Monday, January 28, 2013

Thief of Shadows ( Maiden Lane #4 ) by Elizabeth Hoyt

Thief of Shadows by Elizabeth Hoyt


Winter Makepeace lives a double life. By day he's the stoic headmaster of a home for foundling children. But the night brings out a darker side of Winter. As the moon rises, so does the Ghost of St. Giles-protector, judge, fugitive. When the Ghost, beaten and wounded, is rescued by a beautiful aristocrat, Winter has no idea that his two worlds are about to collide.


Lady Isabel Beckinhall enjoys nothing more than a challenge. Yet when she's asked to tutor the Home's dour manager in the ways of society-flirtation, double-entendres, and scandalous liaisons-Isabel can't help wondering why his eyes seem so familiar-and his lips so tempting.


During the day Isabel and Winter engage in a battle of wills. At night their passions are revealed . . . But when little girls start disappearing from St. Giles, Winter must avenge them. For that he might have to sacrifice everything-the Home, Isabel . . . and his life.




Okay,I didn't read the first 3 books of Maiden Lane, even though many had been gushing about Mickey, because I'm not that attracted to pirate. The historical romance is often about reformed rake, which I'm getting bored at. So what drew me to 'Thief of Shadows' is because Winter Makepeace is not a rake. He's a virgin! Oh my. Winter Makepeace,who is a schoolmaster by day and disguise himself at night to 'right the wrong', gave me a Batman persona. Swoon. I had no idea what's up with the title 'Thief of Shadow', because the hero is not even a thief.

On the other hand, the heroin, Isabel is a widowed baroness. She even had a few lovers before. She might appeared shallow because she indulge in the materialistic, whereby Winter live a very modest life caring for the orphans. But I can understand that because she grew up in a different environment.

The mystery behind the missing children didn't intrigue me much because I love to read about Winter and Isabel more. Winter Makepeace is one of the most selfless hero I had read in romance novel so far, beside of Rainwater by Sandra Brown. They are the kind who can sacrifice themselves to make the world a better place. We definitely need more of them.

Rating 5/5