Review: Wicked Intentions by Elizabeth Hoyt


Title: Wicked Intentions

Author: Elizabeth Hoyt

Published: 1 August 2010

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Source: Netgalley

Rating: 4/5

Goodreads synopsis

A man controlled by his desires…

Infamous for his wild, sensual needs, Lazarus Huntington, Lord Caire, is searching for a savage killer in St. Giles, London’s most notorious slum. Widowed Temperance Dews knows St. Giles like the back of her hand— she’s spent a lifetime caring for its inhabitants at the foundling home her family established. Now that home is at risk.

A woman haunted by her past…

Caire makes a simple offer—in return for Temperance’s help navigating the perilous alleys of St. Giles, he will introduce her to London’s high society so that she can find a benefactor for the home. But Temperance may not be the innocent she seems, and what begins as cold calculation soon falls prey to a passion that neither can control—one that may well destroy them both.

A bargain neither could refuse.


Things I liked about the book:

  • Temperance Dews as a repressed wild child
    • She isn’t your typical historical romance heroine whereby she doesn’t come from an affluent family and neither is she seeking aristocracy. She isn’t even from nobility, so she in a sense is just a plain Jane but boy is the woman passionate and up for anything.
    • Temperance due to the society she lives in and also what her late husband thinks of sex represses her passionate nature which in turn causes her to feel trapped and lacks the sexual gratification that she wants and needs.
    • This bottled up sexual energy soon takes a wrong turn when she decides to have a one night stand with a man when her husband isn’t around and when he dies of an accident on the same day of the fateful encounter, Temperance feels so much guilt over it and completely shuts off her true self and dedicates every waking hour to her family’s foundling home aka orphanage to compensate for her guilt.
  • The kinky and unapologetic Lord Caire, Lazarus Huntington.
    • Not only is he hot, he also has gorgeous silver-white hair. Like some random vampire you pick off the street.
    • He likes some kinky shit. I am talking along the lines of BDSM and that back in the day was the kinkiest of the sort so yeah.
    • I like that he knows Temperance is just as wild as him in the bedroom and so with that he just pushes her to explore things she might or might not like. Like I always say, how would you know if you dislike it if you never try.
  • The sexual tension
    • I feel like Elizabeth Hoyt is a master at writing sex scenes where you think its going to happen at so and so page but it doesn’t so you’re just left unsatisfied and she keeps doing it, making it sooooo close and some random shit-head comes and cuts the moment and you as the reader are just like ‘GET OUT YOU PARTY POOPER OF POOPERS!!!!’
  • The dynamic between Temperance and Lord Caire
    • They are both very flawed people. With Temperance, she cheated on her husband and felt obliged to help at the orphanage as repentance (I don’t look down on her doing this, better volunteering with orphans rather than drowning your sorrows in alcohol) and with Lord Caire, he doesn’t like to be touched and he himself doesn’t even know why is he so invested in his mistresses killer. They both are also very emotionally closed off both towards each other and also to everyone else and I liked how because these two are flawed and broken they fit each other perfectly.
  • The subplot with Temperance’s sister, Silence.
    • First of all, what is up with the name of these siblings? There’s Winter and Silence were their parents 17th century hippies?
    • I liked Silence’s subplot because it shows that she had her heart completely broken by her husband who did not believe her and you can’t even fully blame the husband either. You can also see the character, Mickey, who is a slum king (?) yet is a perfect gentleman. He really honored his word when he said he would not even touch Silence when she came begging for mercy for her husband’s behalf in return that Silence will have to walk back to her home in the morning. Essentially making her walk the walk of shame. So by writing this very intriguing subplot the writer is already luring you to be interested in her next few books (of which I admit I am completely hooked).

What I didn’t like:

  • I didn’t like the ending.
    • It wasn’t like it was a bad ending. It was good it just wasn’t for me. I wanted Temperance and Lord Caire to remain in character and be aloof in their feelings or maybe just a small sign of affection instead of full blown panic attack that he might die in a house fire.

Overall, this book is great! I completely recommend it for everybody!!!

*a copy was kindly provided by the publisher via Netgalley in return for an honest review