so künstlich aufgeblasen durch abgedroschene Romanzentropes.

Ich empfand das Buch deswegen als recht stiefmütterlich bewertet.
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Innerhalb der Maidenlane Reihe nicht die schönste Geschichte, wenn auch zügig und abwechslungsreich, ganz im Stile Hoyts, zu lesen. Leider sind die Charaktere nicht ganz so tiefgründig ausgeführt wie in den vorherigen Büchern. Kurz zur Geschichte: Ein junger Mann zu Unrecht verurteilt für Mord und eingesperrt, flieht aus dem Gefängnis und lebt in einem abgebrannten Theater. Sprechen kann er aufgrund einer schweren Misshandlung im Gefängnis nicht mehr. Im Theater lebt weiterhin eine Schauspielerin mit ihrem Sohn und der Haushälterin. Man trifft sich und sofort sprühen die Funken. Nach einigen Hindernissen wird alles wie gewohnt gut.
Der Weg dahin ist jedoch nicht wie gewohnt spannend und voll überraschender Wendungen. Dennoch ist es ein solides Buch, welches ich gern las.
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lange gewartet auf apollos geschichte leider aber sehr umstaendlich geschrieben neue personen die keine andere funktion haben als neue buecher einzuleiten hauptpersonen bleiben blass nicht hoyts uebliches niveau hoffen wir bei phoebe und james findet die autorin zu alter form zurueck
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and I was just delighted with this one 19. Oktober 2014
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I have read the whole series, and I was just delighted with this one! Especially delightful aspects: -strong, independent heroine who can do the things she does in the book because she is a "breeches role" actress, and there were such actresses in the day, so you don't worry constantly about grating anachronisms. -totally hunky hero who reminds one of The Princess Bride's Wesley, in terms of physical strength, daring-do, and sly, irreverent humor. -adorable kid and dog who do rambunctious things in a realistic way, and don't just end up as sentimental props -return visits by characters from previous novels that are fun. (Don't you hate that when people come back from previous novels in a series, and all they do is gaze lovingly at each other and their offspring?)

Also, for those who have read other books in the series, and I'm guessing a lot of us reading this one have read the others, I love how this one adds further to the variety of moods, styles, and areas of focus that are included. This is so unlike the moody earlier pieces (I love those as well), or the really strenuous grieving of Books 5 and 6--it's charming to see these characters romping around and having fun. And it's not that this is a shallow book--it's just that these people can live deep, worthwhile, and interesting lives, face conflict, fall in love, and so on, and still maintain witty repartee.

Really, hats off, Elizabeth Hoyt! It's your best yet!
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Bold, Emotional Story 14. Oktober 2014
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A man wrongly imprisoned, in hiding and keeping secrets to save his life. A woman, desperate to keep her ragtag family together and also keeping secrets. The ruins of a pleasure garden. DARLING BEAST is the story of a rebirth for all of them.

THE STORY: Apollo Greaves,Viscount Kilbourne has escaped from Bedlam where he was imprisoned for four years for the murder of three of his friends. Apollo is lucky that he was not hanged for his "crimes" but rather was committed as criminally insane because of the intervention of the Earl of Brightmore. Apollo suffered greatly during his captivity suffering starvation and beatings and inhumane conditions. He almost died in Bedlam due to a severe beating that robbed Apollo of his ability to speak. Having escaped with the help of his twin sister Artemis and her husband, the Duke of Wakefield, Apollo has been in hiding at the ruins of the pleasure garden known as Harte's Folly. Before his imprisonment, Apollo had invested the little money he had in Harte's Folly. Soon after his escape, Harte's Folly burned to the ground and now Apollo works as a gardener (but few know that he is actually the landscape architect) to rebuild the garden.

Apollo meets Lily Stump who is also living in the ruins with her son, Indio, and a maid servant. Lily is a famed actress Robin Goodfellow and also a secret playwright. She is living in the gardens because the fire also destroyed the theater and she cannot get work until the theater and gardens are restored. When her son sees Apollo, he fears and is fascinated with the "monster" in the garden. The immediate reaction of Lily and Apollo to one another is simple -- each wants the other gone from their sanctuary.

Of course, the two keep being pushed together but before they can have any peace, they must discover the secret of who framed Apollo, save him from Bedlam and also uncover the secret that Lily is harboring.

OPINION: Hoyt has an incredible ability to create deeply emotional stories with bold, unique characters. Usually her books contain a great amount of angst and pain so the romance in this book is almost sweet in comparison. The reason for that is that Lily is the light that bring Apollo out of the half-life he has been living since he was framed for murder. Lily is bright and talented and dedicated to her little family even though she has seen much pain and heartache in her life. That lightness of spirit attracts Apollo who, is clear, values family and meaning and a quiet peaceful life after the horrible years he spent chained.

