When a masked man… Twenty years ago Maximus Batten witnessed the brutal murders of his parents. Now the autocratic Duke of Wakefield, he spends his days ruling Parliament. But by night, disguised as the Ghost of St. Giles, he prowls the grim alleys of St. Giles, ever on the hunt for the murderer. One night he finds a fiery woman who meets him toe-to-toe-and won't back down… Meets his match… Artemis Greaves toils as a lady's companion, but hiding beneath the plain brown serge of her dress is the heart of a huntress. When the ghost of St. Giles rescues her from footpads, she recognizes a kindred spirit-and is intrigued. She's even more intrigued when she realizes who exactly the notorious ghost is by day… Desire ignites a dangerous passion. Artemis makes a bold move: she demands that Maximus use his influence to free her imprisoned brother - or she will expose him as the ghost. But blackmailing a powerful duke isn't without risks. Now that she has the tiger by the tail, can she withstand his ire - or the temptation of his embrace?
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What an amazing book. The book was suspenseful and full of twists as well as passion. I have enjoyed all of the books in the series, although they are not marked as such when doing a search. This book, however, is my favorite in the ghost of St. Giles series. I can not recommend this book enough. I wish I could have rated it a ten. The narration is also very good. Don’t hesitate in purchasing. A++++++++
There are ordinary novels, extraordinary ones, superb ones, and then there are “Elizabeth Hoyt novels,” which stand in a category of their very own. Hoyt creates a world where pain is explored in equal measure as the power of love to cure and mend all brokenness, as in the Duke of Midnight.
The release of this book was much anticipated...I've been waiting for it for months! After devouring this book in 1 day, I have to say that it was worth the wait as it left me breathless.
I started this book with uncharitable thoughts toward Maximus Batten, the Duke of Wakefield, and there was a part of me that wanted to see him suffer in his love story (at least a little). In the previous book, the Duke spoke dismissively of Artemis Greaves (heroine) and I just couldn't wait till he ate his words.
Well, watching Maximus pine for the love of Artemis was a bittersweet process. I suppose it was bittersweet because Maximus really does experience a desperate and tortured love for Artemis, because when he falls for her, he can’t let her go. He’s tortured because in his silly, aristocratic mind, he just can’t marry someone whose brother is a “madman,” not to mention she’s a lowly lady’s companion. In his mind, he has to marry a woman worthy of his station to honor his father’s memory. Now, why he thought Lady Penelope (a superficial bumble head) was suitable, as his duchess, is beyond me!
Initially, the Duke makes a cerebral decision to pursue a courtship with the very superficial, "pretty-face-with-an-empty-head-of-a-cousin" Lady Penelope. Despite the obscene sum of her dowry, Lady Penelope can't hold a candle to the brilliance of Artemis who is more than beautiful. She is lively, brave, witty, intelligent and just awesome! I enjoyed the sweet moments where Maximus uses terms of endearment, such as “goddess of the moon & hunt” and then later when they become lovers, he refers to her as “Diana.”
Regarding their love scenes, they build up from sensual moments of sexual tension to unbridled, passionate all-consuming love. I don’t think there is anyone who can write such emotionally, powerful love scenes as Hoyt does. And the love between Maximus and Artemis is smoking hot!!!
Some of the treasures in this book include (1) the friendship between Artemis and Phoebe, (2) Brave and gorgeous Apollo (who needs his own book!!!) (3) Seeing some of the characters from the previous books such as Hero, Griffin, Isabella and Winter, (4) Having all 3 Ghosts of St. Giles together in the resolution working as a team.
In reference to the short story Hoyt embeds, piece-by-piece, at the beginning of each chapter, I think that the only purpose of those silly little stories is to showcase Hoyt’s intellectual and creative prowess. In that, not only does she have enough mental energy to create a riveting, well-written novel, but a side short story as well. Otherwise, the short stories are annoying and absolutely useless.
Lastly, I was astounded with the villain. Each time I suspected I knew who the person was who murdered Maximus’ parents, I was mistaken as the villain was not at all close to my original guess.
In sum, what begins as an attempted blackmail of the duke, on behalf of Artemis, ends with a conclusion worthy of tears for it’s absolute triumph in love.
Narrator: Claudia Harris was fabulous. I really enjoyed this audiobook and the narrator made the experience complete.
The worst part now is the wait for the next book.......ARG!!!!!