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WHEN A MASKED MAN Twenty years ago Maximus Batten witnessed the brutal murders of his parents Now the autocratic Duke of Wakefield he spends his days ruling Parliament But by night disguised as the Ghost of St Giles he prowls the grim alleys of St Giles ever on the hunt for the murderer One night he finds a fiery woman who meets him toe to toe—and won't back down MEETS HIS MATCH Artemis Greaves toils as a lady's companion but hiding beneath the plain brown serge of her dress is the heart of a huntress When the Ghost of St Giles rescues her from footpads she recognizes a kindred spirit and is intrigued She's even intrigued when she realizes who exactly the notorious Ghost is by day DESIRE IGNITES A DANGEROUS PASSIONArtemis makes a bold move she demands that Maximus use his influence to free her imprisoned brother or she will expose him as the Ghost But blackmailing a powerful duke isn't without risks Now that she has the tiger by the tail can she withstand his ire or the temptation of his embrace?

10 thoughts on “Duke of Midnight

  1. says:

    The first 70% was five stars and then the drama llama reared its ugly head and pissed me off Artemis was awesome and is one of my favorite romance heroines She was strong and confident and I lurved her She took control of her situation in life and didn't care what anyone thought She was too good for Maximus and everyone else around her except for Phoebe who is also awesomeThe smut love scenes were HOT The chemistry was great I loved the banter and the two leads were perfectly matched Artemis was betterAt one point I was ready to lock Maximus up in my harem but his douchery just grated on my final nerve until I was pretty much hating him ASSHOLE It started to be a situation where I found him nonredeemable Which is very very sad considering how much I was LOVING thisPenelope was awful I truly hate her and wish she would be killed off Speaking of another nonredeemable character She used Artemis and is the most selfish person ever So incredibly thoughtless And she has a rich Duke courting her all she cares about is money and status so this should be a great thing for her but she is so superficial she won't take him seriously because he is too oldMaximus was view spoilercontent to keep Artemis as a mistress and was so concerned with his stupid title that he kept refusing to consider being with her because he had to pick someone worthy of him He wanted to keep screwing her while marrying someone better and still keep her on the side hide spoiler

  2. says:

    10152013So I got up at midnight to read this because of course I did Even with a wondrous thing like Thief of Shadows I do always feel a little letdown with this series but I think it's because I am looking forward to each release so much that I'm bound to feel that wayIn this case though there is a pretty basic element that I think is a real problem and here it isview spoilerIt is the end of the book 83% before we get Wakefield's POV during any sexual contact with Artemis including kissing The first kiss scene and three sex scenes have gone on previously all from Artemis's POV I like Artemis but I needed to be in his head earlier I mean I'm a girl I've lost my virginity and had all the various forms of hetero coupling so really it's the dude's POV I reuire from this sort of thing and I did not get it and it actually made me pissy and irritated with Artemis which is irrational HahAnother thing is this three months Wakefield? Artemis is publicly ruined Penelope slapped her and called her a whore in front of half of London If any situation ever called for a special license it's this man THREE DAYS is too much TOMORROW is a bit late How do you know she isn't pregnant? THREE MONTHS? I figure this is because their wedding will be a set piece during Apollo's book but still I do not think there is any way Wakefield would think he can drag this particular situation out three months Plus is he going to rely upon his hand all that time or is he going to keep her on premises? I mean seriously how disrespectful Honestly Maximus it's moments like this when I remember that one time you tried to marry off your sister to a dude that just punched her in the face How can I forgive you for that if you don't prove to me you've changed and grown?Also not thrilled with what is probably Apollo's heroine Really tired of breeches partsheroine masuerading as her male twin I mean I'm assuming but importantly this series has spoiled me wrt prior acuaintance with Hh ie now I expect it So this is me with this heroine hide spoiler

  3. says:

    “Do you want to be mine and only mine away from this cursed world in a place inhabited by just we two?” I had high hopes for Duke of Midnight considering that most of my friends enjoyed it so much and not only did this book not disappoint it exceeded all my expectations I thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful HR story and it pulled me in right from the beginning and firmly held there until the end It's been a while since I read anything that kept me turning pages like crazy This one was so engaging so much so that I stayed up all night to finish itThis is the story of Maximus Duke of Wakefield and Artemis GreavesAfter Artemis lost her parents and her brother had been imprisoned in Bedlam she had become Lady Penelope's companion At first I didn't like Artemis because she looked tough and not so feminine But as the story moved on I gradually understood her better and grew uite fond of her eventuallyMaximus is another dark and complex hero He witnessed the murder of his parents when he was only fourteen Since then he had been haunted by guilt over their death so he'd sworn he would get revenge for them And in trying to find the killer he’d become the Ghost of St Giles One night he saved Artemis and her cousin from the three bad men while these women were wandering the street of St Giles and it was the first time he started to notice her There was something about Artemis that drew him to her in a way that no other woman could doIn my eyes these two were a perfect match for each other When they were together it was like they could be themselves and it looked so natural Their lovemaking was so passionate and scorching Maximus is exactly my kind of hero; he's strong brave smart brooding but so sweet to Artemis My heart completely melted when I saw him this way Just give me Maximus and I will never ask for “You’re mine” he said laying his cheek against hers “Mine and no one else’s”Just the memory of watching her dive into the Thames made his throat close up When he spoke again his voice was rough “Do not think to ever do that to me again Diana Had you not lived I would’ve joined you at the bottom of the Thames I cannot survive without you” All in all this is a great addition to Maiden Lane series It was a remarkable and fun read which I will re read it all over again and again for certain Oh I couldn’t praise this book Loved it

