About the Book:
Devastatingly handsome. Vain. Unscrupulous. Valentine Napier, the Duke of Montgomery, is the man London whispers about in boudoirs and back alleys. A notorious rake and blackmailer, Montgomery has returned from exile, intent on seeking revenge on those who have wronged him. But what he finds in his own bedroom may lay waste to all his plans.
A WOMAN OF HONOR
Born a bastard, housekeeper Bridget Crumb is clever, bold, and fiercely loyal. When her aristocratic mother becomes the target of extortion, Bridget joins the Duke of Montgomery's household to search for the incriminating evidence-and uncovers something far more dangerous.
A SECRET THAT THREATENS TO DESTROY THEM BOTH
Astonished by the deceptively prim-and surprisingly witty-domestic spy in his chambers, Montgomery is intrigued. And try as she might, Bridget can't resist the slyly charming duke. Now as the two begin their treacherous game of cat and mouse, they soon realize that they both have secrets-and neither may be as nefarious-or as innocent-as they appear . . .
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Duke of Marginally Interesting Happenings
Valentine Napier, Duke of Montgomery is a poetic, prissy loon with a huge dong, who is as callous about killing a person as he is about squashing an ant. His character is like a fluttering, too pretty butterfly, flitting from one thing to another. He was so all over the place, I couldn't ground myself in his character, which meant I couldn't really like him.
She was a weak willed snoop who would, one moment, dare to thwart Val's plans, and in the next drool over him. One minute she thought he was evil, and the next she wanted to screw his brains out. She was another narrow, shallow, poorly developed character. I didn't like her either.
So, she wasn't a virgin, and she didn't think it was a big deal that she wasn't. So why do we hear about Val's moment of deflowering but we're left without any inkling as to who took Bridget's cherry? Isn't that something you should share with the man you're supposedly in love with? If you mention it in the story, and make it seem as though it was a mutual attraction with the fellow, don't just LEAVE IT THERE. Who was he, when did it happen, was it good? Was it more than once with the same guy? It seemed that Bridget was more knowledgeable of sexual positions and such, so where did she learn all that? We're told EVERYTHING about Val and his sexual exploits but there's this void of information when it comes to Mrs. Crumb and her sexual past.
It didn't seem fair.
The tension in this book is non-existent. Because the characters are so light-weight, even their sex scenes are blah. Who the HELL is capable of such pretty, frivolous words when all the blood in their body is rushing to their cocks? Val was so flamboyant that his masculinity was constantly in question. He was prettier than the heroine, and went on about having sex with little boys like it was nothing to him. I honestly believed that when he crooked his finger at the footman in the beginning of the book, he planned to have sex with him rather than have him send for hookers.
I was very disappointed with this book, especially since the Duke of Montgomery has been such a villainous character in the other Maiden Lane books. This was a let down. Val is a sociopath who latched onto Mrs. Crumb. Honestly, I think he is a homosexual, hiding in the closet, forcing himself into a heterosexual mold.
Also... I know Ms. Hoyt likes writing unconventionally attractive characters, but the way Val is described, I only ever pictured a little curly-haired cherub in a purple robe, which made it VERY difficult to imagine him naked and in the throes of passion--let alone wielding a knife and disemboweling someone.
I didn't like this one. And for that, I am pissed.