Review: Lord of Darkness by Elizabeth Hoyt


Lord of Darkness (Maiden Lane, #5) by Elizabeth Hoyt
Grand Central Publishing (February 26, 2013)

Rating: B
Heat: Hot

Heroine: Margaret Reading – Lady, Married
Hero: Godric St. John – Older Man, Vigilante
Setting: England



Lady Margaret Reading has been absent for two years while she mourned the death of her lover, as well as grief due to her miscarriage. She’s been absent from London and absent from her marriage. A marriage in name only, made while she was still pregnant, so her reputation and the baby’s wouldn’t suffer. Now Megs has returned to London—to seduce her husband and to murder the Ghost of St. Giles. Who happen to be one and the same.

Godric St. John is also in mourning… and has been for years. The loss of his wife has made him cold and vacant and unmoving. He’s utterly alone and has been moldering away with his butler and manservant Moulder. Until Megs sweeps into his home out of the blue with her sunny, rambling personality and turns his life completely upside down.

When Godric realizes exactly why Megs has invaded his life—her desire to have a baby of her own—Godric’s walls of ice start to melt. Both Gordic and Megs have to let go of their grief and start living. What better (and incredibly fun) way to do that than by creating a life together?

Megs and Godric’s love takes some time. The emotions and feelings are slow to develop but, when they do, it’s both tender and yet still filled with distance. It takes a lot to break down both of their walls. I was rooting for them the entire time. Waiting for them to give in and move on and let go. It was definitely worth the wait.

The one thing I wasn’t exactly thrilled about was the return of the lassie snatchers. I would’ve liked to have had a different villain(s) in this book, instead of the same as in Thief of Shadows. But, at the same time, I can see why it was necessary. Godric, Megs, Roger’s murder, it all ties into the threads that were first started in the previous book. And I am happy with the way everything was resolved.

Lord of Darkness is a slow and sweet romance between two people who forgot how to live. And, while it.has a more serious and somber tone throughout, it still had many oddly funny moments. The way that Megs first sees Godric is hilarious—she believes him to be old and crotchety, and practically senile, at 37. It was so funny. This may not be my favorite book in the series, but it was still wonderful. And I absolutely cannot wait for the next book! The last of the Ghost of St. Giles will meet his match!

Favorite Quote:

His fingers were cool as they wrapped around hers, and she froze, looking at him before he dropped her hand again as if her warmth had burned him.
He licked his lips, and if she didn’t know better, she’d say that Godric was nervous. “I actually came out here to tell you something.”
She tilted her head in inquiry. “Yes?”
”I’ve decided”—he focused those clear gray eyes on her face—“I’d like to consummate our marriage tonight.”


Thoughts While Reading:

46.0% - "Yes, Megs, Godric has pretty much one foot in the grave. Practically senile at the very old age of 37. ;)"


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