Duke of Sin, the tenth book in Elizabeth Hoyt’s Maiden Lane series, follows the romance between a profligate Duke and his indomitable housekeeper as they investigate extortion and shady dealings.
Bridget Crumb is not your typical housekeeper. Keeping her identity under wraps, Bridget is secretly gathering incriminating evidence against her employer, Valentine Napier, the infamous Duke of Montgomery. Her aristocratic mother is one of many on Val's blackmailing list, and Bridget is determined to bring him down.
Val doesn't trust anyone, and that includes Bridget. Although he has plenty of evidence to fire Bridget, Val keeps her employed, as he is absolutely enamored with the strong-willed and outspoken housekeeper. Dark secrets lurk behind the Duke's extortions, but against all odds, love slowly blooms between Val and Bridget, especially when they discover that they have more in common than expected.
Hoyt has created two dynamic characters within the realm of harsh aristocratic power ploys in Regency-era London. Duke of Sin is filled with awkward, flirtatious and quirky dialogue that masterfully captures the lovers’ playful clashes—often to hilarious effect. Of course, romance stories are not without their intimate moments, and Hoyt includes a delicious collection of hot and steamy scenes. A wonderful balance of comedy and pathos, Hoyt's latest is a deeply satisfying read.