Despite his past and his painful experiences, Apollo is not really a dark character. He is a gentle giant of a man who is filled with kindness and compassion rather than anger and hate. I loved his character and his deep desire for peace. Once he fixes his attention on Lily, Apollo doesn't worry about the incongruence of a viscount and future earl marrying an actress. In fact, Apollo frets about his plain appearance in comparison to Lily's gamine looks.

Lily is a strong, independent woman who takes care of herself and others. One of the great things about Hoyt's Maiden Lane series is that she crosses all types of social classes. Her books about about dukes and pirates and orphanage managers and actresses and governesses and heiresses. Because of this, her books have a great sense of place and time.

I also appreciated that Lily's son Indio is such an important character in the book. Readers get a real chance to see that Apollo will make a great adoptive father for Indio. Sometimes existing children are only infrequently seen. Here, readers get a chance to see the relationship develop between Indio and Apollo at the same time it develops between Lily and Apollo. By the end of the book, I was convinced that they will make a nice little family together.

The sex between these two was also really hot. Both are experienced and so there is no virginal trepidation to overcome. Both know who and what they want. At the same time, while the scenes are strong and bold and explicit, there isn't anything gratuitous about the scenes - just really hot scenes between two grown experienced adults.

Finally, I really enjoyed seeing some of my favorite characters again including Wakefield and Artemis, Hero and Phoebe. We get to learn more about Captain Trevillion in preparation for his and Phoebe's book DARLING ROGUE which is next up in the series. Readers also get a good look at the Duke of Montgomery who has a very mysterious past and present and is up to something. Readers should not be fooled by his foppish appearance because Hoyt has made such characters very dangerous (see THE SERPENT PRINCE). I'm looking forward to learning more about him and his motives.

WORTH MENTIONING: I loved that Apollo refers to Maximus, the Duke of Wakefield, as "His Grace the Ass" because while I loved Artemis and Maximus's book, he is kind of an ass!

FINAL DECISION: I love this book. I would read it again (and I've already read it twice). I also look forward to the unveiling of the mysteries that this book sets up regarding the motives of the Duke of Montgomery.

CONNECTED BOOKS: DARLING BEAST is the seventh book in the Maiden Lane series. It can be read independently of the other books in the series, but I recommend that a reader at least read DUKE OF MIDNIGHT because it introduces Apollo and provides the setup for DARLING BEAST.

STAR RATING: I give this book 4.5 stars.
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Wonderful historical romance 14. Oktober 2014
Von Pamerd - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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4.5 Stars!

Lily Stump is an out of work actress, living in the ruins of the grand theater, Harte’s Folly. With her son Indio and her friend and former nursemaid Maude, they are trying to eke out a living with the help of Asa Makepeace, also known as Mr. Harte. She realizes the gardens are inhabited by another and she is leery and worried for her son because as they get to know Apollo she finds he is an enigma and is not sure what to think.

Apollo is in hiding; he is wanted for murder but he has good friends and a loving sister that want to help clear his name. He is a wiz at gardening and loves the feel of working with the land, so his friend Asa has him cleaning up his theater and creating an amazing maze. After he meets Lily he tries to stay away but her precocious son wants to become friends. When the authorities find him, he escapes and disappears to find his accusers. Lily meets him again at an estate she is performing at and his friends face danger as they try to solve the murder mystery.

This is another engaging addition to the Maiden Lane series. I have read each one and have enjoyed the mystery, danger and suspense they all bring to this happy reader.

Apollo is a wonderful hero; he has never wanted to assume the role of a Viscount, he is a man who enjoys working with the land, creating gardens that will delight a visitor. It was torture for him to while in that hell for four years and you can feel his emotions while he relishes the outdoors and the dirt in his hands. He suffered so much in Bedlam and is still affected by the torture, beatings and confinement he experienced. At the story’s beginning he is still unable to talk because of his most recent beating, and it makes the relationship between Lily and Apollo that much more endearing to read about.

I like Lily, she is an unusual heroine and she has had it rough these past few years, she was blacklisted for going with Harte’s theater group and lost all prospects of employment but she is resilient and still strives for more. Her son Indio is a delight, I love his curiosity and thoughtfulness with others and enjoyed that he is featured so much during the story and his friendship with Apollo is priceless. Her brother Edwin is a sleaze and treats her poorly, but she understands she lives in unforgiving times for women, yet what he did for her in the end makes me happy with how the relationship between the two ends up.

The attraction between Lily and Apollo is apparent, they dance around each other for most of the book as she does not know who he is and he is still dealing with the murder accusations but you can tell they feel something special for each other. And when they do get together the scenes sizzle and I adore the witty conversations they have. The mystery of the murders and why someone framed Apollo is interesting and I like the twist that had me guessing until the end. The secondary characters are pivotal and make interesting entanglements; I am still not sure what to make of the Duke of Montgomery, he is definitely an interesting man and of course Captain Trevillon and the lovely Lady Phoebe will have an exciting story to tell.

