Review: Thief of Shadows by Elizabeth Hoyt

Thief of Shadows by Elizabeth Hoyt
Series: Maiden Lane (# 4)
Release Date:  June 26, 2012
Publisher:  Grand Central Publishing
Pages: 384
Source:  NetGalley


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 world’s 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-entrendres, 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.


Review: I have read many books by Elizabeth Hoyt and they just get better and better.

Thief of Shadows is the fourth book in the Maiden Lane series. Even though I haven’t read the other three. I wasn’t ever lost and I never thought that I was missing anything. I love reading a series like this.

Isabel is a woman who never shows her true face to anyone. She is a very strong willed woman who loves to read mysteries instead of romance. She is unlike any woman of the ton. She is a widow and is left with enough money that she can buy whatever she wants.

Winter is a man who is living a double life. He is the Ghost of St. Giles, and he is also the manager of the home for infants and children. He has vowed to never get married and to help St. Giles and the kids that he is in charge of.

When these two meet it is because the Ghost of St. Giles is wounded for saving a man from hanging. Isabel doesn’t know who the man is under the mask. I loved watching Isabel and Winter fall in love. They both fight it, and have different reasons for doing so.

Isabel is an aristocrat and her husband had a child with his mistress. She doesn’t find this out until after he’s dead. I feel so sorry for Isabel because she has suffered four miscarriages and can never get pregnant again. She has vowed to just take in lovers and to never love and marry another man.

Winter has vowed to never have anything to do with a woman so in other words he’s in his twenties and is still a virgin. He has a lot of responsibilities on his shoulders. Little does he know that he won’t be able to fight Isabel. When she finds out who he truly is all bets are off. She was supposed to tutor him on how to act a gentleman in public. She ends up being his tutor in sexual matters.

Winter has to decide on what he should do. Should he fight for Isabel or should he try to find the girls that keeps coming up missing.

I can honestly say that I really enjoyed Thief of Shadows. It has one sex scene that some might call a little dark, when Winter lets his beast out. I enjoyed it because I never knew what was going to happen next.

Thanks Elizabeth for taking me on this wonderful journey.

Favorite Quote: He pulled away, only far enough to whisper with smiling lips, “You’ve well and truly compromised me this time, Lady Beckinhall. I think you ought to save my poor reputation and marry me.”