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
This book and I were not meant for each other. Unfortunately there were some obstacles that we couldn't overcome, so to say. I have no problem with sexual content in "my" books but somehow it disturbed me in this story. It always hinted at debauchery, no problem there as this is very often the case in such books but it also hinted at unusual requests - and I wasn't entirely comfortable with that. Overall the atmosphere is rather dark and depressing and I couldn't really enjoy the book. Maybe this is stupid but when I am reading a romance, I have to feel that things will get well and I must feel that there's romance in the air and that wasn't the case with this book at all.
This is not the first book by Elizabeth Hoyt and I really liked the other books by her that I've read. The writing is as well as I've come to expect and the characters are really well developed and interesting and sympathetic, even the plot is really interesting and well done, it's just the atmosphere and some details that turned out to be a problem for me.
I will read other books by the author but probably non of this series.