The pace of the book works well, we enjoy watching the relationship grow as Lily and Apollo get to know each other, the pace picks up when the world finds out that Apollo is still alive and living in the area and of course the danger is apparent while he tries to clear his name and the truth comes out. I do miss the St Giles story line a bit and I am not sure if it is finished at part of this series, I so enjoyed the mystery of the Ghost in several books. This is a must read of those that are keeping up with this series, and I also recommend it to those that enjoy historical romances with a tortured hero and an amazing romance. This is the seventh in the series but it can easily be read as a standalone as the author updates the reader about important instances.

Review also posted at Ramblings from a Chaotic Mind

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Rather Boring ---Boring 28. Oktober 2014
Von BarbaraJean - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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When I read the first book by Elizabeth Hoyt, "The Raven Prince, I was so excited to find a wonderful new writer who wrote a terrific book. Great dialog, good plot and the scene at Aphrodite's Grotto between Anna and de Raaf--wonderful, sensuous, even erotic. The next two books in the series, "The Leopard Prince" and "The Serpent Prince" were equally good. Some of her following stories were very readable, but as this Maiden Lane series has gone on, the tales have become weaker, finally ending with the boring "Darling Beast". I cannot believe the same person wrote all the books, as "Beast" has so many flaws I cannot begin to list them all. The sex scenes are just mechanics, no real passion or giving the reader a feeling they can understand the attraction between the couple. The main story (there was a story, right?) was confusing to me and some paragraphs I needed to read over to grasp what the author was telling me. Many paragraphs repeated the same general knowledge. Usually I read Elizabeth's books in a day, however, today is day three and I still have not completed the book; that should tell you something. Many times I read four and five star reviews and wonder if I read the same book. Am I too critical? A book should have good dialog, have people one becomes invested in, be true to the period in which it was written and keep on track with the central theme with out too many side distractions. This was a book I should have passed on.
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Darling Beast and my Beastly Expectations 2. November 2014
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I am all caught up with this series and waited with anxious impatience anticipation for the release of her sixth book in the Maiden Lane series. “Darling Beast” is very good, however, it did not live up to the expectations set by the last book “Duke of Midnight” which was 5 stars for me. “Darling Beast” picks up right where the last book left off with Apollo hiding out in the ruined gardens of Harte’s Folly where he meets Lily Stump, an actress that Mr. Harte, or rather Asa Makepeace, has let stay.

Both Apollo and Lily have fallen on tough times and find themselves in this pleasure garden that is in the process of being rebuilt. The interaction between them is interesting because it is as if the garden is a pretend world where class and status don’t mean anything. Apollo is trying to hide who he is as he is still wanted by the law and Lily is an actress and of lower status than Apollo. If they had met outside in society, they would not have the opportunity they have in the garden to fall in love. It is a sweet revelation for the two of them to come to act on their attraction despite the circumstances they find themselves in.

Their love scenes were on the rough side from the get-go and a departure from her other stories in this series. Do the downtrodden have rougher sex I wonder? I am not a prude but my eyebrows rose a few times.

Although, the author is good at developing her characters and letting the reader into their psyche, I had an extremely hard time picturing Apollo. He was described as having “hit six feet at age fifteen and topped that by several inches in the fourteen years since. Add to that the width of his shoulders, his massive hands, and a face that his sister had once affectionately compared to a gargoyle’s”. I could not relate to this description well and further descriptions of him included “not handsome” with “craggy” features. I understand this probably lent well to the situation Apollo was in but not really my idea of a hero I want to read about. Of course he had the physique and caring demeanor to give him an attractive appeal and he was assertive in his attraction to Lily. He was also sweet to her son and we women know how well that can go in a guy’s favor.

The secondary characters in this book were not all that interesting. Captain Tremillion, who has appeared in each book, was more prominent at Phoebe Battten’s guard/caretaker, but is grouchy all the time and juxtaposed to Phoebe’s cheerfulness. Captain Tremillion comes to see Apollo’s innocence a bit too quickly in my opinion that you wonder why Apollo is still being sought by the law if it was that easy for the Captain to figure out.

There are a hodgepodge of people in this story with little background who were not developed enough to keep the reader engaged. The Duke of Montgomery is an odd character. References to his collecting people and his insistence on helping Apollo so he can get his garden finished seemed to foreshadow that an ulterior motive might be revealed and then none occurred. Lily’s brother was a distraction as well and kind of swarmy. Indio was sweet, but what kind of name is Indio in the early 1800’s?

These were some of my gripes with the book and why it was a 3 star and not a 5. However, I love this series and am eager for the next book!
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