  4. says:

    I have yet to read an Elizabeth Hoyt book I didn't love yet I STILL have only read a handful What is wrong with me?This series is just so so good and I cannot wait to catch up with the rest of these books From the start I really loved Artemis's character and how she was so determined and strong Her brother Apollo was in jail after being falsely accused of killing his three best friends and Artemis is determined to get him free including blackmailing the Ghost of St Giles When Artemis realizes the duke who is currently courting her cousin is the infamous Ghost she threatens to expose his secret if he doesn't help her rescue her brother Along the way Maximus and Artemis grow closer and find it harder and harder to resist each other The chemistry between them was through the roof and I enjoyed how there was a forbidden aspect to it because Artemis was lower class and Maximus was courting her cousin While the romance was at the center of this story we had the two plot lines of our main characters trying to figure something out Artemis wants to free her brother and Maximus needs to hunt down the man who murdered his parents These storylines helped the plot move very uickly and I was never bored during this book Maximus's sister is Phoebe who has book 8 in the series and I've already read and ADORED that book I loved getting to see her again in this book and really loved how close she was with her brother Now I can't wait to read the rest of this series and swoon over even characters

  5. says:

    45 StarsOh Maximus Maximus Maximus Would you come to your senses and see the treasure that was straight in front of you? Would you turn your nose up at society and do what was in your heart? I really enjoyed this one I think of the reasons was that Artemis was not of his station but she stood up to him and he didn't know what to make of herMaximus is a Duke and he must marry a noblewoman It would be unheard of for him to marry beneath his station But he wants Artemis his goddess his Diana He pulled back his chest heaving and looked at her angrily “Don’t start something you mean to stop” She met his gaze suarely “I don’t mean to stop” His eyes narrowed “I cannot give you marriage” She’d known She’d never thought he could—she would’ve sworn so had she been asked a minute earlier—but his blunt words were an arrow of pain piercing her heart nonetheless She bared her teeth in a smile “Have I asked you to?” “No” “And I never shall” she vowed “Overhead the moon guided him his fair mistress his unattainable lover” “When you’ve tired of me” she said softly precisely “Apollo will still be my brother Will still be there for me”“I’ll never tire of you” he said knowing with every thread of his soul that he spoke the absolute truth“Then prove it”He knew what she asked with such an open and vulnerable face Something within him shriveled and died he’d been on the rack too long for a penance he wasn’t sure he could ever entirely pay “You know” His voice was hoarse the croaking of a dying man He licked his lips “You know why I cannot” Not really sure I am that interested in reading about Apollo We shall see

  6. says:

    The male lead in this book is a douche But I knew of his douchiness going into the book It turns out though that it didn't really matter because the female lead is so awesome that he pales in comparison She is strong determined and cunning She blackmails him into doing what she needs done and won't let him control her even after he sleeps with her Yeah no falling under the spell of his magic penis No swooning and letting him take over her world She is always in control Yay Girl power in the ye old timey days She would have totally been at the Women's March yesterday With an awesome sign Well it was considered important to embroider back thenArtemis is a kickass girl Nobody gets away with grabbing her kittySo the story is about the Duke of Wakefield who is a tool He is going to marry a wealthy heiress Penelope even if she is a bitchy stupid spoiled little brat It just so happens that she has her cousin as her companion Artemis Artemis is actually the opposite of everything that Penelope is including the rich part So Wakefield is completely attracted to her but has no intention of not marrying the idiot because that is what a duke does marries heiresses It's a good thing that Artemis isn't trying to marry him She just needs his help in getting her brother out of an insane asylum And she is willing to blackmail Wakefield to convince him to help It was pretty fun watching this nothing girl take down the powerful duke who has been known to do a little blackmailing himself in past books Ha Never underestimate the power of determined women They are absolutely unstoppableSo although I never warmed up to the hero The heroine is what makes this book great Totally enjoyed it

  7. says:

    Normally in a romance novel especially a HR one I can forgive the Hero almost anything and I often do But for some I’ll mention it later reason I just never got there with him I spent the majority of the book mad at him and wondering when Artemis was going to figure out that she could do so much better for herselfThe SkinnyMaximus is in the market for a wife and wants a perfect Duchess by his side Pretty much his only criteria is that she is beautiful a virgin and from a wealthy family He doesn’t even care that his best prospect Penelope is known as not being particularly smart and something of a ninny Artemis is master of survival Her brother is in an insane asylum for false reasons and she has nothing going for her except that she is from the gentry She is Penelope’s slave ladies companion and honestly I don’t know how she put up with that spoiled brat But it is the price she has to pay since no one would even think to marry her since insanity runs in her family However she has figured out that Maximus is The Ghost of St Giles and she is determined to use that knowledge as leverage to help get her brother out of the asylumWhat was GreatArtemis is fantastic She has been dealt a certain hand in life and she doesn’t mope about it she just carries on and deals with it the best she can She has a never give up never surrender attitude and keeps looking for a way to save her brother even when everyone else in the world is trying to make her act like she never even had oneArtemis is a kind and caring person You see it in the way that she chose to wear the same sent all the time so that Phoebe who is practically blind could tell who she was easily It is also apparent in the love that she has for her brother and the lengths she is willing to go to save him She is willing to take on and play games with a Duke in order to find an ally to get him out of the hell he is inThe banter between Maximus and Artemis is pretty great and I felt like she came out ahead in most of it She was smart and daring and never just gave into him like so many others had all of his life “She couldn’t very well get up and leave him without causing a scene but she dearly wanted to “Well then in the interests of fairness perhaps you ought to know Your Grace that I have no intention of yielding the field to you” Beside her he inclined his head a fraction of an inch “Then en garde Miss Greaves” The other notable things are Apollo I’m very interesting in reading his story and we finally learn what Asa has been up to all these years he has been semi estranged from his familyWhy Maximus Never Grew on MeHe is an ass Okay it is than that I was already holding a grudge against him from book 2 when he was going to still make Hero marry Thomas even after Thomas had hit her extenuating circumstances but still not okay Then we come into this book and he has the stupidest criteria for a wife and even while he is trying to court Penelope you can tell that he isn’t really into it at all and could care less about herBut this is where I get so mad at him He has taken Artemis as a lover and he was very clear beforehand that he wasn’t going to offer her marriage so at least there is that But then the entire time he is sleeping with her and thinking how he never wants to give her up he is still planning to marry Penelope even if he hasn’t asked her yet throws hands in the air the idiot “It would be the height of idiocy for the Duke of Wakefield to pursue the cousin of the woman he wanted as wife And yet for the first time in his life Maximus wanted to let the man rule him instead of the title” I hated how he treated Apollo too He didn’t’ trust Artemis to know her brother “This is my brother we’re talking about Maximus” “You’ll take his part before mine?” Oh he knew it was a mistake even before the words left his lipsHer shoulders suared “If I must We shared a womb We’re flesh and blood tied together forever both physically and spiritually I love my brother” “As you don’t me?” She stopped her chemise in her hands before her For a moment her shoulders slumped and then she raised her head His goddess His Diana “When you’ve tired of me” she said softly precisely “Apollo will still be my brother Will still be there for me” “I’ll never tire of you” he said knowing with every thread of his soul that he spoke the absolute truth” There are so many moments when he has thoughts similar to this one but his plan is to still marry someone else and have Artemis on the side all of his life smacks Maximus upside the head what the hell is he thinking I guess I just thought that he’d figure it out sooner than he did and while it all works out in the end and he pulls his head out I still am holding a grudge even if Atremis isn’tOverallAfter loving the last two books this was a little of a letdown in the Hero department for me But Artemis makes the book well worth reading and she is my favorite Heroine of the series thus far

  8. says:

    385 A buddy read with the MacHalo Freaks Because we are romantic like that I have to admit it I am a complete sucker for Historical Romance I am not sure why is it the clothing is it the societal norms of the time is it the idea of the gentleman hero But I love it all This series has been reviving around the seedy part of London in the 18th century and the legendary Ghosts of St Giles It is a bit repetitive this being the sixth book in the series but the truth is there aren't very many variations when it comes to this genre and I think that reliability is what keeps many of us coming back to it over and over again Our Duke is a very proper strict and aloof aristocrat who happens to dawn on a cape and chase bad guys at night Our Lady Artemis is an impoverished relation to a very pretty but none too bright rich socialite who is gunning for the Duke Maximus finds the rich socialite perfect for a wife but something about Artemis keeps stealing his attention Sparks fly hormones rule Also Artemis's brother gets some page time and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know him There were moments when I wanted to shake the Duke and beat some sense into his thick scull but overall he was OK Artemis was uite wonderful The butler was very cool and I liked him better than his boss most of the time And as always the little cameos from our previous couples were very pleasant Overall it was not the best book in the series but it was not the worst either This series is perfect for the fans of the HR genre I wish you all Happy Reading and many wonderful books to come

