07 September 2008

Review: Elizabeth Hoyt - The Raven Prince

Mass Market Paperback: 392 pages
Publisher: Forever (November 1, 2006)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0446618470
ISBN-13: 978-0446618472

There comes a time in a lady's life . . .
Widowed Anna Wren is having a wretched day. After an arrogant male on horseback nearly squashes her, she arrives home to learn that she is in dire financial straits. What is a gently bred lady to do?

When she must do the unthinkable . . .
The Earl of Swartingham is in a quandary. Having frightened off two secretaries, Edward de Raaf needs someone who can withstand his bad temper and boorish behavior. Dammit! How hard can it be to find a decent secretary?

And find employment.

When Anna becomes the earl's secretary, both their problems are solved. Then she discovers he plans to visit the most notorious brothel in London for his "manly" needs. Well! Anna sees red-and decides to assuage her "womanly" desires . . . with the earl as her unknowing lover.


With this novel Elizabeth Hoyt gave a refreshing voice to a genre that is cherished by many. She combines sparkling characters with a charming tale and what appealed to me most was the connected fairytale that was told with each new chapter giving it a vibe all of its own.Edward and Anna are not the typical regency characters, he is marked by the smallpox and she is a widow, but together they tell a tale of warmth and love combined with sizzling passion. This is a story that speaks to the heart and is vibrant with emotions telling us there’s more then what meets the eye if you just but truly look at one another.

Due to the above it’s a novel that I read in a quick pace submerging myself into Anna and Edwards journey. Also the sexual blossoming of Anna was one that I enjoyed much and definitely spiced up the story. With an easy going flow of dialogue and plotline this installment of the Prince trilogy will be a fun filled time to read.

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