Book Review

‘Darling Beast’ by Elizabeth Hoyt

db ehSTORY: A Man Condemned . . .

Falsely accused of murder and mute from a near-fatal beating, Apollo Greaves, Viscount Kilbourne has escaped from Bedlam. With the Crown’s soldiers at his heels, he finds refuge in the ruins of a pleasure garden, toiling as a simple gardener. But when a vivacious young woman moves in, he’s quickly driven to distraction . . .

A Desperate Woman . . .

London’s premier actress, Lily Stump, is down on her luck when she’s forced to move into a scorched theatre with her maid and small son. But she and her tiny family aren’t the only inhabitants—a silent, hulking beast of a man also calls the charred ruins home. Yet when she catches him reading her plays, Lily realizes there’s more to this man than meets the eye.

Out of Ash, Desire Flares

Though scorching passion draws them together, Apollo knows that Lily is keeping secrets. When his past catches up with him, he’s forced to make a choice: his love for Lily . . . or the explosive truth that will set him free.

REVIEW: I was chomping at a bit to read this one and I wasn’t disappointed.

Ms. Hoyt is one of those authors that thrives on telling a good story with a fairy tale hints in them. This one is a perfect “Beauty and the Beast” retelling.

Are you with me on the #’s? This is #7 Maiden Lane series and one of my favorites, and the reason for it is the hero, Artemis’s brother, Apollo.

What an awesome character!

I loved the fact that he was described as someone that is not attractive to look at, yet he displayed a gentle and compassionate soul. And the heroine added such a wonderful contrast to him. A gorgeous beauty with an intuitive mind and a talented actress who is a single mother, making the best of little she has.

Together they make for an interesting, sweet and captivating couple whose individual tales are filled with heartache and triumph.

Highly recommending it and the series.

Melanie for b2b


3 thoughts on “‘Darling Beast’ by Elizabeth Hoyt”

  1. Mel, I’m just getting started in the series. You, Dot and Carol just love the series. So I’m steered in the right direction. I just reviewed Once Upon a Moonlit Night and plan to read Wicked Intentions next month (book 1). Hope you’re having a super summer!

    1. Oh Eileen!

      I’m excited for you. I think you’ll love the series. Some books are stronger than others in it, but over all, they’re very good.
      My summer is slow and quiet. And filled with lots of books. I can’t abide this hot weather, so I just read a lot in the air-conditioned room 🙂

      How is your summer?


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