Title: Wicked Intentions
Author: Elizabeth Hoyt
Published: August 1st 2010
Source: Received for review from Netgalley
So I was still on my quest to find a romance book that I’ll enjoy when I came across this book on Netgalley! The synopsis like it was something better suited for me, being a blend of romance, historical fiction, crime thriller and having some aspect of fantasy…
Here’s the synopsis from Goodreads:
A man controlled by his desires…
Infamous for his wild, sensual needs, Lazarus Huntington, Lord Caire, is searching for a savage killer in St. Giles, London’s most notorious slum. Widowed Temperance Dews knows St. Giles like the back of her hand— she’s spent a lifetime caring for its inhabitants at the foundling home her family established. Now that home is at risk.
A woman haunted by her past…
Caire makes a simple offer—in return for Temperance’s help navigating the perilous alleys of St. Giles, he will introduce her to London’s high society so that she can find a benefactor for the home. But Temperance may not be the innocent she seems, and what begins as cold calculation soon falls prey to a passion that neither can control—one that may well destroy them both.
A bargain neither could refuse.
Let me first address that Lord Lazarus is so like Christian Grey (from Fifty Shades of Grey) I thought I started reading the wrong book! If this book hadn’t been published around a year before FSoG I definitely would’ve thought she drew some inspiration from there or vice versa!
World Building: I actually really liked this aspect in the book, we start off with the main character Temperance in the streets of St Giles at night. Elizabeth Hoyt really set the vibe/atmosphere for the rest of the book within the first few pages. Immediately I knew I was going to whizz through this book.
Characters: I’ll be honest, for a while the interactions between Lord Lazarus and Temperance felt a little awkward and uncomfortable. You could tell the author was trying to hint something, but as a reader I just couldn’t pick up what that was! BUT as you read on you see a little development in Caires character, which made for some development in their relationship. If I’m honest my main interest was following the murder story…
I would probably classify this as a guilty pleasure read, simply because there were a few aspects of the story were questionable. But I generally enjoyed reading the book, I flew through it maybe in one or two sittings! Let me know in the comments what books you enjoyed reading that you would classify as a ‘guilty pleasure’!