Notorious Pleasures by Elizabeth Hoyt Review

Lady Hero Batten, the daughter of a Duke, has been raised to be proper in all things, comportment, behavior, speech and thought. In Notorious Pleasures by Elizabeth Hoyt, Lady Hero has become engaged to a proper man, then she meets his rakehell younger brother St. Giles and all her proper behavior goes out the window as he upsets her within the first five minutes of meeting him.

Griffin Rmmington has worked hard to present a façade of a rakehell to society, little do they know he has worked hard to bring his family back from the brink of bankruptcy. While the family is now financially solvent, Griffin feels the need to defend the family’s business interests when it falls under attack from competitors. Griffin is having a hard time juggling his façade and the family business and then he meets Lady Hero and finds himself having to protect her when she travels into the dangerous St. Giles area to oversee the rebuilding of the orphanage she sponsors.

I had some problems with the beginning of this novel, Griffin and Hero meet for the first time while Griffin is having sex with another woman. While the scene is humorous, I really struggled to see why the proper Hero was attacked to Griffin when this is how they met. It is one thing for man to have a reputation as a womanizer but another thing altogether to see him in the act.  Getting past that rough beginning, I was very intrigued by the direction the story took by addressing the gin problem that developed in the lower class during the 1700s. Hoyt’s portrayal of both the aristocracy belief and justification for dealing with the problem and the lower classes reactions and persecution was intriguing and heartbreaking. The other issue I had with this novel was the use of the “F” word by Griffin, while the etymology credits the creation of the word in the 1600s I just struggle to believe that a aristocratic lord would use the word in mixed company in the 1700s.  I gave Notorous Pleasures a 3 in liking because I felt the great story of the orphanage and the gin distribution outweighed the issues I had with the novel.

You can read an excerpt here.

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Title: Notorious Pleasures

Author: Elizabeth Hoyt

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 400

ISBN: 978-0446558952

Publisher: Hachette Publishing

Release Date: February 2011

Available for purchase: Amazon, Barnes & Noble

Reviewer: Jessica

**I received a copy of this book from Hachette Publishing but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

The Mysterious Lady Law by Robert Appleton

Julia Bairstow is shocked and shattered when she discovers her sister’s brutally murdered body. The Mysterious Lady Law by Robert Appleton is a steampunk mystery, after the police are unable to develop any leads in the murder, Lady Law approaches Julia offering to solve the case.  At first Julia is thrilled to have the great detective on the case but as events unfold she starts to wonder if Constable Grant is correct in questioning Lady Law’s methods.

Constable Al Grant has questioned the mysterious Lady Law’s method of getting her answers since she refused to take on a personal case for him. Al feels drawn to Julia and worries that Lady Law is not giving all the  facts when she solves a case. Al decides to keep a close on Julia as she starts to do her own investigation of Lady Law.

I have to admit I partly chose this book because of the book cover, isn’t it fabulous?! Appleton’s description of the steampunk world is brilliant and imaginative. At one point in the story Al and Julia ride an airship to see the launch of an earth moving ship set to travel along Jules Vernon’s path, the description of everything made this one of my favorite scenes. The mystery was great and the end information was interesting regarding Lady Law but I felt that the story got a little convoluted towards the end. After finishing the story I had to stop and think about who had killed Julia’s sister because the story shifts to follow Lady Law’s story line and less about Julia’s sister’s murder. I really enjoyed this story besides that, found the characters intriguing, and loved the descriptions.

Be aware that when the main characters go to confront Lady Law there is an interesting ménage scene, they don’t describe it in detail just mention that it is occurring, which is this novel received the rating that it did.

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Title: The Mysterious Lady Law

Author: Robert Appleton

Format:  eBook

AISN: B004GB1TB8

Publisher: Carina Press

Release Date: January 31, 2011

Available for purchase: Amazon, Carina Press

Reviewer: Jessica

**I received a copy of this book from NetGalley but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.