Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Thief of Shadows by Elizabeth Hoyt

Book Description:
A Masked Man . . .

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.

A Dangerous Woman . . .

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.

A Passion Neither Could Deny

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.

My Thoughts:
This book was ok.  Lady Beckinhall is a wealthy widow who is on the committee for the orphaned children's home.  Winter Makepeace is the head of the orphaned children's home and also the Ghost of St. Giles.  When he is wounded and Lady Beckinhall saves his life, he feels indebted but when she is elected to teach him manners, he knows  he cannot let her get that close.  When they start working together, sparks fly and both have a lot to learn.
I did enjoy the overall story.  I didn't really care for the individual characters.  Winter was a well meaning man but was too absorbed in his own ideals.  Lady Beckinhall was a more experienced woman that just didn't work for me.  I connected with neither of them well.  I did enjoy their interactions though and the story of the missing girls.  Those were the best parts for me.
I rate this a 3/5.  It was a good concept, I just didn't really enjoy the characters.

Thank you to NetGalley for the review copy of this book.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.


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