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Publisher's Summary

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.
©2014 Elizabeth Hoyt (P)2014 Hachette Audio
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Critic Reviews

"Hoyt's writing is imbued with great depth of emotion ...Heartbreaking ... an edgy tension-filled plot." ( Publishers Weekly)
"Beautifully written... a truly fine piece of storytelling and a novel that deserves to be read and enjoyed." (TheBookBinge.com)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Moriah on 10-21-14

Enjoyable Listen

I found this to be an enjoyable read and a nice addition to the Maiden Lane series. I was eager to see how Apollo got his happy ending after meeting him in Duke of Midnight and I thought Hoyt did a good job. Lily was up to the task of healing Apollo and helping him clear his name. I really enjoyed Indio and the antics of his dog Daff. If you are looking for an entertaining listen to helps time fly I highly recommend this book. I only gave the performance 4 stars because I did not like Phoebe's lisp. In no previous book was a mention of her having a lisp mentioned and I truly hope that the narrator does not give Phoebe a lisp in her book (the next book in the series).

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4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 10-14-14

I will be so sad if Phoebe has a lisp in book 8

Would you listen to Darling Beast again? Why?

I don't think so. I have listened to the other stories more then once, but this book seems more like a standalone. It had very little of the other characters that I love to see appear again and again in the series. It brought in Phoebe and Artemis and Maximum, but only briefly. We also never visited the foundling home. I enjoyed the story, but it was not one of my favorites.

What aspect of Ashford McNab’s performance would you have changed?

When Phoebe was in the story, she had a lisp. I had to go back and listen to her when she spoke in Duke of Midnight and she did NOT have a lisp. I really did not like the lisp at all. I will not want to hear her read like that in the next book, especially since she is the heroine! Besides Phoebe's lisp, I like Ashford McNab's performance.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did listen to it all in one setting. I had planned my day (which actually included re-arranging my whole week) around the release of this book.

Any additional comments?

I hope the next book has more scenes with the families all together. Silence, Hero, Megs, Temperance, etc. I also hope there are more scenes with the orphanage.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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