Summary from GoodReads: From the New York Times bestselling author of To Desire a Devil comes this thrilling tale of danger, desire, and dark passions.
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
My Review: Alright, so thanks to the popularity of Bones, it seems the name Temperance is suddenly becoming popular in a lot of books and shows.
This is book one in this series: Maiden Lane. The first few hundred pages, we are pretty much told a story. Then WHAM! We get nailed with some incredibly steamy scenes.
The main female is Temperance, of course and Lazarus is our somewhat dark hero.
She, widowed, and her brother care for 28 children. Finances are tight, to say the least. Lazarus gives her a deal that she accepts since there are little other options. Then we have our "house mother" solving a murder with Lazarus. So, who's gutting the prostitutes of St. Giles?
The disappointing parts in this book were that we never really know why Lazarus dislikes his family so much and we also never know why a touch is painful to him.
The beginning of the book seemed to move a little slow for me, but then it picked up as it went.
Review copy of this book provided by the author/publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. In no way did the provision of the book affect the outcome of my review.