Widow Silence Hollingbrook has a quiet life, working as headmistress of a foundlings’ home in the stews of St. Giles. When one of her beloved children is abducted by local pirate king “Charming” Mickey O’Connor, Silence will stop at nothing to get her back. But it turns out that sweet Mary Darling is Mickey’s daughter, placed in the foundlings’ home to ensure her safety – and now Mickey wants Silence to move into his extravagant palace to help care for Mary. Silence is used to being a proper lady who plays by society’s rules, so how will she handle living in close proximity to a handsome rogue?
The third novel in Hoyt’s Georgian-era Maiden Lane series stands alone effectively, but there are plot threads that weave through all of the books in the series. The sexual tension between the two main characters is believable, the dialogue is clever, and the secondary characters (including a mutt named Lad) are charming. Hoyt has quickly become one of the leading names in historical romance, and Scandalous Desires is another fine addition to her published works.