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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,433 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Hoyt Narrator: Ashford McNab Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Maiden Lane Series Release Date:
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Can a pirate learn that the only true treasure lies in a woman’s heart?

Widowed Silence Hollingbrook is impoverished, lovely, and kind, but nine months ago she made a horrible mistake. She went to a river pirate for help in saving her husband and in the process made a bargain that cost her her marriage. That night wounded her so terribly that she hides in the foundling home she helps run with her brother. Except now the river pirate is back and asking for her help.

“Charming” Mickey O’Connor is the most ruthless river pirate in London. Devastatingly handsome and fearsomely intelligent, he clawed his way up through London’s criminal underworld. Mickey has no use for tender emotions like compassion and love, and he sees people as pawns to be manipulated. Yet he’s never been able to forget the naive captain’s wife who came to him for help and spent one memorable night in his bed…talking.

When his bastard baby girl was dumped in his lap, her mother having died, Mickey couldn’t resist the Machiavellian urge to leave the baby on Silence’s doorstep. The baby would be hidden from his enemies, and he’d bind Silence to him by her love for his daughter.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Ashford MacNab’s crisp narration captures the story’s brisk pace and roguish pirate atmosphere, as well as the looming presence of the characters’ mysterious enemy. Silence’s pride and defiance of Mickey are revealed with a soft-spoken but confident voice. Her demeanor is contrasted with Mickey’s rough personality, conveyed by a loud, gruff voice that begins to moderate as Mickey falls for her. The complexities of the main characters are highlighted by MacNab’s compassionate interpretation of Mickey. An evocative performance.”

    AudioFile

  • “Historical romance at its best…Series fans will be enthralled, while new readers will find this emotionally charged installment stands very well alone.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “With its lush sensuality, lusciously wrought prose, and luxuriously dark plot, Scandalous Desires, the latest exquisitely crafted addition to Hoyt’s Georgian-set Maiden Lane series, is a romance to treasure.” 

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “This is the Maiden Lane story readers have been waiting for. Hoyt delivers her hallmark fairy tale within a romance and takes readers into the depths of the heart and soul of her characters. Pure magic flows from her pen, lifting readers’ spirits with joy.”

    RT Book Reviews

  • “If I could give higher than 5 stars I would, as Scandalous Pleasures is sublime!”

    Night Owl Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2011 Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2011
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A 2013 Audie Award Finalist for Romance

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sonia | 7/29/2013

    " I've been looking forward to this book in the series and it did not dissapoint. This is the story of Silence and the man who "ruined" her, Charming Mickey O'Connor. He is hard and scarred by his past bad boy, she is strong and tried to stand up to him. Together they make a perfect romance story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sarah | 7/20/2013

    " I loved this book! I have noticed though that there are several repetitions of scenes or comments though throughout the series. For example, the subtle flinch that if the character hadnt been watching their lover closely they wouldn't have seen it. It is annoying to read this in excess. This is my only complaint. I read this book almost straight through so I could find out more about Mickey. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Milena's Book Corner | 7/10/2013

    " I LOVED IT probably one of the best books I have read this year.Scandalous Desires was everything I hoped it would be and much more. Recommended! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by BJ Rose | 7/6/2013

    " A very weak 4* but definitely rates more than 3*. I'm impressed by how the author got me to actually like/sympathize with Mickey, who was very much a rat in the previous book. "

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