I hard a time getting into this book. Unfortunately, I haven’t been following the Maiden Lane series and with this being the 12th book in the series, I felt a little bit lost. I have only read a few books in this series and the one I recently read was Darling Beast, the 7th book in the series and it was amazing!
That said, I still enjoyed Duke of Desire. I think it wraps up the series pretty nicely and I say this even though I haven’t read the previous books in the series.
I’m also a sucker for scarred heroes and heroes with baggage and Raphael de Chartres, Duke of Dyemore is one such hero. Oh man, the angst! Elizabeth Hoyt does a good job with this!
Iris is also a unique heroine in a sense that she is a damsel in distress but she is also a strong woman.
I definitely love the romance between Iris and Raphael. It was unconventional but I could not help but root for the both of them.
I fully enjoyed Duke of Desire even if I didn’t read the previous books but it did feel that there was something lacking.
I recommend reading the other books in the series before diving into Duke of Desire.
Have you read the Maiden Lane series? Which book is your favorite and which one should I read first?
Sissy Lu says
I haven’t read this one, but I’ve read several of her books and also snag whatever I can find at the .25 book sale. I enjoy her! I’ve read a so so book by her and then I’ve read ones that I’ve absolutely loved.
I have also read a few of hers. And I enjoyed Darling Beast, too!
Sarah @ A Weebish Book Blog says
Oh dear. I received this book as well and have not read the previous novels in the book. That’ll teach me to accept offers for new-to-me books in the middle of a series!
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Yes! This is the last of the series and the main character has appeared in the previous books which led me to being confused at first. But it still does read like a standalone overall.
Currently reading it, not my most favorite right now but we will see what happens
Awwwww… but let me know how it is when you’re done!