  9. says:

    It's about time Loved this I've waited forever for the story of Maximus Batten Duke of Wakefield I was pleasantly surprised that I loved the heroine than the guyI've had my eye on Maximus since Notorious Pleasures Mister I can do no wrong is surely put to the test here He's used to giving orders and getting what he wants But in this story his station in life is the one thing that is keeping him from his true desireThe mystery of the Ghost of St Giles continues We all know that Maximus is the ghost He is looking for the culprit who murdered his parents He needs to avenge their deaths to truly feel freeHowever in his search his path crosses Artemis And his life is no longer the same28 year old Artemis is a smart gal who's been dealt a crummy life Her aristocratic father was deemed a lunatic and her mother died of illness Her twin brother Apollo is her only family but he's locked up in Bedlam labeled a madman convicted in a murderous crime He is falsely imprisoned wrongly accused but no one will believe Artemis She tries to blackmail the ghost aka Maximus to free her brother but she gets than she bargained forArtemis is a FANTASTIC heroine She has been reduced to nothing when it comes to social rank Given her background this heroine is not weak She has a backbone of steel and a reader can feel nothing but admiration for her fictional spiritI enjoyed her history and her obstacles The interaction between the pair I thought was fantasticArtemis is able to get by as a ladies companion to her rich beautiful cousin PenelopePenelope has set her sights on the rich and powerful 33 year old Duke of Wakefield Artemis tries to help Penelope make the match but her heart is unexpectedly caught by the wicked and powerful manSome reviewers have stated that there wasn't enough romance in this storyUmmm what? Are we reading the same book? This was utterly romanticThe only thing I did not like were view spoiler1 I needed some closure with Penelope and Artemis How can it end like that??? I absolutely want to know whatever happened to Penny2 I don't understand why Maximus called Artemis his Diana Please explain my historical fanatics That part was a wee bit cheesy for me hide spoiler

  10. says:

    I'm always in the height of anticipation when it comes to Hoyt's newest book When I found out it was to be Maximus Batten Duke of Wakefield book I couldn't wait to see how Hoyt would make him eat his harsh words toward a kind lady's companion and what made him tick The thing was he was out shined by IMO the best heroine of the series so far Artemis Greaves Artemis has had some really crappy hands dealt to her in life and the last blow was her very sane twin brother Apollo thrown into Bedlam for a crime he didn't commit Artemis is almost at her wit's end in how to get her brother outta there when the Ghost of StGiles drops in to save her and her dim witted cousin and leaves a clue to who he is behind the mask Driven by revenge and guilt Maximus haunts StGiles to track down the murder of his parents as one of the Ghosts of StGiles When he saves two women from footpads he meets his match in Artemis who was ready to go toe to toe with the footpads if need be In a moment he reached for her hand to help he he lost his family ring That small action will haunt him when that ring leads Artemis back to him and a battle of blackmail and wills will turn into something even fiercer love Artemis was such an amazing character she didn't back down and fought with everything she had She grabbed onto what happiness she could and it only brought her out stronger then before She truly overtook the spotlight from Maxiums whom at times was to narrowed minded in his views that was expected from someone of his rank but he hung onto the belief longer then I thought was needed or wanted I don't know if this was a nod to or what but Maxiums in his alter ego and his actions of being in a cave to work out rich bachelor man servant who knows everything sounds very much like Batman Which I kept humming the 1960's theme song through out reading the novel through Even when Artemis had to go to blackmail in order to save her twin she never lost her spark I found the relationship between the two was refreshing as they become friendsrivalsenemies before they became lovers They had a good footing between them to understand where the other stood before they made the move into something The tension was amazing as I feel many HRs tend to lack sexual tension now of days There's always room for appetizers before the main course The thing was I felt the leap to that something made the romance lack that punch that other Hoyt books have The build up started to focus on getting Apollo out of that hellhole and Maxiums getting closer to the murderer of his parents This left some very hot scenes between Artemis and Maxiums and the angst and inner struggle both must go through to be with one another This is where Maxiums became human to me instead of the ice duke When he begged Artemis to stay with him even knowing he should marry her because he loves her and it was the right path to takeplus he takes his sweet time getting married to her It was sweet and heartbreaking to see him released from the chains that binded him to the past in order to move forward Along with Artemis who always came across strong and only became stronger Duke of Midnight gives us some amazing side characters like Phoebe the almost blind sister of Maxiums and Apollo who I can't wait to read about their own stories Hoyt also leaves us with a treat a tease for the future Maiden Lane books and with this series it only ever gets better with each book The Duke of Midnight was a wonderful addition to this series and only makes a fan of this series of it hunger for and wait with anticipation for the next book