Book: The Raven Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt
Published November 2006|Published by Grand Central Publishing|265 pages|Purchased for my Nook
Part of a series? Yes, Princes Trilogy #1
Genre: Historical Romance
Goodreads.com Summary: There comes a time in a woman’s life when she must do the unthinkable – and find employment. For the widowed Anna Wren, that means taking a job as female secretary for the Earl of Swartingham. Secretaries are always male – never female – as Anna well knows but the real downfall of her career is the realisation that she is falling in love with Edward de Raaf – the Earl. But when she realises that he is going to visit a brothel in London to take care of his ‘manly’ desires, Anna sees red – and decides to take advantage of the opportunity to also take care of her ‘womanly’ desires – with the Earl as her unknowing lover. But the Earl has another reason for going to London. He is formalising his betrothal and trying (with little success) to forget about a secretary that has no right being female. Unhandsome, he knows that no woman wants him. Except for the mysterious lady with whom he spent two unforgettable nights at Aphrodite’s Grotto, the most scandalous brothel in London. But when Anna’s plan is revealed, a bit of blackmail is thrown into the mix, a proposal is rejected and even the Earl himself will be unprepared for the intrigues that ensnare them.
Another romance novel! I’m slowly finding romance authors that I love, and Elizabeth Hoyt has earned that place with The Raven Prince.
At the beginning of each chapter, there’s a quote from a fictional book called The Raven Prince, of which Edward has a copy. I loved seeing this fictional fairy tale play out, and it went along with the book so well!
I really liked Anna, and she really was a sweet person! I also liked that Anna and Edward had some tragic moments in their lives but we never saw them complain about it. In fact, they generally went about their lives like they didn’t have any baggage…even though they did end up bringing some of their issues to their relationship.
I loved the setting, and how well Hoyt described everything. The town they lived in sounded so pretty and quiet! And while I knew it was historical romance, and even with the historical romance vibe, I didn’t really get a good sense of time. A little bit of context would have been nice. But maybe that’s because I just finished Revealed by Kate Noble, which had references to Napoleon and Jane Austen. But it was still fun to read.
I just LOVED The Raven Prince, though! Anna really is a good person, and I really liked her with Edward. Seriously, they’re super-cute together! Opposites really do attract. Actually, the relationships between all of the characters were great…and Anna taking care of a sick prostitute, even when people got all judge-y, was so nice of her! All of the minor characters are great, from Coral, to Mother Wren, to Mr. Hopple…they just made an already great book even better!
I LOVED The Raven Prince! It was fun to read, with a cute couple and a lot of interesting characters. It gets 5 stars!