|Title:||Thief of Shadows|
|Publisher:||Grand Central Publishing|
|Imprint:||Grand Central Publishing|
|Pub Date:||June 26, 2012|
|Category:||FICTION – ADULT: Romance: Historical|
The fourth novel in Elizabeth Hoyt’s sensuous New York Times bestselling Maiden Lane Series!
Three men who made a sacred pact years before: to defend and protect the innocent of St. Giles-no matter the cost to themselves.
During the day Winter Makepeace is a mild mannered schoolmaster and the manager of the Home for Unfortunate Infants and Foundling Children. But at night he transforms into the Ghost of St. Giles-a masked avenger dressed in a harlequin’s motley and sinister mask, wielding his swords with deadly accuracy.
Lady Isabel Beckinhall is a society widow, known for her exquisite taste and her sophisticated parties. Her elegant façade hides a secret hurt-Isabel is barren. When Isabel becomes a member of the Ladies’ Syndicate for the Benefit of the Home for Unfortunate Infants and Foundling Children she soon clashes with the severely monastic, terribly solemn-and quite distractingly intriguing-manager, Mr. Makepeace. Unfortunately Mr. Makepeace has decided that Isobel is a frivolous and air-headed merry widow-a misassumption that Isobel is in no particular hurry to correct.
When the infamous Ghost of St. Giles is wounded while rescuing a notorious pirate from the gallows, Isabel has no choice but to hide the ghost from a ravenous mob. Searching for his wounds, she strips the unconscious Ghost-discovering a muscular young man in the process. The Ghost wakes and prevents her from removing his mask. She tends him through a long night and he leaves at dawn, but not before stealing a kiss-and Isabel’s imagination.
Winter is haunted by this glimpse of the tender-and sensuous-side of Lady Beckinhall, but he knows that they are too far apart socially to ever be together. He resolves to put her out of his mind. But when Isabel is tasked with putting some social polish on Winter, they are thrown into each other’s company and his resolve is tested. Isabel discovers that the schoolmaster isn’t entirely humorless and Winter finds that a fine mind is hidden beneath Isabel’s frivolity.
But when a relentless dragoon captain begins hunting the Ghost of St. Giles, Winter must decide if he can trust his secret, his life-and his
This book is one that once you start you will not want to stop reading. Isabel and Winter are a perfect match for each other, though it takes time for them to see this and to accept this. Add into the mix a medling Lady who wants to take Winters’ job away from him. So Isabel becomes Winters’ tutor. Winter cares for people very deeply, and because of this he has dedicated himself to the children of St Giles, and he means to protect them to the best of his ability. Even is this means acting like a monk and swearing off any dalliances with women or even thinking about marrying. Winter is a very unique character, he might not have all the social polish that the Ladies’ Syndicate for the Benefit of the Home for Unfortunate Infants and Foundling Children might want. But Winter had other things on his mind, like protecting the children he cares for. Isabel as a widow has a lot of freedom that other women don’t have, but she also has secrets that she keeps in order to protect herself. This book tells a wonderful journey as both Winter and Isabel grow and come together. The challenges that they face are not just because she is a Lady and he is the son of a brewer, but more complicated. Thankfully Winter and Isabel compliment each other and can help one another to be the best that they can possibly be. I really did enjoy this book and I think that you will too.
Over all rating: 4 /5 Stars
Thanks to NetGalley and the Publisher for a copy of this book to review.